Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 6 – Blood of My Blood – Open Chat

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Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 6 “Blood of My Blood”

Writer: Bryan Cogman
Director: Jack Bender
Runtime: 52 minutes
Content Warnings: TV-MA: Adult Content, Adult Language, Violence
Video Preview: Full episode 6 preview on YouTube

SynopsisAn old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly meets Sam’s family. Arya faces a difficult choice. Jaime faces off against the High Sparrow.

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    1. Guys ,
      Do you think there is going to be an actual battle between Tyrell soldiers and Sparrows ?

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    2. I am slightly annoyed that Margaery has been in prison a lot longer for lying than Cersei was in jail for adultery, incest and murder. FREE MARGAERY!

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    3. Can’t wait for: Bran, King’s Landing, possible Drogon appearance and Jansa scenes. Enjoy the episode people!

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    4. Could the “old foe” be the Sons of the Harpies? Is a new attack coming? There were Sons of the Harpies killing people in the previous trailers…

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    5. I’m hype! (As always)

      Maybe Sam will

      steal his father’s valyrian steel sword, Heartsbane to study it in order to find out why it kills white walkers.

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    6. Praise be to the lord of light!!!
      And it’s a Bryan Cogman episode, good shit ^^
      Really looking forward to watching the rest of the season, this week is going to blow by thanks to Blood and wine 😀

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    7. Mostly pumped for Bran and Arya. Go Starks! Still hoping against hope for for atleast one Jonsa scene.

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    8. My watch is ended,

      No. I think Cersei lied when she told that Margaery have to do the walk. The real secret that Tommen told to her was Margaery, Loras and Tommen himself joins the Seven and the High Sparrow let them go. That’s was he told to his mother. But Cersei wants the Tyrells and the sparrows to fight each other because she hate them all, so she lied to Olenna. The sparrows will let them go without any fight and they’ll all go against Cersei.

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    9. What you guys think, if the rider turns to be good ol´ Benjen, would be the explanation to why he has been all this years whitout returning to the Wall?

      Could he be marked, just like Bran?

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    10. Connor,

      I almost forgot the Tarlys has a valyrian steel sword sword as well, can’t bloody wait to see it ^^
      Heartsbane.

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    11. Old foe could be

      Shae. The hallucination of Tyrion or a commoner that looks like her. Sibel Kekilli was spotted in Peñiscola

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    12. Dee,

      Bryan Cogman episodes are great, really looking forward to the next episode, mostly because of the Northern meeting and Broken men. I have a feeling Cogman will knock it out of the park.

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    13. I have high hopes this is the episode when all the quieter storylines this season go loud. Looking forward to Arya and KL contingent in particular but I’m a little biased here seeing as these are two segments I desperately want to enjoy, for the sake of the characters.

      It is past Arya’s story got a move on, by which I mean she either freaking converted to a ninja or went medieval on the Waif.

      Other than that, King’s Landing has the most potential for me this episode as it has a lot of solid build-up from prior episodes to lean on. They also seem to be dedicating the most significant chunk of screen time to this location, so fingers crossed!

      Other than that, Bran and Meera and hopefully that one guy we haven’t seen since literally the beginning should prove an interesting few minutes, but after Hodor I feel like everything would come across as more of an aftermath. Besides, I’m positively ready to take a break from the North in general for a bit, just to catch my breath.

      Sam & Gilly in and of themselves don’t pull that much of an emotional punch for me, but the introdution of the rest of the Tarlys, daddy Tarly in particular, has me intrigued.

      For once I hope Daenerys does not turn out a focus this week, even though the title suggests she very well may be. I’ve just never been her most devoted fan. I find her character reasonably tolerable, mind you, it’s just that I feel they should be spending more time with her once she’s back in Mereen so that both her and Tyrion’s stories can sort of feed off one another and start drawing more of my attention.

      All and all, I’m quite literally popping with excitement for this episode. Fingers crossed it pays off.

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    14. Something to watch in the mean time, they are really positive videos that mostly focus on the show, they do explore book angles, and give theories and speculation, but overall they are not distracted by differences. I really like how these videos really explore how the production/directors/showrunners are setting up the scenes and imagery – they point out the little things that you might miss and really give you a better appreciation to how great this show is and how much thought is being put into each scene and camera shot.

      Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 ANALYZED! – 6×05 – The Door

      If you have time check out their earlier episodes too, the Daeny setup in ep3 with the fire was particularly reveling – missed all that. Great stuff.

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    15. I thought it was fairly obvious the secret HS told Tommen was Cersei and Lancel.

      I think people are missing a few huge things ahead of this episode. 1, we’ve seen Dany and Daario a lot in the preview and the episode pictures. Seems rather innocuous but i’m curious as to what it could mean. Then we have Jorah going off on his journey. Anyone else think he’ll meet up with Theon and Yara in Pentos or Volantis or something? Also, in Bran’s final training, he was sent to the time when Ned was leaving for the Vale. What importance does that have??? Also, according to reports(not sure if confirmed), Jack Bender was on the ToJ set so we should be getting that today.

      Can’t wait!! What a season! No ‘weak’ episodes!

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    16. I think there’ll be a lot of Jaime stuff in this episode (with bran in the past seeing jaime killing the mad king), at least i hope so…

      (do you think the red wedding 2.0 will be Walder’s or Bronn’s wedding ?)

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    17. #MakeKingsLandingInterestingAgain

      Can the show finally get Jaime back on track and out of Cersei’s lap? Pretty please?

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    18. EPISODE 6 – Jaime faces off against the High Sparrow.
      EPISODE 7 – Jaime comfronts a hero. (The BlackFish is a legend. According to Davos. Hero or legend…it’s the same.)

      Jaime will do a ”Littlefinger”. He will be at Riverrun in episode 7.

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    19. HoldTheDoor:
      Could the “old foe” be the Sons of the Harpies? Is a new attack coming? There were Sons of the Harpies killing people in the previous trailers…

      Wouldn’t call them “old”.

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    20. I’m most interested in Bran and what exactly the vision with Aramayo’s young Ned will be of. Oh, and will we finally see Uncle Benjen again? If so, what the hell has he been up to?

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    21. IIRC, Natalie Dormer (Margaery) revealed in an interview before the open of Season 6 that she would be spending a lot of time with a new and interesting partner.

      Not really sure who that could be this late in the game, beyond the High Sparrow himself, if she does end up “converting” to his philosophy as people are speculating. I hope not, but at least we’ll likely get some answers tonight.

      I’m also amped for Arya’s storyline to progress. We’ve been building to something for quite a while, and it seems like it finally is coming to some sort of resolution (fingers crossed).

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    22. Dee:
      Hold the effing door!

      Edit: so damn hyped!!!!!!!!

      Lol… me too… just getting online … gonna see what everyone is excited for!!

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    23. Stormborn n’ Sassy:
      I am slightly annoyed that Margaery has been in prison a lot longer for lying than Cersei was in jail for adultery, incest and murder. FREE MARGAERY!

      I think she held out longer then Cersei… that Margaery chose to not give in to their demands.. isn’t that what she told her brother? Do NOT give bc that is what they want.

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    24. What the fuck is a Lommy?:
      What you guys think, if the rider turns to be good ol´ Benjen, would be the explanation to why he has been all this years whitout returning to the Wall?

      Could he be marked, just like Bran?

      But how could he survive all those years?
      No, I think Bran is a proper Harry Potter.

      This said, I am looking forward to seeing Uncle again. I hope we will not be disappointed.

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    25. If Valyrian steel and dragonglass (obsidian) are the two things that can kill White Walkers, shouldn’t someone be importing Valyrian steel from Old Valyria?

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    26. Like others, I’m really hoping Jaime wakes up this ep. His book and show progress seems to be forgotten. He’s nothing more than Cersei’s side piece atm bleh.

      I really wish Jaime (D&D) had told the truth to Tyrion n that plot point was already in play. I miss hearing that quote every other thought. They set it up in season 2 ffs and uh, I won’t get started lol.

      *steals phone back from book wanker*

      Only five hours to go 😀 hype hype etc

      Have an awesome evening yo!!

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    27. Here are my theories for the episode. Do people agree/disagree/have ideas to add?:

      1) Drogon makes an appearance
      2) Margaery stops the Tyrell army/violence does NOT ensue
      3) Arya defies the faceless men
      4) The old foe is Walder Frey, setting up the Stark’s impending revenge plot
      5) Uncle Benjen saves the day

      If I’m right on 2/5 I’ll call it a victory 🙂

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    28. Syed Kabir,

      Also, in Bran’s final training, he was sent to the time when Ned was leaving for the Vale. What importance does that have???

      That is where he and Robert train with Jon Arryn. Perhaps we’ll be seeing something important there between them. Or it could just be because that is the moment that Hodor is warged

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    29. Ice Spider: I think she held out longer then Cersei… that Margaery chose to not give in to their demands.. isn’t that what she told her brother? Do NOT give bc that is what they want.

      Still at the end, when Loras cries and says he would do anything for them to stop, she says ok or something, as if she is pondering on the possibility.

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    30. Matthew The Dragon Knight,

      Hahah very sorry if they’re duplicates! I totally just came up with them on the fly, but (1) they’re not crack pot theories by any means, and (2) I do frequent this site, so don’t claim to be the first to predict any of the 5.

      I just like to consolidate my predictions beforehand and see how they all play out. Glad to hear we’re probably on the same page though.

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    31. Like many of you, I look forward to the KL storyline moving forward. I don’t mind that they’ve taken awhile to set things up. Especially since the northern storylines are moving at breakneck speed, but halfway through the season, it’s time.

      I’m hoping Essie Davis gets a lot of screentime. Surely they hired someone that good for a reason. I love her in both Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Babadook. With all the drama in the north, she’s got lost in the shuffle last week. I think this is going to be a good Arya episode.

