TV Shows: Game of Thrones Season 6: Midseason Post

Thursday, May 26, 2016


We're already halfway through the season! Can you believe it? In acknowledgement of that fact, I decided to write a post on the series of events that took place thus far. So much happened, I don't think I'll be able to cover everything, but I'll try.
In the first episode of the season, we were painfully reminded that Jon Snow was killed by his own brothers of the Night's Watch. But my hope was quickly restored when Ser Davos and a few of Jon's real friends found him with multiple gaping stab wounds and took him in. Sansa and Theon escape Winterfell while Ramsay is away after killing Myranda. His men catch up with them in the woods when Brienne comes with Pod to rescue them. Back in King's Landing, looks forward to seeing her daughter Myrcella, the one silver lining her life now (after being humiliated by being forced to walk the streets naked as a testament to her "sins") only to find that Myrcella was killed by the Sand Snakes. Across the Narrow Sea, Jorah and Daario track Daenerys after she escapes with Dragon. Arya is homeless, fighting off starvation and managing without her sight instead of serving the Many Faced God after having killed one of the men on her list. Throughout the episode, Lady Melisandre wasn't her usual confident self because of the fact that Stannis Baratheon died and she thought he was the promised prince. At the very end of the episode, she takes off the necklace she always has on and her true age is revealed (she's very, very old).

In the second episode, we follow Arya whose confronted by Jaqen Hagar and is given one more chance at proving herself worthy to be a servant of the Many Faced God. Ramsay ruthlessly murders his father Roose Bolton and kills his step-mother and new half-baby brother believing his new title is in jeopardy. Theon leaves Sansa with Brienne knowing she was in good hands and returns to the Iron Islands. His sister, Yara is suspicious of his return, believing that he's come to claim the throne, formerly held by their father Balon Greyjoy who was killed by his brother Euron Greyjoy. I know its all very complicated. Tyrion releases the dragons Daenerys chained up back in season who-knows-when. Bran continues to be trained by the Three-Eyed Raven, he visits young Ned Stark's time. I have to be honest, I'm so confused when it came to Bran's training. I mean, I understood why he needed to be trained, what with the White Walkers getting closer by the episode (not close enough if you ask me), but what I don't understand is what the visions the Three-Eyed Raven made him see had to do with anything. Ser Davos successfully convinces Lady Melisandre to use her magic to resurrect Jon, but she's skeptical of the operation's success. After it the ritual seemingly fails, everyone leaves the body and Jon comes to life. I knew this was coming. Why would they have advertised Jon Snow for season 6 otherwise? I think it's safe to say that Jon Snow is definitely the one character we could be 100% sure will not be killed (hopefully).

Hold up. Isn't Brienne's sword called "Oathbreaker"? The sword wasn't mentioned throughout the episode thought. In fact, I don't even remember Brienne being in this episode at all. After his own friends' reactions of shock and surprise, Jon Snow makes a public appearance at the Castle Black courtyard (or whatever it is you want to call it) and executes Thorne and the other "brothers" that assassinated him while he was Lord Commander, a position he apparently didn't want anymore anyway. Arya gets her second chance, trains with the Waif and gets her sight back. After being taken by another sect of the Dothraki tribe, Daenerys finds out that because she is a widow of a Khal, she is to be taken to Dosh Khaleen, a group of widows of other Khals and reside amongst them forever. Varys informs Tyrion that the masters of Yunkai, Volantis, and Astapor are supporting the Sons of the Harpy financially. "King" Tommen is slowly being turned by the High Sparrow (kidding), Cersei and Jamie Lannister try and fail to rejoin the small pathetic council in an effort to reclaim King's Landing from the High Sparrow. Ursha is killed by Ramsay after being given to him by some lord that needed his help in getting rid of the Wildlings, Rickon is imprisoned and his dire wolf Shaggydog (was it?) was beheaded.

After years of being apart, Sansa and Jon are finally and it was beautiful you guys. (For once) I'm not even being sarcastic about it. I was truly moved, it was a very emotional moment for everyone. Things quickly got serious when Sansa demanded that they take back their home, Winterfell. It felt so weird to me for them to actually be interacting because they were apart for so long. Tormund Giantsbane ogles Brienne which I found really creepy, apparently she wasn't all too fond of that idea either. Ramsay sends a letter to Jon saying that if he doesn't send Sansa back to him, he'll kill Rickon. The letter encourages Sansa's plan of taking back Winterfell. Margarey was allowed to visit her brother Loras. Cersei, Jamie and Tyrells  finally find common ground, they both want to make the High Sparrow pay for hurting them and their loved ones. Theon reassures Yara that he didn't return to the Iron Islands to claim the throne, that he will support her right to the throne. In what is arguable the MOST EPIC moment of all the seasons, Daenerys sets the Dosh Khaleen temple on fire and comes out unburnt, everyone bows in awe.

Episode five starts off with Sansa going to meet Little Finger- whom I'm beginning to suspect isn't loyal to anyone (I may be the only one making this observation so late in the show)- offers her help in taking back Winterfell. His actions are based solely on selfish interests. So I was happy when Sansa declined his offer. Beyond the Wall, Bran continues his training with the Three-Eyed Raven and learns that the Forest Children were the ones who created the White Walkers when they were at war with men. Theon and Yara's uncle is claimed king despite the fact that he killed his reigning brother. Jorah tells Daenerys about his greyscale and confessed his love for her, she commands him to find a cure and then report back to her. Frankly, I think this feat of unrequited love is one shouldn't be encouraged. I mean, Jorah looks like he could be Daenerys's father! It's all very weird. Tyrion is met by a red priestess, the first servant of the Lord of the Light. She offers to help Daenerys, claiming that she (Daenerys) was the one who was promised. At the end of the episode, Bran wonders off into one the visions alone and gets touched by the Night's King, thus notifying him of Bran's location and allowing him to enter the cave he otherwise couldn't set foot in. We finally (I swear, this is the season of finally(s)) find out why Hordor says "Hordor" all the time. Turns out it was because of Bran. Bran when into a vision unaccompanied, and because Hordor was in the vision Bran created, he wasn't quite aware of the present. So when Meera tells Hordor to "hold the door' that apparently had an effect on vision Hordor and present Hordor who are connected. Very difficult.

Before the season started, I read this article on the predictions of the fates of the characters. There was one particular theory that drove me bonkers. Ned Stark's mysteriously undermentioned, but very important sister Lyanna Stark's last words were "Promise me, Ned" when she left to die in a pool of her own blood after being killed by Rhaegar Targaryen. The theory was that Jon Snow, Ned's bastard son was never his son to begin with, that he was in fact Lyanna's son all along and that she died asking Ned that he take Jon as his son. I really want to know the truth of Jon Snow's parentage. Its got me going mad, among other things.

What do you think of this season of GoT so far? Love it? Hate it? Couldn't care less? Let me know in the comments section!

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