Titles for Game of Thrones episodes 606 and 607 revealed

Game of Thrones has been tight-fisted with the information this year, unsurprisingly with the show going beyond the books. HBO has even withheld episode titles until the last possible moment- but thankfully they’re trickling out finally and today we have two more titles to add to the list!

According to the official HBO schedule, the newly revealed titles are:

Season 6, Episode 6: “Blood of My Blood” 

The sixth episode (airing Sunday, May 29th) will be directed by Jack Bender, his second episode after this season’s fifth episode “The Door.” HBO is showing a runtime of 52 minutes. “Blood of my blood” is a phrase used by the Dothraki among the khal (or in our case, the khaleesi) and their bloodriders. This title certain points to a Daenerys-and-Dothraki-centered episode.

Season 6, Episode 7: “The Broken Man”

The seventh episode of the season (airing June 5th) is being directed by Mark Mylod (who will also be covering the eighth). It has a runtime of only 51 minutes, but a title that will excite many readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. There is a well-known and loved speech from the novels that centers around broken men. Can we expect to see Ian McShane as Meribald and this speech in this episode? It seems very likely!

Well, readers, what do you think?

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    1. The Broken Man. Oh wow. Wow, wow, wow.

      I so want to hear a form of that speech in the show (though it’s way, WAY too long to remain remotely intact), and of course to have that shifty gravedigger unveiled as the eponymous broken man who is trying to piece himself back together.

      I think this is the only title so far that the community at large has predicted, hasn’t it? Most of us also placed it around there.

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    2. This is one of those instances where I’m like, “No it’s cool, you can go ahead and just copy that chunk straight from the book.”

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    3. Could “Blood of my Blood” also refer to Ned telling Jon, “You may not have my name, but you have my blood.”?

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    4. Sue the Fury,

      It’s way to long though. It needs a bit of trimming.

      EDIT: I actually think Luka wrote or posted a shorter version of the speech and I thought it was great.

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    5. An episode centred around Dany? How boring will that be then? I cant stand her story arc this year. Everything else has been great this season Bar Mereen and Dany.

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    6. Regarding the title of episode 7:

      Assuming that Sansa sends Brienne on her Arya-retrieval mission in episode 5, with the show’s habit in terms of off-screen travel it seems plausible for her to be in the Riverlands by episode 7. Since Jaime is still in KL in episode 6, at least, plausibly that episode will also see him either be sent to the Riverlands or already be traveling there (offscreen or not), setting the stage for their meeting again.

      gewa76,

      The return to the TOJ is in episode 5, going by the episode description HBO released, so probably not.

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    7. Sue the Fury,

      Isn’t it too long though? I’d skip a few of the details as Meribald goes into the specifics of what a campaign entails and what breaks a man.

      Mihnea:
      I fully expect

      Really? The thought didn’t even cross my mind. I fully expect it to be Brienne and Podrick, just as in the books. Not because that was the case in the books, but because it fits in the show too. The following situation with the sect fits even better, as Brienne has already met the “broken man” in the show.

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    8. Sounds like I’ll be taking a lot of bathroom breaks during “Blood of My Blood”. Also, Daario needs to die; he is messing up my predictions lol.

      As for episode 7, I think we will see many broken characters.

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    9. I’m not one of those “change something from the book and I riot” folks but I would rather have the entire Broken Man speech in its original form. If the actor giving the speech is

      Ian McShane

      why condense his screen time? That’s THE speech you brought this man in to deliver.

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    10. Ingelheim,

      The last three episodes are 59, 60 and 69 minutes. They more than make up for it. In fact, season six is exactly as long as season five, which makes it one of the longest seasons.

      Dragonmcmx,

      Please let not that be the case… 🙁

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    11. Luka Nieto,

      Agreed. Maribald goes into it preaty long. It needs a trim.

      I don’t know. It could be Brienne sure. But I like the idea of Bronn/Jaime hearing it.
      Anyway I’m not to bothered if I’m wrong.

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    12. All episode titles have double meanings or in some way have to do with every storyline going on.

      “Broken man” … i must say i do NOT see Meribald helping the High Sparrow by

      bringing him the Hound to face Gregor in the trial by combat.

      Meribald is a good guy while the HighSparrow is leaning thowards religious extremism, lust for power and domiance.

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    13. Luka Nieto,

      It’s not too long to me. But then I have a theater background. I’m not afraid of monologues, especially ones in the hands of a great actor like McShane.

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    14. Hound of ulster:
      An episode centred around Dany? How boring will that be then? I cant stand her story arc this year. Everything else has been great this season Bar Mereen and Dany.

      I think it is because we have not seen much of her this season. I hope the episode will start moving things along at a quicker pace. She has to sail for Westeros by the end of the season. For the sake of my sanity. And it is not because she is one of my favorites, just be done with Essos already.

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    15. Mihnea:
      Ingelheim,

      The season is just as long season 3 I believe.

      EP4-5 are quite big and 8-9 also. EP is 69 minutes, the biggest episode as far as I remember.

      I don’t know the runtime of episodes 4 and 5, but these three last episodes have been the shortest ones ever, and I’m really pissed about it.

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    16. Oh, a general “please cover your spoilers” reminder. Casting isn’t a spoiler, but obviously plot details are.

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    17. Making the 8,

      It’s simply to long. It would be a 5-6 minutes speech.

      And it goes so into detail that you can easly cut from it.

      Hell it might even loose it’s impact if it goes on to long. It’s easy to read that speech but it isn’t easy to listen to it for 6 minutes and Maribald just goes in circles of how bad war is.

      He gives about 3-4 reasons why people ”broke” in the show you could easly have only 1-2.

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    18. Lyanna_Targaryen:
      Blood of my blood. Like, siblings? #TowerofJoypt2

      With that in mind, it could relate to many interesting things, including the ToJ, Jaime & Cersei, BR and Jon/Dany, the Stark kids, etc. Another great title.

      “Broken Man” will have me on edge. Another one of those great anticipated moments! I love how B&W are pushing the TWoW edge but also revisiting canon.

      —–

      How are we doing as a whole regarding the prediction of episode titles? I think a few have been correct.

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    19. So, anyhow… I think that E6 may have that meeting of Khals? Khal Vele-whatever?

      Wasn’t Glen caught on camera as

      indirectly implying that NEXT YEAR, they will start filming later

      ?

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    20. Andrew,

      Exactly. In Season 2 Jorah said something like “I will remember that day until my very last breath.”

      “Blood of my blood” as his dying words would be a nice callback to that Season 1 moment, and a good ending to his story.

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    21. Luka Nieto:

      I think this is the only title so far that the community at large has predicted, hasn’t it? Most of us also placed it around there.

      If by “community at large” you mean over a dozen or so separate folks predicting, then probably, but three had guessed Oathbreaker and one had guessed Home. And really, no one guessed “The Broken Man” or even “Broken Man” in the comments, but there were 14 instances of “Broken Men.”

      I guessed “Blood of My Blood”! And four others did, as well.

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    22. Sean C.:
      Regarding the title of episode 7:

      gewa76,

      The return to the TOJ is in episode 5, going by the episode description HBO released, so probably not.

      Fergus Leatham’s (the young Rodrik Cassel) CV shows he is in episode 5. So Bran’s vision might be back in Winterfell

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    23. Sue the Fury,

      I mean, I won’t complain, not by a long shot! I hope to have the privilege to hear the Broken Man speech delivered by an actor as great as McShane. I simply expect some of the speech to be trimmed, because it is quite long.

      Ginevra,

      I remembered that wrong. Oh well. Still, there were quite a few “Broken men”, which is close enough 😉

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    24. Nice. I like the Broken Man speech, despite not being a fan of Brienne’s storyline or Feast for Crows in general. I’d like them to keep it lengthy, though a fair few words may have to be changed here and there, the dialogue style of the show is a lot more modern at this point.

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    25. I’m just happy to see some episodes with titles that are clear book references, after more prosaic titles like The Door and Home.

      Also people should stop worrying about Jorah. He has plot armor until his greyscale comes to mean something. Blood of my blood is probably just the oath the khals will use when swearing themselves to Dany.

