TV REVIEW: Game of Thrones - Home


Well, he's back. Of course he is, there was never any doubt, even before the stills emerged of him fighting fit. Game of Thrones has thrown us some serious curveballs over the years from Ned Stark onwards, but you always had the feeling that Jon Snow was destined to pull through, no matter what. So a dozen stab wounds from his "brothers" of the Night's Watch are nothing really, especially after a special sponge bath from everyone's favourite nutty religious redhead, albeit going to a crisis of faith.

But while Melisandre had doubts, Davos was convinced she could knock up some sort of spell to bring Jon back. She shouldn't have been that worried, considering her previous run-in with resurrection specialists Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion, but all it took was a simple please to the lord o'light. You'd think the men of House Bolton might want to have a chat with her after Roose, the most likeable evil bastard since Tywin Lannister, was dispatched by his own bastard Ramsay, who might as well have a dunce cap stapled to his head. He may be a vicious mad dog, but he's also a moron - at least Joffery surrounded himself with advisors, while all Ramsay really had was his dad. It's getting a bit boring now with Ramsay, and I suspect Benioff and Weiss understand that, hence showing him feeding his mother-in-law (together with her newborn son) to his hungry dogs.

With Ramsay probably not long for this world (I doubt he'll last long with the rest of the North around him), this leaves a bit of a space for the Lannisters to get back in it, provided they can get around the High Sparrow, who has gone from wanting to purify everyone to world domination in a couple of steps. What a brilliant ending that would be, to see a religious bigot on the iron throne, right as a real life one gets ready to fight for America's crown. Cersei and Jaime are both pissed that their children have been slowly ebbed away, and I don't imagine Tommen will be around for much longer either, so I can imagine the pair getting behind Ser Frank of Stein aka the Mountain 2.0 and going for it. But would they get very far without Tywin?

There's also the question of the other other Lannister, Tyrion, who took a step towards being able to confront his enemies with flaming death after making pals with the two remaining dragons. Amazingly, Dany was nowhere to be seen this episode, although if last week was any indication she's en route to Vaes Dothrak, where she'll live out the rest of her years with the other widows of Khals. Oops. And then there's Pyke and the Ironborn. Oh Pyke. Here another head fell as Balon Greyjoy was chucked off a bridge by his mad brother Euron, and at the funeral Yara was told she was no longer a dead cert to take over, and that it would be decided at the Kingsmoot. I hope it's shorter than an Entmoot. And finally, an ever-growing Bran returned alongside the human form of the three-eyed raven (Max Von Sydow yay!), with a curious vision to a youthful Ned Stark and family.

So all in all, Home actually sped through things in a surprising way, maybe now realising that we are not too far from the end - twenty-seven episodes may sound like a lot, but you can never be sure with the propensity Thrones has to take things slowwwwly to the point where you think of the Cadbury's caramel bunny. But it's all good; not only the usual points for surprise deaths and gore (although I can't remember any tits in this one) but the gears moving like they've been freshly oiled, like people are actually starting to take notice that winter is coming (it's only taken six years!).

And with that, Jon Snow. What was also interesting was that Bran's vision with the raven not only showed young Benjen and Ned but also Lyanna. The focus here is curious, considering the long-held rumour that Jon Snow is actually Lyanna's son after she was raped by Rhaegar Targaryen (what a lovely world!), so perhaps this is leading up to that. But it does feel like this is ramping up - which either means it's going to crazy or we're going to get a bunch of slightly meandering episodes until eight or nine. Also, how many bloody daughters does Walder Frey have?

- Charlie

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