Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.
The sixth season of HBO’s popular fantasy series Game Of Thrones kicks off on Monday, April 25 once again Foxtel still has the Australian broadcasting rights so there are restricted viewing options (How To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 6 In Australia [lifehacker.com.au]).
❝ This year, after the shocking developments at the end of Season 5 – including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing – survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates.
Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south. ❞
(Beware! Spoilers after the jump)
Game of Thrones – 6×01 The Red Woman
Jon Snow’s corpse is found by Ser Davos, Edd and a few other loyalists; they take him inside and lock themselves behind a door with him. Thorne assumes command of the Watch. At Winterfell, Ramsay mourns for Myranda, while Sansa and Theon escape through the woods. Ramsay’s men catch up with them, and are about to take them captive, when Brienne and Pod arrive, kill the men, and the former is accepted into Sansa’s service. In King’s Landing, Cersei receives Jaime, who arrives with Myrcella’s body. Jaime promises Cersei they will take their revenge. Obara and Nymeria murder Trystane, on his way home from King’s Landing, while in Sunspear, Doran and Areo Hotah are killed by Ellaria and Tyene, after the former learns of Myrcella’s death. In Meereen, Tyrion and Varys find all the ships burning in the harbor. Jorah and Daario continue to track Daenerys, who is taken by the Dothraki to Khal Moro. In Braavos, Arya lives on the streets as a homeless, where she is beaten by the waif. In her chamber, Melisandre removes her bejeweled necklace as she reveals her true appearance as an old crone, having seemingly lost faith in her god.
* ‘Jon Snow was going to destroy the Night’s Watch … what he thought was right would have been the end of us’
☞ Raven On S6E1: The Red Woman (2016-Apr-25) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ I’m Starting to Think the Greatest Hero in Game of Thrones Is Brienne of Tarth (2016-Apr-25) [io9]
☞ Game Of Thrones sets its eyes on the finish line (experts) (2016-Apr-24) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode one – The Red Woman [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×02 Home
Walda gives birth to a baby boy, prompting Ramsay to murder Roose, Walda, and his new half-brother. Brienne reveals to Sansa that Arya is still alive. Theon requests to return to the Iron Islands, where his uncle Euron Greyjoy returns and murders King Balon Greyjoy. In Braavos, Arya is attacked by the Waif before Jaqen appears and orders her to follow him. Tyrion learns that Astapor and Yunkai have reverted to slavery, and releases Rhaegal and Viserion from their chains. Bran visits Winterfell in a vision of the past, and sees Ned, Benjen, and Lyanna Stark, as well as a young Hodor. Jaime confronts the High Sparrow, while Tommen asks Cersei to teach him to be strong. Edd arrives with Tormund and the Wildlings and imprisons Thorne and the other mutineers. Davos persuades Melisandre to attempt to resurrect Jon Snow; though apparently unsuccessful, after the loyalists leave the room, Jon suddenly awakens.
* Euron Greyjoy: ‘I am the storm, brother, the first storm and the last, and you’re in my way’
☞ Raven On S6E2: Home (2016-May-02) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ Surpassing the Books May Be the Greatest Thing That Ever Happened to Game of Thrones (2016-May-01) [io9]
☞ Game Of Thrones invites Kingsmoot fever to sweep the globe (experts) (2016-May-01) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode two – Home [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×03 Oathbreaker
Jon Snow reveals himself to the wildlings and promptly executes Alliser Thorne, Olly and the other officers involved in his assassination for treason. He leaves Castle Black, leaving Edd in charge of the Night’s Watch. On a boat on their way to Oldtown, Sam states his intent to leave Gilly and her baby with his family at Horn Hill while he trains to be a maester. In a vision, Bran sees his father and Lord Howland Reed kill Ser Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy in Dorne. In Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys is inducted into the Dosh Khaleen. Varys discovers the masters of Astapor, Yunkai and Volantis have been financing the Sons of the Harpy. In Kings Landing, Tommen converses with the High Sparrow while Jaime and Cersei interrupt a small council meeting, only to be shunned by Lord Kevan and the Tyrells. Arya trains rigorously with the Waif and her sight is finally returned to her once she has accepted herself as “no-one”. Lord Umber asks Ramsay for help in protecting the North from the Wildlings, bringing Rickon Stark and Osha as a gift.
