Historic Recap: Blood of My Blood (Season 6, Episode 6)

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Tonight’s episode has some interesting moments ripped right from the pages of history about chivalry and Richard III. Shakespeare lovers and Ricardians will be thrilled. This recap also contains some fun George RR Martin tidbits that Jun Yan brings to us fresh from this weekend’s Balticon.

The episode focuses on Sam and Gilly, Arya, the Lannisters, Tyrells, and Faith Militant, Daenerys, Riverrun, and Bran and Meera. This episode picks up right where the last one left off – with Meera and Bran on the run. Although not a lot happens in this episode — it appears to be setting up events to come, it has some great funny lines. (In writer’s speak, it’s a classic “sequel” episode – e.g., scene vs. sequel.)

North of the Wall: Rebirth and Return

When the episode begins, we find Bran and Meera slowly fleeing the cave. And, slowly is the key word here.

Meera trudges through the snow, bearing the weight of Bran’s sledge by herself, weeping and grunting with the strain. She can no longer run because of its weight. As she staggers and falls, Bran takes a trip into his greensight. But, he is now the three-eyed raven – which means he isn’t fully human anymore – and his greensight is like the news of the world, past and future.

Meera and Bran await their fate. © HBO.

Bran’s fall, young Ned at the Tower of Joy, Ned’s execution, King Aerys burning them all (see historical counterpart in Henry VI and Charles the Mad), Daenerys’ dragons being born, the Night King, and the wights – all flash through his mind, converging in one vision.

Bran pulls out of the vision and pronounces, “Meera, they found us,” a second before the wights pounce on them.

All seems lost – Meera even apologizes to Bran. Out of the darkness, a hooded warrior emerges on horseback brandishing balls of flame.

“Come with me. Now,” the warrior commands. “The dead don’t rest.”

It turns out that the warrior is none other than Jon and Bran’s long lost uncle Benjen Stark. Benjen disappeared earlier in Season 1 when he went north of the Wall with a ranging party. What happened to him was a mystery… until tonight.

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Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle) is back! © HBO.

The White Walkers attacked and killed Benjen’s ranging party. One of those White Walkers stabbed Benjen in the gut with its ice sword. As Benjen was dying — or worse turning into a White Walker, the Children found him and stopped the White Walker’s magic from working by plunging a shard of obsidian into his heart.

Benjen confirms that Bran is the three-eyed raven. Bran needs to learn to control his powers before the Night King comes.

Sam & Gilly: Who’s the Warrior Now?

Sam decided to take Gilly and little Sam to his family’s castle in the south, so they would be safe and little Sam will get an education.

As they sit in the wheelhouse en route, Sam rehearses Gilly’s story with her. Sam conveniently omitted Gilly’s heritage in his letters home. His father hates Wildlings. He sent his son to the Wall hoping that Sam would kill some Wildlings, and it would make a man of him.

As Sam explains to Gilly, in the best line of the episode: “After my father made me renounce my title and inheritance and threatened to kill me if I didn’t. A person just doesn’t feel welcome at that point.”

When Sam and Gilly arrive in Horn Hill’s courtyard, his mother and forcibly betrothed sister run to greet him. Just like Sam told Gilly, they are delightful and all kindness.

Sam’s mother doesn’t give a fig that her son fathered a bastard. The lad is her blood: marriage decree and Night’s Watch vows are moot. And, Sam’s sister, Talla, doesn’t even blink at Gilly’s rough-and-raggedy gown –- or its implied lower-class provenance. Talla simply weaves her arm through Gilly’s and asks her what color of gown looks best on her.

These are nice people – which isn’t surprising because Sam certainly didn’t get his kindness from his iceberg of a father.

Later on at dinner, we meet Ser Randyll Tarly and Sam’s younger usurping brother, Dickon –- and I know Dickon is a medieval nickname for Richard, but you’ve gotta think that’s a pun.

Ser Randyll Tarly is a marcher lord, a military leader who, in the past, protected the Reach (and rest of Westeros) from Dorne.

In the real middle ages, marcher lords governed the “march” or border and were a rank above an earl. A medieval parallel for border conflicts might be the conflict between Wales (or even England and Scotland) and its surrounding areas. Marcher lords received crown funds to staff their armies. The marcher lords’ armies made them powerful, and their repeated testing in battle made them the best warriors in England. Their military might – not to mention possible shortfalls in the money the crown owed them – combined with other factors to cause the first conflict phase in the Wars of the Roses.