      Yay for the Tarly reunion! Even though Randyll Tarly hasn’t done much evil compared to the heavy hitting villains of Westeros like the Boltons, Freys and Joffrey, I still hate him. He’s more like the kind of asshole you’d meet in the real world. Someone well respected for professional accomplishments, but is an asshole to his kids and a raging misogynist. Hopefully the show does him justice. I think they will.

      I would really like tonight to be night when some Freys finally start dying.

      I’m wondering if they’re condensing the BWB/LS killing of Freys from AFFC and the Winterfell murder mystery from ADWD into one plot. Perhaps a BWB has infiltrated the Twins and is murdering Freys. In any case, I’m excited for the show to return to the Riverlands. I enjoyed AFFC stuff that took place there. I can understand why a lot of events took place off screen for show purposes, but I’m ready to go back!

      Are we going to see the Blackfish tonight?

      Lastly, I’m trying not to let you people get my hopes up that we’ll get the return of Benjen tonight. I really don’t want to hold my breath on this one, damnist! I feel my resolve weakening though. I’m probably going to be pretty hyped by the time 8 PM rolls around.

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    32. Connor:

      Maybe Sam will…study Valerian steel to learn how to make it.

      It’s about time for scientific research. The only way to get out of the pickle they are in.

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    33. Gameday!

      I also hope something about the KL standoff goes wrong and Jaime grasps a bit of insight about his sister, Lancel, Tommen, HS and/or Marg, causing him to leave KL and head northwest toward his destiny.

      Bran and Meera, good luck! I have a feeling BR will be giving one more posthumous gift to Bran.

      Last week’s episode will be hard to top but I’m sure more twists and turns are ahead!

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    34. Ser Lurk of House Turnip:

      I really wish Jaime (D&D) had told the truth to Tyrion n that plot point was already in play. I miss hearing that quote every other thought. They set it up in season 2 ffs and uh, I won’t get started lol.

      *steals phone back from book wanker*

      I doubt that even many book wankers miss that quote much. But taking away the single most compelling motivation of Tyrion’s much-abused life was a real mistake, characterwise.

      But as you say, probably best not to get started down that road!

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    35. Stormborn n’ Sassy:
      If Valyrian steel and dragonglass (obsidian) are the two things that can kill White Walkers, shouldn’t someone be importing Valyrian steel from Old Valyria?

      I think Dragonstone will have the supplies they are going to need.

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    36. Benjen! Benjen! Benjen! Come on man, we need ya or Bran with Meera more likely.

      Hopefully King’s Landing will be good one since the North is most likely absentee in this episode or perhaps Ramsay might be in some small scene with Rickon.

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    37. If Benjen does show up perhaps he can add depth to the final ToJ flashback that Bran will see. Offer insight into Ned’s choices. If he resurfaces now there is a good chance Ned told his brother things he shared with no one else.

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    38. Firannion: And/or a hallucination of

      Shae[/], if popular speculation about what

      Kekilli[/] was doing hanging around the set turns out to be true.

      Damned device. Mods, if someone could repair my mangled spoiler coding or just delete my post, I’d be grateful.

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    39. So obviously the two biggest stories for me this week will be KL and what happens to Meera and Bran.

      Curious as to what everyone’s thoughts are on Tommen possibly betraying his Mother? If the HS did indeed tell him the truth about Lancel and Cersei would that be enough to turn him against her? And that Margaery and him form an alliance through the HS and that is going to be the end of Cersei? I mean she really isn’t going to have much purpose going forward in the storyline so Im wondering if this is going to be a huge spoiler and that Cersei dies tonight????? It seems that Jaime is going to have to leave KL after this season to do his next purpose… just wondering what you all think of that thought?

      And as for Meera and Bran.. I just want to see BENJEN….. fingers crossed.

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    40. JonFookinSnow:
      Ice Spider,

      Let’s hope so! I love Natalie Dormer in this show.

      She kinda gave it away that she will be a game player through this season.. so she’s def NOT going to be gone anytime soon.. besides Im guessing she sells out Cersei and her and Tommen are plotting against his Mother… I haven’t heard this theory yet but I also haven’t been online much this last week so it may have been already tossed out there… Im sure.

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    41. I also think NO North this episode, except for Bran’s story. And all key deaths will be in KL, Dothraki and/or Braavos.

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    42. Firannion,

      Agreed.

      He only needs to say it once n ill be happy. In jest when chatting to Bronn bro, later this season perhaps.

      Time is going too slow!!! Might have a kip lol

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    43. Stormborn n’ Sassy:
      If Valyrian steel and dragonglass (obsidian) are the two things that can kill White Walkers, shouldn’t someone be importing Valyrian steel from Old Valyria?

      Old Valyria is a smoking volcanic ruin. And in the show version, it’s overrun with Stone Men as well.

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    44. Ice Spider,

      Interesting question. Personally, I don’t really think Tommen is capable of this level of manipulation, especially without Margaery there to guide him. I think it’s more likely that the HS is the one pulling the strings. I’m not sure if this would be to, (1) set a trap for Cersei, (2) set a trap for Tommen – catching him in a lie to the HS, since he obviously told Cersei, or (3) simply test Tommen’s loyalty to the faith.

      Unfortunately, I don’t really have any good ideas to theorize what this secret may have been, or what it will mean. I do think that it’s got more to do with the HS though, and that Tommen is only a puppet.

      If not, then thank god we finally have Tommen contributing to the plot development for once 🙂

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    45. Maggie:
      Jaime needs to break up with Cersei in this episode…he has been stupid for too long…please!!

      Love the show, yadayadayada; I do have to wonder what is up with Jaime’s character arc ever since season 4. What was the the purpose of his dream in Storm, why so many POV chapters… And make him so tepid in the show.

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    46. I am sooooooo hyped

      I’m not reading many comments cause I feel like there is spoilers speculation Hahahahah

      But i don’t want cersei to win tonight

      That is all.

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    47. Where has Benjen been? I say spelunking. Somehow he knew that a route under the Wall, unaffected by its magical wards, would eventually be needed. He has been looking for Gorne’s Way and has finally found it. It might even connect with the secret exit from the Winterfell crypts, handily enough.

      Far-fetched, you say? Maybe. But a guy doesn’t get the reputation of Best Ranger Ever for naught.

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    48. Stormborn n’ Sassy:
      Well, we’ve got dragons … so we can always get more dragon glass, right?

      Obsidian results from lava cooling quickly, such as plunging into the ocean. Dragonstone has lots of dragonglass. The Iron Islands mine metal ore. I wonder if they have obsidian as well.

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    49. I really think the secret is

      about Cersei and Jamie. Tommen is probably the only soul in KL that doesn’t believe it, so hearing it from HS (who probably got it from Margery) is going to be the breaking point for him, and he’ll be ripe to toss mom under the bus.

      ETA

      the other possibility is who actually killed Joffrey, but Im not sure Margery would confess that and toss her grandma under the bus!

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    50. Nm ignore me :/ just remembered why that quote won’t ever be in the show ha! Derp. It’s so confusing having both book n show in my mind n knowing them both inside out. But not

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    51. eejazz:
      Ice Spider,

      Interesting question. Personally, I don’t really think Tommen is capable of this level of manipulation, especially without Margaery there to guide him. I think it’s more likely that the HS is the one pulling the strings. I’m not sure if this would be to, (1) set a trap for Cersei, (2) set a trap for Tommen – catching him in a lie to the HS, since he obviously told Cersei, or (3) simply test Tommen’s loyalty to the faith.

      Unfortunately, I don’t really have any good ideas to theorize what this secret may have been, or what it will mean. I do think that it’s got more to do with the HS though, and that Tommen is only a puppet.

      If not, then thank god we finally have Tommen contributing to the plot development for once 🙂

      I totally agree that this is the HS manipulating Tommen.. but my question was/is do you think he was so upset about what the HS told him that would make him turn against his Mother? Im guessing that the HS allowed Tommen to see Marg (it wasn’t shown on screen but Im guessing that he allowed that as a “token” of trust to Tommen to bring him on board) and that TOGETHER the HS and Marg persuade him to turn on Cersei.

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    52. Dee:
      I am sooooooo hyped

      I’m not reading many comments cause I feel like there is spoilers speculation Hahahahah

      But i don’t want cersei to win tonight

      That is all.

      Well then DO NOT read mine.. bc Im offing her tonight …. lol!!

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    53. Stormborn n’ Sassy,

      Wouldn’t you need actual Valyrian swords? Because it is not just the metal itself that is important – aren’t Valyrian swords actually made with dragonfire or some such, and magic during their shaping?

      So the swords, like dragonglass, are made with dragonfire. Someone could go gather steel from Valyria, but you can’t make a WW-killing Valyrian sword without the Valyrian magic and the dragonfire.

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    54. Ice Spider,

      I don’t dislike that theory… My only problem is, I feel like the show runners would want to show us the set up for such a big betrayal (i.e. The meeting between Marg and Tommen). I could be off base, but that’s why I don’t think what Tommen told Cersei, at least in the context of their individual interaction, was a huge shock. As a principle, the show runners seem to prefer having big moments on screen, rather than hiding them to deceive the audience.

      I don’t think, as it stands, Tommen has enough motivation to turn on Cersei. Margaery would be the necessary ingredient to negate this, IMO, so if your theory about that is right, it may be a tough night for Cersei indeed.

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    55. Jinx47:
      Tome will die but will not be killed.

      I am very ready to entertain that possibility. Those steps look ripe for a horseback-riding mishap to me.

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    56. Let’s be honest people. As much as I’m sure we all want the mysterious rider to be Benjen, is there any possible way it could be someone else, perhaps even a new character ?
      I feel like I need to lower my expectations and prepare myself for that possibility. Because right now all I can think about is finding out what happened to him and what his role in the story is going to be. I legitimately don’t care what else happens if we get some satisfying answers on that front. For this to have been set up from Season 1 Episode 3, and since the first book in 1996, it has to be important. Very important.

      I’m just worried it may not be him.

