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(WARNING: The following contains major plot SPOILERS for Episode 2 of Game of Thrones, Season 6. If you haven't yet seen the episode, then proceed with whatever level of caution your innate sense of SPOILER aversion suggests is wise.)

Arriving in the wake of a season premiere high on setup and low on surprises, the second episode of Game of Thrones' sixth season hit our screens bearing the weight of a whole lot of expectation, and more than a few big questions. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint, but that doesn't mean it wasn't pretty reserved with some of its most intriguing reveals. Here, then, are...

7 Things You Might Have Missed in Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 2

Including a poorly fitting crown, a surprise haircut and a penis of unusual size.

First up, though?

7. Blindness Can Lead To Sight

With Arya's blindness ultimately (it would appear) offering her a path to greater knowledge, and Bran's visions leaving his eyes clouded, it seems that the show is toying with the idea of blindness offering up an entirely different form of insight.

Arya and Bran might not be able to see as they did before — much as Bran can no longer walk, or ride, or fight alongside an army — but that could just open up a whole realm of knowledge that they could never otherwise perceive.

6. Liars Seldom Prosper, Even When They're Telling The Truth

It's difficult to tell how intentional the effect is — with the relative positioning of the crotch in question somewhat unclear — but it sure does seem as though the young man casting aspersions upon Cersei's virtue was telling the truth about one thing — the size of his penis.

Which, in what can perhaps be taken as a signal that the show's breast-centric, nudity-related urges are being tempered, we sure did actually get to see.

5. An Ill-Fitting Crown Is A Heavy Burden

For all that the episode featured King Tommen developing something of a spine (and using it to — quite sensibly — go to his mother for help), it's tough not to see one particular part of his royal appearance as being highly symbolic.

After all, for all that he sits upon the Iron Throne, Tommen's crown sure does look poorly fitted to his head — something that his fringe-focused hairstyle seems designed to emphasize. It's almost as though he isn't suited to be king.

4. Dragons Really Are Smarter Than We Think

Just how much might it matter that Daenerys's dragons seem to be just as intelligent as Tyrion suspects they are? With Drogon likely to play a part in everyone's favorite khaleesi's current confinement (or, at least, the ending thereof), and his siblings looking set to take a role in shaping Meereen's immediate future, we might just be about to find out.

Watch out, Westeros.

3. Gods And Miracles, And The People Who Wield Them

"I'm not asking the Lord of Light for help. I'm asking the woman who showed me that miracles exist."

With those words, the arch cynic Davos Seaworth seemingly reveals himself to be a man who, while far from pious, has found faith in something far bigger than himself. Whether that is miracles, as he suggested to Melisandre, or simply the idea that people — whether that be Jon Snow, Melisandre, or perhaps even Davos himself — can change the world, remains to be seen. What's more, with the Red Woman's faith looking ever more genuine as it falters, it'll be fascinating to see how she deals with the consequences of that final shot.

Meanwhile, over in King's Landing, the true motives of the High Sparrow are becoming murkier by the episode. Is what he's planning motivated by piety, or simply by plain, old-fashioned Westerosi power lust?

2. Fathers And Sons Are Not Always Much Alike

Ramsay Bolton is very much not his father. Where Roose considered every side of every decision, Ramsay seems increasingly driven by his own whims. So much so, in fact, that in killing his stepmother and newborn brother he might just have set in motion the ultimate doom of the (rapidly shrinking) Bolton family.

Theon, meanwhile, seems to have finally discovered part of what it is to be like the father who raised him — Ned Stark — only to realize that the path that discovery sets him on will, it seems, take him back to the place of his birth — and his true father.

Bran, meanwhile, just got the chance to see how very unlike his own father he is — seemingly destined to study the world around him, rather than play his part in it, as his father and brothers so often did. Will that role changing (as it seems set to) give him the chance to be a very different sort of Stark?

1. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Perhaps the most intriguing (relatively) subtle element of the whole episode, however? Well, that'd be the cutting of Jon Snow's hair.

Could that perhaps, just maybe, be a subtle reference to the rampant fan speculation we saw last year about Kit Harington's hair length and its implications for Jon Snow's future?

Or was that haircut always the plan, and the endless discussion of Harington's hair simply an oddly viral byproduct?

Either way, we now have to wait another seven days for our next dose of Westerosi awesomeness. In the meantime, though...

What do you think?


Do you have even more questions after Episode 2 than you did before?


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