‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 5 Discussion: This week we’re speculating about “The Door” and everything that is coming on Sunday!
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This week’s episode is called “The Door” 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 and weekly synopises 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.
There’s a lot we could make of this week’s title. Will Sansa (Sophie Turner) show Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) the door when he arrives at Castle Black? Does it have something to do with Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Loras’ (Finn Jones) freedom? Does Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) get stuck in a vision with the Night’s King (Richard Brake)? Or perhaps Arya (Maisie Williams) will finally get a chance to use one of those faces on the wall that’s been a key feature of the promos this season! Your guess is as good as ours!Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie & Aidan Gillen as Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth & Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: hardyness via Tumblr
Julie: I don’t even know where to start. “Book of the Stranger” was easily the best episode of the series to date! It really highlighted everything that made the show so different in that first season. Also the jumping around finally stopped feeling like the Seven Realms’ version of headline news reports. “And in Westeros Margaery is still locked up by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has become Cersei’s (Lena Headey) dog. Now to Varys (Conleth Hill) with the weather, how is it in Essos, Varys?” I think we need to talk about how we complained about Dany’s (Emilia Clarke) plot line and then BAM!Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: iheartgot via Tumblr
Considering how stretched out the Meereen plot has been it’s shocking she went ahead and killed the Khal so quickly. It’s great because Dany stood her claim and in this week’s episode we get Yara (Gemma Whelan) attempting the Kingsmoot. In the books she doesn’t win but Theon (Alfie Allen) also is not back yet (in fact Asha, his sister’s actual name in the books is captured by Stannis’ camp when she and Theon are reunited in A Dance With Dragons) so I’m curious to see which direction this goes. So interesting that they introduced Euron (Pilou Asbæk) to kill Balon (Patrick Malahide) and we haven’t seen him since.
Erin: Haha! Love the GoT news headlines analogy. I’d watch that channel. Varys as a weatherman would be super interesting. Littlefinger could totally handle celebrity gossip!
This last episode was all about Daenerys, and it delivered all we wanted and SO MUCH MORE. By the end, I was standing up in front of my TV. My jaw dropped, and my hands flew to my face. I probably looked like Edvard Munch’s The Scream. That’s how shocking and crazy amazing it was. The scenes where Daenerys asserts her power are some of the most thrilling of the series, and this time she finally did it without her dragons. We called it! Yay for Dany, and yay for us!Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. Photo: NBC / Gif: Giphy
Ok, so before we even jump into anything non-Daenerys related, can you explain to this book noob what exactly a Kingsmoot is?
Julie: Okay, here we go! The short of it is, it’s election season on the Iron Islands, and Frank Underwood isn’t around to manipulate the democratic process. Which is probably the most interesting thing about the Iron Islands. Although the rights to the Salt Throne have been passed through birth, in the books Theon is still being held captive at the Dreadfort so they decide to go about choosing a new leader in the Old Way. It’s not exactly a clear or fair custom since Balon made his wishes for Yara to rule known in private. But it’s an ironborn tradition where the lords and captains get together and choose their new leader. Like a caucus for the seven realms, the Throne of the Iron Islands is anyone’s for the taking. And no woman has ever ruled, to which we say, “YASSS King Yara!”Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO
Erin: Ooo, I see. But with Theon there, it would stand to reason that the throne would pass to him now, right? All I know is that I want the Iron Islands to throw their support to the Starks because those kiddos definitely deserve a break. They don’t have much use for a fleet of ships, since Winterfell is landlocked, but they could definitely use a seasoned warrior like Yara on their side. Methinks Theon can convince her to step in.
Speaking of ladies in power, it looks like Arya may get to try on her training for size as she gets a chance to prove herself. Whether this means that she’ll come up against someone on her list (I hope I hope) or that she’ll get to try one of those funky faces on. Either way, I can’t wait to see that whirling dervish in action.
Julie: With Theon no longer able to produce an heir and the fact that he grew up at Winterfell as Ned’s ward makes his claim kind of – forgive the pun – moot. If Yara were to win there’s a strong chance that the Iron Islands would throw their support to the Starks, but she doesn’t win in the books and it’s unlikely she will on the show. The fleet of ships will most certainly be put to use by the winner and there’s only one character who needs such a thing. However, that doesn’t mean that Theon and Yara won’t attempt to join up for the Bastard Bowl. It’s literally the least the Greyjoy siblings could do after the big betrayal of Robb (Richard Madden).
Arya already came across someone on her list last season, Ser Meryn Trant (Ian Beattie)! And it ended with our little sociopath going blind to learn a lesson. And it’s unlikely anyone left on the list will find their way to Braavos so quickly. There’s no major theory I know of regarding Arya and her Faceless future, but I’d like to see her make it back to Westeros and reunited with her Direwolf, Nymeria! I hope she is tasked with something a little more interesting than just killing people. Arya is so much more than being a sociopath. Like Jaime, whose character is being ruined!!!
Although it looks like we’ll see some action in King’s Landing this week! Do you think we’ll lose Margaery and Loras this week in the confrontation with the Faith Militant? That could definitely have a profound effect on Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) (and his own imminent death).
Erin: Meh, I don’t really care about anything going on in King’s Landing right now. It’s just a big monkey in the middle between the Starks and Daenerys right now. Sure, someone will emerge victorious, but does it really matter? I suppose it does to the extent that the Tyrell’s have a very large army, but if faced with Dany’s newly bolstered forces from the south, they’ll most certainly lose.
BTW, I’m assuming you meant that Dany needed those ships from the Iron Islands? Does Euron have reason to toss his support behind a Targaryen queen? If so, that will be very interesting. Looks like yet another Red Priestess will make her way to Mereen this week, so if he’s connected to R’hllor in any way, I’d say it’s possible. Crazytown!Peter Dinklage, Conleth Hill & nia Bukstein as Tyrion Lannister, Varys & Kinvara in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: xionthelostpuppet via Tumblr
Julie: I wouldn’t write off King’s Landing just yet. The Lannisters are still major players and it’s not quite as grand scale as Dany vs Jon just yet. Although I live for the reveal that Dany’s interested in taking Jon down for her own ego!
Euron does have a reason to seek out Team Targ. Like many men before him he thinks he can just marry Dany. In any case it’s mostly a fool’s errand, except he also has a horn that’s supposed to be able to control dragons. And as fate would have it the dragons need controlling and Dany can’t leave Meereen until he arrives. The Iron Islands believe in the Drowned God – A Davy Jones/Cthulhu type. I mean, Euron is well traveled but I don’t think he has anything to do with R’hllor. I’m throwing my suspicions behind the Red Priestess in Meereen making Tyrion have visions of Shae. The interesting thing about a Red Priestess in this episode is that we also get some Great Other/The Knight’s King movement.
Erin: Wow. I definitely can’t wait to see more of Euron! He’s most certainly a fool if he thinks he’s just going to swoop in and marry Dany. Thinking that Daario and Jorah might have something to say about that. There’s going to be SO much going on in this episode! This season has been so amazing and it seems like there’s just more to come.
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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