'Game of Thrones' Recap - Season 6, Episode 5: "All Men Must Cry"

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Seriously, y’all.

Just…damn.

I mean, we found out the origin of the damn White Walkers this episode, but all anyone’s going to be talking about is that last scene. And for good reason.

Anyway...

Let’s get into it, I guess. Who cares.

Castle Black (Jon, Sansa, Brienne, Tormund, Littlefinger, Davos, Melisandre, Jon’s NW Bro)

 It’s always easier to have a conversation if you’re looking at the person you’re talking to, IMHO.

It’s always easier to have a conversation if you’re looking at the person you’re talking to, IMHO.

Sansa finally got to confront Littlefinger after he left her with Ramsay “Psychopath” Bolton in Winterfell. Needless to say, she wasn’t thrilled with his decision.

If it wasn’t obvious before, Sansa showed in her confrontation with Littlefinger — and her strategizing with Davos and Jon later in the episode — that she’s grown into a hardened player of “the game."

Despite her telling Littlefinger she never wants to see him again, she may still keep him around — even if it’s just as an informant. She even lied to Jon when he asked where she heard about more troops being available to join their cause.

Not sure what power play she’s going for by keeping that info to herself CUZ STARK PLANS ARE NEVER KNOWN TO FAIL OR BACKFIRE.

Braavos (Arya, Rico Suave)

 A girl is not ready. You have to drink this. Okay, now I guess a girl is ready.

A girl is not ready. You have to drink this. Okay, now I guess a girl is ready.

Another week, another round of Arya getting hit with a stick and told she’s not ready. What are we doing here, gang?

I liked the little bit of backstory we got on the Faceless Men — give us more of that. 

I’ll tell you what I don’t need — another third of an episode wasted on a “Haha! Isn’t this so funny and meta?” play that’s only real purpose is to show us Arya is never going to totally abandon her identity as a Stark. Something we’ve already been told and known since she first stepped foot in Braavos.

Arya needs something relevant to do, and she needs it quick.

Iron Islands (Theon, Yara, Euron)

 Did this guy just get done swimming in the Cedar River or what!? LMAO

Did this guy just get done swimming in the Cedar River or what!? LMAO

That half a second of possible happiness for Theon felt good, right?

Yara and Theon escape the Iron Islands with all of the newly anointed King, Euron’s, ships. Needless to say, he ain’t happy.

“Where are my niece and nephew? Let’s go murder them.”

This storyline keeps me interested for two reasons:

  1. Euron is equal parts bloodthirsty and depraved, which always makes for an entertaining character
  2. Alfie Allen’s acting

No. I will never stop bringing it up.

Dothraki HQ/Mereen (Daenarys, Daario, Jorah, Tyrion, Varys, New Witch Lady)

 This is the happiest ending you can hope for in  Game of Thrones .

This is the happiest ending you can hope for in Game of Thrones.

Dany and Jorah’s scene was a good send-off for his character. 

If we never see him again, you can assume he did what he said he was going to and ended things on his own terms. But the door’s also open a crack for a potential reunion down the road, assuming he finds a cure for his zombie virus somewhere.

Also: This was Emilia Clarke’s best acting in the series, IMO.

 I’M LIKE HEY WHASSUP HELLO

I’M LIKE HEY WHASSUP HELLO

Not much to say about Mereen.

This was the first time I ever remember seeing Varys vulnerable and/or worried, but in his defense, if a smokin’ hot broad started talking about what happened the night my balls had been chopped off and thrown in a fire, I’d pry find that unsettling, too.

The Deep North (Bran, Three-Eyed Raven, Meera, Hodor)

 Riiiiiight abooouuut here is where you fucked everything up, Bran.

Riiiiiight abooouuut here is where you fucked everything up, Bran.

This plot line, in a nutshell:

Bran: “OK, I’m safe in this tree, right?”
Three-Eyed Raven: “Yep. 100%. No way you can get hurt in here.”
Bran: “Great. Cuz I’m paralyzed from the waist down, so I’d hate to have to try and make a quick esc—“
Raven: “WHOA, BRAN — DID YOU LET THAT DUDE TOUCH YOU IN YOUR DREAM!? AH, SHIT. THAT’S A DEALBREAKER, CUH. YOU GOTTA GO. GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE, PLAYA, AND ALSO: HERE’S HOW WHITEWALKERS ARE MADE”

First off, you guys:

STOP KILLING DIREWOLVES.

Second: Am I the only one who found the White Walker origin story a little lacking? Seriously — how many times can you do the: “We created X to solve Y, but we lost control of X” story? Maybe I just play too many video games, though.

Let’s try to break down the ramifications of the last scene. Without sobbing uncontrollably, if possible.

Bran “warged” into young Hodor to grant him access to the Hodor in the present. He was the one responsible for Hodor being a “simpleton,” and that was probably one of the worst parts of this scene — Bran slowly realizing he was the reason Hodor never got to have a normal life.

But what does the revelation that Bran has directly influenced past effects have on the rest of the series?

People are already speculating that Bran is responsible for the voices the Mad King was hearing that told him to “Burn them all” before Jaime Lannister killed him and became known as the “Kingslayer.”

The other popular theory is all the Bran and/or Brandon Starks that we’ve heard about in stories have been the same one — our Bran. This means the most famous Bran Stark in Westeros history, the one responsible for building The Wall at Castle Black, is the kid we’ve known since Season 1.

And if the “One Bran to Rule Them All” theory is true, then our Bran is the Bran who built The Wall, possibly giving it the same kind of magic that kept White Walkers out of the Tree Cave. But now that Bran's been touched by the Night King, does that mean The Wall is vulnerable?

One thing’s for sure in all of this: Season 6 is the best to date. |ES|

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