Game of Thrones Recap by AsimovLives
Season 6 – Episode 2
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I’m a regular contributor to The Supernaughts. This is my series of recap articles about the episodes of the season 6 of HBO’s television series Game of Thrones, a show i dearly love, for your pleasure.
And this episode had something special. A treat for a certain group of fans of the show and a particular character, you could say.
Game of Info:
Series: Game of Thrones
Created by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Based on the fantasy novel series A Song Of Fire And Ice by author George R.R. Martin
Episode title: Home
Written by Dave Hill
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Original Air Date: May 1 2016
Game of Synopsis:
Beware, spoilers ahead
The episode opens with the Dyson sphere globe of the world of Westeros showing the locations of … where the action takes place.
The Three-Eye Raven and Bran warg into the past when Ned, Benjen and Lianna Stark were children. Hodor was called Wilys and he could talk. The Raven takes Bran out of warging, warning of the dangers of spending too much time there. Bran meets Meera outside the cave. She’s frustrated by the inaction. Leaf the Child of the Forest tells her she will be need to protect Bran, as once she did for her brother Joren.
A Flea Bottom commoner who boasted he flashed Cercei is killed by Gregor. Cerci is prevented from leaving the Red Keep by orders of her son. Tommen and Jaime stand vigil to Mycella’s body when the High Sparrow interrupts them with his arrival. Jaime and the High Sparrow trade threats, with the arrival of armed Sparrow preventing Jaime to kill the High Sparrow on the spot. The latter makes clear his intentions: to bring down the Lannister empire.
Tommen meets with Cercei and asks her to teach him how to be strong and decisive.
Tyrion discusses with Misandrei, Varys and Grey Worm about the state of the two smaller dragons imprisoned in the dungeons of the Great Pyramid. Tyrion has an idea to free them and goes to the dungeon. He manages to gain the trust of the dragons and unshackle them. As he leaves, he asks Varys to stop him if he ever has another crazy idea like that.
Roose is displeased with the news the soldiers sent to capture Sansa are dead. Ramsey and Harald Karstark assure Roose they can still have The North without the Stark name as most of the Houses are already on his side. He receives news Walda had a boy child. Ramsey embraces his father and stabs him to death. Harald watches in approval. Ramsey orders to have Walda and he baby brought to him. He takes both to the kennels and there he unleashes his bloodhounds on them. Ramsey is now the only Bolton alive.
Brienne tells Sansa of her meeting with Arya and having lost her. Theon tells Sansa he’ll die for her safety to bring her to Jon snow at the wall. Afterwards he plans to leave for home.
Yara reports to Balon the complete military failure of his rebellion and the cost in Iron Borns’ lives. Balon dismisses the failures as caused by not having obeyed him blindly. He threatens Yara with desinheritance if she ever questions his decisions again. As Balon crosses a suspended bridge, he meets his brother Euron, long absent from the Iron Isles. The two fight and Euron sends Balon to a watery grave.
At the funeral, Yara tells her uncle Aeron she suspects foul play, which the later dismisses as an attempt by her to succeed her father, which he finds unlikely due to her being a woman.
Arya keeps getting beaten by The Waif but she puts a valiant attempt at a fight back. A Man tells her all she needs is to say her name and she can have a meal, a root and her sight back. Arya says she is No One. Satisfied, A Man tells Arya she can return to The House of Black and White.
Davos, Ghost and Jon’s allies ready to face the Night’s Watch men when Edd arrives with the wildings and the giant Wun Wun. Allister shouts to the Watch to fight but they just drop their weapons. Edd arrests Allister and Olly for treason.
Davos asks Melisandre to try to bring Jon back from the dead with her magic. Melisandre knows of a man who has been resurrected, but she does not feel her God in her to do such miracles. Davos insists with her to try anyway. Melisandre performs a ritual but it seems there was no result. They all leave the room, Davos last. Ghost stays. Alone in room, Ghost feels something and looks up. Jon body’s stirs and he awakes.
Game of Opinion:
And so it happened! But more of that latter.
And finally, after a whole season absent, Bran returns. The character of the Three-Eye Raven was recast and this was this episode was his introduction as well. And he’s being played by none other than Max Von Sydow. Max Von Sydow! Max Von Sydow is in Game of Thrones! One of my all time top favorite actors is in one of my all time favorite television show! It’s bliss!
The warging to the past came a bit unexpected to me. Not being a book reader, and from what i had seen from the show, warging looked to be about possessing other living beings. But they were connected to the Weirdwood trees, who are mystical and were planted millenia ago. So, i guess it makes mystical sense they can see the same past the trees saw too. So far we saw a bit of the the recent past of the Starks, and of interest was to see Lianna, the character who we know is so important for some of the most important events of recent past of Westeros, namely the Robert’s Rebellion and the cause of that war. More reveals from the past are sure to come, I’m sure.
