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His Watch is Ended

This Week’s Blog Covers: S6 Ep e: “Oathbreaker” *WARNING* Spoilers Below!

We’re back with episode 3, “Oathbreaker,” a title in which I was a bit confused by. I’m not really sure who the oathbreaker is. Some have mentioned the Umbers, due to the fact that they have betrayed the Starks and brought Rickon to Ramsay Bolton as a present. Others say it’s clearly Jon Snow who is the oathbreaker, or the men of the Night’s Watch who betrayed Jon.

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As far as I’m concerned, Jon Snow became free from those oaths when his own men murdered him.

Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death…

Despite Jon’s resurrection being a bit tedious last week in “Home,” this week’s scenes at Castle Black were absolutely awesome.

I really commend Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Carice van Houten (Melisandre) for their perfection in these scenes. Melisandre asks Jon about where he had gone and what he had seen when he was dead…Jon’s response: “Nothing. There was nothing at all.” That was pretty heavy to hear. I guess Ygritte was right. Jon Snow knows nothing. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kit Harrington revealed a bit of insight on this moment and the prospect of nothing.

That cuts right to our deepest fear, that there’s nothing after death. And that’s the most important line in the whole season for me. Jon’s never been afraid of death, and that’s made him a strong and honorable person. He realizes something about his life now: He has to live it because that’s all there is. He’s been over the line and there’s nothing there. And that changes him. It literally puts the fear of God into him. He’s seen oblivion, and that’s got to change somebody in the most fundamental way there is. He doesn’t want to die ever again. But if he does, he doesn’t want to be brought back.

This is a very interesting and haunting rendition of nothing. In “Mockingbird” (S4Ep7), Arya encounters a dying man. As he fears for his death and the thought of becoming nothing, Arya says

Nothing isn’t better or worse than anything. Nothing is just nothing.

In a true Rocky Balboa inspired montage, we see Arya become No One. Guess we’ll find out how that works for her pretty soon. I found the Waif’s interrogation of Arya intriguing and emotional. I loved that when asked how many brothers Arya has, she states 4. No One, formerly known as Arya Stark, always felt like Jon was her true brother. She also reveals her struggle in leaving the Hound. Definitely the best scene in Braavos this season, so far.

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I do want to mention how perplexed I am with baby Sam’s agelessness. I understand that age continuity would be a very difficult thing to keep perfect, but this just seems like such an obvious error.

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Above is a picture of little Sam in season 3, whom was born in episode 3, “Walk of Punishment.”

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This is baby Sam now…Three seasons later. From what I understand, the television series progresses at a rate of a year per season. So I’m thinking, Sam should be bigger than this.

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Anyway, the R + L = J theory is going strong with the inclusion of the Tower of Joy scene. This was a superb fighting scene, opposed to the lackluster fight in Dorne between the Sand Snakes, Jaime, and Bronn in “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” during season 5. This scene involved a young (perfectly cast) Ned Stark and Howland Reed confronting Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning.

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As Bran looked on with the Three-Eyed Raven, he realizes that his father was not this infallible man, he once thought. This scene was expertly choreographed and was accentuated with the use of wide shots and long takes. Very well done. It kept me on the edge of my seat, despite knowing that it would be years later before Ned’s death.

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As for Dany. She’s not doing so hot right now. Her character has been in a rut for a while now, and she needs to get out of the Dosh Khaleen, finish all that Sons of the Harpy nonsense, and get going to Westeros. Dany just keeps spending her time listing off her titles, but I have a feeling none of that matters where she is at. It has been reported that the showrunners only plan on 2 more seasons after this one, which they also plan to shorten the amount of episodes. So, I’m gonna need Dany to get serious here pretty quick. Also, if you have an iPhone, start asking it about Game of Thrones. Siri’s answers are pretty clever. It just reminded me of Dany’s long winded credentials.

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As a final note, I’d like to congratulate my fellow Scholars of the Throne on our awesome semester. Many of us plan on continuing sharing our thoughts, reactions, and opinions throughout the run of the season. So, be sure you continue to check out our weekly posts.

Special shout out to my fellow scholars that are graduating in just a few days. This will be me as I walk across that stage.

