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


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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.



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



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