Game of Thrones "Blood of My Blood" Review: Forget Winter, War Is Coming!

Game of Thrones S06E06: "Blood of My Blood"


Let it go on the record that I do not like war in real life. People killing each other because of misplaced national pride? No thanks. But in my television shows? The more war, the better. "Blood of My Blood" was like Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria getting assassinated 15 times in a row, because the seeds of a whole field of wars were planted. This was a classic set-up episode that prepared the second half of the season to finish things out with some massive battlefield insanity. I'm in!

Buuuuuuuut even though it had one fart joke in keeping with Season 6's mature sense of humor—I think we're at three total now with four episodes to go, meaning we could reach the minimum quota for a Rob Schneider movie—"Blood of My Blood" was more of a cooldown after "The Door," and given how things are shaping up for the second half of Season 6, I'd say we needed it.

Slap that glass of rum out your hand, and let's talk about what happened in "Blood of My Blood."


"It's hard to walk in this." – Gilly

Game of Thrones could just have easily been called Game of Asshole Fathers because I've sure seen a lot more dickish dads than I have chairs in this show. Meet our latest: Randyll Tarly, disappointed redneck daddy to the doughy and booksmart Samwell Tarly. I'm not a huge fan of Sam's, I've made that clear more than once, but seeing the crapola he had to put up with from his dad made me a little more sympathetic to his ways. (Don't worry, I said a little.) Sure, it's classic "feel bad for me because my parents are jerks" storytelling, but it's tried and true and has kept old British actors employed for decades. 

There are some pros and cons in Sam's thinking that he can just drop off Gilly and baby Craster at Horn Hill so that his parents could watch over them while he goes to Maester camp at the Citadel. Pro? His mom and sister are totally chill and very supportive of Sam, and Horn Hill itself looks like a dope winery or a presidential library that your mom might take you to. I mean, the estate is flat-out lovely. LOOK!

The big con? Randyll is to wildlings what David Duke is to non-white people. So of course Gilly's secret identity as a wildling was going to come out and ruin a perfectly awkward venison din-din. Don't you have a less racist uncle, Sam? A liberal cousin accepting of other cultures? An affordable Air B'n'B? A pile of hay behind a barn? But nope, he dropped wildling Gilly right into the jaw of wildling-hater Randyll. So far he's brought her to Castle Black, where most people hate wildlings, Horn Hill, where most people hate wildlings, and Mole's Town, where whores screamed at her baby to shut up. Way to show a lady a time! At least it's not Craster's Keep, I guess? 

All credit to Gilly, though. I'm even less of a fan of hers than I am of Sam's, but as Randyll laid into his fat, nerdy son about being so fat and nerdy, Gilly spoke up and defended her boo, saying Sam was a better warrior than any of them because he killed a Thenn and a White Walker. It takes big brass ones to speak up at your significant others' parental dinners, but Gilly let 'er rip and called out Randyll. Her head may be as hollow as a coconut, but she's got a spine made of steel that holds up her strong convictions. You go, girl. 

Her bravery inspired Sam and/or knocked sense into his head that staying with a racist prick might not be the best option for Gilly, so he decided to skip out, take his dad's Valyrian sword Heartsbane, and run off with Gilly, probably to drop her and the baby off with a pack of wolves or something, just to keep the string of putting Gilly in danger going. I know Sam has lucked out and killed some powerful beings, but I am not feeling great about him holding possession of one of the great swords of the land. If he doesn't fall down and impale himself, I'll consider it a success.

Serious question: Does Sam mean anything to the main story or is he just a character diversion?


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Jun 08, 2016
It doesn't look like Tim will be recapping GoT any more...that is most decidedly disappointing.
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Jun 03, 2016
Dany's speech was pretty boring to me, a rehash of past declarations. Though it is amusing that she basically conveyed that she doesn't give two shits about ending slavery and protecting those she has liberated. A very poor ruler indeed.
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Jun 05, 2016
speech was important because Dany finally decides its time to get back to Westeros instead of aimlessly wandering around for another season!
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Jun 03, 2016
She had to establish herself as the stallion who mounts the world. If Daenerys didn't use the same wording, the dothraki might start to believe it was her dead son: this way she convinces them she was the individual the prophecy was talking about all along.
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Jun 04, 2016
But they had already bowed down to her and clearly embraced her as such or something similar. Stopping mid-journey to merely give a speech to the same effect was a waste of screentime, but that's just me, and I am thinking Dany quite boring of late.
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Jun 04, 2016
Burning the Khals was a feat of strenght, which has nothing to do with being the stallion that mounts the world or actually choosing blood riders.
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Jun 05, 2016
@JayAtkinson: I get it, I may not like show Euron yet I understand why he had to be baptized again when he was named King, despite it gave Theon and Yara enough time to escape with their ships.
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Jun 05, 2016
I know, but the latter still feels a tad redundant as they were all bowed down to her as her army. Bloodriders or not. And burning the khals, to me, was yet another rehash of past events. I'm sorry, but I just don't like show Dany.
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Jun 03, 2016
I actually don't understand the hate for The High Sparrow, it's not like Cersei didn't deserve to atone for the numerous sins she has committing, though admittedly a lot more in the books than the show. The Loras being captive makes no sense, and not just because it differs from the books, but aside from that, I think he has been less power-hungry and more righteous. He is merely steadfast in his belief, and Tommen making peace with him was the first wise thing he did, as it was going to be chaos and bloodshed before then. By alligning with him, you prevent a bloody battle and kept all the people onside. Whether or not you trust The Sparrow, it was the right call, especially in the moment, to combat Cersei and Jaime's bloodthirsty desire for vengeance.
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Jun 02, 2016
"Arya digging out Needle may be the best reunion the show has ever seen."

Riiiight!
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Jun 01, 2016
Oh snap! Benjen Stark!!!
That was the right move by Sam.
I lost it when Needle returned!
It was good to see Drogon back and Dany's speech was deep and I also wondered what happened to her horse.
Damn! Jaime rode up those stairs like a boss!

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Jun 01, 2016
I'm really confused. Last time we saw Margarey, I was certain she was playing the High Sparrow. I mean, she visited her brother and told him to be strong.

I assumed this was an act to get out of the walk of penance.

