Game Of Thrones season 6 is truly living up to lớn the show's reputation for bloody murder. Major spoilers ahead..

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By Ron Hogan | May 2, năm nhâm thìn | | Comments count:0

The motto of this show has been the same since the very beginning. When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. Sometimes, just when it seems like winning is right around the corner, it turns out lớn be a nasty case of death instead. Westeros is a land where good, honorable people die terrible deaths, and also a land where despicable people die terrible deaths as well. Generally, everyone dies a terrible death. Valar morghulis.

Once upon a time, during the War of Five Kings, Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahyde) was considered an actual king. Sure, he only ruled the Iron Islands, và through them the northern seas, but still, that’s a kingdom, albeit a nautically-based one. Now, the three Baratheon combatants are dead, & the King in the North is just a head on a pike somewhere. Balon Greyjoy remains, though his ambitious chiến dịch to take the north was actually horribly unsuccessful. Theon ruined any possible alliances with the Northmen by “killing” Bran & Rickon, Ramsay ruined Theon as a bargaining chip, and the last of the Iron Island strongholds has been retaken by its rightful owners. Now, the Lord Reaver of Pyke is now just a stain on the rocks, thrown off one of Pyke’s many precarious rope bridges by none other than his newly-introduced brother, Euron (Pilou Asbaek).

One of the things that Game Of Thrones does throughout this episode is create tension out of effectively nothing. An old man trying lớn cross a rickety bridge in a driving rain storm shouldn’t be quite so tense, but at times he seems like he may actually fall over to a natural death. Of course, Euron shows up và tosses him over the side of the bridge after a brief skirmish, but hey, at least it could have gone either way.

Euron’s not the only one with blood on his hands. Throughout the last couple of seasons, there’s been a baby-shaped axe hanging over Ramsay Bolton’s head. He might have been made legitimate, & he might be his father’s heir & the only thành viên of the family with a legitimate claim to lớn the north through marriage to lớn Sansa Stark, but he’s also a raving lunatic who has a cold-blooded murderer for a father. Roose strikes me as the type lớn kill before the other person can kill him, so with the announcement of Walda Frey’s healthy baby boy, the clock is ticking for the two of these men. Sure, they might smile & hug it out, but when the knife plunges into someone, it’s another great moment of tension. For a good five or ten seconds, we’re not sure which one of the two Boltons has been killed.

Unsurprisingly, it’s Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay holding the knife at the end. That sets up yet another incredibly tense few scenes where the new Lord Bolton summons Walda Frey & the new baby. When Ramsay takes the baby from Walda, there’s a palpable tension. We know what Ramsay is capable of, và smashing a baby is nothing compared to patricide. Walda seems to know this too, or she seems khổng lồ be a little suspicious of the way Ramsay holds the baby, but her husband Roose will protect her… or he would if he wasn’t bleeding out in Winterfell’s great hall. Ramsay is a monster, and after he takes Walda khổng lồ the kennels, it’s only a matter of time before her fate is sealed, too.

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Fortunately, Jeremy Podeswa tells the tale of the death of Walda Frey through sound và Ramsay’s observation; we don’t watch a woman and a baby get ripped apart by dogs, in a much-needed cảm biến of restraint. Watching it happen isn’t nearly as tense as waiting for it to happen, and the episode had already filled a lot of its blood quotient thanks to a couple of amazing scenes: FrankenMountain gets some revenge on the flasher who tells tales of his indecent proposal khổng lồ Cersei Lannister during her walk of shame by smashing his head into pudding against the wall, & Wun Wun picks up an archer và essentially does the same khổng lồ him, albeit with the former Night Watch member’s entire body toàn thân instead of just the head.

Multiple scenes of violence, multiple dead lords, & the strongest moments are actually the comedy moments. The FrankenMountain head smash made me laugh out loud, & I laughed more when the Night’s Watch archer met a similar fate. The Varys và Tyrion scenes, as usual, are great, with Tyrion’s trip down to see the dragons almost as suspenseful as handing a baby over to lớn Ramsay. It also ends up drawing laughs, if only because Tyrion diffuses every situation possible with humor, even if everyone around him isn’t laughing. That’s a credit to lớn Dave Hill, who wrote tonight’s episode. Tense when it needs khổng lồ be, and surprisingly funny when it’s time khổng lồ relieve a little bit of the growing tension.

It sets a lot of things into motion, throwing the world of Westeros into turmoil. A dead Prince in Dorne, the North in the hands of a sociopath & his lick-spittle Karstark retainers, a dead Lord of the Iron Islands, và shattered alliances all around; Walda might not have been the best Frey, but she’s still a dead Frey, và she was slaughtered by a Bolton. Surely the Greyjoys aren’t quite over the Boltons taking the north back from them và shattering Theon. The North keeps the old Gods và remembers the old ways, & there are still some Starks out there who could be a threat, but will Ramsay actually go through with his insane plan lớn attack Castle Black and kill the only force standing between the trắng Walkers & Westeros?

Well, it’s Ramsay, so the answer is probably yes, but it’s not so much about the destination, but about how we get there. Jon Snow’s resurrection has been in the works since Melisandre returned lớn Castle black from Stannis’s camp, but it’s still a very effective scene that says a lot about all the characters involved, particularly Melisandre và Davos (talk about an unlikely pair of allies). That we can know what’s going to happen, but still enjoy it when it comes about is a good sign; the show is doing the logical thing with characters as we understand them, but still able lớn make the logical choices entertaining.

Westeros is always at its best when there’s chaos all around. With noblemen dying like flies, chaos is what’s going lớn happen. The trò chơi of thrones is in full effect, and only the strong, or those resurrected by magic, will survive.

Read Ron’s reviews of the previous episode, The Red Woman, here.

US Correspondent Ron Hogan yelled at his television when the over credits started up. But that just means there’s more game of Thrones lớn watch next week, và that means more people for the Sand Snakes khổng lồ kill. Find more by Ron daily at Shaktronics and PopFi.

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