Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 6: Blood of my Blood Featured Image Credit: HBO via CrooksandLiars.com
The episode begins with Bran being dragged by Meera as the two of them hopelessly attempt to flee to safety. Meera is terrified and Bran is still downloading the entire history of the world in his Three Eyed Raven vision state. Bran is now the Three Eyed Raven and is no longer entirely human. If you’re interested in finding out more about Bran’s flashing visions you can watch them in slow motion on Youtube or check out this Buzzfeed article that breaks it down with screenshots.
Luckily, Bran and Meera are saved by a mysterious figure in black who rides in on a horse with a flaming mace. We learn that the mysterious figure is none other than Cold Hands Benjen Stark who was on the verge of becoming a White Walker when the Children of the Forest plunged dragonglass (obsidian) into his heart to stop the transformation leaving Benjen to live as a being that is neither White Walker or human.
At this time it’s unclear whether it is the dragonglass to the heart itself that causes and ceases the White Walker transformation or if the Children of the Forest must also contribute their own magic.
Sam and Gilly head back to the Tarly family home to meet expected disaster and rejection. It seems mere moments before Sam’s father discovers that Gilly is a wildling and that the child he believes to be his grandson would be a half-blood if it were even Sam’s.
Though Sam’s father, Randyll Tarly, banishes Sam from his home while accepting to take care of Gilly and Little Samwell, Sam knows it’s not right to leave Gilly there. So he steals his father’s Valyrian steel sword which seems to be a foreshadowing that Sam is off to kill more White Walkers and he takes off with Gilly and Little Samwell.
The High Sparrow has apparently convinced Margaery Tyrell to actually convert to the religion of The Faith of the Seven. The epiphone she has on how the person who she is or was wasn’t genuinely good but only wished to be perceived as good seems authentic. But at this point it’s too soon to tell whether her conversion to The Faith of the Seven is to be taken at face value or if on a deeper level it is a plot to gain further influence and power over Tommen and the High Sparrow and therefore the rest of Westeros.
As Jamie Lannister and Olenna Tyrell, her grandmother, show up to save Margaery from the walk of atonement, the High Sparrow laughs in their faces as he boasts his new convert to The Faith of the Seven and Margaery rejects their aid entirely.
For Jamie’s treasons against the realm, Tommen banishes him to take Riverrun back from the Blackfish and strips him of his right to serve among the Kingsguard. Jamie and Cersei lament over the loss of influence over their own son, Tommen, but Cersei bids Jamie to follow Tommen’s instructions for now as she plots her revenge on the High Sparrow and The Faith of the Seven for the future.
Arya Stark returns to the Game of Thrones play within the show in order her to complete her assignment and assassinate her target, the actress that plays Cersei. As foreshadowed, Arya Stark can’t kill someone for whom she feels a genuine affection. She cannot be no one. She cannot serve the no faced God.
As Jaqen promises, it was either Arya’s face or the actress’s face that would be added to the wall of faces and he sends his blonde apprentice to kill her but not to let her suffer. Arya recovers her sword, Needle, which she had hidden before beginning her training. She then assumedly embarks on a mission to escape but may need to slay the blonde waif before she does because as Jaqen reminds us, the wall will gain a face no matter what happens.
Daenerys Targaryen, having slain her capturers, now controls the Dothraki forces and she plans to unite them with the unsullied and the rest of her followers to embark on a mission to capture the Iron Throne in Westeros. Daenerys Targaryen sits atop her Dragon alone, commanding influence and respect from the Dothraki as she lets them know she will not choose three Blood Riders but instead will ride her dragon amongst everyone. She still needs boats but perhaps if Euron Greyjoy achieves his goals then she will have them.