Alright folks, this is a spoiler filled, I told you so GoT season 6, episode 2 wrap up. If you’ve been out of town, busy, or just living under a rock and haven’t seen the episode yet, ABORT this mission NOW! For everyone else, let’s get started.
I have to start this conversation with a little mild gloating. Back in June, I penned a piece titled RIP to the King in the North, Maybe? I went with maybe, because based on how book five ended, it was unclear if Jon was actually dead. Also, I did not think it was a coincidence that the Red Witch Melisandre was still at Castle Black following Stannis’ catastrophic loss. Low and behold, Milesandre was able to resurrect Jon, at the request of the Onion Knight, Sir Davos. Similar to what we witnessed with Beric Dondarrion, the leader of the Knights Without Banners. Now that it’s confirmed that the King in the North lives, the ultimate question left to answer, outside of Jon’s parentage, is whether or not he is the Prince that was Promised, Azor Ahai reborn, Champion of the Lord of Light. If you remember, at Hardhome, the Night’s King saw Jon, and singled him out when he witnessed him wield long claw. I’m going to step out on a limb here and speculate that Valyrian steel is a key component in creating the true Lightbringer sword. Now that Jon has been resurrected, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Maybe Milesandre will be able to make the Lightbringer sword after all. In any case, I’ll be paying close attention to Ghost. Given the connection between the dire wolves and the Starks, plus their connection to the supernatural, Ghost’s reaction to Jon will be telling.
Episode 2 also saw the reintroduction of the Iron Islands, with the death of Balon Greyjoy at the hands of his younger brother, the door has been opened to the King’s, oh, I mean the Queen’s Moot! Keep an eye out this season for a lot more of Yara Greyjoy, as well as a potential attempt to put Theon on the Seastone Chair. Although season 6 still draws from books 4 and 5, the show goes in directions not yet covered by the source material, making for exciting television. For example, the books didn’t cover Sansa’s marriage to, or subsequent escape from Ramsay. The books also didn’t cover Ramsay’s murder of Roose Bolton, or his feeding of Lady Walda and her newborn to his dogs. Moreover, now that Bran is back, his visions will explain even more.
So far season 6 is off to a great start. Now that we’re playing in the realm of the unknown, at least from the perspective of someone who’s read all the books, Sunday night holds even more sway in the must see TV category!