Game of Thrones Recap by AsimovLives
Season 6 – Episode 3
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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.
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: Oathbreaker
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Directed by Daniel Sackheim
Original Air Date: May 8 2016
Game of Synopsis:
Beware, spoilers ahead
The episode opens with the Dyson sphere globe of the world of Westeros showing the locations of King’s Landing, Winterfell, Pyke, The Wall, Vaes Dothrak and Meereen, where the action takes place.
Davos looks at the resurrected Jon with a mix of fear and awe. He helps the stumbling Jon to his feet and covers him with a cape. Melissandre asks Jon what did he saw when dead, to which Jon replies it was the nothing after death. She claims the Lord of Light must had brought him back from he dead for a reason, perhaps as a sign that it was not Stannis who was the Chosen One.
Jon goes to the courtyard, to the surprise and awe looks from both the Wildlings and Crows alike. Tormind greets him as a returning old friend – and cracks a joke about Jon less than Godly nature; his cock is too small for him to be a god – and so does the ever faithful Edd.
Gilly is enjoying the sea travel to Oldtown, even with the storm going on. Sam, seasick and puking his guts out, not so much. Gilly is excited to know the big city, but Sam reveals that as a woman she would not be welcomed there so he plans to take her to his family home instead, under the care of his mother.
Bran and the Three-Eye Raven warg into the past when Ned Stark, Howland Reed and four other knights reach the Tower of Joy to rescue Ned’s sister Lyanna, guarded by two Targeryan Kingsguards, one of the them the legendary knight Ser Arthur Dayne, famed as the best fighter of all of Westeros. And he proves his fame right when he opposes the other knights and kills almost all of them. When he’s about to kill Ned, he’s backstabbed by Reed. Dayne defeated, Ned heads toward the Tower but the vision is interrupted by the Raven. A distraught Bran complains about not being able to stay longer with his family in the past, but the Raven wars it’s too dangerous to stay too long warged. But there is plans for Bran, for he needs to learn everything.
Danys is taken to the temple at Vaes Dothrak. Inside, she is coldly greeted by the other former khaleesi, the dosh khaleen, who strip her of her royal garments and give her a humble dress. The oldest of the women tries to convince Danys that her life as a worldy Queen is over and she should had been send to this place long ago. The Khals now need to decide her faith.
Varys manages to convince Vala, the honey trap prostitute who helped the Sons of the Harpy in hunting down the Unsullied and Second Sons, to divulge the power behind the attacks on Danys’ regime. Meanwhile, Tyrion tries to make small talk to the stoic Grey Worm and Missandei but failing. Varys arrives with news: turns out, it’s the returned Slave Masters of Yunkai, Astapor allied with Volantis who are financing the actions of the Sons of the Harpy.
Qyburn re-builds the Master of Whispers spy network by gaining the trust of Vary’s former birds, a group of urchins he pays with sweets and favors. Cercei and Jaime arrive with the Mountain. The later’s usefulness is discussed, with Cercei saying he’s being saved for a trial by combat to be.
The four gatecrash on a Small Council meeting, where they find Olenna Tyrrell seated at the table. Jaime and Cercei try to convince the Council to their own pressing matters, but all of the members of the counsil have been insulted by Cercei’s previous actions before and they leave without any desire to help her in any way.
King Tommen visits the High Sparrow and demands they allow his mother to visit her daughter’s burial. But the High Sparrow says she can’t until she has truly repented and be judged for her sins. The two debate the Gods’ manifestations on mankind like the love of a mother for their child, of which Cercei has very strongly, causing both her best and worst actions. Tommen is a-taken by the words of the Sparrow.
Arya’s brutal training continues, mixing skills at detecting various chemicals by smell, convincingly lying and fighting blind. After she manages to land a blown on the Waif, A Man gives Arya a last chance for her to be free if she says her name. Arya says she is no one she has no name. A Man gives her water from the pool at the hall of the House of Black and White. If she truly is no one she has nothing to fear. Arya drinks and her sight is restored.
Ramsey receives Smalljon the new Lord of the House of Umber, former bannermen of House Stark. Smalljon has no patience for Ramsey’s attempt at fake cordiality and calls out on him and his dead father who he despises. But he is willing to ally with House Bolton if they help dealing with the recent immigration of Wildlings in the North, brought by Jon Snow. Smalljon doesn’t want to bend the knee to Ramsey, but he’s willing to buy him his good will with gifts: the captured Osha and Rickon. When Ramsey demands proof of Rickon’s identity, Smallljon presents him with the head of Shaggydog, Rickon’s own direwolf.
The four traitors who stabbed Jon are to be hanged. Jon goes to them and listen to their last words. Allister Thorne makes a dignified speech where he accepts his fate and wouldn’t change anything if he had to do it all again. Olly has no last words to give but only a look of pure hatred to Jon. After some hesitation, Jon cuts the rope that allows the traitors to hang until they die. The job done, he gives Edd the Lord Commander’s cloak and pass his command to him, saying his watch has ended and leaves.
