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

05.30.2016

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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.

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: If I were Arya, I think I’d be sleeping with the light on tonight.
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:06PM on 05/31/2016
Here's what really bothered me about Jaimie being fired: he's no longer bound to the king's demands. Tommen can't kick him off the kingsguard AND order him to take back Riverrun. Either he's a Kingsguard and takes orders or he's not! In the books, Jaimie also ended up away at the Riverrun seige, but there was no ridiculous stripping of titles to make his status a complete unknown. That made no damn sense. This show makes less sense by the episode.
Here's what really bothered me about Jaimie being fired: he's no longer bound to the king's demands. Tommen can't kick him off the kingsguard AND order him to take back Riverrun. Either he's a Kingsguard and takes orders or he's not! In the books, Jaimie also ended up away at the Riverrun seige, but there was no ridiculous stripping of titles to make his status a complete unknown. That made no damn sense. This show makes less sense by the episode.
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2:13PM on 05/31/2016
That said, I liked that Sam stole his dad's sword. That was pretty hilarious, and a bummer it didn't happen in the books (but why the hell does his family have a castle the size of Kings friggin Landing?? Who designed that enormous Library of Alexandria Wannabe?)

And Arya dropped out of school faster than I expected, but honestly I can't even remember her storyline in the books anymore so I don't even know how accurate that is/will be. But I've been consistently disappointed with her
That said, I liked that Sam stole his dad's sword. That was pretty hilarious, and a bummer it didn't happen in the books (but why the hell does his family have a castle the size of Kings friggin Landing?? Who designed that enormous Library of Alexandria Wannabe?)

And Arya dropped out of school faster than I expected, but honestly I can't even remember her storyline in the books anymore so I don't even know how accurate that is/will be. But I've been consistently disappointed with her storyline ever since the house of Black and White was dumped on a random-ass island in the middle of nowhere, like as if Braavos has a ton of land to play with instead of being a crowded Venice-like city. But whatever, that ship sailed long ago.
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2:17AM on 05/31/2016

Just good enough to warrant a thumbs-up....

They were due for a filler episode, but Dany on the (larger than last time) dragon was cool and it gave me hope she'd fly ahead back to Mereen and we'd find out what she thought of Tyrion's leadership skills. I liked the opening scene with Bran. Cersei seems to be back to her evil self, which bodes well for that plot finally moving along. It was good to FINALLY see Arya do something other than be boring. I miss the old Arya and I want to see her end that little pain in the ass coming to get
They were due for a filler episode, but Dany on the (larger than last time) dragon was cool and it gave me hope she'd fly ahead back to Mereen and we'd find out what she thought of Tyrion's leadership skills. I liked the opening scene with Bran. Cersei seems to be back to her evil self, which bodes well for that plot finally moving along. It was good to FINALLY see Arya do something other than be boring. I miss the old Arya and I want to see her end that little pain in the ass coming to get her. Maybe we'll even get a reunion with Sansa and Snow by the end of the season.

On the down side, the people's reaction to the play practically soured me on the whole episode. It's possible they are that stupid, but Geoffery was WIDELY hated by the people and it's stunning to think that they are now remembering him fondly.
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7:10AM on 06/01/2016
Isn't that what happens in real life? How history can be distorted by the stories that are told after. And lets face it, the performance of woman playing Cersei and her grief is enough to make you forget about the fact she's weeping over a total scumbag and probably helps contribute to an idea that he probably wasn't all that bad.
Isn't that what happens in real life? How history can be distorted by the stories that are told after. And lets face it, the performance of woman playing Cersei and her grief is enough to make you forget about the fact she's weeping over a total scumbag and probably helps contribute to an idea that he probably wasn't all that bad.
6:32PM on 05/30/2016
The reviewer seems to have a disconnect with what the show actually is and what viewers want to see. Sam and Gilly are the heart of the show.
The reviewer seems to have a disconnect with what the show actually is and what viewers want to see. Sam and Gilly are the heart of the show.
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8:24PM on 05/30/2016
I don't know what the hell you're smokin man, but Sam and Gilly are the WEAK point of this show, and are not what the majority of viewers want to see. I think the reviewer knows exactly what he's talking about.
I don't know what the hell you're smokin man, but Sam and Gilly are the WEAK point of this show, and are not what the majority of viewers want to see. I think the reviewer knows exactly what he's talking about.
12:05AM on 05/31/2016
I think he's smoking something called sarcasm. It's a new drug.
I think he's smoking something called sarcasm. It's a new drug.
1:58AM on 05/31/2016
Sam is one of my favorite characters and I love he and Gilly's story.
Sam is one of my favorite characters and I love he and Gilly's story.
1:57PM on 05/31/2016
The Sam/Gilly dinner was painful and stupid and I thought the whole story was headed NOWHERE. High points though, as usual, are the growing of a pair of balls:

First, by Gilly: "He's a greater hunter than either of you will ever be" Nice!

Then by Sam: He saves his story arc from meaninglessness by growing a pair of balls and stealing that G-D sword!

Finally, I *care* about these two again!
The Sam/Gilly dinner was painful and stupid and I thought the whole story was headed NOWHERE. High points though, as usual, are the growing of a pair of balls:

First, by Gilly: "He's a greater hunter than either of you will ever be" Nice!

