Game of Thrones Recap by AsimovLives
Season 6 – Episode 7
“The Broken Man”
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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: The Broken Man
Written by Bryan Cogman
Directed by Mark Mylod
Original Air Date: June 5 2016
Game of Synopsis:
Beware, spoilers ahead
The episode opens…
… with a cold open!
A peaceful community builds a sept under the lidership of a kindly, jovial and unorthodox Septon Ray. Among the builders is a very big man strong enough to carry a whole tree log by himself. When the lunch break rings, the big man drops his log and as he turns we get a good look at him and… it’s Sandor Clegane! The Hound lives!
Then it follows the opening titles with the Dyson sphere globe of the world of Westeros showing the locations of … where the action takes place.
Ray was the one who found Sandor and nursed him back to health, a feat he though impossible. AS Sandor says, it was hate that kept him alive. Ray says he knows not the designs of the gods, but he knows the gods are not yet done with Sandor Clegane, revealing that he knows very well who he is.
Later, Ray praches to his small community that peace is the answer to the ravaged world of Westeros. He himself being once a man of war, he eagers to teach the ways of peace. A group of horsemen arrive at the community, they are from the Brotherhood Without Banners, and try to intimidate Ray. Ray tries to defuse the situation by stating they have no food or money. The horsemen depart, after pronouncing the Lord of Light’s religion mantra “Beware, for the night is dark and full of terrors”.
Sansa, Jon and Tormund go about rallying forces to their side. Jon and Tormund try first with the Wildlings. They are hesitant to fight a war they think it’s not theirs. It’s when the giant Wun Wun sides with Jon that the rest of the Wildlings do so too.
Next stop, Bear Island, seat of House Mormont. Sansa, Jon and Davos are met with the current lord of the house, ten year old Lady Lyanna Mormont, grandniece of Joer Mormont and niece to Jorah Mormont. Sansa and Jon try to warm up to her with flattery and small talk but Lady Lyanne will have none of that and bluntly demands to get to the point. Sansa and Jon try to invoke house Mormont’s thousand years old alligence to house Stark, but Lyanna points out that, technically, neither Jon, a bastard, or Sansa, twice married to house Lannister and Bolton, could be considered a Stark, so why should house Mormont answer their call? It takes the intervention of Davos, who points out that the real menace is not the squabbles between houses but the real war is between the living and the dead. and the dead are coming! Lyanna is moved and convinced by Davos words and decides House Mormont will not break faith with the Starks. Asked for fighting men, Lyanna dispenses a grand total of 62. As Lyanna points out, they are not a great house but they are a proud one and each Bear Island man is worth ten.
They aren’t so lucky with House Glover, whose lord is very bitter that his castle was conquered by the Iron Born because they received no help from King Robb Later, and his own brother died in the war, all for a lost cause. They leacve empty handed.
Later, Sansa, Jon and Davos access their forces. Sansa deems them insufficient. Jon, however, wants to fight with what they have, anyway. Sansa, in secret, devices a plan of her own and writes a letter to destination known.
Yara and Theon are found in a brothel in Volanties. Yara is enjoying the company of a very sexy protistute. Theon merely looks around, all the fooling around is clearly disturbing him. Yara notices it and does what can only be considered a darkly funny parody of DIY psychoteraphy. She basically urges Theon to down his bad memories under ale and to either snap out of his owes or kill himself if he can’t stand. But she would rather have the real Theon on her side, as her plan is to usurp her uncle’s Euron’s plan to ally with Daenarys. Theon makes an effort to be Theon again. Satisfied, Yara leaves to get on with her chosen whore. Theon sees her depart, and it’s ambiguous if Theon is truly back or not.
Jaime arrives at Riverrun with Bronn. Bronn is yet to have received the larger castle and prettier bride that Jaime promised him from season 5. Riverrun, the Tully’s home castle recently recaptured by the Blackfish, is being sieged by the two sons of Walder Frey, and a sorry spectacle it is. They try to coerce Blackfish to surrender by threatning the life of his nephew Edmure, but Blackfish calls on the bluff. The Frey boys lose their nerve and back down.
