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TV Review: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 4 "Book of the Stranger"

05.15.2016
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EPISODE 4: Book of the Stranger

THE PLOT : Winter is coming, and with it, the white walkers. If those still standing don't band together soon, the iron throne may become a throne of ice.

THE LOWDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). Earlier today I was thinking, ďwow, next week will be the halfway point for Game of ThronesĒ, which is nuts, so I was praying that tonightís episode would be awesome. My prayers were answered. Before we get to the juicy details, Iíll weigh on the rest. The whole Theon situation isnít terrible, but Iím a little indifferent because I have no idea how the Iron Islands are going to fit into all this. Clearly, like everything else, between the Kingsmoot, Theonís return and Yaraís ambition, something cool is bound to happen. Iíd like to see Theon help his sister rise to power, and then convince her to help Sansa in some way, shape or form. Something tells me that would take a lot of convincing, but what the hell else do they have to do?

Tyrion really stepped up when it came to negotiations, even if everyone wasnít totally on board. You have to give the guy some credit, what am impossibly ridiculous situation to deal with. Grey Worm and Missandei backed him, even if they didnít want to, but what the hell do either of those two know about negotiations anyway? Not to mention the fact that their opinions on the matter are a tad bias. That said, I donít Danyís view on the subject matter would fall directly in line with Tyrionís either, but thankfully sheís not there to mess it up. Tensions are still running high in Kingís Landing, but somehow Cersei has managed to convince everyone to band together against the High Sparrow. Not sure how thatíll play out either, as book readers know, Margaeryís storyline is far different in the show.

The biggest thing for me tonight was the reunion of Sansa and Jon. What a moment. The Starks have gotten their asses handed to them this entire series, but tonight, this felt like a long overdue win for House Stark. The fact that Jon decides to march with Sansa to retake Winterfell and save Rickon is huge, and as far as I can tell, it looks like Littlefinger will have The Valeís army join the wildlings in the attack. That will be an awesome battle, but as Iíve said before, I need to see Jon vs Ramsay in a fight to the death. I donít think Jon will like Littlefinger though, and we know for a fact Brienne isnít a fan, so how those characters interact should be widely entertaining. That said, Brienneís little chat with Davos and Melisandre was interesting. I was waiting for her to say something about Renly (not to mention the look on Davosí face when she says she killed Stannis), and you can bet that conversation is far from over.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6ís fourth episode has not only set some grand spectacles in motion, but it went out with a bang. Last week I was complaining about how boring Danyís storyline was, but I also said it was no doubt leading up to something awesome. I was not right. When it comes to scene stealing in this show, few do it better than Emilia Clarke. The look of pure vengeance on her face when she dispatches her enemies is worth a thousand words. Tonight, she laid waste to all the damn Khalís in a sea of fire, coming out of the flames again, this time looking like a damn Goddess. Looks like her army just grew tenfold. Now, with the Unsullied, the Dothraki and three dragons at her disposal, Daenerys Targaryen is a true force of nature. Is it time to sail home yet?

SEX/NUDITY: Thereís some Dothraki street sex, but you donít really see much. Danyís goes full frontal amidst a sea of flame. Needless to say, it was hot.

VIOLENCE: Sword stabbing, rock smashing and poor Osha had a rough night.

MOST EPIC SCENE: I want to say Danyís trial by fire, but the sap in me has to go with that moment Jon and Sansa see one another for the first time since season one, and then hug like theyíre the last two people on earth. It was beautiful.

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: I think itís time to see some white walker action.
Source: JoBlo.com

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10:32PM on 05/16/2016

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And everyone was worried about the writing , with no book material it has been awesome .
And everyone was worried about the writing , with no book material it has been awesome .
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3:41PM on 05/16/2016

The Best..

episode thus far this season.
episode thus far this season.
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2:26PM on 05/16/2016

Excellent episode.

