Game of Thrones: ‘Oathbreaker’ Review

Game of Thrones 'Conspiracy Theories'

“I did what I thought was right and I got murdered for it.” -Jon Snow

Game of Thrones continued the trend of killing everyone off but this time, there was a whole lot of satisfaction from these deaths. Finally, right?! Plus, there was one HUGE surprise that I did not see coming and we may be coming closer to a Stark family reunion with the return of Rickon Stark and his Wildling protector, Osha! You are damn right the North remembers!

There was a lot going on in Oathbreaker and theories are beginning to spring up all over the Internet so I have tried to rehash what I think is going to happen as the season rolls along. There are still so many question marks given how many stories and characters are involved but Oathbreaker seemed to be foreshadowing a lot, whether it be returning characters or upcoming battles. And we also can’t forget about those White Walkers who haven’t been seen or heard from since Hardhome. Winter is most definitely coming and when it arrives, I’m pretty sure all of these other events won’t matter.

I also love the fact that the series has moved past the books (even if I’m still pissed that the sixth one isn’t finished yet). Admittedly, it has made this season a lot more fun to watch given the fact that no one really knows what is going to happen. There has been so much more speculation this time around and I’m loving every minute of it. Now let’s dive right in and do some speculating of our own, just be sure to wipe that smug look off your face or you might end up like Olly. Enjoy the review, fellow Northmen!

The Walking Dead

Jon Snow is back after Melisandre was able to resurrect him following his murder at the hands of his own men. Obviously every single person watching this series is ecstatic about the return of Jon Snow…or should I say Jon Stark? Shit is about to get very interesting, especially when we factor in the Tower of Joy scene from Bran’s trip through time.

I think it was fairly obvious that Jon Snow was going to come back to life but I’m more intrigued by how this can even happen in the first place. We knew it was possible from the time we spent with the Brotherhood Without Banners when Thoros brought Beric Dondarrion back from the dead six times but we don’t have any clue how or why he was able to pull it off. Thankfully, Melisandre is still around and hopefully we learn more about the witch from the Shadow Lands because I severely need to know how these Red Priests and Priestesses are able to bring the dead back to life.

Of course, I’m also pretty sure that Melisandre has no clue how this was even possible given her reaction to seeing Jon Snow return:

Melisandre's reaction to Jon Snow

Based on that look, I don’t think we’ll be getting any answers from her, at least not yet anyways. Even Ghost was quite thrilled to see his master come back to life:

That Moment When Your Master Comes Home

Given the fact that Jon Snow knows nothing, it should have been pretty obvious that he doesn’t remember anything after being stabbed multiple times. Luckily, Jon does remember who stabbed him and Olly should wipe that smug look off his face immediately.

Jon still has lots of friends, most notably Tormund who has become my favorite Wildling. He knows for a fact that Jon is no God since, ya know, he’s seen his pecker and no God could ever have a pecker that small. Sorry, ladies!

What kind of God would have a pecker that small

Speaking of small peckers, we also caught up with Samwell and Gilly who are on their way to Oldtown so Sam can train to become a Maester. There is only one small problem…Gilly is completely brain dead. You know nothing, Gilly! Samwell informs her that the Citadel does not allow women since they’re completely sexist in Westeros and that she is actually going to Samwell’s home town, Horn Hill! I’m super excited about this as we will finally get to meet Randyll Tarly and the rest of Sam’s family. I’m not quite sure how Randyll will make his way into our story but I do know that he’s super friendly with the Tyrell’s and he’s also got a pretty good reputation as a knight.

I’m still not quite sure how this is going to play out with Samwell but I imagine that he will eventually play a bigger role in the inevitable fight against the White Walkers. Winter is coming after all.

Joy To The World

Leap For Joy

As expected, Bran is still travelling through time and this time he has joined his father at the Tower of Joy where shit is about to go down. More importantly, we are finally introduced to Howland Reed, father of Meera and Jojen and good friend to Ned Stark. This is where things get super interesting. Obviously, something BIG is going down inside the Tower of Joy but with Ned dead in the present, that means Howland is the only man in Westeros that knows the secrets of what happened. So where in the fuck is he? Well, there are theories abound regarding his whereabouts but my personal favorite is that Howland Reed has actually disguised himself as the High Sparrow in King’s Landing. This would be a massively big deal if it turns out that Jon Snow is, in fact, a Targaryen since he would be the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and Howland would already be in a position to support that claim. Bat shit crazy, right?

