Although it appears that Game of Thrones took a minute to catch its breathe yesterday evening, Westeros never rests! And last night’s episode “Oathbreaker” was nonetheless LIT CITY. Again, there a lot of painstaking plots to cover in the show right now, so let’s get to some reviews and make some sense of it… HIT THE MUSIC.
At The Wall, Jon Snow has risen to the amazement of the Night’s Watch and Wildlings. Tormund greets him with tempered and whimsical amazement, I paraphrase “they think you’re a God… I know you’re not because no God has a pecker that small.” Amazing exchange. We would start the ep at The Wall and also end the ep at The Wall, as much of the “Oathbreaking” understandably dealt with Jon. In the final minutes we witnessed Jon honor the code of The Watch by executing Alliser Thorne, Olly and the rest of the mutineers for their treason. However, this would be his last act as Lord Commander, as Jon not so shockingly decided to leave The Black and appoint the duties of Lord Commander to Dolorous Edd. If Lord Commander Edd is the one manning The Wall against the Walkers, I’m calling game over Lil’ Flip style right now.
What kinda conniving shit will Cersei do to gain control this time?
We saw Cersei at her lowest point last season and although she has reached rock bottom, it doesn’t appear that there is a clear path for her redemption (or vengeance) tour. The Small Council, lead by her uncle, has locked her out and she is still required to face trial to determine “the extent of her crimes,” according to the High Sparrow. So, what does she do from here? There seems to be but 1 option… Blood. Spill as much blood as necessary until you’ve willed your way to power. She’s off to a good start with the reincarnated Mountain, who will presumably represent her in trial by combat, and she also has Jamie behind her full fledged. Once she proverbially clears her name by way of the Mountain, there is little doubt that the Jamie will raise the Lannister Army to take down the Sparrows. But, that doesn’t answer the question of how they get through the Hand of The King first…
The Show keeps hinting that there will be a trial by combat in which Gregor Clegane will fight for Cersei, but who will represent the Sparrows/7 Gods?
Now we’re cookin!!! There is absolutely no basis for this speculation (hence the “reckless” tag to cover my ass), but I did find the conversation about The Hound which Arya had with the Waif veryyyyy intriguing. I realize that this Show is incredibly calculating, and there are absolutely no throwaway scenes. To include The Hound and his assumed death in this past episode really piques my clairvoyant Mike senses. Plus, how freaking dope would it be to watch both Cleganes finally go at it?!
QUICK DIREWOLF COUNT/UPDATE
A moment of silence once again for the big homie Shaggydog… Now, where are we with Direwolves in the show? Ghost has played a prominent role of late and will presumably continue to play an integral role by Jon’s side (side note: I was PISSED to find out that Jon said he saw “nothing” when he passed away), but where does that leave us in terms of Stark direwolf population? Back in season 1 Sansa’s direwolf Lady was executed after an unfortunate misunderstanding with Joffrey. Robb’s Greywind was excruciatingly executed during the Red Wedding. Obviously, Shaggydog met his demise by the hands of the Umbers this past episode. Thankfully, Arya deftly set her direwolf, Nymeria, free following the Joffrey fiasco. She is seemingly roaming the wild, but let’s hope they are one day reunited. So to recap, that leaves 2 direwolves (Ghost and Nymeria) still alive and 3 (Lady, Greywind, Shaggydog) fallen.
Who was that Obi-Wan, sword wielding mofo at the Tower of Joy?
You mean that dude going double sword and decapitating dudes left and right? That was none other than the famed Kingsguard knight, Ser Arthur Dayne. He was a member of the Kingsguard for Aerys II “The Mad King” Targaryen, and he was aptly titled”The Morning Sword” for his use of the house of Dayne’s fabled sword “Dawn.” He was best friend to Rhaegar Targaryen and was noted by Lord Eddard Stark as not only a cold blooded killer, but a notably valiant and chivalrous man. He is important because of his role during Robert’s Rebellion. History says that Rhaegar and Dayne kidnapped Lyanna Stark, sparking the war. However, as we saw this past episode, history doesn’t exactly lineup for the Tower of Joy.
Quite clearly episode 2 was an impossibly tough act to follow for the Show. So, we were treated to a slow burn that set up the monumental clashes to come later in the season. Kudos to the writers and show runners for providing us with some iconic scenes and dope action even during a bridge episode.
Be sure to check us out later in the week for a pre-cap to episode 4: “The Book of the Stranger.”
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