      Also, Broken Man, get hype.

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    26. Lyanna_Targaryen:
      Blood of my blood. Like, siblings? #TowerofJoypt2

      “Blood of my blood” is what the bloodriders call their khal. They are considered blood-related even though they aren’t, and they would die for their khal. This phrase was said all of the time to Khaleesi when she wandered with her khal after Drogo died.

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    27. I have no idea what Broken Man could mean? I am guessing it has to do with JON? Though I think by then he shouldn’t be broken anymore LOL. Maybe Jamie…. I feel like he may have to make a tough decision at some point.

      In regards to Blood of my Blood – I think it has to do with Dany (duh) and Jorah possibly dying.

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    28. Luka Nieto,

      Same. Just cut the different ways Maribald calls ”broken man” and a bit from the war part, it’s to much fluff there and go directly to the point, how men ”brake”.

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    29. Ginevra: “Blood of my blood” is what the bloodriders call their khal.

      That’s the obvious connotation for the title. But, like Lyanna, I would rather see it extend into other aspects of the story.

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    30. Luka Nieto:
      Really? The thought didn’t even cross my mind. I fully expect it to be Brienne and Podrick, just as in the books. Not because that was the case in the books, but because it fits in the show too. The following situation with the sect fits even better, as Brienne has already met the “broken man” in the show.

      I expect it will be them too, though I’m not sure of the effect of Brienne having previously met the Hound. It seems like, from her description of events in 602, Brienne had softened her view of the Hound a bit, but if they meet again what comes of that? I guess that in turn depends on what the Hound’s role is, if any, going forward.

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    31. Dee,

      Broken men, is a speech from the books.

      Be careful here as some may forget to use spoiler tags.

      But to be honest it could easly refer to other things as well. Theon, Rickon, Jaime, High Sparrow….etc.

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    32. ‘Blood of my Blood’ could tie in to lots of different storylines: obviously Dany, Jorah (he actually calls her this in S1/S2 I think? It seems a fair bet he will die this episode), Jon and the remaining Starks, KL and possibly even family Tarly…

      ‘The Broken Man’ has got me very excited though. Septon Meribald’s speech for sure, and it seems really likely that we’ll find out for sure what happened to the Hound this episode too. Brienne and Pod will feature, as they are the ones who are on the receiving end of the speech.

      Book spoiler alert: if the acronym LSH means nothing to you, read no further!

      All of this is making me wonder what the writers will be doing with the Stoneheart/Red Wedding revenge plot threads. I know some people still hold out hope for the lady herself, in spite of everything – I mean if Kit can outright lie about Jon’s fate, all bets are off, right? – but I can’t see them introducing her and a resurrected Hound (not to mention Jon) in such quick succession. I’d love to be wrong, but I can’t see how they will make it work with that character.

      That said, however… it’s really interesting that all the pieces are falling into place for the book plotline to happen: Brienne, Pod and (likely) Jaime all in the Riverlands, Thoros and the BwB returning, Walder Frey and the Tully’s returning. Just with no LSH. I think it’s pretty clear that Sansa isn’t going to fulfill the ‘Lady Lemonheart’ theory: if she goes to Castle Black to meet up with Jon, and finds out that Ramsay has Rickon, she’s not going south. Arya could come back to Westeros and go to cross a few names off her list, but I don’t feel that the show would have spent all this time showing her becoming ‘no-one’ only for her to reprise the role of Arya Stark.

      I assume that Brienne is sent to the Riverlands by Sansa who wants her to find her sister, and that’s how she will meet up with the Brotherhood. But I still think someone will need to orchestrate a big revenge plot against the Freys… Blackfish? Or does Sansa tell Brienne to go kill Walder Frey? Really interested to see how this will all play out…

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    33. Season 3, Episode 4 was called “And Now His Watch is Ended” and it was only a small portion of the episode. I don’t think that “Blood of My Blood” will be particulary focused on Dany.

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    34. Luka Nieto:
      Ginevra,

      I remembered that wrong. Oh well. Still, there were quite a few “Broken men”, which is close enough ?

      Definitely close enough. I just wanted to clarify. And it is certainly the most popular one so far, by far.

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    35. Lyanna_Targaryen:
      Blood of my blood. Like, siblings? #TowerofJoypt2

      I was thinking ToJ, Part 2 as well… The title does imply a Dothraki-centric episode, but it could well mean other family-oriented/related scenes. 🙂

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    36. Dee,

      The description of EP5 says ”Bran will find a secret” I think it will be here will see the rest and find about Jon’s parents.

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    37. Iain Glen already confirmed (accidentally…), that he will film season 7, so he won’t die this season… I rather think he will get back with Dany to join her new Khalasar or whatever may happen with her… So, don’t worry about the bear. It also wouldn’t make sense to kill him off with the greyscale…
      But I really like the idea of naming the episode “Blood of my blood”. Also good to know: In Scotland this sentence is said during marriage ceremony, so maybe another wedding is taking place?

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    38. Both titles with multiple possible applications, as is the show’s wont.

      I’m bouncing in my seat in anticipation of Meribald’s epic soliloquy, and I’m with Sue in thinking that the more of it we get, the better – especially considering that, in my view, the show has given rather short shrift so far to the horrific impact on the smallfolk of the strife caused by the ambitions of the rich and powerful. This is GoT’s big chance to drive home the antiwar philosophy that, in the books, is such an important underlying theme.

      But I’m sure that we all have our favorite arguably-broken men in the story who could be spotlighted in that episode. Jon certainly is looking the worse for wear so far this season, and could find some moment of re-inspiration. I’d especially love to see Theon accomplish something awesome that helps him begin to forgive himself, recapture a bit of his pride (without becoming the arrogant twit that he was as a resentful youth). Though the conventional wisdom seems to be that the character’s living on borrowed time and would welcome death anyway, Alfie Allen’s acting is so splendid that I for one would be really pleased to see Theon find his honorable place in the world, just to keep him around longer.

      And ‘Blood of My Blood’ may be a Dothraki expression, but I hope that we don’t linger too long in Dany’s plotline in that episode. The title could also reflect some other long-awaited family reunions. Plus, it might be the right time for Jon to be informed that he has another, more unexpected, living relative. Tommen might also finally figure out who his real father is.

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    39. Why is everyone saying ToJ part 2?

      Do we have concrete evidence that there will even be a return to the ToJ this year? I’ve only seen set pics of the fight outside. Did Young Ned/Neil Patrick Harris say he’ll be back later this season? I must have missed something…

      Yes, I know BR said we’ll visit again another day but Ned also said he’d tell Jon about his parentage when he returned and we all know how that turned out.

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    40. Funny how some people feel like they HAVE to point out that they dislike certain stories and arcs. I don’t like most of happens in the North, mainly nothern lords and I’m not spitting this over almost every post like some do towards Dany’s storyline. Not every character can have a fast pace in this show.

      Those are two of the best titles of the season. Unfortunatelly, “Blood of my blood” doesn’t sound promosing for Jorah. As some people have said, it’s one of his most iconic lines and considering

      in those leaked pics and video it was only Daario with Dany leading hew Khalasar I’m afraid he’ll be killed off…

      As for the second title, just waiting for The Hound to come back 😀 one of my favorite characters. Honestly I’d like more to see a Hound/Arya reunion than a stark kids one.

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    41. Dee:
      I have no idea what Broken Man could mean? I am guessing it has to do with JON? Though I think by then he shouldn’t be broken anymore LOL. Maybe Jamie…. I feel like he may have to make a tough decision at some point.

      In regards to Blood of my Blood – I think it has to do with Dany(duh) and Jorah possibly dying.

      A lot of people seem to think Jorah will say these words. I cannot see it happening. Jorah isn’t a bloodrider, is he? Why would he say the words of the bloodriders? I suppose if he became a bloodrider…. Only Jhogo, Aggo, and Rakharo are Dany’s bloodriders, and they seem to have magically disappeared. I think this episode will be Dany getting a brand new khalasar with brand new bloodriders. Or maybe Jhogo, Aggo, and Rakharo will show back up.

