SAN DIEGO, May 15, 2016 – Jon Snow is alive, if not entirely well, and leaving Castle Black for a destination undetermined as “Game of Thrones” returns Sunday with its fourth episode of Season 6, titled “Book of The Stranger.”
Who is The Stranger? The dominant religion believes their God has seven faces, or aspects. When you hear someone refer to the “New Gods,” this is the same thing. The Stranger is the face which represents Death. The Stranger is not often mentioned, or prayed to. But he exists nonetheless. In the Great Sept of Baelor where there are seven statues of the Gods, the Stranger is the only one facing away.
Two characters believed to be dead mention The Stranger in earlier episodes: Lady Catelyn Stark, and Sandor Cleghane, The Hound.
Does the title mean The Stranger will make himself known in this episode?
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Sansa Stark is on her way to Castle Black, not aware that Jon is newly alive after being dead. Will they finally meet up and join forces? This would be the first reunion among any of the Starks since the end of Season 1, when their father Ned Stark was beheaded.
Ramsey Bolton threatens to catch up to her, but not if Littlefinger can help it. He’s learned about her escape and knows she is in danger. It will be good to have one of the most intriguing characters in Westeros back on the series. But perhaps Ramsey doesn’t really care, now that he has Rickon Stark in his clutches, who he believes to be the actual Stark heir. We are hopeful though about his fate since the fierce Osha is still with him. Perhaps Lord Karstark will turn out to be loyal to the Starks after all.
Arya Stark has her sight back, but her challenges along the way to becoming No One are far from over. Bran Stark and the Three Eyed Raven finally gave viewers a scene they’ve longed to see, the “Tower of Joy.” The epic swordfight met all expectations, and now we know the various theories about this bit of Westeros history are correct, an incident which set many of the current plotlines into motion.
Based on the preview, if we don’t get a Stark reunion we will see a Greyjoy reunion, and it isn’t all hugs and kisses between Yara and Theon and their crazy father Balon. See the full preview here.
In King’s Landing, the High Sparrow’s words conveyed a seemingly conciliatory message to King Tommen, but he remains a menacing, powerful figure. King Tommen’s wife Margaery is still in prison. Her grandmother Lady Oleanna and Cersei Lannister have a far better chance of figuring out how to win her release. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right ladies?
Danaerys Targaryen is among the Dothraki widows and will need to keep her wits about her to remain safe and bide her time until she can figure a way out. Daario and Jorah Mormont are en route to her rescue, but don’t we all figure it will be her dragons who win Dany’s freedom?
Tyrion and Varys now know who support their enemies and they’ll need to put their heads together to figure out how to overcome them.
At this point of each season of “Game of Thrones,” so many plotlines need exposition and set up for those episodes we all live for in weeks 9, 10, and 11. So have patience, GOT fans. Every line of dialogue and every bit of history revealed is an investment that will grow and richly pay us back.
One bit of good news, this week’s episode is a full 59 minutes long, the longest so far this season and six minutes longer than last week. Let’s hope the producers use it wisely! I sure don’t need to see Sam upchucking on the ship anymore.
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“Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 4 – Book of the Stranger” airs Sunday, May 15 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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