Game of Thrones Recap by AsimovLives
Season 6 – Episode 6
“Blood of My Blood”
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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: Blood of My Blood
Written by Brian Cogman
Directed by Jack Bender
Original Air Date: May 29 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, Wintefell, The Wall, Braavos, Vaes Dothraki and Meereen, where the action takes place.
Meera and Bran run away from the wights… well, she pushed him while he’s greenseeing into what seems to be the major events of the recent past history of Westeros. Bran awakes and saus the wights discovered them. Meera succumbs and prepares for a last stand but at the last moment they are save by a masked rider who makes short work of the undead. He pulls them to his horse and rides off. Later, he reveals himself to be Benjen Stark, Bran’s uncle. He says he was nearly killed by a White Walker but saved by the Children of the Forest, resurrecting him by a shard of dragonglass through the heart. This made him stronger and with the ability to see Bran’s visions. He tells Bran that the latter is now the Three-Eyed Raven who will wait for the Night’s King at the south.
Sam takes Gilly to his family house. His mother and sister receives them both very well. Gilly is even put into a fancy dress. However, at diner things are far more unpleasant. Sam’s father Randyll Tarly proves to be every bit the asshole that he was implied to be from Sam’s comments about him,if not more so. Randyll puts down Sam for not being warrior-like, but Gilly stands up to him by mentioning his feats but this makes her reveal herself as a Wildling, which Randyll has utter contempt and hatred for. This is the last straw for Sam, and late at night he takes Gilly and little Sam with him out, together with his family ancestral Valyrian steel sword Heartsbane which would had been his by right.
Walder Frey is frustrated by his sons having lost Riverrun to the Blackfish. Short on men and support, since the rest of the major houses of the Riverlands have rebelled and the Brotherhood without Banners are railing the people against the Freys. In desperation, Walder tells his sons to send his hostage Edmure Tully, the Blackfish’s nephew, as leverage.
A girl assists the second part of the lay that depicts a highly inaccurate and trite version of the events of the Purple Wedding. She is moved by the acting of lead actress who plays Cercei. She realises the secondary actress who plays Sansa is who ordered the assassination. A Girl has a short conversation with the lead actress and sees she is a genuine good person and changes her mind about killing her and prevents the assassination. The Waif spies on what happend and report to A Man. He is unhappy with the situation and tells to Waif to kill Arya, but painlessly. The Waif goes to her new mission a bit too pleased. Arya recovers her dagger Needle, hides in a dark basement and waits for the killer who will come after her.
King Tommen visits the Great Sept and is taken by the High Sparrow to see Margearys. She affirms to her young husband she truly has repented to her sins and is reformed.
Jaime, Mace Tyrell and the Tyrell’s army arrive to rescue Margerys from her walk of atonement. The army points spears toward the Sparrows and Jaime rides up to send the signal of attack. But events make a turn for the unexpected when King Tommen himself came out of the Great Sept and announces the union of the Crown with the Faith. The High Sparrow wins another major political victory.
Jaime is stripped of his Golden Armor and removed from the King’s Guard. He’s sent to lead an army to help Walder Frey retake Riverrun from the Blackfish. He wants to hire mercenaries and kill the Sparrows and Cercei consels caution and to have Jaime accept his assignment in the hopes to regain again prestige and make himself a charismatic general who has the loyalty of the army for a future power play. Besides, she has the Mountain for her trial by combat to keep her safe.
Riding out, Daenerys discusses with Daarios to need to have a huge, one thousand ships fleet to carry her entire army from Meereen to Westeros. notices something ahead of her army. She rides off. Moments later she emerges in the air riding Drogon. From the dragon’s back, she makes a rousing speech urging the Dothraki at her command to cross the Narrow Sea and invade Westeros. Her Khalissar responds in frenzied glee.
Game of Opinion:
This is what would be called a breather episode. It’s not surprising that after an episode so full of events and revelations that the next would be more calmed down
Still, some major things happened. The return of Benjen as a empowered warrior with some magical powers of his own as the new protector of Bran. Bran as the new emerging Three-Eyed Raven. The visions he saw of the recent past of Westeros dating back to the final moments of the Mad King. Daenerys rides a dragon again and rallies her khalisaar to invade Westeros. And no less important, Tommen unites the Crown with the Sparrow and outplays everybody in the Small Counsel and his own mother and father, the architects of the plan to rescue Margaerys. Again, Cercei lost her control over a king son.
The badass moment of the episode was Benjen destroying about a dozen wights with barely breaking a sweat. I have seen many people predicting he would finally return to the show this season, and lo and behold, he did. And now with magical powers! It’s not too much a surprise that a new character would need to come to the story to serve as Bran’s protector. This is not surprising. I had assumed, and by that i mean wanted, that Leaf would be the one. Well, Benjen will do just fine. But i miss Leaf.
And what about those freaky visions by Bran? The most intriguing part was seeing the Mad King. Will Bran do another visit to the past and see those important events from the past that have informed all the events that lead to the present situation? What we will really learn from that? What will change with such knowledge?
It’s getting frustrating that Sam is still the coward he is. But he always then does something foolishly brave. It’s quite telling that he is the heir of a Valeryan steel sword and he now has it. Valeryan steel, he’s going to study to learn the weakness of the White Walkers… hum!
Tommen grew some balls, finally. Of course, he is being manipulated by the High Sparrow, but i can’t help feeling satisfaction to see Cercei losing control again over another of one of her sons who is King. And Tommen needed to be out of her shadow.
In a way i’m not too surprised that Margearys has been converted. Even if she was a big manipulator, she had very good traits to her and her change is not hard to believe. But there is always the possibility she is playing a long game. Who knows? Scenes for future episodes!
Jaime again proves to be a knight failure. This guy, he just can never have a plan of his to work. He fails, again. This has become a sort of recurring theme with Jaime. He fails and fails and fails again. He never does anything right!
We were reminded again that Cercei’s trail by combat will happen soon. Now that’s something i’m really eager to watch: Mountain Vs Sparrows! Place your bets, gentlemen!
And how will Daenerys’ invasion of Westeros plays out? Will it begin this season? Will she met Euron Greyjoy and his one thousand ship fleet?
Game of Predictions:
- As usual with this show, when the trial by combat happens, it will turn out to be played out in an unexpected way. Perhaps! Or perhaps somebody who has been absent for some seasons now will return to match with the Mountain and finally have some long in the happening payback. Perhaps, perhaps!
- Even if Daenerys conquers Westeros, the Faith Militant will have to be a major thorn on her attempt to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Unless they have been dealt with by then. And Daenerys will have the Lord of Light as her support religion, so… Religion Bitch Fight!!
A bunch of wights and… that’s it! Nobody with a name died this episode. Weird!
Quote of the episode:
The entire speech by Mace Tyrell because it’s one of the lamest rousing speech ever put on screen. So it wins.
Game of Final Thoughts:
After the intensity of last episode, this is a breather. What promised to be a bloodbath, Jaime and the Tyrell’s rescue of Margaerys, turned into a political turn around and conquest by the High Sparrow and King Tommen. And Daenarys finally stakes her claim to conquer Westeros in no uncertain terms while riding a dragon. The stakes are high!
As always, thank you for reading. This is AsimovLives signing off. Have a better one.