Game of Thrones Ep. 2: “Home”

Game of Thrones Episode 2: “Home”

A recap and review of Game of Thrones Episode 2: “Home”

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Sullywood Rating: 9/10

What We Learned:

Winterfell:

  • Walda Bolton gives birth to a son.  Ramsay congratulates his father and then stabs him in the chest, killing him.  Ramsay then turns his attention to Walda and his new half-brother, who he sicks the dogs on and kills
  • Brienne explains her encounter with Arya to Sansa, giving hope to Sansa that Arya is still alive
  • Theon, who understands that he will not be forgiven and wishes not to be, requests to return to the Iron Islands.  Sansa grants his request and gifts him a horse

Iron Islands:

  • Yara and Balon Greyjoy have a difference of opinion regarding the future and the past.  Balon leaves their argument and finds a figure waiting outside for him.  We are introduced to his brother, Euron Greyjoy, who greets his brother and then kills him

Braavos:

  • Arya is once again greeted and attacked by the Waif.  After a few hits to the body, all goes quiet.  She begins to swing her staff wildly before someone grabs and holds it….we see it’s Jaqen
  • Jaqen offers Arya shelter, food, and her eyesight back if she’ll just tell him her name…she states that she is “no one” all three times and Jaqen “saves” her from her new life

Meereen:

  • Tyrion is informed that Astapor and Yunkai have reverted back to slavery
  • Understanding the importance and strategic value of the dragons, Tyrion visits with them and releases them from their chains

Beyond the Wall:

  • Bran is taken back to the past with a vision that leads him to Winterfell.  In the vision he sees a young Ned, Benjen, and Lyanna Stark.  He also meets Willis…aka Hodor before Hodor
  • Bran is taken out of the vision by the Three-Eyed Raven.  He’s not happy about this, but the Three-Eyed Raven warns him not to get too attached to these visions, or else he’ll get lost in them

King’s Landing:

  • At Myrcella’s funeral,  Jaime is confronted by the High Sparrow where the tho share a conversation about their beliefs.  Jaime threatens the High Sparrow, who then flexes his muscle with the members of the Faith Militant showing up and clearly outnumbering Jaime
  • Tommen, who has struggled with the recent events, finally gets the courage to apologize to Cersei for letting the High Sparrow embarrass her

Castle Black:

  • Thorne and his men go to Sir Davos’s room.  They give him one last chance.  Davos and company don’t falter and Thorne orders their death
  • Just as all seems lost, Edd arrives with the Wildlings and they overpower Thorne and take him prisoner, along with his men
  • Davos persuades Melisandre to attempt to use her magic to bring Jon Snow back to life.  At first she wants no part in trying, but then gives it a go…because hey…what the the hell right?  After multiple attempts, it appears she has failed
  • Everyone leaves the room and after a few moments, this greatness occurs:

Jon Snow Lives

My Thoughts:

The most compelling part of this show right now is how nobody is confident in Westeros.  For the longest time, there were many characters who could not be broken.  You have any of the Lannisters, inside men like Lord Varys, and even the crazy man himself….Ramsay Bolton.  But this season, all seem to have taken a step back and realize that the end could most certainly come.  Take “Home” for example with Ramsay.  In the past, any time Ramsay did something sadistic you could see the enjoyment in his face.  But twice this episode, when he killed his father and when he murdered Walda and his step-brother, he had a look on his face like “oh shit, the grass really isn’t greener being the man”.

Boy am I glad Jaqen came a calling this week in “Home”.  As mentioned last week, I really didn’t want things to drag too long with Arya’s current story line, and from the looks of it, it won’t.  The writers are on top of their game this season.

So the Lord has risen…no not THAT Lord.  Lord Commander Jon Snow of course!  Another A+ for the writers for not dragging out the suspense with Jon Snow’s fate.  The big question for at least one week will be this though…..Will this Jon Snow be any different than the Jon Snow we’ve always known?

Will he be the same?  Will his memory be affected?  Or will he be like Kyle in Season 3 of American Horror Story and basically be Frankenstein?  “Home” gave us literally only a second to study this new Jon Snow.  For the life of me, I can’t imagine Jon Snow returning and being something lesser than what he already was, but after all, this is Game of Thrones.  Any time this show throws you a bone….it equally rips out your heart.

Your Thoughts:

Will Jon Snow be different?

 

In case you missed our review of the last episode, click below to read:

Game of Thrones Episode 1: “The Red Woman”

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