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    42. Mihnea:
      I can’t wait to find the tittles for EP9 and 10.

      No love for episode 8? 😛

      That said… yeah, I’m quite curious about what the climactic episodes of the season will be titled. We probably won’t get them for a while.

      Ginevra: I cannot see it happening. Jorah isn’t a bloodrider, is he? Why would he say the words of the bloodriders?

      I mean… Jorah did use the phrase rather famously at the end of season one.

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    43. Nick_Scryer,

      The actor who plays Dayne said will see more of Robert Aramayo, who plays Young Ned.

      The interior, if we get them should have been filmed in Ireland anyway. Al interior scenes are filmed there. Meereen, KL…etc.

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    44. Sue the Fury,

      Since I am in the category ”Haven’t read the books yet even though I have them all” don’t know if my voice counts, but I read that speech and Wow, it’s amazing ,no doubt Ian McShane will be perfect. And, If we get to hear North Remembers speech… Anyway, I think Cleganebowl will be in season 7

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    45. “Blood of my blood”. Asuming that this expression is from dothraki, it should be Dany who said it. Who could be? Dany and her dragon. Drogon could be her bloodrider. But… well,

      it could refers to other character, other potential targaryen blood?

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    46. Sean C.:
      Regarding the title of episode 7:

      gewa76,

      The return to the TOJ is in episode 5, going by the episode description HBO released, so probably not.

      “Bran learns a great deal” I don’t think that’s necessarily related to the ToJ? We’ve seen him with WW in the trailers… maybe he’s learning about them in EP5?

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    47. Does anyone else use IMDB? They are usually reliable, right? I ask because Essie Davis’ character name

      keeps changing. First it was saying things like Lady Stark. Now, in ep 4, it says Lady Stork? Is someone trolling IMDB? How vetted are the character names?

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    48. blckp:
      Dee,

      i love dany’s story but if jorah dies then episode 6 will be one of worst episode ever

      I agree. He is one of my favorite. I hope he will make it to Westeros with Dany.

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    49. Tycho Nestoris:
      Does anyone else use IMDB? They are usually reliable, right? I ask because Essie Davis’ character name

      No… IMDB is HORRIBLY unreliable when it comes to future episodes.

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    50. Hodors Bastard: That’s the obvious connotation for the title. But, like Lyanna, I would rather see it extend into other aspects of the story.

      Ah. Well, I’m sure it could extend to siblings. We do have siblings in practically every episode, so it would be easy to extrapolate. I wonder if we sometimes give these titles more thematic credit than they deserve.

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    51. Tycho Nestoris,

      IMDb is NOT reliable. Not at all. It’s fan-updated. Essie Davis is playing the Leading Actress in the theater troupe, the one who dresses up as Cersei. In the books, this theater troupe character is named Lady Stork. Someone added that to IMDb and somehow that got misread as Lady Stark at one point. She has nothing to do with Lady Stark. But we don’t know her character name at all, she may not be Lady Stork in the show. IMDb is a pain in the ass, most of the time.

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    52. I’m hoping Dany gets a khalasar by next episode so idk why Blood of My Blood should be episode 6 if it indeed reffers to her and new bloodriders. Unless they finish the next episode with a big scene, she doesn’t show up in EP05 and by EP06 they show her leaving Vaes Dothrak with a new khalasar and new bloodriders – Qoy Qoyi.

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    53. Perhaps Blood of my Blood will highlight the other theory

      that tyrion is also a targaryan? Maybe we get TOJ pt2 in EP5 but they don’t go into the details until 6 and have a small focus on Dany and bloodriders, which means our three headed dragon could all be revealed in EP6?

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    54. ThroneDorne,

      Okay, that makes sense. Post-episode seems spot on. That’s why I asked (and because it’s the second time I saw her character name change).

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    55. Excellent! I wasn’t expecting Episode 6 to be a big Dany episode, but I’m looking forward to seeing this part of her story. And of course, while her relationship to the Dothraki will be the most literal application of the title, “Blood of My Blood” is certain to have other connotations as well.

      We know Episode 6 will feature Jaime and the Tyrells marching on the Sept to free Margaery. Based on its placement in the season, the episode will probably also feature Jon and Sansa rallying Stark loyalist houses, and Arya seeing the play about her family.

      And Episode 7 … “The Broken Man”! We’ve got a date for our Ian McShane appearance, then – June 5th. Looking forward to it.

      I just went back and read the Broken Man speech again. Focusing just on Meribald’s unbroken monologue, without the conversation leading into it or leading out, it’s about 650 words. That’s far too long for the show to transcribe in its entirety, especially because McShane isn’t just going to race through the speech – there are certain to be dramatic pauses and haunted stares into the distance. Fortunately, there are definitely elements of the speech – certain rhetorical flourishes, adjectives, and descriptive sentences – that can be stripped out without compromising the powerful central message. I have every confidence that McShane will crush it. He’ll probably lock up a Guest Actor nomination at the Emmys with this episode.

      Also, the presumptive return of Sandor Clegane!

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    56. Geralt:
      Season 3, Episode 4 was called “And Now His Watch is Ended” and it was only a small portion of the episode. I don’t think that “Blood of My Blood” will be particulary focused on Dany.

      Yes. I remember how “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” was 5 minutes of Dorne. Targaryens didn’t overwhelm “Fire and Blood.” And the Greyjoys and ironborn didn’t overrun “What is Dead May Never Die.”

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    57. Hoping for

      Septon Meribald obviously with his Gravedigger speech

      But also Wyman Manderly speech re RW to Davos one can hope as he decides to side with the Starks

      Also think this relates to Jaimie, eg he’s broken with his hand, wonder if we’ll get both a Kingslaying flashback along with him confronting Blackfish, in this case Edmure Tully would also be a broken man after being in Walder Freys dungeon

      Of course Theon is a broken man too, no idea what could happen regarding him, think he eventually is used to oppose Euron but it would be too quick, Euron is only just being introduced as is an end-game character, perhaps to replace Ramsay who in turn replaced Joffrey as the initial primary antagonist

      I really really really really hope it isn’t Rickon who gets broken by Ramsay….Normally I’d say already seen that with Theon and it is pointless going over ground but given what happened with Sansa…

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    58. Clob:
      According to spoilertv episode 3 pulled 7.28 – a hair down from E2’s 7.29 but essentially the same.

      Which is great. Episode 2 and 3 has a higher rating then any episode of Season 5 minus the premiere/finale.

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    59. Luka Nieto: I mean… Jorah did use the phrase rather famously at the end of season one.

      Ah. Well, that is strange. Maybe he’s pledging to give his life for hers even though he’s not an official bloodrider. I forgot that, obviously. Thank you. I can now see why everyone associates the line with him. Did he say that in the books, too?

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    60. Jack Bauer 24,

      It is, was 3×08 focused on the Second Sons ?

      Dany’s big episode is this week, I expect it to be one of the most expensive scene of the whole series. They took two weeks to film it like Daznak’s Pit.

      But shh don’t tell anyone !

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    61. Ginevra: “Blood of my blood” is what the bloodriders call their khal.They are considered blood-related even though they aren’t, and they would die for their khal.This phrase was said all of the time to Khaleesi when she wandered with her khal after Drogo died.

      Most all book readers know this but thanks for the information. However as with almost all episodes the title can sometimes be misleading and many times have more than one meaning. So this could refer to both the Dothraki AND possibly Jon (fill in the blank) and family. Or something totally different.

      Sue It wouldn’t hurt my feelings one bit to hear that wonderful actor give the full speech. But I do think they will trim it a bit around the edges.

      For my vote, Blood of my Blood refers to Jon. That is what came to mind first and then Daeny. The Broken Man, first thing that came to mind was The Hound, so right on point with others and the Septon speech. THAT SAID: Theon is a very broken man. We don’t know where his story is going away from the books now.

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    62. Is it possible for Bran to have two flashbacks in episode 5? I wonder if he will appear in episode 4.

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    63. Sue the Fury,

      Do we have any guesses as to when the troupe will appear? I saw an article released in The Guardian yesterday about Essie, mentioning her upcoming GoT appearance, and I wondered if the timing could point to her appearance in Sunday’s episode.

