ROUND-UP: Game of Thrones – ‘Oathbreaker’ (Season 6, Episode 3)

Who’s dead?

Olly, Ser Alliser Thorne and two other Night’s Watch traitors. Shaggydog the direwolf.

Most impressive?

They really wanted us to enjoy Olly’s death with that long zoom in, didn’t they?

Gratuitous Nudity?

Jon Snow’s back and bum (Kit Harington is one well put together man). Dany, but out of sight because of Emilia Clarke’s no nudity clause in her contract.

Quote of the Week
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Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) keeping it real with his newly resurrected friend.

Tormund: They think you’re some kind of god. The man who returned from the dead.

Jon: I’m not a god.

Tormund: I know that. I saw your pecker. What kind of god would have a pecker that small?

Dwarf, Drinking, No Game

Marieke: This was my favourite scene of the week, because it showed so much of the characters whilst being light hearted, as light hearted as Thrones can get that is. Tyrion is trying to make conversation with Grey Worm and Missandei, which shows the difference in their classes. Grey Worm can only talk about patrol and respond to orders. Missandei only knows games which are bad for women. Neither of them drink. Tyrion’s way to lift the Meereen mood is not exactly working… The drinking game was also a nice nod to way back when Tyrion fell for Shae, whilst playing the same thing. Tyrion drinks, knows stuff, quotes himself, but he doesn’t have a lot to do at the moment but wait, drink and know stuff…

In the meantime Varys is advertising one of his boat trips again to find out who finances the Sons of the Harpy. He has proven to be a valuable player (and his ‘little birds’ love him, we found out later) and knows how to threaten without being threatening. I wonder if the Meereen council can actually do anything without the absent queen?

Danielle: Funnily enough, these were my least favourite scenes this week. It’s not that Tyrion isn’t funny and that the awkward exchange between him and his fellow Council members wasn’t amusing, it’s rather that the storyline feels like it’s stalling in Meereen. Sure Varys has found out who’s financing the Sons of the Harpy (the Masters in Yunkai, Volantis and Astapor) by bribing one of their cohorts, but other than that they’re really at an impasse until Dany finds a way to make the Dothraki bend the knee, and she returns home to restart her plans of World domination, because there’s no way they could attack those cities in revolt and still keep Meereen. There’s a lot of wheel-spinning at the minute. I hope that changes pretty soon. I suspect Tyrion might be checking on those dragons again in the not too distant future.

The Old Dothraki Home for the Lost and Disillusioned

Marieke: Who knew living with other Khal widows would require permission to get in like a low-rent sorority? Every time Dany seems a little safe lately, it is immediately taken away from her. As were her clothes. Her taking off as a Queen questing for power does not go down well with all the widows. Her spot is not a given. She is desperately in need of two ‘lovers’ (slight overstatement for Ser Friendzone of course), or her ‘sons’ to come and save her.

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Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) as she enters Vaes Dothrak.

Danielle: I must say I did like how nonplussed the Chief Widow was by Dany’s ‘Mother of Dragons’ spiel. Of course she’s heard it all before, and probably many times over. She even believed in her great destiny when her own Khal was still alive, but that soon went out of the window when he died like the rest of them. I get the feeling there’s going to be some lesson that our Khaleesi is going to have to learn from this trip down memory lane to the place she started out after marrying Drogo, mainly that her long-winded explanations of who she is are going to have to stop. Maybe put it on a business card or something, Dany.

Little Birds, The High Sparrow and a Chicken in a Crown

Marieke: Qyburn buys Varys’s little birds with plums. PLUMS. No wonder the people in King’s Landing are favouring the Faith when plums are considered a treat. I bet Varys had way better sweets than plums from Dorne. Those children really have not lived, have they? It is hard to imagine now that once King’s Landing was the place to be. The Council walks away when Cersei and Jaime are forcing a seat at the table (Olenna is just awesome, we need more of her!), like teenagers who do not want to sit at the same table as their parents. FrankenMountain continues to be a threatening presence, without doing anything. Well he growled at Jaime, because he can understand sentences, you know. And then there was the scene with Tommen and the High Sparrow. Poor little Tommen. He tries to do his best for his mother and his wife, but he keeps failing simply because he does not possess the scheming Lannister traits yet. The High Sparrow completely brainwashes him, whilst keeping an eye on all things important to the Faith. He even quotes Cersei to Tommen, the clever bastard. Cersei and Jaime’s idea of violence might be their best option, if it weren’t for the Faith’s numbers. Tricky business. Build more FrankenMountains!

