‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 4 Discussion: This week we’re speculating about ‘Book of the Stranger’ and everything that is coming on Sunday!
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This week’s episode is called “Book of the Stranger” and we’re speculating about what’s coming on Sunday! With HBO protectively guarding the inner secrets from this season, we don’t have much to go on. But even though we kind of know nothing, we thought it might be fun to speculate on each week’s episode title and promo.
Titles are the biggest hint we have about what to expect, especially now that the show has, for the most part, caught up with A Song of Ice and Fire Series. So no more book reader superiority! But for the record, I have read the books, so I’ve brought my colleague Erin Qualey here to assist with the show-only perspective!
Each week, we’ll have an informal discussion about the name of each episode and whatever piques our interest as the season progresses.
“Book of the Stranger”
This week’s title clearly has something to do with the Faith Militant. And there’s that scene from the Season 6 promo where Jaime marches on the Sept. There were also shots of Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Loras (Finn Jones) though it’s a mystery exactly what the plan is. The one tie-in seems to be that characters will be reunited. If it’s the kind of reunions we have been hoping for remain to be seen. For all the satisfaction in the first two episodes in this season, last week went to great lengths to just tease that big R+L=J theory.Game of Thrones Photo: HBO
Julie: So where is Sansa (Sophie Turner) and the squad rolling up this week? Is it Castle Black? Because that’s going to be really frustrating if we’re once again robbed of a reunion! Jon (Kit Harington) hugging his brothers was so emotional, and I want Sansa to see him again! Especially since she was super dismissive of him as her brother when she was younger. I can’t handle another major tease! I haven’t recovered from The Tower of Joy!
Erin: From the preview, it really does look like we’ll be spending a lot of time on Sansa and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) this week. Looks like Sansa is… somewhere with really big doors. If it’s the Wall, I’m hoping that she’s arriving just as Jon is making his big exit. If so, she won’t have time for a bath or clean clothes, unless she really wants to cramp her big brother’s style. I totally have faith that the two of them will reunite at some point soon!Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: favor757 via Tumblr
On the other side of the world, Dany’s plot is becoming a snooze. She’s back at Vaes Dothrak and the old Khaleesi is giving her lip. Sigh. Dany had better just win them all over this week so we can get on with it. As much as I’m enjoying the ‘Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) governs in Dany’s absence” scenes, we desperately need some movement in Meereen!
Julie: Dany’s plots have a habit of stalling. I have a feeling this has everything to do with Euron (Pilou Asbæk) making his way to Essos. I love the insinuation that Jorah (Iain Glen) and Daario (Michiel Huisman) are going to somehow rescue her! Like, okay. I’m not particularly fond of Dany but I think she’s come far enough to protect herself. She’s not much a planner but I still think she’ll be out of there by the time her suitors ride up to rescue her. Dany hasn’t shown fear yet. I think we’re seeing her realize that she can proclaim her titles all she wants but they’re meaningless. It’s an important lesson, especially because she’ll face the same problem when she does eventually head to Westeros.
I think Arya’s (Maisie Williams) plot is a bit boring as well. It’s amazing how much plot movement there’s been for certain characters we’ve seen every week and others it’s been small headlines on what’s going on but no real forward motion. The show has definitely found the balance but frankly I’d rather not see certain characters until there’s something to see, like with Margaery. At least Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) is back!Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: dailydormer via Tumblr
Erin: Ooo I adored Arya’s plot development this past week. I feel like the House of Black and White might even allow her to check some of the names off of her list if she’s really good. I mean, why all the listing of names and chatter about the Hound (Rory McCann) if those things weren’t going to come into play soon. Guess we’ll have to wait and see on that!
Also I, too, am excited to see Lady Olenna use her powers of snark and sass to get what she wants this week. Everyone has their secret powers on Game of Thrones, and reining in diplomatic chaos is definitely Olenna’s strong suit. Also – scarf hats!Dianna Rigg on Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO / Gif: wonderlandmagazine.com
All I really know is that Dany’s plot had better get some sort of momentum going, or I might have to start taking catnaps during her sequences. I’m thinking that she might have to end up saving Jorah and Daario after they get captured trying to save her. Total plot twist! I’d totally love to see that happen. I’d also love to see Dany charm the Dosh Khaleen without the looming presence of her scaly sons, but I won’t get my hopes up that high.