Jaime and Bronn arrive and assert their authority. Jaime decides to parley with the Blackfish face to face. They met at the castle’s drawbridge. They trade unpleasanties to one another, Jaime threats the kill ever single one of the defenders if they don’t surrender, the blackfish retors they have enough suppies for 2 years, time is on his side, and the castle is so strong and well manned it would cost the lives of thousands to conquer. As he leaves, Jaime asks the Blackfish why he even bothered to met with him if he had no intentions of negotiating. Blackfish answers he was just too bored and he wanted to take a measure of Jaime, and he is quite dissapointed by what he saw. Jaime returns to his camp, crestfallen by his failure.
Maegerys mets with the High Sparrow. She makes a good show of being reformed by his teachings and her newfound purity free of sin. The Sparrow confronts her from words told by Tommen that she no longer shares his bed. She must, says him, for it’s her duty as a women to bear fruit for her husband, and for the sake of the realm, for the crown needs a heir. The Sparrow also mentions Lady Oleanna and how she is also somebody full of sins to atone.
She mets with Lady Oleanna, overseen by Septa Unella. Oleanna is beyond revolted by all the turn of events, namely Maergenys newfound religiosity. Maergerys urges her to leave back to their home at Highgarden. Unnoticed, she slips a note to her grandmother. Oleanna opens the note and it’s the drawing of a rose. She understands that Maergerys is still her old self, she’s acting up for the High Sparrow for whatever plan she has set in motion. Oleanna takes the cue and decides tio leave King’s Landing.
But before, Cercei visits the oçd Queen of Thorns. She tries to appeal to her former ally, but Oleanna has reached the end of her patience with Cercei and says to her face, in no uncertain terms, that the whole mess is her fault alone and she might be the most evil person she ever met in her long life. As Oleanna says, Cercei is now all alone, with nobody to help her.
Arya is planning on leaving Braavos and approaches a Westerosi ship captain to pay for passage and cabin for Westeros. As she contemplates her last moments looking at the Titan of Braavos, she is accosted by an old lady. The old lady attacks her and slashes at her belly and grabs Arya and repeatedly stabs her. He removes the face and it’s The Waif. Arya manages to espace and jump to the canal. Far, she emerges, bleeding. She walks the streets, wounded but too paranoid and scared to ask for help just in case any face in the crown might be The Waif in disguise.
Sandor is cutting firewood and enjoying some quiet moment by himself. Ray calls him to eat with the rest. They discuss their meeting with the Brotherhood Without Banners. Ray believes there’s always a peaceful resolution to every problem, something which Sandor is skeptical about given his past experiences. Ray leaves ahead while Sandor finishes his doing. As he is about to call it a day, he hears shouts from a distance. He arrives at the community but everybody is dead, killed violently, and Ray is hanged from a beam of his unfinished sept. Ray, left hanged, a look on his face of absolute terror, as if in his last moments he realized to his horror there was no gods of peace he heartly believed. Sandor can hide his fury, he grabs an axe and there’s no miastake he has any intention of chopping wood with it. The Hound is on a hunt!
Game of Opinion:
It is to be expected that Arya wouldn’t get out of The House of Black and White easily, that there would be a confrontation between her and the Waif. But the way it is happening is quite not how it was expected at all. Seems the confrontation will be dragged to the next episode, for it’s titled “No One“. The strange set of events has caused quite a lot of wild speculations in the net, including such outlandish notions as Arya and the Waif being the same person, the personification of her internal conflict from leaving behind her identity as Arya and to fully embrace being a No One. People are going crazy about Arya’s subplot!
I wouldn’t be too suprised if this season was a long death note for Cercei. Everybody turned their backs to her, Jaime is far away, she has the Mountain but he’s only one in the end, while the Faith Militant are many, as previously pointed out. It could be this is her final curtains.
I’m so curious to know what’s Maergerys’ end game. It’s great to know she is still her old self, and that’s she is scheming for some grand plan of her own. But watching the scenes, and by the look at the High Sparrow and the fact that she is being watched by Septa Unella makes me think that the High Sparrow might not be completely sold and convinced on Maergerys. I wouldnpt be surprised if that’s the case, he is one of the smartest person in the whole show!