Danielle: I must admit I didn’t know whether to chuckle or be alarmed at the fact the ‘Little Birds’ were being lured away from the eunuch, Varys, by Qyburn and his ‘plums’. Aside from that, it’s obvious that Cersei’s ‘Maester Conjurer’ is going to use them to bring down Kevan, Pycelle, Mace and Olenna. Things may even get a little stabby judging by what I saw in one of the trailers a few weeks back. I just hope that the Queen of Thorns manages to remain unscathed. Diana Rigg is too awesome for her character to be killed off just yet. Nevertheless, I’m starting to wonder if Qyburn’s new spies are going to uncover the fact that it was Olenna and Littlefinger who were responsible for Joffrey’s death and not Tyrion and Sansa. That can’t end well. Elsewhere, Tommen is proving himself to be a lovely, well-rounded human being, but a completely ineffective King. The High Sparrow ran rings around him. That’s bound to make tensions rise even more between the young monarch and his Mother.

It also looks like they’re setting up another Trial by Combat in Cersei’s honour. Naturally, FrankenMountain, who nobody is even pretending that they don’t know is the undead version of Ser Gregor Clegane, is going to be her champion. In light of that, the Faith are going to need a champion of their own. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let Cleganebowl happen!

Arya is No-one

Marieke: But at least she has her eyesight back! Now move on with her storyline! This easily could’ve been handled in one or two episodes, tops, especially because the Blind Fury business only happened to teach her a lesson. The big question is, what is Arya going to do now? Be a truly faceless killer? Will she go rogue again to complete her short list? Maybe her list secretly will become longer? Will someone please tell her Sansa, Bran, Rickon and Jon are alive???

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Blind Arya (Maisie Williams) fighting back against The Waif

Danielle: I thought the scenes between Arya and The Waif were actually quite strong. There was no shortage of air punches here when she finally fought back and kicked her arse, and also sent her a veiled threat when she was reeling off the names on her list. Interesting too that Arya was made to correct herself when she mentioned having 4 brothers. It seemed pointed, but we shall see, as shall she! I can’t get over my gut feeling that the dual lesson Arya will have learned from her time at the House of Black and White is how to fight better and how to lie better. There’s no way my mind can comprehend the possibility of her giving up on the names on that list altogether. Needle is still hidden under those rocks as well, I presume.

The Two Sams, Gilly and a Bucket

Marieke: Of course Sam would get seasick, not seesick. I have a feeling the detour to his parents’ house might not be a good thing, even though his mother is nice and his sister is lovely. This is GoT after all. I do hope Gilly will find safety because she and little Sam deserve it. Sam needs to become a kickass Maester and return to help Jon. And to find a cure for seasickness.

Danielle: Poor sickly Sam! I loved that Gilly hasn’t even left the North before, let alone set foot in a boat, and the truly horrific storm that they’re being forced to endure didn’t bother her in the slightest. I’m guessing that Samwell’s trip home to ‘Meet the Parents’ with Little Sam (who Gilly is now referring to as his son) and his girlfriend is not going to go swimmingly. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that his newfound courage allows him to stand up to his Father and affords her a place Horn Hill, and him the opportunity to leave for the Citadel so he can fulfil his purpose. He needs to find the secret to forging Valyrian steel into weapons.

Another Direwolf bites the Dust

Marieke: Ramsay is starting to become the annoying one. No, not because he is cruel and evil, but because a lot of things seem to go his way. Okay, Sansa and Theon escaped (thank the Old Gods and the New), but killing his father, the new heir, and taking control of the North all went according to plan and now he even gets another Stark as a gift. Sigh. I hope we won’t go down Stark-torture route yet again. I’d like the theories that are going round about the Umbers playing Ramsay to be true. It’d be a nice change of pace. I cannot believe Osha did not fight like a wolf to… Wait, the actual wolf could not even fight getting captured?… It is becoming time for Ramsay to finally get some real setbacks and Jon might be heading his way. Please take Wun Wun.

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Smalljon Umber (Dean S. Jagger) brings Rickon (Art Parkinson) as a gift for Ramsay.

Danielle: It was nice to see Osha and Rickon back on our screens. If only the circumstances hadn’t been so desperate. Personally, I think the situation with the Umbers was a case of what you see is what you get. With them being the closest to The Gift, the place where Jon allowed the Wildlings to settle, it makes sense that they’d go to Ramsay for help and bring a gift of their own to solidify their support. If there’s one thing the Northern families hate more than the Boltons, it’s the Wildlings, who’ve raped and pillaged on their lands for centuries. It’s not as if they have a clue that there’s a much bigger threat in the form of the White Walkers further North. Most people this side of the Wall still believe they’re a myth. What I think the writers seems to be emphasising is that there’s a change of regime and with it comes a different way of doing things, which is demonstrated in the way Smalljon refused to bend the knee to become Ramsay’s bannerman. Sadly, that cost the life of yet another direwolf, and I think it may cost Rickon, as the most expendable remaining Stark, his life too. I just hope Osha finds a way to give the newest Warden of the North hell in whatever way she can. He may like them wild, but she’s no pushover.

