Recap: Huge 'Game of Thrones' shocker revealed in season 6, episode 2
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The season 6 opener of Game of Thrones still left a few crucial questions unanswered. On Monday's episode (May 2 on HBO Asia), we see what is probably the most burning one among them finally resolved.
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Let's get this out of the way: Jon Snow lives! How did this week's episode lead to its shocking conclusion? Read on.
North of the Wall
We see Bran Stark once again where we left off in season 4. He's in the lair of Three-Eyed Raven, but they travel much farther across space and time.
They are in Winterfell of a time past, where we see a very young Ned Stark practicing his swordplay with Benjen Stark, the lost First Ranger of the Night's Watch last seen in season 1. Their sister, Lyanna Stark, rides circles around the pair on a horse.
Lyanna has been the center of speculation, especially for the fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Bran wonders in the same manner as he has only seen her statue in the crypt of Winterfell.
He recognizes a familiar face: a younger Hodor who could talk in coherent sentences, and who went by the name of Willis, a stable boy supposed to train with Benjen. Just as Old Nan whisks "Willis" away, the Crow pulls Bran out of the vision.
"You finally show me something I care about, and then you drag me away," Bran tells the Three-Eyed Raven, who replies, "It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you stay too long, you'll drown."
He calls out to Hodor with "Willis," questioning him why he could talk as a youngster, but the gentle giant responds – expectedly – with a simple "Hodor."
Bran tells Meera Reed about his vision, saying, "The Three-Eyed Raven says there's a war coming, to which the latter coldly responds, "And we're going to fight it in there?"
Leaf, a Child of the Forest who serves the Raven, tells Meera that Bran needs her.
The episode transfers to Castle Black, right where the last episode concluded with a shocker regarding Melisandre.
Ser Alliser Thorne, the First Ranger who masterminded the mutiny against Jon Snow, tells Ser Davos Seaworth and the brothers who still remain loyal to their fallen Lord Commander that their time is up. Just as they storm the shed, Wun Wun and the wildlings storm the gates of the castle. Tormund Giantsbane and company challenge the mutineers, who surrender their arms when Wun Wun effortlessly brings an archer down.
Edd, who was last seen in the previous episode aiding Davos to keep Jon's body safe, has returned – understandably, as the one who sounded the alarm to the wildlings. Alliser, along with the traitorous Night's Watch brothers, are sent to the dungeons.
Tormund sees Jon Snow's body and gathers wood for his funeral pyre.
An inebriated commoner exaggerates his account of Cersei Lannister's infamous walk of atonement, saying that the shamed Lannister had responded enthusiastically to his catcalls. This doesn't end well, as Ser Robert Strong (The Mountain, undead) smashes his skull as he relieves himself.
Cersei demands to see King Tommen, but is denied by the Kingsguard, who says he has left the Red Keep for the Great Sept of Baelor. There, Jaime Lannister speaks with Tommen as they look over Myrcella's body. He confronts the young king about being so aloof toward his own mother, and the latter responds that it's guilt over not exerting his power to prevent the shame that Cersei had endured, as well as his Queen Margaery's imprisonment.
Tommen goes off to see Cersei, and beseeches her forgiveness and asks for her help to be "strong."
This leaves Jaime with the overzealous High Sparrow and the Faith Militant, who basically hold the reins over the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. Jaime threatens violence, but the High Sparrow is unfazed as the armed Faith Militant surround the pair.
"Every one of us is poor and powerless, and yet together, we can overthrow an empire," the High Sparrow tells Jaime.
Meereen's triumvirate of Tyrion Lannister, Missandei, and Grey Worm – plus Varys – are in session. They discuss the volatile political climate and other pressing matters that Daenerys Targaryen had left since Drogon whisked her away to the Dothraki Sea.
First issue: Yunkai and Astapor have been retaken by the masters, leaving only the chaotic Meereen as the city that the would-be Targaryen conqueror (or her Triumvirate, in this case) has control over.