There were also some big hints regarding Jon Snow’s true parents. Ned and his men are confronted by Arthur Dayne, one of the finest knights in all of Westeros, who carries the nickname Sword of the Morning and a greatsword called Dawn. Ned questions why Dayne is there and why he is was not protecting Prince Rhaegar. Well, as it turns out, Prince Rhaegar sent Dayne to the Tower of Joy and it’s very likely that his task involves protecting whoever is in the tower. In all likelihood, it is probably Lyanna Stark giving birth to Jon Snow, whose real father will turn out to be Rhaegar Targaryen. Even the title of the books suggests this…all you have to do is drop one letter and you get A Son Of Ice and Fire. Damn you, George R. R. Martin. The clues were right in front of our faces all along.

Of course, things don’t end well for the Sword of the Morning and his men and Howland Reed saves the day by doing this:

Howland Reed kills Arthur Dayne

What’s with all the literal backstabbing in this series?! Still, without Howland I don’t think Ned would have ever survived that fight. Ned immediately makes his way into the Tower of Joy after we hear a woman screaming from above. Could that be Lyanna Stark? I think the answer is probably yes, it’s just a matter of what secret lies within.

We also saw Bran yell out to his father and it appears that Ned may have heard something, likely just whispers. I read an interesting theory about this, one that suggests that Bran will eventually take a trip through time to visit the Mad King before he went mad. Is it possible that Bran could be responsible for the entire events of this series by making King Aerys go mad after hearing whispers? This might be a bit far-fetched but it would be a pretty fucking cool twist if you ask me.

The Birds and the Bees

Dany has returned to Vaes Dothrak, a place she used to call home with Khal Drogo way back in the first season. This time around, she’s a widow which means there’s only one place for her to go, that being the temple in Vaes Dothrak to live out her days with the Dosh Khaleen, a ruling group of crones who once before used to be Khaleesi’s themselves. Unfortunately for Dany, these widows are not too happy about the fact that she went out into the world to conquer kingdoms instead of immediately returning to Vaes Dothrak.

Sistas Before Mistas

It looks like Dany’s fate is in the hands of these old crones for now but I have a sneaking suspicion that Daario and Jorah are going to show up and crash this all-girl party. This particular story seems a bit too predictable to me considering we are well past the books when it comes to Daenerys. I’m predicting Dany to be freed by her loyal companions from Meereen but I think it’s taking a bit too long to get there. The real question we should be asking ourselves is where Dany is going to go after her vacation in Vaes Dothrak? I still think she’s going to end up heading back to Meereen and eventually pass through the shadows of Asshai before reaching Westeros, since Quaithe had prophesied this and it would also connect Dany’s story with Melisandre, who is from Asshai. And how fucking epic would that be? We have only heard brief whispers about what lies beyond the shadow and I would be completely blown away to see one of our characters end up there.

Meanwhile. back in Meereen, Varys is doing what he does best by persuading one of the Sons of the Harpy, Valla, into giving him information. The people of Meereen are understandably pissed at the fact that a foreigner and her army have taken over their city and abolished the slave trade completely. It’s why the Sons of the Harpy are doing what they’re doing but Varys sees things differently and wants to put an end to these assassins. He blackmails Valla by threatening her son’s life unless she gets on a ship headed for Pentos.

Men can be fickle, but birds I always trust

Now, this might be a stretch, but is it possible that this ship may also have an important member of an important Westerosi family on board? For those that have read the books, I thought that this just might be the beginning of Young Griff’s story and it would be a fairly easy way to introduce us to these new characters. It’s highly doubtful that this is the case but I’m still keeping my fingers crossed because I think leaving him out of the story would be a mistake.

Tyrion, meanwhile, is doing what he does best: drinking and knowing things. And now he knows that Astapor, Yunkai and Volantis are the cities responsible for funding the Sons of the Harpy, information that Varys was able to obtain from Valla.

