Episodes without Dorne: 6
Well, the cats out of the bag. It’s official. The second worst kept secret in Westeros is finally out. Sandor “The Hound” Clegane is still alive, and boy is he pissed. The reveal of his survival was excellent, reminding us of his strength and back story, why he should be feared. Bringing in Ian McShane for one episode was a bold move but he really did deliver.
Coming off the back of some of the most intense and information filled episodes, I rather enjoyed the slower pace of this weeks episode. Although not a huge amount happened, we know that it’s only a couple of episodes till the big season maker, episode 9.
The overall reveal of the character I thought was great. They reminded us how strong he is and why he should be feared. The gave us a swift reminder that he’s a bad bad man, but he still has a purpose in life. And that purpose is to kick ass.
The Hound and the Septon's scenes were great, the only confusion I have to hear is why they were all murdered at the end. It was implied in the episode that the men on horseback where apart of the Brotherhood Without Banners. The last we saw of them was with Beric Dondarion and Thoros of Myr and it would be very unlike that Brotherhood to murder a small collective of innocent people.
Some have theorised that if they are the Brotherhood, then they have now been taken over by Lady Stoneheart, Catelyn Stark revived in the books. In the books she can’t talk, and is a shell of the woman she once was, her only mission is revenge. I highly doubt, or at least hope, this doesn’t happen as it just seems a little shoehorned and far-fetched, even for a show such as Game of Thrones. The theory goes that the Brotherhood men recognised The Hound - there wouldn’t be many men his size in Westeros that have a face like a Snickers bar thats been left in the sun - and they reported this back to Lady Stoneheart who then decides to purge the entire group because of their association with the Hound, a known Lannister accomplice.
I just really don’t think it’s a good idea. It would serve no purpose other than pure fan service, which isn’t always a good thing. I do hope however that they aren’t the Brotherhood and the Hound hunts them down with his axe, and finds his purpose is to serve the faith as a body guard of sorts. Like a fighter for the faith. Almost like a champion if there was ever a fight. Like say there was going to be a trial by combat, and the faith needed a representative, he could fill that role. Like say if a hypothetical Queen Regent was about to have a Trial by Combat to prove her innocence and had named Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane as her champion, he could be in that fight. Against his brother. Two Cleganes….
I'll just leave this here…
Last week I theorised that maybe the test of the faceless men isn’t for Arya, but rather, the waif. It would seem she did a pretty shitty job of being a master assassin. Firstly she went against Jaqen “Sexy Jesus” H’ghar's orders and made Arya suffer. Secondly, she didn’t even confirm she was dead. Like if you’re going to kill someone just go for the throat damn.
Arya being stabbed in the stomach was frustrating enough on its own. Aside from definitely not being able to walk, and almost a certified death sentence, we see in the preview for the next episode that she is doing parkour again. I understand this is a fantasy genre but damn really? There are some theories floating around that it is not Arya that actually got stabbed but I’m not prepared to don that tinfoil hat for today.
The hope for the Great Northern Conspiracy is still alive as the Manderly’s are getting at least one mention every episode. This Redditor confirmed that Sansa’s letter was indeed to Littlefinger, Margery handing over the Tyrell symbol of a rose to the Queen of Thorns as if to say their house words “Growing Strong”. Lyanna Mormont was fantastic and again a showcase of fantastic casting throughout the entire series. We got a reminder that Theon doesn’t have a penis and that Lily Allen wrote this about Alfie Allen (Theon).
Also, did anyone else notice Foggy from Daredevil as one of the Brotherhood?
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