Monday 16 May 2016

SPOILER ALERT: Game of Thrones: Season 6 Episode 4 - Book of the Dead

Alrighty then, new week, new work list and new work load, but what do I do? I come home and fall asleep like a log, only to wake up SO LATE and then instead of studying have a go at the newest Game of Thrones episode. And naturally, being the giant ASOIAF nerd that I am, I go on to Reddit and trawl through the extended commentary, including the birth of a new meme: Tormund+Brienne, the Hagrid-Maxime couple of the GRRM world.

The way Tormund throws his "come hither" wildling looks and Brienne of Tarth is like, "OK, what do I do with that!" is just hilarious! This season the writers have crammed in several several comedy relief moments in every episode. Bromund seems to be the latest in line.

Talking of things thrown into the story line, there is the token killing by the murderous Ramsay Bolton, who is getting established, in each episode, as the worst human being to have ever existed. In this episode, he shoves a knife into someone's throat quite nonchalantly. That someone happens to be Osha, the wildling who accompanied and protected Rickon Stark in his unknown journey since the fall of Winterfell. In fact, she turns up on the show a couple years later, only to be killed after a four minute presence. That is how cruel the show runners are!

A lot happens in the episode - like a perfectly poised game of chess, the power centers are consolidating, and it looks like something big is brewing, an imminent war, winter is coming after all. And though there has been, in passing, the mention of the white walkers, the undead ones have not made an appearance yet.

Tyrion Lannister and Varys make an appearance; though I am not quite sure what the heck is cooking with their story yet. Of all the plotlines running along, this one seems to be the one that is meandering the most.

A nice brother/sister story line was also projected in the episode; Jon/Sansa, Theon/Asha, Cersei/Jaime, and Margaery/Loras all get some screen time, and these also promise to evolve into major plotlines. I especially like the transformation of Sansa Stark from the demure damsel with a diabolical disposition, to a warm war mongering warrior. The way she jolts Jon, back from dead, and totally in need of some serious SSRIs, is interesting.

Oh, the slimy Petyr Baelish makes an appearance, as does the dolt of House Arryn. As mentioned in the Reddit thread, an interesting theme would be: The conversation that King Tommen and Robin Arryn have when they meet for tea at the Moon Door. Weaklings.

The best scene of the episode (I would have said season, but it is way too early, not even half way through) goes to none other than Daenerys, when she, once again, walks out of a major fire with nothing on her, and has the Dothraki horde kneeling in obeisance.

Daenerys Targaryen, the Unburnt

Alright. Enough with the episode listing. Time to now go get some studying done. Looks like I shall have a long night of work ahead of me...

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