Dinner goes downhill fast when the conversation turns to Randyll and Dickons day of hunting.

In the Middle Ages, hunting was seen as the most appropriate off-season hobby for warriors since it let them keep their skills – and their knives. They practiced it in a highly ritualized way. In late-medieval England, the nobles had hunted the dangerous boar into extinction so they considered hunting deer the next best thing.

Sam makes his first blunder when he compliments them on the venison, assuming it’s from that day’s hunt. (WRONG: Medieval nobles hung their venison for easily a week to tenderize the meat.)

His brother asks him about the hunting at the Wall. Sam then reveals he hunts rabbits and squirrels. Rabbits?!? Real (noble) men don’t hunt rabbits –- not unless they are using a falcon. This is hardly on par with deer hunting. Rabbits are peasant food. Hunting them with traps and snares does nothing for your martial prowess. And, even worse, it was mainly Jon, Edd and Gilly who caught them.

It gets worse.

Randyll sneers his disgust when he learns Sam is going to the Citadel to become a maester. “I thought the Night’s Watch might make a man of you…” Instead, Sam is “spending his life reading about the achievements of other men of better men. I’ll wager you still can’t sit on a horse or wield a sword”1 .

This speech represent the classic clash between the new men and the old nobility in Henry VIII’s day. The warrior-type nobles put little stock in literacy and book learning. Real nobles fought with swords and waged wars. They didn’t spend their time with books.

Sam’s mother, Melissa Tarly, stands up for him – and then so does Gilly. Gilly tells them Sam killed a Thenn and a White Walker.

Dickon scoffs, “There’s no such thing.”

Gilly isn’t bowed. Gilly’s indignation gets the better of her and she forgets Sam’s warning. “I saw it with my own eyes on the way down to Castle Black. He’s a greater warrior than either of you will ever be.”

Talk about a shot across the bow.

For a moment, Randyll almost appears to look at her with respect. He isn’t even remotely distracted by her impertinence.

But, Randyll caught Gilly’s slip-up.

“You’re way down from Castle Black?” Randyll asks. Just how far North were they?

Everything begins to unravel.

Randyll quickly pegs Gilly as a Wildling.

To the border-defending Randyll, bringing a Wildling to his table is the ultimate insult.

He’s so fired up he even goes on about how Sam would never wield Heartsbane, the family’s Valyrian steel sword.Whoops! The only thing that Sam might want almost as much as Gilly would be a Valyrian steel sword – he knows how well they kill White Walkers. Sam’s gotta be drooling at this prize.

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Despite her finery, Randyll quickly comes to see Gilly (Hannah Murray) as a savage. She hunts rabbits. His noble daughters would never do that. He quickly realizes she is from North of the Wall. © HBO.

As a marcher lord, his role is to protect the kingdom from incursion. He sees the Night’s Watch as his spiritual brethren in the North; they are supposed to do the same.

How could Sam bring one of them into his home, to dine at his table? Sam lied and he broke faith. Randyll can’t bear how much his son has disappointed him yet again. He denounces Gilly as a Wildling whore and an “it.” Gulp.

Randyll forever banishes Sam.

Melissa Tarly is no shrinking violet. She leaves the table, but not before telling Randyll he dishonored himself.

To the great warrior’s credit, this doesn’t anger him for a second. He respects his wife’s spirit, telling Sam that his mother is a “fine woman.”

Later, Sam can’t bear to part with Gilly and the babe who is effectively his stepson. After Sam kisses her goodbye in her chamber, he comes back, declaring they have to leave together.

They sneak off in the night, but not before he snatches the candy from above the mantle: the Valyrian steel sword.

Margaery’s Atonement Walk and Its Consequences

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Margaery (Natalie Dormer) tells Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) that the High Sparrow is not what they thought he was. © HBO.

Before Margaery’s walk is scheduled to occur, Tommen meets with the High Sparrow. Tommen’s nervous about Margaery’s safety. The High Sparrow reassures him that the Faith Militant take those who overstep very seriously. This is all so sickening.

The High Sparrow lets Tommen visit with Margaery.

