Game of Thrones S6E04: Book of the Stranger

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Well, unfortunately Ben’s University work and revision has caught up with him, so I’m afraid I’m going solo for this Game of Thrones review-cap. I know what you’re all (probably not) thinking, how, Lewis, will you deliver the quality content that we’re used to on your own? I see where you’re coming from, reader, and obviously our usual format wouldn’t really work in this situation, because it would probably end up like this-

Lewis: So that bit was really cool in this specific episode of Game of Thrones

Lewis: Yeah that is so like that character, and how about this other character’s horrific death?

Lewis: That was pretty nasty, and speaking of nasty I see they’ve brought back the incest.

Lewis: Well I read a fan theory about that, and it could lead to some interesting plot developments

Lewis: I can’t wait to see the further implications of these events in these places

Lewis: Mmmmm…

Lewis:

Lewis: You’re shit at this

Lewis: Fuck you

So I’m just going to type up a quick run-through and my general opinion on the episode’s events, much in the style of a classic “review”. Needless to say there will be spoilers from now on…

So the episode starts with Jon abandoning his friends in order to… do something? But this is swiftly interrupted by the reunion we’ve all been waiting for in the arrival of Sansa, Brienne and Pod. I have to say, this was a pretty emotionally fulfilling moment, and I doubt there was a single person who didn’t want the surviving Starks to find each other again and have just one bit of goddamn luck. To go along with the touching reunion there was a real nice sibling- bonding session where Sansa realised what a stuck-up little cow she used to be, and Jon actually smiled. These are the moments in Game of Thrones that make all the death and sorrow worth it. Although I guarantee this is going to be shortlived…

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I have a feeling that Brienne’s beef with Melissandre and Davos might be a tough obstacle though, and if she even lays a hand on the Onion Knight I’m bloody done with it. I won’t go through that again.

Then we move onto the one of the most frustratingly spoilt characters I’ve ever seen, Robin Arryn feat. Uncle Peter. I was so happy before he showed his smug weasel face again, but on the flipside of that, it looks like Jon might be getting the assistance he needs to take Winterfell in the form of the Knights of the Vale. Either that or he will be joining some other side. Who knows, maybe Baelish will be killed in the process?

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From the lovely green of the Vale to the dust and heat of Meereen, Tyrion is trying his hand at politics, but I’m not entirely sure how well this is going to work out in the long-run. His deal with the slavers will create a clash between Danaerys and himself, and seeing as she now commands the whole of the Dothraki (which I’ll get to later), I don’t think she’ll want to support his deal. Tyrion may have overstepped his boundaries with this one.

Which brings us to the love-hate bro-trip of Daario and Jorah, who really almost fuck everything up. Also, I know Jorah is sick an’all, but what was with his pathetic attempt to take down that Dothraki? He’s meant to be at least decent at fighting, and it felt like he’s suddenly been turned into this old wimp in order to highlight Daario’s abilities. I don’t know, it just didn’t seem right. While all this smashing heads with rocks was going on, Danaerys shows once again that she can seemingly inspire anyone who happens to look upon her, as in the case of the young Khal widow.

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Then we head on back to King’s Landing where the High Sparrow preaches more pseudo-Christian parables to Margaery, and we see just how poorly Loras is being treated. The Sparrow’s better be taught a lesson in the near future, because they’re getting away with way too much right now.

And now, just as I wanted, the Lannisters and Tyrells are going to be working together to put a stop to all this nonsense. Although, seeing as it’s Game of Thrones and all, I highly doubt this elaborate scheme is going to go the way anybody wants it to. Anybody but the High Sparrow that is.

A brief emotional reunion between Theon and his sister raises the question of what their uncle is up to, and what they’re going to do now that they are together again. It was difficult to tell whether Yara was at all happy to see him, especially after he betrayed her and her men etc. At least it was a happy reunion of sorts… Theon, despite his idiocy, deserves to have something good happen to him for once.

Then Ramsey got to murder Osha rather swiftly while she attempted to do the same to him. I was expecting a little more in terms of how he would kill/use Osha and Rickon, but I guess it is what it is.

Now, we come to the two most exciting events of the episode. First we see a letter from the Boltons delivered to Castle Black, taunting Jon and Sansa, and promising death to pretty much everyone. Finally though, Jon grows a backbone, and it looks as though the Starks are going to war once again, but this time, they don’t exactly have an army apart from the Wildlings. I’m excited to see what comes of this though, because God knows Jon is our hero and Ramsey needs a good ass-whupin’. As for the prolonged eye contact between Brienne and Tormund, I’m very happy for them both.

Finally, we see Danaerys prove herself to the Dothraki, and essentially regain command of an army worthy of invading Westeros and pretty much anywhere else who opposes them. I most definitely wasn’t expecting this, because, to be fair, we’ve had no examples of Dany’s fire-proofness since her surviving Drogo’s funeral pyre, and who really would expect her to burn the entirety of the Dothraki leadership alive? Damn good scene though, and it will certainly, as I mentioned earlier, create a lot of exciting plot progression when she returns to Meereen.

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Well, I suppose that’s everything for this week’s Game of Throne’s review-cap. I assure you that Ben will return next week, and I hope you enjoy episode five.

Thanks,

Lewis

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