Brush-up for Episode 6 with Dame Pasty’s Recap and Review of “Kill the Boy”

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It’s Saturday and the wait for the next episode gets interminable at this point. To kill the time join me for a jaunt through last week’s episode, “Kill the Boy”. The video gods were not kind to me so you’ll notice weirdness with the color balance of my footage and a shadow over my face. The stills from GoT are fine though and my audio is clear. OTHER than the poor quality of my video, what do you think?

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    1. I’m getting very worried about sweet Shireen. People sometimes talk about the UK and the USA being two countries divided by a common language. When I was working in London I heard some kids sayings”I double doggy dare you” – I didn’t realise that expression – well I know it was ‘triple dog’ in the video – existed in the USA as well. Thanks for your thoughts. I really don’t know what to expect this season because much has changed from book cannon – though I don’t hate that fact the way some folk do.

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    2. Completely agree on the Daenerys material. The dragon execution was well done but does feel like a complete turnaround from what she’s been doing for a season…and yeah, the marriage proposal was very abrupt.

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    3. Balerion The Cat,
      I know, I’m sorry. Youtube deactivated my account for some unknown reason and then deleted all the videos I had up there. So I had to put this one up via WordPress. I’ve got the Youtube account fixed but if they’re going to just turn it off for no reason, I can’t rely on them to host the videos. Not sure what I’m going to do at this point. If I do repost them to Youtube, I’ll update the post above.

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    4. Hodor Targaryen,

      Its not really that abrupt in my opinion.
      Shes spent 1.5 seasons doing what shes been doing in Meereen, and all shes been met with is resistance and revolt, and now her most loyal advisor is dead.
      So all the frustrations and failures finally made her go for a totally different scare tactic against the masters, who are obviously the ones behind the whole Sons of the Harpy.

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    5. Regarding Dany…She is a paradox. She is allowing her dragons to acquire a taste for human meat, even though she was taken aback last season when the herder presented his daughter’s bones after an expected Drogon attack. Her internal and external hypocrisy is rather intriguing and disturbing. Shades of daddy…without Selmy to advise anymore. Oh, those wacky hyperbolic Targs!

      Thx for the nice distraction each Saturday, DP!

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    6. Dame Pasty,

      I love you so much, thank you for taking the time to upload it to youtube!
      I don’t know why would they delete it, unlike other recappers you barely use footage from the show, only images. 🙁
      Thanks again! 😀

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    7. HelloThere: Shes a character of contradictions

      It’s interesting how the show is bringing Dany’s many paradoxes to the forefront, almost in sledgehammer fashion. Intentional?

      DP,

      Regarding Hizdahr,

      it really is Selmy who believes that Hizdahr is an SotH sympathizer and leader (and behind the locust poisoning). Selmy has him arrested due to that suspicion but it is really never proven. To me it makes sense that he is an SotH sympathizer, especially since the attacks increase after his arrest. If he is the head Harpy….well maybe the show will shed some light on that….soon.

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    8. Hodor’s Bastard: Regarding Dany…She is a paradox. She is allowing her dragons to acquire a taste for human meat, even though she was taken aback last season when the herder presented his daughter’s bones after an expected Drogon attack. Her internal and external hypocrisy is rather intriguing and disturbing. Shades of daddy…without Selmy to advise anymore. Oh, those wacky hyperbolic Targs!

      In S05E02 she orders to execute a member of her council Mossador cos he had downed down the captured Son of the Harpy without a fair trial. Crucifying 163 slavers, her-husband-to-be’s dad included, was the first thing she carried out after she had conquered Meereen. She wasted no time to put them on trial. In S05E05 she feeds her dragons with the man who’s de jure (‘n probably de facto) innocent as she blames him for being involved in the attack on the patrol of Unsullied. Well, she’s despotic ill-principled ruler.

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    9. “Dolores-Edd.” hahahaha

      I think with all the Oldtown name drops, plus the information about the Citadel, we’ll be seeing it in season 6 (and up until these last few episodes, I didn’t think there was any way we’d get it in the show). However, I’m not sure Sam will go there. He certainly could, but I think it could also be introduced without Sam actually being physically present there. They could do something like have Sam in communication with the Citadel, thus introduce that element through a character with which we are already familiar, without actually having to send him. Time will tell.

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    10. Uknow0,

      Daddy would be so proud!

      I wonder how the execution would have gone down if Mossador was actually Missandei’s brother, as he is in the books!

