Caution: watch for crossing spoilers
Settle in, folks. The two-episode build-up to the epic Jon Snow reveal is past us. “Oathbreaker” starts to set the table for the issues at the heart of season six by conserving some energy. Here are four crazy moments, in descending order:
. . . The trouble for my darling Arya in Braavos is best explained with two questions. Am I being held captive here? Is Jaqen H’ghar watching over me?
Only Arya knows, but how she weighs the answers to these questions is important. Jaqen has been a trusted ally since he helped her escape Harrenhal. He was who Arya ran to after the Hound died, thinking her family members were either all dead or lost. To his favor, he ultimately took Arya in when she showed up at his doorstep.
Last week, he took her off the streets. This week, he gave her eye sight back. (Yay!) Yet, he’s also the person who put her in such shitty situations by blinding her and throwing her out of the House of Black and White to suffer with the beggars.
So it’s complicated, and it doesn’t help that Jaqen and Waif have relentlessly tried tearing away the layers of her personality ever since she arrived — Waif, this season, in a very physically abusive way. So she has to say she’s no one and live a faceless life because she believes Braavos, Jaqen and the Many-Faced God is all that’s left for her in Westeros, which is heartbreaking but understandable.
Braavos hasn’t been a good place for her by any stretch, although her killing of Meryn Trant was as bad ass of a justified murder as Thrones has to offer.
But we’re making progress, maybe, because Maisie Williams doesn’t have to ice her eyes at the end of the day anymore and Arya doesn’t look like a White Walker.
Still, I wonder: Would Arya be allowed to leave if she wanted to?
The answer scares me.
. . . No character is harder on himself (or herself) than Jon Snow, and that hasn’t changed since Jon was granted a second life by the Lord of Light.
I wondered, last week, how Jon would react to being alive, how much he’d remember about what got him killed. He remembers it all but is unsure of himself, confused as to why he was “chosen” to return to the world and if it’s even right to live again this way.
While his allies at Castle Black welcome him back, it’s not lost on Jon what got him close to the grave. He hadn’t united the Night’s Watch, he’d torn it in half. He had no choice but to continue it this week, hanging Olly, Alliser Thorne and two others. It hurts him to have to do this and so he vows “My watch has ended,” as the episode comes to a close.
Where you going, Jon? Seriously… where?
. . . A little nugget thrown in late in the episode: Rickon Stark and Osha are captured and brought back to Ramsay in Winterfell. Identification, please? The severed head of Rickon’s direwolf. This is all bad, right?
. . . Melisandre’s face, though — the face of an entire human race last Sunday: