It is beautiful beneath the sea, but if you binge too long, you’ll drown. Welcome back to lớn our guide through an epic “Game of Thrones” rewatch.
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If you’re just joining us, you can catch up with recaps of past seasons with our ultimate watching guide, which also includes suggested episodes lớn rewatch throughout Seasons 1-7. Or you can tap inlớn our weirwood tree & warg inlớn our gentle giant — simultaneously! — for a vision quest of Season 6.
Novices beware: This article is dark và full of spoilers. And now our watch continues.
How Should I Rewatch ‘trò chơi of Thrones’?
Concentrate on the installments that are central to the famously complicated plot and provide all the feels. Here are four must-watch episodes.
Episode 2, “Home” — Watch to visit Winterfell in happier days, when Hodor could speak. Take a deep breath and exhale with Jon when he comes baông xã (as he always does). Also, it’s kin-slaying time in Winterfell and the Iron Islands. (Recap.)
Episode 5, “The Door” — Bran’s vision quests inkhổng lồ the past take their toll and Hodor pays the price. (Or did he pay it long ago? Time travel is so confusing!) Bonus: Welcome a new villain, Euron Greyjoy, who promises more lớn be more fun than Ramsay. (Recap.)
Episode 9, “Battle of the Bastards” — It’s time to take back Winterfell (and yell at Rickon to lớn zigzag). Smile along with Sansa when Ramsay provides one last meal for his beloved dogs. (Recap.)
Episode 10, “The Winds of Winter” — Cersei has a blast wiping out her enemies và claiming the throne in a sequence with unforgettable sounds & visions. Also, R+L=J confirmed. Have a little Frey pie? (Recap.)
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Arya (Maisie Williams) in “trò chơi of Thrones.”Credit...Mahotline B. Polay/HBO
After a series of disturbing setbacks, several traumatized characters fight khổng lồ take bachồng the places they once called trang chính and bring some stability to lớn the social order. Trying to piông chồng apart the complex narrative? Thinking along these themes might help.
White Walking và Greenseeing
What are the White Walkers up to? How much does the Three-Eyed Raven know about it?
It’s clear that there is much being left unsaid, especially on the part of the extremely uncommunicative Night King. First, the White Walkers are marching along a very strange, meandering route with their army of the dead. Why don’t they head straight for the Wall? Did they need winter to lớn come lớn slow the wights’ decomposition? Are they giving the baby White Walkers time to learn khổng lồ walk on their own? Or are they waiting for some sort of magical assist, maybe someone they can mark who will pass through the Wall first?
Benjen tells Bran and Meera that the dead cannot pass the Wall — ancient spells are carved inkhổng lồ its foundation for protection, like the magical wards in the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave, which were broken once the Night King marked Bran. If there were a possibility the wards could be broken, shouldn’t the Raven or the Children of the Forest have sầu warned their guests? Why don’t they? The Raven practically forces Bran to go inlớn download mode when they should be escaping. Maybe he knows the Night King wants khổng lồ kill him. Or maybe the Raven wants khổng lồ die while connected to Bran & the weirwood-net, so that everything he knows becomes part of the trees and accessible lớn Bran.
Was this the Raven’s plan all along? Benjen, who says the Raven sent hlặng lớn help Bran, is not surprised the Raven is dead và automatically expects Bran lớn assume that mantle. It feels lượt thích there is a certain inevitability lớn all of this, even though so much remains unknown, including whether Bran’s mark has any effect on the Wall’s protective sầu magic.
The Line of Succession, The Proper Progression, The Lawful Ascension
Even in a world lượt thích Westeros, there are rules of succession. But they are rules that are easily subverted, especially by those willing to lớn murder their way to lớn the top. Ramsay makes sure not lớn murder Roose Bolton until after he is legitimized and recognized as his father’s heir. And the High Sparrow — who surely believes that Tommen is a bastard born of incest, but depends on his supposed legitimacy — tries khổng lồ cement his position by ensuring the king and queen get busy making an heir, just in case Tommen isn’t long for this world.
Even Euron Greyjoy, who murders his brother to lớn force regime change in the Iron Islands, abides by the traditions of his people and participates in the Kingsmoot, the closest thing khổng lồ democracy in the Seven Kingdoms outside of the Night’s Watch elections. They’re recognizing the legalities of their positions.
But the women seizing power are rewriting the rules. Ellaria Sand and the S& Snakes violently overthrow Dorne and take control, even though Ellaria wasn’t next in line. And there is — or was — no legal basis for the Queen Mother to lớn take the throne following the death of the king’s last supposed heir. Then again, Cersei had already thumbed her nose at the line of succession by placing her kids born of twincest on the Iron Throne, where she could rule through them (or try to). And she’s willing lớn blow up anyone who challenges her. She kills not only the Faith Militant, the Tyrells & members of the Small Council, but hundreds of nobles present to attover the trial. Qyburn, in effect, becomes the second most powerful member of the court, replacing the Hvà, the Small Council and the High Septon. Who’s left lớn ask the Citadel lớn kiểm tra the royal family trees? Luckily, Bran’s got much of the archive sầu in his head.
Near Death Experiences
The Many-Faced God does not lượt thích having lives stolen from him, but a lot of characters defy death anyway. The Three-Eyed Raven claims to lớn have sầu lived for a thousand years. Melisandre, it’s revealed, has also lived for a lot longer than previously thought, possibly for hundreds of years. Both Beric Dondarrion and Jon Snow have been resurrected from the dead — Beric a few more times than Jon, but both by followers of the Lord of Light. In a sense, Euron Greyjoy also died and was brought back to lớn life at the hands of a priest, this time serving the Drowned God (his drowning at the Kingsmoot is both a baptism and a coronation). Benjen lives in an in-between state — mostly dead, but still less dead than the reanimated Mountain, who himself is less dead than the White Walkers’ wights.
