Game of Thrones: Episode 3, “Oathbreaker,” HBO Sunday, 9 pm ET

Game of Thrones: Episode 3, “Oathbreaker,” HBO Sunday, 9 pm ET

The Night’s Watch oath says, “It shall not end until my death.” What happens to the oath if you come back from death?

Yes, he's alive. Photo: HBO
Yes, he's alive. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, May 7, 2016 – Characters in “Game of Thrones” have learned many lessons.

Arya Stark now grasps the point of the cruel tests she has been put through by the Faceless Men, personified by Jaqen H’ghar (or whoever he really is). It has been difficult for the strong willed Arya to let go of her ego and submit to the training which will turn her into a Faceless Woman. Arya’s storyline is still rooted in the novels and what comes next puts her in position to become a key player in the future of Westeros.

Arya Stark has advanced to the next stage of her training by the Faceless Men. Photo: HBO
Arya Stark has advanced to the next stage of her training by the Faceless Men. Photo: HBO

Guided by the Three Eyed Raven, Arya’s brother Bran Stark starts to understand the history and relationships controlling Westeros and how he might affect them in the future. The danger for Bran is the temptation to remain in his vision world where he is able bodied and can enjoy happier days.

Sansa Stark has escaped the Boltons thanks to help from Theon, Brienne and Podrick. While she remains in serious danger, there are new possibilities now open to her as she makes her way to Castle Black.

But who are we kidding? There’s just one Stark we are interested in right now.

JON SNOW IS ALIVE.

Sure, there are a lot of people saying “I knew it!” right now (including this columnist). Never mind all that. We know Jon is alive, but is he the “old” Jon Snow or some new version of himself? When people are resurrected in “Game of Thrones,” they often change and not for the better. Recall the words of Beric Donaldson, the last man we saw resurrected in the same way as Jon Snow. Beric has been resurrected seven times, and he said he loses a little piece of himself every time he comes back.

Anticipation is high now to see how everyone reacts to the rebirth of Jon. Ser Alliser Thorne and his supporters are about to get the shock of their lives. Melisandre will surely have her faith in the Lord of Light reborn. Ser Davos, the practical man among them, must figure out what Jon’s reappearance means for the future not merely of Castle Black, but Westeros itself. The Wildlings only have experience with resurrected people coming back as White Walkers so they’re surely unsettled about this.

See the trailer for “Oathbreaker” here.

While the series is ahead of the novels overall, there are plotlines still unfolding and incidents hinted at in the novels series fans haven’t seen yet. This week’s preview alludes to a historic incident called the “Tower of Joy,” a battle involving Ned Stark . Remember him? We haven’t seen Ned since Season One. The significance of the battle is supposedly the revelation of Jon Snow’s parentage. If it goes down as many believe it will, hold onto your seat.

Danaerys Targaryen will be looking to the skies for help. Photo: HBO
Danaerys Targaryen will be looking to the skies for help. Photo: HBO

The preview this week also promises more dragons as Danaerys makes her way to Vaes Dothrak. It’s about time. Back in Meereen, the Dragon Whisperer Tyrion Lannister and his associates have got to figure out a plan. This week’s preview reports “Varys gets an answer.” An answer to what?

Ramsey Bolton stabbed his father and fed his mother-in-law to the dogs. What is he planning now that he’s completely in charge? In the trailer, there is a “gift” offered to Ramsey. The leading theory: it is the long missing Stark brother, Rickon Stark. We have not see him since Season 3. The wildling Osha promised to take him to Stark supporter Jon Umber. If the Umbers turn Rickon over to Ramsey, it is a betrayal of their longtime support of the Stark family.

Tyrion, Missandei, and Grey Worm are in a real mess in Meereen, but at least the dragons are on their side. Photo: HBO
Tyrion, Missandei, and Grey Worm are in a real mess in Meereen, but at least the dragons are on their side. Photo: HBO

Back in King’s Landing the Lannisters have their own war to fight with the High Sparrow and his followers. Will we get a showdown, or at least a hint of one to come?

Fair warning, Episode 3 is only 53 minutes long. Many of this season’s episodes are short of an hour, but the final episode will be the single longest in “Game of Thrones” history at one hour and nine minutes. As long as the series makes up for it with action packed moments, we won’t be too irritated.

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“Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 3 – Oathbreaker” airs Sunday, May 8 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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