Continuing in the same way as the season premiere, this episode was disjointed but at least it was wildly satisfying. Starting with Bran and his visions of a young Ned Stark practicing swordplay with a very young Benjin. It was a bittersweet moment, capturing what is truly the beating heart of the series, family.
Beaten back by the rest of the North, Balon Greyjoy doesn't believe he has lost his play for the North. So he complains, and he yells at Yara, and pretends that Theon is dead, unwilling, or maybe unable to admit he has lost. Then he runs into his brother (I think it's his brother), and ends up dead. I know we haven't meet Euron Greyjoy before in the series, but it's clear he is going to be a player later on.
I'm not as sure about Yara's fate. It seems the Iron Islands have their own set of laws regarding succession, and it probably doesn't help that there has never been a woman on their throne. Also, it looks like Theon is finally re-emerging as at least a fragment of his former self, and is heading home. I'm very curious to find out how well he will be received. The last Yara saw him, he was locked in a cage and very lost in the persona of Reek.
I'm not sure if I'm actually feeling sorry for Cercei, but damn, she's kind of pathetic right now. Sure Tommen was try to keep her safe, not that she needs protection with Mr. undead Mountain at her side, but being barred from her own daughter's funeral is pretty rough. Is it just me, or is Tommen wearing his crown like a security blanket, as if no one would respect his place under it otherwise?One thing is for sure, the Faith Militant are very scary.
Tyrion on the other hand is both incredibly brave, and very stupid... or very very smart. Unchaining the dragons was perhaps one of the coolest things he's done in a while, and that is saying something. Will he tame them? I don't know, but it would be a neat plot line. It does also prove his loyalty to Dany, because I doubt the dragons would have let him live otherwise.
Watching Bran's vision was like witnessing a sad dream of a better time. Seeing Lyanna and learning Hodor's real name, I'm really curious what happened to him now. The Stark family has been shattered and scattered throughout the world. Decimated by betrayal and war, the few remaining are the strongest survivors, but are all just children in a lot of ways.
Arya's beggar situation seems to be wrapped up a bit too quickly, as if the remaining season is going to be so packed that leaving her wallowing as a beggar for more than one episode was too long. Sansa's plot didn't really move forward either, although her farewell to Theon was kind of touching. I hope her story comes full circle by the end of the series and she ends up the queen in the North.
Oh yeah, I should probably mention how the Wildlings stormed Castle Black and now Thorne has been ousted. I should mention how Davos convinced Melisandre to try and resurrect Jon, despite having lost her faith. I could talk about how the wolf looked almost dead, sleeping under Jon's body like that, maybe the great wolf would've died from heartbreak. Except he doesn't have to anymore, because Jon Snow is back.
Anyone have any opinions about that?
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J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.
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