Season 6 Episode 6 of Game of Thrones, titled Blood of My Blood, puts us just past the halfway point for the season. In this episode we have Jaime confronting the High Sparrow, which doesn’t quite go as planned. We also have a few characters we haven’t seen in several seasons popping back up. Check out Josh’s recap of this week’s Game of Thrones episode, and our thoughts as well!
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Meera and Bran Rescued by a Hooded Man
On this episode of Game of Thrones, it begins with Meera dragging Bran into the snowy forest. She is tiring though, while Bran remains in a vision as the Three-Eyed Raven. Bran’s visions seem to be of many different pivotal events that have happened in the series and in the past. She gets to the point of exhaustion and Bran seems to wake up. Bran tells Meera that they have been found, and we see the undead approaching. But then a hooded man on a horse approaches, with a flaming mace, and begins taking down the undead. The man then grabs Bran and Meera, and the two ride to safety.
Later, when the three make camp, Meera asks why this mystery man helped Bran and herself. The man then reveals that he is Bran’s uncle, Benjen. Apparently the last time he was seen, he was attacked by White Walkers, but the “children” (the woodland creatures) saved him by inserting Dragon Glass into his heart. Benjen seems to have been a part of the Three-Eyed Raven, and is convinced Bran will soon be “ready”.
Sam and Gilly at Horn Hill
Meanwhile, Sam and Gilly make their way home, and they discuss their plan for meeting Sam’s dad, who seems to not really be fond of Sam and is even less fond of Wildlings. Sam tells Gilly a few things. Sam was forced to renounce his title by his father. He also tells Gilly that she must tell his father that Gilly’s child is Sam’s, and that Gilly cannot tell his father that she is a Wildling.
Upon arriving, Gilly is marveled by the massive scale of the manor. Gilly and Sam are greeted by Sam’s mother and sister. Apparently his father is out on a hunt. The two seem very happy to see Sam and meet Gilly.
Sam Faces His Father
Later in the evening, Gilly is given a dress of Sam’s sister, and later in the evening, Sam and Gilly talk some more. They head down to dinner, and Sam’s father is not happy to see Sam. As they talk, Gilly seems to get a bit testy, and even admits to being a Wildling. This angers Sam’s father to the point of re-banishing Sam, but allowing Gilly and her son to stay at the manor.
Sam and Gilly talk after the eventful dinner, and Sam prepares to leave. He leaves, but then has second thoughts, coming back, telling Gilly they belong together. The two gather their belongings and leave with Gilly’s son. On the way out, Sam takes the family sword, Heartsbane, which is made of Valyrian steel.
Back in King’s Landing, Tommen is talking with the High Sparrow about Margaery’s “atonement.” The High Sparrow seems to have thought that Margaery has come around to the Gods, and allows Tommen to finally see her.
The two reunite, and Margaery seems pretty happy to see Tommen, and is in good spirits. Tommen seems surprised about her chipperness, and Margaery tells Tommen that the High Sparrow is not quite who they thought he was. Margaery goes so far to say that the High Sparrow has helped her. Hmm… But Margaery seems to also think her brother Loras will need to atone for his sins…
Jaime’s Attempt to Take Down the High Sparrow
Meanwhile, Jaime has met with Mace Tyrell and his army, planning to take King’s Landing back from the High Sparrow’s followers. They march to the steps of the keep where the High Sparrow is preparing Margaery’s atonement. Jaime and the army approach, along with Olenna, and they inform the High Sparrow that there will be no atonement. To their shock, the High Sparrow agrees. Then the High Sparrow makes a big revelation–Margaery and Tommen seem to have joined with the High Sparrow, uniting the Crown and the “faith.” As Olenna remarks, the High Sparrow “has beaten” them.
In the keep, Jaime is seeing the King, and Jaime is removed from the Kingsguard. He is banished to assist in taking back Riverrun (more on that below). Cersei convinces Jaime to follow orders, despite Jaime wanting to murder the High Sparrow. Jaime is concerned about Cersei’s trial, but Cersei seems calm, with the Mountain in her corner. Then the two have some brother-sister time–gross.
Walder Frey is concerned two of his sons haven’t been able to take down The Blackfish, and is furious that they have lost Riverrun. The two men say that the men are uniting against their forces in Riverrun but Walder Frey insists that they go and take it back. We also see that Edmure Tully, Catelyn Stark’s younger brother, has been held captive by Walder Frey ever since the Red Wedding.
Arya in Meereen
Arya is planning her assassination of Lady Crane, and watches the play yet again, witnessing Joffrey’s death, and Cersei mourning the loss of her son. She seems to enjoy the scene. Heading backstage, she prepares her murder, placing the poison into Lady Crane’s drink. While backstage, she actually is confronted by Lady Crane. The two have a conversation, and seem to get along well. Arya leaves, and Lady Crane prepares to take a drink. Arya comes back just in time to save Lady Crane though, and warns her that Bianca is looking to take her part.
Waif, meanwhile, unbeknownst to Arya, has witnessed Arya again not following through. She reports back to Jaqen, who seems genuinely sad about the loss of Arya, and orders Waif to not “let her suffer.”
Arya, meanwhile, is now on the lam from Waif, figuring she would be chased down. She retrieves her sword, Needle, which she had hid some time ago in rocks by the docks, and finds a dark cavern to hide out in.
Daario and Daernerys discuss the future plans now that they have the Dothraki army. Daario seems to think that Daernerys is a “conqueror.” Daernerys then suddenly rides off into the distance. She then makes an entrance, riding on the back of Drogon. She gives the Dothraki a rousing speech about crossing the sea and taking down the suited soldiers of Westeros. The Dothraki seem very impressed.
His Thoughts on Game of Thrones, Season 6 Episode 6: Blood of My Blood
There were a lot of characters that I do not remember very well this episode. I actually had to do some investigating to figure out who they were! I did not really remember Benjen, nor Walder Frey and the people associated with him. I am curious how big of parts they are going to play, now that we are circling back to these old characters.
I am a bit confused by Tommen’s and Margaery’s actions. Are they doing these things of their own free will? Did the High Sparrow really convince them that his way is right? It is strange that are seemingly “brainwashed.” I kind of hope that they are playing along for now, and that there is a grand plan in play, but I have a feeling that is not the case.
I am curious to see where Arya heads next though. She has broken deals with Jaqen a few times, and Waif has never been really fond of her, so I am sure it is not going to be easy for her to escape. I have a feeling we will be seeing a faceoff between Waif and Arya in the next few episodes.
Another curiosity for me is Sam. Where is he planning to go now? He doesn’t seem to have any concrete plans in place, other than stealing his father’s sword. I do think that the sword being made of Valyrian Steel is going to be important, so I am curious where that leads.
Her Thoughts on Game of Thrones, Season 6 Episode 6: Blood of My Blood