I will be reviewing the whole of Game Of Thrones (GOT) season 6.
Be warned though, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS….
North Of The Wall :
Meera is doing her best to take Bran to safety. Bran is still very comfortably in Warg Mode and having visions of the Whole history of Westeros. We see a lot of people and incidents, including the Mad King screaming, “Burn Them All!” i think that particular vision is a clue that Bran did indeed have a had in Aerys II becoming mad. Anyway, they are surrounded by wights and like in the season premiere, here too a Stark is saved. Coldhands aka Medieval Ghost Rider comes out of the snowy blue and saves the day, taking Meera and Bran to safety.
Horn Hill :
Gilly and Sam reach his castle which is quite magnificent. Sam doesn’t want her to tell his father taht she’s a wildling, and asks her to present Sam Jr. as their son.His mother and sister are compassionate and the young kid playing Sam Jr. is so cute. Later at dinner, as Sam’s aptly-named brother Dickon scoffs at him and Lord Tarly starts tearing into him, Gilly springs to his defense and unwittingly betrays her origin, leading to the two of them both being scorned. Sam is tongue-tied and is asked to leave at first light. Disappointed, he bids his love and adopted son goodbye but then returns, moments later, to take them both with him. He also takes his family sword Heartsbane, Valyrian Steel and all, with him. What. A. Man!
King’s Landing :
The High Sparrow has Tommen in his grip now, unbeknownst to the members of the royal family. When he is allowed by the Sparrow to meet Margaery, she starts to open her mind to him. But, sensing fast that he is on the Sparrow’s side, she catches her tongue. Say what you will about her, but Maragery is a cool-as-ice customer. A philosophical statement from her made me ponder on Tommen’s fate. I think he’s gonna die before the season is up.
Arya is watching the same play for the third time but thankfully, we’re shown the Purple Wedding this time now. She’s enjoying Joffrey’s death in particular even as the rest of the audience are gloomy. Before the play ends, she goes backstage to mix the poison she had into Lady Crane’s bottle of Rum. But her existing affection for her and the subsequent scene, in which the two of them talk fondly, leads her to save the actress right before she’s about to drink from the glass. She even warns Crane that the Sansa actor wants her dead. Waif sees her doing this. Arya is now ready to leave Braavos as she takes out Needle from its hiding place. Meanwhile, Waif gets her death contract from Jaqen. My bet — Arya pierces Waif’s neck with Needle in the next episode.
King’s Landing :
The Tyrell army, led by Jaime and Lord Tyrell, reaches to the Sept of Baelor to stop Marge’s Walk of Shame. Even Lady Olenna is there, waving her hand-fan. Jaime says he’s speaking with the authority of King Tommen, First of his name blah blah. He, and the rest of them, are dumbfounded when the High Sparrow turns the tables by announcing that there would be no Walk of Atonement and that Tommen has come to the Gods, proclaiming the new partnership as an alliance between “The Crown and The Faith.” (I’m pretty sure this has it’s roots in medieval europe, particularly UK. Do tell me if you have any idea.) Jaime is flushed, Olenna angry and Lord Tyrell, like many viewers apparently, has no idea what’s happening. Says Olenna, “He’s beaten us.”
In the court, Jaime is relieved of his Kingsguard duties by Tommen and asked to go to Riverrun and take back the castle. I suspect there was foul play from the Tyrells here, although I can’t say with surety. But yes, Dumbhead Tommen did double cross his parents, if unknowingly.
Jaime and Cersei discuss the implications of his going away. Jaime obviously doesn’t wanna go but Cersei coaxes him, stoking his Lannister pride. The two then indulge in some heavy kissing and petting. Ewww. So all decks cleared for the reunion of jaime and Brienne.
Walder Frey, once the most hated man in Westeros, returns to the show to rebuke his sons for losing Riverrun’s Castle. He asks them to take it back. As a baragining chip, we are shown Edmure Tully, nephew of the Blackfish, whose fate was never cleared after the Red Wedding.
North Of The Wall :
Coldhands takes off his mask and scarf to reveal his true identity. Surprise!!!! It is Benjen Stark (as if half the internet didn’t already know that!). Apparently, he was stabbed by a White Walker and left to turn but the Children of the Forest saved him with the help of Dragonglass, in the same manner as they created the White Walkers. He does have shades of ice across his face. The interesting thing is, he was always in contact with the Three-Eyed Raven, saying that Bran — the new TER — called him to help. He also knows that Bran has seen things now. And he tells Bran that though he isn’t ready to be the TER right now, he will be ready and standing before the Night King and his army when they inevitably march on the Land of the Living. So after Jon and Sansa, this is another of the stark reunions this season. All this is so positive that I can’t believe I’m actually watching it on GOT. Let’s see how many of these Starks survive the endgame.
Somewhere in DothrakiLand :
Dany’s troops halt for her and Daario to discuss about who has the 1000 ships she needs for her march on Westeros. No one, says Daario. She senses Drogon’s presence and takes off on her horse to find her. A while later, she returns on Drogon and gives an impassioned and powerful speech asking the Odthraki to support her,”now and always.” The speech had a lot of similarities from Khal Drogo’s speech from season 1 when he was making his ill-fated designs to kill his enemies. Now the teaser for the next episode showed Yara and Theon drinking in a bar. I think it’s in Essos somewhere. That’d mean they could be meeting Dany with their ships before Euron. Interesting!
After the dramatic and emotional high of “The Door”, the series steps back to move the various pawns. While the dramatic quotient was high as usual, the episode largely put in place things for the final few episodes to make a(literal) killing.
What do you think of the episode and its various reveals?Share your thoughts and theories in the comments section. Thanks for reading.
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