      (Mossador is killed by the SotH in ADwD, which made him an interesting and ironic choice to be executed for killing an SotH for the adaptation…D&D are really screwing with the Sullied on that point)

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    11. HelloThere,

      I don’t know how obvious it is that the guy who was eaten was part of the Sons of the Harpy. She even says in that scene that they could all be innocent. Here we are debating whether Hizdahr is the head Harpy, so I think it’s certainly possible that the man she killed was innocent.

      To me, the idea that Dany let her emotions and frustrations take over so that she does something this drastic is more annoying than compelling. I was initially liking that scene because it seemed like it was a clever, calculated move to scare the Masters…then she had a man killed for a crime he didn’t commit. Which she’s never done before. So now it seems like a rash and emotional move, but not all of the hurt feelings in the world justify killing a possible innocent like that.

      Uknow0,

      I notice characters bring up this lack of trial thing with Dany…I don’t remember this being brought up with Ned and the Night’s Watchman, or Robb and Karstark. I think when someone admits to what they do, like with Mossador, a trial isn’t really an expectation. It’s only used really when there isn’t direct evidence of someone’s guilt.

      And while crucifying the Masters was brutal, killing some members of an existing power structure after conquering a place doesn’t seem unique to Dany.

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    12. Hodor Targaryen,

      I think there was a level of calculation there.
      The heads of the families have the money, so at least one of them (probably a lot more) are connected with the sons of the harpy.

      Its not really a justifiable move, but definitely strikes fear into the old masters.

      But yea, it did somewhat read OOC

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    13. I look forward to these every week. Thank you again for all the time you spend on them. They are appreciated!

      I’m still hoping that

      Hizdahr is not the leader of the Harpies. But quite honestly, I can’t blame him if he turns on her after almost feeding him to her dragons and then proposing marriage. If he is innocent, I sympathize with him. The only thing I keep going back to is when Danaerys, Daario, and Hizdahr were standing over Barristan’s body and Daario suggested something along the lines of exterminating the rats out of the city. However, he never specifically stated the Harpies, and he gave a look to Hizdahr while he said it. Hizdahr returned a look moments later.

      I completely agree with Hodor’s Bastard regarding Danaerys. She also has no idea about politics and how to rule. Everyone had different advice for her and when one person’s advice failed, she decided to try another way. I’m confused why people think this is out of character.

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    14. Dame Pasty,

      This is the first time I’ve watched one of these reviews, and I really enjoyed it! Gets me all hyped up again in time for the next episode, thanks for your hard work.

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    15. I actually think that Sansa is doing exactly the right thing with her small defiances (not toasting the wedding, saying that Winterfell is her home and only the people were strange) and holding back on the big defiances (like the fact that it was Daddy Dearest across the table, not Theon, who should apologize for killing those even more beloved than Bran and Rickon).

      What Ramsay loves is when people fear him, and so cowering to him would only encourage him more.

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    16. I really like these episodes, but I must respectfully say that a reread of the end of aDwD may be in order.

      You say that Hizdahr doesn’t want to marry Dany at all, yet it is more a marriage of agreement in the first place from both parties.

      The Green Grace proposed Hizdahr as a fitting option to secure peace, while Hizdahr wants to do whatever he can (he petitioned seven times in the books) so he can make a profit from the Fighting Pits, which he bought when they were closed and thus worthless.

      He thus has a solid reason for wanting to marry Dany. We’re not being told why Hizdahr wants to reopen the fighting-pits, the reason he brings up sounds like an excuse in my ears.

      As for some unsung-praise: Joel Fry is doing well as Hizdahr this season. The character wears a facade, he’s weasily, and is actually quite petty and meek in the books. I think Fry does this well, but doesn’t get any praise for it.

      As for who the actual Harpy is, lets just say that the exclusion of so many Meereenese characters from the books

      Skahaz, Reznak, Galazza

      , may leave that as an open door in the end, but it may be a different door to which door it may be in the books. As D&D said they’re going to the same endgoal, but not directly the same paths, see Sansa in Winterfell and Brienne as the prime examples. Which is said, because I really, really liked those late aDwD-chapters as Meereen suddenly became such a cluster-ef. The lack of above characters really hurts the suspense because it’s either:

      Hizdahr, the only Meereenese person she actually talks to, or Daario, which I doubt as he’s still fighting for her when the Harpies attack at Daznak

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    17. Just adding my two cents that these recaps are really enjoyable! It’s a nice little refresher before the new episodes.