But, she really did cult-wash her husband??? Weird. That really seemed out of the blue.
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Jun 01, 2016
Eeh... not really. Not knowing that help/ rescue was coming, Margaery probably saw no other option of a) getting out of prison and b) gaining a bit of power in the process but by pseudo-aligning herself with the Faith. At the same time Tommen is nothing but an impressionable little boy who's not capable of faking anything, let alone pretending to agree with the High Sparrow. So Margaery's only realistic play here was to "nudge" Tommen (who's already impressed with the High Sparrow) in the Faith's direction and take her time. She's still playing the High Sparrow and when the time comes, she'll show her true colors. The only difference is that now, she also has to "play" Tommen (much like before). Trust in the cynicism of G.R.R. Martin's universe. Real "players" (like Margaery) don't just "see the light" one day.
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Jun 02, 2016
I'm not convinced. It was too big of a change (and all off screen) from her telling her brother to stay strong and then being a believer.

I think she's working something.

And, as others have speculated, it could be part of her plan to get her revenge on Cercei, though I'm not sure how this helps her with that.
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Jun 02, 2016
Like you say: she's working something. Drama dictates that you keep viewers on their toes, but if the show meant Margaery's conversion as true, it would have been more explicit about it.
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Jun 04, 2016
I tend to see her as a gay man's sister desperately trying to save him from the bunch of fanatics that broke him: Margaery needs to get Loras out of there, her conversion is the quickest way to do it.
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Jun 02, 2016
only the gullible....like the priapic and lovestruck Tommen....would buy Margeary's "conversion." but she did uncork that great line about how she saw that she was "good at seeming to be good." one of those excellent and eternally applicable observations that GOT writers lay down on occasion.
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Jun 02, 2016
Keep in mind, by doing this she's set herself up in contrast to Cersei right there in front of all of Kings Landing. Cersei insisted on making a show of strength and pride, where Margery has made a show of humility and atonement. The last time the common people saw Cersei she was buck naked, head shaved, covered in blood and shit. Margery was standing there on the steps admittedly in a rough dress and barefoot, but also all clean and long hair brushed out. Cersei hated and despised commoners, Margery did charity work. Cersei is going to insist on a trial by combat, and will use an undead abomination to fight against the high sparrow (or his champion), she still insists on fighting. Margery insisted that she was ready to do the walk of atonement, brought something resembling peace and unity between the crown and the religion. Margery tries to be loved where Cersei tries to be feared. I also think that you can get away with a lot in the name of religion, as well as with the love and support of the common people who can just as easily turn into a mob against your enemies, that the enemies of the king are now the enemies of the temple as well, that the temple has a militant arm that might be of some use, and she's back in a position where she can take back some control and quietly feed Tommen ideas (all for the good of the people of course). The sparrows had become the more powerful force in Kings Landing while the Lannisters fall apart, and she was smart enough to form an alliance with them.
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Jun 01, 2016
That, and this whole situation also provides Margaery with the means to get out from under Cersei's thumb (and Olenna's even) in exchange for someone she feels she can better manage to her own benefit.
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Jun 02, 2016
Definitely Olenna's as well! Margaery loves her grandmother, but she's too ambitious to always stay under her wing. The good thing is that Olenna never really tried to force anything too bad on Margaery.
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Jun 01, 2016
i am feelin' that this is another good season. no, not every scene scores but a helluva lot of them do, and when GOT whips up a great juicy scene, it's great and juicy! tonight, i wanna give it up to jonathan pryce, because his sly, subtle arrogant parting smirk at Jaime at the end of their scene......great stuff from a fucking pro! i loved it. it was fun to replay a couple times.
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Jun 02, 2016
actually, "Blood of My Blood" could have been given a subtitle of "Smirk Off." not only the High Sparrow's great "Kiss my unwashed and mottled ass, Jaime" smirk, but also The Waif's "oh goody oh goody oh goody now i get to kill that little Stark bitch!" smirk. they ain't twerkin' in Westeros, they is smirkin'.....
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Jun 01, 2016
- Oh dear, Lord Tarly. The White Walkers have more warmth.
- That showdown at the Sept was tense, I expected a bloodbath. I should have known the High Sparrow is smarter than that. Let's hope Cersei and Olenna talk some sense into their brainwashed kids ( or is it how Tommen dies ? ) ...
- Boo hiss, Walder Frey ! Too bad there's no Lady Stoneheart gunning for him and his family ! Speaking of which ...
- With Jaime and Brienne both on their way to Riverrun, will we finally have Lady Stoneheart ? I keep hoping so ...
- I'm glad Arya made that choice, but boy is she in trouble now, as we've seen she's no match for Creepy Girl. I have no doubt she'll be fine, but right now I can't see how.
- Benjen, finally ! So he's basically Coldhands, although he probably isn't in the books ? I'm okay with that.
- Daario is right, Dany is better at conquering than ruling. But she knows how to make a pep talk ! Ned's death taught me to not try predicting the course of the saga, but with the Unsullied, Dothraki, and the Ironborn's ships to bring them to Westeros, I still think the iron throne is meant for her ( with Tyrion at her side to teach her how to rule smartly ).
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Jun 01, 2016
- That showdown at the Sept: I was hoping for a bloodbath (but that'll come...). As for Margaery, she's certainly not brainwashed. She's a better player in the game of thrones that Cersei and Olenna... and this was her best play given the circumstances.
- Arya being no match for F..ing Nuisance Girl: She has the Needle now, and she turned out the light. Having been blind for a long time, she has the advantage. I can't wait for Sullen Morose and Joyless Creep of a Girl being stabbed multiple times...
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Jun 01, 2016
Good point, Arya learned how to fight in the dark in a way the waif did not, which makes it an even match.
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Jun 01, 2016
Judging by the sides they are fighting for, neither Jaime nor Brienne need Lady Stoneheart to kill one another.

The Freys and the Tullys are leading them to the same effect.
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Jun 01, 2016
Don't you guys feel that the series is moving rather slow when compared to the books?.

1. I mean Jammie going to deal with the tully problem
2. Still no lady stoneheart.
3. Queen Margarey released from prison just now.
4. Greyjoys still stuck on their iron islands.

looks like the makers of the show are gi=oing to extend the series beyond season 7. How will they cover all these while still covering up things going to happen in WINDS OF WINTER?.

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Jun 01, 2016
Then again, the conflict is completely different: in the books, Jaime went to Riverrun as a clean break from Cersei. On the show, Jaime goes to Riverrun because he just lost his son to the High Sparrow. And he has every intention to return to his family as soon as possible.