Margaery persuades Tommen that the High Sparrow is good and godly. They should fall in line with him.

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Margaery (Natalie Dormer) stands before the people of King’s Landing on the steps of the Great Sept with the odious High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) in the foreground. © HBO.

When Margaery’s day of atonement arrives, Jaime, Olenna, and Mace Tyrell show up with High Garden soldiers, prepared to seize the Sept by force.

But, then, su-ppr-rise! The High Sparrow says there is no need for force. Margaery won’t be going on an atonement walk today. She has already atoned.

What happens next reeks of a quid pro quo deal.

Tommen walks out of the Sept, holds hands with Margaery, and gives a speech talking about his renewed alliance with the Faith, how they are twin pillars of the kingdom, etc. etc. Barf, barf, barf.

Checkmate. The Lannisters and the Tyrells can’t beat this move. The game goes to the High Sparrow.

Does this mean the High Sparrow softened Margaery’s sentence because he now has the king on his side? Does this mean the High Sparrow is corruptible?

And, what about Loras?

Did the Queen of Thorn’s granddaughter orchestrate this whole thing to try to get the High Sparrow to go soft on her brother?

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Later on, in the throne room, Tommen calls his uncle/father to task for attacking the Faith. “When you attack the Faith, you attack the Crown.” Tommen then strips Jaime of his title as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.

Jaime isn’t amused – this is his son giving him the dressing down – and Jaime’s been a member of the Kingsguard before Tommen was born. (In fact, there probably wouldn’t even be a Tommen if he wasn’t a member of the Kingsguard.)

Tommen hangs tough and doesn’t relent on his decision.

Jaime, however, mocks him. Will he have to do a walk of atonement? Be cast into the Great Sept’s dungeons?

The answer is no. Tommen orders him to Riverrun to take back the castle from the Brynden “Blackfish” Tully.

Later on, Jaime rants about this demeaning errand– the Blackfish only seized the castle because 400-year old Walder Frey couldn’t hold it. Besides, Jaime wants to be near Cersei for her trial.

Cersei tells him not to worry. She will request a trial by combat and appoint the Mountain as her champion. Oh oh. I smell some poetic justice coming.

Walder Frey is Back!

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Walder Frey (David Bradley) is back ©HBO.

After not seeing the disgusting old lech for quite a few seasons, Walder Frey is back and as ornery — and horny — as ever.

We find him Walder at the head of his banquet table with wife #64 beside him. He is giving his sons, Black Walder and Lothar, a dressing down for a) letting “Blackfish” Tully slip their grasp in the first place and b) losing Riverrun, the Tully stronghold they won after the Red Wedding. The Blackfish seized it back.

More than the strategic loss of the castle, Walder hates this humiliation and blow to his pride. The Freys were Tully vassals for years. Now, the other houses will laugh at them.

Actually, the other houses have started to abandon them. His sons inform him that the Mallisters and Blackwoods have risen against them. The Brotherhood Without Banners is rallying the commoners against them.

Even if they didn’t have the problem of enemy combatants, Riverrun can withstand a siege for a year – and the Brotherhood is raiding their food (supply trains).

Just when the Frey boys think all is lost, Walder pulls out his trump card: the Blackfish’s nephew, Edmure Tully.

Edmure Tully, as portrayed by Tobias Menzies (pronounced mingus) , is the heartthrob/villain on “Outlander.” Edmure Tully married Walder’s daughter at the Red Wedding and is back to being Walder’s diplomatic hostage. © HBO.

The first thing I thought of when I saw this was King Stephen threatening to put the five-year old William Marshall in a catapult and hurl him against a castle when the diplomatic hostage’s father angered him. Let’s hope Walder Frey doesn’t get any similar ideas.

A New Face of Arya?

Arya has limited options. She has to strike down the thespian Lady Crane – or become one of the faces on the wall in the House of Black and White. The problem is she likes Lady Crane and is enchanted by this new way of getting outside of her own head.

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Arya (Maisie Williams) gets some measure of therapy from rewatching Joffrey’s death scene. Does she actually feel compassion for Cersei’s loss? © HBO.

To enact her scheme, she goes to yet one more performance of Joffrey’s death. At a minimum, she loves rewatching a moment she would have loved to have orchestrated: Joffrey’s death. This is the third time Arya’s seen the theater troupe portray the Game of Thrones’ version of the Princes in the Tower.