      And if it is him, it better be the same actor !

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    57. I will not lose my hope for a brief Jon and Sansa scene, other than this i’m actually really excited for the rest of storylines specially Arya and KL. Also looking forward to see how much bigger Drogon is now.

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    58. eejazz,

      The show runners did NOT show us the setup for the Red Wedding and that was like one of the biggest betrayals ever. D&D can always have the HS, Marg and Tommen chatting about it after the fact to fill us all in …. of course this is JUST wishful thinking bc Im kinda over Cerise’s arc.. but hey we can always hope!!

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    59. Stormborn n’ Sassy: Well, we’ve got dragons … so we can always get more dragon glass, right?

      You just need tectonic activity for obsidian!

      CenPhx: Wouldn’t you need actual Valyrian swords? Because it is not just the metal itself that is important – aren’t Valyrian swords actually made with dragonfire or some such, and magic during their shaping?

      The Nisa Nisa story almost certainly tells us what the final ingredient is for making a Valyrian steel sword.

      Marlana: he Iron Islands mine metal ore. I wonder if they have obsidian as well.

      Only if the metal-bearing intrusions went into sandstones or quartzites. Otherwise, their sources are from very different types of minerals.

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    60. Ser Lurk of House Turnip: His book and show progress seems to be forgotten. He’s nothing more than Cersei’s side piece atm bleh.

      ? They did Jaime’s “Watch me be Twyin II” then become a man with a soul very well last year. This year, he’s not done much: but, then, he’s not gotten a lot of screen time.

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    61. If it is Benjen then this will probably mean we get a full Stark reunion this season where Bran meets Jon and Sansa.
      I have low hopes for Rickon tho…i cant help but imagine him being the only Stark that dies this season, i mean lets be honest here, how high are the chances for Rickon to get out of this alive…

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    62. Connor:
      Dee,

      I want Cersei to live to see the white walkers. Then she can die. Death by White Walker, hopefully. 😀

      I actually wouldn’t mind seeing her go out like that either.. but I wouldn’t put any money on that wager.

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    63. Markus Stark: I’m just worried it may not be him.

      And if it is him, it better be the same actor !

      Eh, anybody with thick brows, long dark hair and a beard will pass. Most viewers will have to be reminded who Benjen is, anyway. It’s been several years and innumerable cases, projects, kids’ soccer-games, even a kid or two, etc., for them since he was on the show.

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    64. Still waiting for that Jon and Melisandre scene. They aren’t going to talk about what happened? Really?

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    65. Hodors Bastard: Last week’s episode will be hard to top but I’m sure more twists and turns are ahead!

      heh, it will be hard for the Atlanta Braves to get back into contention this year. It’s going to be damn near impossible for this week to match last week.

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    66. Shaggycat: Love the show, yadayadayada; I do have to wonder what is up with Jaime’s character arc ever since season 4. What was the the purpose of his dream in Storm, why so many POV chapters… And make him so tepid in the show.

      Since he was sleeping on a weirwood stump I guessing that it was either Bloodraven or Bran from the future. But I don’t think it was about Jaime’s purpose, I think it was Brienne that needs to do something, therefore he had to be convinced to go back and save her. I think Oathkeeper, being that it’s made from Ice will have some sort of importance. Whether she’ll get it into Stark and/or Jon hands or wield it herself, and what it will do, I don’t know. But I think she has the sword formerly known as Ice is in her care for some reason.

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    67. Wimsey,

      Hey, W, evidently the “Aeron/Damphair” PoV chapter that GRRM read today at Balticon was a stunner. I just wanted to let you know because I know you love the ironborn/AFfC story so much. I can only imagine your reaction if you were in the audience. 🙂

      […unfortunately the chapter was supposedly written in 2010…uggh]

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    68. So hyped for everything this ep!

      Kings Landing has always been my favorite part of this show every single season w/o fail…. I’ve just been waiting for the floodgates to be released and i bet it happens tonight!

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    69. Is there any authority on who is still on Arya’s (show) list?

      Last I remembered it was only Walder Frey, Cersei, and Illyn Payne. But I’m sure I’m forgetting at least one or two.

      Wasn’t Melissandre on her list? And she told Arya that they would meet again. I’m pretty convinced this reunion will happen at some point, just not really sure how that will transpire.

      If Arya abandons the faceless men as I’m hoping, I’m trying to predict where she’ll want to go first…

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    70. ash,

      I don’t think Margaery would, but Loras has definitely been broken and would tell them anything for it to end. He didn’t answer Margaery’s questions and would only say “I just want it to end.”

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    71. I’ve always gotten the feeling that Cersei will be one of the characters who survives the whole thing. Happy to be wrong on this! But not just yet. I like Lena Heady too much to want her killed off now.

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    72. Wimsey,

      So Jon isn’t curious at all? He doesn’t want to know who this women is and how she did what she did? And she will never tell him about the prophecy? Seems very unlikely though Jon may really don’t care that much. Or maybe it’s still going to happen after the north is retaken and they have to face the real threat.

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    73. Wimsey,

      I personally dislike recasts, and for the sake of continuity, it is preferable to limit them. Besides, it would be nice for us to know it’s Benjen because we recognize them, not because we have to be told it’s Benjen.
      Obviously it’ll have to be stated anyway, to remind some people as you say, but Benjen has been seen in flashbacks and mentioned several times in recent episodes, so only the most casual viewers won’t know about him . The show shouldn’t only cater to the most casual viewers.

      Anyway, this is just my personal opinion. I liked Joseph Mawle, and I can’t really say I care how many hernias, babies, hemorrhoids or soccer games the average viewer has had since they last saw him.

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    74. CenPhx:
      Stormborn n’ Sassy,

      Wouldn’t you need actual Valyrian swords? Because it is not just the metal itself that is important – aren’t Valyrian swords actually made with dragonfire or some such, and magic during their shaping?

      So the swords, like dragonglass, aremade with dragonfire. Someone could go gather steel from Valyria, but you can’t make a WW-killing Valyrian sword without the Valyrian magic and the dragonfire.

      I have long wondered if Valyrian steel can simply be made by smelting obsidian with iron at high temp. Regular steel is made with carbon with iron. Obsidian is Silicon dioxide with traces of metal oxides. The element Silicon is a close relative of the element Carbon. Therefore obsidian can be substituted for carbon.

      The magic and human sacrifice may be mumbo jumbo like the Wisdoms use to make wildfire.

      The reason Gendry’s line of work is smithing is because he will fabricate Valyrian steel at Winterfell.

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    75. Shaggycat: Love the show, yadayadayada; I do have to wonder what is up with Jaime’s character arc ever since season 4.

      Last year as the same as in the Crows/Dragons book. Jaime’s “kill the boy, let the man be born” was him trying to put aside his supposedly irresponsible, callow self and be like his father; instead, he revealed himself to be a man with a figurative soul.

      This year is a little hard to say. OK, we’ve got the cost of making allies that you don’t want or that don’t want you. And we can see that this is leading to an alliance of the nobles against the church, despite the fact that the Lannisters and Tyrells do not particularly care for each other. However, we saw last year (as we see in the books) that Jaime now is willing to reach solutions amenable to everyone. Cersei is not.

      So, my bet is that the cost of necessary-but-undesriable alliance for Jaime will wind up being a schism with Cersei. It’s possible that Tommen will die because of it, too. We probably are down to less than two full seasons, so some of that stuff has to start happening soon.

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    76. weirwoodtreehugger:
      I’ve always gotten the feeling that Cersei will be one of the characters who survives the whole thing.Happy to be wrong on this!But not just yet.I like Lena Heady too much to want her killed off now.

      I thought unlike some of the other maim characters it was pretty much confirmed that she is NOT the one to survive this.

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    77. Wimsey,

      Didn’t like S5 I’m afraid. I mean I like certain scenes but don’t others, like every season. But yeah the ratio was much higher that time. All I remember since Jaime returned to King’s Landing is.. Dorne, him pushing the white book across the table and an unfortunate and avoidable controversy. Ooh and the receiving and giving of Oathkeeper ofc. The former being one of my faves in the whole series mmm. Even with one hand he’s a cocky little bastard 😀 I want more of that. I’m not a believer in his redemption arc cos I don’t feel he can be. Unless ofc it was fated Gah!! Show stuff startin to leak into theories proper now 🙂 I just enjoy his character and the aura he emits throughout the realm. A legend of sorts. I WANT MORE OF THAT!!

      need the ep now lol NOT LONG

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    78. At the risk of spamming, I also want to note my excitement about it being a holiday weekend here in the states. I can stay up late and continue the conservation and I’ll have time, at least in the morning to continue it too. One thing I miss about being unemployed is having the time to nerd out over each episode for a solid 24 hours. I don’t miss being broke and anxious about it though!

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    79. Firannion: I doubt that even many book wankers miss that quote much. But taking away the single most compelling motivation of Tyrion’s much-abused life was a real mistake, characterwise.

      But as you say, probably best not to get started down that road!

      Really folks, are such unprompted insults necessary? There’s no need to create any more toxicity around here than needs be.

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    80. Marlana: The reason Gendry’s line of work is smithing is because he will fabricate Valyrian steel at Winterfell.

      I think it more probable that human sacrifice is the actual ingredient. But how would Gendry learn to rework Valyrian steel, nevermind actually forge it? That would be a hug Deus ex Machina plot device.

      Markus Stark: Besides, it would be nice for us to know it’s Benjen because we recognize them, not because we have to be told it’s Benjen.

      Only the hardcore fans would recognize him after all of this time. Even people who binge-watch it annually would not immediately recognize him: human memories just are not that good for trivial details. That is particularly true when their memories are very crowded with lots of other details: and when you look at the demographics of HBO series viewers, it’s a lot of people who have very busy lives! And it’s also a lot of people who are expected to bring audiences up to speed rapidly in their professional presentations and who expect others to bring them up to speed rapidly when they watch a professional presentation.

