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Hold the Door, I feel so stupid for not sounding out "Hodor", but never forget the power of writing as seen in this episode. A character with only one line has managed to create a heart-wrenching hole in the future dynamic of the show.
Let's start with Daenerys this time and her little exchange with Jorah Mormont!
Well Jorah you finally did it, this scene for me was honestly my least favorite of an otherwise fantastic episode of Game of Thrones. Last night "The Door", set up some future fantastic plot points, and also had the dash of excitement and terror that Thrones usually promises in the later episodes of the season. Of all that though, I think the least was done here with the Mother of Dragons, and Jorah.
I know Game of Thrones isn't the same as every other TV show, but this scene was just too corny for me. Of course Jorah is going to find that cure, although there's a part of me that would like to believe that he won't. I doubt that the last time Daenerys sees Sir Jorah is here when she sends him on what should ultimately be a fool's errand. I think the best part of this scene was how much Jorah Mormont acted like a little kid. He's like that kid whose about to move away from where he's lived his whole life, and now he gets the courage to say he loves the girl next door. Come on bro, you couldn't nut up at any other time in the past? Now that you're dying you're going to let it all hang out? I found this to be a moment of weakness, from an otherwise mostly badass character. The only case I've heard of Grey Scale being healed in Game of Thrones is Shereen, and that was Stannis Baratheon's daughter. But that also is a different scenario as Stannis had money and power to get her healed, where as Jorah is on his own.
Onto Tyrion making moves in Meereen!
So apparently the new Red Priest is somehow going to be Tyrion's answer to making sure that Daenerys still gets credit for keeping the peace in Meereen, even while she is nowhere to be found. He thinks this will work because the Priests of Myr have already gained a massive cult following in the free city of Meereen, now that it is a free city. As the priest mentions in the episode last night, she has the same feeling that her "sister" had about Stannis Baratheon in the Western part of the world. That the Lord of Light sent them Daenerys, "The Unburnt", "Mother of Dragons", and "Breaker of Chains". Which I think Tyrion for now, will accept, because he does not have another an answer for keeping the people at bay while Daenerys is being rescued.
The coming weeks no doubt will shed more light on this situation, as they discussed last night the crime rates and killings of the masters have stopped almost completely since the meeting between Tyrion and the slave masters of the other slave cities. But like all things in Game of Thones, it shall not last. Tyrion will have to hold out until Daenerys gets back, which who knows how long that could take? I am guessing we haven't seen the last of the Sons of the Harpy before Daenerys' long awaited return.
Next up we have the Greyjoy family and the Iron Islands!
,Theon and his sister Yara had a legitimate stake at claiming the "Salt Throne" at the beginning of this episode even though we all knew that Euron was going to make a claim too. Euron starts behaving as only a Greyjoy would know how to towards his niece and nephew, just after a touching moment. Theon defends his sister after members from the crowd call out for him to lead, which we all know he's always wanted. Only to have this moment ruined by his Uncle shouting about how Theon got his dick chopped off and that Yara is nothing but a girl.
Bold play by the Greyjoy siblings to go off and rally whomever wanted to follow them and to steal Euron's best ships, and then make for god knows where. I love this whole new dynamic that has virtually picked up x100 this season. Euron wants to ride East and join Daenerys Targaryen and how did he put it.... Oh ya
Super ridiculous scene in terms of "election". Of course the most savage people in Westeros, have the most democratic election process, but still it does not go that way. So I'm excited to see how this will progress and if Euron will be able to catch his niece and nephew, and to also find out where the hell Theon and Yara are going...
Onto the wall! (Sansa and Jon)
So now here is the build up for the Stark comeback we've been waiting and hoping for since the Red Wedding. The planning to bring forces together to unite under House Stark got me to researching online, and if you think that they still might be screwed in either case there is something to consider about the houses they ruled out. For instance they consider the Umbers to be on Ramsay's side, but going back and watching key components and having read some of the books, something seems fishy. Small Jon Umber is the new leader of the Umber house. For being a house that traditionally has loved the Starks, and is a very traditional family, something is most definitely up when you go back to the scene where he hands over Rickon and the Wildling chick. Here's the video that explained a lot of that for me.
Just to clarify, the video above is ALL speculation, so if you have watched up to Episode 3 of Season 6 there were no spoilers! ALL SPECULATIONS!