Julie: I was wondering about that list of names too. It’s so intrinsic to Arya’s character and it seemed counter productive to being “No one.” The Hound was definitely mentioned because The Mountain (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) was mentioned! #CLEGANEBOWL! I’m pretty sure it will never not be funny how much Olenna hates the Lannisters. The fact that Cersei (Lena Headey) still has no idea Olenna’s part in Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) death. I don’t think she’ll hurt Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), the whole point was to get Margaery the crown. But having Margaery locked up isn’t going to help make any real alliances.Michiel Huisman & Iain Glen as Daario Naharis & Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: favor757 via Tumblr
I am so here for Dany having to rescue the boys. Their whole quest was kind of nonsensical. We know they’re vying for her affection. But like what even is Jorah’s game plan? He has grayscale! I agree, I’d like to see Dany rally on her own merits. Where is Drogon though? Then again a dragon might literally light a fire under the Dosh Khaleen’s butts! They never knew the dragons, maybe they can confirm if Drogon really is the “Stallion Who Mounts the World!”
So there weren’t any secrets to uncover this week in the promo but the appearance of Littlefinger and Sweet Robin got me thinking. I don’t trust Petyr Baelish one bit but we do know Sansa is his weakness. Aidan Gillen has hinted that he’ll want to help her for misjudging Ramsay. At first I was not pleased to see the Lord of the Vale. He abandoned Sansa! He’ll need to go to great lengths to earn my forgiveness. But it’s possible he could amass an army against the Boltons. The Vale’s army was untapped during the War of the Five Kings. I think that would go a long way toward helping the Starks. Then again Littlefinger did betray Ned. Ugh, he gives me a headache! What’s the likelihood that he shows up late to the Bastard Bowl (with Starbucks) and takes all the glory?
Erin: Mmm Starbucks. What goes good with a revenge war? Four shots of espresso? An Americano with extra milk? Scones. Mmm warm blueberry scones…. Oops… what were we talking about? Oh, yes. Littlefinger. He’s been off our radar for some time, and whatever he does he’s going to do for his own good. Even though he might have some sort of inappropriate old man longing for Sansa, he’s not going to move one hair on her behalf unless it benefits him personally.
The Vale might actually become an important stronghold in the wars to come. The show mentioned on more than one occasion that the castle at it’s center – the Eyrie – is “impregnable” which has to count for something. It’s like Australia in a game of Risk. Just hide out there until the end, and you’re totally golden. I guess Littlefinger knew board game strategy before it was cool.
Julie: I was just thinking about how weird it is that Davos (Liam Cunninghamn) and Mel (Carice an Houten) have met Catelyn (Michelle Fairely). Season 2 seems like so long ago! Littlefinger has understood this game long before we joined the party. He also has earned credit for teaching Sansa what he knows and how to play the game. He wouldn’t let her blame herself for Joffrey’s death. I’d like to see those lessons continue; Sansa and Jon are great examples of doing everything right by being good and kind and still getting the short end of the stick. It’s just as much her fight as it is Jon’s. She can’t engage in an actual combat setting, but she knows how valuable she and her name are. Bring back Season 4 Sansa (and there’s reason to believe we just might get that)!Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones (4×08) Photo: HBO Gif: via Rebloggy
Erin: I can’t wait to see how Sansa deals with the fallout from her escape from the Boltons. I’m definitely thinking she’ll meet back up with Jon, but with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) by her side, who needs Littlefinger? If (aka: when) Sansa and her squad roll up on Jon, Melisandre and Davos will likely come to her aid as well. Like you mentioned, they’ve both met Catelyn, and knew her as an honorable (and royal) woman, so they’ll probably feel a bit obliged to help her along her way. I’m actually loving the Davos / Melisandre advisory team here. Hoping to see more of them this week!
Julie: Davos is the best advisor! His little conversation with Jon about failing…He should go around Westeros as a motivational speaker when this is over…Wow! The more I think about it the more I feel like the reunion is happening! Jon didn’t leave Castle Black and really where would he go? He needs provisions and some mutton! Can’t leave without the mutton! What about when Brienne meets Mel? I think the Stannis stuff is behind her, even if she does learn the truth about the Shadow!Baby. Then again Brienne has other things to do. But that’s a discussion for next week!
We covered a wide range of points and characters this week! Did we miss your favorite? Have a theory on Sunday’s episode? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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