It puts the Tully problem in the same time frame as the quest to retake Winterfell and a key point for the war against the White Walkers: Jon can't possibly achieve anything with the Freys pushing from the south and Ramsay from Winterfell.

You need a straight line of defense or no one stand a chance come winter.
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Jun 01, 2016
yeah you're right. But now they need season 8 to completely cover the story or maybe 2 part season 7 as rumoured.

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Jun 01, 2016
To be completely fair, Brienne didn't return to secure the Tully army in the books, her conflict with Jaime was much more intimate in nature.

Their conflict is more epic this time around. If the Frey win, Brienne can't go back to Winterfell. If the Tully win, Jaime can't go back to Kingslanding.
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Jun 02, 2016
i'm just waiting for lady stone heart. Brienne will be on her knees when she will see who she really is.

Atleast brotherhood without banners got a mention on this episode.
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Jun 01, 2016
well, 6 episodes into this "Not so great" season and im very BOREDDDDD


There was only 3 things worthy on this episodes:

- That theater chick amazing bubbies (almost destroyed by that kid little micro dick)
- Discovering that the red queen actually came out of the movie "The VVitch"
- OFC Jon Snow surprise ressurection (WAIT, wasnt that a surprise at all??? ahhh got me there...)

Other than that 6 episodes of boring non sense and non action stuff like "OLD THE DOOR" stuff yeah good twist still not that great after 2 hours....

Where is the action?? Will we see some real battle with heads flying or what????
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Jun 02, 2016
FFS, grow up.
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Jun 02, 2016
seriously. this episode was loaded with "action." for example, the dinner at the Tarly house positively DRIPPED with "action."
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May 31, 2016
They're bringing in Coldhands NOW? Between that, the Mad King scene, and the Tower of Joy scene, they're sure looping back around to a lot of vignettes they should've shown earlier. Guess Martin clued them into how plot-central those bits were?
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Jun 01, 2016
The mention of the Brotherhood without Banners makes me hope we'll get to see Stoneheart as well.
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Jun 01, 2016
With Brienne and Jaime both on their way to Riverrun, I'd say this is a strong possibility.
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Jun 03, 2016
With Brienne and Jaime on their way to opposing armies at Riverrun, I'd say there's a strong possibility they end up killing and/or seriously hurting each other without anyone else's help.

When the siege is over, the Brotherhood will be the only army left to help Jon at Winterfell.
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May 31, 2016
I want them to show Ser Duncan the Talll!!!
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May 31, 2016
What's the difference between fart in a sack and Lord Kevan?

The sack.
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Jun 01, 2016
ha nice
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May 31, 2016
isnt this the first episode without peter dinklage ?
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Jun 01, 2016
There have been a few episodes from the previous seasons in which he didn't appear. But this is the first one from this season he didn't appear.
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May 31, 2016
A relatively slower episode, but I guess we can't have "The Door" every week.
Bran's scenes were the most memorable, it looks like GoT is completely going back on its "no flashbacks" policy. What was especially interesting was that Bran's visions were apparently focusing on both Aerys "Burn them all" Targaryen and the Night King, like the titular "Ice and Fire" of the book series.

King's Landing surprised us by postponing the inevitable bloodshed once again. That scene before the Great Sept was gorgeous, however. And now it looks like Jaime and Brienne are heading to the same place ? Throw the Hound into the mix and we'll have one big happy reunion. Or not.

And we finally got to Horn Hill, and it wasn't what I expected. I had thought the Tarlys were a relatively minor House, but that estate makes Downton Abbey look like a hovel! Randyll Tarly, however was *exactly* what I expected. Now I want to see the Citadel!

And Daenerys finally expressed the wish to go to Westeros, but it'll probably have to wait until next year. Get to work Euron, we need that fleet !
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Jun 01, 2016
Hahaha! My thoughts exactly on Horn Hill! We've seen much bigger "players" staying in much humbler castles. Hell, even King's Landing looks puny compared to this "minor lord's" keep...
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May 31, 2016
No comment on the awful special effects this episode, from the crowd scene in King's Landing to Dany's whole dragon speech sequence? Obviously they're trimming to put money into the big battle episode of the season, but still.
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May 31, 2016
Sam is not the issue here, the parts with Sam are at least interesting more or less. But, when they begin to blab about the faith that stupid boy"king" I have urge to to start pooling my hear, or fastforward.
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Jun 01, 2016
Surprisingly enough, I find myself (kind of) agreeing with Tim on Sam. He was a big/ important part of the storyline at the Wall, but his trip south doesn't really affect the overall plot. I'm sure there's a reason why time is dedicated to him (all will be revealed later on, I guess...) but I'm having a hard time figuring out where he comes in.
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Jun 01, 2016
my guess is, with Sam they are stalling, they are buying time so that Jon Snow and Sansa can reach their destination wherever that may be
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Jun 02, 2016
And once they get there (if they get there) what purpose will Sam's stalling play? Given the time frame, Sam doesn't have the time to become a Maester and in any case he already knows much about the White Walkers, so that won't truly affect the plot. Yes, the Night Watch needs a Maester and in a few years I can even see Sam becoming the Commander of the Watch. But in the accelerated tv pacing, that doesn't fit in. So? The only clue I can see is that Sam took with him the family sword (Valyrian steel that kills the WW), so maybe there's fighting in Sam's future?
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May 31, 2016
Sam is not a diversion in the books. His POV chapters were some of the more interesting chapters I've read. The show did not give his chapters justice but its understandable since they changed certain storylines around and the book has too much information.

I'm actually excited to read about Sam's time in the Citadel when the next book comes out. Which is why I didn't care for Sam's plot in this episode either. In the books his storyline is set up to reveal some major secrets and he's around around a lot of interesting characters doing suspicious things. In the TV show, he's at Horn Hill... Big whoop.
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May 31, 2016
Unless they do a time jump, and I wouldn't put it past these writers to attempt it, the Citadel isn't going to be a thing. There is just too much going on and becoming a Maester takes too long for him to be taken in, given access to what he needs to know and go from there. Also, what does he need to know that we don't know yet. We know who the White Walkers are, we know who created them and we know how to defeat them. So what do you think he is going to bring to the table?
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May 31, 2016
I really don't get all the Sam/Gilly hate that goes on, I find it a bit over the top. I've actually enjoyed their storyline most of the time
I do think they were grossly overplayed in this episode though, they could have used less than half the time they took to cover that part of their story, and then used the other 10 minutes on John/Sansa, or Tyrion/Varys, etc.
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Jun 01, 2016
It's not hate (for me at least), it's more like you say; too much time dedicated for Sam/Gilly, when time is short. The next season is supposed to be the last. As Mate above puts it, what is he bringing to the table?
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May 31, 2016

