Game of Thoughts – The Broken Man (6.7)

5 Jun

Hello and welcome to Game of Thoughts! This is a feature in which I recap the latest episode of everyone’s favorite grimdark fantasy, Game of Thrones. We do things fun around here so for more in-depth coverage of big themes, check out Patrick Sponaugle‘s incredibly witty and fun blog posts. Note: These recaps WILL contain spoilers.

Let’s DO THIS!

Well folks, you can not get a more textbook example of a bridging episode than The Broken Man; there’s a lot of  set up in this episode, and yet we still had a lot of fascinating developments as well as a bit of closure. I wondered myself who the title might be referring to given the vast selection of damaged men in this story, and I am giving myself a gold star for thinking it would be Sandor Clegane*. We are go for Cleganebowl and I couldn’t be more excited! 

  • It Takes a Big Man to Handle That Much Pole – A big hand for the showrunners giving us about 10 seconds of suspense before dispensing with a long-running fan theory. Whether Sandor Clegane returning to play was part of GRRM’s plan or not, we are super glad to see him back and I am totally not writing fan fiction where he helps me rake up all the goddamn leaves in my  back yard and then we throw a raging BBQ kegger.  ❤ S.C. + J.B = 4evar! ❤  It’s also super nice to see some folks getting work done in a positive way in Westeros. And look! That building was made of wood instead of corpses! Now that’s social progress!
  • The High Sparrow Does Not Respect Boundaries – It was super gross of him to be asking Maeareragary about her marital duties and color me not surprised that his views on sex are that dudes like it and women have to put up with it. He clearly hasn’t met Yara Greyjoy. The moment between Maeraragrary and Olenna was magnificent, especially the former’s emotional turmoil at saying goodbye to her beloved mentor. Olenna hating on Shame Nun gives me life.
  • Giants Are Swing Vote States By Themselves– When Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun stands up, people listen, as well they should. He may be monosyllabic, but his body language speaks volumes. Not much else happened in this scene.
  • Olenna Saw This Coming From A Mile Away – Oh Cersei, it’s so cute when you try to play the game. The fact that Cersei has always had a powerful man backing her is so perfectly illustrated by Dead Mountain looming in the background, like the ghost of Tywin. Let go of your Daddy issues and be free, Cersei! You have the power! Olenna has no use for this mess and can’t believe what she’s hearing. I must say I don’t trust Cersei myself, especially when she slips phrases like ‘The only truth I know’ into casual conversations. Could have been the writers just turning a phrase, OR it could have been a very, very subtle reminder of what happens to people who don’t play by the Lannisters’ rules since that phrase is straight out of ‘The Rains of Castamere’ alias The Lannister FIGHT ME Song.
  • Team Jamie, Live In the Riverlands – Jaime and Bronn are on the road again and I’m delighted. I’ve been waiting for this storyline for a long time, being a big book-Jaime fan. I’m sure he can get this hash all settled eventually, with a minimum of fuss, and hopefully get back on the Road to Recovery. The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem with banging your sister, and the other eleven steps are all just not banging your sister. I love Tobias Menzies as Edmure even though he barely gets to do anything. His sigh of relief was a treat.
  • The Baddest Little Sister of Bear Island – Lyanna Mormont is a gift. I am sure she’ll wind up engaged to Rickon or something, and if she’s into that then GO HER. I would expect nothing less from Jeor Mormont’s granddaughter, although she can’t be Jorah’s daughter. Maybe she’s his niece? Whatever, she’s great.
  • Ironborn Spring Break WOOOO!! – I have no idea where Yara and her team are right now  but shirts and shoes are not required. Everyone is having a great time but Theon, for many reasons, the least of which because his party equipment was removed. Yara’s pep talk was a little grim (‘Cheer up and get over your shit or off yourself’ was how it went) but it seems to have worked and I’m very curious what Tyrion and Varys will make of Theon Greyjoy in Meereen. Also ‘You had a few bad years’ is my new favorite insanely dismissive understatement. But another hand for Alfie Allen for a great performance – you could really see the old Theon emerge.
  • Sansa is Looking Shifty – I suspect she’s writing to Robin Arryn, and how hilarious will that be when that kid rolls up to their army. The show could be half an hour of reaction takes from Davos, Jon, and Tormund and still be great television. I really hoped poor Robin would get his shit together.  However, his earlier scene in the season indicates he’s still sitting at the little kids’ table using safety scissors.
  • The Seven-Foot Samurai – We really didn’t need a slaughter of innocents to get Clegane back into the game, showrunners. And that was just a waste of good Ian McShane. Whatever, somebody’s coming down with a case of Ax to the face and I’m really looking forward to that. “Violence is a disease” is a great line. Full disclosure – I’m very afraid that Sandor will kill Dead Mountain, but die himself in the process. I wonder if Arya will be back in King’s Landing by then and they can share a moment. I will cry huge salty tears, which the showrunners can collect and make martinis out of, thus giving them sustenance for another week.
  • I’m on An Emotional Rollercoaster of Emotion – Arya Stark is doing great! Arya Stark is looking out at the Titan of Braavos in contentment and self-assuredness and is ready to go home and get her life back. There is a little old lady FUCK. Well, I should have seen that coming. And how is she not dead? The waif had an arm like a jackhammer and that knife went DEEP. I’m probably deluded, but I really hope Jaqen realizes she’s on to something way bigger than the next murder contract and decides to help her. That guy’s a little piece of all right. The waif is terrible and Arya should kill her with a brick.

