Game of Thrones S6E02 Review “Home” by Danny Arriaza
This week was certainly a big, fantastic episode for the show with a ton of big events happening. Before I continue, I am obligated to say this review contains SPOILERS. THERE ARE SPOILERS AFTER THIS SENTENCE; you have been warned, with the formalities out of the way let’s dive right into the episode.
So, Jon Snow is back! Certainly the biggest part of this episode by far, though unfortunately it was probably pretty easy to figure out that Jon would come back by Kit Harrington’s remarks throughout the year before the season started. But, it is a nice change of pace that at least one ‘good guy’ character didn’t die in a horrific manner. We will return to Snow later in this article as a lot happened this week before his return.
Another return this week was Bran, Hodor, Meera, and the Three-Eyed Raven. After the year long hiatus of this storyline, it was a great comeback, bringing the magic aspect back to the show. It’s now clear that the flashbacks will most likely be tied to Bran’s training. This week we saw baby Ned and Benji Stark (which hopefully means Sean Bean return is not too far behind!). But, the two brothers were overshadowed by Lyanna Stark, making her first appearance on the show. Since she might be Jon’s mother with Rhaegar Targaryen being his actual father if the popular fan theory proves true. It looks like this season might show the past that led up to the end of the Targaryen dynasty and Robert’s Rebellion.
Isaac Hempstead Wright and Max Von Sydow have good chemistry together with Von Sydow stealing the show the few moments he is onscreen with his gravitas and gravelly voice. Plus, it was nice seeing Willis, I mean Hodor, as a kid, but also makes it all the more tragic considering his current state.
At The Wall, Davos took control and held out Thorne’s threat while the wildlings, led by Tormund, reached them just in time to save the day. Watching the giant slam that watchman into a wall like a stick was funny but a waste of the show’s CGI budget that could have been spent elsewhere.
In King’s Landing, looks like Cersei has another way of controlling people besides manipulation, as Robert Strong a.k.a. Zombie Mountain put the fear of the gods into the Lannister grunts when they ordered Cersei to stay in the Red Keep. He also slammed a random guy’s face into a wall after he was mocking Cersei. Tommen and Cersei’s reunion shows that perhaps he is ready to begin acting like a king, or is just being manipulated by his mother again. As the season progresses, we will see what kind of King Tommen will be. The most exciting part of this stop was the interaction between the High Sparrow and Jamie, which quickly turned into a good ole’ fashioned “you stab me and sure I may die, but you won’t be able to make it out of this keep in one piece,” situation. It appears The High Sparrow is amassing an army and is readying it against the Lannister’s; it’ll be great to see that develop.
Over in Meereen, Tyrion had a “How to Train your Dragon” moment as he began bonding with the locked up dragons and releasing them from their chains, releasing that if Daenerys wants any chance to win the Iron Throne she’ll need fully grown dragons not feeble, chained-up, lizards. In Braavos, Arya continued her “Daredevil” training as she was welcomed back into the House of Black & White.
Over in Winterfell, continuing his rampaging rule of rancid acts and just overall evil, Ramsay killed his father (The Roose is no longer loose) while then proceeding brutally to murder his newborn baby brother and step-mother by feeding them to his hounds. Ramsay is effectively Lord of Winterfell and head of the Bolton family. Most likely his next move will be to head to The Wall to find Sansa and wage war with the Night’s Watch.
A quick side note in the North: it was nice to see Theon apologize for all the terrible things he has done on the show but surprising to see his course is taking him back to the Iron Islands.
Which speaking of, was quite busy with death this week, as Balon Greyjoy fell to his end at the hands of his returning brother, Euron Greyjoy, portrayed by Pilou Asbӕk. From the first impression, Euron came across as cheesy, with his speech but hopefully when we see him in more scenes he’ll come across as more intimidating.
Finally, what we all knew was going to happen, it was more a matter of when, but *ahem* JON SNOW IS BACK! Beyond the obvious, it was interesting to see Davos so desperate and kind to Melisandre to get her help, especially since not too long ago he labeled her a “witch,” etc. It’ll be great to see how Jon deals with those who betrayed him.