Synopsis of 6×02: While Dany is entering the unknown, Tyrion is doing the same in his own way; Bran, Arya, and Jon learn about the magic of this world and how revealing it can be to themselves and to others; the Lannisters face the fact that they are no longer in power.
Rating:★★☆☆☆ UNTIL RAMSAY SO ☆☆☆☆☆ (Two weeks running now, wow)
The office spoiler thread email began with, “1. Did anyone else notice that the cloth covering Jon was gone at the beginning of this episode?”
That’s really the most entertaining thing about this episode. As a whole, it was good at moving a lot of stories forward, even though a lot of the stories seemed to be more of an afterthought from the beginning.
Also, second recap starting with Arya, go me. Last episode Arya was allowed to come back to the House of Black and White and this episode we see that she has still been training. The most interesting part was her admitting that she had taken the Hound off of her list even before he died (anyone else hoping that he’s still alive?) and that’s why she couldn’t grant him the death that he wished for. At the end of that sequence she regained her sight, showing that a girl was ready.
Bran was also facing some interesting revelations, not about himself, but about his family. He grew up hearing tales of the victory that his father clinched at the Tower of Joy, but when the Three Eyed Raven brought him there he realized that stories are not always true. While he had heard the story “a thousand times”, it turns out it was not the real story, as his victory was only achieved by a true backstabbing. Bran was upset with the vision he had, and the Raven told him he would learn more in time.
In King’s Landing, Tommen tries to stand up to the High Sparrow who proves to be intriguingly insightful, discussing with the young king that while his mother might be bad, her love for him is good and true. Cersei also tries to put herself into a position of power, but her uncle and Lady Olenna might it painfully clear that they do not care for her or her resurrected from the dead bodyguard.
Elsewhere, Dany is brought to the home of the widows of previous Khals where the women take her in. While she hasn’t had any real guidance in the past, the other women all have a similar background to her which is painfully clear when the oldest widow (who is still quite young) states, “You thought he would conquer the world with you at his side.” Dany is going to learn a lot from the women who came before her and hopefully she will apply it.
Back in Mereen, Varys was able to use his somewhat miraculous skills to discover who was in charge of the attack while Tyrion (in the only comedic scene of the episode) tried to entice Grey Worm and Missandei into playing a drinking game with him, only to learn that not only do they not drink, but that the game is not possible without it.
The episode began with and ended with Jon Snow though. After his miraculous resurrection (even Melisandre was shocked by it) he came forth to show everyone that the Lord Commander was still very much alive. It seemed out of character though, for him to kill the traitors, especially Ollie who only glared at him when he was given the option to give some final last words. After cutting the rope that kept them alive, the four fell to their deaths and were hung in gruesome fashion.
Jon shed his coat and handed it to one of his supporters, declaring, “My watch is over” as he walked off.
But HURR DE DURR, we have to go back to Winterfell and see Ramsay again. While it was nice to see someone not bow to him for once (the man declaring how he knew that he killed his father was nice) it was some utter BS that two characters we hadn’t heard of for awhile come back in this fashion.
OSHA AND RICKON ARE BACK AND SHAGGYDOG WAS KILLED AND THE WRITERS LOVE RAMSAY AND I DON’T KNOW WHY.
I hope that Jon’s leaving to go back to Winterfell and save his baby brother cause this was some grade A bs.
Man do I hate these writers.
Let’s hope that the Starks can catch a break next week!