Finally a proper Stark back on the show. Hell yes. Sure, his story about being half dead was wonky, but hey, he had some fire-spreading NINJA TOOLS, so that's something pointing north right there.
Sam needs to get Heartsbane to the resurrected Hound ASAP. That's the plan, right?
And Danaerys... O man. I hate her speeches, I loathe Dothraki, I despise people not convincingly cheering at her gibberish. BUT the dragon was kinda sweet to look upon, finally they have some heft to them. Or at least Drogon does.
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May 31, 2016
I thought Blood of my Blood was a bit meh after last week's riveting episode but I guess it's to be expected. This time it was all about setting up what's to come. Although I understand why a lot of people don't like Sam, I think he will be quite crucial in the fight against the White Walkers. His father is some nasty piece of work so I enjoyed seeing Gilly and Sam's mum put him in his place. I'm glad that Sam took the family heirloom with him when he left.
Was surprised to see Walder Frey again. Had forgotten about him. I was tickled when they said that all the surrounding Houses sided with Blackfish. They probably couldn't trust him since he broke an important oath by slaughthe Starks in the Red Wedding.
Can't stand the High Sparrow but he has lived to see other day, unfortunately. I don't believe for one second that Margaery has seen the error of her ways. She's up to something for sure. Tommend is useless! For a second there, I had forgotten that his parents are brother and sister. Then I was like Eeeuuuu!
My favourite scene is Bran's flashbacks, particularly regarding The Mad King. I hope they will show it in more detail in an upcoming episode. Hooray for uncle Benjen! Quite a badass!
Let's hope next week's episode will be better.
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May 31, 2016
Donald Trump a vicious dictator?? Ha ha- he's only a bully... Hilary would be the one for that post
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May 31, 2016
I do agree that Randyll Tarly who is a total bully and undermines his son for his love of books / weight is more like Trump... Also for his mistrust of strangers from beyond the Wall such as the Wildings...
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May 31, 2016
Is Benjen the same actor?
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May 31, 2016
Yes, his name is Joseph Mawle.
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May 31, 2016
He looks just like the last time we saw him in season 1!
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May 31, 2016
I think a really interesting thing in both the book's and the tv series is how in both the Seven Kingdoms and Essos we see how Religion starts to seep more and more into politics as the turmoil of conflict and political unrest increases. We see Tommen now unite the Church, and I know it seems annoying because no-one likes the high Sparrow, but in the Middle ages the Kings would use the Church to control the people or Vice versa... Meanwhile in Essos we see the Red Priests preaching and an ever stronger following for the Lord of Light as the chaos and political unrest increases. We also even saw Tyrion enlist this religion in the previous episode to manipulate the people into loving Dany ever more. I think it is very well done actually...
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Jun 01, 2016
Totally agree. If there's one thing the show does very well (there are actually many, but still) it's the socio-political landscape of its world.
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May 31, 2016
Am i the only one who thinks Jon Snow had more screen time when he was dead?
i don't agree with including every character in every episode but since this episode was slower than usual (that's a record) - Jon should have featured somewhere - 2 episodes spent on this Arya crap - ugh

It's been so long since season 1 that i have NO IDEA who Benjen Stark is *shrugs* - this kinda thing really makes me hate the hypocrisy of people calling LOST slow

Walder Frey finally returns after 3 seasons - and his scenes were pointless

Just another run-of-the-mill episode - i'm gonna take a well educated guess that episode 8 or 9 will be the good episode - the rest will be filler - i hope to be proven wrong
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May 31, 2016
Wow, you're really bothered by the whole LOST thing huh? I actually loved LOST as well, but I don't really care much if /when somebody else didn't. Especially years after it went off the air.
Now, when somebody comes to the site of a show I like just to badmouth it, I'll lay into them on occasion myself.
Just sayin', it makes you come across as a bit obsessive over it.
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May 31, 2016
It has nothing to with bad mouthing it - i am giving my opinion on this week's episode - like you give yours

I thought the episode sucked as per usual - i am just stating the things i didn't like about it

and yes - the whole LOST thing does bother me because the show is brought up whenever a series ends - or even whenever a finale airs - like the season 4 finale of Arrow for example - the vitriolic hatred towards that episode by fans had people compare it to the LOST finale (which in itself is ridiculous)

GoT is a phenomenon - it is the biggest show on TV right now and it STILL gets praise each and every week by it's blind fans - the Hodor reveal was lauded by critics and fans but i thought it was a terribly written twist

then this week there was the return of a character that i didn't even remember existing and people are bringing up a book theory tying this returning character to that theory - so a character gone for 5 seasons and people are saying his return was great and well-thought out yet the hatred towards the Hatch cliffhanger still has people saying it was a cop-out?

that is my point with GoT fans - they are fine with the slow burn of GoT but with LOST they thought it was dragging on when it really wasn't

