Speaking of Thrones – Episode 006

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Game of Thrones
Season 6, Episode 6
– Recap –

(SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains details about last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones”. If you haven’t watched it yet, you may want to stop reading!)

by Kyla Brewer
The Recap Sequence

Almost everyone seemed to be on the move in another fast-paced instalment of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the critically acclaimed series based on George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels.

An exhausted Meera (Ellie Kendrick, 2009) huffed and puffed as she dragged Bran (Isaac Hampstead-Wright, “Closed Circuit,” 2014) through the snow, desperate to escape the pursuing wrights. Just when all seemed lost, a mysterious horseman arrived with a flaming mace to drive the undead back long enough for Bran and Meera to climb on his steed and escape.

Meanwhile, a nervous Sam (John Bradley, “Shameless”) told Gilly (Hannah Murray, “Skins”) he believed his father would let her and little Sam stay at Horn Hill if he was convinced little Sam was his son. However, he warned her not to tell his father she was from north of The Wall because Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner, “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” 2001) despises wildlings. Luckily, Sam’s mother, Melessa (Samantha Spiro, “Grandma’s House”) and sister welcomed all three of them with open arms.

Later at dinner, a bitter Randyll didn’t hide his contempt for his firstborn, calling him fat when his mother offered him more bread. Gilly stood up for Sam by recounting how he had killed a White Walker, but accidentally let it slip that she was from north of The Wall. A furious Randyll told Sam he must leave Horn Hill, though Gilly and little Sam could stay on.

In her guest room, Sam apologized to Gilly and bid farewell, only to return moments later (thank the gods) to take her and little Sam with him, saying they belonged together. Before he left the manor, he brazenly swiped Heartsbane, the Tarly family blade, which was crafted from Valyrian steel.

As all of this unfolded, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Black Hawk Down,” 2001) and Mace Tyrell (Roger Ashton-Griffiths, “Gangs of New York,” 2002) prepared to retrieve Margaery (Natalie Dormer, “The Tudors”) with the help of Tyrell forces. Yet, they were the ones who were in for a surprise when they learned Margaery had already atoned for her sins by bringing (ahem brainwashing) Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman, “Man Up,” 2015) into the fold, leading to a Holy alliance between the crown and faith. (Uh-oh. What have you done Margaery? Let’s hope she’s just playing High Sparrow.)

Horrified, Jaime tried to talk some sense into Tommen, but the King stripped him of his armour and his duties in the Kingsguard. When Jaime complained to Cersei (Lena Headey, “300,” 2007) about being sent to Riverrun, she encouraged him to stand at the head of their army in another squicky Lannister twin kissing scene.

In perhaps the most interesting storyline of the evening, Arya poisoned Lady Crane’s (Essie Davis, “The Babadook,” 2014) rum, but hastily returned to prevent her from drinking it and warn her about her co-star, saying “Careful of that one, she wants you dead.”

Of course Waif (Faye Marsay, “Pride,” 2014) witnessed the exchange and smugly tattled to Jaqen (Tom Wlaschiha, “Rush,” 2013). A disappointed Jaqen sent her after Arya, but made her promise not to let her suffer.

It appeared Arya was ready to embrace her Stark name once again as she retrieved Needle from its hiding place.

When we next saw Meera and Bran, the horseman revealed the The Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow, “Awakenings,” 1990) had sent him to help them. He wasn’t a complete stranger either – he pulled aside his scarf to reveal he was Bran’s Uncle Benjen (Joseph Mawle, “In the Heart of the Sea,” 2015), Ned Stark’s brother who rode north of the wall in the third episode of the first season and hadn’t been seen since. Even more shocking was the revelation that Benjen was killed by the White Walker but reanimated with the Children of the Forest’s dragonglass magic. So he may not look dead, but he isn’t quite alive either.

Yet again, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke, “Terminator Genisys,” 2015) had the last word in a scene that found her and Daario (Michiel Huisman, “Treme”) at the head of the Dothraki army in the desert. She scouted ahead of the group, and fantastically returned on Drogon’s back to rally her new friends to help her take back the Seven Kingdoms.

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