Game of Thrones Recap by AsimovLives
Season 6 – Episode 8
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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: No One
Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Directed by Mark Mylod
Original Air Date: June 12 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, Riverrun, Wintefell, The Wall, Braavos and Meereen, where the action takes place.
Arya finds help with Lady Crane, who takes her to her home and patches her up. Arya confesses her desire to see more of the world, curious to see what’s west of Westeros. Lady Crane gives Arya milk of the poppy to ease her pains and Arya falls into slumber.
Brienne and Podrick arrive at the siege of Riverrun. They reacquaintancewith both Bronn and Jaime. Brienne and Jaime discuss the possible moral kunundrum they might find themselves due to their loyalties and the possibility they might find themselves having to fight one another. Jaime let Brienne go to Riverrun to meet the Blackfish.
Brienne tries in vain to convince the Blackfish to leave his home castle and march in help to Sansa. The Blackfish is just too sturbon and Brienne realises her mission failed.
Jaime mets with Edmure Tully and blackmails him by threatning to kill his baby son to act for him. Edmure goes to Riverrun and claims entrance and assume lordship of the castle that’s rightfully his. The Tully soldiers let him, much to the girveance of the Blackfish. Edmure orders the Tully soldiers to stand down and surrender. The Blackfish takes Brienne and Podrick to a rowboat for their escape and makes a last stand against the invading Lannisters soldiers.
An officer tells Jaime the Blackfish died in combat. Jaime notices Brienne escaping in the boat and waves her goodbye, and she returns the salute.
Varys leaves Meereen on a secret mission in Westeros. Tyrion, Missandei and Grey Worm have a small moment of levity before they are interrupted by an alarm: the Slave Masters betrayed the agreement and attack Meereen with a huge fleet. They bombard the city.
Missandei and Grey Worm accuse Tyrion for being gullible to trust the Slave Masters’ word. As they plan to use the Great Pyramid as a last stand fortification, they hear a lound sound from above. It’s Daenerys returning to Meereen, having flown on the back of Drogon.
The Hound tracks a group of the men who killed the people of the commune he was part of and kills them to a man. Later he finds the last remanants ready to be hanged by the Brotherhood Without Banners, lead by Thoros of Myr and Ser Beric. Asked what’s he’s doing, the Hound answers he’s to get the 3 men about to be hanged. Beric and Thoros allow the Hound to kill 2 of the 3 men, but by hanging, as they are being punished for being deserters and dragging the good name of the Brotherhood. The Hound kills two of the bandits and Beric the 3rd one.
Later, the hound is eating with the Brotherhood, and Beric and Thoros try to convince the Hound to join them. Though the Hound resists the offer, the words by Beric does seem to make an impact on him.
Cercei resist being summed to the presence to the High Sparrow and has the Mountain attack the Sparrows. The Mountain kills one of the Sparrows with his bare hands, scaring the others into innaction. Cercei taunts the High Sparrow to visit her instead at the Red Keep.
In the King’s court, Tommen decrees the banning of trial by combat for religious reasions, effectively removing Cercei’s best asset at her disposal, the Mountain. But she seems to have not yet exausted her tricks, as Qyburn tells her he went looking for what she asked and found much more than they initially intended.
Arya is awaken by a noise. She finds Lady Crane murdered and The Wait standing waiting for her. Arya runs away and a persue ensues. The Waif is relentless in her chase, and no matter how much Arya tries, she can’t lose her. Arya takes a jard fall and reopens her wound, bleeding. The Waif traces her back to Arya’s hideout and readies to kills Arya. Arya stands up, gets Needle and hits the candle, and her pace goes dark
A Man notices a trail of blood on the floor of the House of Black and White. The trails leads to the room of the faces and to the niche with the cut off face of The Waif. Arya emerges and points Neddle to A Man and accuses him of having send the Waif to kill her. A Man cofirms but he is pleased to have a new face, be it the Waif instead of Arya. He sahys Arya has become No One. But Arya replies she is Arya Stark of Winterfell and will return home. A Man nods his concent and Arya leave. A Man looks at Arya and as she walks away he smiles with fatherly pride.
Game of Opinion:
Watching this episode it’s clear we are arriving at the end game of this season.
A lot could be said about the characters who have departed this season and the reasons why. The Waif went Terminator T-1000 on Arya but got killed for her hubris. Thw Blackfish also got killed for his hubris and unwillingness to compromise for the sake of some cause higher than just his own desires, and that including helping someone of his own blood, Sansa the daughter of his niece Cathlyn. Ironic considering that honour and family are part of his house’s sigil. Or about the Hounds very darkly amusing hunting for the men who killed everybody in his commune incliding Brother Ray the person who might have been a genuine friend. And the whole bargain for how many he can kill with Thoros and Beric the leaders of Brotherhood Without Banner. And talk about returns, those two were last seen in season 3. And they offering the Hound a new purpose in life. Or about Cercei again facilitaging her own downfall by inspiring the High Sparrow for change the rules of the game once again.
But no, this time i’m going meta.
By episode 8 of this season, the thing that i have come to notice more, and one i’m actually appreciating, is this seasons constant demolishing and deflating of the most upheld fan theories. This episode killed at least three: No Cleaganebowl, no Lady Stoneheart and no Arya Fight Club Dual Personality Twist. I am amased by how far the geekdom and fans have gone with this pet theories of them and then acting disappointed and upset if they do not come true. As if this show exists merely to justify their own personal and chosen flights of fancy! I’m so glad this show is doing it’s own thing. And i truly hope none of the fan theories ever pan out, and in particular the biggest one of them all: R+L=J.
Me, I make no demands for this show except to give me a good enthralling tale, and they have been doing that non-stop since the pilot. I accept this show on it’s own terms. It’s as it should be.
Game of Predictions:
- Ramsey will survive the battle to come.
- Hell, he will win the battle!
- Or maybe the Starks will win but not in the way we are expecting, and not in the way that will be satisfying to their cause. Pyrrhic victory, if you will.
- Or something completely different will happen, something unexpected. Well, this is game of thrones.
- Also, the siege of Meereen will not develop as expected too.
- Jorah will die. I made my peace with that.
Seven former members of the Brotherhood Without Banners gone roque, one Sparrow, Blackfish, Lady Crane, The Waif.
Quote of the episode:
Sandor: Where’s the other one? The one with the yellow cloak?
Brigant: Fuck you!!
Sandor: That’s yer last words, “Fuck you”? C’mon, you can do better.
Sandor: You’re shit at dying, you know that?
Edmund Tully (to Jaime): You imagine yourself a decent person. Is that it? After you’ve… you’ve massacred my family. Kept me in a cell for years, stolen our lands. […] At some level you understand you’re an evil man. […] Tell me, i want to know, i truly do: how do you live with yourself? All of us have to believe that we are decent. Don’t we? So to sleep at night. How do you tell yourself? You’re decent? After everything you’ve done?
Jaime (to Edmure): The things we do for love! […] I love Cercei. You can laught at that what you want, you can sneer, doesn’t matter. She needs me. And to get back to her I need to take Riverrun. I’ll send for your baby boy… and i’ll launch him int Riverrun with a catapult because you don’t matter to me, Lord Edmure. You’re son doesn’t matter to me. The people in the castle don’t matter to me. Only Cercei. And if I have to slaughter every Tully that ever lived to get back to her, that’s what I’ll do.
A Girl: You told her (The Waif) to kill me.
A Man: Yes. But here you are. And there she is. Finaly a girl is no one.
A Girl/Arya: A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell and I’m going home.
Game of Final Thoughts:
As always, thank you for reading. This is AsimovLives signing off. Have a better one.