ALSO, Littlefinger comes back into the picture if only for a brief period of time to talk to Sansa and to try and lend her help. Only to be grilled with questions from Sansa about whether or not he knew what was going to happen to her with Ramsay. In either case, she doesn't care and sends him away and she never wants to see him again. I highly doubt that Sansa will get her wish, as long after Caitlyn Stark displayed no interest in Peter Balish he still continued to chase after her. A fantastic line Sansa delivers is when she says, "you freed me from the monsters who murdered my family, and you gave me to other monsters who murdered my family". Sansa is starting to play the Game of Thrones...
Brienne of Tarth is sent to rally the Blackfish and the rest of the Tully forces; she needs to help them find their way back to Sansa and Jon Snow in order to join the fight against Ramsay to take back Winterfell!The most interesting part to me is her dishonesty when Brienne and Sansa are alone. Brienne asks Sansa why she lied about how she found out about Blackfish and Riverrun, and she says that she heard from Ramsay's letters when she was in Winterfell. She chooses to lie to Jon and her "brothers" friends for some reason that remains unknown.
Onto Arya and the Many faced god!
This was a fantastic scene with some great key points. Arya gets to find out a little bit of what happened after her fathers execution because as we know she never went back to King's Landing. It also makes me wonder what other plot points, if any, will be revealed to her since she will be forced to return back to murder the woman that plays Cersei in the production. We don't really know why, but in another fantastically written line "the faceless man" tells a girl that death does not only come for the wicked.
Another key plot point that is brought up here, is the foreshadowing that Arya may be crossing another someone off her list, and that person may be Cersei. Since it looks to this point that Cersei is too much to keep around. Arya may be setting up for "a girls" list of kills but not even knowing it. Also another thing I can't get out of my mind, is that she keeps getting the shit kicked out of her by that other chick that lives in the house of Black and White, and I can only imagine it is because she has not revealed the location of her sword "Needle" that Jon gave her.
In any case, I am super excited to see this storyline develop in next week's episode. I'd have to say it's number three on the things I'm most excited to see from next week, aside from what's going to go down in King's Landing, which we didn't get any of this week.
Onto Bran, the three eyed Raven, the Night King, the Children of the Forest,
and for one final time, my boy Hodor! #RIPHodor #Holdthedoor
Hodor is the first character in a while I've felt genuinely heartbroken to see pass away on the show. The first thing I would like to mention, and this is totally speculation, is that i've noticed that the past few times Bran has been in Worg mode, he has been more and more involved with the time and place he is in. For example, the Tower of Joy scene where Ned Stark is on his way up to save his baby sister in the tower, and all of the sudden stops when Bran shouts his name... Then we have the flashback where he actually makes physical contact with the Night King, thus ultimately giving up his position in the world and ultimately killing Hodor.
Now for everyone that thinks Bran has power over this three eyed raven but blatantly states that he is not ready to become him, there is no other choice and no time left.
Finally, the last vision where Bran seems to have an interaction, is the final one we've seen to this point. The one with Hodor in the Winterfell Courtyard, and let me elaborate on why I think that Bran's worg mode may have more power than we (or Bran) totally understand yet. But first, you just have to rewatch this amazing scene.
Okay so some things to notice there in that huge swirl of emotions, is that this is the only vision where Bran can also hear what's going on in his real life.
It is also the only vision we've seen so far with long term implications. Even though we got to see the creation of the White Walkers by the Children of the Forest in this episode, which might be considered a long term implication, it doesn't come as a result of the person who is having the vision. Same with the vision where the white walker actually touches Bran, yes it gives away Bran's location and allows the white walkers to enter the Weirwood tree, but also at the same time this seems like it was always meant to happen. Just as the three eyed raven said himself after Bran almost talks to his father in the first flashback to the Tower of Joy, "History is written, the ink is dry", but is it really? Hodor seems to have had a life altering event as a result of being caught in two different time periods, even though he himself was not a Worg.
What I mean by this is that, is it possible that Bran has the power to change the past? And if so what does that mean in terms of significance for his role? What future visions will influence his path now that he and that chick are wondering the great north beyond the wall by themselves? If I had to make a prediction I would say that either....
A. This is where we finally find Uncle Benjen Stark, first Ranger of the Nightswatch and Brandon's Uncle to bring them to safety.
B. Bran finally uses his powers in a manipulative form and channels his way out of this situation, although it is unlikely, Bran could go back in time and try to manipulate his own past but for now we will have to see....
One thing is for sure though, now with the three eyed raven dead, Winter is most certainly coming......
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