‘Game of Thrones’ Recap – Season 6, Episode 6: “ZzZzzzZ”

We all knew the recent string of great episodes couldn’t last forever, but it’s been so long since we’ve seen a “bad” episode, you forgot how boring this show can be sometimes.

Yes, we saw flashes of the Mad King and the re-introduction of Benjen Stark, but we also had that abysmal Sam/Gilly plot for most of the episode.

Let’s get into it.

The Deep North (Meera, Bran, Benjen)

 For someone who may be dead, Benjen doesn’t look half bad. | HBO

For someone who may be dead, Benjen doesn’t look half bad. | HBO

Bran’s still tripping as the White Walkers close in on him and Meera. During his visions, we see the Mad King (and Dany’s dad) Aerys Targaryen’s final hours. There’s also a few shots of a couple people stockpiling Wildfyre (the green stuff) somewhere underground.

If you remember from a couple seasons ago, this was the Mad King’s master plan for destroying King’s Landing. He had Wildfyre placed all over the city to detonate toward the end of Robert’s Rebellion, hence why he’s yelling “Burn them all!” in Bran’s flashback.

The Wildfyre is the Chekov’s Gun of Game of Thrones. It’s gonna blow — it’s just a matter of when. It would be some kind of sweet poetic justice if it was used by Danaerys during her campaign to take the Iron Throne, but it’s probably more likely it’s going to be used against the White Walkers at some point.

Back in the present, Bran’s uncle (and Ned’s little brother), Benjen Stark arrives and gets rid of the Wights who had been chasing Bran and Meera.

Benjen talks about how he was either killed or almost killed, but brought back by the Children of the Forest (the fairy grenade people) in the same way they made the first White Walker.

This means Benjen’s got insight into not only how the White Walkers operate, but he also probably knows about the visions Bran’s been seeing since he’s been in contact with the CotF and the Three-Eyed Raven.

The Tarly’s Place (Sam, Gilly, Sam’s Family)

 Does anyone actually like these two? | NBC

Does anyone actually like these two? | NBC

You know that part in The Little Mermaid when Ariel is at the palace, and she has to learn all about human customs like eating with a fork and shit?

Congrats, you’ve got the whole gist of Sam and Gilly’s story this episode.

Oh yeah, Sam took his dad’s Valyrian-steel sword. That’s probably the only thing you need to know about this.

Let’s not dwell here. Thx.

King’s Landing (High Sparrow, Jamie Lannister, Cersei Lannister, King Tommen, Queen Margaery)

 Bernie feeling good about his chances in California after picking up two of the biggest Westeros super delegates. | HBO

Bernie feeling good about his chances in California after picking up two of the biggest Westeros super delegates. | HBO

Tommen and Margaery are now brainwashed, but I’m thinking Margaery is faking it to get her brother out of the dungeons safely.

For his first act as Brainwashed King, Tommen orders Jamie to help re-take Riverrun from the Black Fish. Jamie seemed less than thrilled with the idea, but his sister was able to persuade him by making out with him and reminding him how much they both like to hurt people.

Riverrun and Black Fish are the same place and person Sansa and Jon are after to help in their upcoming battle with Ramsey. 

So now the question becomes, who’s gonna get there first?

Braavos (Arya, Other Girl, Rico Suave)

 Get it? She’s playing a role, not really being herself! This show is DEEP. Smh. | HBO

Get it? She’s playing a role, not really being herself! This show is DEEP. Smh. | HBO

Arya Stark is back. The girl with the shitty hair is coming after her. Arya’s going to kill her and get back to Westeros somehow, I’d imagine.

I’m annoyed.

The Road to Mereen (Daario, Dany, All the Dothraki peeps)

 “It’s been five minutes since my last rousing speech. BRB” | HBO

“It’s been five minutes since my last rousing speech. BRB” | HBO

Man, look at me coming with the snark in full force this week.

So, Dany brought back Drogon, and damn — that dragon is growing like a weed. Drogon's return made the Dothraki people truly believe they're being lead by a powerful, god-like person.

We all know what comes after big moments like this, right? Three more episodes of Dany trying to deal with boring, political shit. Yay.

Shake it off, gang. We’re on the downhill slide to the season finale now, and there’s not enough episodes left for another stinker like this. |ES|

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Cole recaps GoT every Monday, even after shitty episodes. Follow him on Twitter.