It’s hard for me to guess what is going to happen in regard to what is now called the Battle of the Bastards. The whole rally of the nprth houses is not going as it seems it would. There has been so many misdirections so far, and i suspect more were induced this episode. I have give up trying to guess the outcome and just wait to see it happen onscreen.
Like many others, i was utterly amazed and in awe of the scene at Bear Island, namely, the fantastic performance by the actress that played Lady Lyanna Mormont. This young actress, her name Bella Ramsey – yeah, isn’t that just great? – she stole the scene, and i would even dare say, she stole the whole episode. Game of Thrones is will known for getting some fantastic children actors, and Bella Ramsey is the lattest addition.
Her scene also made me realise that it’s not just that i liked the characters of Joer and Jorah a lot, it seems that after this scene i’m a fan of the whole House Mormont, period! This is a house made of badasses! Every single one of them are very capable leaders and highly intelligent. This house should be rulling the damn continent, theirs should be the Iron Throne. THe internet is awashed with people wanting young Lady Mormont to seat on the Iron Throne, and i agree.
I read from the books that Bear Island is supposed to be a sort of desolated place, a bit like the Shetlands Island, only ugly. The show’s version, however, makes the place look gorgeaus, almost like Lord of the Rings’ Rivendel with snow. The first image above is from the shot that introduces the castle that is the seat of House Mormont. I’m glad the show did that. It also makes Jorah’s homesickness and desire to return home, especialy in season one, so much more understandable.
And leaving the most dramatic for last, the Hound is back! He’s alive! And now he’s back to kick ass after his litle detour at an attempt at living the peaceful life. The tragedy of Sandor Clegane is that his is a life of violence. No matter what he does, no matter his intentions, no matter what, violence always creeps back to his life. There’s no turning back. Watching the show, it seems to me that Sandor is one of those persons who is inherently a good person but circunstances makes him do bad things. Life gave him a bad hand since childhood, starting with his own fucking father and brother! But his better side always creeps in, no matter how much he tries to hide it, no matter how much he tries to convince himself he’s as much a monster like all the other men at arms he knows. His dealins with the two Stark sisters are quite proof of that. He served as protector of both, both times self-appointed. With Sansa he tried to make her open her eyes to her true situations at King’s Landing and then even offered to run away with her after he went AWOL during the Battle of Blackwater. With Arya initially he just wanted to sell her to her back family but the way he protected her after the Red Wedding was way beyond the mere act of somebody only for the money. His fight against Brienne was to keep Arya safe, an open declaration of protection.
And now he had his little piece of heaven, his hope for a life of peace, destroyed by the actions of men of violence. Well, there’s payback to be done now. Justice has to be served, The Hound style!
Game of Predictions:
- I just had this awful though: What if Ramsey loses but survives the battle to come and to save his life he joins the Night’s Watch? Because if he did so, than all his crimes would be remissed and there would be no lawful way to get at him. Is this going to happen??
- Awful though number two: what if Ramsey wins and the fate of Westeros actually rsts on his shoulders to defend the realm of the living from the Night’s Kings? And if he wins and it’s him who is the savior of mankind?? What if this is what is the end game all along? Arghhh!!
- Could it be the next episode is the last we see Cercei alive?
- Brienne arrives at Riverrun and she tells both the Blackfish and Jaime of the threat that lies beyonf the wall, and they decide to join forces and help Sansa and Jon fight against Ramsey. Yeah, i know, too idealistic for this show, isn’t it?
A dozen peaceful peasants, Septon Ray.
Quotes of the episode:
Bronn: You promised me a lordship, and a castle, and a highborn beauty for a wife.
Jaime: And you’ll get all three. “A Lannister always…”
Bronn: Don’t say it, don’t fucking say it!
Jaime: You clearly have no intention of saving your men’s lives! Why did you come treat with me?
Blackfish: Sieges are dull. And I wanted to see you in person, get the measure of you.
Jaime: Well, now you have.
Blackfish: Aye, now I have. I’m disappointed!
