Speaking of Thrones – Episode 003

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Game of Thrones
Season 6, Episode 3
– 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

He’s alive! Despite her lack of confidence, Melisandre (Clarice van Houten, “Valkyrie,” 2008) appears to have better magic than most. Jon Snow (Kit Harington, “Pompeii,” 2014) escaped his dalliance with Death with his wits intact, at least it appeared so as he met with the other crows and wildlings that had liberated Castle Black from the traitors.

Meanwhile, somewhere on the high seas, Jon’s bestie Samwell Tarly (John Bradley, “Shameless”) battled seasickness on his way to Old Town to train as a maester. He broke the news to an excited Gilly (Hannah Murray, “Skins”) that she won’t be able to come to the citadel with him and will have to stay at his family’s home with little Sam instead.

The Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow, “Awakenings,” 1990) whisked Bran (Isaac Hampstead-Wright, “Closed Circuit,” 2014) to the past once again. Fans of the books were likely thrilled when their vision quest took them to the Tower of Joy where Ned Stark (Robert Aramayo, “The Tourist,” 2006) confronted Targaryen knight Sir Arthur Dayne (Luke Roberts, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” 2011) in a quest to recover his sister. After a harrowing and revealing battle between Ned’s crew and the Targaryen knights, The Raven tried to usher Bran away, but Bran called out to his father and Ned appeared to hear.

A defiant Daenerys (Emilia Clarke, “Terminator Genisys,” 2015) arrived at Dosh Khaleen, where the the coven of widows informed her that her fate would be determined by the Dothraki leaders.

In Mereen, Varys (Conleth Hill, “Goodbye Mr. Chips”) used his wiles to find out who’s been funding the dissenters known as the Sons of the Harpy. After he told Tyrion (Peter Dinklage, “The Station Agent,” 2003) the former leaders of Astapor, Yunkai and Volantis were behind the group, a wise Tyrion decided he would send them messages before going to war.

Elsewhere, maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser, “Endeavour”) bribed children — presumably Varys’ former “little birds” — with candy in the hopes they’d bring him “whispers,” before Cersei (Lena Headey, “300,” 2007), Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Black Hawk Down,” 2001) and the undead Sir Gregor (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) barged in and scared them away. When the trio later tried to impose themselves on the Small Council, the council members simply left.

Young King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman, “Man Up,” 2015) was equally ineffective when he confronted High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce, “Tomorrow Never Dies,” 1997) about his mother. Sparrow easily played Tommen for a fool and placated him with talk of his mother’s love and the gods’ wishes.

Arya’s (Maisie Williams, “Dr. Who”) training seemed to end when she bested Waif (Faye Marsay, “Pride,” 2014) and Jaqen H’Ghar (Tom Wlaschiha, “Rush,” 2013) finally invited her to drink from the mystical well, which restored her sight.

What began as an uncharacteristically mundane scene with Ramsay (Iwan Rheon, “Misfits”) picked up speed when he was presented with a gift: Osha (Natalia Tena, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” 2007) the wildling and Rickon (Art Parkinson, “Dracula Untold,” 2014). Ramsay was practically salivating as he welcomed the youngest Stark back to Winterfell.

Again, everything begins and ends with Jon Snow. The resurrected hero presided over the hanging of the traitors before giving up his post as Lord Commander of the Night’s watch and handing over his cloak to Edd (Ben Crompton, “Before I Go to Sleep,” 2014). We can only wonder where he’s off to. Hopefully we’ll find out next time on “Game of Thrones,” airing Sunday, May 15, on HBO.

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