Review – Oathbreaker
‘Oathbreaker’ is the third episode of the sixth season of Game of Thrones.
Beware of spoilers! You’re reading at your own risk.
Daenerys arrives in Vaes Dothrak. Varys finds out information on the Sons of the Harpy. Arya trains as No One. Ramsay receives a gift. Tommen meets with the High Sparrow. Jon adjusts to his return.
After a strong episode full of surprises, we turn back to a typical Game of Thrones episode: a solid one with some strong storylines. Welcome, I hope you enjoy reading my review.
Jon Snow is resurrected. Hard to believe, even ser Davos had a difficult time believing Jon had returned from the death. He seems to be a god. Melisandre comes to visit Jon as well. She reacts differently to the resurrection of Jon Snow: she’s surprised, but not petrified. Given her age, she has seen more of this magical world. Do you remember when Mel asked Beric Dondarrion what comes after death? Melisandre asks Jon the same question. He responds with the same answer: ‘nothing’. Is the concept of ‘death’ terrifying for Melisandre? It seems to be. Melisandre now thinks that Jon Snow is the Prince who was promised and not Stannis Baratheon. Later, Jon is welcomed by the men of the Night’s Watch and the wildlings. They gaze like they have seen a god. Tormund doesn’t think that he has seen a god. Therefore Jon’s pecker is far too small. Edd is impressed as well, but delighted nonetheless.
Storm at sea! Samwell and Gilly are still on their way to Oldtown and Little Sam is their traveling companion. Jon doesn’t enjoy their trip at all. He’s very sick and he has bad news for Gilly. Gilly can’t go to Oldtown, because women aren’t allowed there. Sam breaks his oath when it comes to his promise to Gilly. He promised to never leave her alone anymore. At first sight, Gilly seems to be pretty angry at Sam but she changes her mind rather soon. Sam is a man with a plan. He wants to drop Gilly off at his home in Horn Hill. We know that Sam’s father, Randyll Tarly, isn’t the most comprehensive father. This will cause trouble for sure.
From the sea, to the lovely Dorne. In Dorne we see a few men on horse. They’re galloping towards a tower named The Tower of Joy. The tower is guarded by ser Arthur Dayne and ser Gerold Hightower, who both belong to the King’s Guard of the Mad King Aerys. We immediately recognize Ned Stark. He must be in his twenties now. It’s clear that we’re seeing a vision of Bran Stark and The Three-Eyed Raven. The Three-Eyed Raven explains to Bran who these men are and what he’s exactly witnessing. Ser Arthur Dayne seems to be an excellent swordsman. He fights with two swords during the fight against Ned Stark, Howland Reed and 4 other men. Gerold Hightower dies quite early, Dayne keeps fighting like a total badass. He easily defeats three men. When only Ned and Dayne are left, we get a nice duel. According to history, Ned defeated Arthur Dayne but we now learn the truth. Howland Reed stabs Dayne in the back. Not so honorable of Ned and Howland. Suddenly we hear a women screaming in the tower. It’s Ned’s sister, Lyanna Stark. Ned runs to his sister and Bran follows him. He wants to know what’s going on and so do we. The Three-Eyed Raven thinks that Bran has seen enough and takes him out of the vision. The result: an angry Bran and angry viewers. Everyone wanted to know why Lyanna was screaming in that tower. I hope we’ll find out soon.
‘And now it begins’
— Ser Arthur Dayne against Ned Stark
Daenerys arrives in Vaes Dothrak. She’s still treated like a dog by the Dothraki. When she enters the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen, she’s forced to change clothes. The High Priestess of the Dosh Khaleen isn’t delighted by her return. Dany has broken an oath. After Khal Drogo’s death, Daenerys should have gone to the Temple of the Dothraki. She didn’t and now risks to get punished for it. Only time will tell what her punishment will be.
Next we see Varys in Meereen. Varys talks to Vala. You might recognize her from the previous season when she collaborated to murder an Unsullied. She also took part in the massacre of the Unsullied and the assassination of poor Barristan Selmy. We already knew that she collaborated with the Sons of the Harpy but now Varys knows it as well. Varys tries to retrieve more information of her. He threatens her by talking about her beautiful son, Dom. Varys promises Vala a good future in Pentos, as he promised it Shae way back in season 3. This time, Vala accepts Varys’s offer. She doesn’t have a choice actually.
