talvikorppi Posted April 28, 2016 Share Posted April 28, 2016 To continue my impressions on S6 EP1 geographically. The North - Sansa, Reek/Theon and then Brienne & Pod. The strongest part after the Wall stuff, and for me personally, I loved it because it brought together many favourite characters. Reek is really reclaiming some of his Theon-ness and maybe a better Theon than the one that was Reekified. Their desperate huddle/hug before the hounds come, I thought it was really poignant. And then Reek/Theon's futile attempt to sacrifice himself to protect Sansa... Only it doesn't go too well... Until Brienne and everybody's favourite squire Pod burst on the scene, just in time! WOOHOO! Brienne has obviously taught Pod some horse-riding and sword-fighting skills but he didn't seem all that skilled. Rather clumsy, in fact. He managed to kill that Bolton man on horseback but then got his sword stuck and went down with him. Brienne wasn't having an easy time of it either, she was unhorsed and lost her sword for a while (I wonder what Jaime would say about that). All Brienne's fights seem to be brutal but she never gives up and gets the job done. And Reek/Theon had a Theon moment, picking up the sword and saving Pod's life. For that, I'll always be grateful to Theon. (Someone on the internets pointed out a continuity error. The Bolton soldied Theon stabbed in the back falls forward on his stomach... and has his shield covering his back...) Brienne then swears an oath of fealty to Sansa (who struggles with the words but is prompted by Pod, he's a clever lad), a call-back to her oath to Lady Catlyn Stark. I went oh-oh, because this really sets up conflicting vows & loyalities for Brienne, if and when she meets up with Jaime (the man she loves, snif, sob). Oh, and the disappearing hounds? I watched the episode twice and never noticed it, it was only when I got on the interwebs that I realised it's a thing. Call me inattentive. :-D The rest of the North storyline, i.e. the Boltons. Aww, Ramsay's having a human emotion moment. My girlfriend didn't fear me like everybody else because she smelled of dogs and shared my liking for blood sports. "She's good meat. Feed her to the dogs." It's what Myranda would've wanted, really. Daddy Bolton isn't too pleased about his son's actions, "playing his games" and losing Sansa. Thank the gods, Lady Walda is probably carrying a son. OK, Roose just signed his own and Fat Walda's death warrant. Roose is so cool and calculating but he has a blind spot when it comes to Ramsay. Without getting too deep into the books but Roose is the more dangerous one and more than likely to take out Ramsay, the show seems to have reveresed this. For one, show Ramsay is a lot more skilled and intelligent than the cartoonish, stupid psychopath in the books. I'll wait and see. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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