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A brief moment of happiness for two separated Starks, the first we've seen reunite in quite some time... But will it last.... My predictions and theories, as well as a rundown of last nights exciting episode ahead!
Let's jump right into Jon Snow reuniting with Sansa, because honestly it's the last time I remember this show depicting happiness that wasn't somehow corrupt or one-sided. Last week, Jon announced he was done with the Nights Watch, that "his watch has ended". Luckily, he stuck around for just a little longer and Sansa and Brienne were able to reach Castle Black in time, giving us this wonderful moment between brother and sister.
Absolutely love it. Now onto the more important stuff. I'm not talking about the hot pies they used to share as kids in Winterfell, or Sansa and Jon making amends for stupid shit they did during their childhood, with Jon being a moody kid and Sansa being a bitch. I'm talking about what is to come from this reunion. While Sansa knows what to expect from Ramsay, Jon only knows that he does not have the numbers to fight him. The Wildlings, according to Tormund, are only 2,000 strong in fighting men. While according to Sansa, Ramsay's forces are 5,000 strong, and unbeknownst to them are growing stronger with the support of other Northern houses. Sansa seems to believe that Northern men are loyal to the Stark name and will rally their banners around her and her estranged brother, should they decide to march on Winterfell. I don't know how true that is though, as we've seen multiple times since the Red Wedding, the bitter behavior from several Northern families at the way Robb Stark handled the war. Given the fact he was only sixteen, they are completely unforgiving, and they see only the results that have crippled the North and tarnished the Stark name.
In the letter Ramsay wrote to Castle Black, but more specifically to Jon, he graphically explains that he is going to come for his "bride" (Sansa), and that she will be raped and treated far worse than before if she is captured. Also, because he now has Rickon captured, he explains that if they ever want him to live another day outside the walls of his cell, then they must come for him in Winterfell. This is the battle we've been waiting for all season. It will culminate at the end of the season, most likely building up to the biggest fight the show has seen to date.
From this conflict, we will come to find out whether or not the Starks will ever rule in Winterfell again, or if Ramsay's reign of terror will continue in the North and onwards.
Next, Theon (the Greyjoy's)
In my opinion, Yara Greyjoy has fallen into luck with the return of her brother, Theon, whether she believes it or not. I believe Theon could assist Yara in leading, even though the Iron Islands are not your traditional family oriented type of place. The Greyjoy's are a name not easily trifled with there. Their problem here is that Theon is not their ideal image of a Greyjoy man. Yoren however (Theon's Uncle) is, and with Yara being the only other real Greyjoy candidate to lead the Iron Islands, this does not bode well for her.
However, I think that with the return of Theon, Yara stands a better chance. With Yoren on the return, and the vote for a new leader coming soon, it is evident that they don't want a woman leading them. But with Theon at her side, she may actually have the support she needs to force herself into power. Although, like I said, the Ironborn don't necessarily value the same traditional sense of monarchy that all of Westeros has adopted. For instance, some do still look at the original Greyjoy line as the rightful leaders. Now it's up to their democratic society to decide on whether or not to start over entirely, with Yoren, or to allow Yara, a female, to rule the Iron Islands.
On to Tyrion in Meereen! (co-stars Greyworm and Missandei)
This has always been my favorite storyline, but this season it has taken a back seat to what is going on with Jon and Castle Black, and King's Landing. Nonetheless, I did enjoy this episode with Tyrion, and this scene in particular, where he's talking to the slave-masters about ridding the world of slavery. The line he spouts about how "I have never had slaves and I grew up richer than all of you" seemed to turn heads, suggesting there is hope for those in Meeren. However, when he is walking with Missandei and Greyworm they seem to not believe that he has made any progress with the masters.
It really is hard to know if Tyrion is being swindled here, or if he has really found a peaceful solution to the problem. They claim to not be funding the Sons of the Harpy, but we all know that's bullshit just based on this meeting. The fact that Tyrion gives them seven years to end slavery is a fair and just way of imposing his will. They will have plenty of time to find a new way of living. At the same time, I don't think that Daenerys will be so adamant about waiting seven years once she returns with the Dothraki at her side, but we will get to that later.
