No doubt the internet in Australian exploded yesterday and groaned under the strain of an entire nation streaming, downloading, or otherwise obtaining the latest episode of the much awaited Game of Thrones.
This isn’t a discussion though for those who haven’t seen the show. So fair warning; SPOILERS ahead! If you haven’t seen the episode yet, go do that first, then come back here and have a chat with us.
The first shot picks up pretty much exactly where the last shot left us. Jon Snow is lying in a pool of his own blood. We’ve seen plenty of characters that we’ve loved die before (we’re no stranger to that in this show), but I think it really hit home for a lot of us when Jon fell to the ground. None of us want to see him dead. The internet exploded with theories of how he might return to life. A popular one was that Melisandre could bring him back to life. Another was that he might return as a ‘White Walker’. What are your thoughts? Is he really, truly, dead?
The Boltons are celebrating their victory, but they’ve suffered a major setback with the loss of Sansa Stark and Reek/Theon Greyjoy. There is definitely a lot of tension here between Roose and Ramsay, especially with Roose making it perfectly clear that he’ll hand his title down to his unborn son and not Ramsay if he can’t recover Sansa. Obviously Ramsay isn’t too fond of hearing this, and I’m sure we all suspect he has murder on his mind. Will he have his father flayed?
Ramsay’s hounds inevitably catch up with Sansa and Theon, but thankfully Brienne of Tarth and Podrick turn up in the nick of time to save them. If you pay close attention to the hounds and their handler in this scene, you’ll see them standing in the background while the fighting takes place and then simply vanish at the conclusion. Surely while Brienne was down you’d have released the hounds? Anyway, she pledges her service to Sansa who accepts. Is this the start of Sansa building an enormous army in the North to reclaim Winterfell?
So Jaime Lannister returns to his sister, Cersei Lannister, with the body of their daughter, Myrcella Baratheon. With two of her three children dead, Cersei seems to have pretty much resigned herself to her fate. She’s lost all hope at this point. It’s Jaime who brings her back from the brink with the line: “Everything they’ve taken from us we’re going to take back and more. We’re going to take everything there is.” This feels a bit like Jaime getting back on the proverbial horse as well – he has been pretty glum since he lost his hand. Up to this point, if you think about it, Jaime has been pretty sedate. He’s never come across as vengeful, he’s usually pretty laid back. So is the Kingslayer going to punch it into top gear and start kicking some butt?
Ellaria Sand and her Sand Snakes are playing a very dangerous game. I’m not sure how she and a small band of assassins intend to run a kingdom, much less take on the Lannister army. To be honest I don’t think Ellaria’s ‘plan’ extends that far. I think she’s out for blood, out for revenge, which I ultimately doubt she will get. So when her and her Snakes are dead, House Martell is going to be in tatters. At least that’s my suspicions, what do you think?
Varys and Tyrion Lannister out for a stroll in Meereen. With Daenerys Targaryen flying away on a dragon at the end of the last season everything has fallen on the shoulders of these two. Are they up to the job? Probably, they handled Kings Landing reasonably well. They discuss the need to remove the leader of the Sons of the Harpy and pass through a crowd listening to the word of ‘The Lord of Light’ (which seems to be spreading rapidly across the world), before running down to the docks to see the harbour ablaze and all the ships destroyed. No going home just yet for these two. Can they keep it together?
Daario Naharis and Jorah Mormont are looking for Daenerys, who has been captured by the Dothraki. There is some back and forth banter before she announces she is the widow of Khal Drogo. At this point the attitude of the Dothraki changes sharply from contempt to respect. It’s not the escape Daenerys was looking for though, as she’s now required to head to the temple of Vales Dothrak to live out her days with other Khal widows. I don’t know about you, but I feel Daenerys time as a leader of armies, trying to reclaim the throne of Kings Landing, and her time involved in war and politics, has come to an end. I suspect Daenerys journey is going to take on a much more spiritual one. I can picture her heading up the mountain to the temple and returning an enlightened being, perhaps more in touch with her dragons. I dunno.
Meanwhile in Braavos, Arya Stark is having a spiritual journey of her own in a sense. It looks like her training isn’t over yet as she is attacked by ‘The Waif’, even though she is now blind. I have no doubt Arya is going to become one of the most bad ass characters in this series, but for now it’s rags, blindness and beatings. Will she come back to avenge her father or will she simply lose all trace of herself and become another faceless assassin?
And lastly, the big ‘shock’ for the end of the episode, Melisandre removing her magical necklace and assuming (one can only assume) her natural state. She’s pretty depressed, everything she believed was going to happen hasn’t. All the visions in the flames have been proven false. She’s lost her Lord, her army, and perhaps her faith. Is she simply retiring for the evening and the removal of the necklace is a normal part of that? Or was it keeping her alive and she’s heading to bed for the long sleep?
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