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TV Review: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 7 "The Broken Man"


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EPISODE 7: The Broken Man

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). The night is dark and full of terror. Letís start with the return of The Hound. This was something I was hoping for since we last saw him with Arya. Because of his relationship with her, Iíd hoped weíd see him again, and letís be honest, in Game of Thrones, if you donít physically see someone die (and sometimes even if you do), thereís a good chance they could pop back up. And who better to usher this character back into the fold than Ian McShaneósomeone I never thought Iíd see on this show. McShane is awesome, and though he wasnít meant for a long stay in Westeros, he steals the show as you might well imagine. The episodeís ending is obvious, but I have to wonder why the Brotherhood is killing innocents? There was absolutely no call for killing those people, but itís ironically hilarious at the same time (not the killing part), seeing as how the Brotherhood had a run in with The Hound once before. He wasnít a fan then, and heís clearly not a fan now. Iím looking forward to the ensuing bloodbath.

My faith in Kingís Landing is somewhat renewed by Margaeryís actions tonight. As Iíd hoped, sheís not under the Sparrowís spell after all (hopefully the King isnít either). Sheís plotting something, and Iím assuming that something will revolve around taking down the Sparrow and getting her brother out of jail. Itís a dangerous game to be sure, but Iím intrigued. Itís Granny Tyrell whoís on fire though, ripping Cersei a new ass. Talk about not holding back! You can tell it is taking all of Cerceiís willpower to not have The Mountain cleave the old bag in two. Not only does she point out Cerceiís stupidity (repeatedly), but to rub her nose in it by saying her failure is this messí only upside? Talk about some hard truth. I couldnít help but laugh.

Jon, Sansa and Davosí quest for numbers is daunting. The landscapes are beautiful though, I just wish I could say the same for northern hospitality. A lot of mixed emotions, and Iím not exactly surprised. Iím even less surprised to see her eyeing those ravenís at the end. Is she writing to Littlefinger? You know she is. Will he get it, or will it be intercepted? Well, it is Game of Thrones so itíll be intercepted by Ramsay, but when the battle seems lost, Littlefinger and The Vale will swoop in and save the day because (drum roll) Sansa sent more than one raven! I donít care about any of that, so long as Jon kills that motherf*cker. Oh, and I really hope Tormond doesnít die. On a side note, Brienne is on her way to see The Blackfish, leading me to think sheíll cross paths with Jaime, which hopefully wonít go the way I think it will.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6ís seventh episode is revving the engine pretty loud, so Iím thinking weíre about to get some huge fireworks. Despite not much happening at Riverrun, itís quite a sight to behold. For one, thatís a large army Jaime and Bronn brought with them, but the real entertainment came from the intensity. We havenít seen The Blackfish since The Red Wedding, something Jaime was largely responsible for, so seeing The Blackfish seething with anger comes as no surprise. Surrender the castle? Seriously Jaime, you really thought there was a chance in hell of that happening? And to YOU of all people? That fight will NOT end pretty. Lastly, it pains me to see Arya seemingly lose everything. It has to be a trick right? IT HAS TO BE! Iím hoping against hope that itís the other girl who is being set up to be killed by Arya as a final test, but yes, thatís me grasping at straws. She better not die, thatís all Iím saying. Oh, and Iím liking Yaraís idea to make a pact with Danny. Iím very interested to see how Tyrion and Varys weigh in on that conversation.

SEX/NUDITY: Yara and crew stop for some titties and beer, and thereís lots of both.

VIOLENCE: The Houndís return is drenched in blood, but thatís nothing compared to how much is coming. Arya is mortally wounded and bleeding outóbut itís a trick I tell you!

MOST EPIC SCENE: Jaime and The Blackfishís conversation was beyond awesome, I could feel the hair on my arms tingling.



Extra Tidbit: Do you think we could still get Lady Stoneheart?



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