* A wise man once said that the true history of the world is the history of great conversations in elegant rooms
☞ Raven On Game of Thrones Recap: S6E3 “Oathbreaker” (2016-May-09) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ Jon Snow Is Different Now, and So Is Game of Thrones (2016-May-08) [io9]
☞ Game Of Thrones teases book readers with “enough for one day” (experts) (2016-May-08) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode three – Oathbreaker [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×04 Book of the Stranger
Sansa, Brienne and Podrick arrive at Castle Black as the former is reunited with Jon Snow. At Winterfell, Osha attempts to assassinate Ramsay, but is killed herself in the process. Ramsay sends a letter to Jon, threatening harm to Rickon if Sansa is not returned. Jon and Sansa resolve to march south and take back Winterfell. In Meereen, Tyrion meets with the slave masters of Slaver’s Bay to offer peace if they will end slavery within seven years, an action that angers Missandei and Grey Worm. Littlefinger returns to the Vale to mobilize their soldiers against Ramsay Bolton. In King’s Landing, Margarey is permitted to visit Loras while Cersei, Jaime, Kevan and Lady Olenna plan to stop the High Sparrow. Theon arrives at Pyke and explains to Yara that he will support her claim at the Kingsmoot. Daario learns about Jorah’s greyscale as they arrive at Vaes Dothrak. Daenerys meets with the Khals and sets the temple of the Dosh Khaleen on fire, in the process killing Khal Moro and the other Khals. When she emerges unhurt, the Dothraki bow to her.
* “A wise man once told me we make peace with our enemies not our friends.”
☞ Game of Thrones Raven On Recap: S6E4 Book of the Stranger (2016-May-17) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ If You Didn’t Cry During Last Night’s Game of Thrones You May Be a White Walker (2016-May-16) [io9]
☞ Reunions and returns dominate as Game Of Thrones marches on (experts) (2016-May-15) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode four – The Book of the Stranger [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×05 The Door
Sansa meets Petyr Baelish who offers her his support. Baelish leaves after she refuses him, but not before informing her that Brynden Tully is gathering an army at Riverrun. Jon and Sansa Stark leave Castle Black to gather more support from the other Northern houses. In Braavos, Arya trains with the waif and is given a second chance to prove her loyalty by killing a theatre actress. She finds her objectivity wavering as she witnesses a play mocking her father and sister. Beyond the wall, Bran learns the truth that the white walkers were created by the children of the forest to protect themselves from men. In the Iron Islands, Euron Greyjoy is made leader in the Kingsmoot despite confessing to killing Balon, causing Yara and Theon to flee. Beyond the sea, Daenerys learns about Jorah’s greyscale. At Meereen, a red priestess, Kinvara, meets Tyrion and Varys and offers to support Daenerys. Bran’s unaccompanied vision causes him to be touched by the Night King which makes the cave vulnerable. The Night King, along with white walkers and hordes of wights ambush the cave causing the death of the Three eyed raven, several children of the forest, and Hodor.
☞ Game of Thrones Raven On Recap: S6E5 The Door (2016-May-24) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ Oh God, Game of Thrones, What Have You Done (2016-May-22) [io9]
☞ Game Of Thrones finally gets an iconic TV-exclusive tragedy (experts) (2016-May-22) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode five – The Door (2016-May-23) [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×06 Blood of My Blood
Bran and Meera are saved by Bran’s uncle, Benjen Stark, who went missing from the Night’s Watch years earlier. Sam and Gilly reach the Tarly family estate Horn Hill en route to the Citadel. After Sam’s father, Lord Randyll, insults Gilly for being a Wildling, Sam decides to take her with him to the Citadel, also taking House Tarly’s ancestral Valyrian steel sword, Heartsbane. Arya warns the actress she has been charged with killing of the assassination attempt, and Jaqen orders the Waif to kill Arya. Jaime attempts to rescue Margaery from the Faith Militant, only to find she has repented and Tommen has forged an alliance with the Faith. Tommen removes Jaime from the Kingsguard, and orders him to help Walder Frey, who is holding Edmure Tully hostage, retake Riverrun from the Blackfish. Daenerys rides Drogon, and declares to the Dothraki that they will sail across the Narrow Sea to conquer Westeros.
☞ Game of Thrones Raven On Recap S6E6: Blood of My Blood (2016-May-31) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ On Game of Thrones, Some of the Players Are Getting Desperate (2016-May-31) [io9]
☞ An inconclusive Thrones prioritizes perspective at season’s turning point (experts) (2016-May-29) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode six – Blood of My Blood (2016-May-30) [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×07 The Broken Man
Margaery convinces Olenna Tyrell to return to Highgarden, after the High Sparrow suggests that he will come after Olenna following her attempt to take up arms against the Faith. Jon, Sansa, and Davos recruit the Wildlings and House Mormont to their cause, but remain outnumbered by the Boltons. In desperation, Sansa writes a letter begging for aid. Jaime arrives at Riverrun with Bronn and goes to parley with the Blackfish, which is ultimately unsuccessful. Theon and Yara spend their last night in Volantis before sailing to Meereen. In Braavos, Arya seals passage to Westeros, but is attacked by the Waif. She escapes, but is badly wounded. Sandor Clegane is revealed to have survived his fight with Brienne of Tarth after being saved by a Septon and his followers. When men from the Brotherhood Without Banners threaten and eventually slaughter the group, Clegane decides to take up arms to get revenge.
