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We finally get to see Bran and the three-eyed crow, who takes Bran on a little journey into his family’s past. They travel to Winterfell back when his father was a boy, and he sees his uncle Benjen and aunt Lyanna. He also sees a young Hodor. View Spoiler »The show calls him Willis but in the books it’s actually Walder – unless I actually heard incorrectly when they called him Willis. Walder is a pretty common name in these books so maybe they changed it in the show. « Hide Spoiler
Then in Winterfell, present day, we see that Lady Walda gives birth to a baby boy. View Spoiler »Ramsey then kills his father and ends up feeding Lady Walda and the baby to the dogs after she pleads with him to let them leave Winterfell. « Hide Spoiler
We also get to see what’s happening in the Iron Islands. Balon Greyjoy is finally killed and there will be a king’s moot even though Yarra [Asha], sometimes I forget they changed her name for the show, believes her father would want her to become queen. However Kings and Queens don’t inherit the crown in the Iron Islands. View Spoiler »Balong Grejoy dies by the end of the 3rd novel contrary to what happens in the show. A great deal has happened with his brother Victarion by the end of the 5th book. « Hide Spoiler
Theon and Sansa will part ways. Sansa will go on with Brienne to The Wall, and Theon wants to return to the Iron Islands.
Much of nothing really happens in King’s Landing other than the High Sparrow coming to visit Jaime.
In Meereen Tyrion plays Dragon tamer and releases the dragons from their chains.
And finally, at The Wall, time is about to run up on Jon’s friends and Ser Davos, when Ser Allister wants to storm the room they’ve barricaded themselves in but Dolorous Edd and the Wildings, led by The Magna of Thenn, arrive and capture the traitorous bastards. View Spoiler »Ser Davos then goes to Melisandre and asks if Jon has to stay dead or if there is a way for her to bring him back. She wonders why he would believe in her religion but then he tells her that all religions are the same but she has shown him that she can do miracles. « Hide Spoiler
This was a great episode. However while parts of the story has caught up with the books, and others have passed it, there are still some story lines that haven’t quite caught up. Last week I mentioned that Margaery has already been released by the time Cersei is released. We haven’t heard anything from Sam, whose story actually happens at the same time as Jon’s except in A Feast for Crows.
I personally don’t feel anything for what’s happening with Ramsey, other than the expected feelings of disgust.
I’ve always felt pretty sorry for Bran. He’s been dealt the crappiest hand of them all. He’s cripple, and then he has to travel far away only to realise that this three-eyed crow’s power, that will be passed to him, is one of the lamest ever. He gets to see the past and the present through the weirwoods but he cannot interact with it.
Most of the things that happened in this episode didn’t really do anything for me. I’m a bit puzzled about why Tyrion looses the dragons. View Spoiler »In the novel, it’s Quentin Martell that does this in an attempt to prove to Dany and he is the one she should have married. He has some Targaryen blood which convinces him that he is worthy to capture a dragon. However he just ends up killing himself. « Hide Spoiler Tyrion doesn’t really have a reason.
Arya passes a test and gets to return to the House of Black and White. That’s literally all that happens with her. Very boring; and all this has already happened by the end of the fifth book.
The best and most interesting thing to happen in the episode, and the only reason it deserves a 5 star rating is for what happens at The Wall. Personally, I feel like the show has taken a lot of the supernatural elements out of the story. Sure they let Bran experience it, and Melisandre birthed shadow babies, but there is more warging in the story. View Spoiler »Arya wargs with Nymeria while she sleeps at night. She doesn’t realise that she is actually warging and doesn’t yet have control over it. Even Jon wargs with Ghost when he sleeps. They both think they are only dreaming of being their wolf although Jon does know about warging, so I feel like a part of him knows it’s real. I’m curious to see if he does start warging with Ghost [if it’s possible] now that he has come back to life. « Hide Spoiler