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    81. I know I’m in the minority here, but I will actually be a little disappointed to see a “deus ex Benjen” tonight.

      GRRM has made it clear that Coldhands is not Benjen. Even if this is a live version of Benjen and not Coldhands, in GRRM’s world, and the real world for that matter, it would be quite normal for a person going into the hostile wild to disappear without a trace. Especially in a medieval fantasy world. Plenty of the Nights Watch have already failed to return from ranging, IIRC that’s why Benjen went out in the first place. At this point, to bring him back for a well-timed rescue and family reunion is just a little too pat and slightly cliche for me!

      But if it makes ya’ll happy to see Benjen again, who am I to rain on your parade! 🙂

      Carry on!

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    82. eejazz:
      Is there any authority on who is still on Arya’s (show) list?

      Last I remembered it was only Walder Frey, Cersei, and Illyn Payne. But I’m sure I’m forgetting at least one or two.

      This season, Arya named only three: Walder Frey, Cersei, and the Mountain. She said the Hound had been on her list but that she couldn’t kill him because he both was and wasn’t on her list any longer. She sort of implies that the Waif could be on her list because when the Waif taunts her for more names, Arya says, is there a name a girl would like me to give? Or something like that. But just the three are officially on there now.

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    83. HelloThere:
      i believe cersei will have one of the most grand, epic death scenes in the whole series…..

      Before or after she burns KL to the ground? Maybe she’ll go up in flames with Baelor’s Sept?

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    84. JonFookinSnow: And she will never tell him about the prophecy?

      Maybe he knows of the prophesy and Melisandre already said to him, “Stannis was not the Prince that was Promised, but someone has to be.” He probably doesn’t believe he’s anything special at the moment and not even thinking about what she said, but as long as she’s around I’m sure it will come up again.

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    85. Benjen!
      Marg the survivor!
      Let the Frey feast begin!
      Arya, become a mummer and get away from the Waif!
      Sam…get that sword, buddy. You need it more than they do! (I hate his dad already)
      Tommen swayed and in need of Ser Pounce!
      Dany…don’t trust Daario just because he has a cute behind.
      Jon/Davos/Tormund? Please?

      Also I’m worried Cersei will make sure she sends Jaime to the Riverlands before she goes crazy after a foiled stand off. Has anyone else noticed this? All her worst behavior is timed for Jaime’s absence. He doesn’t even know about Lancel (and he’s never been with another woman in his life-so I know this would upset him) I miss redemption Jaime.

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    86. So excited about tonight episode! Mostly beacause I’ve been waiting for Benjen’s return since season one (if he’s not him, that will be so disappointing) and also this is a B. Cogman episode so I’m sure it will be pretty good 🙂

      I don’t think Marg is going to do Walk of Shame, she’ll pretend to be a “Faith” woman or something like that and she’ll have the High Sparro’s forgivness. And Cersei is not going to be happy about that.

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    87. Ginevra,

      Hm. Interesting. I forgot about the Mountain, but definitely rings a bell now.

      And yeah, if Arya does jump ship, and killing the Waif isn’t her first order of action, I’ll be severely disappointed.

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    88. Lindamon,

      I would not worry about this being related to CH. Given what we’ve seen on the show, CH probably will go down with the sacking of the Weirnet. Uncle Benny is still out there.

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    89. Wimsey: Only the hardcore fans would recognize him after all of this time.

      Unless he’s in the “previously on,” which is likely if our man is Benjen. Of course, they’ve trolled us with that once before.

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    90. Here for Bran + Meera and King’s Landing! Can’t watch first run so I’ll be watching later!

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    91. Wimsey: I think it more probable that human sacrifice is the actual ingredient.But how would Gendry learn to rework Valyrian steel, nevermind actually forge it?That would be a hug Deus ex Machina plot device.

      I thought Tywin did it on the show’s 2nd season with no problem?

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    92. KL is the best storyline this season imo, so really looking forward to that 🙂

      Also I think D&D struggle more with new material than Bryan Cogman. Some people are giving him way too much shit because of the UUU episode.

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    93. Wimsey: I would not worry about this being related to CH.

      CH is out there and is destined to meet and team with Meera and Bran! “He” and Meera will be the greatest pair of adventurers since Wun Wun and Edd!

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    94. Ser Lurk of House Turnip:
      Like others, I’m really hoping Jaime wakes up this ep. His book and show progress seems to be forgotten. He’s nothing more than Cersei’s side piece atm bleh.

      When Jaime goes to the Riverlands, he will do the POV I call “Jaime does Senior Management.” And he will receive some expert trash talking from RR castellan BF. Mayhaps then you will see more action to your liking.

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    95. nicnavfer,

      Yes! I thought this too. I also thought of Walder Frey. The shae thing is super interesting, obviously it’s not going to be the real shae but rather a red priestess. I find this SUPER interesting because if this “shae” tries to seduce Tyrion like Mel did with Jon…. won’t that be another hint that Tyrion is also a Targarion? There’s a theory that Tyrion is Dany’s half brother… blood of my blood 🙂

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    96. Ginevra: This season, Arya named only three:Walder Frey, Cersei, and the Mountain.She said the Hound had been on her list but that she couldn’t kill him because he both was and wasn’t on her list any longer.She sort of implies that the Waif could be on her list because when the Waif taunts her for more names, Arya says, is there a name a girl would like me to give?Or something like that.But just the three are officially on there now.

      So why did she remove the Red Woman from the list?

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    97. Ser Lurk of House Turnip: I’m not a believer in his redemption arc cos I don’t feel he can be.

      I do not think that it is a “redemption arc” so much as it is a “gaining empathy” arc. Early Jaime is a completely callow individual who practically embodies solipsism. Over time, Jaime evolves into someone who becomes aware that it’s not all about him (and Cersei: but he and Cersei view each other as basically one person).

      Given revelations from last week, and given how we’ve seen Jon, Daeny, Tyrion, etc., evolve, I cannot help but to think that this is important. GRRM likes “conflict of the heart” stories: and it’s much easier to do that with protagonists who can feel other people’s pain. Jaime has become such a person. That’s not entirely “redemption”: but it does mean that he is nothing like Tywin.

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    98. In rewatching the first four episodes, I noticed that during the scene over Myrcella’s body in the sept, Jamie confesses to the High Sparrow that he aided in Tyrion’s escape. I wonder if this could somehow be significant, given Cersei’s hatred of Tyrion and obsession with capturing him. Maybe not, though, since that’s been less emphasized on the show. But it’s something the HS could easily use to drive a wedge between Jamie and Cersei.

      I’m convinced Benjen is coming back to us this episode. Beyond that, excited to see Arya’s story start to move, and hoping for some Jon, Sansa et al scenes. And looking forward to whatever the short Young Ned scene is.

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    99. Chad Brick,

      I’m a self confessed book wanker so it was ok lol. I just contain myself 😛 the the books are way better but the show is where I started and the best show ever (after BSG & The Wire) so my loyalty is split. No. Even. The fact there is a split at all makes me sad lol n that’s why I lurk.

      Except for when I’m killing time before an ep n counting down hours like now and have strange nervous rushes n can’t chill D:

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    100. weirwoodtreehugger: tepid

      He also had a vision of his mother.
      The dream was strongly about him he watched all the Lannisters leaving him, swords that catch on fire in strange crypts…Rhaegar and dead horses armored all in SNOW. The dream make him save Brienne because Brienne keeps his light (life) on when Cersei abandons him , but it’s also prophetic he watches that his father will give him a sword to fight his doom and he and Brienne have two e.t.c
      Also Bran see him in his visions two times.

      All these staff are rather important, i am not saying Jaime is the most important character or anything like that, but he is one of the very few characters that have watched something connected with the important things.. I want to see what he does in the books because G RR Marting gave him too much in the books with his dreams and history….but in the show they don’t show how interesting he is.
      I don’t know if he survives or not, but he has too leave Cersei in the show…i am sure NCW can play the interesting Jaime if he is asked too…

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    101. RG: He doesn’t even know about Lancel

      And it’s just Lancel

      They didn’t even have her affairs with the three Kettleblack brothers as well.

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    102. Hodors Bastard,

      lol… I would both enjoy that on a pure fanboy level and then criticize the hell out of it on a pure Wimsey level.

      Seriously, you were calling the Weirnet sacking long before anyone else. Do you think that CH will survive it in the book? Or perhaps be “reclaimed?”

      Jinx47: I thought Tywin did it on the show’s 2nd season with no problem?

      He hired one of the few smiths alive who knows how to work Valryian steal: and he had to send to Volantis or Bravos or some other place in Essos to get him. I would not call that “no problem!”

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    103. Maggie,

      The big difference is that Jaime’s dream was basically like a real dream: a distorted jumble of things weighing on his mind. It was not a metaphorical vision of what was or what will be the way that Bran or Jojen have.

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    104. Wimsey:
      Hodors Bastard,

      lol…I would both enjoy that on a pure fanboy level and then criticize the hell out of it on a pure Wimsey level.

      Seriously, you were calling the Weirnet sacking long before anyone else.Do you think that CH will survive it in the book?Or perhaps be “reclaimed?”

      He hired one of the few smiths alive who knows how to work Valryian steal: and he had to send to Volantis or Bravos or some other place in Essos to get him.I would not call that “no problem!”

      I see, then let’s hope Gendry has been spending a lot of time in Volantis in the right smith places while being MIA on the show.

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    105. Personally, I don’t see Benjen lasting six years out there. Just way too hard to fathom. And how would he be marked, when the marking occurred during green seeing in Bran’s case? I’d sooner expect Howland Reed, having traveled beyond the wall when he “felt” Jojen die. The 3ER called him out by name at TOJ, and it was never brought up again with Meera about seeing her father in the past. So there must be a reason to call him out again, when Bran already knows the story of him and his father, and that he’s Jojen and Meera’s father. Could it really have only been a reminder to viewers? I’m not sure. We shall see who the mysterious horseman is soon!