☞ Game of Thrones Raven On Recap S6E7: The Broken Man (2016-Jun-07) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ If You Give Peace a Chance on Game of Thrones, You’ll Regret It (2016-Jun-06) [io9]
☞ A pastoral elegy gives Thrones a thematically rich “reveal” (experts) (2016-Jun-05) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode seven – The Broken Man (2016-Jun-06) [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×08 No One
Tommen decrees that trial by combat will be abolished and replaced by trial by the faith, much to Cersei’s dismay. Brienne arrives at Riverrun and attempts to persuade the Blackfish to surrender, without success. After Jaime threatens to kill Edmure Tully’s young son, Edmure orders the Tully forces to stand down, but the Blackfish is killed fighting the Lannisters. Brienne escapes. Varys departs Meereen on an unknown mission. Soon after his departure, Meereen comes under naval assault by the slaving cities, but Daenerys returns. Sandor Clegane kills the outlaws who sacked his village and encounters Ser Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr, who explain that the outlaws were renegades. Arya is taken in by Lady Crane, who heals her wounds, but in the morning the Waif arrives, kills Lady Crane and chases Arya through the streets of Braavos. Arya leads the Waif into the catacombs and kills her. She returns the Waif’s face to the House of Black and White and declares that she is Arya Stark.
* “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell – and I’m going home.”
☞ Raven On Game of Thrones Recap S6E8: No One (2016-Jun-14) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ Game Of Thrones explores the paradox of “No One” (experts) (2016-Jun-12) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode eight – No One (2016-Jun-13) [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×09 Battle of the Bastards
Daenerys meets with the slave masters to negotiate terms of surrender, but they refuse it. She then rides Drogon, as Rhaegal and Viserion assist them in burning the slaver’s fleet. Grey Worm kills two of the masters, leaving one to tell of what he had witnessed. After the battle, Theon and Yara meet with Daenerys and Tyrion and agree to an alliance. Near Winterfell, the Stark and Bolton armies meet on the field. Ramsay frees Rickon, but kills him with an arrow before Jon can save him. In the battle, the Stark forces are pinned by Bolton soldiers, but they are rescued by the Knights of the Vale. Ramsay flees inside Winterfell, but Wun Wun, having taken numerous arrows to his body, manages to break the door down before succumbing to his wounds. Jon brutally beats Ramsay and takes him prisoner. Sansa later visits Ramsay’s cell in the kennels and watches as his starving hounds devour him.
* “Your words will disappear. Your house will disappear. Your name will disappear. My memory of you will disappear.”
☞ Raven On Game of Thrones Recap S6E9: Battle of the Bastards (2016-Jun-21) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ Thrones stages an epic battle, but to what end? (experts) (2016-Jun-19) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six, episode nine – Battle of the Bastards (2016-Jun-20) [Guardian]
Game of Thrones – 6×10 The Winds of Winter
Before her trial, Cersei destroys the Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing the High Sparrow, Margaery, Mace and Loras Tyrell, and Lancel and Kevan Lannister, along with hundreds of Kings Landing nobles and the Faith Militant. Horrified, Tommen throws himself off a balcony to his death. In Dorne, Varys meets with Olenna Tyrell and Ellaria Martell, seeking to form an alliance between Danaerys and the two houses against the Lannisters. Davos confronts Melisandre over the death of Shireen Baratheon; Jon banishes her from Winterfell. Following their victory, the Wildlings, the Knights of the Vale and the surviving Houses of the North pledge loyalty to Jon Snow as the new King in the North. Sansa learns of Littlefinger’s plans for her as the new Lady of Winterfell. Following a banquet with Jaime, Walder Frey is murdered by Arya. Sam and Gilly reach the Citadel in Oldtown. Bran sees a vision from inside the Tower of Joy: Ned finds his dying sister Lyanna, and takes her newborn son as his bastard. Jaime returns to King’s Landing to find the Sept in ruins and Cersei crowning herself the new Queen of Westeros. Danaerys sets sail to Westeros with her companions, armies and dragons.
* “Are you afraid? Good. You’re in the great game now – and the great game is terrifying.”
☞ Game of Thrones Raven On Recap S6E10: The Winds of Winter (2016-Jun-27) [cheeseburgergothic]
☞ Winter is here—along with fire and blood—in a propulsive Game Of Thrones finale (experts) (2016-Jun-26) [AV Club]
☞ Game of Thrones recap: season six finale – The Winds of Winter (2016-Jun-27) [Guardian]
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