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    64. Great titles. I’m in a way surprised the first one wasn’t used somehow already. Love the second one. Wow.

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    65. Tycho Nestoris,

      OMG I’m so glad someone else noticed this! Those pictures came out of her as a troupe member but for the longest time they had her character name blank (after the two you just mentioned). The only character that was left blank was Ian McShane (and we know they were trying to keep his character secret).

      I dont know if its that reliable though, one day I saw that ep. 2 was titled “Homeward Bound” not “Home” and then it was changed. So someone updates it.

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    66. Mihnea:
      Dee,

      The description of EP5 says ”Bran will find a secret” I think it will be here will see the rest and find about Jon’s parents.

      Apparently both young Hodor and young Rodrik Cassel are scheduled to appear in this episode. So it looks like we will get a Winterfell flashback here. Will they do 2 flashbacks in one episode? I was wondering if Bran learning a great deal refers to

      Hodor’s origin story

      and HBO is trolling us with that description?Looking at the other descriptions, there is no mention of Jon and Sansa in Ep 4 and 5, when they are so likely to meet, Dany is not included in the description for ep 4

      even though this is her big moment

      yet they are seemingly giving away the big secret of Ep 5 in the summary itself. So I was wondering maybe ToJ will not happen in Ep 5. Or maybe I am just over thinking this 🙂 .

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    67. Blood of my Blood maybe Dany, Jaime-Tommen or Jaime-Cersei break up, Margaery betray Loras

      Jaime gets Margaery from the sept on this episode

      , Asha-Theon, Sansa-Jon, Jon-Ned (you have my blood)? Arya remembers her family because of the play.
      Broken Man- The Speech, Jaime, Jon, Theon ?

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    68. Hound of ulster,

      I cant stand her story arc this year.

      She has had 2 scenes so far and neither of them were bad. I enjoyed both of them. I don’t know why people are always bitching about Dany.

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    69. Dee,

      He would be Targ bastard (half Targ and half Stark by blood) if RLJ is true. Important is his blood and not if he is legitinate or not. It doesn’t matter now and in fact he can be legitimized later under certain circumstances.

      This why I think show will not even bother with legitimacy of his, just simply that if he has their blood. That is enough.

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    70. Yaga,

      Yes, he basically told

      he was waiting for the scripts and knowing they would be filming later in the year due to the cold, so apparently Jorah is not going to die.

      Maybe he will be officially forgiven? Of course, we could all be victim of a huge prank by the handsome Scot and therefore be wrong. I hope not, of course.

      As for Bran, I would have said that the final part of ToJ would come in ep.#5 due to the synopsis (Bran learns a great deal). Also, “The door”might be the door Ned opens to reach Lyanna.

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    71. ghost of winterfell,

      No I think you got it. Meaning ToJ part 2 will probably appear in episode 6 (which is a Bender episode) and tie into the “Blood of my Blood” title.

      Unless, like you said, Bran has two flashbacks in one episode.

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    72. Ginevra
      Jhogo, Aggo, and Rakharo are Dany’s bloodriders, and they seem to have magically disappeared.I think this episode will be Dany getting a brand new khalasar with brand new bloodriders.Or maybe Jhogo, Aggo, and Rakharo will show back up.

      only if a red priest/priestess shows up. rakharo is dead. in the beginning of season 2, when dany and company were wandering through the red waste she sent her bloodriders off to find a city. the only part of rakharo that came back was his head, in a saddlebag.

      i’m thinking a re-introduction of the dragons for ‘blood of my blood’. that is what jorah said when he saw the dragons for the first time and he saw dany had survived the fire. maybe that is what the other khals will say when they see them.
      also

      wasn’t there a picture leaked (?) of a great fire in VD? perhaps dany burns it to the ground and walks out of the flames just as the dragons are coming home to mama.

      kind of a shout out to season 1 introduction of the dragons.
      just a thought.

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    73. JamesL,

      Yeah it makes no sense. Apparently it’s because “it’s moving too slow”. Well the only way to speed things up is to give her more scenes and screen time.

      The more Dany we get the closer she is to going to Westeros. It’s really that simple; she’s not just randomly going to arrive there. It’s a journey, and one that I am enjoying.

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    74. Mihnea:
      Making the 8,

      It’s simply to long. It would be a 5-6 minutes speech.

      And it goes so into detail that you can easly cut from it.

      Hell it might even loose it’s impact if it goes on to long. It’s easy to read that speech but it isn’t easy to listen to it for 6 minutes and Maribald just goes in circles of how bad war is.

      He gives about 3-4 reasons why people ”broke” in the show you could easly have only 1-2.

      I’m not a book reader, but, I just checked out a a video where it is read in it’s entirety. Yes please, I think it’s fantastic and will be a thing of beauty, especially if it is Ian McShaine who bestows it upon us.

      If they could waste 5 minutes in episode 3 with the bullshit dialogue between Tyrion, Greyworm and Missandei, surly they can put the whole speech in.

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    75. Jaynee D.: only if a red priest/priestess shows up. rakharo is dead. in the beginning of season 2, when dany and company were wandering through the red waste she sent her bloodriders off to find a city. the only part of rakharo that came back was his head, in a saddlebag.

      i’m thinking a re-introduction of the dragons for ‘blood of my blood’. that is what jorah said when he saw the dragons for the first time and he saw dany had survived the fire. maybe that is what the other khals will say when they see them.
      also

      kind of a shout out to season 1 introduction of the dragons.
      just a thought.

      I thought that was in episode 4 this Sunday?

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    76. Geralt of Rivia:
      Dee,
      This why I think show will not even bother with legitimacy of his, just simply that if he has their blood. That is enough.

      I’m a believer that we’ll see his legitimacy, so he can be the prince that was promised, as Mel said just last episode! And so he can rule after, with all of the setup that George has given us about how Jon would rule.

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    77. Maybe “The Broken Man” also refers to the champion of the Faith, slaughtered by the Mountain in Cersei trial by combat.

      Cleganebowl may never happen. In the trailer we can see a member of the Faith being smacked by the Mountain, so Cersei may indeed win her trial against all odds

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    78. Jaynee D.: only if a red priest/priestess shows up. rakharo is dead. in the beginning of season 2, when dany and company were wandering through the red waste she sent her bloodriders off to find a city. the only part of rakharo that came back was his head, in a saddlebag.

      Thank you. Do we know anything about the other two?

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    79. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sjZHxEZnmE

      The entire speech is about 5 minutes long (though still great and impressive when spoken), so I’m guessing we’ll get a 3.5-4 minute version. I mean, this is Ian McShane they’re bringing in to do it!!

      Flayed Potatoes,

      No Bran. Episode 4 will be:

      1. Wall (with Sansa)
      2. Iron Islands (with Theon)
      3. Baelish @ Vale (likely 1 reasonably short scene)
      4. King’s Landing
      5. Meereen
      6. Vaes Dothrak.

      Essentially we have 5 storylines in 55 minutes (counting 4 minutes for the Vale scene). So for the first time this season we can actually spend a significant amount of time at each location.

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    80. It’s quite curious that one of the Big Three (Jon, Tyrion, Daenerys) has had only two short scenes in 3 episodes so far.

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    81. Ginevra,

      Thank you. Do we know anything about the other two?

      i remember them being with her in qarth. and i think i have seen them standing around in the pyramid once in a while in mereen. but very much background people. and i am not even sure they are the same characters or just random dothraki people still with her.

      Jack Bauer 24
      I thought that was in episode 4 this Sunday?

      i have seen many of your post and you obviously know much more about the episode pictures and directors and such than i do. (not being snarky here, i honestly mean that.) so you may be right.

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    82. Jay Targ:
      JamesL,

      Yeah it makes no sense.Apparently it’s because “it’s moving too slow”.Well the only way to speed things up is to give her more scenes and screen time.

      The more Dany we get the closer she is to going to Westeros.It’s really that simple; she’s not just randomly going to arrive there.It’s a journey, and one that I am enjoying.