Game of Opinion:
After the non-stop twist and turns of the plot, this episode served as a bit of a breather. It’s devoted to the results of all the events from the first two episodes. The theme of the episode is resurrection in more than one way. for most characters is symbolic, like Bran awakening of his powers, Arya’s shedding of her identity into becoming No One, Danys’ loss of her identity as a ruling Queen to become a forgotten queen, Tommen from a boy King into a King proper, Mellisandre’s rebirth of her faith, Varys giving an opportunity for a new life to his new informant… and Jon, well, it’s both figuratively and literally. He who was dead is now alive, but also, with the last scene, Jon is now a new man, freed from his vows as a Night’s Watch, his life beginning a-new indeed.
Jon had made a vow to be a Night’s Watch until his death, when his watch would be over. Well, he did died, so he fulfilled the contract. Nobody ever told about resurrections, have they? Also, after all he went through, after the betrayal by his own men, what’s there more for him to still hold to his belief in the Watch? This could be a chance for Jon to return to his family, and we know that Sansa is heading toward the Black Castle to met him.
And as it turn out, the title of this episode is Jon himself: he’s the oathbreaker. Though due to the reasons alluded above, it’s hard to criticize him for it, or to say he’s, technically, an oathbreaker.
I wonder, if Jon becomes a more jaded character, the mantle of the true hero will not be put over Davos’ shoulders. He’s already a very heroic character, though of a more humble and rough type. Something tells me the show will be quite generous to this character as this season progresses.
The scenes with the Three-Eye Raven and Bran have been quite limited in time yet, but they show such promise of man revelations to come. And of course, this scenes are hinted to finally answer the big question in the minds and lips of so many fans, especially the book readers: Who’s Jon’s mother? Personally, i find the importance given to this question to be quite disproportionate in relation to the entire scope of the story of A Song of Fire and Ice. How the past of one character can overshadow the rest of the story is just bewildering to me! I’m far more interested in knowing if Danys will ever go to Westeros and reclaim the throne, if you ask me. Among other things happening in the story.
I loved the new character of Ser Arthur Dayne. He truly was a top badass. Of course, it’s very doubtful we will see more of him, which is more the pity. In a show populated with badass characters, this one still stood out.
On a curious note, the scenery of the scen of the Tower of Joy reminds me a lot of the landscape from the region of my country that both my parents are from, called Alentejo. The scene itself was filmed in Spain, namely at the Castle of Zafra. It was never conquered.
I wonder how important the subplot of Sam and Gilly and what importance they will have to the grand scheme of things. Those two are very likable characters, but their place in the grand scheme of things is so far quite dark to see.
And will somebody please finally get rid of the bloody High Sparrow? One thing I did find interesting about the scene between him and King Tommen. It’s subtle, but we can see that Tommen, contrary to all the other kings in the story, he actually listens to everybody. If this is what the show is actually going for, we might see in this and the next seasons the growth of Tommen into an effective leader. Who knows? And hopefully, a Lannister who will redeem his family.
As for Arya… well, well! She got rewarded with her sight back after passing another test of character. The question is, how good has Arya becoming in lying that she can even convince A Man she is No One while still being Arya, or has she really lost her identity as Arya for good and proper? And yet i can’t help remember that Needle is still at arm’s reach for her, the last physical remain of her past as a Stark, which she didn’t throw away. Hum!! Could this ever become a plot point later on?
And leaving for last if the episode’s whammy moment: the return of Osha and Rickon to the story. And sadly, not Shaggydog! And they couldn’t have returned to the story in worse circumstances. I have read some speculations that there might be some infiltration plot going on, where Umber is pretending he has captured them but instead it’s a ploy to retake Winterfell played by Umber, Osha and Rickon. As pleasant an idea that might be, i really don’t think that it, and what we are watching is what we are getting. This idea is appealing because it would give Rickon and Osha a measure of control over the situation, but I think that by now we all should know for certain that in every scene involving Ramsey, the only person in control is Ramsey. Point is, Osha and Rickon are in a world of shit!
The Winterfell scene in this episode is also the final nail in the coffin that the whole North was a land of honorable people with the Boltons notables for being the exceptions. We now know that is not the truth. Two of the major houses and former bannermen to the Starks are now ruled by two assholes, who have dropped whatever sham of honor and fidelity they once had to the former Wardens of the North. “The North Remembers”, they once said. Seems like the new generation of lords are no longer interesting in remembering as long it interferes with their own ambitions.
Game of Predictions:
Usually the predictions are shot lines, but I’m going to make an exception here. Since the show has surpassed the books in most of their plot, i no longer have problem to read about the stories as told in said books. As such, I discovered the whole subplot about Young Griff and his mentor Jon Connington. I found that story to be very interesting and it seems that it’s also quite popular among many of the book readers. Now, there really is nothing that would prevent this subplot and characters to show up in some later seasons. But it is unlikely (and TV show Jorah has gotten some of Conington’s plot thread, for example).
However, that doesn’t mean that plot would go to waste. Meaning, instead, that would be given to Daenerys’s storyline. Perhaps if and when she arrives at Westeros, that’s how her invasion will play out.
Ser Arthur Dayne, a random Targeryan Kingsguard, four random Robert’s Rebellion knights, two traitor Night’s Watchmen we barely knew, Alliser Thorne and Olly.
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Game of Final Thoughts:
I don’t remember I have been as excited and eager to watch a new episode of a GOT season as this one. A new episode is never too early to arrive. I’ so eager to see how all will play out! That’s a good thing.
As always, thank you for reading. This is AsimovLives signing off. Have a better one.