Game of Thrones - Season 6, Episode 4: 'Book Of The Stranger'

Game of Thrones - Season 6, Episode 4: 'Book Of The Stranger'

Eddie Goldsmith


The hug between Jon and Sansa at the wall just feels like something we all really needed. It felt like the first time since season one that Sansa was safe for a change and served as a friendly reminder of where it all began and how far our characters have become. As far as the information presented in their scenes it was really just setting up for Jon V Ramsey, Snow V Snow, Bastard V Bastard, which will probably be part of the traditional season epic being Episode 9. What we have to look forward to until then is Jon and Sansa going on a recruitment tour harder than Tormund giving the fuck eyes to Brienne. We know from a season preview snapshot that Sir Davos will be chatting with someone from House Mormont so we can only hope he eventually goes on to try and recruit House Manderly. 

That’s a bear in the flag behind Davos which is the sigil of House Mormont

That’s a bear in the flag behind Davos which is the sigil of House Mormont

As mentioned briefly last week that I believed the Umbers or at least a Northern Lord like the Mormont’s is going to play the role of the Manderly’s in the Great Northern Conspiracy. If you need another summary it is pretty much that most of the houses of the North are actually still loyal to the Starks and that allegiance with the Boltons is all just a farce. That’s where house Manderly comes in.

Littlefinger's return also creates an interesting dynamic. We were able to gather from next week's preview that Sansa confronts Littlefinger if he knew what Ramsey would do to her. We know his intentions to support Jon and Sansa in what the internet has dubbed BASTARDBOWL, but I feel there is more to be desired from Littlefinger’s story arc. Most likely he may be forgiven for his mistakes but continues to meddle and ultimately his demise will be an ironic fall from grace. It would be poetic if Sansa, the one he molded and desires given her likeness to her mother Caitlin and his former childhood crush, was the one to be his undoing. 

So aside from Jon V Ramsey, the potential set up for the GNC, Littlefinger, and ‘The Pink Letter’ for book readers, there wasn’t much here other than wild speculation. And here comes some MOAARR!!

Every scene where the High Sparrow has graced us with his presence we are lead to believe that we learn something new about him. But are we really learning that he and his father were cobblers or was he just playing to his strengths? Where he has been challenged he has met that fire with fire. Meeting the Queen of Thorns with a sharp tongue and infallible morals, Jamie Lannister’s threats of violence were met with his own show of power during Myrcella’s funeral, appealing to Tommen’s innocence by displaying some of his own shortcomings, and of course, Cersei arming the faith and immediately using that against her. 

How the fuck am I supposed to believe this guy was actually a cobbler and not just some BS story he’s telling her to win her over? 

The whole point was to appeal to her sense of something greater than just riches and power. Thankfully Margery Tyrell AKA Queen Mag 11 AKA Lola Bunny isn’t picking up what the High Sparrow is putting down. The more I learn about the High Sparrow the more I’m reminded of how little we actually know about him. I’m convinced he has a political agenda and is more than just a religious zealot.

It is clear that the High Sparrow is causing problems for everyone illustrated in the brief High Council meeting where Cersei and Olena Tyrell agreed that they needed to work together to bring down the Faith Militant. It should be noted during this scene the ‘Rains of Castamere’ was playing in the background and is often associated when the Lannisters are about to go to pound town. Now initially this would be interpreted as Cersei and the Lannisters initiating war against the Faith, however, it should be remembered that the tune is an immortalization of the destruction of House Reyne by Tywin Lannister. House Reyne was supposedly the second most powerful family behind the Lannisters at the time, and who is currently the second most powerful? The Tyrells. We will remember Cersei retelling the story to Margery in season 3 to intimidate her. I wouldn’t be shocked if Cersei’s plan to remove the faith also includes bending over the Tyrells like Loras did to Renly.

And finally, it’s been confirmed. We can all take a deep sigh of relief now. We finally know what Emilia Clarke’s boobs look like. She confirmed it wasn’t a body double. Now we all of us regardless of sexual orientation can understand how Tormund was feeling. 

When bae comes over for Night's Watch and chill and he gives you that look

When bae comes over for Night's Watch and chill and he gives you that look

But in all seriousness this scene was fantastic allows us to speculate on her future. If you remember when Dany was in Qarth she met a woman called Quaithe (in the books we first see her in A Clash Of Kings.) In the books Quaithe tells Dany an all important prophecy that “To go north, you must journey south, to reach the west you must go east. To go forward you must go back and to touch the light you must pass beneath the shadow.” Now although this prophecy among others in the book haven't been revealed in the show, I believe they will still play a significant roll in Dany’s story arc. Many have speculated on what this all means and popular belief was that she must return to her roots to reach Westeros, or in this case, the Dothraki. You’ll notice this scene reflects her ‘rebirth’ at the end of Season one when she came from the funeral pyre naked with her dragons and a small group of devout followers, except now she has pretty much the entire Dothraki army with her. I’d say her odds of getting shit done just got a lot higher.


Real life Bond villain Eddie Goldsmith has a passion for photography, movies, basketball and speaking in third person. Like most other sleep deprived 20-somethings Eddie's managed to find a balance between calm and collected to being one coffee cup away from never sleeping again. Writer, Editor, Generous Lover, Photographer and part time funny man I'm always looking to try my hand at something new.