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TV Review: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 6 "Blood of My Blood"


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EPISODE 6: Blood of My Blood

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). After last week I expected things to slow down a little, but what we ended up with tonight was equally as good as it was annoying. First off, while many of you may enjoy the adventures of Sam and Gilly, I for one, do not. Is it the fact that theyíre both awkward as hell, uninteresting and just plain loathsome to endure? Those things donít help, but for me, itís that I just canít entertain the idea either of these two will amount to anything even remotely relevant in the war to come. Sure, I could be wrong, and if I am I hope this itís all a brooding build up to something spectacular, but again, I just donít see it. Samís dad is a douche, but hey, we already knew that, so the dinner from hell was rather moot. At least he got a Valyrian steel sword out of the deal though.

So Ariaís made her decisionóback to revenge as a Stark. Am I surprised? A little. She had nothing, but the coin that led her to Braavos, which she only had because Jaqen Híghar saved her. Sure, the life of a faceless assassin would be a lot for anyone to swallow, but then again, maybe all those beatings started to sway her loyalties. I was happy to see her change her mind when it came to killing the actress, and even happier when she pulled out Needle. Jaqen did say there wouldnít be a third strike though, so okaying her death via the chick who already hates her wasnít a stretch. Make sure she doesnít suffer? Yeah, right, that chick was all too happy to take the job. That said, Iím sure plunging Needle into that chickís chest wonít break Aryaís heart.

The Kingís Landing ordeal is growing a bit stale for me as well. The High Sparrow bothers me. His approach to all this bothers me, and the fact that heís able to brainwash just about everyone who talks to him bothers the hell out of me. Iím hoping Margaery has a plan, one where she and Tommen arenít seriously under this dudeís spell. Stripping Jaime of his title was a curveball as well, and I donít like the idea of him being sent away to another war (loved the mention of Bronn though, sure hope we see him again soon). I have a bad feeling I know how this whole trial by combat situation will end, and it wonít be good for either of them. Seeing Walder Frey resurface makes me happy, because thatís a sure fire hint that heís going to get whatís coming to him for the Red Wedding. It had better be a Stark that does him in though. Oh, and I donít like his little assassination plan one bit.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6ís sixth episode wasnít terribly exciting, but one major thing happened to make lose my mind. Last week, I didnít say anything about Meera and Bran heading off into the cold simply because Iíd hoped to see a character from the books make his debut. That character is Coldhands. This incarnation of Benjen Stark is as good a nod at that character as weíre likely to get. The result? Pretty damn awesome in my book. Because of the severe change and point in the story, I donít expect him to live much longer than needed to get Bran and Meera toÖwherever in hell theyíre headed, but itís cool to see him nonetheless. Dany has a short part in tonightís episode, and itís basically to give everyone the same speech we saw Drogo give after they tried to poison her. The only difference, she gives the speech atop a huge-ass dragon, so naturally, Iím happy to sit through it again. Sure hope Jorah finds that cure, Iíd love to see him riding one of the other two dragons into combat alongside his Queen.

SEX/NUDITY: Walder Frey does some ass slapping, whilst Jaime and Cersei make out. No, theyíre not in the same place, but it would be interesting if they were.

VIOLENCE: Benjen kicks some serious white walker assÖand thatís about it.

MOST EPIC SCENE: Benjen Starkís return as ďColdhandsĒ, without actually referring to the character Coldhands. Still pretty damn badass though.



Extra Tidbit: If I were Arya, I think Iíd be sleeping with the light on tonight.



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