Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss love to give the episodes of Game of Thrones titles that work on multiple levels, and last night’s “Kill the Boy” does just that. It was Maester Aemon’s (Peter Vaughn) eponymous speech that delivered the line, but the phrase was present just about everywhere else.
Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) is no longer a boy; he’s a leader of men, and that’s a responsibility that often comes with difficult decisions. In a speech straight out of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, it’s time for Jon to kill the boy, and let the man be born. A man makes decisions, but a smart man makes decisions that breed longevity. I can only hope that Jon arrives at the latter – for his boyhood might not be the only one at the wall that needs killing.
Back in Winterfell, we learned how very close Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton) came to actually killing his boy when he nonchalantly tells Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) how he not only raped the miller’s wife, he did so underneath the swaying corpse of her husband after Roose killed him for not seeking permission to marry. This story came about after Ramsay questioned his father’s intentions after the news of Walda’s (Elizabeth Webster) pregnancy. If the child were to be a boy, Ramsay’s place as Roose’s heir could be challenged due to his past illegitimacy. Knowing Ramsay’s penchant for torturous violence and self-preservation, I don’t like Walda’s chances at surviving.
And finally, to wrap up the final titular theme, we’re reminded of the man formerly known as Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), and his alleged murders of Bran and Rickon Stark. Though we know he didn’t actually kill the boys, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) does not, and seeing the man who played a big part in orchestrating her family’s downfall serving her wine cannot be a pleasant experience. Sansa’s been maturing quickly this season, and at this point, it’s not a question of if she’ll get revenge on Theon, but when.
Elsewhere, this week’s episode of Jorah the Explorer ended with a waterlogged Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and a grim future for Jorah (Iain Glen). Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) took off for Winterfell in an attempt to beat the ever-coming winter, but not before urging Sam (John Bradley) to stay in school. Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) seems to have found a way to get word to Sansa inside Winterfell, where we’ve been hit over the head with the fact that “the North remembers.”
We watched Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) go from wielding fire to wielding logic as she turned from Führer to fiancé. Hizdahr zo Loraq’s (Joel Fry) I’m-about-to-be-dragon-food turned I’m-marrying-the-dragon-queen reaction was spot on.
I guess you know this week’s Riser.
[What kind of name is Hizdahr zo Loraq?]