Game of Thrones: Those Who Could See, Tose Who Couldn’t, And ALL the Dead Men

Episode 2 of Game of Thrones just wrapped up, and the season is already proving to be full of epic plots and surprises that’s sure to delight some viewers and upset the rest. The most recent surprise was one of the more long waited ones, but what does it mean? Spoilers ahead.

A lot happened in Game of Thrones’ second episode “Home,” which began by opening a plot that we’d almost forgotten about. It looks like Bran is back again, and like his sister Arya, he’s being tutored by an ancient being. The episode opened with a vision that Bran saw of his family in the past including a young Ned and Benjen Stark, as well as our first glimpse of Lyanna Stark. Clearly, the show proposes to give us some back story about Roberts Rebellion, but how much of the story is what will be interesting to know. How will this information aid Bran in helping stop the impending war? Will he find out something about Meera that could change everything?

Then, there’s my favorite Stark – Arya. As punishment for killing the wrong person, Arya has been living on the streets of Braavos as a beggar who gets beaten by the Waif everyday. On this day though, Arya is confronted by an old friend – Jaqen H’ghar, who questions who she is. She responds “No One,” and he tries to persuade her to give him a name by offering up something he knows she wants…one of those things being her eye-sight. I have to say, Arya shows extreme persistence and dedication to becoming a Faceless (Wo)man, but how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? I’m curious to find out whether she has truly learned her lesson, or whether she’ll mess up again.

Obviously, “Home,”  was not what a lot of viewers expected…but at the same time it was, and that much is evident when it comes to Jon Snow.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in the Game of Thrones (Photo: Giphy/HBO)
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in the Game of Thrones (Photo: Giphy/HBO)

Oh, Jon Snow…

Even though the cast remained mum about the validity of whether the bastard of Winterfell was really alive or dead, it was very obvious that Jon Snow would return… almost as obvious as Glenn Rhee’s return in The Walking Dead. As we’ve seen, anyone who dies at The Wall becomes a White Walker within moments of death. Snow’s obvious resistance to becoming one with the great enemy north of the wall, was a clear sign that he would rise again. That, and why else would Ser Davos keep guard over Jon’s body so long, and what other purpose would Melisandre serve other than to bring the dark-haired crow back to life?

Jon aside, there were two other dead man who unfortunately won’t be rising again, but whose deaths we obviously saw coming. Roose Bolton, father of Ramsey and Balon GreyJoy, Theon’s father, both fell at the hands of family members whom they loved (at one point). From the moment that Roose announced that his new wife was pregnant, viewers everywhere had to admit they noticed the murderous glint in Ramsay’s eye and as for the late Balon GreyJoy – let’s just say he was destined to slip off of that slippery bridge if he wasn’t thrown off by his brother.

With the death of these two men, that leaves way for their sons to rise up and take their place in the great game, but who will come out on top? Theon has an entire kingdom (or what’s left of it) to use against Ramsay but the last Bolton heir has wit and a nasty murderous streak to fight with. It will be interesting to see where the story takes both men.

With all of this going on, it could only mean one thing: The Starks may be coming out on top of things.

Where Season 5 left the Stark children sitting between a rock and a hard place, Season 6 opens up the way for them to make a new name for themselves while all of the former top players (Cersei) regain their strength. Combining Bran’s visions, Sansa’s hard-headed demeanor, Jon’s ability to keep coming back no matter how many times he’s shot down, and Arya’s training, the Starks are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with like their parents were before them. And now that Theon has gotten his oomph back, he (along with his sister Yara) can also be great allies who will help stomp out resistance from all sides. Finally, the underdogs are starting to step up.

Let’s just hope it stays that way.

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