Last Sunday’s Game of Thrones‘ sixth season premiere “The Red Woman” was an epic affair, but as with all Thrones premieres, the sheer breadth of the story meant some storylines (most notably the return of Bran Stark) were saved until the second episode. Fortunately, yesterday HBO released the titles and synopses for episodes two and three and they’re doozies: “Home” and “Oathbreaker.”
Here’s the synopsis for 6.2 “Home,” airing Sunday, May 1.
“Bran trains with the Three-Eyed Raven. In King’s Landing, Jaime advises Tommen . Tyrion demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne. Ramsay Bolton proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy entertains other proposals.”
And for episode three, “Oathbreaker,” airing May 8.
“Daenerys meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow . Arya trains to be No One. Varys finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift.”
It’s hard not to look at those titles and immediately recall, as THR does, that they both correspond to episodes with the White Walkers.
In 4.8 “Oathkeeper” (named after Brienne’s Jaime-gifted sword), we got our first look at the Night’s King, the leader of the ice demons previously thought to be a myth, as he turned one of Craster’s sons into a fellow White Walker (a plot point that, like Renly’s sexuality and the Melisandre reveal in the premiere, is only implied in the novels). And in 5.8 “Hardhome,” the Night’s King returned to lead a massacre of Wildlings at the titular seaside outpost and then revived the corpses as his “soldiers.”
PREDICTION TIME! First, 6.2: 1) next week, we can expect Wun Wun’s return as a Big Damn Hero 2) Ramsay is picking up his book counterpart’s baton of proposing an assault on Castle Black to retrieve Sansa and 3) the Greyjoys finally return after two years in the wilderness and a lifetime of irrelevance, so expect Balon to bite it pretty quick (he can hang out with Doran Martell in the seven heavens).
Finally, 6.3: 1) Dany will presumably take a week off and we’ll pick up with her in Vaes Dothrak, acclimating (yeah right) to her new role 2) we finally get answer-revealing flashbacks (R+L=J) via Bran’s powers, perhaps even a Sean Bean return? and 3) I have no idea what Varys’ “answer” or Ramsay’s “gift” are but I am super-intrigued by the ambiguity.
With repeated warnings about the White Walkers’ impending arrival (“The Long Night approaches – and the dead com with it” RIP Jon Snow), the Night’s Watch and the whole of Westeros are unprepared for this apocalyptic threat, too busy stabbing each other over notions of power, vengeance and justice. Given the sad state of affairs, it’s hard to see how the White Walkers don’t win. Given how gleefully this show spits in the face of fantasy convention, having the show end with these ice demons triumphant seems totally plausible.