** This post contains major spoilers from the season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones, titled “The Red Woman,” which aired on Sunday (April 23) on HBO. **
After nearly a year of debating whether the Lord Commander survived being stabbed by his fellow members of the Night’s Watch in the season 5 finale, Game of Thrones picked back up with Ser Davos (Liam Cunningham) discovering Snow’s lifeless body lying in a pool of blood. Yes, Jon Snow is definitely dead — as HBO as star Kit Harington has insisted throughout the past few months — though whether or not he stays that way still remains to be seen. Davos brings Jon to a room a with a few men from the Night’s Watch who were loyal to him and closes his eyes for a proper death. Meanwhile, Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) tries to convince everyone that killing Jon Snow was the right decision — viewers of course, would disagree. Even Melisandre (Carice van Houten) seems disheartened at seeing Jon’s limp body.
Though Jon Snow’s fate was one of the most anticipated storylines going into the season, by the end of the episode there were many bigger events in play. The season premiere saw Maisie William’s Ayra fight as a blind woman and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen bring a nomad king to his knees with rhetoric — but nothing topped the night’s last scene. Titled “The Red Woman,” the premiere was ultimately much more about the night’s title character, who revealed, in private, that she’s not as young and beautiful as she appears to be. As Melisandre undresses just before getting into bed, viewers see that she’s in fact centuries old. Talk about a twist!
Ultimately, the premiere left fans with more questions than answers. What moment took you most by surprise tonight?