      One thing that I was debating with my fellow GoT-watchers was whether or not Myranda is going to be with Sansa or against wrt Ramsey. I personally think she’s crazy, and has been “Reekified” in her own way, but there were definitely glimpses of her being sympathetic to Sansa.

      I’m also unsure of the SotH and Hizdar’s involvement :

      in the novels, I’m not sure it’s ever made clear who the leader is; some speculation suggests either the Green Grace -who does not exist for HBO- or Skahaz, Dany’s advisor -who also does not exist for HBO. Therefore, regardless of whether or not book-Hizzy is the leader, I think the show will make him the SotH, which will be all the more poignant since he’s been made to be a sympathetic character since the beginning. If the point is to show that Dany isn’t a capable ruler and that her well-meant actions have dire consequences, then “turning” Hizzy into the leader is a great way to do that, regardless of what GRRM has planned.

      Hope that made some sense :/

      Edit: ninja’d by Ser Locke, above. Also, forgot to mention Reznak. *hangs head in shame as she lets herself out*

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    18. Edit: The “which is said” in my previous post should be “Which is sad”.. I still getting used to my new laptop..

      you snow nothing:
      Just adding my two cents that these recaps are really enjoyable! It’s a nice little refresher before the new episodes.

      One thing that I was debating with my fellow GoT-watchers was whether or not Myranda is going to be with Sansa or against wrt Ramsey. I personally think she’s crazy, and has been “Reekified” in her own way, but there were definitely glimpses of her being sympathetic to Sansa.

      I’m also unsure of the SotH and Hizdar’s involvement :

      Hope that made some sense :/

      Edit: ninja’d by Ser Locke, above. Also, forgot to mention Reznak. *hangs head in shame as she lets herself out*

      Just curious, my gf asked me whether I thought Myranda was acting on her own or acting on Ramsey’s behalf when she went to see Sansa at the Incest Tower. I think it’s her own agency, because the sheer jealousy she’s shown to have. But if she’s “Reek’d”, then it may not have been the case at all and Ramsey may have wanted to throw Myranda even more into a mental strain by ordering her to cozy up to Sansa. In any case, the “oooh the stitching”-line felt forced and actually gave me Saw-vibes.. So where did you see sympathy for Sansa? Because now I’m in doubt.. 🙂

      Also, haven’t mentioned this, but I’m in the camp that’s sad that Stannis left the Wall.

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    19. Ser Oromis Locke,

      I’m sad Stannis is gone, too! Now there are less scenes to enjoy. I mean, fewer. 😉

      I think it’s possible that Myranda went to talk to Sansa on her own, to “scope her out”, in a way. I also think that she showed Reek to Sansa for the same reason. She was seeing whether Sansa was a sociopath, like her boyfriend, but instead she saw that Sansa is a sweet girl, undeserving of her fate. Of Myranda’s fate, actually. It seemed from the Ramsey-Myranda “love” scene that she is only doing what she needs to survive. Or, she could be totally crazy. But, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Myranda take on the role of

      the spearwives

      from the books.

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    20. Like others, I had read Dany as a great conqueror but poor ruler, and I think we’re seeing the same thing now in the show. She’s desperately in need of a wise advisor who can take over most of the ruling part. Thankfully, the wisest advisor in all of Westeros and Essos is on his way to her, as fast as his tiny little legs will carry him.

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    21. I should say that I am loving especially this week’s video, as well, Dame Pasty. Thank you for engaging our minds and connecting the dots.

      This comment relates to a couple of the spoiler parts, so I’m putting it behind the spoiler tags.

      As to Melissandre killing Shireen and as to Jon Connington or Jorah bringing greyscale to Westeros, well, these both might happen, but I think Shireen is the greyscale and she’s already in Westeros. I happen to believe the wildlings and Val when she said:

      “The maesters may believe what they wish. Ask a woods witch if you would know the truth. The grey death sleeps, only to wake again. The child is not clean!”

      “She seems a sweet girl. You cannot know—”

      “I can. You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Val seized his arm. “I want the monster [Mance’s princeling babe] out of there. Him and his wet nurses. You cannot leave them in that same tower as the dead girl.”

      Jon shook her hand away. “She is not dead.”

      “She is. Her mother cannot see it. Nor you, it seems. Yet death is there.” –ADwD

      So I see this as foreshadowing that Shireen’s greyscale will reawaken and spread to others. I could certainly be wrong, but that was my reading.

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