I will start every one of these posts off with this warning about spoilers. There will be plenty of spoilers. Seriously, if you have not watched the episode, do not read this post. I will also be mentioning stuff from the books. These are not straight up recaps of episodes, nor are they reviews. I will just mention the stuff I liked/disliked and probably give some opinions about what could happen next.
Did you really think the show would reveal so much in just the third episode of the season? So many people were convinced that we would finally learn if R+L=J was true, but alas we just got a slight tease. Granted, that tease was an amazing battle between a young Ned Stark and Howland Reed with a few other friends against two members of the Kingsguard. The one is Ser Arthur Dayne. Ned and many others considered him the greatest swordsman of all Westeros. And he definitely does not disappoint. Once his partner is down, he dispatches most of the guys and the fight with Ned is good, but you can tell it will end fairly fast. That is until Howland stabs Dayne in the back and Ned finishes him off. Ned hears screams and heads for the Tower of Joy (this is the point when Bran screams “father” and Ned responds). The Three-Eyed Raven pulls Bran out of the past.
Here is my question, the Three-Eyed Raven is Brynden Rivers. And yet he tells Bran that he has been watching things like a thousand years. However, it has only been what, 50 or 60 years since he disappeared. Hell, he would only be like 125 years old. What did he mean by the thousand years comment? Also, in the book he talks about his own mistakes. He keeps warning Bran that you can get lost by spending too much time in the past. Did that happen to him? Has he lived multiple lifetimes by going back in time that way? Hmm, something to ponder I suppose.
Anyways, I am like 99.99999999999% sure that when Ned finally does enter the Tower of Joy that he will find his sister giving birth to Jon Snow. I mean, why else would the Kingsguard be there instead of at the Trident, protecting Rhaegar? As I said last week, maybe we will find out that Meera is Jon’s sister. They were both born in 283 AC (After the Conquest by Aegon I). Like I said, it is an interesting theory. However, I feel like most of the show watchers barely understand the R+L=J (hell, some of them are like “what the heck does that even mean?”).
Ramsay meets with the Greatjon’s son and it looks like the Littlejon is willing to join the Bolton’s and accept them in the North, but not bending his knee or kissing a ring. None of that bullshit. Instead, he wants help defeating the Wildlings that Jon Snow has released into their lands. And to prove his seriousness to Ramsay, he hands over Osha and Rickon. Oh, and he tosses the head of Shaggydog on the table in order to destroy every fans hope of a happy ending for at least one Stark child and their sweet direwolves.
I thought everyone in the North loved the Starks? Are they that scared of Ramsay or just terrified of the Wildlings? I can understand the Karstarks, but the Umbers seemed like solid allies to Robb Stark (even after the Greatjon lost a finger). At this point, I feel like even if Ned Stark came back to life and walked into Winterfell, all of his bannermen would betray him.
What does Jon Snow once he is alive? Whine about it. And then he hangs the guys who stabbed him, even little Ollie. I guess Jon finally got his revenge for the killing of his girlfriend. We also learned that Tormund has seen Jon’s cock and that it is not very big. As Tormund puts it “They think you are god. I know you are not a god because I have seen your pecker. No god would have a pecker that small.” I am glad Tormund is still around.
Anyways, as just about everyone has predicted (probably even me at some point), Jon Snow’s death and resurrection helps with a pesky problem: the Night’s Watch oath he swore. Jon would never break an oath (well I suppose he has broken his oath, but he would never just quit the Night’s Watch). However, once you die then your watch has ended. And that is just what Jon tells everyone as he leaves. Now he is free to do other stuff. Probably head to Winterfell, be captured by Ramsay, then tortured to death. Seriously Jon, stay out of Winterfell. Or maybe he can become the Lord of Light now. OR maybe the idea that Robb Stark legitimized Jon and made him his heir before he died. Perhaps someone has a letter with Robb’s seal. Although, would the North really want to follow Jon, since he just allowed the Wildlings into their land? Probably not, even if he is the new King of the North. Perhaps he will lead the Wildlings. The possibilities are endless.
Okay, one last thing I need to mention is the Arya story. She learns how to fight blind and she is constantly asked by the Waif who she was. She makes fun of Arya’s list and wants to know the names that were on it. Arya leaves off a few names and this leads me to believe that she is still keeping a part of herself hidden deep. She must have them convinced though because Jaqen gives her the water (which was shown to bring death), but since she does not fear death or maybe because she is No One, it only restores her sight. She passed a test. I would love to believe that at some point Arya will head back to Westeros and use her assassins training to get some revenge or save Jon Snow at some crucial point. Unfortunately, I just do not see that happening.
Hopefully next week we can have more awkward conversations between Greyworm, Missandei, and Tyrion.