9 things to consider following Game of Thrones S6:E2

EPISODE TITLE: HOME

DIRECTOR: JEREMY PODESWA

WRITTEN BY: DAVE HILL

So it’s another week and another new episode of Game of Thrones. and this week saw the show deliver the twist that everybody saw coming…Jon Snow has risen from the dead! What implications will this have for the rest of the season? And will Jon come back as he was or be changed somehow by his short brush with death? While this was the big take away from episode 2, various other plot lines saw development as well (including the deaths of two major characters), so here are 9 things to contemplate before episode 3 roles around next week.

 

What is the significance of Brans vision?

Episode 2 opened with the reintroduction of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), who hasn’t been seen since the end of season 4. We learn that he is still beyond the Wall, continuing his training with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). Here he sees a vision of his father, Eddard Stark,  as a young man training in Winterfell with his brother Benjen (yes, Benjen who has been missing beyond the wall since early in the first season. Are we ever going to find out what became of him?), sister Lyanna and Hodor, who is referred to as Wylis. Before we get to see to much, the Three-Eyed Raven pulls Bran from the vision, telling him “It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you drown”. But what is the significance of this little glimpse into the past? With this being in the same episode that sees Jons resurrection take place, could the show be building to a confirmation of the long speculated theory of R+L=J? This theory states that Eddard Stark is not Jon Snows father, and that he is actually the son of Neds sister Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen, the brother of Daenerys. If this proves to be true, that would mean Jon has a more legitimate claim to the Throne than Daenerys; would they unite, or strive to remove one another from the game?

Will Tommen finally step up and become a more dominant King? 

Joffrey Baratheon was, as we all know, sadistic, impulsive and generally leading the realm into chaos. And we all know how that ended. So when his brother, Tommen (Dean Charles Chapman), ascended to the throne following his death, it seemed as if Tommen could be a king his people would unite behind. But while it’s true he is kind where as Joffery was cruel, Tommen from day one lacked the gumption to assert his position as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Take for instance his non-existent attempts to free both his mother and wife from the Faith Militants dungeons and this episodes refusal to allow Cersei (Lena Headey) attend her daughters funeral, on the High Sparrows (Jonathon Pryce) orders .But it would appear that the death of his sister Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free), (another child of Jamie and Cersei who managed to not inherit any of her older brothers traits), has stirred something within him. Could we be about to see Tommen finally become a great King, one with both kindness and authority, or are we about to see him become like his older brother, and rule through fear and intimidation? This episode saw him ask his mother to help him to be stronger, and in an effort to stop the prophesy of all her children dying before her, Cersei will no doubt oblige.

What is the High Sparrow and Faith Militants grand plan?

Another revelation in Kings Landing this week came from the High Sparrow himself, when he gave a subtle warning to Jamie about the intentions of the Faith Militant. “Each one of us is poor and penniless, yet together we can over throw an empire” he tells Jamie. So, has the incarceration of Cersei, Margaery and Loras been one small piece in the grand plan to change the balance of power?

Now that most of Slaver’s Bay has been taken back by the Slavers, will Daenerys cut her losses and finally head for Westeros?

Though Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) didn’t appear in this episode, we learned some information in a conversation between Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Varys (Conleth Hill), Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) about the reclaiming of Yunkai and Astapor by the slave traders in her absence. As we know, Daenerys is currently with Khal Moro, who intends to have her live out her days with the other widows of deceased Khals in Vaes Dothrak, but this story line is most likely going to end with Daenerys managing to rally them to her cause. With a vast Dothraki army at her back, as well as the Unsullied and her dragons, will Daenerys finally make her move on Westeros, or strive first to reclaim Slaver’s Bay?

Why would the dragons not attack Tyrion?

