WARNING: IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN UP TO 6x02 OF GAME OF THRONES THEN STOP READING NOW!
You still with me? Okay good. Here's what happened on "Home" - Season 6, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones, including THAT moment that will continue to break the internet for several years to come.
So, this week we open with Bran Stark, who has been absent since the season four finale almost two years ago. Bran is immersed in a vision where he sees a young Ned and Benjen Stark playing in the yard at Winterfell. They are interrupted by Lyanna Stark, who up until now has only ever been mentioned. Bran argues that although he remembers her statue in the crypt, his family never discussed her. Bran, still in his vision, see's a young Hodor, but the difference is that he can communicate like everybody else. When Bran is pulled from his vision he visits Meera, who solemnly lurks outside the cave. Meera remains steadfast in her resistance, and argues that she merely observes his visions and nothing more. The child of the forest informs Meera that Bran will need her help.
At Kings landing, Cersei (and her mysterious giant of a bodyguard) continues to mourn the loss of Mycelia. However, things take a turn when she is met with an army of soldiers who tell her that King Tommen has ordered that she remain in the Red Keep for her own protection. Displeased that she is unable to attend her daughter's funeral, Cersei returns to the Red Keep. I was a little shocked here - Cersei has never been one for backing down from a fight, but perhaps she is waiting for the right moment to strike. It's interesting that despite being back at the Red Keep Cersei remains somewhat of a captive, albeit in nicer surroundings. At the Sept, we find Tommen and his (unknown to him) father Jaime mourning their lost Mycella. Tommen breaks down, informing his "uncle" that he should've fought harder to free his mother and wife Margery, but instead cowered in fear. Jaime responds by telling him that everyone fails at some point. Upon being consoled by Jaime, Tommen finally agrees to go speak to his mother. The High Sparrow enters. Unable to control his anger, Jaime reaches for his sword, which prompts the Sparrow to ask Jaime if he would dare spill blood in such a holy place. Jaime responds with "The God's won't mind" because they spill more blood than anyone. Jaime retracts his threat when the army of Sparrows appear. The dynamic between Jaime and the High Sparrow is very interesting - it insinuates that these two have started a war in this scene. Afterwards, Tommen visits his mother and requests her to help to make him stronger. Cersei then consoles her son and perhaps for the first time this season, we see the real Cersei.
Elsewhere, in a brief albeit effective scene, Arya is questioned by Jaqen H'ghar about her identity. He tells her if she says her name, he will give back her eyes. She defies temptation, arguing that she is no-one. H'ghar accepts and tells her that she is no longer a beggar as they leave together.
Sansa and Brienne discuss Arya. Brienne tells Sansa how her sister isn't very lady-like and we see Sansa crack a smile - probably for the first time in two years. Theon/Reek announces that he isn't going with Sansa to the Wall, but ultimately return 'home'. This seg-ways into multiple scenes at Theon's homeland with the Greyjoys. Lord Balon argues with his daughter over tactical differences before being killed by his mysterious brother. Asha vows that she will find out who is responsible for her fathers death.
At Winterfell, Roose Bolton is informed that his wife has given birth to a baby boy. Ramsay's distain is evident from a mile away. In his mind, this means that his father no longer requires the services of his bastard child. Despite Roose informing Ramsay that he will always be his first born, Ramsay stabs his father in the chest. In arguably the second most shocking moment of the episode, Roose Bolton is murdered by Ramsay. Ramsay takes delight in his father's death and orders to speak with Walda, his father's wife. He takes Walda to the cages and sets a pack of vicious dogs on her and his new brother. According to Ramsay, he preferred being an only child.
Back in Meereen, Tyrion decides that perhaps it would be best to set Viserys and Rhaegal free. He enters the crypt at the bottom of the Great Pyramid, while Varys remains at the top of the steps. In an amazing moment, Tyrion bonds with the two dragons, telling them how he'd always wanted a dragon, but was informed that they had become an extinct species. Letting them out of their confines, he quickly retreats back to Varys, telling him that if he ever does anything stupid like that again, He gives Varys permission to punch him in the face.
At the Wall, Ser Davos prepares for violence against Ser Alliser and his troupes. The violence becomes unnecessary as the Wildlings and their giant break down the gates and seize control of the Night's Watch. Ser Alliser calls them all traitors, as they all cower in fear at the Giant. Ser Davos approaches Melisandre, who has lost all faith in the Lord of light, (and herself), asking her if there is any hope for Jon Snow. She tells Davos that Jon is better off without her help. Davos insists, asking her if it is at all possible to bring someone back from the dead and Melisandre confirms that it can be done. Continuing her self doubt, she insists that she wouldn't be the woman for the job, but Davos asks her if she's ever tried. His belief in her is a complete turn of events considering he couldn't stand her last season. This is enough to make her the slightest bit curious, so Melisandre prepares Jon Snow's corpse and performs a ritual upon his almost naked body.
After moments of chanting, cleaning and cutting some of his hair - we wait. They wait. And...nothing happens. Melisandre's face becomes full of self doubt again as she and the Wildling's leave the room. Ser Davos lingers, eying Jon's body one last time. Nothing. Then Davos leaves. As we the viewer remain in the room with Jon's body, we can only hope. Still nothing. Suddenly, Ghost stands. Another moment of nothing before.... Jon Snow lives!! Jon Snow opens his eyes as we fade to black and the credits roll.
So THAT happened! It wasn't a dream, Jon Snow lives! All in all a fantastic episode. My only criticism is the noticeable absence of Daenerys. Nevertheless, the second instalment of Game of Thrones delivered, and retains it's crown as the king of TV. What does Jon's revival mean for The Night's Watch? Perhaps Olly should be worried. In fact, all those who betrayed Jon had better watch their backs. Also, now that Tyrion had made friends with the dragons, perhaps they will go on the hunt to find Dany. Last week's premiere was brilliant, but it was tonight that I found myself re-immersed in the heart racing magic of Game Of Thrones, and I, for one, cannot wait for the next episode.
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