a blog by Iron Horse
This week on GoT we saw the return of a legend, a setting for the wars to come, and some foreshadowing to some big fights end of season.
We start with our first character of the episode Sandor Clegane, The Hound is back! We all thought he was dead for a long time, and bringing him back for a long time seemed totally pointless. Until now, we got a bunch of nods to confirm that Clegane bowl is probably coming. Sandor Clegane at the start of this episode is trying to leave behind his old awful ways, and become a good person so that he may leave behind all the struggles of his past.
By now if you haven't heard people have started to speculate and look ahead to Cersei's trial by combat, because of her chosen fighter The Mountain. Leaping back to one of the best episodes of this show to date "The Mountain and The Viper" , we can't wait to see Gregor Clegane in combat again. Especially this time as Zombie Mountain, but after last time who in the Seven Kingdoms would be willing to fight Sir Gregor? Only his brother who would do anything to exact revenge upon his brother whom he's always hated deep down.
I don't know that we'll get the Clegane Bowl we all know and want this season, but bringing The Hound back and giving him such a large chunk of a pivotal episode late in the season means just like fearless religious leader at this camp says. "The Gods are not done with you yet, you still have a part to play."
Onto King's Landing and the Tyrell's!
In this episode we really got to see what Margery is up to, just like a lot of people assumed she is "playing the Game of Thrones". The interesting thing I found out in this scene though is that she has sent her grandmother home. I find this very interesting because the only real taste of the grandmother we got in this episode outside of her short and very "hollow" interaction with Margery was when she was taking shots at Cersei.
To me this stuck out as the most important part of the episode outside of the Hound's story line because of what is on the horizon for next week. When you watch the preview for Episode 8 of GoT season 6 you can see that a lot of it will have to do with Cersei and the faith militant. Oh ya and Zombie Mountain...
Olenna Tyrell says many times to Cersei's face that the reason their great houses are on the brink of extinction is because of Cersei's stupidity. Which makes me think Cersei is about to make another huge mistake, and just watch the preview for next week. She chooses violence and the last flash of the trailer is the Mountain pulling back the heads of one of the faith militant so Cersei is about to make a move, whether bad or good we will just have to wait and see.
By the way if you were confused by the letter that she slipped her grandma with the rose on it and what it's significance is. The rose is the sigil of House Tyrell and it is her way of secretly conveying to her grandmother that she hasn't become a fanatic, that she still places family and her house above everything and that she has a plan. What that plan is remains to be seen, but what we do know is that Margery will not be in the captivity of the faith for too much longer.
A girl went from Arya, to no one, to a dead one all in the matter of 2 episodes. The last 2 seasons have seen Arya training in the House of Black and White, blind and begging on the streets of Braavos and now what? She's getting stabbed by this faceless servant of Jaqen h'ghar, CUT THE FUCK UP and left to die in a river in Braavos. The interesting thing to note from this scene has nothing to do with anything that actually happened in the episode. I think it's safe to assume this is not how Arya will die. In my opinion I think she will find the help of someone like a red priest, that's what I've gathered.
As far as my interesting note goes, I think we can see late in the trailer the waif having that look that she had when she went to grab Arya last night. Also they show the back of some girl running and jumping around in what looks like a Braavosi common place. I am going to assume that this is either Arya or the waif chasing Arya down as it looks like a girl in rags like the both of them are dressed around in Braavos.
Onto The Riverlands!
Okay this scene while not very exciting I still think none the less was fantastic. The Blackfish telling Jamie off saying that as long as he's alive the war is not over. Telling the Frey boys to go ahead and kill Edmure, knowing that they would never do it. Just all around being a total boss, then just giving Jamie the "Kingslayer" jabs and telling him the only way he'll get Riverrun back is from Blackfish's dead hands. They have provisions for 2 years and the will not yield even for Edmure so it will come to battle, unless Brienne can convince the Blackfish to surrender and go peacefully which I doubt will happen.
I think as far as next week goes we won't see a fight but like we saw in the previews Brienne will reach Riverrun and try to talk some sense into the Blackfish while Jamie and Bronn prepare for a siege. The battle as far as I'm concerned if it even does happen, will not happen this next episode, although Jamie is anxious to get this over with and come back to King's Landing to be with Cersei. Something tells me this whole battle will not be that simple. Brienne has a purpose in Riverrun and will not be a mute role in the last few episodes of the season, and her saying that her honor would force her to fight against Jamie and the Lannisters since she is now sworn to Sansa.
Next up is The North with Jon, Sansa, and Davos Seaworth...
Still gathering forces all be it very slowly this group did make a ton of progress this episode just by locking down the Wildlings to fight for them. What's stuck out to me throughout their whole process of gathering forces in the North is Ser Davos and his role to play. So far we've had the Mormonts with young Lyanna Mormont donating 62 troops thanks to Ser Davos, but other than that we've seen little support for the actual Stark name. Which will now have to come from a place where Sansa feared she would ever have to ask help from again. The Eyrie and Littlefinger...
For the Knights of the Vale to come and help the cause of Jon and Sansa it will cost them though. We all know that Littlefinger has this creepy ass obsession about Sansa and the Stark family but the important thing to remember is that Littlefinger always has something in it for him. So for him to lend the aid of the Knights of the Vale in this conflict to retake Winterfell from the Bolton's, will definitely require some sweetening of the pot from Sansa. Especially after she basically told him to fuck off like 2 or 3 episodes again and that if she ever saw him again she'd have him killed.
Interested to see how this works out for them though because I have no doubt that Littlefinger will make a power play, because I also have no doubt he will come to Sansa's aid as I see that being the only way that the Starks win this...
Onto the final piece of this episode somewhere in a brothel with Yara and Theon!
Interesting in my opinion to find out that Yara and Theon have the same plan their devious and clever Uncle proposed at the naming of the Salt King. Which was to win over the support of Danerys Targaryen and sail back to Westeros on the Greyjoy's notoriously fast ships in order to win the Iron Throne. This might be the most surprising revelation as to me it screams FINALLY. Although I doubt all will work out for the Greyjoy's in the end. Danerys will finally give no more speeches about sailing to Westeros she will ACTUALLY DO IT.
In the context of this whole situation I took a step back and started to realize something about Game of Thrones. Very recently the female characters have not just been characters that were strong and independent, but they actually were starting to gain some power in the world. If not starting to gain power, they were accumulating more than they had previously. Arya has only gotten more well versed in the world and in a section of the world that is really survival of the fittest. Sansa has escaped the clutches of oppression for like the 4th time and is starting to gain some traction and power bearing her own last name. Yara was almost elected leader of the Iron Islands and when she wasn't still held a very favorable holding as you can see when they stole basically the entire Greyjoy fleet. Margery is climbing her way out of the cells of the Sept of Baelor and back into power, while Danerys has just secured the Dothraki horde ON HER OWN.
So the fact that these 2 strong, powerful, driven women might meet up encourages me to think that something could be forthcoming in the way of an alliance between the Greyjoy's and Danerys in Meereen.
Here's the trailer so check it out and let me know what you're thinking in terms of predictions!
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