And Now their Watch is Ended

Marieke: ALIVE, ALIIIIIVEEE, said Melisandre’s eyes when she saw Jon Snow. Sadly he did not see anything in the afterlife, which might dampen her faith a little again. For our atheist Davos that is a given and he has progressed in his motivational speaker role by telling Jon to fail again. Yes, that is what he really needs Davos, another stab in the heart! Jon does one final task as Lord Commander which is killing the traitors (hang, Olly, hang!), before handing the cloak to Edd to do whatever with it. Jon’s watch has ended, because death freed him of the oath. That hardly makes him an Oathbreaker though, episode title? Anyway, wonder what Jon will do now. I think he was going off to find a pub.

Danielle: I nearly laughed when Davos told Mel to leave after she started going off on one about Jon being the ‘Prince that was Promised’. There’s a time and a place, woman! It’s interesting that just like Beric, Jon said there was nothing on the Other Side. Perhaps that’s changed him. He did seem particularly sullen and out of sorts, which I suppose is understandable considering he’d just been brought back to life after being stabbed to death by the people he was supposed to be able to rely on. There was a time when he perhaps wouldn’t have been able to execute Olly alongside the other Night’s Watch members who betrayed him. Now though, when he saw that look of pure hatred on the boy’s face, he seemed so disillusioned with them and the idea of what he was tasked to do as Lord Commander that he felt compelled to do a supreme mic drop and handed over his cloak and job to a stunned Edd. I just hope that he’s still around when Sansa, Brienne and Pod turn up, and that he hands over ‘Longclaw’ to his friend. It’d hardly be fair to expect his replacement to fight White Walkers without at least one sword that’s any use against them.

Tower of Mystery
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The Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) and Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) look on as Ned fights Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy.

Marieke: By far the most interesting scene of the week belonged, yet again, to Bran’s exploration of the past. He looks at a well cast young Ned (Robert Aramayo) who, yes, looks like Neil Patrick Harris but sounds like Sean Bean. Let it go! Anyway, his father Ned has been economical with the truth about young Ned, as it wasn’t him who defeated the best sword fighter alive. I can see Ned and Robert drinking, and making their stories sound much more glorious than they were. The fight scene was choreographed well and looked amazing. Saved by Howland Reed (nice to see that alliance going way back) Ned makes it to the tower, hearing either Bran whisper his name or the wind howling. Is history truly set in stone? Sadly before we could cry out of joy because of the Tower of Joy, the Three-Eyed Raven ‘story-blocked’ us (and Bran) yet again. Despite hearing a young woman’s scream, we have to wait a little longer for that theory to be confirmed. Exciting!

Danielle: My! My! Arthur Dayne (Luke Roberts) was a mighty fine looking knight, and he really did live up to his mantel as the best fighter in Westeros. The fact that he was wielding two swords with such ease made that all the more convincing. Although they didn’t make a huge fuss about it, that sword he stuck in the ground did appear to be Dawn, which makes me think it’s going to be important moving forward. I’m not sure how, but it would be interesting if it did fall into Jon’s hands if he does indeed hand Longclaw over to Edd, especially as it now seems to be bound up with the former Lord Commander’s birth if R+L=J is true, which is looking ever more likely. It could very well be ‘Lightbringer‘, the flaming sword that Azor Ahai apparently wields, which fits in with it being forged from a fallen comet according to the books. (Note a red comet appeared in the sky after Dany walks out of Drogo’s funeral pyre, which was, in effect, her rebirth as the Mother of Dragons). I’m pretty sure Ned picked it up and took it with him when he walked up the steps to the tower too. What happened to it?

It’s so intriguing that they brought up the difference between what Ned told Bran and the rest of his children about that fight at the Tower of Joy, and the fact that it bore no resemblance to what actually happened. Particularly now. So much of what we know about the past in this World comes from oral history, and if Ned Stark can’t be relied upon to tell the truth then everything else should be called into question too. I actually believe he was the real Oathbreaker in this episode. Howland Reed too. Knights are known to take oaths and neither he, nor Meera’s father, acted with honour when they defeated Dayne. Regarding Bran, how surprising was it that he can apparently communicate with those in the past? I’m not sure it’s a good thing. Any Doctor Who fan knows that rewriting history can have its problems. For now, he’s tasked with staying amongst the roots of the weirwood tree so he can learn ‘Everything’. Something tells me his path is eventually going to converge with the man who ‘knows nothing’.

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So what did you think to the episode? Let us know in the comments…

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