‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6, Episode 6 Discussion: This week we’re speculating about “Blood of My Blood” and everything that is coming on Sunday!
This week’s episode is called “Blood Of My Blood” 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 synopses 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 book 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.
“Blood of My Blood”
Since the title and synopsis of episode six were revealed fans have been speculating about the deeper meaning behind it. After last week’s “Ode to Hodor” there is every reason to believe we’ll get more than we could ever anticipate. Of course the title related directly to Dany (Emilia Clarke) and her bloodriders. But with the importance placed on bloodlines, familial ties will be an ever present theme. Siblings across the seven kingdoms have been working together. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has become Cersei’s (Lena Headey) are preparing to attack those that have wronged them. Starting as grand scale as The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). While Margaery (Natalie Dormer) will prepare for her atonement. Could there be bloodshed? Will they all make it out of this episode alive?
Julie: We’re heading toward the back half of the season. I never expected things to pick up the way they did in episode five. I mean in retrospect of course things would have sped up like that! But still. I have already rewatched episode five twice and I’m still in some heavy denial but also extremely ready to move on.Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: rottenwasp via Tumblr
The name of this week’s episode has me more confident than ever that one or both Tyrell children won’t make it out of the Sept alive. I think Jaime needs to fail…again. And then he’ll realize how cray Cersei is! I’m waiting. Book Jaime is awesome and Show Jaime is almost there! Which would also works with the family theme that’s about to play out.
Erin: The idea of blood ties is definitely going to be the driving force behind this episode. Your idea of the two Tyrell siblings is interesting. If anyone is going to die, I’d say it would be Loras, but I’m thinking that they’re more likely to get Margaery the eff outta there, and deal with Loras later. Loras might be in limbo. However, Finn Jones did snag that sweet Marvel gig, so perhaps his time has come to an end on the show after all.
In regards to Jaime, I’m excited to see him assert some power and authority for once in his life. Cersei certainly isn’t going to tag along to the confrontation, so it’s up to Jaime and his golden tongue – and cloak, I suppose? – this week.
As for the other siblings that might be involved in the episode, I’m super excited to meet Sam’s (John Bradley-West) fam! The preview shows a nervous Gilly (Hannah Murray), and then Sam throwing some shade at his dad. I hope the kiddo can stand up for himself once and for all! Maybe this will also be an episode of characters breaking free from maladaptive family patterns?Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO
Julie: You forgot Jaime also has a gold hand now, hehe! Seeing him assert himself will be extremely satisfying. It’s long over do and I hope if he is successful at the Sept that it makes him realize he’s more than Cersei. And he’s grown apart from her. That would be so great!
I love the idea of characters standing up for themselves against the people that are their greatest fear and their greatest adversary. If Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) makes her way to the Quiet Isle on her way to the Riverlands, we’re in for a real treat on that familial-hate note. Ian McShane’s character should show up as well as the presumed dead Hound (Rory McCann) – if that particular theory is also coming to fruition.
I’m just not sure there’s much left for Loras and Margaery to do anymore. It’s difficult because killing either or both of them has some serious implications that we would certainly take issue with. At the same time, I hope they don’t just leave the plot for later. The High Sparrow is moving forward with his plan just like everyone else. The plot marches on.
But if Tommen’s (Dean-Charles Chapman) fate is also at stake this season, that’s three husbands in as many years that Margaery will out live, and with no heir to secure the line what will she do? I don’t think the Faith Militant would hesitate to kill her in the same way that Dorne wanted to start a war over Myrcella’s (Nell Tiger Free) death. Also, Ned was killed on the steps of the Sept. Margaery’s death would reinforce that image. And Jaqen’s (Tom Wlaschiha) point about death coming for everyone wasn’t just about Ned (Sean Bean) or Hodor (Kristian Nairn).
Speaking of Jaqen, the episode synopsis says that Arya (Maisie Williams) will face a difficult choice. I’m curious if she’ll steal a face in order to poison Lady Crane (Essie Davis). I love when Arya struggles with her moral center because there is none in The House of Black and White. There is a debt and it gets paid.Essie Davis as Lady Crane in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO
Erin: I’m not entirely sure why she would need one of the faces in order to do her duty here. I get that she wants to play with a forbidden toy, but why would she even risk it? She’s not going to get another chance from the Many Faced God. My secret hope is that she receives word that her brother and sister are in trouble up in the North and she has to choose between staying and becoming no one, or retaking her identity as Arya Stark. Of course you know I’m Team Stark, so I’m desperately hoping for the latter. I’d love the full Stark squad to be repped at the retaking of Winterfell.
In other Stark news, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is presumably making his way south now with a horde of wights and White Walkers in hot (cold?) pursuit. The only shelter he’ll find is at the Wall, but will he doom the Night’s Watch if he seeks refuge there? Perhaps the most important question is: Will we be getting any more Stark reunions in Season 6? Please??
Julie: So there’s a theory about how Arya’s story would come full circle. It heavily involves LSH, so it remains to be seen if the show will take that route. But for now she’s still in training. I can’t imagine her continuing to struggle with murdering Lady Crane. It’s that kind of debate that brought on her blindness in the first place. But I wouldn’t count on Arya heading out of Braavos anytime soon. For all intents and purposes she is no one. Until she picks up Needle again she is no one.Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO
The Bastard Bowl is Jon’s fight. I mean it’s Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) too, but she’s much more behind the scenes. Her involvement just lends support to Jon’s cause. It’s why she needs her own army. Jon has to do the heavy lifting of taking back Winterfell, but the Night’s King is also marching forward. Jon will have to go out into the world again and defend it from the greater threat while Sansa will become Warden of the North.
I’m not sure about Bran. I have hopes and wishes for that plot line I had abandoned until this past episode. But I’m fairly sure there is definitely at least one more Stark reunion in the books. As long as Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) doesn’t touch a hair on Rickon’s (Art Parkinson) head!
Erin: Oh, my friend. I think little Rickon is doomed. Perhaps they’ll reunite with his flayed body at some point, but I don’t see a happy reunion for them in the cards, especially since he’s Ramsay’s one and only bargaining chip. And we all know that Ramsay isn’t good at keeping Stark’s in pristine condition. Guess we’ll just have to see where the Stark posse lands this week.
Julie: Lest we forget, the Boltons believe that Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is on their side – as do the Lannisters. Well, Roose (Michael McElhatton) certainly did. I don’t think Ramsay has any reason to suspect Littlefinger. And he could very well work that angle to Sansa’s advantage.Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO Gif: petyrbaelishs via Tumblr
I’m not suggesting he switch Rickon for Sweet Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli) – okay I am – but in my defense in the books Littlefinger suggests that Robin will die soon and it doesn’t sound natural at all “hey-nonny” – for Rickon but the boys are close in age.
Rescuing Rickon would go a long way to mend the damage between Sansa and Littlefinger and it would give the latter something to do. I already suggested in our discussion about Theon (Alfie Allen) that he’s not one to give up. Bran might be able to control time to a degree, but Littlefinger is the puppet master. #SaveRickonSaveTheWorld
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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