Death is clearly not the last word in this world, which might be why Davos risks his life khổng lồ request Jon’s resurrection in the first place. Although once it’s known that it can be done, why is it not done for others?
Certainly, that would have cut down on the many funerals always taking place. Cersei’s world seems to be defined by funerals. We first met her as Jon Arryn’s toàn thân was lying in state in the Sept of Baelor in Season 1, & she’s had a steady toll of dead piling up around her ever since. Almost every season features a funeral at the Sept of Baelor — no wonder she wants to blow the place khổng lồ smithereens. How much grief can one person bear? And her hatred for Tyrion stems from that grief, as she believes hyên ổn lớn be responsible for the deaths of her mother & her son.
Others grieve in different ways, of course. Trystane Martell prefers lớn paint little eyes on stones for Myrcella’s service, while Ramsay takes a moment khổng lồ remember Myrandomain authority before feeding her lớn his precious dogs (a rite that will be repeated for him). And the Dothraki always expect their widows to lớn grieve forever, locked away in the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen, until Dany ends that practice. It’s because Dany can defy death that the Dothraki kneel down to her, as if she were a goddess. Jon’s people, at least, have sầu no such illusions about their leader.
‘There’s no need for a battle.’
Sometimes it’s possible to avoid death in settling a conflict; sometimes, it’s not.
King Tommen outlaws trial by combat, much to Cersei’s dismay. The boy king reaches this decision because he’s being manipulated by the High Sparrow & the Faith Militant — who are alerted to lớn the invincibility of Cersei’s would-be champion the Mountain when he pulls off a Sparrow’s head. But Tommen also has a point: The practice is barbaric.
However, this sort of pacifism can get you killed in Westeros. But using a threat of violence can be effective sầu in preventing even worse violence. Jaime Lannister manages khổng lồ significantly reduce the toàn thân count at the siege of Riverrun because he threatens his prisoner’s baby boy. He leans into lớn his reputation of being a man of dishonor. He tells the truth.
Sansa và Littlefinger, however, use a website of lies to take the North. Long before Sansa even considers amassing an army, Lord Baelish had plotted how he could use the Knights of the Vale khổng lồ fight whoever won Winterfell. Littlefinger brings the army north và tells Sansa that they’re encamped at Moat Cailin. But Moat Cailin is Bolton territory. That tells us Littlefinger is still playing both sides, using his position as an ally of the Boltons while offering to lớn thwart them. This is why Ramsay doesn’t seem all that surprised when the Knights of the Vale first show up at the Battle of the Bastards; the only thing he’s really surprised about is the fact that they’re fighting for the other side.
Jon Snow is surprised, too. Because during all their battle plans (for a battle she instigated), Sansa never mentioned the Knights of the Vale as an option. She withheld the crucial strategic information that heavy cavalry was available, which greatly shifted the balance of power between the Bolton army và the Stark/Snow forces. Ramsay Bolton had 6,000 men; the Knights of the Vale, at full strength, have 40,000. Even if only a quarter of the Vale forces showed up, they still outnumber Ramsay — and that could have sầu forced a surrender. Sansa risks the lives of two of her brothers and thousands of her own men by not even mentioning these reinforcements as a possibility. Ramsay and Jon were right — there was never any need for a battle.
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The undead Mountain smashes the head of a peasant against a wall (14 minutes in). Ramsay murders his father Roose (33 minutes in), then feeds his stepmother Walda & newborn stepbrother to lớn his dogs (offscreen, but still disturbing). Then over in Pyke, Euron Greyjoy throws his brother off a bridge (44 minutes in).
Ned Stark & his crew take on a few Kingsguard men at the Tower of Joy (16 minutes in; lasts about two-and-a-half minutes). Jon Snow executes the men who murdered hlặng at Castle Blachồng (51 minutes in).
At the Dothraki thành phố of Vaes Dothrak, we see at least one couple having sex in public (25 minutes in); Jorah và Daario kill two men (26 minutes in); và Dany flambés Dothraki khals (57 minutes in). She emerges naked from the flames two minutes later.
After criticism that “trò chơi of Thrones” was skimping on nudity echất lượng, the show offered a close-up of an actor examining his genitals for warts (16 minutes in). The White Walker assault on the Three-Eyed Raven’s tree cave sầu claims Summer, the Three-Eyed Raven, Leaf &, most disturbing and heartbreaking, Wylis/Hodor. The action starts around 50 minutes in.
The Hound takes an ax to lớn four rogue members of the Brotherhood Without Banners (11 minutes in), and helps hang three more of them later (49 minutes in). Over in King’s Landing, the Mountain removes a Sparrow’s head (16 minutes in).
A violent siege takes place in Meereen (starts about nine minutes in). But it’s relatively mild compared khổng lồ the Battle of the Bastards later on in the episode, which starts when Ramsay plays a game with Rickon’s life (35 minutes in). If you want lớn skip the battle entirely, the main charge is about 40 minutes in. The nasty bit with Ramsay’s dogs comes at 59 minutes in, but it’s mostly offscreen.
Cersei’s explosive revenge plot kicks in about 16 minutes in, with the stabbings of Pycelle và Lancel Lannister. Then later Arya slits Walder Frey’s throat after serving him a pie made from his sons (52 minutes in).
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