It’s not always easy returning to where you grew up, as Theon Greyjoy will undoubtedly learn in the coming weeks, but “Home,” the second episode of Game of Thrones’ young sixth season, made it nice and easy to fall back into the show we love.
If last week’s episode was the setting of the table in preparation for the season-long feast, then “Home” is the appetizer. And what a damn good appetizer it was.
Things began north of The Wall with Bran (Issac Hempstead Wright), who in his lengthy absence, seems to have mastered the power of the flashback. At Castle Black, nightfall arrived and Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) is ready to fight and kill Davos (Liam Cunningham) and the Jon Snow loyalists. Luckily, Edd (Ben Crompton) arrives with the wildlings, led by Wun Wun, and it’s only a few minutes before Thorne and the rest of the mutinous officers (and that fucker Olly) are dragged to the Black Cells.
In King’s Landing, Cersei’s newest Kingsguard takes special offense to a particularly well-endowed boaster and smashes his head in. Elsewhere in the city, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) to visit his mother, since the young king is the only thing currently keeping Cersei (Lena Headey) sane. As Tommen leaves, the High Sparrow (aka Westerosi Bernie Sanders) arrives. Jaime reaches for his sword hilt and the High Sparrow counters with words, reminding Jaime that even though the sparrows lack power at the individual level, as a group, they are potent enough to overthrow empires.
Across the Narrow Sea, the still-blind Arya (Maisie Williams) struggles to fight back versus the Waif. Fortunately, Jaqen H’ghar appears and ends the fighting. When No One, née Arya, refuses to say her name, a satisfied Jaqen tells her to follow.
And Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), as impressive as he may have been in unchaining Daenerys’s dragons, definitely deserved to be punched in the face. All I could think of was the convienently-forgotten-by-the-show Quentyn Martell and his final “Oh.”
And now, let’s move onto this week’s Riser of the Week. Something tells me you know who it is.
[What is dead may never die…]