The play is Shakespeare pre-Shakespeare so it’s not in blank (un-rhyming) verse like most of his plays. Fittingly given GoT’s medieval-esque world, the lines rhyme — and this gently mocks the troupe’s interpretation of the play’s events.

In the play’s upside-down world, Joffrey is good and loving to his bride, Cersei is sympathetic, and Tyrion is the villain. Is this George RR Martin commenting on Shakespeare’s take on the last Yorkist king? Why yes it is.

History Behind Game of Thrones contributor Jun Yan reported that, at this weekend’s Balticon, George RR Martin confirmed that he deliberately created this play as a comment about Shakespeare’s distorted depiction of Richard III. According to Jun, Martin all but confirmed that he is a Ricardian. Bawawawaha

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Theatrical Tyrion is played by Bobono, who in turn is played by Leigh Gill. © HBO.

The Richard-III-like Tyrion character even does an aside, when he poisons Joffrey’s cup, which is as over-the-top as Shakespeare’s Richard III: “The last drink he shall ever take//And vengeance shall be mine.”

“I am determined to prove a villain”—Richard III

The performance winds down when Lady Crane, in her role as Cersei, gives a tearful soliloquy as Joffrey dies.

After the show, Arya sneaks backstage and dumps poison into Lady Crane’s rum bottle. Yet, Arya likes Lady Crane and loves her performance.

As Arya tries to slip out, Lady Crane spots her. The pair bond. Arya gives Lady Crane real-life ideas for how to rewrite Cersei’s soliloquy. Lady Crane takes a maternal interest in Arya, whose love of the theater reminds the thespian of a younger version of herself.

Just as Lady Crane is about to drink the poisoned rum, Arya smashes it from her hand. Despite the potential cost to herself, Arya can’t bear to see her new heroine die.

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Lady Crane (Essie Davis) spots Arya backstage and confronts her. What’s Arya doing backstage — and did she even pay for her ticket? © HBO.

But, the Waif lingers in the wings, where she witnesses Arya’s betrayal. The Waif returns to the House of Black and White, where she reports back to Jaqen — and reminds him that he promised Arya would die if she failed her mission. He gives his consent and tells the Waif not to let Arya suffer.

Arya knows that she’s in great jeopardy. Arya retrieves her sword Needle, which she hid in a pile of rocks. Before Arya goes to bed that night, she tucks Needle in the sheets beside her and blows out the candle.

If Arya survives, will her arc turn into the writer’s journey rather than the warrior’s journey (proving the pen really is mightier than the sword)? Will Lady Crane, who is named Lady Stork in the [spoilers] excerpt from Winds of Winter, be poised to become a mother to Arya Stark? (Get it? Stork/Stark. Storks give birth to babies. Stark is Arya’s last name. Lady Stork/Crane may help Arya be reborn – if Arya survives.)

The Dothraki Follow Strength

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Dany (Emilia Clarke) flies over the Dothraki horde on Drogon, who is even bigger than ever. © HBO.

The Dothraki follow strength – and what better show of strength is there than doing a flyover on a dragon. And, so it is that Daenerys persuades the Dothraki to board ships and follow her across the poison waters of the Narrow Sea.

It probably doesn’t hurt that Dany tells her men that they can all be her bloodriders  — what every Dothraki man dreams of. The implication (to me at least) is they get this honor without having to die with her when she dies.

Where Dany is going to get these ships is a mystery. She isn’t going to be happy when she returns to Meereen to find her fleet has been burned to the ground. After all, even though Dany has the man power to seize ships from just about anybody at this point, not many cities have 1000 ships just lying around.

 

This episode feels like it is setting up lots of very intriguing events.

Will Arya survive the Waif’s attack? Will she even see it coming? The Waif has always beaten her when they’ve gone mano-a-mano.

Will Randyll Tarly come for the family sword? If he does, can Sam take him down? It seems unlikely Randyll will stand for the insult of his soft disinherited unworthy son sneaking off in the night with his precious sword. And, from Randyll’s point of view, worst of all, Sam didn’t even challenge him face-to-face for it. Why it’s akin to stealing the family legacy itself. Not to challenge this would not be honorable or chivalrous in the truest possible senses of those words.