Also this episode we saw Tyrion venture into the dungeons beneath Meereen and release Daenerys remaining dragons, Viserion and Rhaegal, his reasoning being that keeping them in captivity will only see them waste away. But why would two dragons, most likely severely pissed off at having been kept locked up not attack Tyrion, who at that point was a complete stranger to them? Tyrion told the others: “Dragons are intelligent…They have affection for their friends and fury for their enemies. I am their friend”. But is it far to convenient to assume that the dragons would just assume a complete stranger is a friend? This episode feeds into the popular fan theory that Tyrion is in fact a Targaryen, the son of Joanna Lannister and the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, rather than Tywin. Could we see Tyrion eventually fill one of the spots of the three headed dragon prophesy, and ride one of the dragons into battle?

Will Sansa set out to unite the remaining Stark children now that she knows they are alive?

Lets face it, life hasn’t been easy for Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) over the last couple of years. But last week saw her reunited with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), who promptly swore to be her protector, and the future is looking a tiny bit brighter for the heir to Winterfell. Her appearance in this episode is short and sweet, with Brienne informing her that Arya is still alive., which sees Sansa fondly remember her sister from their old lives in Winterfell. With Theon (Alfie Allen) having previously told her that he didn’t kill Bran and Rickon, and now having confirmation that Arya (Maisie Williams) is alive, will this spur Sansa on to uniting her siblings? It would be something that fans would rejoice over, as many have been hoping that the Stark children would be reunited again one day. But with Ramsey (Iwan Rheon), (who at this point makes Joffrey look like a teddy bear) on her tail, she may have to wait before that happens.

Could Theon become ruler of the Iron Islands?

As crazy as the title to this point may sound, could we be about to see a major redemption ark for a character that has been so beaten down over the seasons? Theon tells Sansa that he plans to go home to the Iron Islands. At the same time that his father, Lord Balon, is pushed to his death from a bridge by his uncle Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk). And at the same time that a Kingsmoot (basically an election to determine the new king) is announced. With Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) being at a disadvantage due to her gender (a woman has never ruled the Iron Islands), and depending on who puts themselves forward for consideration, could we be about to see Theon claim the seat? Considering that it was a quest for power that led to Theon being subjected to unimaginable torture at the hands of Ramsey, it would be interesting to see if he could cope with it now.

Could Jon take over the role of Lady Stoneheart from the books?

One big criticism that book readers have had of the show, is the seemingly removed plot line of Lady Stoneheart. In the source material, Lady Stoneheart was the resurrected body of Catelyn Stark, brought back by Lord Beric Dondarrion, after her murder at the Red Wedding. However, too much time passed before her resurrection, meaning decay has set in and she is a shadow of her former self. She makes it her mission to travel the Seven Kingdoms, exacting revenge on anyone who has wronged her family. Since this part of the story still hasn’t been explored, and with Catelyn Stark now amounting to bones due to the amount of time that has passed since the Red Wedding, could we see Jon take her place in an adaptation of this plot line? It’s still unclear how long Jon was gone before Melisandre brought him back, but perhaps he won’t return fully as himself and will assume the Lady Stoneheart role, attempting to right the wrongs against himself and the Stark children.

Did Jon warg into Ghost as he died?

From the very beginning, it has been established that the Stark children bare a unique connection to their direwolves. While Lady and Grey Wind, the wolves adopted by Sansa and Robb are both long dead, the other four still remain. Warging is the ability for a person to inhabit the body and consciousness of animals. Bran has been shown many times in the past as capable of this with his direwolf Summer, while there has been some evidence (in the books at least) that Arya is also capable of this somewhat with Nymeria. While there is no evidence that suggests Sansa and Robb were able to do this as well (or Rickon for that matter), there has been some clues that suggest that Jon may have the ability himself, and used it in order to survive while they figured out a way to revive his body. Jon has spoke in the past of dreams he had where he appeared to inhabit the body of Ghost, and we saw that it is possible to survive inside an animal by warging in season 3, when the wildling Orell was killed and he inhabited his eagle to survive. If you watch the scene where Jon is revived, Ghost is asleep on the floor throughout. When Davos, Melisandre and the others leave the room believing the ritual has not worked, Ghost suddenly wakes up; at the same time Jon’s eyes open and he gasps for breath. Coincidence, or was Jon using Ghost to survive?

 

Episode 3 is called Oathbreaker, and airs next Sunday! 

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