'Game of Thrones' Recap: Season 6, Episode 2 - 'Home'

Each week, Cole Swanson recaps the latest episode of Game of Thrones at Eight Screens, complete with theories, predictions, and Bernie Sanders jokes. Needless to say, major spoilers lie ahead.

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Overall, this episode made up for a lot of the slow, boring exposition stuff from last week. It feels like we’re definitely in 'new season' territory now. Here’s what’s going down in all your favorite locations:

The Deep North

So Bran can definitely see the past — he’s watching his dad as a little kid in Winterfell. Bran is woken up by an old guy in a bunch of tree roots in a cave that looks vaguely familiar from two seasons ago. (Seriously, how you gonna expect me to remember who I’ve seen and where shit is after a two-year hiatus?) There’s also a weird monster chick there that I don't ever recall seeing before. This was the low point of the episode, if you couldn’t tell.

Expect this storyline to pick up next episode. From the previews, Bran’s starting to experience what happened during the battle at the Tower of Joy. My guess is he'll discover something so important from his vision it forces him to venture back south.

The Wall

Aliser Thorne’s rule at Castle Black sure didn’t last long. The Wildlings returned with the only dude from Jon’s posse that you can probably recognize, and their giant smashed a dude into a wall. Strangely enough, that’s not the last time someone dies like that in this episode.

The traitors are locked up somewhere off-screen. Davos convinces Melisandre to try and resurrect Jon Snow. It doesn’t seem to work at first, but the last shot of the episode is ole Jonny Boy waking up after everyone’s assumed the ritual to bring him back has failed.

Hopefully we get answers to some questions about just what happens when you use dark magic to bring someone back from the dead. Is he still the Jon we knew and loved? Is he now some kind of walking corpse held together by old witch magic? In the preview for next week’s episode, Tormund seems to be speaking to Jon when he says, “They think you’re some kind of God.” Sounds like we’ve got some serious soul-searching to do.

Side note: I was a ridiculous seven episodes off on my prediction of when Jon Snow was coming back this season. Never been happier to be wrong.

King’s Landing

Not sure we needed the five-minute drunk poor person scene to show that zombie Mountain ain’t nothing to fuck wit. Here’s where your second “death by wall bludgeoning” comes into play this episode.

Jamie Lannister and the High Sparrow have a pretty good dialogue where it appears Jamie is considering killing him, but Bernie “High Sparrow” Sanders has his campaign staffers hiding in the wings of the church, and that makes ol’ Jamie reconsider pretty quick.

Based on this scene, I’m never not going to compare the High Sparrow to Bernie Sanders. He talks about how all his followers are poor and nothing individually, but then ends his speech with “Together…we can overthrow an empire.”

Mereen? Maybe?

Tyrion and Varys have now become comic relief (“Next time I have an idea like that, punch me in the face.”) I will say, this was the only episode where I’ve genuinely thought dragons looked scary. This seemed like a pretty dumb decision for Tyrion to make, though. He’s just gonna free a couple dragons because he’s heard they’re smart and they’ll need dragons to conquer the rest of the kingdoms? I mean, okay, I guess…

Braavos? I think?

Arya Stark is still blind and getting her ass kicked by the girl with a dutch boy haircut, but OH SHIIIIIIT — Jaqen H'ghar is back, and he’s decided to take Arya back to the place with all the dead people’s faces to continue her training.

Arya’s storyline feels a little listless right now, so hopefully next episode introduces something exciting to keep us engaged in her struggle. The mention of her sight being restore-able was interesting. Not sure if that was just a throwaway line, or if she really will be able to see again at some point.

Winterfell

My exact notes: Ramsay done gone and committed patricide. RIP Roose, his wife and their newborn. Are the dogs CGI tho? “I am Lord Bolton” DAAAAYYYYUM!

This kid’s days are even more numbered now. Killing your dad — the only guy who probably could have given Tywin Lannister a run for his money in the tactical scheming department — means it’s only a matter of time before you’re eating the cold steel of a freshly sharpened sword.

IDFK Where This Is. The North Somewhere, If I Had to Guess

All I could think about during this scene is how great of an actor Alfie Allen is, and how he’s Lily Allen’s brother and that will never not be weird.

I’m not ready for Theon and Sansa to split up, but I’m curious to see what would happen if he makes his way back home to the Iron Islands. With the sudden change of leadership in Theon’s homeland, he may be either more or less welcome.

The Iron Islands

These scenes felt rushed. We were introduced to Balon Greyjoy and know that Theon’s sister is making it her personal mission to find out who killed her dad. (Hint: it was the weird guy that just got into town last night.)

This new dude seems cool, but they’re going to have to be careful to keep the plot moving here. The action already feels very far removed (literally and figuratively) from all the other storylines.

All in all, a great episode to get us back into hype mode after a lackluster season premiere. Next week it looks like we’ll check in with Dany, as well as see what repercussions Jon Snow’s revival has on the future of Westeros.

And we’ll probably have to deal with the Sand Snakes again at some point. Ugh. |ES|

All images courtesy of HBO.

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