      Which brings up another question I hope is answered in time. How can the NK touch a “vision” of Bran (non-physical) in the past or present unless he is also in the vision in the same way, like when 3ER is able to grab Bran to take him out of the scene? I can see him having some type of abilities since he was created against, and tied to, what looked like the CoTF mainframe weir wood tree. I hope it’s explained in the future how the NK did that, and how they animate the dead.

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    106. JonFookinSnow,

      I know what you mean but think of it this way.
      The story isn’t being told to Jon it is being told to us. We already know all about Melisandre (who she is, how she brought Jon back etc – we were there) and to hear it all being told again to a another character on the show would be a retelling (to us) and monotonous. Other than enjoying Jon’s reaction to the news it wouldn’t in any way further the story.

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    107. Ser Lurk of House Turnip,

      I agree – Jaime cannot/will not be redeemed, at least not thoroughly. That’s OK. Not everyone can be redeemed. By doing senior management, offering generous terms, and seeing more sides of the picture, he will still contribute to the positive.

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    108. Marlana,

      Mayhaps I will 🙂 that convo is pure gold n I’ve got a feeling the show might get that one right. Two awesome actors goin at it. Pls~

      Also the tent scene when he interrupts something HA pure Thrones they got to do that.

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    109. Clob,

      Oh right – and he would know about it Im sure.

      Wimsey,

      I wouldn’t recognize him – tho if someone said ‘Benjen!’ I’d look and think, ok thats him.. but it would just be a lucky guess. He has been mentioned many times (esp lately by Bran) so his name anyway might be familiar

      Ginevra,

      Hee, yeah, that was quite memorable….

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    110. Dee,
      Hell yes!! They better make Cersei win this season. and then keep her till the last season atleast. I would be most upset if she’s offed earlier than that. They built up all the hype about franken moutnain which I was most looking forward to and Cersei isn’t that dumb that she wouldn’t have learnt a bit about HS mechinations and merely be a pawn for his benefit. Just bloody give the audience a chance where we can all unanimously cheer for Cersei genuinely. just for once!!!

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    111. Ser Lurk of House Turnip:
      Marlana,

      Also the tent scene when he interrupts something HA pure Thrones they got to do that.

      In the tent when Jaime tells the actual lord of RR the siege/warfare/surrender life or death facts of life, that is chilling and a lesson in Medieval reality. As you say, pure Thrones.

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    112. Hi-Fi,

      If BastardBowl happens in episode 9 there isn’t really that much time left to unite the northerners and wildlings and prepare for the assault. Though Ramasy will probably have the advantage in any case. So if they sit out this episode they only have two more episodes for all this to happen.

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    113. TFT,

      Well to be fair, it is one of the worst episodes, if not the worst of the entire series. Not that it’s bad. The “worst” in GoT is still very good compared to most other TV shows. I just can’t think of a single GoT episode that isn’t better than “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”. It just strikes me as the weakest by far, mostly because the sequence in Dorne is probably the worst sequence in the show’s history. The rest of the episode was pretty good, but nothing special compared to how good most episodes are.

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    114. Wimsey,

      Can just imagine Cersei’s next guilt trip to Jaime if he decides to no longer back her plans. “You once told me that you’d kill every person in this world until its u and I who remain! Tell me is the man I loved alive or should I wear a mourning gown for him as well?”
      Personally I think it would take a lot more for Jaime to end things with her and seem unnatural since she’s the one woman he truly loved. and he doesn’t care about Lancel seemingly on the show, the only one lover she had. So let em do their thing of coming to the world together and leaving it together in the end I say! No wedges. How interesting will that really make Jaime? will he pursue Brienne ? that would be predictable. He shud die a one woman man! thats his single most unique quality even if its twisted!

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    115. Chad Brick: Really folks, are such unprompted insults necessary? There’s no need to create any more toxicity around here than needs be.

      Chill, Chad! As one of the regulars who most frequently gets called a ‘book purist’ around here, I was using that term with tongue planted firmly in cheek – as was Ser Lurk.

      Sorry to have created a misperception, and sending a big cheery wave to all who, like myself, still like the books best.

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    116. Dee,

      You remember how merciless Mothers Mercy was last year? Expect for some major characters to die in the 69 minutes finale. Gonna be rough.

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    117. Dee,

      Yup, but that’s part the beauty of the show ! There are so many different stories and characters/locations that different viewers enjoy different aspects and moments of the show.
      Some people thought “The Door” was the strongest episode of Season 6 so far, others who don’t like the Ironborn, aren’t interest in Arya, or really missed King’s Landing thought it was the weakest.

      The show has enough material to appeal to all kinds of different tastes and preferences 🙂

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    118. I’ve always felt that 2×02 “The Night Lands” is a worse outing than 5×06, myself. And there are probably a handful of other episodes which I just don’t engage with terribly much that I’d pin beneath “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” as well.

      Lowest score I’d ever give a Thrones episode is, like, a 6, though. I don’t know if this series is *capable* of a truly bad hour of television in my eyes.

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    119. These are two questions I keep asking myself every time I’ve rewatched the episodes of the season.
      1. They had blind Arya appear as if she’d finally become a great fighter, getting the upper hand on the Waif (in ep3). She even got that bad-ass turn and music as she stood there straight faced. Last week even with her sight regained she was suddenly awful again. I know they used that to get in the, “you’ll never be one of us, Lady Stark,” line, but come on! I’ve been hoping for noticeable improvement… In other words, kicking the Waif’s ass.
      2. This one is from Bran’s “visit” with the NK and the army of wights. What were they doing when he arrived? It was like they were all in suspended animation, even the Walkers. Is that what they do when they’re not attacking somewhere? Do they just essentially go to ‘sleep’ until they move on? I guess I’ve always assumed they had a sort of civilization, a city or base.

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    120. Marlana: In the tent when Jaime tells the actual lord of RR the siege/warfare/surrender life or death facts of life, that is chilling and a lesson in Medieval reality. As you say, pure Thrones.

      Having been blown away by Tobias Menzies’ acting in Outlander, I am hoping for more screentime for Edmure going forward!

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    121. Clob,

      I didn’t see her get the upper hand on the waif! The waif is obviously much better trained even defeating Arya with her fists.

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    122. Jaime Lannister will be redeemed.
      Deal with it.
      Grrm hinself admitted it in an interview. “. One of the things I wanted to explore with Jaime, and with so many of the characters, is the whole issue of redemption. When can we be redeemed? Is redemption even possible? … ”
      Some people may disagree but he is intended for a redemption arc.
      His dreams in the books are very,very important,just like Jon’s or Bran’s.

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    123. You may already know this. IMDB updates their Series Cast section in real time, so for example, Peter Dinklage is showing “56 Episodes, 2011-2016” as of today. Also showing today

      are the four actors who play the Tarlys (“1 Episode, 2016”), which we know from the trailer and Ian McShane. No Rory McCann, though, and no David Bradley.

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    124. JonFookinSnow,

      Two episodes is about enough to do gathering Northern lords and preparing fo the battle. It’s not like Jon, Sansa and co will go from House to House to beg lords to join them. One big meeting should do it, then a bit of a planning to attack them and boom battle.

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    125. Sou,

      Yes.. but the original comment was that Cersei didn’t suffer as much as Marg. The comment was that Marg only lied and Cersei committed adultery and all kings of other evils.. so that she should have suffered more in the cells.. my whole point was that Cersei just opted to get out sooner and Marg chose to sit in there not giving in to the HS’s demands.

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    126. Ice Spider,

      Here’s the link..
      Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 ANALYZED! – 6×05 – The Door

      Ugh.. it didn’t come through.. anyway its close to the top.. HS posted it.

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    127. Firannion: Having been blown away by Tobias Menzies’ acting in Outlander, I am hoping for more screentime for Edmure going forward!

      I’m loving Season 6 for all sorts of reasons, but it’s getting me royally accustomed to the notion of old familiar faces popping up just quickly enough to see them in a couple of scenes before they drop dead for good and all. I’d like to see a fair bit of Edmure, too, but I’m predicting a short run for him in 2016, haha.

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    128. Geralt of Rivia: It’s not like Jon, Sansa and co will go from House to House to beg lords to join them

      They might show Sansa being turned away by Northerners more afraid of the Wildlings than of the Boltons. After all, both show and books have spent a bit of time developing just how hated the Wildlings are by the Northerners. And, as JonFookinSnow notes, nothing is ever that easy for the main characters!

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    129. Markus Stark: can’t think of a single GoT episode that isn’t better than “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”.

      Critics consensus will back you up on that. Pretty much anywhere you look 5×06 is the lowest rated of the series, or at least probably close in places I don’t follow. Rotten Tomatoes has that episode at 58%. Nearly every episode in the series is between 90 & 100 on there with just a few high 80’s as an exception. Would it be higher had they simply removed the rape in the final scene? Probably, but maybe not by as much as one would think.

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    130. Wimsey:

      Only the hardcore fans would recognize him after all of this time.Even people who binge-watch it annually would not immediately recognize him:

      I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Joseph Mawle has a very distinctive and memorable face. In fact, I’d say that he’s the only actor cast as a Stark who truly resembles the ‘long-faced’ description of the Stark men in the books.

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    131. We haven’t yet seen (from the trailers) what appeared to be the Mad King’s assassination. My prediction is we will see it tonight in conjunction w RA’s young Ned.

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    132. Ice Spider: I think Dragonstone will have the supplies they are going to need.

      How many White Walkers are there? I dont recall there being more than a handful, maybe a dozen or two. Its the undead army that’s the problem. If you can get to the white walkers, the night king in particular, you dont need a ton of Valyrian steel or dragon glass. There aren’t that many of them.

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    133. Watching Tobias Menzies in Outlander I can’t help but feel he has been underutilized on GoT. Unless Edmure has a larger role moving forward, Menzies was a rare miscast.