Will Franken-mountain be able to fight off the Faith’s champion? When the intact Mountain fought Oberyn Martell, he would have lost if Oberyn hadn’t gotten cocky. The Mountain lost not just because Oberyn was faster but also because he was smarter. Oberyn knew to wind him. Franken-mountain doesn’t look all that clever. So, Cersei might be getting some poetic justice.

The aftermath of the hateful High Sparrow’s triumph should prove interesting. I loved the Riverlands plot in A Storm of Swords – don’t ask me why. I’ve even had fantasies of playing Gemma Lannister – if I didn’t suffer from debilitating stage fright. So, while Jaime is dreading his trip to the Riverlands, summer is coming and I can’t wait for a swim.

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Jamie Adair is the editor of History Behind Game of Thrones, a website about the history behind George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."

17 Comments

  • Reply May 30, 2016

    Martine

    “….George RR Martin confirmed that he deliberately created this play as a comment about Shakespeare’s distorted depiction of Richard III. According to Jun, Martin all but confirmed that he is a Ricardian. Bawawawaha…

    And with this comment alone- you make my day, Lady Jamie of House Adair!
    Great, great recap. xx

    • Reply May 30, 2016

      Jamie Adair

      I thought of you when I wrote that, Martine. Isn’t that great?!? Maybe when Jun catches her breath from this weekend, she could share a little more of what she heard him say — either on her blog or here.

  • Reply May 30, 2016

    Jun

    I was lucky enough to squeeze in my question as the very last question in the last session GRRM gave at Balticon, which was the reading of the new chapter (Aeron). I asked him to talk a bit about Shakespeare’s influence. He immediately said Shakespeare’s historical plays were his entry point into Wars of Roses and he was influenced by how Shakespeare “fiddled with the truth.” He noted that Richard III in the play was an all-time great character, but it was all bullshit, and the real Richard was nothing like the play. Shakespeare did it to kiss up to the Tudors. Martin did not let slip whether he believes Richard actually murdered his nephews or not, but I had the impression that he thinks Richard a heroic king.

    A while ago Martin mentioned that he initially wanted to write a historical novel based on Wars of Roses. I imagine he really wanted to give his version of what happened, with Richard III at the very center of the story. Before the early 1990s, there was no evidence to suggest that Martin was even interested in history. I have a terrible thought that perhaps he got sucked into medieval English history via Shakespeare in the first place and found himself unable to stop digging and digging … and kept digging across the channel to France and the mini Ice Age and famine and the Hundred Year War and … Pff goes two and a half decades of his life.

    It’s interesting that Martin did not want to write another historical fiction explicitly about Wars of Roses, but rather his version of what he thought happened to the people involved. I suppose he wanted to display the psychological truth rather than factual truth. Also interesting is how he cast the Richard III character partially in Tyrion, with physical deformity, but historically Richard was not ugly or visibly deformed. To pile on the intrigue, in the original plan, Martin wanted Tyrion to murder his nephew Joffrey, but for a good reason.

    Want more mind-fcuk? Even Shakespeare himself provided an alternative theory, but in a different play. In King John, John usurps his nephew’s crown. He wants to murder his nephew for complicated reasons, some selfish and some actually, uh, patriotic (good for England). And then he decides spare his nephew, but the boy dies anyway, and he is wrongly blamed for it by the world. One can also see the inspiration for Tyrion in King John. Isn’t that crazy?

  • Reply May 31, 2016

    Jun

    In addition, Martin mentioned that he wrote the character Brienne as a response / rebuttal to the warrior babes in conventional fantasy novels who wore chainmail bikinis. He pointed out that the swords were not very sharp, particularly after the first few cuts. So the swordsmen were basically beating each other to death with continual blows. As such one needs incredible upper-body strength. That leads to a realistic image of a successful swordswoman like Brienne. And then the question is how would a woman looking like this be treated in a medieval society?

    Another interesting bit is his take on religion(s). While he himself is not actually religious, religion is an essential part of human history. It’s odd, he noted, that Tolkien made no mention of religion in his novels, even though he was very religious (Catholic I think?). Religion is even more unavoidable if we’re talking about a world in which magic exists. How else would people in this world explain the strange phenomena? Of course the Brotherhood Without Banners would convert to R’llor. They saw Thoros resurrect a dead man!