Drinking Games

A war is a brewing in Meereen and I’m fairly positive that these three ancient cities are about to form an alliance in order to take out Meereen so Dany better haul ass back there with Drogon before it’s too late!

Setting Up The Super Bowl?

Back in King’s Landing, we caught up with Qyburn who is hanging out with Varys’s former birds (who were apparently little children) and bribing them with candy in order to get information for Cersei. Qyburn is also officially the creepiest dude in King’s Landing and I’m not sure I’d be taking candy from this kind of stranger. Of course, it probably helps that he has a zombie version of The Mountain That Rides on his side, as Jaime will attest.

Dark Souls

Gotta love Jaime’s reaction. He wants to send Gregor Clegane straight to the sept to crush the High Sparrow’s head but Cersei lets us all know that he will only have to crush one person because she is preparing for a trial by combat. You will remember that Cersei did not confess to the fact that her and Jaime were sleeping together which is why she is inevitably going to be going on trial for her crimes. While this episode may have lacked action, it definitely provided us with a ton of hints about what is coming and I cannot wait to see how Cersei’s trial plays out. Obviously the Mountain will be representing the Queen Regent but who is going to represent the Faith? Could it be Gregor’s younger brother Sandor? Will we be getting the Clegane Bowl that we all so badly want with Cersei’s life on the line? I am already getting the popcorn ready for this one and so should you.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Small Council, made up of Kevan Lannister, Maester Pycelle, Mace Tyrell and Olenna Tyrell, were meeting in order to figure out what to do about Margaery’s imprisonment but ultimately decide to postpone their meeting once Cersei, Jaime and their Zombie Knight interrupt things.

Staff Meeting Cancelled

The only reason I’m even bringing this up is because of what Kevan Lannister says before leaving, “We cannot make you leave and you cannot make us stay…not unless your going to have that thing murder us all.” Hmmm…I’m pretty sure this could possibly mean that the Mountain is about to go on a murdering rampage and, if I’m Kevan Lannister and Pycelle, I’d start peeing my pants, which should be easy for Pycelle considering he already smells of cat piss. Right, Cersei?

Elsewhere in King’s Landing, King Tommen’s balls appear to be growing bigger by the day and this time he’s confronting the High Sparrow regarding the treatment of his mother. The High Sparrow refuses to back down however, and Cersei is definitely going to be going on trial so we can learn the true extent of her sins. Tommen and the High Sparrow sit down for a heart-to-heart and it’s becoming very evident that Tommen has a much more softer heart than that of his older brother, and local jerkface, Joffrey.

"Your mom is a bitch, son."

Of course, the Faith plays by its own rules and the High Sparrow appears to be persuading Tommen that he needs them on his side. I have a strange feeling that this is ultimately going to be young Tommen’s downfall since Cersei and the Faith Militant don’t exactly see eye to eye. My prediction: Tommen ends up joining forces with the Faith and is eventually murdered by one of Cersei’s followers (which would likely end up being Ser Gregor). Predictions, anyone?

We The North

The biggest surprise of the episode came in the North where Ramsay and Karstark are visited by Smalljon Umber at Winterfell. The Umbers are an extremely loyal house and have pledged their allegiance to the Starks. Clearly, it’s not going to be easy for Ramsay to get these Northern Lords on his side, especially with Lord Umber saying things like this:

"Your father was a cunt."

He’s definitely not wrong, folks! The reason Umber is there is because the Wildlings are now heading South of the Wall and he needs the Boltons help in dealing with the problem. Or is he? If the Umbers are as honorable and loyal as Ned Stark, the Boltons could be in some big time trouble. We all know the Northern houses are still super pissed off about the events of the Red Wedding and I can’t help but feel like the North is going to turn on the Boltons as soon as they get the opportunity. It’s kinda odd that Umber would show up randomly at Winterfell now and I think Jon Snow, the Wildlings and the North are going to team up and destroy the Bolton army with the Northern houses turning their backs on the Boltons in mid battle. If that happens, I think we will all collectively lose our shit because we’ve been waiting for the Starks to serve up some revenge since season three!