Teaser Thoughts!

I’ve just rewatched the first four seasons over the past week (had to take a break at one point and watch Bob Ross, just to lighten the mental load) and I am READY for some big shit to go down. Episodes 8-10 are usually the heavy hitters of the season, when the really big beats land, so we’ll be seeing Cleganebowl, a battle, and who knows what else?

  • Brienne and Jaime – It’s going down in the Riverlands! Jaime’s at his full strength but minus a hand, and Brienne has done one thing since she last fought Jaime – get better. The shitty thing is I literally can’t decide who I want to win more, and I’m afraid we’re losing a main character in this fight. Show-Jaime seems a lot less conflicted about his feelings for Cersei, and I’m wondering if he’s taking the ‘Suicide by Cop’ option since he knows he’ll never shake that blonde monkey off his back. MAN I will be sad if that happens.
  • Cersei Takes a Stand – Man, poor Lancel. Remember Lancel? He was so fun. He just needed a dreamy expression, a lyre, and a hillside and he would have been That Guy. Well he’s going down in front of Dead Mountain like grass under a mower, so wave good bye!

So! Those’re my thoughts, such as they are, on this week’s episode of Game of Thrones! Please tune in next week – things are really speeding up now, the drama is practically hurtling along. I hope we can stand the excitement!

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12 Responses to “Game of Thoughts – The Broken Man (6.7)”

  1. Carlos Diaz June 6, 2016 at 2:00 am #

    Great episode! With only three episodes left, my growing excitement of all the storylines is tempered with the few episodes that are left.

    – Yay, return of the Hound! That wasn’t exactly a giant surprise. Bodies! or they aren’t dead! Habeus corpus…

    – Lyana Mormont (and her 62 soldiers) is my new hero.

    – Jaime and the Blackfish standoff, one of the best moments of the show. I despise House Frey, a house seemingly devoid of all things noble, brave, and honorable. It was great to watch Jaime shut them down.

    – I wished Sansa had more pull with the northern houses. She showed a bit of fire calling out Glover, but that didn’t go as I had hoped.

    – “Get over it already…or go ahead and kill yourself. ” Yikes. Thanks, sis… I think Theon has a way to go, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him get some kind of retribution on Ramsay. But he’d be in line behind pretty much everyone else in that revenge buffet.

    – The High Sparrow. Ugh, this guy. His whole band of self-righteous zealots need to be smashed. Who’ll get the home run hit on septa “shame!”…?

    – Even Bron doesn’t want to listen the Lannisters drone on about debts any more…

    It’s not enough. 10 episodes is not enough!

    • jennnanigans June 6, 2016 at 8:53 am #

      I know! We’re coming up on the season’s end so a lot of plot threads are finally coming together – some people are wondering if we’re going to see Lady Stoneheart. The showrunners were most vociferous that we weren’t getting that storyline, but they have also proven themselves untrustworthy. I wonder if they’ll skate right past the big reveal, like they did with Coldhands. I don’t know – I kind of want to see her, but I could live without her. But seeing her scene would give us book readers some idea of what to expect in TWOW.

