Game Of Thrones Recap: S6E7 “The Broken Man”

Volantis: Yara & Theon Greyjoy

The Broken Man

Yara and Theon have time-warped their fleet to Volantis since episode 5. Yara kinda insensitively takes her eunuch brother to a brothel. Turns out Yara is more like her bawdy crewmates than previously thought as she fondles and makes out with a female prostitute. Theon is still struggling to break out of his Reek shell. Yara tries to psych him up with ale and with promises of the future: they will get to Meereen, win Dany’s favor and retake the Iron Islands from their insane uncle.

P.S. “A few bad years?” was the height of pitch-black comedy to the point where even me who counts Ricky Gervais as funny felt awful laughing about it

MISSING THIS WEEK:

  • No Bran, Meera or kinda-sorta undead Uncle Benjen this week
  • No Ramsay, Littlefinger or update on Euron Trumpjoy’s merry ship-building in the Iron Islands
  • No Sam, Gilly or “Little Sam,” whom I affectionately refer to as “mutant incest-baby”
  • #DorneSucks
  • No Dany or Tyrion??? Wow, talk about another first(?)

NEXT WEEK(s):

In an unusual move, the show did not release a synopsis for the eighth episode prior to tonight, though its title “No One” implies an Arya-heavy hour. That title along with the titles for episodes nine and 10 were supposedly revealed last week. With official confirmation of “No One,” it’s seems safe to say episode nine and 10 will be “The Battle of Bastards” and “The Winds of Winter,” both super-loaded with meaning to the Thrones universe.

Moreover, while tonight’s episode only ran 51 minutes (a show average), the final three episodes of the season will run 59, 60 and 69 minutes respectively. The penultimate episode “The Battle of Bastards” features the climactic battle of the season, the largest in the show’s history, between Ramsay Bolton’s army at Winterfell and Jon Snow’s alliance of Wildlings, Northerners, and Stark loyalists. The finale is the longest Game of Thrones episode to date and carries the moniker of the as-yet unreleased sixth volume in author George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

It’s been my speculation for a year now that the sixth season would end with the Wall coming down. I think we saw a foreshadowing of it in the fifth episode “The Door” when the Night’s King attacked the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave, after “marking” Bran in a greenseer vision. The first thing he does on arrival is touch the ground, sending a crack to the cave that shakes it but seemingly does nothing else. An intimidation tactic? Or perhaps an allusion to the fact that, now his mark passed beyond a magical barrier, he can now use his ice powers on a target? What’s to stop that next target from being the Wall, bringing the army of the dead and the fabled winds of winter that herald the Long Night?

This begs another question: will Bran add this to his mountain of screw-ups? He carries the King’s mark now which I assume is like herpes; he’s not getting rid of it. Or will the King find another person to get his mark on the other side of the Wall and thus negate the magic that keeps his White Walkers out?

What do you think? Speculate away in the comments!

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