Oh, and I almost forgot…Umber brought a crazy surprise with him in the form of…

Rickon Stark

OSHA AND RICKON! Rickon has clearly hit puberty because he looks nothing like his former self which I suppose was inevitable since he’s been gone since season freakin’ THREE! I was quite shocked about his unexpected return though and I’m super excited for a Stark reunion that seems to be setting up nicely. Unfortunately, however, things didn’t turn out quite as good for his direwolf 🙁

A Shaggydog Story

Clearly that head is WAY too small to be a direwolf, right Internet? Shaggydog is totally alive, I’m calling it meow! Now all we need is for Wyman Manderly to show up and my life will officially be complete.

Hanging Around

Arya is still hanging around in Braavos only this time she’s gotten used to being blind and now she’s kicking ass and taking names!

PWNED

The Waif gets completely owned this time around and it looks like Arya’s training as a blind beggar has finally come to an end. Was this all necessary? Probably not but at least we’re back on track with Arya now that she’s got her vision back.

Please sir, I want some more

One other major piece of information to be taken from Arya’s conversation with the Waif is regarding an old friend, The Hound. Arya admits that she took him off of her hit list and left him for dead. I have a good feeling that The Hound didn’t actually die and will make his return this season. As I mentioned earlier, the entire story between The Hound and The Mountain has set this up perfectly and I can’t imagine a better way to bring back The Hound than to have him return as the Faith’s champion in a fight to the death with his older brother, the man responsible for the burns on his face. I also predict that Sandor will be victorious and, in an epic twist, will kill The Mountain using fire, something that The Hound has grown to hate. I mean, Gregor is a fucking ZOMBIE now so I have to think it’s going to take a little more than a sword wound to take him out.

Heading back to Westeros for the final scene of the episode, we head back over to Castle Black for one of the most satisfying death scenes I have seen on this show in a while. And finally that stupid little shit Olly has had that smug look wiped clean off his face!

Not so smug now, eh Olly

Good riddance, you will NOT be missed! Plus, Alliser also ended up hanging with him which was quite surprising considering he’s still alive in the books. Regardless, Jon Snow is leaving Castle Black after he leaves Dolorous Edd in charge and announces that his watch has ended. When I leave this planet, I think those need to be my last words because there was just something so satisfying about this entire scene.

Of course, Sansa will likely arrive at Castle Black just as Jon is leaving since she has the WORST luck ever but what is next for Jon? In all likelihood, I think he’s probably ready to head back to Winterfell and hopefully he is planning on bringing an army of Wildlings with him. It’s almost time for the Boltons to face off against the Starks and I cannot wait.

The Verdict

Episode Score: MIKEY LIKES OLLY’S DEATH

Mikey Likes ItOathbreaker was a bit slower-paced than the previous two episodes but I really enjoyed all of the foreshadowing. It has opened up so much speculation as to what is going to happen next and I think all of the dialogue throughout hinted at things to come.

I was also pleasantly surprised to see the return of the youngest Stark boy and if this Northern conspiracy is the real dead, the Boltons could be headed for a bloodbath when Jon Snow arrives at the gates of Winterfell. The thought alone of watching Jon, the Wildlings and the North take back what is rightfully theirs has me drooling. It’s about fucking time something good is happening for the Stark family and I’m ecstatic to see how this is gonna go down!

I’m also very excited about Cersei’s upcoming trial by combat. We have already got to witness two showdowns and I have no idea how this series can possibly match that epic battle between Oberyn and The Mountain, but if the two Clegane brothers go at it with Cersei’s life on the line, we are definitely in for a treat. In fact, nothing else could possibly live up to the hype that is the Clegane Bowl!

Who knows what really awaits us for the remaining seven episodes, all I know is that this has been the best season yet so maybe all of the book readers should be thanking George R. Martin for taking his sweet ass time with the sixth book!

So what did everyone think of Oathbreaker? Were you super surprised about Rickon and Osha’s return? Do you think Shaggydog is really dead? What secret lies within the Tower of Joy? Will The Hound return and fight his older brother in a trial by combat? Will Melisandre ressurect Olly just to piss us all off? Let us know all of your thoughts and theories in the comments and, as always, thanks for reading!

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