My post was an opinion - i think this show is terribly overrated - and the more i watch episodes that stagnate like this one - the more annoyed it makes me when i see praise for it - i am sorry if it offends you - but it is my opinion
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Jun 02, 2016
Is TV your entire life?
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Jun 02, 2016
Yep, problem?
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Jun 02, 2016
Holy crap, I knew I detected some obsession, but who knew the kind of Pandoras Box I was opening.
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Jun 01, 2016
Terribly written twist? I would love to see you write a better one. I'm an aspiring television writer myself and I pride myself on being able to see things coming before they happen. I had no way to prepare myself for the devastating genius of that twist. I'm still reeling from it and the possibilities opened up by Bran's ability to interact with the past.
Meanwhile, you're defending a show where the best mysteries/answers were in multimedia add-ons (the Dharma Initiative videos and journals online) and in order to stay "creative", they ignored every piece of multimedia content they put out and cannibalized their own story. Yea, we all knew Hodor would be connected to Bran somehow after seeing Wylis in the past. Didn't make his creation/demise any less meaningful. We all knew Jon Snow wasn't dead. Didn't make him coming back to life any less intense. We all know what will happen in the Tower Of Joy when Bran eventually goes back to his visions. Doesn't make the answer any less seismic to the story being told. A twist isn't good simply for being unexpected, it's good because it's unexpected and makes sense to the story being told. In that regard, Lost failed. Epically. Looking back, you can see how that show was basically strung together on a wing and a prayer. Maybe in its early seasons they had a true plan (the multimedia content certainly seems to verify this) but as people debated and formed theories, it's painfully obvious that they just started throwing twists around to see what stuck and what didn't. They got lucky up through the finale of s5. After that, trying to keep people from guessing the end meant they almost entirely doubled back on everything they had been building to. I'm not one of those people pissed at the final season because they didn't understand it. I understood it completely (whatever happened, happened - yet they couldn't be dead in the past and exist in the present - so a pocket afterlife was created, meant to give them all a chance to find the inner peace they were meant to find on the island that no longer exists in that timeline). It still sucked. We were treated to this ridiculously long-winded revelation as the show spun its wheels and never bothered trying to prove the writers were planning this all along. Because they weren't.
Compare this to GRRM. He has told Benioff and Weiss his master plan - and so far, it makes perfect sense to what we've seen play out before this season. Lost was spectacle with a handful of great story driven episodes. GoT is story with a handful of great spectacle driven episodes. The ramifications of that spectacle always runs through the story. The same cannot be said for Lost. It was a great show for its time, but higher quality television such as GoT, Justified, Breaking Bad, Hannibal and Fargo has made me realize how juvenile it is these days by comparison.
Seems to me the majority of people complaining about GoT this season want spectacle over story instead of story over spectacle. With what I've witnessed over the past 5 and a half seasons, I'm perfectly fine letting this story play out the way GRRM intended. If Benioff and Weiss can continue retrofitting past story elements that were glazed over in the earlier seasons and mold them into the endgame as seamlessly as they are now (Kingsmoot, Cold Hands, etc.) they can stick the landing and make the books and show equally enjoyable, with slightly different stories resulting in the same resolution
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Jun 02, 2016
Oh and "We Have To Go Back Kate" is the greatest twist in the history of Television - so don't dare call the show juvenile in comparison - i'd love for you to 'write better' material than Damon and Carlton - you will never be at their level - especially Damon Lindelof

Just watch The Leftovers to see how fucking good Damon is
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Jun 02, 2016
You're talking to someone who ain't read the books - can't keep up with every character or the convoluted mess of the story and someone who would rather have white walkers as the main focus than a spas saying Hodor every second like he was the spawn of Groot - he was a shite character and his backstory or the ramifications it had (Re bran) i could not give a shit about - i didn't say i could write better - i said i thought it was an awful twist - just because you didn't see it coming, doesn't mean it was a perfectly written twist

You're an idiot if you think shows like Justified and BrBa were better written than LOST
Justified is as cliched as they come with it's Hick dialogue and BrBa is a poor man's Sopranos for the millennials that think it is the best written show of all time (and this is coming from a fan of both shows)

LOST is an absolute masterpiece - a work of art, a perfect example of a TV show i love with my whole being with beautifully developed characters and poetic dialogue that crush me no matter how many times i watch it - every scene Locke and Jack had was magic on screen - watch their epic scene in Exodus when Locke is explaining to Jack that he is a man of science and Locke is a man of Faith, or in the season 2 episode Orientation when Locke pleads with jack to help him with the button - nothing on TV gets me the way LOST does

Game Of Thrones just doesn't resonate with me - the characters are fucking shit - Tyrion is the closest to a great character - the story is one big confusing mess with an overload of characters that can be killed off in the next episode all for shock value (see the Red Wedding), the writers ask you to remember character long forgotten but none-book readers are completely shafted (Benjen) - episodes like Hardhome are the reason i stick with this show - but there are very few episodes of GoT i would consider good - especially when nothing remotely interesting happens (which is usually 8 or 9 times out of 10)
As Ian McShane nicely put it - it is just tits & dragons - and to me that does not spell a well written spectacle - i am in it for the long haul - but when that series finale does air - i will never return to Westeros - it really does not have the rewatch value that LOST has - all those little clues in LOST are so much more interesting watching it - the same can't be said about GoT

The best episode of GoT (which IMO is Hardhome) does not compare to best episode of LOST (which i cannot choose because there are so many of them)
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Jun 01, 2016
At least it was directed by Jack Bender who directed many episodes of LOST. I'd have to say LOST is the superior show - this ep was very slow - hope it picks up next week...
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Jun 01, 2016
It's not just superior - it's on another level

GoT is great in terms of it's BEAUTIFUL LOTR-esque sets but other than that it's nothing special

whereas LOST has the sets, the writing, the acting, the characters (something GoT REALLY lacks), the story - fanboy alert i know but it had to be said
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May 31, 2016
Offend me? lol, trust me when I tell you, you are incapable of offending me by talking about a tv show that I like.
Problem here is that you seem to be way too easy to offend, I was not even referring to you when I talked about people who badmouth shows, you simply inferred that.
My only point in my reply was that you seem to be obsessed with what others think about LOST, because it's the second week in a row you brought it up.
I must say though, I find it just as amusing that it actually annoys you when a show you don't like gets praise.
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Jun 01, 2016
Yeah i get offended very easily - if you read any other of my comments - you would get the gist haha

TV is a passion of mine and i know opinions differ (it would suck if we all liked the same things) but the praise GoT gets week after week is unwarranted - yet shows like The Newsroom were completely ripped apart by critics for being 'preachy' (see the INCREDIBLE season 3 episode oh shenandoah for reasons why critics are idiots)
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May 31, 2016
Well, this episode broke the consistently rising quality trend unfortunately. It was far from a bad episode, but it didn't have half the momentum of "The Door". Benjen's return, Dany's speech and Sam showing backbone against his piece of shit dad were some great highlights. Also, the High Sparrow got truly threatening for the first time in a good long while. Twin pillars of the Faith and the Crown? This is a move that makes the Faith Militant almost invincible. Truly terrifying prospects abound.