      Come on…. Danny hasn’t been interesting since season 1 and we had a lot of Dany. It’s not slow, it’s just not interesting because it doesn’e effect anyone but herself. Already even people with no spoilers bet that the dragons will save her. Even Tyrion isn’t interesting on Meereen.
      When they both come back on Westeros it will be different

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    83. I would like the speech to remain with Brienne as well. I do wonder if she is getting her frequent flyer miles though? She’s gone from KL to the Eyrie, (through?) the Twins, AROUND Moat Cailin to WF and then to CB. Now she’s heading all the way back to the RL (via WF, MC, TT and Maidenpool?). She also managed to best the Hound, try Hot Pie bread, kill Stannis and save Sansa. Hell yeah, sign me up for more Brienne! Maybe she can spring Rickon and kill Ramsay on her way through WF and update us on Gendry when she gets south (a boy can dream can’t he?). How about some “you” time Brie?

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    84. Icekhione,

      yeah, her story needs to speed up,

      unite all khalsaar into single khalsaar, battle of mereen ,ironborn fleet storyline, sack of volantis, end of slavery, sail to westeros

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    85. can anyone give me the answer of this question pls? Who is the 2nd kingsguard at the TOJ? I thought that was Oswell Whent since he looks younger than Arthur Dayne, plus he sharpened his sword with a stone before the fight, like Oswell did in the book . But Got wiki says hes Gerold Hightower????

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    86. Yaga:
      Jack Bauer 24,
      Spoilers, man. Not everyone knows that yet.

      My repsonse was to what is under her spoiler tags, so if you don’t read what’s under her spoiler tags you wouldn’t know what I’m referring to. And if you do read her spoiler tags then my response wouldn’t be a spoiler 😀

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    87. ghost of winterfell,

      Was there a casting call for Rhaegar? Does anyone remember? I can only remember descriptions that

      fit Lyanna, Ned and Hodor. It would be amazing to see L+R getting secretly married.

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    88. Tiara:
      can anyone give me the answer of this question pls? Who is the 2nd kingsguard at the TOJ? I thought that was Oswell Whent since he looks younger than Arthur Dayne, plus he sharpened his sword with a stone before the fight, like Oswell did in the book . But Got wiki says hes Gerold Hightower????

      Eddie Eyre confirmed on twitter he was Hightower.

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    89. blckp:
      Icekhione,

      yeah, her story needs to speed up,

      unite all khalsaar into single khalsaar, battle of mereen ,ironborn fleet storyline, sack of volantis, end of slavery,sail to westeros

      They could do that all in this season but unfortunatelly I’m thinking she’ll only get the ironborn fleet by the beginning of the next season, probably only heading to Westeros by the middle of S7 or end of it. Hope I am wrong.

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    90. Jack Bauer 24: I thought that was in episode 4 this Sunday?

      I was thinking so as well. It’s hard to tell how they’ll pace things. It may depend on how fast they want to move her story along – how much they have planned for her.
      In the E4 preview Daenerys is shown standing between those fire pedestals looking rather confident… and she’s in front of a room full of khals (or all Dothraki men). It is probably her “trial” for them to decide what is to be done with her and she’s approaching it with that confidence. Either something happens with Drogon at this point… or… I suppose it’s possible that it is a post-action scene and she is in charge of that room…

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    91. Totally unrelated! But a thing I just thought about the E5 description: ‘Tyrion meets a strange ally’. I’m thinking about the word ‘strange’. Now that, after E1 we know that glamours are in, and given the leak report that

      Sybil Kekilli was seen in Girona

      , don’t you think that the theories from around that leak report about how we will be introduced to a certain new character may be correct? That would definitely qualify as ‘strange’. And actually tie into Tyrion’s book story.

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    92. can anyone give me the answer of this question pls? who is the 2nd kingsguard at the TOJ? i thought thats Oswell Whent, since he looks younger than Dayne, plus he sharpened his sword with a stone before the fight, like Oswell did in the book. but Got wiki says hes Gerold Hightower????

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    93. Personally Dany’s two short scenes have got me really intrigued. To early to say “slow…” LOL

      There has to be some build up (with the Khal) and background (with the Dosh Khaleen) and there was a lot of focus on others for the first couple episodes that needed to be done.

      I rather a slow start to Dany then a dragged out Jon Snow story

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    94. I’m very excited for The Broken Man and the highly likely return of a certain someone.

      For Blood of My Blood, obviously its going to have Dany, along with other characters with blood relations. But I’m kinda expecting ToJ 2 to be this ep now. It fits Ned telling Jon ‘you have my blood’ too well. Besides, I heard the guy that played Young Rodrik say he was back for ep 5 (if I’m not mistaken) so I wouldn’t be surprised if the Door is about Winterfell and Hodor and 6 is the ToJ reveal. The synopsis for 5 doesn’t specifically point to ToJ, it just says Bran learns a great deal (unless you want to interpret the ‘great deal’ part as a thing which could make it the promise).

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    95. The Broken Man
      Ian McShane is introduced, gives the “broken man” speech over a montage of a hooded figure doing all the awful things a broken man must do to survive. The camera follows this broken man on a journey to that ends at the Quiet Isle, where he removes that hood during a pause in digging a grave to reveal a scarred and burnt face…..

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    96. Sue the Fury,

      I think Eyre was playing Whent, actually. If he was Hightower, then he would’ve taken more of a leadership position in the ToJ scene. Plus Hightower is much older than that.

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    97. Maggie: Come on…. Danny hasn’t been interesting since season 1 and we had a lot of Dany. It’s not slow, it’s just not interesting because it doesn’e effect anyone but herself. Already even people with no spoilers bet that the dragons will save her. Even Tyrion isn’t interesting on Meereen.

      Well this is your opinion, which is perfectly valid. Others feel the same way you do. Myself and others (maybe?) have enjoyed Daenerys’ story in the seasons after S1. Like you I don’t care about Meereen or Vaes Dothrak; those locations probably won’t matter to the endgame. But I am invested in Dany’s story and Tyrion’s story, so for now I have to deal with those locations

      Maggie:
      When they both come back on Westeros it will be different

      And the only way for them to go to Westeros is by giving Meereen and Vaes Dothrak more screen time. Might as well get it over with now than to let those locations continue dragging.

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    98. Newbietothegame,

      Yeah it’s just not the same across the Narrow Sea is it? I hate the composition that goes with it. Get Tyrion back to westeros asap never worry about Grey worm and missandei ??

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    99. Ginevra,

      Unless they left some undeniable proof but would anyone risk that opportunity, that someone could find it, and will lead them to Jon? If Lyanna truly wanted Jon’s safety first and foremost. Ned and Howland would get rid of everything that could connect Lyanna, Jon, Rhaegar, Tower of Joy. They even tore the whole place down in the books, didn’t they? Prince that was promised is still questionable as Mel was wrong many times.

      I don’t see how his legitimacy is in any way relevant to upcoming war and events. Time after the war is questionable because anyone can die, Jon is no exception. In fact, I see his purpose now as to defat the evil but it will cost them a lot. He’s not unkillable now,

      Okay, let’s he finds out he’s legitimate. People would laugh in his face if he dare to use as to unite realm against walker and call piece of paper fake. They would laught at him even for saying white walkers exists. Ned had piece of paper too and how that turned out for him.

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    100. Flashback-addicted, not-so-snob bookreader:
      Yaga,

      As for Bran, I would have said that the final part of ToJ would come in ep.#5 due to the synopsis (Bran learns a great deal). Also, “The door”might be the door Ned opens to reach Lyanna.

      Agreed…Also, I doubt they will leave the TOJ reveal for 3 weeks. That will mean the story line has stalled.

      We will get the Jon & Sansa reunion on Sunday (episode 4) – HBO gave us a photo of The Red Woman leaving Castle Black in episode 5 – which means, Jon, Sansa, Davos et al will also be leaving. Sansa will send Brienne to go and find Arya in episode 5 – she would not do this if she didn’t feel relatively safe (with Jon)

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    101. My guess for Blood of My Blood is Drogon will show up and everyone will be amazed, and just as Jorah did in S1, they will all drop to their knees before Dany, and declare her Blood of My Blood. Now she has an(other) army.

