“Oathbreaker” – Recap
“Good. Now go fail again.” Davos Seaworth speaks these words to a newly revived Jon Snow and achieves in one sentence what normally takes an entire monologue to accomplish. Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to motivational speeches I’ll gladly recite to you some Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, and Denzel Washington, but when Liam Cunningham (Davos) dropped that line all I could hear in my head was the theme music from Rudy. I like what the show did here. They brought back our Lord Commander in a scene that had heart, humor, (Tormund explaining why Jon isn’t a god) and it still left us wondering what would happen next. I know, we find out at the end of the episode what happens, but we’ll get there later.
Our good friend Samwell Tarly is back and he’s…still traveling to Old Town? He is seasick (shocking) and perhaps also sick at the thought of being a father. Here’s to hoping he gets to his maester training sooner than later.
We got a pretty decent flashback scene through the eyes of Bran. This time it is of a young Ned Stark and a small group of soldiers who take on Ser Arthur Dayne and an even smaller group of…well it’s just him and some other knight guarding a tower for some unknown reason. After one of the better fight sequences we’ve seen in a while, Ned finally (with a little help from Meera’s father) defeats the “Sword of the Morning” and heads for the tower after hearing a woman screaming from within. Bran does his best Brad Pitt impression and asks, “What’s in the tower?” Come on, Bran. Keep up with the rest of us. We know who’s in the tower. The question is why? The answer is…wait until next week.
Dany arrives in Vaes Dothrak which, oddly enough, still isn’t Westeros.
In Meereen, Varys does what he does best while Tyrion tries to play a drinking game with Grey Worm and Missandei. Oh, and we find out that the person backing the Sons of the Harpy is actually several different people from the other cities that had been “liberated” by Dany. I hope this doesn’t mean we’re backtracking to those places again.
More Lannister revenge afoot at King’s Landing. Another trial by combat in the works? Who does the Faith Militant have that can beat FrankenMountain?
Arya (or is it No-one?) has a training montage comparable to something out of a super hero movie and gets her sight back.
Ramsay gets a gift in Winterfell. It’s Rickon Stark! Not good.
We wrap up the episode at The Wall where Jon Snow sentences his betrayers to death by hanging. This scene makes you wonder what Caesar would have done to the Senate if he had had a Red Woman around. Et tu, Ollie?
Oh, and Jon Snow quits.
Thoughts and Theories
- There’s a new job opening at The Wall. Ser Davos?
- I’m pretty sure I could watch an episode of just Bran flashbacks and be completely fine with it.
- Speaking of which, did Ned actually hear Bran? Is it possible to change the past?
- I’m pretty sure I could watch an episode with just Tyrion and Varys and be completely fine with it.
- FrankenMountain vs ??? The High Sparrow has to have something up his sleeve.
- King Tommen has 2-3 episodes left. Max.
- Whose name will Arya speak first?
- Poor Rickon. Going through those awkward teen years as a prisoner in his own house.
- The Sneak Peek at next week’s episode (below) shows us the return of Littlefinger! Plotting, scheming, and betrayal coming our way soon.
That’s it for this week kids! I’ll leave you with this thought… The episode was called “Oathbreaker” which probably refers to Jon Snow. Did he really break his oath though? Does death relieve him of his vows to the Night’s Watch? Let me know what you think.
“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.”