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 they’re both awkward as hell, uninteresting and just plain loathsome to endure? Those things don’t help, but for me, it’s that I just can’t 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 it’s all a brooding build up to something spectacular, but again, I just don’t see it. Sam’s 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 Aria’s made her decision—back 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 H’ghar 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 wouldn’t be a third strike though, so okaying her death via the chick who already hates her wasn’t a stretch. Make sure she doesn’t suffer? Yeah, right, that chick was all too happy to take the job. That said, I’m sure plunging Needle into that chick’s chest won’t break Arya’s heart.
The King’s 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 he’s able to brainwash just about everyone who talks to him bothers the hell out of me. I’m hoping Margaery has a plan, one where she and Tommen aren’t seriously under this dude’s spell. Stripping Jaime of his title was a curveball as well, and I don’t 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 won’t be good for either of them. Seeing Walder Frey resurface makes me happy, because that’s a sure fire hint that he’s going to get what’s coming to him for the Red Wedding. It had better be a Stark that does him in though. Oh, and I don’t like his little assassination plan one bit.
GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6’s sixth episode wasn’t terribly exciting, but one major thing happened to make lose my mind. Last week, I didn’t say anything about Meera and Bran heading off into the cold simply because I’d 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 we’re likely to get. The result? Pretty damn awesome in my book. Because of the severe change and point in the story, I don’t expect him to live much longer than needed to get Bran and Meera to…wherever in hell they’re headed, but it’s cool to see him nonetheless. Dany has a short part in tonight’s episode, and it’s 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, I’m happy to sit through it again. Sure hope Jorah finds that cure, I’d 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, they’re not in the same place, but it would be interesting if they were.
VIOLENCE: Benjen kicks some serious white walker ass…and that’s about it.
MOST EPIC SCENE: Benjen Stark’s return as “Coldhands”, without actually referring to the character Coldhands. Still pretty damn badass though.
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|Extra Tidbit:||If I were Arya, I think I’d be sleeping with the light on tonight.|