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    134. JonFookinSnow,

      D&D wil make it simple and easy. There are other storylines that need to go through. We know that two Northern lords casted for this season will appear in one episode. Davos in what looks like Bears Island where this meeting should take the place. I heard something small on this.

      Wimsey,

      And again this. Only the Umbers Wimsey. Some small houses wouldn’t look too much into it and rather join Jon, Sansa and co. The Umbers are far in the North and the ones to deal with WIldlings all the time. It makes perrfect sense for thm to join the Boltons but they might still would like to backstab Ramsay after all is asaid and done. We can see them in trailers what looks like House Mormont, Hornwood among wildlings and Jon mentioned them. One big meeting shall do it.

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    135. DireWolfHeart: We haven’t yet seen (from the trailers) what appeared to be the Mad King’s assassination. My prediction is we will see it tonight in conjunction w RA’s young Ned.

      That probably was the Mountain fighting Sparrows.

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    136. weirwoodtreehugger,
      It’s a holiday weekend here in the UK as well so there should be more of us than usual on here tonight ’cos most of us get the day off tomorrow (first showing is 2am here).

      The thing I am most hyped for is The Awesome Headgear That Was Promised (Mace’s feathery helmet). I have been excited for this since we saw it in the trailers what feels like a lifetime ago. Everything else is going to be a very poor second place in terms of interest, even if aliens land or the WWs work out how to teleport and suddenly turn up everywhere south of the Wall.

      I have had a bad feeling since before the series started that Marg is going to do something, probably inadvertently, which results in Loras getting killed and I think it’ll become clearer tonight if that’s likely. If she plans to fake conversion to get out and then try and rescue him from the outside she’s going to have to be really fast about it. Unless the HS would accept ‘conversion’ from him too? (I don’t believe for one second it would be sincere from her, but possibly Loras out of desperation or Tommen as he’s a confused, easily-led kid.)

      Interesting to see who dies tonight if they are keeping up the much higher than previous series’ death rate. If it carries on like this is it’ll be easier to have a who’sstillslivepool rather than a deathpool.

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    137. JonFookinSnow:
      Clob,

      I didn’t see her get the upper hand on the waif! The waif is obviously much better trained even defeating Arya with her fists.

      It certainly felt that way to me in episode three though. Right after she replied, “Which name would like a girl to speak?” she evades a hit to her leg, blocks, blocks, blocks and then smashes the Waif in the head and then blocked the Waif’s screaming overhead swing all while blind. *Queue the drums & strings beat, the defeated, pissed off Waif departs and Arya’s turns all badass to face “Jaqen.”*
      Then in last week’s episode when she could see again the Waif beat her this way and that with the stick and her fists. That’s my point – she was worse again even with the sight advantage.

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    138. Geralt of Rivia,

      You cannot hang a gun on the wall without doing something with it! And the Northerners-Hate-Wildlings gun is well-hung.

      Moreover, there is the story to consider. At some point, Sansa is going to realize that she needs to suck up her pride and accept Baelish’s alliance. If too much of the North joins in too easily, then that won’t happen, and we’ll get just plot.

      Now, it is quite possible that Jon and the Wildlings will be elsewhere while Sansa and Davos try to create an alliance. That would certainly make things easier: for one thing, they would not be attacked on sight. However, the fear of what a Wildling invasion could do (and one that will be magnified way out of proportion to what the real danger is) should be a powerful motivating factor.

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    139. Firannion: Having been blown away by Tobias Menzies’ acting in Outlander, I am hoping for more screentime for Edmure going forward!

      I’m going to say I can’t stand the guy on either show, but that is to say that I hate his character in both times on Outlander and thought Edmure was pathetic on GoT. Probably a sign of good acting of course, but because of that I don’t need to see him again. 😛

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    140. Ser Broccoli McBroccoliface: How many White Walkers are there? I dont recall there being more than a handful, maybe a dozen or two. Its the undead army that’s the problem. If you can get to the white walkers, the night king in particular, you dont need a ton of Valyrian steel or dragon glass. There aren’t that many of them.

      True… AND the Dragons fire will take out the army of the dead since fire is their Achilles Heel.

      EDIT: Weren’t Crastors sons turned into WW? I mean that is what was shown on screen when the NK took that baby and turned it into a blue eyed WW. So in reality there could be over a hundred… anyone else in agreement with that number?

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    141. Clob: 1. They had blind Arya appear as if she’d finally become a great fighter, getting the upper hand on the Waif (in ep3). She even got that bad-ass turn and music as she stood there straight faced. Last week even with her sight regained she was suddenly awful again. I know they used that to get in the, “you’ll never be one of us, Lady Stark,” line, but come on! I’ve been hoping for noticeable improvement… In other words, kicking the Waif’s ass.

      So I read something somewhere that theorized The Waif and Jaqen are not actually two people Arya is interacting with, but an entire series of people who are wearing the same faces. It was kind of a “oh, duh” moment for me. Like “Oh yeah, the Faceless Men. Why I am assuming just because we see the same faces, we are seeing the same people?” Though I think quite a few of the scenes show interactions between Arya and the same person wearing The Waif’s face (unless Faceless Men learn to pass on character traits and animosity instead of just their faces)– maybe every training session is not with the same training partner?

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    142. Marlana,

      Since Stannis’ death, Dragonstone is apparently vacant. I think Sam will figure out this connection at The Citadel.

      Maybe Sam will be MUCH more interesting than we know now. He reminds me of Hurley, the fat guy in Lost who turned out to be super-important.

      Remember that during the Range Beyond the Wall, a passing WW looked straight at him and didn’t harm him. Looking forward to learning how Randyll reacts to him and Gilly tonight!

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    143. So who is Tommen’s heir to the iron throne? I can’t think of anyone with a good claim from his faction…

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    144. eejazz,

      If Arya hears about Melisandre raising Jon, wouldn’t you think she would have mercy (if she is Arya) or want to kill her for stealing a death (if faceless)? I would assume that she's going to leave the FM and that should take Melisandre off the list.

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    145. Ser Broccoli McBroccoliface: How many White Walkers are there? I dont recall there being more than a handful, maybe a dozen or two

      Well, in that scene with the NK and the baby (4×04), one delivered the baby to the pedestal and then we could see the NK walking toward it with 12 Walkers mounted in a row behind him. That would be 14 at least that we could assume at that time. (This was after Sam slayed one (3×08). So after Jon killed one and Meera killed one that would leave the 12 including the NK at least. That is if they just don’t care about numbers on the show. Can we assume there are several baby Walkers?

      This reminded me of my comment above in thinking the Walkers had a base or ‘city.’ That area in the baby scene had to be it, right?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XOawFDdUsA

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    146. Jinx47: So why did she remove the Red Woman from the list?

      I don’t believe the show says. Speculation, I believe, is that Arya’s need for vengeance has waned over time to only the most grievous offenders.

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    147. JonFookinSnow:
      Clob,

      I think there are many more of them. And we will see many more once they breach the wall.

      There should be, right? After thousands of years you’d think they’d end up with quite a bunch.

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    148. Clob,

      How is Outlander going??? I got bored in the second episode and stop watching. I might watch it again once GOT Season 6 is over.
      I didn’t pay much attention to Tobias in GOT, but I his acting was superb in Outlander with two totally different characters.
      Probably Edmure will appear and die short after as Osha. Sansa or Arya needs to inherit the Riverlands. I hope it’s possible.

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    149. Ginevra,

      I think she’d consider Gendry’s loss fairly grievous. She attacked Mel and the BWB for taking him and a few minutes before she’d told Gendry she could be his family. She had the Tickler on her list for less.

      I understood that they took out Payne because of the actor’s health but I was also a little confused about her taking off Mel. Especially since she said they would meet again.

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    150. Firannion: Having been blown away by Tobias Menzies’ acting in Outlander, I am hoping for more screentime for Edmure going forward!

      Starting with

      Edmure on the scaffold, the senior Frey and his whore wearing Robb’s crown being dismissed by Jaime, Sir Ilyn cutting the rope with his sword, T o Sevens ratting out the Frey convoy and the results of that, Edmure in the tent getting a bath (some equal opportunity possibilities there), the Jaime surrender or die speech, and at the end the Blackfish escaping.

      Pure Thrones and one ensemble after the other. I would truly love that sequence.

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    151. Jinx47: I thought Tywin did it on the show’s 2nd season with no problem?

      A few blacksmiths know how to “rework” or recast it, but supposedly no one knows how to forge it (leading theory being that the fire necessary to forge it is Dragon fire, combined maybe with a binding spell or two…)

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    152. Hopefully B. Cogman does a good job of new material, not his strongest suit in my opinion. Looking forward to Tarlys, and keeping my fingers crossed for Drogon. Please, please, please Drogon! Also Bran-Meera. Not been a huge fan of KL for a while, hope, but I am very interested this episode. Hopefully, we get a rest from Sansa; it’s been too much Sansa for my liking.

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    153. HS:
      Something to watch in the mean time, they are really positive videos that mostly focus on the show, they do explore book angles, and give theories and speculation, but overall they are not distracted by differences. I really like how these videos really explore how the production/directors/showrunners are setting up the scenes and imagery – they point out the little things that you might miss and really give you a better appreciation to how great this show is and how much thought is being put into each scene and camera shot.

      Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 5 ANALYZED! – 6×05 – The Door

      If you have time check out their earlier episodes too, the Daeny setup in ep3 with the fire was particularly reveling – missed all that. Great stuff.

      Thanks for posting, will have a look

      An aspect often lost on book readers is that visual mediums like movies and TV shows have to explore and approach things differently, there’s different cues and often I’ve noticed they become so agitated at ultimately issues that aren’t a massive deal they are missing things

      Also, themes often take a few episodes to play out

      Looking forward to Blood of my Blood

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    154. RG: I was also a little confused about her taking off Mel. Especially since she said they would meet again.