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    102. Clob: I was thinking so as well.It’s hard to tell how they’ll pace things.It may depend on how fast they want to move her story along – how much they have planned for her.
      In the E4 preview Daenerys is shown standing between those fire pedestals looking rather confident… and she’s in front of a room full of khals (or all Dothraki men).It is probably her “trial” for them to decide what is to be done with her and she’s approaching it with that confidence.Either something happens with Drogon at this point… or… I suppose it’s possible that it is a post-action scene and she is in charge of that room…

      I think the shot in the trailer of Drogon flying over Vaes Dothrak will be this episode. I wonder what episode the shot from the trailer with the Dothraki herd charging on horseback will be in?

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    103. The clip in the trailer with the SotH attacking should be coming up soon shouldn’t it? Maybe Rhaegal and Viserion will get some action then. They haven’t done anything for the past 3 years.

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    104. I’m seeing that Eddie Eyre and HBO are saying he was playing Hightower… *fart noise*

      Don’t care. Everything about the Kingsguard he was portraying screams Oswell Whent, not Hightower, and I refuse to believe otherwise. And they nodded to Hightower in the small council scene anyway, so in a way we got all three of them in this episode. At least that’s how I’m choosing to see it.

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    105. Ser Roger Sterling:
      I’m seeing that Eddie Eyre and HBO are saying he was playing Hightower… *fart noise*

      Don’t care. Everything about the Kingsguard he was portraying screams Oswell Whent, not Hightower, and I refuse to believe otherwise. And they nodded to Hightower in the small council scene anyway, so in a way we got all three of them in this episode. At least that’s how I’m choosing to see it.

      You refuse to believe what the actor and the network are telling you?

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    106. Not Today,

      I hope I live to see Arya warg into her direwolf, Nymeria, and then happen upon a
      gravedigger….as someone sees that gravedigger petting a “dog.” Is it asking
      too much? Don’t anyone tell me to “stop, just stop!” Not gonna happen!

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    107. Mihnea:
      Nick_Scryer,

      The actor who plays Dayne said will see more of Robert Aramayo, who plays Young Ned.

      The interior, if we get them should have been filmed in Ireland anyway. Al interior scenes are filmed there. Meereen, KL…etc.

      Too bad, I thought he was badly cast

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    108. I’m probably about to admit sacrilege here when I say that I think the broken man speech is ok, fairly good… But not amazing (sorry). And while it’s clear this ep will likely re/introduce the hound/ Septon Meribald I highly doubt that the entire speech will make it to screen. If it’s Jaime or Brienne that meet up with Meribald then I can’t see either of these two (highly impatient, on the show at least) listening to a 5-6 minute speech. Let alone the average viewer. It’ll go way over their heads and they’ll lose interest pretty quick IMO. So like others have said, it should (and almost certainly will) be cut drastically for TV.

      In terms of blood of my blood, this may also refer to the reuniting of the dragons and even hinting towards Tyrions potential lineage.

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    109. Ingelheim: I don’t know the runtime of episodes 4 and 5, but these three last episodes have been the shortest ones ever, and I’m really pissed about it.

      At least next episode is 59 minutes. First beefy episode of the season 🙂

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    110. Ser Roger Sterling:
      Jack Bauer 24,

      Yep. Precisely. Because it’s inaccurate and not difficult for me to compartmentalize this particular book discrepancy.

      Ok, but you do realise none of this actually happened? It’s all fantasy (tits and dragons). Doesn’t really matter of his name was Mickey Mouse he had 3 secs of screen time

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    111. Isn’t there some kind of battle with the Dothraki involved? Maybe against the SOTH? Maybe that will be in episode 7?

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    112. Euron:
      What chapter was “the broken man” speech in AFFC?

      Brienne V, the 25th chapter of the book

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    113. Well beyond the book reference, broken man could apply to MANY characters

      Bran (broken back)
      Rickon (whatever Ramsay will do)
      Hodor (lost speech)
      Jon (hey he died)
      Theon (bodily reductions courtesy of Bolton)
      Jorah (greyscale)
      Jaime (hand)
      Davos (fingertips)
      Loras (faith militant treatment)
      Mountain (brain damage and more)
      Tommen (does not know how to reign)
      Grey Worm/Varys (pecker size of Jon is huge compared to his)
      Samwell (father treatment)
      Tyrion (half man)

      I think I managed to argue for at least 75% of the lead cast….

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    114. Ginevra: A lot of people seem to think Jorah will say these words. I cannot see it happening. Jorah isn’t a bloodrider, is he? Why would he say the words of the bloodriders? I suppose if he became a bloodrider…. Only Jhogo, Aggo, and Rakharo are Dany’s bloodriders, and they seem to have magically disappeared. I think this episode will be Dany getting a brand new khalasar with brand new bloodriders. Or maybe Jhogo, Aggo, and Rakharo will show back up.

      Rakharo died early in S2. He went on a horse to meet with a khal, and the horse was sent back with Rakharo’s head in a bag.

      I believe Aggo and Jhogo died in Qarth when a huge percentage of the Dothraki was slaughtered during the capture of the three dragons. After that Dany pretty much didn’t have any more Dothraki supporters, and whoever were left have slowly and steadily been replaced by the Slaver’s Bay people (Grey Worm, Missanderi, Ser Barristan, Daario, etc.)

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    115. What chapter of Feast is this speech in? I remember the basics of the character but everyone else seems to remember a specific speech better than I do. So I should probably reread it.

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    116. Apollo: Ok, but you do realise none of this actually happened? It’s all fantasy (tits and dragons). Doesn’t really matter of his name was Mickey Mouse he had 3 secs of screen time

      What?????? Oh my.

      Your opinion is not wrong. I just care more than you do.

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    117. If you bring Ian McShane on to play a quick cameo part that encompasses one of the better pieces of prose in the source material, I don’t see the point in any kind of massive trim. I don’t expect it to be word for word but I also will not understand the decision if it becomes two or three sentences either.

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    118. Ser Roger Sterling:
      Jack Bauer 24,

      Yep. Precisely. Because it’s inaccurate and not difficult for me to compartmentalize this particular book discrepancy.

      The only discrepancy would be that he’s a bit young for Hightower’s age other than Whent not being there as well. Hightower by the time of the incident at the Tower of Joy was Lord Commander of nothing really. Dayne was essentially the second in command prior to it, but even so, he was Rhaegar’s best friend which pretty much put him in charge of the task to protect the tower.

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    119. Josh L,
      Ooh. New theory on the ‘blood of my blood’ title. Didn’t Dany swear vengeance on whoever killed Rakharo? And wouldn’t this Khal be at Khal Ve-whatever?

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    120. gewa76,

      I was thinking that too.

      I thought the fact that past-Ned could hear Bran was significant because now we know how Jon can learn of his lineage. Once he knows he’s half-Targ will he seek out Dany (after Snow Bowl of course). Will he remember Master Aemon saying that he didn’t like thinking about a Targaryan being all alone in the world? So excited for all this. Dany’s story line doesn’t bother me. It’s boring now but she is going to blow some dothraki minds and seeing Drogon rescue her will be epic.

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    121. Ugh, episode 6 and Dany is STILL with the Dothraki? I would have assumed she’d be rescued in the next episode or two. I just hate how her plot is still just meandering at this point, unless somehow Dany is able to convince the Dothraki to help her? idk, I just want her out of there.

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    122. Sue the Fury,

      He is a great actor despite the condescending “tits and dragons” comment. I was wondering why they brought him in for just a one-off. Now I understand.

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    123. I would love to see the High Sparrow broken!

      I was thinking that when Daario and Jorah come in to rescue Dany, and the Dothraki want to kill them, Dany stops them by claiming that they are Blood of her Blood. I like that better than them getting killed! 😉

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    124. Nick_Scryer,

      Well we wouldn’t have pics of inside filming. It makes no sense to leave Bran hanging when he is dying to know what is in the tower. There’s no way he lets it go.