Tyrion tries to have a conversation with Missandei and Grey Worm. Those two aren’t exactly talkative. Tyrion proposes to play a drinking game as he did with Shae and Bronn in season 1. Beautiful times, weren’t it. But too bad that Missandei and Grey Worm don’t drink alcohol. Varys enters the Small Council and informs them about the collaboration between Yunkai, Astapor and Volantis. Chaos and war seem to erupt in Meereen if they don’t undertake something.
From one council to another. ‘Oathkeeper’ is rather filled with a lot of storylines. We see the horrifying Qyburn again. I didn’t miss him to be honest. For the first time we see Varys’s little birds om screen. His little birds are children and have to collect whispers all around Westeros and Essos. In return they get sweets. We already know that Qyburn is the Master of Whispers now. He’s getting his first task from Cersei Lannister. She wants little birds in Dorne and in Highgarden. A funny moment when The Mountain enters Qyburn’s laboratorium. Their gaze at the Mountain is priceless.
Pycelle isn’t really happy about Qyburn’s promotion. He tells the Small Council they they better get rid of the Mountain. Pycelle doesn’t realize that Jaime, Cersei and the Mountain are listening to him. And when Pycelle does, he almost shits his pants. Literally. There’s also an unexpected guest at the Small Council, namely the awesome Lady Olenna Tyrell. She immediately puts Cersei in her place. Kevan Lannister, the Hand of the King, doesn’t want to work together with Cersei and Jaime and leaves the Small Council. Olenna, Mace and Pycelle follow him.
‘Margaery is the queen. You are ‘not’ the queen.
— Lady Olenna Tyrell against Cersei Lannister.
We stay in King’s Landing for a while. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow, but fails nonetheless. The High Sparrow easily manipulates Tommen by addressing his feelings. The High Sparrow is on his way to make a religious king of Tommen Baratheon. The gap between him and Cersei therefore only will get bigger and bigger.
In Braavos we see Arya training with the Waif. The Waif does her best to make Arya fail, but Arya is too smart. She uses her hatred for the Waif as motivation to succeed in her training. She learns to rely on her other senses: feeling and smelling. Nice to hear Arya talking about her family members, and of course ‘The Hound’. Arya’s able to succeed and Jaqen knows that. He has a gift for her. Arya may drink from the fountain. The drink gives Arya her sight back. Her storyline finally takes off!
In Winterfell, Lord Umber visits Ramsay Bolton and Harald Karstark. The Umbers were originally loyal banner men of the Starks. It seems that they have broken their oath. Smalljon Umbers swears loyalty to Ramsay. Not by kneeling or kissing his hand but by handing him a gift. Smalljon wants Ramsay’s involvement in the war against Jon Snow. The news about the Wildlings did reach the Umbers. But now about the gift, we can’t believe our own eyes. Does the gift really have to be Osha and Rickon? And dear god, Rickon has grown up a lot. I love to seem them back but not in this kind of situation. I fear for their life right now. Ramsay wants to know if he’s given the real Rickon Stark. Smalljon proves that by giving Shaggydog’s severed head. Poor Shaggydog.
We end with another scene of Jon Snow. Jon Snow has taken a decision. He chooses to hang ser Alliser Thorne, Olly, Bowen Marsh and Othell Yarwyck. We can’t believe it. Will Jon do that? And yes. He continues to do so. The scene and its haunting soundtrack sent me shivers down my spine. Jon isn’t the same man anymore. His death has opened his eyes. He gives his responsibility to Edd. His watch is ended.
‘Oathbreaker’ was remarkably slower than ‘Home’. But this one felt like a classic Game of Thrones episode. Still I consider ‘Oathbreaker’ as a solid episode. There’s a lot of plot progression in this episode and the dialogues improved. The scenes in the North and Arya’s scene were enjoyable and the best in this episode. The fight at the Tower of Joy was epic but too bad that we didn’t see the whole vision. If D&D showed the whole vision, it would have made more impact. The scenes in King’s Landing were less tense, but therefore not less interesting. Daenerys’s scene wasn’t interesting at all. I’m not enjoying her storyline this season so far. Tyrion’s conversation with Grey Worm and Missandei wasn’t necessary at all and didn’t work out well. Again, ‘Oathbreaker’ didn’t disappoint me and I look forward to see episode 4. See you next week!
Action and build-up: 7/10