      I would not read too much into it. They could not spend too much time on her reciting the list. The important parts might have been bringing up Frey again (although the name is not so useful as Filch’s face), and Arya’s love/hate relationship with the Hound.

      Knight of the Walkers: That’s what my girlfriend told me last night.

      Ah, a consolation speech? That was very sweet of her….
      😀

      Clob: There should be, right? After thousands of years you’d think they’d end up with quite a bunch.

      Not if they have been dormant all of this time. Indeed, they almost have to have been: otherwise, they would have overrun the North.

      Watchers of no Trailers: So who is Tommen’s heir to the iron throne? I can’t think of anyone with a good claim from his faction…

      That never comes up in the books or on the show. In the books, we do get a bit about Matthew Crowley analogs who are heirs to the Starks and the Arryns, i.e., 2nd or 3rd cousins. However, this never comes up for the Baratheons.

      My bet is that it will not be an issue. Yes, Tommen is going to die: but Daeny will be swooping in to seize control when it happens. Of course, by that point, the White Walkers might be in Westeros and they might even have caused enough of a panic that the south will realize that something is happening, even if it is just a major Wildling invasion. So, it could be a backburner issue for Lannister, I mean, Baratheon supporters.

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    155. LyannaBanna,

      I think Sam will be vital for intel. Sam will let Gendry know how to fabricate Valyrian steel. Sam may gather obsidian or cause it to be harvested and formatted. Sam will also come up with needed history that will reveal the true enemies of life. Sam also had a vision

      that he was feasting his buddies at horn hill and they were all wearing colored clothes. (No longer NW black.) After the feast, he went to bed with Gilly.

      So you have a lot of Sam to look forward to.

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    156. El German:
      Markus Stark,

      I think I’m probably the only one who enjoy every story line in the show/books. Except Dorne, that was shit.

      I’m with you on that, both Book AND Show Dorne.

      I personally love the Ironborn…

      The Danny storyline in Dance could have used an editor standing up to George and should have been cut in half…

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    157. George: A few blacksmiths know how to “rework” or recast it, but supposedly no one knows how to forge it (leading theory being that the fire necessary to forge it is Dragon fire, combined maybe with a binding spell or two…)

      That forging is one of the secrets Sam will find out in The Citadel, I hope!

      Edit: I see Marlana thinks the same!

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    158. Clob,

      Before Craster, how’d they get new WWs? There are no women to be seen. So if its just from Craster’s boys, its 99, I think I saw once

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    159. Connor: I wonder if we will see Gilly all dressed up and out of those dirty clothes this episode?

      That will be fun because Hannah is really pretty out of those tatters she has to wear. I hope Sam’s mother and sister take to Gilly easily, and defend her against the old man. The preview showed Sam with clean, neatly combed hair, so I’m assuming they’re going to fix up Gilly, too. Can’t wait.

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    160. Mag: How is Outlander going???

      I put season 2 aside after GoT’s premiere, so just three episodes into S2. I thought season 1 started a little slow, then I really liked it, then not so much the end. I haven’t really cared for the start of season 2 either. I’d read brief summaries of the books so that’s what I expected. The story kind of moves away from what I’d like it to but I think I can binge it this summer anyway.

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    161. Rawr. Nearly there. Gone from beer to coffee. We got hodor, jon snow and targ t-shirts on. Ep 4 is winding up I’ve timed it just right. Proper tired but bank holiday 2moro n_n hope you all enjoy I look forward to reading all your stuffs after WOOH!!

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    162. Mag,

      I really disliked the books (which is weird for me, because the subject – medieval+British Isle+time travel is rather up my alley, but really didn’t like her writing) Decided I’d try the series. Nope, just didn’t work for me (only watched one episode to be fair).

      Marlana,

      Yes, thats one of my favorite parts of the book

      Ghosts Lunch,

      An aspect often lost on book readers is that visual mediums like movies and TV shows have to explore and approach things differently, there’s different cues and often I’ve noticed they become so agitated at ultimately issues that aren’t a massive deal they are missing things

      I think most of us do know that. There are a few that give us a bad name unfortunately. and I don’t even see that much of it here,any more

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    163. the Ironborn are the closest thing to barbarians in the Asoiaf…imho.
      fitting for them to have a “squid” on their mainsail, as stated in DoD…

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    164. Ser Lurk of House Turnip:
      Rawr. Nearly there. Gone from beer to coffee. We got hodor, jon snow and targ t-shirts on. Ep 4 is winding up I’ve timed it just right. Proper tired but bank holiday 2moro n_n hope you all enjoy I look forward to reading all your stuffs after WOOH!!

      Don’t forgot snacks. Holiday for me too in the US! Memorial Day.

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    165. Wimsey: calling the Weirnet sacking long before anyone else. Do you think that CH will survive it in the book? Or perhaps be “reclaimed?”

      Thx. I am very happy with my 2% plot speculation success rate for non-book/pre-book activities! 🙂

      I hope CH, who is probably managed by BR, will have a key post-BR purpose in Bran’s tale.

      Have fun with ep6, all! Let’s see how well Cogman and Bender collaborate!

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    166. ash:
      Clob,

      Before Craster, how’d they get new WWs? There are no women to be seen. So if its just from Craster’s boys, its 99, I think I saw once

      I guess we can’t say they didn’t have a way to attain babies prior to Craster. There may have been others that made sacrifices over the years.

      According to the books they’ve been around for over 8,000 years so that’s a lot of time to ‘make’ new ones. The Night’s King is also thought to have married an Other that he made his queen and made ‘sacrifices’ to the Others, so in books legend there may have been females at one time.

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    167. ÓliG:
      the Ironborn are the closest thing to barbarians in the Asoiaf…imho.
      fitting for them to have a “squid” on their mainsail, as stated in DoD…

      Over the Dothraki? They are pretty much the definition of barbarians.

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    168. dan: then you are retarded because she wasn’t found guilty for incest and murder, just adultery.

      On behalf of all who have developmentally disabled loved ones, I am asking you (nicely, the first time) to desist from using ‘retarded’ as a term of insult. Not cool.

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    169. If the slowness of today’s open chat has been any indicator then we may have to expect a drop in ratings this week. Not that it matters. I was expecting it anyway due to the holiday.

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    170. HS,

      I discovered these videos a few weeks ago (and posted a link in some thread). I enjoy them a lot. In fact on Sundays I’m waiting to see if the caught something I did not or come up with some fun theory or prediction.

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    171. Markus Stark,

      A nice scene between Tyrion and Jorah, a genius scene between Cersei and Olenna, the hall of faces is shown for the first time, and the imo, beautifully shot/directed wedding in Winterfell. There is quite much to like.

      Only Dorne is bad, partly because of the bad directing/choreography (Dorne being badly written is not just Bryan’s fault, because Dorne is bad in the whole season)

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    172. Connor,

      Hahah. Don’t they all ? After all, we spend 42 weeks a year waiting for GoT, and then for 10 weeks a year we spend 6 days and 23 hours waiting for the new episode. Our year is spent waiting for 10 hours of entertainment spread out over as many weeks.

      Given those parameters, how could the season not fly by ? Sigh. So freaking sad.

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    173. Whoo hoo! Almost time!

      On the Other’s city, it appears to be the same henge area that the CotF were at when the first one was made. Apparently, the far north didn’t used to be a tundra climate? Did the Children use too much magic in attempt to defeat the First Men, causing permanent climate change, and perhaps the long winter?

      On the Baratheon succession, I think in the books Edric Storm is potentially viable. He’s a bastard, but his mom is high born and he grew up surrounded by aristocracy, unlike Gendry. But that would be contentious among the Westrosi house, for sure. In the show there’s really no one. In either the show or the book, Tommen’s death would definitely cause some major chaos. Which is why it’s sadly inevitable.

      As to what Sam is going to see at the Citadel, I’m really keen on that obsidian candle and what it means. I hope it’s in the show.

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    174. Dee:
      Just did a rewatch of the door
      Balling again

      I know. I rewatched when it reaired last night. Yeah, depressed all over again. Thanks GoT, because I need sleep and happiness. 🙂

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    175. Markus Stark:
      Connor,

      May the Mother have mercy on us all.

      The problem is going to be next season when

      Dany lands in Dorne. They join up with her and we will be seeing more of them. When Dorne goes to war with the Lannisters. MWWAAAHHHH!

      🙂

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    176. Clob,

      Yup, big ratings drop to be expected, as usual on Memorial weekend, though given the epicness of last week, it may not be as big a drop as it was last year.
      I’d say the episode will pull in 7 million on first airing.

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    177. So far, at least one named character that’s been around for multiple seasons has died in every episode.

      Who will be the one to die this episode?

      Given the focus on KL this episode, I’m guessing it’ll be a character from KL. My guesses for the deaths this episode (from most likely to least likely) are:

      Loras Tyrell
      Mace Tyrell (yes, now!)
      Olenna Tyrell
      Grand Maester Prycelle
      Kevan Lannister
      Tome Baratheon (he’s dead king walking, but I don’t think it’ll be this episode, not yet)

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    178. I’ve been lurking for over a year, but had to comment today. My MIL is here for the night, and she doesn’t watch, which means I won’t see tonight’s episode until tomorrow. Dying a little inside right now. Happy viewing everyone!

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    179. Wonder how many minutes of Daenerys being Daenerys, that is muh dragonz, muh titles, muh lands, muh throne….

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    180. yarnmule:
      I’ve been lurking for over a year, but had to comment today. My MIL is here for the night, and she doesn’t watch, which means I won’t see tonight’s episode until tomorrow. Dying a little inside right now. Happy viewing everyone!

      OMG. How will your survive? How will you survive the spoilers? Just kidding. Family comes first.

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    181. Angela: OMG. How will your survive? How will you survive the spoilers? Just kidding. Family comes first.

      PFFFT! Not when it comes to GoT.

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    182. Hell YES!!!

      We’re going to see the Freys!!! :oD

      …and a expect a Pygmallien moment for Gilly.

      and have No Idea what’s going to happen at King’s Landing!!