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    125. Yaga:
      Josh L,
      Ooh. New theory on the ‘blood of my blood’ title. Didn’t Dany swear vengeance on whoever killed Rakharo? And wouldn’t this Khal be at Khal Ve-whatever?

      I’m convinced it’s Dany in one particular tower. That’s why they cut the scene into half because the internet will melt once people realise what they have been thinking about Jon all these years has been false. I can’t wait. This revelation might be one way to interpret the episode title.

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    126. Clob,

      Nah, Hightower is still Dayne’s Lord Commander. Eyre being Hightower does not work. Hightower is “fierce, despite his old age.” Whent is sharpening his sword in the ToJ scene and that’s what Eyre is doing in the show! Need I say more? It doesn’t really matter to me what HBO and Eyre are saying, in this intance.

      I will ignore HBO’s show canon in this regard with my dying breath. 🙂

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    127. orange,

      That’s why I said a ”trim”.

      I just read it again they can easly cut the ”fat”. Maribald gives many examples and comparasions, most are the same thing but worded differently just to hammer the point.

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    128. Clob,

      Hightowers age isn’t mentioned at all, as far as I remember.

      I actually like the idea of a young Hightower. I forgot, how is the LC of the KG chosen?

      Because if the king does it I could see Aerys name Hightower and not Dayne because he fears he is Rhaegars friend.

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    129. starkson,

      It’s pretty obvious that GRRM’s outline that D&D are working from didn’t have a lot of details, thus the drawn-out storylines. D&D probably could have finished the show in about 15 episodes from the end of Season 5, but needed to have enough material to fill 2.5 more seasons.

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    130. Ren Snow,

      They used a lot of dialogue directly from the books. Just not all of it. That is more than you can ask for with most adaptations. And the scene was great.

      And I have no patience with people have a heart attack over Hightower not being old. It has zero bearing on the show plot.

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    131. White Walter:
      Well beyond the book reference, broken man could apply to MANY characters

      Bran (broken back)
      Rickon (whatever Ramsay will do)
      Hodor (lost speech)
      Jon (hey he died)
      Theon (bodily reductions courtesy of Bolton)
      Jorah (greyscale)
      Jaime (hand)
      Davos (fingertips)
      Loras (faith militant treatment)
      Mountain (brain damage and more)
      Tommen (does not know how to reign)
      Grey Worm/Varys(pecker size of Jon is huge compared to his)
      Samwell (father treatment)
      Tyrion (half man)

      I think I managed to argue for at least 75% of the lead cast….

      We are all broken men. Maybe not the “men” part. But we are all cripples, bastards, and broken things.

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    132. Ser Roger Sterling:
      Sue the Fury,

      I think Eyre was playing Whent, actually. If he was Hightower, then he would’ve taken more of a leadership position in the ToJ scene. Plus Hightower is much older than that.

      Eyre and HBO confirmed it was Hightower.

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    133. Joseph Joestar,
      Josh L,

      Thank you, both.

      BTW, Josh L, I’ve really been enjoying your comments the past few days. Are you new to posting here? If so, welcome. If not, I apologize for not noticing before, but your comments do give some good insights.

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    134. Rei: Iain

      Source please?

      Never been a fan of Jorah Mormont, but I don’t see why the title should be Jorah’s dying words. It could simply be Dany accepting him back into her advisor board, addressing him as ‘blood of my blood’. Also, his grayscale must get the chance to become a plot-device[like spreading greyscale in Westeros], other than motivating him to do anything and everything for Dany.

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    135. Jack Bauer 24:
      I wonder if they thought about bringing Bean back and using de-aging CGI?

      They could also use a Boromir mask, a stunt double, and Sean Bean’s voice. But casting young Ned is much easier.

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    136. Any length of the broken man speech, delivered by Ian Mc Shane, will kick ass. I could listen to Ian Mc Shane recite a shopping list, telephone book, whatever. Im IN.

      And I SOOO cannot WAIT to see the Hound again, to me he is just as much this whole show as Jon Snow is. LOVE HIM.

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    137. Ginevra: We are all broken men.Maybe not the “men” part.But we are all cripples, bastards, and broken things.

      She lives with a broken man
      A cracked polystyrene man
      Who just crumbles and burns

      Radiohead making a special guest appearance – it is known 😉

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    138. Mihnea:
      Clob,

      Hightowers age isn’t mentioned at all, as far as I remember.

      I actually like the idea of a young Hightower. I forgot, how is the LC of the KG chosen?

      Because if the king does it I could see Aerys name Hightower and not Dayne because he fears he is Rhaegars friend.

      I don’t believe it does mention his age in ASoIaF, just that he was an ‘older’ man, which for casual viewers and readers means it doesn’t really matter. It’s those that like to dig into the history and timelines that are going to notice.
      —–
      The Tower of Joy event happened in 283 AC
      Hightower became Lord Commander in 259 AC. So that’s already 24 years as LC plus he was a member of the Kingsguard prior to that for an unknown amount of time.
      Dayne is guessed to have been in his early 20’s at the ToJ.

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    139. Mihnea:
      Sue the Fury,

      Well I wouldn’t mind. But the episode is short.

      My bets is still on a short version. ”Short”, the speech could easly go for 3-4 minutes.

      Yep, and even a 2-3 minute speech is still pretty long by TV standards.

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    140. Ser Roger Sterling: What?????? Oh my.

      Your opinion is not wrong. I just care more than you do.

      I’d say you care a little too much, for a character that had 3 seconds of screen time and one single line. It doesn’t matter who was sharpening their sword. Next there’ll be complaints that the guy was a Scorpio. Sheesh. ?

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    141. Tiara:
      can anyone give me the answer of this question pls? Who is the 2nd kingsguard at the TOJ? I thought that was Oswell Whent since he looks younger than Arthur Dayne, plus he sharpened his sword with a stone before the fight, like Oswell did in the book . But Got wiki says hes Gerold Hightower????

      Others have alredy answered your question, but here are my thoughts as to why they chose to go with Hightower, as opposed to Whent for this scene…

      The show seems to do the best it can to not introduce names/families for just a one-off. The Hightowers are big in Oldtown. Sam, presumably, will be going to Oldtown. Thus, it makes sense to stick with a Hightower for ToJ, if we’re going to see another Hightower in Oldtown down the road.

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    142. Andrew,

      I doubt it’s Jorah’s death. The greyscale won’t spread that quickly and what would be the point of the whole greyscale story if he’s killed off in fight scene. Iain Glen has pretty much confirmed that he will be in the next series in a interview he did at the Eye in the Sky premier where he said “we start filming much later in the year” so I don’t think his death will happen in this series. Thank god!

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    143. Apollo,

      And I don’t give a shit if you think I care too much. I’m not telling anyone they have to think the way I do about this Hightower-Whent stuff, just voicing my opinion. So bugger off, little man.

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    144. Nymeria Warrior Queen: Others have alredy answered your question, but here are my thoughts as to why they chose to go with Hightower, as opposed to Whent for this scene…

      Thank you. Finally, someone applying reason as to why they’d make Eyre Hightower. It’s true to how the show simplifies side characters. But I just don’t think they should’ve officially made him Hightower.

      I like to see book characters accurately represented in the show. Sue me.

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    145. Ser Roger Sterling: Thank you. Finally, someone applying reason as to why they’d make Eyre Hightower. It’s true to how the show simplifies side characters. But I just don’t think they should’ve officially made him Hightower.

      I like to see book characters accurately represented in the show. Sue me.

      I won’t admonish you about wanting accurate representations. Certainly no readers would have been happy if they started the series and Daenerys had black hair. Of course that’s a main character and we’re talking about a minor one, but it’s understandable that some want all characters to match descriptions.

      I have seen places that (apparently) inaccurately list Eyre as portraying Whent. Maybe it was just fan guessing because of his age, but maybe he was cast to actually be Whent. Perhaps they decided after casting that they only wanted two for the scene and for reasons similar to what NWQ wrote above they decided Dayne and Hightower were the most necessary. A little odd that they didn’t even mention his name in the scene though – just Dayne and another dude.