Onto our first appearance from Littlefinger!
Okay so by now we all know that Robin Arryn is a gigantic pussy. But this has evidence to support a newly found theory I discovered last night on the internets. The theory goes that Robin Arryn may actually be Littlefingers child from his affairs with Lysa Arryn. The reason I believe this could be a viable theory goes back to some good old fashioned book reading.
In the Game of Thrones books their is a fight that goes on between Littlefinger and Ned Stark's older brother Brandon. Brandon Stark is challenged to a fight for Caitlyn Tully's love by Littlefinger, when Littlefinger promptly gets his ass kicked he goes back to being the ward at Riverrun and stays quiet, but as we now know Littlefinger is a schemer.
I believe the only reason that Littlefinger holds any investment in the boy Robin is because he is actually his father. How this would be possible is because as we know Peter and Lysa had a "thing" going on for a lot longer than the show leads us to believe. I have yet to see Littlefinger invest his time in anything that wasn't also beneficial for him, so for him to stick with Robin and put his support behind him is a bit more than suspicious. Also Littlefinger has plans to march North to rescue Sansa with the Knights of the Vale which will be great. My hope is that we have some type of 'The Hobbit' Battle of the 5 Armies type scenario where everyone gets to the battlefield at the same time, but instead of Misty Mountain and gold they're all after Sansa Stark.
Onto King's Landing
Honestly I'm starting to get frustrated whenever we flash to King's Landing, the amount of boobs and beheadings has drastically gone down this season minus Zombie Mountain turning that guys head into nutella a couple episodes ago. Although after this episode my lull in King's Landing might be ending, the Tyrell's and the Lannister's are absolutely sick of the high sparrow's bullshit he's been spewing. The few instances of King's Landing we had this episode featured Margaery speaking with the high sparrow and her brother Loras. Loras has been fully broken by the "torture" he's undergone in the prison he's been held up in, which is an interesting development in the coming civil war in the capital.
I really do feel bad for only Tommen here, the little dude was getting his first real taste of what it was like to be a king. Getting to make love to his hot ass queen and then to just have her taken from him, that's just cruel man. Also Cersei and Jamie haven't had nearly as big of a part in this season as I'd liked them to so far.
I suspect that soon enough I will be happy with my Cersei and Jamie Lannister love as in the previews you can see Jamie marching around Lannister banners in full combat armor.
Last but not least Daenerys Stormborn and her loyal booty calls!
How bad ass was this whole fuckin piece of this episode I mean for real. You have the traveling duo of these 2 awesome fighters poking each other back and forth with jests about who will end up being the one who Daenerys falls for. I can't for the life of me understand why, there's literally so many women in this world that either of them could just have, but no they won't the only feminist.. Jorah I guess I understand he's got pure motives, he's pretty innocent, she reminds him of the only woman he truly ever loved. Another thing that came from this adventure was Daario finding out about Jorah's greyscale. This is minor for right now as they main mission is getting Daenerys back to Meereen safely and out of Vaes Dothrak.
This whole sneaking into Vaes Dothrak was sweet, knowing that they couldn't bring any weapons. Daario said fuck that, wisely as he ended up saving Jorah's life. The thing I love about this episode in the end though is that Daenerys would've been just fine without them according to how this goes. She gets brought on for trial like she was always going to, and she sets the leaders on fire so that she can walk out and show the rest of the horde that she is truly the "unburnt".
She figured they would follow her because this is originally how she got Khal Drogo's remaining horde to believe in her, so why not try it again.
Great episode of Thrones last night, couldn't be in a better place moving forward. We've laid the foreground, and it's now only about 2 more episodes of setting up before we see the real big fights we've been itching for all season.
We all gotta remember, Danni, she's just a girl and shes on fire.
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