I reserve the right to change my rankings of this season's episodes at any time, but as of now, my ranking goes:

1) The Door
2) Book Of The Stranger
3) Blood Of My Blood
4) Oathbreaker
5) Home
6) The Red Woman

This was a table setting episode for the back half of this season (which seems ready to explode with violence all across the map). I'm hopeful the next four are just an ever escalating war and the slow down moments are long behind us. I am loving this season so far and would hate to feel disappointed in its outcome. We're rapidly approaching the end of this phenomenal series with so much ground still to cover. Storylines need to start coming together hard and fast in the back half of s6 and it needs to have equal moments of hope and devastation. Also, we have Cold Hands now and we were just reintroduced to Walder Frey (who should have some serious retribution headed his way in the near future), so can we PLEASE get Lady Stoneheart now? There is no better time to surprise us with her badassery
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May 31, 2016
Arya may have broken the rules, but she is a trainee and should be allowed some leaway. The Waif is as far as we know a full member, so by having hatred against Arya from the beginning and her own wishes to be the one that kill Arya, that I think would be a greater breach of the rules than Arya since the Waif is not a student but a teacher. And I think that Jaqen see that and will let Arya back if she kills the Waif, and if so it is a life payed.
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May 31, 2016
"she's got a spine made of steel that holds up her strong convictions." Four pages of smug words and this one sentence of class . Who knew you had a capacity to see things without self referential glibness, and/or diverting crass humor
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Jun 01, 2016
Everyone except you, apparently.
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Jun 01, 2016
baneros, i love the show, i love the discussions, i love the community feeds. i cant finish the inane non reviews. they are not funny enough for a comedy or satire page, and not informational to be called a recap or a review the reviewer has a skill , but it is so often buried under tepid hipster allusions, that it becomes tiresome. That reviewer has written enjoyable reviews in the past. I just would like to see a return to the subject and less snark. Is that permitted?
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Jun 01, 2016
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May 31, 2016
Great review this episode was less action oriented after the weights did there whole alien attack , still GOT is like that some episodes have more in them to build up the season. It was nice to see the return of another stark I like his Ghost Rider weapon . I do think the Jamie and Cerise children have their faults their are either too arrogant Joffery or too naive Tomen and the one in Dorne can;t remember her name, So we lead to believe that Jon getting the northern houses together to fight the Boltons would be hard with the Wildings , now its impossible with the Tullys and the houses nearby in another war. Then we have Ayra releasing that selling cockles and mussels is just not the dream job lol. I see next week those twins who killed the starks at the red wedding are ready to off poor edmunde tully we have to see if this prison exchange goes which way which would foretell the Ramsay exchange at winterfell. If I was Ned Stark I put a GPS tracker on my kids lol
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May 31, 2016
I'm afraid Jaime and Brienne will be so committed to their own agenda they are only going to damage each other's in the process.

...which might be the point since The Blackfish reminds me of Tormund with manners.
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Jun 03, 2016
Its going to kick off at riverrun on sunday with the twins holding edmure hostage and Blackfish in a tight spot , I do hope walder frey gets his comeuppence
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May 31, 2016
It's great seeing old faces on the show again. It's amazing how it's coming full circle with the unfinished open ended stories in Season 1-3. Yet, for most viewers, I don't think they'd know who Blackfish, Edmure & Benjen even are (also BwB). The Tully's we'll see next episode, but it's great seeing Benjen - has a true look of a Stark - even though he's half dead. Bran's visions are getting amazing & I wonder if we saw the future in one scene...
Arya's story is finally moving where I want it to. I sure hope it's not a trick where she dies, there's a slim chance she could with a show like GoT but I remember in Season 3 - Melisandre promised "we'll meet again". There were so many subtle hints in her transition. As she met Lady Crane - it was her projection onto her character in "She didn't get a chance to say goodbye...she would want to hurt the person who did this to her" - Ned's Death.
I believe this dialogue is the moment she realises she cannot be truly No One. She had a vindetta as a Stark. And it's this same identity as a Stark that is hinted when she leaves by saying "I have to go back to my father now" - as if to remind herself what she still needs to do...
Hope the Waif dies & her death can pay for Arya's instead. Saying that, the Waif does seem like an odd FM - it's like she's got a personal vindetta against Arya which wouldn't make her a true Assassin either...
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May 31, 2016
Yay for Sam stealing Dad's sword.

Now can we please get some down right good old action scenes please.

Arya is on the way looking forward to that what's that saying "Payback is a BITCH" should be good.
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May 31, 2016
I think she learned enough of herself to know better: her revenge was due to her pain because she couldn't say goodbye, much like her father's because the Mad King killed his brothers and parent without saying goodbye.

Arya knows better than to kill for It, she knows better than to kill for a price too, now she is going to learn to kill for survival when the threat is up close and personal. She isn't collateral damage anymore.
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May 31, 2016
Out of them all Arya was the favourite after Ned got beheaded and everyone went there separate ways you could see Arya had the determination and commitment to do what was needed.
It's rare for me ionee24 to be hooked but this show has it all murder mayhem and revenge what else could you ask for :)
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Jun 01, 2016
I feel Arya was the one who walked in her father's shoes the most:
  • her father was killed by a mad King just like Ned's father was,
  • her sister was basically kidnapped much like Ned's sister was,
  • her best friend growing up was a Baratheon boy (even if neither Gendry nor Arya knew it at the time),
  • she was mentored by a warrior she had grown to like, even if The Hound wasn't quite like Jon Arryn,
Up until Jaqen recruited her, Arya was well on her way to become her father: quick temper, slow mind. In Ned's own words, a child that grew up with soldiers and learned how to die a long time ago.