      Sansa – Yeah. Although they’re shooting down Jon Snow too, so at least it’s a not ‘she’s a girl what does she know’ thing. I am 100% sure she didn’t write to Littlefinger, but if she did then it means she has learned nothing. Unless it’s a ploy to throw his forces at the Bolton’s from another angle. YOU CANNOT TRUST HIM.

      Olenna Tyrell throws more shade than the Wall and I love her for it. I am afraid the Sparrows will pull something on her and I don’t know what I would do.

      Theon – I would be okay with him not killing Ramsay, but SOMEONE needs to kill Ramsay. God I hate Ramsay. End of thought.

      Ha ha, the home run! I don’t know, but I hope it happens soon!

  2. patricksponaugle June 6, 2016 at 5:41 am #

    It was a great episode. Some people on my Twitter feed were complaining about the nit-pickiest things. Gah!

    Look, the Dragon Has Three Heads, and one of them is named Lyanna Mormont. I don’t care how it happens, but she’s ending up on the Iron Throne. (In a good way, not impaled on it or anything.)

    Go glad the Hound’s back, and is looking to bust some heads, righteously.

    I’m not worried about Arya. Yes, she’s been shivved a few times, but to quote Jon Snow “you Starks are hard to kill.”

    The Riverrun stuff was all excellent. Book readers complaining about House Glover’s reluctance to help OR WHATEVER should instead be super-happy about Jaime’s dealings with the Freys, and his conversation with the Blackfish.

    Jaime: Then why did you agree to parley?
    Blackfish: Sieges are dull.

    • jennnanigans June 6, 2016 at 8:54 am #

      Bwaah, I want to comment more but work has suddenly blown up. I will write more later! 😀

    • jennnanigans June 7, 2016 at 8:18 am #

      People on Twitter complain. It’s what they do! 😀

      Ha! Yes, Lyanna FTW! She was GREAT. And Davos instant Dad chemistry with her was so sweet – the poor man has lost children both his and not and it was nice to see him interacting with another. I hope he becomes her permanent advisor. #TeamOnionBear

      Yes! I look forward to seeing some more of the Hound in action – his fight scenes were ALWAYS highlights! Having just rewatched the first four seasons in two weeks I can say that most of the really good fight scenes are either the Hound, Brienne, or Jon.

      I’m trying not to worry about Sansa – but she’s made some mistakes in the past and put her trust in the wrong people. I really, really hope she’s writing to Robyn Arryn for the reasons discussed, but if Littlefinger shows up, acts up, and Tormund and Jon make paste out of him I wouldn’t complain either.

      Yes! Blackfish and Kingslayer – that was some good argument. Although show Jaime is a little more browbeaten than book Jaime was. I hope show Jaime pulls off something clever to so we get a little bit of that spring in his step, and the Blackfish gets over it and they all go out drinking.

      Then Robyn arrives and like 10 of the show’s great badasses are like ‘Look we need to talk about this, this kid is messed up’ and then they turn him into like, Westeros’s answer to Richard the Lionhart or something.

      • patricksponaugle June 7, 2016 at 9:30 am #

        I fully support a Lord Robin Arryn makeover. That would be very unexpected.

      • jennnanigans June 7, 2016 at 9:32 am #

        “We are go for Operation: Robin BLOODBreast!”

      • patricksponaugle June 7, 2016 at 9:33 am #

        YES

  3. rnmckinnon June 6, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    This was my least favorite episode.

    The Hound is my favorite too. I’d attend the BBQ.

    I’m concerned with Arya. I do believe this is some alternate Faceless Men Reality Training shit, otherwise she’d be dead or AT THE VERY LEAST unable to walk and DEFINITELY all them townsfolk would be screaming or asking if she needed help. Instead it’s this dream-like atmosphere that has FACELESS BULLSHIT ANTI-REALITY written all over it. Maybe I’m wrong. I really loved Arya, and I think she made a terrible mistake sticking with the Faceless crew as long as she did.

    • jennnanigans June 6, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

      A lot of set up in this episode, for sure. I’ve read a lot of interesting theories about what’s really going on with Arya, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next week, because I am 100% certain she is not dead. And yes, it def had a dreamlike bullshit atmosphere!

      • jennnanigans June 7, 2016 at 8:19 am #

        Ha ha, and you are always welcome at the BBQ! 😀

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