      Enjoy All :o)

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    183. Yee haaaaw Mother ****ers!!! The Mad King!!! Damn, we will have fun replaying all those visions all damned week. Hooray for visions!!! Look at them !!!!

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    184. Poor Sam … A person just doesn’t feel welcome at that point … omg this is going to be rough for him.

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    185. Hmmmm…and someone gave me shit earlier when I said I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a flashback of the Mad King. BOOM. Veryyyy interesting how that was included in the flash of visions!!

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    186. Huh, evidently I underestimated how much Westerosi hate the Wildlings! I would have expected such vehemence from a northerner, but not a southerner.

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    187. Damn, I suppose we’re going to have to wait til next week for the Arya vs Waif showdown. I knew that b-word just wanted to kill Arya. Yeah, she’s worthy. Sarcasm

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    188. Clob,

      I see 2 practical problems with WW females becoming impregnated.

      1) Friction melts ice. WW male + WW female + copulation = ? (left as an exercise to the reader)
      2) Sperm ice cubes would make it difficult to fertilize the egg

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    189. Benjen – LOL, I’m waiting for the rest of you to lose your minds. By all the Gods, you guys were right, it’s Benjen!!

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    190. If I had to vote for two actors in a supporting role now I would have give in to Lady Trane and to Walder Frey. Superb acting! Maisie is doing her best season in my opinion. And Lord Tarly was a great cast and hope to see him as a lead next season….

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    191. Wow…what an episode. Every time I think I have my new favorite of the season, the next episode blows me away!

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    192. Hmmm … that end scene felt lack-luster and a bit ridicu-lassy!
      (…and I love Emilia and Dany) ..just didn’t feel that was needed.

      (I guess I must Truly let go of LS as I really thought that was how the show was going to end this episode)

      Will still watch again for the Sam & Arya scenes, Enjoyed those.

      Guess I was expecting too much after last week but sure there will be some joys to unearth on a rewatch 🙂

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    193. Icekhione,

      You have to state it every time you bubble it, that is that it’s your opinion. You are watching a show just for a few scenes. I feel so sorry for you…because it must be painful…

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    194. They’re really shoving that Stronk Womyn Sansa down our throats. It’s getting too forced. She sounds unnatural.

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    195. Icekhione: Done and dusted. As predicted, a boring episode apart from Bran/Benjen scenes

      Are you kidding? You were bored? So sorry for you. I was enthralled, from start to finish. —

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    196. Benjen! Drogon! Oh, and I’m so proud of Sam. 😀

      Don’t judge me, but I cried when Arya pulled out needle. She is Arya STARK. It is known.

      Wait, so is Benjen going to turn into a walker also? I didn’t catch what he said, I’m afraid. He did say he has dragon glass in his heart, is that right?

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    197. HereBeDragons,

      Really? I felt the music made it. And I haven’t been a fan of Dany in S5/S6 so far. I love the Targ music though.

      The spirit of Jason Momoa shone through tonight.

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    198. Was that the Hound in the next preview? They only showed his legs and there were dead bodies on the ground.

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    199. Sam,

      He was going to turn into one, but then the Children of the Forest stopped that from happening, I think thats what he was saying. He has dragon glass in his heart, so basically he is undead?

      I need Alt Shift X right about now…

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    200. WHOOOOOOOO

      The Mad King!
      Blackfish!
      Grand theft Heartsbane!
      Tick tock Walder Frey…
      UNCLE BENJEN COLDHANDS REBOOT!!

      OT Drogon is huuuuuge

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    201. Fucking Great episode!!!!
      I didn’t think I was going to love it this much, Randyll Tarly was bloody intense, amazing job to the actor.
      Loved Bravos, things are heating up.
      The score this week was great, and Welcome back Uncle Ben 🙂
      Loved that final scene with Dany riding Drogon choosing everyone to be her blood riders, FUCKING WALDER FREY!!!!
      god I missed him in a strange way XD

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    202. Nice episode

      Randyll Tarly!!!! Completely owned the entire season

      Good intro by Benjen Hands, seem to have merged the characters IMO

      Liked the way the talk of the NK then leads to her, seems Bran may be just as important in stopping her as much as the Night’s King

      Nice speech though, good time to give it on Dragonback instead of Horseback

      KL drama quite something, great to hear about how Riverrun politics has been developing, eg the rebellious RL Houses

      Interesting to see Jaimie is no longer LC of the KG, does this mean he’s been given the Lord of Casterly Rock title or is that still Cersei?

      Cersei probably won’t mind, she seems intent on the Queen role and they never played it up

      Seems to be crumbling for them

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    203. It was a good episode.

      I loved the Tarly scenes so much. They did very good casting because those actors were so good. The actor who played Randyll Tarly scared the crap out of me.

      Arya can’t be No One. She is a Stark and nothing will change that at all.

      OMG. Benjen Stark is back.

      We got to see some Freys and Edmure. I can’t wait for next week with the BF at RR.

      The HS was ready for the Tyrell army and outwitted them. I knew something was up when Tommen told Cersei about the Walk of Shame.

      The ending with Dany was awesome. Holy crap.

      This season is so good.

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    204. Great episode. Those who say it was boring, please go watch a Marvel film or something as we watch an amazing story unfold.

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    205. ps… We DID see King Aerys in those quick-fire flashbacks, didn’t we???

      …off to rewatch those :o)

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    206. HEARTSBANE!!!!!!!!
      loved the Sword Design <3
      Randyll Tarly was exactly how I pictured him to be, brilliant job 🙂

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    207. It was okay, I really liked Jaime’s scenes, but more for what they bode for the future than anything. And seeing Benjen was awesome, as were the flashbacks (Mad King!!). Also, Walder Frey was great, in a hateful way. But I definitely think this was a weaker episode of the season.

      Next week looks amazing though.

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    208. Flayed Potatoes,

      Don’t count on it. Jon’s just there to tag along, stand in the background all silent like, then swing his sword a couple times. They abandoned any character development for him.

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    209. Flayed Potatoes:
      Lots of North action in the next episode. Need more Jon doing and saying things!!!!!

      I missed him and the rest of the dire wolf pack in this episode but it’s okay. The other story lines needed to move ahead as well. So hyped for the next episode. The north remembers!

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    210. Solid episode. I just wasn’t a fan of the ending. It was clear that the Dothraki were already on Dany’s side, and we’ve been wow’ed by dragons more than twice. Didn’t seem very climactic to me, especially since the group had < 5min of total screen time, and nothing new was accomplished.

      Minor complaint aside, lots of great stuff in this episode. I'm especially excited about Arya's storyline, although annoyingly it looks like we may not be getting that until EP8 judging by the preview….

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    211. Geralt of Rivia: He hates everyone. Even himself.

      Oh, I doubt that. I think that Randyl Tarley likes himself and his 2nd son just fine.

      weirwoodtreehugger: On the Baratheon succession, I think in the books Edric Storm is potentially viable. He’s a bastard, but his mom is high born and he grew up surrounded by aristocracy, unlike Gendry.

      Some 2nd or 3rd cousin would be next in line. In this sort of society (much like western society until very recently), bastards are considered inherently inferior to legitimate children. The fact that the mother was high born made little difference: there would always be the air of suspicion over who the father really was simply because the child’s mother had been willing to have sex with a man who was not her husband.

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    212. DireWolfHeart,

      Sam,

      He did seem to confirm that. I would guess that the Children modified whatever conversion magic they had to allow him to keep his free will, or at least some self awareness and the ability to follow 3ER’s orders.

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    213. Connor,

      “As Long as I am standing the war is not over”. Now that is interesting!
      and
      “Our two ancient houses face collapse because of your stupidity”…
      Can’t wait…

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    214. Despite the published schedule, seems they decided to go ahead and take Memorial Day off this year.

      Bit of a filler episode, not much happened other than the return of Benjen. It would be shocking if they could keep the season at the level of the last four.

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    215. This episode felt like a transition from the first half of the season to the second half. Still good, just not a ton going on.

      A few thoughts:

      1) I wouldn’t be shocked if Tommen, High Sparrow, Walder Frey, and Ramsey Bolton all died by the end of the season.

      2) We had an episode with Benjen and The Mad King. Awesome!

      3) With the Tommen stuff, what I found the most interesting is that both Margery & Kevan didn’t try and talk him out of it. Makes me think they each have their own agenda….

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    216. Connor,

      It was Sandor’s feet in 0:30!! While the voiceover said ‘and the dead’. Gravedigger hype!! (and he was walking on a ground strewn with corpses).

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    217. As for next week, it’s a little tricky as they are merging Sansa’s Vale and then RL ascension arc with Jons ascension arc

      A real juggling act

      My guess is we’ll have Davos on behalf of book Rickons spirit win some over (Mormonts by the looks of it), Sansa will win some over (House Cerwyn? As she can relate to Ramsay?), Jon will win some over on top of the Wildlings etc, so expect about 3 to 4 Houses?

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    218. HereBeDragons:
      ps… We DID see King Aerys in those quick-fire flashbacks, didn’t we???

      …off to rewatch those :o)

      Yes, he was screaming “BURN THEM ALL”, and we got a veeery fast flash of him on the Iron Throne.

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    219. HereBeDragons,

      Agree on the Dany thing. I never felt she was that good of a ruler, a great conqueror, horrible ruler. I’m all for strong women (love the new Sansa) and Dany burning down patriarchy was awesome, but seriously this scene was completely unnecessary. You could cut out that scene and it does literally nothing to the episode and I would put money on it would do nothing to the season either.

      It was a speech for the sake of giving a speech and that annoys me

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    220. Pizdainpula,

      LMAO you bothered to reply to me, twice now, you obviously give a shit, hypocrite.

      Learn to deal with the fact not everyone will share your opinion. Or are you too petty to handle differing opinions? Those who found the episode boring have all the right in the world to think that. It’s all a matter of taste. Deal with it.

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