Alright.. GoT is back! This season has been killer so far. They are mostly past the books, (the Iron Islands stream is still within the book events), so apparently they have decided to get the stories moving a little faster than in previous seasons. D&D have done a really good job thus far into the season and I’m totally on board for now.
First, there has been a hella bit of whining on the Interwebs about the Dorne storyline and what they did in the season 6 premiere. I don’t get it. What was the expectation there? Doran Martell to engage in some long distance game of intrigue with Cersei? Hogwash. Something needed to happen and something did. Elia and her Sand Snakes are going to be a problem and I hope she makes a right mess of things.
I really love the character arcs in this show. Take for instance Jamie Lannister. How can you not love the guy now? A humbled Jamie is an awesome Jamie (sexual tastes and murderous history aside). He gives Brienne a sword of Valyrian steel and a mission, attempts to save his daughter, and in this episode has one of my favorite scenes with the Sparrow. Jamie is with Tommen at the wake of his daughter and Tommen’s sister and he patiently tells Tommen to go see his mother. The High Sparrow makes an appearance. I love the barely restrained arrogance and feigned humbleness that Jonathan Pryce pours into the character. Its perfect. Anyway, Jamie and The High Sparrow have some words and it was fantastic. Jamie threatens to kill him and the HS suggests he could bring down the throne. Sadly – Jamie makes the mistake of not bringing any help when the HS’s little birds surround the chamber holding clubs etc and generally looking menacing. To be continued I’m sure..
Speaking of the “King”. Tommen is just brutal. He is pathetic and weak and annoyingly so. What a tragic waste of a crown. The worst part of all is that when he finally asks Cersei for help, you actually felt good because you know something is going to get done.
Arya is blind and quickly gets forgiveness after a couple beatings. That was fast. I think Jagen H’ghar might be sweet on her. I’m hoping they do her justice because I think she is gonna be awesome later one. I mean even more awesome. I miss the Hound.
Finally they killed that crotchety old bastard Balon Greyjoy and now Yara (the best Greyjoy) can attempt to become the first woman leader of the Iron Isles. She just needs to navigate the Kingsmoot.
Roose Bolton…Or should I say a poor Joffrey knockoff. Clearly the guy they want you to hate. The only problem is that he is a pretty cookie cutter psychopath. He doesn’t have the same spoiled brat throwing a tantrum vibe that really made you hate every fiber of Joffrey’s being. He is vicious, cold, ruthless and obviously damaged. But actually kind of boring, even with the patricide and fratricide in this episode.
Bran makes an appearance and we see where he has gotten off to up North with the 3 eyed crow. We also get a glimpse of Ned Stark as a child in Winterfell and his sister Lyanna. Which I think is leading up to a big reveal later. Look up R+L=J if you’re interested. Anyway, hopefully Bran starts doing…something soon. Anything. Also – Willis!!
Was there anything else of note this episode… Umm, the Wildings come back to save the Onion Knight and company in Castle Black from that total creep Allier Thorne. A giant smashed a crossbowman into pulp on the wall in some comic relief.
Oh yeah.. Boom.