They also have to attend to Daenerys' dragons, which can't stay captive and refuse to eat. They have to be free and flying – "unchained," as Tyrion puts it.
Tyrion volunteers to do the dirty work, and almost gets torched to smithereens in the process. But surprise, surprise: Viserion and Rhaegal are charmed by the so-called Imp, allowing him to unchain them both.
Tyrion tells Varys, "Next time I have an idea like that, punch me in the face."
A blind Arya is still begging for alms in the streets of Braavos. The Waif confronts her again, and although she's more prepared, she still takes a beating and helplessly flails her cane around.
Jaqen H'ghar appears in front of Arya and asks her what her name is – thrice – to which Arya replies each time, "I have no name."
Lord Richard Karstark tells Ramsay and Roose Bolton about Sansa's escape, and they suspect that she is headed to Castle Black, off to her (still deceased) half-brother.
Roose, being all level-headed, warns his erstwhile bastard son that this would unite the North against them. Ramsay, whose bloodlust can't be satisfied, treacherously stabs his own father just after it is imparted that Lady Walda had borne the elder Bolton a son. He tells the Maester to send ravens that Roose has been "poisoned by his enemies."
Ramsay is now the new Lord Bolton. "I prefer being the only child," he says, and he leaves Walda and her newborn son inside Winterfell's kennel to be devoured by the hounds.
Meanwhile, Sansa and Theon are safe with Brienne of Tarth, who tells the former about her encounter with the Hound and the younger Stark sister, Arya.
"What happened at Winterfell?" Brienne asks Sansa, who confides her regrets to her. She tells her that she should've gone with her when she had the chance. Theon is unsettled by the sound of horses, and Sansa assures him that everything will be better once they reach Castle Black.
Theon decides against this, revealing that he wants to go back home to the Iron Islands. He express his remorse for everything that he's done to the Starks – including betraying Robb.
"You're not coming with us?" Sansa asks.
"I would've taken you all the way to the Wall. I would've died to get you there," Theon responds as Sansa hugs and reconciles with him.
We are back in Pyke, where Yara Greyjoy, Theon's sister, tells Balon Greyjoy, King of the Iron Islands, of their failed conquest of the North. Disillusioned, Yara says the prayer to the Drowned God, "What is dead may never die – but they did, and our invasion died with them. Deepwood Motte was our last stronghold in the mainland." She argues with her father about rescuing Theon and tells him about the failure of the last Greyjoy rebellion.
Balon doesn't bear with Yara, and just as he is about to cross a bridge on a stormy night, his long lost brother, Euron, stops him in his path. "I thought you'd been rotten in some foreign sea by now," he tells him.
"You're old, brother. You've had your time. Now let another rule," Euron says. "I am the storm, brother. The first storm and the last, and you’re in my way." He throws Balon into the raging sea.
At Balon's funeral, Yara swears vengeance and claims the Salt Throne of the Iron Islands for herself. However, she is reminded that she still has to be chosen through the Kingsmoot.
Castle Black, part 2
Melisandre is still despondent and jaded, but Ser Davos Seaworth finally drops the question: "Do you know of any magic that can help him?" – in short: can she resurrect Jon Snow?
She recalls Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion as a precedent, but replies that it's not possible – at least for her. The red priestess of the Lord of Light has lost her faith.
"Everything I believed – the great victory I saw in the flames – all of it was a lie," she says. "You were right all along. The Lord never spoke to me."
Davos replies, "F*ck him, then. F*ck all of them. [...] I'm not asking the Lord of Light for help. I'm asking the woman who showed me that miracles exist."
She begins a ritual which seeks to resurrect the fallen Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. She whispers incantations and a "please" under her breath – but fails to do so. Disheartened, they all walk out of the room, leaving Jon and his direwolf, Ghost.
But the camera lingers over his corpse still bearing the stab wounds of the mutineers.
Suddenly, he awakes and gasps for his breath. What everyone thought would happen finally happened…
Jon Snow lives!
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Game of Thrones airs on HBO at 9am in Asia – in a simulcast with the US – and has an encore telecast at 9pm.
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