    Martin said he was inclined to rationality from an early age. By the age of 6, he came to the conclusion that Santa Claus did not exist. The next question was naturally Jesus, which got him in some trouble with the nuns in school. All around the neighborhood he was surrounded by Catholics — Italian, Irish, Polish, etc.

  • Reply May 31, 2016

    WATCHER ON THE COUCH

    That’s interesting about GRRM’s reason for creating Brienne’s character. I female warrior wouldn’t last long in battle in a chainmail bikini, would she?

    Poor Edmure looks rough. As to his fate

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    if I recall correctly in the books by the time of the seige for Riverrun Edmure’s wife Ros (the one handsome Frey daughter) has given birth and Jaime threatens to put the baby in a trebuchet (though it doesn’t actually come to that and Jaime does wonder if he would have been able to do so). Having said that some parts of the show are very different from their book counterparts by now so who knows?

    I feel Arya still has some part to play in the story going forward so I can’t see her being bumped off just yet. I wonder if her conversation with Lady Crane was a set-up for Arya joining the theatre troop.

    There’s a quite well-known fan theory that the Hound isn’t dead and will come back to fight the Mountain. I’m not sure

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    that the gravedigger (whom people think may be the Hound) would be strong enough to fight the Mountain though.

    The High Sparrow is sincere I think but his fanaticism makes him dangerous.

    Cersei’s already had some poetic justice. Although I despise her character I actually found myself feeling sorry for her during her walk of shame. She’s lost two of her children. Joffrey was of course despicable but Myrcella was innocent and didn’t deserve to suffer (though of course Myrcella’s story [to date] has panned out differently in the books).

    A bit off topic but I watched a rerun of “Return to Cranford” based on Mrs Gaskell’s works at the weekend. It was made in 2007 but set in 1844. I was trying to think who was playing Mr Buxton (a self-made man who doesn’t want his son [played by Tom Hidlestone] to marry for love because the prospective bride has no fortune). Mr Buxton had a beard so it took me a while to realise he was played by Jonathan Pryce, who is now acting the part of the High Sparrow in GoT.

    • Reply May 31, 2016

      Jamie Adair

      I was trying to think of who the Faith would get to fight the Mountain. I suspect the Faith will have something up their sleeve, if they would even agree to a trial by combat. I’m just curious… any ideas? Lancel Lannister?

      Who would be a worthy adversary? Are all of the Faith Militant capable of taking him on? Would they try to argue he is no longer just one man?

  • Reply May 31, 2016

    Apocalyptic Queen

    Great comment, re. Lady Crane/ Stork. She may become a heroine and somewhat of a mother figure to Arya, like Brienne may become to Sansa. Could both women serve as role models for their young Stark apprentices?

    I also felt that the visions Bran had were revealing – the wildfire and the dragon flying over Westeros may indicate that Dany is on her way.

    She doesn’t have a fleet but Theon and Yara escaped Euron last week with his best ships. He also declared to marry the dragon queen. Could be that they will scupper his plans and provide Dany with a fleet to invade Westeros. An exciting development for both Daenerys and the Greyjoys if this were to materialise.

    • Reply May 31, 2016

      Jamie Adair

      You know, you’re right. I hadn’t thought of that. Dany needs 1000 ships: Euran intends to build 1000 ships. It could be perfect — except neither one necessarily brings goods things to Westeros. 🙁

      • Reply June 1, 2016

        Martine

        Haha Jamie! Daenerys and Euron,
        That could be fodder for the ultimate Hollywood ‘Meet Cute’* set up (can’t really see Dan and David going for that, but what the heck..!)

        I can hear the movie voice over: ‘She was a gal with a troublesome pet and an even more troublesome past…. he was a boy who just wanted to sail the world. When he sailed into her harbour with his eyes on the prize .. sparks flew!’

        *A ‘Meet Cute’ in a flim can happen by way of any of an innumerable array of circumstances, so long as there’s something cutesy about it. Possibly they have an instant dislike for one another. Maybe they crash into each other in a hallway and papers fly about. Maybe one of them has been shopping for ISO-Standard Urban Groceries and trips over the other walking down the street. Perhaps mistaken identity or other wacky misunderstanding is involved. Sometimes someone is naked or in an otherwise embarrassing situation.