This season is f-cking great.
This season is f-cking great.
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9:51AM on 05/16/2016
Not sure if it's because I have NO idea at all what will happen next, or because the writing just seems to be firing on all cylinders, but I have been loving this season of Game of Thrones. Can't believe next week already marks the half way point, this season seems to be flying by.

All of that said, I love the reunion between Jon and Sansa. Beyond just being a win for the Starks, I thought it was a true testament to the continuity the writers have kept up throughout the series. Since
Not sure if it's because I have NO idea at all what will happen next, or because the writing just seems to be firing on all cylinders, but I have been loving this season of Game of Thrones. Can't believe next week already marks the half way point, this season seems to be flying by.

All of that said, I love the reunion between Jon and Sansa. Beyond just being a win for the Starks, I thought it was a true testament to the continuity the writers have kept up throughout the series. Since season 1, this is the first time that any of the siblings have been together. You could feel the emotional impact of Jon and Sansa being reunited after all this time.

So where does this all go from here? Well after last night's episode, this is my best guess:
(1) Battle for Winterfell is coming. Jon will be leading the most badass army of Wildlings and Vale soldiers. I was hoping it would be Theon or Sansa to get revenge on Ramsay, but I think Ramsay's fate will be met on the battlefield with Jon Snow. I think we all know how that ends.

(2) Jon is still going to look at the bigger picture and want to protect the world south of the Wall against the Wights. So I'm assuming he won't stay at Winterfell for long and will start trekking across Westeros to rally Houses together against the coming threat, and hopefully learn a thing or two about his ancestry in the process.

(3) With Jon gone, I think he'll leave Sansa in charge as the Wardeness of the North and leader of Winterfell. Or perhaps Rickon? I don't know, but there must always be a Stark in Winterfell, remember?

(4) I think after the King's Moot, we'll see ships from the Iron Islands sailing East to meet Dany. And I think they'll serve as a roundabout way of becoming her fleet to bring her army across the Narrow Sea and into Westeros.

(5) Speaking of Dany, still has to be the most boring character on the show, even after the awesome fire scene in this episode. She should have sailed for Westeros a long time ago. But I think with her army of Dothraki, as well as her Unsullied, and whomever else is left, she's going to return to Merreen and realize trying to keep multiple lands free for slaves is pointless as she can only be in one place at a time. For the time being, she'll remain in Merreen and get things back on track with building a fleet to take her army across the sea. I think she'll realize that her time is now. Which also means we can finally put all this slaver's politics bullshit behind us and start moving forward with her arc.

There are just my best guesses based on what happened tonight and what I THINK makes sense for the show/story moving forward. But who knows, this show is good a circumventing expectations.
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1:35AM on 05/16/2016

Definitely a step in the right direction....

I loved that they led off with Sansa's return. Finally they stopped dragging their feet on something. Tyrion's negotiations were cool, and I wonder if Grey Worm is going to be proven right, or if Dany's new army is going to make it all irrelevant. Speaking of, I LOVED her little speech. She never doubted for a second that she'd kill all of them. It's what I love about her character. . . . complete conviction and constantly being proven correct. I still say it's her and Jon Snow against
I loved that they led off with Sansa's return. Finally they stopped dragging their feet on something. Tyrion's negotiations were cool, and I wonder if Grey Worm is going to be proven right, or if Dany's new army is going to make it all irrelevant. Speaking of, I LOVED her little speech. She never doubted for a second that she'd kill all of them. It's what I love about her character. . . . complete conviction and constantly being proven correct. I still say it's her and Jon Snow against the White Walkers in the end, with her deciding to rule Mereen while Snow takes over the Iron Throne. She can't move all her armies to Westeros, and if she leaves the area permanently, then eventually the slavers will take everything over again.

By my count, Snow is going to have 4 large armies by the time he moves against Ramsey (possibly with one being a last-minute arrival to save the day). I think Ramsey is in for the shock of his life when he sees 10,000 or more coming at him. It will probably be the finale of the season, and it will be awesome!
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