Speaking of Thrones – Episode 002

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Game of Thrones
Season 6, Episode 2
– Recap –

(SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains details about last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones”. If you haven’t watched it yet, you may want to stop reading!)

by Kyla Brewer
The Recap Sequence

“Game of Thrones” fans enjoyed more tasty treats in episode 2 of season 6. The excitement began even before the opening credits rolled when viewers finally got a glimpse of Bran Stark (Isaac Hampstead-Wright, “Closed Circuit,” 2014), who hasn’t been seen since the end of season 4.

The Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow, “Awakenings,” 1990) acted as Bran’s “Ghost of Winterfell Past” and shared a vision of his father, Ned Stark (Sebastian Croft, “Houdini & Doyle”) as a boy. The trip down memory lane revealed that gentle giant Hodor (Kristian Nairn, “Four Warriors,” 2015) was once known as Willis and was handy with a sword.

Jon’s (Kit Harringon, “Pompeii,” 2014) allies were in dire straits with Thorne (Owen Teal, “Ballykissingel”) and his cronies ready to break down the door, but the tides turned when a giant and some friends arrived. Defeated, Thorne and the others laid down their weapons were imprisoned.

Elsewhere, The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) taught a braggart a hard lesson for disrespecting Cersei (Lena Headey, “300,” 2007), and Cersei learned that she’s been sequestered to the Red Keep, allegedly for her own protection.

Meanwhile, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Black Hawk Down,” 2001) questioned Tommen’s (Dean-Charles Chapman, “Man Up,” 2015) decision to keep his mother from her own daughter’s funeral before High Sparrow ambushed Jaime with his followers and boldly asserted: “Every one of us is poor and powerless. And yet, together, we can overthrow an empire.”

In Meereen, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage, “The Station Agent,” 2003) reasoned it was time to set the dragons free. Millions of viewers likely held their breath as he entered the dragon’s den, wondering if the Imp might become a delicious amuse bouche for one of Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke, “Terminator Genisys,” 2015) two imprisoned pets. However, Tyrion appeared to bond with the dragons, explaining he’d begged for a pet dragon as a boy, before unshackling the beasts. The encounter gives weight to the theory swirling about that he may have some connection to the Targaryens.

As for the girl formerly known as Arya (Maisie Williams, “Dr. Who”), not even the promise of restored sight was enough to convince her to stray from her vengeful path.

Villain Ramsay (Iwan Rheon, “Misfits”) celebrated the birth of his baby brother by brutally stabbing his father and claiming the Lordship. He followed up the patricide with a helping of infanticide when he later fed his newborn sibling and the baby’s mother to his blood-thirsty hounds.

It looked as if Theon (Alfie Allen, “Soulboy,” 2010) was ready to part ways with Sansa (Sophie Turner, “The Thirteenth Tale,” 2013) and go home, unaware his father Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide, “Brideshead Revisited,” 2008) had died at the hands of his uncle, Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk). With any luck, he’ll reclaim the throne of the Iron Islands and come a’ callin’ for Ramsay. Wouldn’t that be something?

In the scene everyone has been waiting for, a reluctant Melisandre (Clarice van Houten, “Valkyrie,” 2008) — who’s been having a crisis of faith — tried to bring Jon Snow back from the dead. Believing she’d failed, she and the others left the body only to have Jon gasp for air and open his eyes in perhaps the most anticipated TV moment since viewers found out who shot J.R.

Let’s hope the Red Woman did a better job than Mirri Maz Duur (Mia Soteriou, “Seinfeld”), the witch who resurrected Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” 2016) in season 2. Which begs the question, if the price for a life is a life as Mirri explained to Dany, whose life will pay for Jon Snow’s?

Perhaps we’ll find out in the next episode. Tune in to “Game of Thrones,” Sunday, May 8, on HBO.

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