Thursday, May 19, 2016

What I’m Watching: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 3 “Oathbreaker” (B+)

Jon Snow’s reincarnation has been a thing so long in the making that it’s to be expected that it would be hard to find words to accurately address the situation. His inability to grapple with his rebirth was understandable, and he did manage to put the fear of god – or whatever they thought he was – in his people and take charge once again. His request for last words from the men about to be executed for his murder prompted two haunting declarations, one that he shouldn’t be alive and the other expressing his willingness to do it all over again. Jon’s decree that his watch has ended was emphatic, to be sure, but I don’t know exactly where that leaves him and those sworn to follow him. Ramsay acquiring the least interesting Stark sibling is definitely bad news, and I’m sure he’ll milk that for all it’s worth. Bran’s latest vision gave him reason to doubt much of what his father ever told him, and though the young Stark son isn’t getting too far geographically, he’s making enormous discoveries that will aid him in the near future if he ever encounters the real world again. Tommen standing up for himself is a reassuring sight, though the High Sparrow’s suggestion that Cersei still needs to be tried for her crimes makes it seem like the young king won’t be in power for long. Arya held up well under questioning and in combat, and it seems like she’s been gifted with her sight again, which should help her continue her training to be a formidable and mysterious warrior. I loved that Tyrion got bored and tried to make conversation with Grey Worm and Missandei and had to realize that he couldn’t play a drinking game without drinking.

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