The faceless men taught Arya not to judge people according to her own moral compass, to bend her duty when the situation call for it (to kill an actress, for example), not to trust someone because of a face but their actions.
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Jun 01, 2016
ionee24 it will be interesting to see how Arya will turn out with all that has happened to her and what she has seen.
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May 31, 2016
Oh Come on Tim, how could anyone not like Sam? He's your typical good for nothing character when it comes to playing the Game of Thrones, but he's got all the redeeming qualities as the scholar & advisor to Jon. I understand how too much time devoted to his story into the packed 55 min episode could be undesirable but it's not like he's even taking up 10 min every week. This was his first major scene I suspect we'll see maybe 2-3 more. Really hope that goes to Oldtown to become a Maester (but with Gilly?). "Does he mean anything to the main story..." - and by that regard, what is the actual main story & endgame? Does Jaime matter to the main story, does Arya's shenanigans or does Sansa...? I think he means a lot to the main story. He is quite a impartial character. He knows the importance of preparing for the endgame at the Wall (hence why he goes to Oldtown to LEARN everything). He knows the big war will be the Living vs. Dead which no one in the SOUTH give thought to - highlighted by Dickon. It's in this respect that his scholarly skills will come in handy. Currently, he probably doesn't serve much purpose. Yet, at Oldtown, I suspect there'll be MANY interesting reveals which will be important, plus he know has a WW killing weapon!
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May 31, 2016
It's true he will play a big part in the end. Especially with the Valyrian sword which we discovered in John's fights with the Walker's is one of the only ways to kill them. However him and Gilly together are just soooo boring and annoying. I did enjoy when she stood up to his father though.
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May 31, 2016
What the hell! No Jon or Sansa!! I suppose there has to be one filler episode without them this season.
As for what we did see;
Tarly family reunion was a bit of a snore but Yay for Sam stealing Dad's sword.
Dany makes another stirring speech but this time astride a very large Drogon - haven't we done this already?
Arya's proven that a girl is still a Stark deep down.
Uncle Benjen is alive, which wasn't as big a reveal as was the fact he's basically Coldhands for us book lovers and a first flashback of the Mad King could prove interesting
Margary playing the High Sparrow and the King was deliciously setting up a Lannister take down - boo for Jamie being sent to Riverrun and Yay for a possible Lady Stoneheart appearance.
And the Best Bit - we might see that old bastard Walder Frey finally pay for betraying the Starks and going up against the Blackfish.
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May 31, 2016
i think bran will inhabit the mad kings mind and will drive him crazy, just like hodor . i think this will inadvertantly set the whole chain of events in motion. i think it is inevitable , so that we eventually have the WAR of ice and fire.Not the song.Danearys and the living vs the white walkers and the dead. I hope lady stoneheart will be there before the finl epic battle. and i hope HBO does not start penny pitching and running shorter seasons. I would love to see one epic story told in epic length and fearsome glory.
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May 31, 2016
Oh yeah, Lady Stoneheart might not be the only appearance soon. What about a potential return for the direwolf Nymeria (Arya's). Isn't she gathering a wolfpack in the books? Not to mention Ghost was absent during Jon and Sansa's reunion - perhaps Jon could re-enact his brother Robb's Young Wolf moniker or have Ghost guard Sansa now she's sending Brienne to Riverrun?
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May 31, 2016
So -
1. Ayra caught up on current events (via the theatre) and was motivated to break with the Faceless men. But now she's trained, which will come into play in some future meaningful assassination at Kings Landing.
2. Marjorie is manipulating Tommen and the High Sparrow in her scheme against the Lannisters. Cersei is in her sights.
3. Dani had to do something/anything to get her back on track.
4. Sam had to steal the sword, obviously this will be important. But he wasn't going to do it without all that other family stuff being stirred up.
Just a shame when an episode comes laden with all the necessary bits and none of the really fun bits, or characters.
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May 31, 2016
And how badass was that upstairs gallop!! Jamie hot indeed!

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Jun 01, 2016
PLEASE! The horse did all the work! :)
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May 31, 2016
Charizard is back!! Dany please sail to Westeros without further ado... Dany's storyine is getting boring and repetitive.
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May 31, 2016
I kind of predicted that Tommen would become super pious king, but didn't expect Margery to bring him that way - she is definitely up to something. I think the lady Olenna might realise it too. Keeping in mind that the moment your kingship is recognised by the gods, you can go all inquisition on anyone that opposes you. So, Margery is now loved even more by the people of Kings Landing, so is Tommen, she's secured hers and her brother's freedom, she's set herself up in contrast to Cersei in the eyes of the people being all freshly washed and brushed hair hand in hand with her king, while Cersei was shaved head and naked covered in shit. And Cersei's trial is coming up, so she's still going to make a showy fight against the high sparrow with Zombie Mountain, and probably hated either way.

As for Jaime's trip to the riverlands, reinvolvement of Frey and Tully, and Brienne on her way too, that's starting to skew back around to the book plot a bit. Hoping we'll see the lost direwolf, maybe stoneheart?
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May 31, 2016
You have to cut Drogon some slack. In Mother's Mercy, he fought about a hundred Sons of the Harpy, getting impaled about a dozen times in the process. Then, he flies with a rider for the first time in his life, and carries her about a hundred miles away. It showed his substantial wounds when she tried to rally him; he wasn't just tired, he was recuperating. Drogon hunted some (melted ram's horn as proof), probably also searching for her when he could. He also did this when Dany was in Mereen. It hasn't really been that long since the Dothraki captured her; he was just biding his time.
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May 31, 2016
This episode was perfect. From the white's killing Hodor, to the scene where Randyl Tarly giving his son some tough love.

I prefer my war in real life, but I'll settle for fiction.
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May 31, 2016
Without a doubt the worst episode of this season so far. *Yawn*
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May 31, 2016
it was... s..l...o...w... but still pretty good...
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May 31, 2016
I found this episode the weakest of the season. I have really enjoyed this season so far but this episode we spend too much time with Gilly and Sam. I guess the point of that was to see Sam stealing the family sword since valerian steel can kill whitewalkers.
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May 31, 2016
It was odd that they devoted that much time to that story and totally skipped over the Ramsay/Jon Snow plot which had been building momentum the last couple episodes.
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May 31, 2016
So the iron born need a 1000 ships, and the Stormborn needs 1000 ships. But it is future generations that will bear the burden of all that deforestation...
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May 31, 2016
I love It when the characters act as if they still have a future. After Hardhome the audience knows better.

You know nothing Iron borns.
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Jun 03, 2016
Bran to the rescue he be at the wall warging into a dragon
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May 31, 2016
I think the Forest will suffer more from the thousands of White Walkers bringing winter then felling some trees lol

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May 31, 2016
Major yuk. Seriously, blech. The ground covered in this episode could and should have taken 4 minutes. The whole Sam & Gilly roadshow side story is a waste of film, and getting progressively boring. Seriously - who cares about these two? So many major players got sidelined this week so we could have another annoying dose of Sparrowman. The screen time wasted on the theatre troupe is beyond belief (not to mention the least flattering in the universe hairstyle they've slapped on Arya). Hoorah for Unca Zombie, and for the Danster saddling up on Ol' Smoky. Everything in between was a snoozer and did little more than piss me off. Come on, writers, we only get 10 episodes, and this season has me half asleep and wondering if they're running out of ideas.

p.s. Tim, your constant Trump poking is annoying. Be fair and balanced and reveal to the world that the Hilldebeest is secretly the Winter Walker White Queen Zombie Bitch.
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May 31, 2016
p.s. I was truly rooting for the White Walking Dead to put an end to Bran. I know he's a major element of the books, but every time he comes on screen I leave the room.
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May 31, 2016
Bro, if you hate the show so much, stop watching it. When you leave the room, don't come back to the telly.
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May 31, 2016
I'm expecting a protracted course in ship building over the coming weeks. And, why that fucking spreading winter is still a myth 6 seasons on.
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May 31, 2016
I am waiting for the travel channel to show Shipbuilder Masters lol

