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