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10 thoughts on “His Watch is Ended

  1. I wonder how long it will take for someone to post a montage of Arya’s scene in this episode with “Gonna Fly Now” playing over it. I too was initially confused by the age of Little Sam, and before his name was used I wondered if this was a different baby that resulted from Sam and Gilly’s sex scene in season five. But that couldn’t be either because it is not possible for a year to have passed between season five and season six. This season picked up with Jon Snow’s body lying in the snow shortly after his murder.

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  2. Gilly’s baby needs some of that growth hormone they gave Rickon Stark. Tommen seems to have had a dose of it as well.
    I liked the SNL skit, but they certainly are obsessed with the suggestion that the show is too slow. I am thinking it cuts around too much lately and they need to hone in and take their time with the really dramatic stuff.
    The concept of “nothingness” kinds of flies in the face of the fact that the Lord of Light has had Melisandre perform all these miracles. Is she just a version of the EMT that brings people back from heart attacks? I’m hoping Jon actually did get some insight into his larger purpose, he’s just not telling Melisandre and Davos what it is–he who has wisdom does not share it goes an old saying from Confucius. (Some of my students use that as a rationale!)

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  3. Iron Blog of Braavos, I really enjoyed your discussion of nothingness. However, I disagree with all of this talk about nothingness being scary or grim or negative. No, I am not emo.

    Like I described in my comment on the blog of Scholar Dohaeris, many theologians and philosophers have described the ultimate state of being (nirvana, heaven, or whatever you want to call it) as a state of nothingness, where you are free from corporeal constrictions.

    The idea that nothingness is scary and an undesirable form of afterlife seems unfair. I think human beings are unable to understand nothingness. This doesn’t mean we should be frightened by nothingness (i.e., what we cannot understand).

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  4. Hm. The thought that Jon Snow experienced something instead of nothing during his bout of death is interesting. I wonder…
    Also…I did appreciate your tie to Arya’s discussion on “nothing.” Nice connection.

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  5. Yes, our watch is ending! I also have similar feelings about Dany right now. This Dothraki nonsense is boring, it’s almost like were back in season 1. The idea that she can’t escape herself somehow also really bothers me. Dany has never been one to wait around for 2 men to come save her and play the damsel in distress. I’m ready for her to hike up her big girl pants, get the heck out of Essos and take on those who stand in her way (and I’m not even a Dany supporter!)

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  6. I’m glad I’m not the only one confused about who the oathbreaker is. Totes agree about J Snow, his oath was nullified when his brothers murdered him. Great memes, btw. Almost spit out my Starbucks at Ned Patrick Harris. I’m sad our watch has ended, I will miss your blogs! (Unless you keep going?) Also, samesies about Dany. Get going already, lady.

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  7. When I was thinking about oathbreaker, I was assuming that the sword Brienne was carrying “Oathkeeper” was going to break by someone in a battle to protect Sansa. I am happy to have seen that Sansa, Brienne, and Podrick are all safe for now. I think Jon could have stuck around a little longer than storming out after sentencing the traitors to death. I hope he will be alright.

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  8. Wow- I never even noticed baby Sam pulling a Tuck Everlasting.
    I too am getting extremely frustrated with Dany’s storyline. It’s like- her arc was on this upward momentum, and has now just plateaued. I enjoyed the Arya portion of the episode this week as well. Interesting ideas about Jon. I feel that there’s a possibility he might have experienced something that he’s just not remembering right now. Either way I think he’s determined to make his second shot at life count! Nice way of tying back to the Arya quotation about nothingness. Arya’s view of “nothing” as neither good nor bad is an interesting aspect of her character– it’s not necessarily a positive view of death, but she does seem to not fear it as much as others. And it’s been an awesome class! Congrats to you! (and the others who are graduating.) “We shall never see your like again.”

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  9. Although I too get frustrated with the slowness of Dany’s storyline, I wonder if it is meant, in some ways, to be indicative of the modern woman’s struggle to the top. There are so many ebbs and flows and assumptions about her abilities and where she belongs…She is in some ways beholden by the fact that she is a woman in a “man’s world.”

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