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Cold truth: ‘Game of Thrones’ Ep. 6: ‘Death Is The Enemy’

Written By | Aug 20, 2017

SAN DIEGO, August 16, 2017 – Communities Digital News is committed to being spoiler-free in all our entertainment previews, but it’s tough for “Game of Thrones” with hacks and leaks breaking out on multiple fronts.

Tyrion Lannister and Danaerys Targaryen confer as two of Dany’s dragons stand watch. Photo: HBO

But this week, HBO’ is to blame for a big snafu which allowed Episode 6 to air live in Spain and several Nordic countries via its streaming service. It immediately hit the internet, where there are no national boundaries. We’re aware of some crucial plot points, but you won’t get them out of us here.

“Game of Thrones: Season 7, Episode 6 – “Death Is The Enemy” airs Sunday, August 19, at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Join CommDigiNews Fan Chat and Discussion – because after this show, there will be plenty to talk about:


It isn’t a spoiler to make an educated guess about our Jon Snow led suicide squad heading north of the wall this week in an episode titled, “Death Is The Enemy.” With seven main characters involved, it’s highly unlikely all seven will survive.

It’s a sure bet Jon Snow will be spared, but the rest all have a target on their backs.

Will Jon be successful in bringing a White Walker back to King’s Landing? Photo: HBO

If the mission is ultimately successful, Cersei Lannister will be convinced to join the alliance of Westerosi forces including Danaerys Targaryen’s Dothraki and Unsullied forces plus her dragons to defeat the Night’s King and his Army of the Dead. Cersei is already plotting how to turn this alliance to her long-term advantage. Now that she is going to produce another Lannister

Now that she is going to produce another Lannister heir, after all, her long-term view to preserving the kingdom will be a priority.

This week’s trailer prepares us for the confrontation with the White Walkers:

In Winterfell, Littlefinger’s scheming threatens to pull sisters Arya Stark and Sansa Stark apart. Littlefinger plants a letter Cersei Lannister forced a young Sansa Stark to write to her brother, Robb Stark, for Arya to “find.” Sansa didn’t mean a word of it, but had no choice. Here’s what it says:

Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne. The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.” 

Littlefinger’s attempt to create tension between Sansa and Arya Stark may be working. Photo: HBO

Arya knows none of this, and Littlefinger is counting on her to believe the letter is real. He doesn’t want Arya and Sansa to strengthen their bond and leave him on the outside. Arya may be able to sneak up on Walder Frey and spar with Brienne of Tarth, but she hasn’t ever tangled with anyone as treacherous as Littlefinger.

We are counting on Brienne of Tarth to uncover Littlefinger’s plot. Photo: HBO

Brienne may play a pivotal role, always the voice of reason. Keep your eye on her.

Samwell Tarly and Gilly are returning to his family home, where he will discover he is now the lord of the manor with his father and brother both incinerated by Dany’s dragon.

We haven’t even touched on the significant revelation of last week’s episode, laid out for us when Drogon accepted Jon Snow, and Gilly finally offered a significant contribution to the plot: that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark were in fact married when Jon was born, making him not just a Targaryen but a legitimate Targaryen, and in theory the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Mind blown!

This week’s episode is 70 minutes long, with the final episode clocking in at 80 minutes long. What will happen in the two and a half hours left?

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer 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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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.