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May 31, 2016
Ha! Stick with GoT then.
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May 31, 2016
- Bran has caught up with everything that happened so far and I think the 3-eyed raven old man showed him the rest of the Lyanna's story before the white walkers attack .Now I think it's time to get visions of the future to help in the coming war
- Jaqen said : One way or another a face will be added to the hall ,so if Arya managed to get the upper hand and kill the Waif that was sent to kill her ,does that mean she'll redeem herself ? or maybe she plans to kill the waif and steel her face and kill Jaqen too
- I have a feeling that The HS is after the Iron Throne and all this religious mumbo-jumbo is just a facade to achieve his goals and that gloating smile he gave Jaime said a lot
- Mace Tyrell in that armor was halarious
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May 31, 2016
I think you're right about the HS. No doubt this all played out he intended it in the first place.
And yes, Mace Tyrell's armor was idiotic. (Although he did wore a helmet, that was new on GoT for a character that had some lines. What good is armor with no helmet?)
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May 31, 2016
I don't think Arya killing the waif would necessarily redeem her as much as pay her debt: only death may pay for life, Jaqen has been saying that much since season 2.
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May 31, 2016
Mace was about to burst right through lmao!! Jamie's look was priceless:)
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May 30, 2016
Arya in Braavos has been a little boring to watch, but it has also been her biggest character arc.

Right from the first episode of season 1, episode 1, Arya has been "No-one". She didn't want to be a lady and by logical extension, she didn't want to be a Stark. It is only after actively striving to achieve her ideal, she has realized that her ideals were crap. She has always been No-one, but after trying to assume the mantle of No-one, for the first time in her life she is starting to become Someone.
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May 31, 2016
You' ve got to see this from their perspective: being a lady means to be married off, therefore being a lady means she would no longer be a Stark.

Arya didn't want to be a lady in the same sense Brienne didn't want to be one.
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Jun 01, 2016
I'm not saying it isn't justified - I am pretty sure I'd feel the same way if I were in that situation.
I'm just saying that right from the start Arya was rejecting who she was. It is only now that she tried to she the persona completely, that she is accepting who she is.
She was always no-one, but after trying to secure the mantle of "no-one", she has finally become some-one for the first time in her life.
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Jun 01, 2016
Arya still doesn't want to be married off, she doesn't want to produce Lords and Ladies, she still hasn't given up her sword: Arya is still the same person she ever was only obscured by the events in the House of Black and White.

Just because she made the choice not to continue doesn't mean she embraced her role in the westerosi society. Unless Jon & Sansa plan not to secure the north through marriage alliances this isn't helping any.
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May 30, 2016
Was ok but very...
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Otherwise not bad - the beginning and ending being much stronger than the middle. 7/10.
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May 31, 2016
Slow defines GoT
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Jun 01, 2016
more so than usual this time....
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May 30, 2016
I knew Tommen was gonna do sth stupid and he did. Chapter not really good. Let's hope the next one will be good.
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May 31, 2016
From Tommen's perspective it's the winning move: he has his wife back, the Faith on his side, his people safe. Plus, his brother in law is alright and his uncle father was severely punished without losing his life.

The only ones who lost in all this were Olenna and his mother.
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May 31, 2016
But he is neither old enough or experienced enough to know whether it is a winning move or not. It just looks like he is a dumbass because he continually falls for the High Sparrow's nonsense. Now I could understand it more if it was from his great uncle advising him in order to split Cersei and Jaimie, but they didn't show that. They just showed him being a fool.
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Jun 01, 2016
Tommen is old enough to know what he could lose: he has seen it with Joffrey, he learned it from Tywin's death, even the trusting Myrcela & Tristan. For Tommen the non-violent solution is the right solution.

We've just seen so many of these events from Jaimie's perspective - or Cersei's perspective - that we've forgotten Tommen experienced them too.
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Jun 01, 2016
Good point.
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May 30, 2016
&Ummmm; excuse me, but Jaime riding up those steps on horse even &got; me all hot and bothered. Talent!

I think the head is photoshopped.

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May 30, 2016
anyone else who said "damn it" when High Sparrow said there would not be an atonement walk? :-D
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May 30, 2016
Nope, but I was kind of upset when Tommen said Jaime wouldn't walk naked either. You know nothing Tommen Snow!
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May 30, 2016
"Before we all anoint Dany queen of Westeros, we should probably see if Aerys' madness is at all hereditary.
Stabbing someone in the chest with dragonglass is the Children of the Forest's answer for everything." hahahahahahahahahahahaha
By the fact that no-one cares about Sam and Gilly, I am assuming that they will play some sort of important part in the end.
Arya+Needle!!!! Benjen Stark!!!! A war coming at Riverun!!!!
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Jun 05, 2016
Calling it now Sam will the one who delivers the fatal blow to the Nights King !
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May 30, 2016
I like them both. Sam is a good friend to Jon and he is a good Brother of the Watch. He just has a different talent and smart men realize that.
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May 30, 2016
Did Sam and Gilly save the episode? Did this really happen?
Loved every second! I was just about to say "I hope we see more of Gilly, not a lot, but some"... and then Sam burst through the door.
Finally Benjen! It was awesome and hilarious how he killed the wights
Arya!!! What the hell are you doing? What waas the whole point of this story line? Just her training? I mean, I'm happy she isn't becoming no one, but I just thought she would break ties with faceless men because they'd send her to kill someone she knows, not because of mercy to a stranger. Shit is going to hit the fan with her, can't wait!
Kings landing was disappointing, it's all setup this season...they brushed off most of the story lines so fast this season: Bran, Jon, Dany, Ironborn, yet spent so much useless time there. The Zombie Mountain should have killed the High Sparrow from the start... get on with it!
Walder Frey you son of a bitch, I missed you (the actor). With the rate this season is going, I hope Arya is the one who kills you.
WHAT THE FUCK WAS THIS?!!?!?!?!?!?

I've been waiting for this scene to finally happen from season 1 finale!! And this is the close-up on Drogon? This out of place scene? FOR THIS they killed another direwolf? WTF???
They should have had Jorah's scene from the previous episode be before this, having him watch from the distance or something and ended it with this:

Really disappointed. They ruined it

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