Michael McElhatton and Iwan Rheon in a scene from season six of the TV series Game of Thrones. Supplied by Foxtel.
Michael McElhatton and Iwan Rheon in a scene from season six of the TV series Game of Thrones. Supplied by Foxtel. Helen Sloane

REVIEW: Game of Thrones s6 ep 2 - the breath of life

THE death toll continues to rise on Game of Thrones, but one very important person is back from the dead.

Today's second episode of season six ended with Jon Snow coming back to life.

The development is sure to have fans in a spin, with preview footage from next week's episode hinting that Snow's resurrection will put him in a god-like status with the Night's Watch and his loyal wildlings at Castle Black.

It was something fans had hoped for but was uncertain in a show that is notorious for killing off favourite heroes.

While the Red Woman's efforts to resurrect him appeared to have failed, Snow took a breathe and opened his eyes but the miracle was only witnessed by his dire wolf Ghost.

The bloody episode also saw two noblemen assassinated as the chess pieces continue to move in the play for power in Westeros.

Psychotic bastard turned nobleman Ramsay Bolton betrayed his father Roose, stabbing him in the stomach to assume control of Winterfell.

In yet another gruesome act, he also made sure his newborn baby brother was out of the picture.

Balon Greyjoy was also dispatched by his younger brother Euron, a new character played by Danish actor Pilou Asbaek.

Balon Greyjoy meets his brother Euron on a rope bridge in season six episode two of Game of Thrones.
Balon Greyjoy meets his brother Euron on a rope bridge in season six episode two of Game of Thrones. Contributed

This follows the assassination of Dornish King Doran and his son Trystane last week.

Mother of Dragons Daenerys did not feature this week. Instead Tyrion made a bold move to free her two chained dragons, fearing they will waste away if left in captivity.

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister with two dragons in season six episode two of Game of Thrones.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister with two dragons in season six episode two of Game of Thrones. Contributed

Jaime Lannister looks set to go to battle against the High Sparrow after a showdown in the holy sept where preparations were being made for his daughter Myrcella's funeral.

His sister Cersei also made up with her son King Tommen, who has so far been powerless against the High Sparrow's religious cult to protect her or his incarcerated wife.

The episode opened with our first look at Bran Stark since season four and revealed Hodor has an interesting past.

The character Hodor pictured as a boy as Wyllis in a scene from season six episode two of Game of Thrones.
The character Hodor pictured as a boy as Wyllis in a scene from season six episode two of Game of Thrones. Contributed

Here are some key quotes from the episode, titled 'Home':

"You finally show me something I care about, then you drag me away."

One of Bran's opening lines that could oh so easily be applied to our feelings for Jon Snow, Melisandre, and everything Castle Black.

The flashback to a young Hodor, who could actually talk, was unexpected, but it was a good look back at the Stark clan from a younger time.

Bran's first appearance since season four opened the episode, and we were thrown back to a time when Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark lived.

The revelation Hodor could talk fluently sparked a flurry of theories online, with many suggesting a spell was placed on the big man and is linked to the identity of Jon Snow's parents.

Nothing is confirmed, though it is something to think about.

"I've never been much of a fighter."

Davos and company drawing swords in defence of Jon Snow was a joy. Too bad for Snow's long-term nemesis Alliser Thorne, who probably should have spent more time focused on the Wildlings at the door.

One unlucky member of the Night's Watch fired on the fired, but quickly learned that wasn't a good idea.

Davos could shape as one of Snow's ultimate allies.

Stannis' former right-hand man (before the last remaining Baratheon's death at the hands of Brienne) has been one of the show's rare guiding lights.

Fiercely loyal, Davos served Stannis for many years despite somewhat differing views.

Even when the Lord of Dragonstone grew close with Melisandre, the Onion Knight stood by the side of who he believed was the rightful king.

His devotion to Snow has not gone unnoticed, though it remains to be seen how their fates will be affected by each other's actions.

Davos could become the bastard Stark's right-hand man, something of which most of us would gladly support.

Davos approached Melisandre for help, and while she admitted everything she previously said (the victory in the flames) was a lie, he gave her enough to belief to try.

"I prefer being an only child"

Ramsay Bolton is one sick puppy.

It is something we already knew, but he continues his descent into "most loathed in Westeros" with every passing week.

Ramsay took another step in his quest to be the maddest of all Mad Kings when he took his father Roose's life and fed his new brother to a pack of dogs.

Ramsay is sicker, more twisted, and downright scarier than Joffrey ever was.

His passion and tendency to kill is far too much for any sane leader, though any questions about his sanity must long have been dismissed.

While Roose was alive we had hope he could keep his bastard son in check, even if he had taken our favourite northern town Winterfell.

Ramsay's decision to not only murder his father but his infant brother will surely send shockwaves throughout Westeros.

Before the murder, Ramsay had discussed the option of moving north and taking out Jon Snow.

He believed Sansa would run north to her bastard brother, and the Bolton forces could claim Castle Black and wipe out two of the three remaining "children" of the Stark bloodline (Arya is in Braavos) in one fell swoop.

He may well press on with that plan, and there doesn't appear to be many who will stand against the little tyrant, who clearly intends to rule with fear.



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