I will be reviewing the whole of Game Of Thrones (GOT) season 6.
Be warned though, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS….
Castle Black :
After last week’s mic-dropping act, Jon is packing up in the Lord Commander’s office to transfer charge to Dolorous Edd. The fun thing is, he has a man-bun going now. It’s like relinquishing charge made him fashionable too.
Sansa and Podrick, led by Brienne, arrive at Castle Black. I part-expected Jon to come laughing down the stairs to meet Sansa. But given all that the Stark family has gone through, the mere fact that two Stark kids are meeting, is enough. It’s the first reunion I think Rickon and Bran split. The two embrace, and it is such a hugely satisfying moment. Some news for Starks to smile after five seasons.
Later, as the two chat nostalgically, Sansa tries to persuade him to attack Winterfell and take back “our home” from the Boltons. She’s trying to make him see some sense. Like, “See Jon, you’ve already said you’re not going to stay here. Let’s go fight that big battle planned for this season.” But Jon is tired of fighting and also guilt-ridden for the people he’s killed. Sansa though, is resolved to do it.
For the first time this season, we meet the stupidest prince /queen in Westeros, Robin Arryn. He’s manipulated by the ever-planning Peytr Baelish into making Lord Royce lead the Knights of the Vale in the fight between Jon Snow’s men and the Boltons, in which they are to support Jon and his men.
Tyrion has invited the masters of Slaver’s Bay to discuss terms for ending slavery. He tells them to stop supporting the Sons of the Harpy and end slavery in their cities in 7 years. Missandei and Grey Worm aren’t happy with this offer. Strangely, Missandei is dressed like a warrior herself. Those toned abs…..!
Later, in the Pyramid, Tyrion exhibits his poor Valyrian again. Former slaves protest against Tyrion’s decision to make peace with the masters but Missandei and Worm stand by him although they do make their protest known later, in private.
Vaes Dothrak :
The lovers of Dany — Jorah and Daario — reach the outskirts of the Dothraki stronghold. Accidentally, Daario discovers Jorah’s greyscale. He also has a really cool knife with some intricate design. I’d want one like that myself! When the two Dothraki from the season premiere (who leered at Dany) stop them, they are forced to kill them. I think no one who has ever tried to forcefully take Dany has lived again. We’ll see another example of that later in the episode.
King’s Landing :
Margaery (or Marge) is brought to the High Sparrow who tells her his own origin story. There is a passage he speaks that Marge completes. That passage is from the Book of the Stranger, Verse 25. The Seven-Pointed Star, he calls it. I didn’t quite get how the episode’s title tied in with the happenings of the hour. Maybe someone more versed with the mythologies of Westeros could tell me. Anyway, Marge looks like she can be turned. So the Sparrow lets her meet her brother, Ser Loras, who is almost broken himself. Marge now shows her true colours. She asks him to stay strong so they could take it all back from the Faith. You don’t marry over the bodies of two killed husbands without some cunning of your own.
In the castle, Cersei drops in on Tommen and Pycelle when he’s teaching him something and promptly goes on to reclaim her position with him when Tommen asks him to go. “You don’t like Margaery?” he asks, before telling her something that the Sparrow asked him to keep confidential.
At the small council, Jaime and Cersei tell Lord Kevan and Lady Olenna that Margaery will have to do the Walk of Shame -2. This brings Olenna to her side. They also tell their plan to beat the Faith Militant and bring back Margaery. Finally, after all these seasons, we have something that Olenna and Cersei agree upon.
Iron Islands :
Theon/Reek has returned home but isn’t welcomed by Yara. She abhors him and thinks he’s come to claim the Salt Throne. When he tells her he wants her to help her take it at the Kingsmoot, all hatred vanishes. It would be interesting to see how the showrunners take this story forward.
Osha, all cleaned up and dressed, is brought to Ramsay. Now, we know what happens in these situations. So when Osha tries to seduce and kill him, I was like, “Don’t do this. You’ll die.” And that’s exactly what happens. Ramsay is too fast and too smart for her. Adios, Osha the Wildling! We’ll miss you.
Castle Black :
A letter arrives from Ramsay even as Jon and Co. are having lunch/dinner. Its poetic, twisted, psycopathic threat (“come and see”) asks Jon to return Sansa, now that Rickon is also in captivity. The threats mentioned in the letter work up all of them, especially Tormund, Jon and Sansa. There are only about 2000 wildlings who could fight as against the 5000 Boltons have. Sansa tells him that he’s the son of the last true Warden of the North and northern families will rally behind him if he asks them to. Finally, Jon relents. Yay!!!
Back to Vaes Dothrak :
Inside the temple, the Dothraki council tell Dany she has to follow the orders of the council, meaning she might not be given the chance to live as a Dothraki widow. They make indecent proposals to her. Not good, guys. You don’t do that and get to stay alive. Dany tells them, “You’re not fit to lead. But I am. So I will.” She burns the whole council alive in the temple. As the Dothraki horde gathers outside to witness the fire, they see a naked, unburnt Dany come out. All bow before her, even Jorah and Daario. This scene is obviously reminiscent of the season 1 finale and it means that alongwith the Unsullied and the Second Sons, Dany will now also have the barbaric Dothraki army. That has to be the largest army in GoT now.
The episode finally gave us a Stark reunion, which is awesome. On top of that, it also moved pawns for the Battle of the Bastards, Cersei’s trial, the fightback against the Faith Militant, the Kingsmoot and Dany’s return to Meereen. Things are moving ever faster now, which is good. The storyline involving the High Sparrow’s rumblings should’ve been edited a bit. It kind of drags things down. Regardless, this is an episode of quality and satisfaction.
What do you think of the episode and its title?Share your thoughts and theories in the comments section. Thanks for reading.
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