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    146. Hound of ulster:
      An episode centred around Dany? How boring will that be then? I cant stand her story arc this year. Everything else has been great this season Bar Mereen and Dany.

      I hate when people like you throw the word boring around for this kind of stories.
      Not every single scene has to have some death, battle or dragon to keep your interest.
      Part what makes the story ASOIAF so great it’s the politics involved.
      This season we’ve had Danny for two episodes and you are getting impatient, How did u make it through season one?

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    147. Ser Roger Sterling,

      Oh your opinions matter but ours make more logical sense.
      Don’t work yourself up over some nobody’s name.
      Unless you are selling me a bridge in San Francisco and tell me they changed the name of the most important character in this story.

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    148. Tycho Nestoris,

      It isn’t trustworthy. Several instances of incorrect info being randomly entered.
      Chances are that those players will change names as their plays are more farce than accurate depictions.

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    149. I predicted “Blood of my blood” as an episode title but I predicted it for Episode 5. I knew there would be one Dany-centric episode in the middle of the season before she heads back to Meereen with a khalasar.

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    150. King Podrick: I hate when people like you throw the word boring around for this kind of stories.
      Not every single scene has to have some death, battle or dragon to keep your interest.
      Part what makes the story ASOIAF so great it’s the politics involved.
      This season we’ve had Danny for two episodes and you are getting impatient, How did u make it through season one?

      LOL, I have not read the books. Hubby and I binge watched the first 3 seasons and got hooked. I was praying for Dany to die during season 1. Did not find out until later she was one of the main characters.

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    151. Loving the sound of both episodes. Ep7’s title has so many great possibilities, of coarse it will feature the speech but I think the episode might be pretty unsettling for many of our favorite characters throughout the rest of the episode. How funny will it be if “bloodofmyblood” doesn’t have a Danny scene like they just did with “oathkeeper” not having a Brienne scene.

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    152. OK, I’m lost. Is the Broken Man the “missing” character that many of us suspect is in Crows? I completely don’t remember anyone with that title.

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    153. Queen of Nothing:
      Any length of the broken man speech, delivered by Ian Mc Shane, will kick ass. I could listen to Ian Mc Shane recite a shopping list, telephone book, whatever. Im IN.

      And I SOOO cannot WAIT to see the Hound again, to me he is just as much this whole show as Jon Snow is. LOVE HIM.

      This. Soooo this!!

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    154. Wimsey,

      Septon Meribald gave a speech talking about how war breaks a man, hence the moniker. Sandor is A broken man, but there is no Broken Man per se.

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    155. Ashara D:
      Wimsey,

      My only issue with

      Cleganebowl

      (because I think it would be amazing to watch, and he’s my favourite character) is that

      Elder Brother speaks of Sandor being at peace, and himself talks of how horrible it is that he wanted to kill his brother. If Sandor IS truly now changed, he’d have no desire to go back to old vengeances. Or is he trolling the Quiet Isle?

      🙂

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    156. newbietothegame: LOL, I have not read the books. Hubby and I binge watchedthe first 3 seasons and got hooked. I was praying for Dany to die during season 1. Did not find out until later she was one of the main characters.

      Ah okay, I understand. My apologies if I came across as rude. Danny’s Mereen story arc is longer in the book and the show has done a great job cutting it short for casual viewers. I’d take it you’re not a fan of her haha.

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    157. Wimsey:
      OK, I’m lost.Is the Broken Man the “missing” character that many of us suspect is in Crows?I completely don’t remember anyone with that title.

      Yep the title could refer to that person as a double meaning, but in general I think it’s just a reference to a certain speech from Feast for Crows.

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    158. Interesting quote from an interview Ian McShane gave awhile back:
      http://www.vulture.com/2015/11/ian-mcshane-game-of-thrones-role-septon-meribald.html

      “I’ll give you one hint,” he said of his single-episode run on the show. “I am responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again.” My guess is we get the speech, and he’s bringing back The Hound (note that the speech mentions “a ravenous hound”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sjZHxEZnmE

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    159. King Podrick: Ah okay, I understand. My apologies if I came across as rude. Danny’s Mereen story arc is longer in the book and the show has done a great job cutting it short for casual viewers. I’d take it you’re not a fan of her haha.

      No problem. I no longer wish death upon her, LOL. I think I have an issue with the pace of her story line at this point. My first thought is, do we really need to see her again walking through the Pampa?
      And I can answer that (now). She needs a huge army to take Westeros.
      Including Dothraki.
      There will be exciting things to come this season and I hope by ep 10 she at least will be looking at the Narrow Sea.

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    160. Robert Baratheon,

      They can kill Dario for all I care. I hate the character. I am extremely appreciating of the show, going as far as actually thinking the show is superior to the books. Almost any aspect that people seem to hate in the show, I feel I can defend their inclusion in the narrative. (Jamies rape of cercei, Theons endless torture in s3, Qarth, Dorne, Jamie killing Ser Alton, Ros, Sansas wedding knight). But Dario Naharis, I just plain hate. He wasn’t a good character in the books, but he wasn’t this flat and underdeveloped. the recast didnt help, and I liked Ed Skrein better, but it’s the ridicioulessnes of the show-character that is the main problem. Dario can fight like every single warrior in the show. Dario is clever enough that he can put Tyrion in his place and tell everyone what to do. I fucking hate him, and think the only way they can redeem his character, is have Danaerys realize what a total douchbag he is and tell drogon to roast him. Seriously, in my opinion, he is the only bad character in the show. But he is reeeeally bad.

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    161. Firannion,

      ’m bouncing in my seat in anticipation of Meribald’s epic soliloquy, and I’m with Sue in thinking that the more of it we get, the better – especially considering that, in my view, the show has given rather short shrift so far to the horrific impact on the smallfolk of the strife caused by the ambitions of the rich and powerful. This is GoT’s big chance to drive home the antiwar philosophy that, in the books, is such an important underlying theme.

      I agree with you about hoping they include it all (tho I just reread it and really, it reads better than I think it will sound Sounds more like a lecture, then a conversation, so suspect they may need to whittle it down so it sounds natural) As far as the show not showing wars impact on the small folk – I think it does show in every episode in one way or another . So not sure thats what the purpose would be; more like what life is like for the common soldier.

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    162. jackmerkin,

      Ian McShane is introduced, gives the “broken man” speech over a montage of a hooded figure doing all the awful things a broken man must do to survive. The camera follows this broken man on a journey to that ends at the Quiet Isle, where he removes that hood during a pause in digging a grave to reveal a scarred and burnt face…..

      Oh I like that; might just work!

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    163. Well…you know, “Blood of My Blood” has a double meaning. It could mean, literally, blood of my blood – as in blood relative.

      ….heh heh

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    164. I think ep 7 is the Hound.
      It is the only thing that explains to me why brienne called him “a man” when telling Sansa she saw Arya.
      It bugs me that she did not call him “The Hound”, as both Brienne and Sansa know who he is, why call him “a man” and not name him???

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    165. Fleabottom’s home: It bugs me that she did not call him “The Hound”, as both Brienne and Sansa know who he is, why call him “a man” and not name him???

      I thought she was very deliberately choosing not to identify him, knowing from her time in King’s Landing that Sansa had some sort of complicated relationship with Sandor.

      Also, as far as Brienne knows, she left the Hound for dead. She may not be ready to admit to Sansa that she was the one to “kill” him – perhaps not wanting to upset her further when she is such a wreck after fleeing Ramsay.

      And if the last person traveling with Arya had just died, the idea of Arya wandering around the Mountains of the Moon on her own would certainly be distressing to Sansa. I suspect that Brienne wants to break the bad news a little bit at a time.

      Plus, she might feel some shame over her battle with the Hound. She has had some time to wonder whether she didn’t make a hasty judgment, and may be thinking that Arya was indeed relatively safe with him.

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    166. Lyanna_Targaryen,

      I think that’s episode 5. It’s titled the door and part of the synopsis is “Bran learns a great deal”

      And besides, this season is no chill so it wouldn’t surprise me if we have R+L=J wrapped up by episode 6 and Battle for the North by episode 9.

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