Olenna: [to Cercei] Loras rots in a cell because of you. The High Sparrow rules this city because of you. Our two ancient houses face collapse because of you and your stupidity. […] I wonder if you’re the worst person I ever met? At a certain age it’s hard to recall, but the truly vile do stand out through the years. Do you remember the way you smirked at me as my grandson and granddaughter were dragged off to their cells? I do. I’ll never forget it. […] You have no support, not any more. Your brother’s gone, the High Sparrow saw to that. The rest of your family have abandoned you, the people despise you. You’re surrounded by enemies, thousands of them. You’re going to kill them all by yourself? You’ve lost, Cersei! It’s the only joy I can find in all this misery.
Every single thing said by Lyanna Mormont! And Davos gets a few great lines too. So where’s the entire thing:
Jon: Lady Mormont.
Lyanna: Welcome to Bear Island.
Sansa: I remember when you were born, my lady. You were named for my aunt Lyanna. They said she was a great beauty. I’m sure you will be, too.
Lyanna: I doubt it. My mother wasn’t a great beauty or any other kind of beauty. She was a great warrior, though. She died fighting for your brother, Robb.
Jon: I served under your uncle at Castle Black, Lady Lyanna. He was also a great warrior and an honorable man. I was his steward and…
Lyanna: I think we’ve had enough small talk. Why are you here?
Jon: Stannis Baratheon garrisoned at Castle Black before he marched on Winterfell and was killed. He showed me the letter you wrote to him when he petitioned for men. It said…
Lyanna: I remember what it said. “Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is Stark.”
Jon: Robb is gone, but House Stark is not, and it needs your support now more than ever. I’ve come with my sister to ask for House Mormont’s allegiance.
Lyanna: As far as I understand you’re a Snow, and Lady Sansa is a Bolton. Or is she a Lannister? I’ve heard conflicting reports.
Sansa: I did what I had to do to survive, my lady, but I am a Stark. I will always be a Stark.
Lyanna: If you say so. In any case, you don’t just want my allegiance. You want my fighting men.
Jon: Ramsay Bolton cannot be allowed to keep Winterfell, my lady. It is our duty to stop him. Even more so because he holds our brother Rickon Stark as prisoner. What you have to understand, my lady, is that…
Lyanna: I understand that I’m responsible for Bear Island and all who live here. So why should I sacrifice one more Mormont life for someone else’s war?
Davos: If it please, my lady, I understand how you feel.
Lyanna: I don’t know you. Ser…?
Davos: Davos, my lady. Of House Seaworth. You needn’t ask your maester about my house. It’s rather new.
Lyanna: Alright, Ser Davos of House Seaworth. How is it you understand how I feel?
Davos: You never thought you’d find yourself in your position, being responsible for so many lives at such a young age. I never thought I’d be in my position. I was a crabber’s son, then I was a smuggler, and now I find myself addressing the lady of a great house in time of war. But I’m here because this isn’t someone else’s war. It’s our war.
Lyanna: Go on, Ser Davos.
Davos: Your uncle, Lord Commander Mormont, made that man his steward. He chose Jon to be his successor because he knew he had the courage to do what was right, even if it meant giving his life. Because Jeor Mormont and Jon Snow both understood that the real war isn’t between a few squabbling houses. It’s between the living and the dead, and make no mistake, my lady: the dead are coming.
Lyanna: Is this true?
Jon: Your uncle fought them at the Fist of the First Men, I fought them at Hardhome. We both lost.
Davos: As long as the Boltons hold Winterfell, the North is divided, and a divided North won’t stand a chance against the Night King. You want to protect your people, my lady, I understand. But there’s no hiding from this. We have to fight and we need to do it together.
Lyanna: House Mormont has kept faith with House Stark for a thousand years. We will not break faith today.
Jon: Thank you, my lady. How many fighting men can we expect?
Lyanna: We are not a large house, but we’re a proud one, and every man from Bear Island fights with the strength of ten mainlanders.
Davos: If they’re half as ferocious as their Lady, the Boltons are doomed.
Game of Final Thoughts:
Another great episode. This one is marked by great dialogue scenes.