With the airing of last Sunday’s episode “The Door” we’re now at the middle of this season of Game of Thrones. Today I wanted to take a look at (Mostly) everything in these five episodes and possibly offer some guesses as to what we could be seeing in the next five episodes. Please note off the bat that this article is going to be riddled with a lot of *SPOILERS*, so if you haven’t seen any of season six and don’t want spoilers I’d recommend you stop reading right now. Alright, now is your last chance to click out. Still here? Excellent, lets begin.
Yes, our favorite and most likely to be murdered family is still trying to keep things together. After the ambiguous fate of Jon Snow at the end of season five we’re given a rather definitive answer. Or so we think. I was one of those people who assumed Snow wasn’t dead for long. It has been nice seeing once Jon was resurrected he’s become less of a goody two shoes. Sansa has been getting the shit end of the stick for a long time. With two of her three past husbands being psychos it was only a matter of time before she decided to take her fate into her own hands. In the past Sansa has been a rather bland character in my opinion. She seems to always be more of a passenger in her own story than a driving force. But that has definitely changed. It’s good to see her become more proactive. Arya continues her training to become a Faceless (Wo)Man after being blinded and cast out last season. Through some redemption she regained both, but there’s still some hesitancy in her to fully embrace her future. Bran is still training with the Three-Eyed Raven and through this training we get a glimpse into the past. One of these flashbacks may in fact have given us a hint as to Jon Snow’s true parentage. Of course this doesn’t last long as Bran screws up and reigns a boatload of trouble on everyone in the cave with him. Oh, and Rickon is now in the hands of Ramsay Bolton if you cared.
Cersei, Jaime, and Tommen are all neck deep in problems after Cersei let the High Sparrow and his cohorts loose to do her dirty work. It’s always nice to see the Lannisters get their just deserts. But I think it’s safe to assume they’re down, but not out at this point. On a more brighter side Tyrion continues to prove himself a valuable asset to Daenerys in her absence. As he tries to keep peace in Meereen with Varys we see his wisdom prove to be useful and diplomatic in maintaining the fragile alliance struck. It’s nice seeing his time as Hand of the King is proving useful. Could it mean that position will be in his future? I certainly hope so.
Just when you think the series killed off the most detestable character with Joffrey you get someone just as bad… if not worse in Ramsay. Is it more horrifying to deal with a psychotic asshole who’s a rich self-entitled prick or a psychotic asshole who’s had to claw his way to the top and hasn’t been afraid to get his hands dirty in the process? This detestable heap of excrement has been murdering to keep a tight grip on the North and now that two Starks are coming after him he might be in for a fight. In spite of the fact that he’s got a bargaining chip in Rickon we might see the Boltons reign come to an end. It’s been nice to see all the conspirators in The Red Wedding meeting a painful end.
After being saved from the vicious attack in Meereen, Daenerys gets dropped into the Dothraki’s hands. With news of Drogo’s death a new Khal forces her join a bunch of other Dothraki spinsters in a proto-Red Hat Society. This doesn’t sit well with the Mother of Dragons who traps the Khals in building and burns it down. The remaining Dothrakis (along with Jorah and Daario who arrived in a half-baked rescue plan) bow to her. Looks like her cause to reclaim the Iron Throne continues to grow.
Having finally reclaimed a piece of his former self Theon returns to the Iron Islands where he finds out about his father Balon’s death. His sister Yara assumes he plans to take the throne for himself, but after his mismanagement of Winterfell it looks like there’s no remaining interest in ruling. As Yara begins to rally support to her cause their delusional uncle Euron comes into undermine her. In spite of admitting his hand in killing Balon people rally around him and he is crowned king. In the meantime Yara and Theon steal the entire Iron Fleet and set sail.
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In typical Game of Thrones fashion many people have been knocked off in the span of half a season. It would appear that leaders are on the chopping block this year. Ramsay killed not only his father Ruse, but his stepmother, and infant half-brother to protect his future. Euron killed his brother take over the Iron Islands. Rightfully so, Jon Snow had all the men who had a hand in his death hung including Olly. Fucking Olly man, you deserved it. And now we get to the more tragic side of this. Yep, we have to talk about characters we actually care about who kicked the bucket. After getting caught with Rickon, Osha tries her best to seduce and murder Ramsay. Unfortunately, Theon revealed to Ramsay how Osha pulled the same scam on him previously and she ends up with a knife to the throat. Rest in peace one of our favorite wildlings. And of course with the last minutes of the fifth episode came the death of our favorite one word man, Hodor. Due to Bran’s stupidity the White Walkers attack the cave and in his last moments he’s forced to “Hold the Door” to help Bran and Meera escape. Ugh, talk about gut-wrenching stuff.
With five episodes left there’s a lot of possibilities. It’s safe to assume Daenerys will probably return to Meereen, but who knows if she’ll be happy with Tyrion and Varys work in her stead. We might finally get to see how much power Jon has when he doesn’t let his pesky morals get in the way. We can only hope that Ramsay finally meets a horrible, but much deserved death. But most importantly, will Brienne and Tormund hook up before the end of the season? I honestly hope so.
As usual, what are your thoughts? Are you pleased with how season six is shaping up? Is there anything that they’ve kind of glossed over that you want fleshed out? Are you hoping Sam and Gilly pop back up? And seriously, how much do you want to see Brienne and Tormund hook up?
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