This episode also reintroduced the character of Lea, the Child of the Forest. We last saw her in the last episode of season 4. For some reason, i really liked the character, despite the small screentime it got. I hope to see more of her this season. I’d love that she would leave the self-imposed exile her race put themselves to in the North Beyond the Wall and would go with Bran and company. The new redesign of the character makes her looks more mysterious and cooler. I really hope she doesn’t remain a very minor character.
The Greyjoys are back. I can’t say i’m sorry to see Balon dead. He was a royal asshole, pardon the pun. Yes, technically he was the winner of the War of the Five Kings since he was the last of the originals. Big fat good did to him, he was still stuck in that hole he calls a kingdom. Yara again proves to be the voice of reason among the idiots that are the House Greyjoy. Well, idiots and assholes. And we got introduced to two more assholes of the House: the pirate and fraticide Euron and religious scum Aeron. Yara will not have her way easy if she wants to be made lord of the Iron Isles. But truth be told, who in their right mind would want to govern those lost rocks in the middle of the sea? Even as a people the Iron Born aren’t much to write about, everybody kicked their asses! The butt joke of Westeros.
And speaking of returning Greyjoys, Theon desires to leave home. I have seen in the internet that some assume home means back to Ramsey. Well, Reek might would have think tha,t but i think it was Theon who spoke that, and that means he wants to go back to Pyke. If so, should be interesting. Finally Yara and Theon team up to get rid of their asshole uncles?
And what about Sansa? She knows nothing of Jon’s death, so he just blindly heads to The Wall. It was nice to see her smile at the news of her sister Arya. They haven’t been together since the end of season 1! She might dream of a reunion to the sister she does love after all, but we the audiences know better. It was quite a bittersweet moment that.
Tyrion meets dragons… and lives! How awesome was that? Is there anything this guy can’t do? Well, that’s what he does, he drinks and knows things. And for fuck’s sake, stop saying he could unshackle the dragons because he has Targeryan blood in him or whatever the fuck is the fancy theory bullshit of the moment! He did that because he’s awesome, that’s what!
Will King Tommen finally grow a pair of balls and kick Sparrows’ asses? But wait, the Lannisters are villains too! It’s Evil Vs Evil! On the red corner, the snobs of Westeros, on the blue corner, the Talibans of Westeros. Whoever wins, everybody else loses!
Roose Bolton’s death was quite shocking and unexpected! I don’t lament that such a character died, for he was a shit. But the manner of his death at the hands of an even bigger shit is kinda hurtful. Not only because the most dangerous house of the North is now in the hands of somebody even worse than Roose, but it denies any of the remaining Starks revenge for his betrayal. Also, it’s a pity that actor Michael McElhatton is no longer in the show. He is great, a very charismatic presence and even if his character will not be missed, he will.
Arya passes another test in her path to become a ninja. Will she payback all the beating she got from The Waif? Will she truly stop being Arya and become a true Faceless Man? Would we like to see that happen?
And now, for the big thing i this episode… Jon Snow is not dead, undead, undead.
I was quite convinced there would be no more Jon Snow. Given this show willingness to deconstruct fantasy archetypes, the death of the most heroic figure in the show seemed in tandem with the nature of the show. But the show actually did played the Hero’s Journey straight. In the Hero’s Journey, often the hero faces death and returns, stronger and wiser. Now the show makes me think if that’s what it wants to subvert. Jon is back from the death, but will he came back wrong? A different Jon? Well, let us remind that he has very good reasons to not come back the same kind soul he used to be. He was killed by treason. And also, last season he enforced himself a death penalty on Janos Slynt for disobedience and insubordination. Now imagine what kind of penalty to those who commit treason! And there was at least a dozen to stabbed him or complicit. Jon has a lot of heads to chop himself! He cannot come out of that unaffected! Could this be the beginning of Jon’s journey into villainy?
Game of Predictions:
Jon Snow come back wrong and becomes a villain.
Ramsey survives the season… the little shit!
Next episode is called Oathbreaker and i think it marks the return of Walden Frey, who is an oathbreaker thanks to his actions of the Red Wedding.
The very last scene in the whole show is Daenerys landing on Westeros, cut to end credits.
In the first episode: Doran and Trystane Martell, six Bolton soldiers, Jon Snow still dead.
Flea Bottom Flasher
Two random Night’s Guards
Walda Bolton, née Frey
Jon Snow – an aversion, he got better.
Game of Final Thoughts:
Bran’s warging to the past and Jon’s resurrection opens up so many dramatic possibilities i can’t wait for the next episode. I have never been this anxious for a new episode as in this season. They are doing something very right. Great episode!
I hope you have enjoyed and as always thank you for reading. This is AsimovLives signing off. Have a better one.