Then by Sam: He saves his story arc from meaninglessness by growing a pair of balls and stealing that G-D sword!

Finally, I *care* about these two again!
2:21PM on 05/31/2016
"Sam and Gilly are the funniest characters we've ever had on this show, we just need to get them working..."

But in all seriousness, I can't wait - show and books - for Sam to finally reach Oldtown and start learning the truth about Westeros' history, whatever that might be.
"Sam and Gilly are the funniest characters we've ever had on this show, we just need to get them working..."

But in all seriousness, I can't wait - show and books - for Sam to finally reach Oldtown and start learning the truth about Westeros' history, whatever that might be.
9:01AM on 05/30/2016
This was a good episode overall, but when comparing this to the last 5 episodes, I thought it was also pretty uneven. Each episode before has progressed the story or characters in some fashion. This episode spent half the time doing that with Bran's storyline and Arya's storyline. We have the intro to Coldhands/re-intro to Benjen and we have an idea of where Bran will head now. Arya has made her decision to leave the Faceless Men, which was a surprise b/c I thought that would happen in the
This was a good episode overall, but when comparing this to the last 5 episodes, I thought it was also pretty uneven. Each episode before has progressed the story or characters in some fashion. This episode spent half the time doing that with Bran's storyline and Arya's storyline. We have the intro to Coldhands/re-intro to Benjen and we have an idea of where Bran will head now. Arya has made her decision to leave the Faceless Men, which was a surprise b/c I thought that would happen in the finale.

But then we get Sam and Gilly, where nothing really happens other than confirmation that Sam's dad is a dick and these two are incredibly boring. We also get Dany talking (again) about how she's going to take Westeros (again) while on a dragon (again). The shot looked cool, but really more of the same.

But then there's King's Landing and the whole High Sparrow issue. I feel like this has become the season's Dorne. They spend more time talking about how they want to take out the High Sparrow then actually doing anything to take out the High Sparrow. The HS has probably a few dozen Faith Militant. The King has the Kingsguard and the Cityguard, plus Lannister bannermen and Tyrell bannermen. That has to be an army at least in the hundreds. Plus with Gregor Clegane straight up murdering people with his bare hands, you're telling me that Jaime and Cersei need to ponder more on launching an assault against the HS? It's the same conversation happening again and again that it's just starting to lose interest.
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2:37AM on 05/30/2016
I really liked the episode. I was not expecting Arya's turn. I had thought she would become this badass assassin first and then take off to help her family/get revenge. My hope is that her change means that she will return to Westeros and settle in with her family again so they can all go and take Winterfell. I understand the frustration with Sam, but I can't see it as just being a loose plot thread with no actual meaning. There's something there. Sam has become too important of a character to
I really liked the episode. I was not expecting Arya's turn. I had thought she would become this badass assassin first and then take off to help her family/get revenge. My hope is that her change means that she will return to Westeros and settle in with her family again so they can all go and take Winterfell. I understand the frustration with Sam, but I can't see it as just being a loose plot thread with no actual meaning. There's something there. Sam has become too important of a character to simply be wasted. This episode was actually pretty exciting for me. A lot of developments keep happening and that ending was awesome. Now that they've left the books behind, quick plot development seems to be the order of things. Despite what they've been saying, I do believe that we'll see one more season after this, maybe two, but not more. They're kind of heading towards the finish line now. Of course, it's still going to be a while, but it seems to be on the other side of the hill now.
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12:47AM on 05/30/2016
So the show combined coldhands and Benjen? I'm ok with that.
Was hoping today would mark beginning of the end for the High Sparrow crap. Alas...
Also glad to see Arya coming to her senses and getting needle and getting out of the boring place.
So the show combined coldhands and Benjen? I'm ok with that.
Was hoping today would mark beginning of the end for the High Sparrow crap. Alas...
Also glad to see Arya coming to her senses and getting needle and getting out of the boring place.
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8:52AM on 05/30/2016
Well, either combined the characters, or confirmed a longtime fan theory that they're the same person.
Well, either combined the characters, or confirmed a longtime fan theory that they're the same person.
10:18AM on 05/30/2016
Never thought I'd miss Joffrey but at least he would've slaughtered them
Never thought I'd miss Joffrey but at least he would've slaughtered them
10:48AM on 05/30/2016
It's been confirmed by GRRM that they are not the same person. Unless he was messing with his editor.
It's been confirmed by GRRM that they are not the same person. Unless he was messing with his editor.
2:09PM on 05/31/2016
I recall there being details about Coldhands that also make it impossible for him to be Benjen. But the important thing is Coldhands is a pre- Bran-becomes-god character, Benjen is a post- Bran-becomes-god character.
I recall there being details about Coldhands that also make it impossible for him to be Benjen. But the important thing is Coldhands is a pre- Bran-becomes-god character, Benjen is a post- Bran-becomes-god character.
12:37AM on 05/30/2016
I cool, but the High Sparrow stuff. The Lannisters slaughter people before, whats stopping them now? Their developmentally coddled "I'm gonna die, aren't I?" kid is barely holding on, waiting for him to walk facefirst into a spear or something.
I cool, but the High Sparrow stuff. The Lannisters slaughter people before, whats stopping them now? Their developmentally coddled "I'm gonna die, aren't I?" kid is barely holding on, waiting for him to walk facefirst into a spear or something.
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