        • Reply June 1, 2016

          Jamie Adair

          Omg! That’s great… “She was a gal with a troublesome pet …” I love it.

      • Reply June 3, 2016

        Apocalyptic Queen

        I agree. But maybe Yara and Theon going to Meereen to ally with Dany could bring some great possibilities (primarily for Dany though, not necessarily Westeros!).

        In return for Yara and Theon’s support, she could help Yara retake the Iron Islands from Euron (after all, I can’t see the feisty independent dragon queen marrying “Kingslayer” Euron).

        In turn, maybe this could gain Daenerys even more allies? Through Theon’s somewhat reconciled friendship with Sansa, maybe Daenerys could ally with the Starks (maybe she’d have to negotiate regarding the North – perhaps a Stark/ Targeryan marriage could be in the offing), that could also lead to the potential support of the Vale, Riverrun (I bet she’d be willing to help them defeat the Freys in the process) – enough to launch an all out assault on the Lannisters.

        Then we have the Tyrrells (I just don’t buy that the Lannisters want to “help” them defeat the Faith – Cersei will destroy BOTH given the chance). One step out of line and Olenna will be in Dorne quicker than you could say “dragons” in a potential alliance with the Martells/ Sands (POTENTIAL SPOILER – I’ve heard murmurs that they might be back at the end of the season and IF so, they’ll be back for one reason and one reason only).

        So, the Theon and Yara alliance could work very well for Dany – the possibilities are endless and she could use their fleet to seize KL.

  • Reply May 31, 2016

    Apocalyptic Queen

    I’ve thought of another (potentially insignificant) analogy. Sansa used to admire and look up to Cersei as her role model, now it is possible that that figurehead may become Brienne – the exact type Arya would have looked up to in her youth.
    By contrast, Arya may follow the woman who portrays Cersei in a theatre troupe, the sort of, kinder, sympathetic version of Cersei that her sister, Sansa, once thought she was.

    Are we seeing a bit of a role reversal here and does this hold the key as to where both girls are moving towards in terms of character development.

  • Reply May 31, 2016

    Alayne Stone

    Sam’s arc makes no sense. OF COURSE HE’LL NEVER WIELD HEARTSBANE! HE’S A MAN OF THE NIGHT’S WATCH–THEY GIVE UP THEIR FAMILIES WHEN THEY GO TO THE WALL! WHY WOULD SAM EVEN THINK HE COULD HAVE THE TARLY SWORD?

    • Reply May 31, 2016

      Jamie Adair

      Ha. 🙂 I was talking about this over the weekend. There’s no way Randyll won’t go after Sam with everything he’s got. I get that Sam wants the Valyrian steel — it is great for zapping white walkers.
      What I don’t get is where the writers are going. Surely Sam’s not going to kill his father? That seems a bit Season 5 to me. I think Sam will have to convince his father – greatest warrior in kingdom IIRC — to ally with him and they will fight the white walkers together.

      • Reply June 3, 2016

        Apocalyptic Queen

        I didn’t enjoy the “Sam goes to visit his family” plot at all. I thought it was a bit amateurish and silly, given the larger and more important plotlines developing around these characters as this season begins to gather pace and for me just shows that the showrunners’ are slightly lost without the source material to rely on.

        Having said that, the scene must have had some merit – although in comparison to the more important plotlines, it was far too long.

        Is Hearts Bane Valyrian? If so, this sword might be used to defeat the WW. In the right hands (Jon or Dany), could it even be Lightbringer or a reincarnated version of it?…

        • Reply June 3, 2016

          WATCHER ON THE COUCH

          I wondered if

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          Pycelle and Uncle Kevan are bumped off near the end of the season as per ADWD [although maybe not by the same person] Randyll Tarly could be summoned to Kings Landing to serve on the Small Council. Sam’s detour – which I didn’t really mind – could have served as a means to introduce Randyll.

  • Reply May 31, 2016

    Jun

    Here’s a problem with the death of a Greenseer:

    If you can see everything in the past and future anywhere in the world, if you can see everything that happens after your death, if time is of no meaning to you, can you really die?

    I call it the Greenseer Paradox.

    BTW, I don’t think the book will go exactly as the TV series. The Greenseer / 3-eyed Raven in TV is not Brynden Rivers / Bloodraven.

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