Game of thrones review season 2 episode 6- Strange things have happened in previous episodes in Game of thrones: shadowy creatures, scary dreams, threats, proposals, decisions… and the game for the throne still continues in episode 6 of season 2.
Game of thrones does not only refers for the main game, there are smaller games that some of the characters have been playing all along from the beginning of the serial. From the previous episode we saw that Theon decided to take over Winterfell and claim the castle. In episode 6 of Game of thrones season 2 we see that he achieved his goal.
As I said, Theon has taken over Winterfell and convinces Bran to yield the castle, promising him that no one will be hurt if he does so. Asleep and confused, Bran goes outside to inform his people of the situation, he has yielded the castle.
Some of the people try to protest, even Maester Luwin, but Theon tells them that now he is the lord of the castle and that the Maester is bound to serve him. On contrary, Osha immediately offers her service to Theon, but being suspicious, he denies.
Bran is surprised and at the same time angry of her action, but she tells Bran that his dream has come true, the ocean has come to Winterfell and that she doesn’t want to drown with the others.
Even though Theon was raised by the Starks as their own, he decided to betray them under the excuse that he cannot fight for Robb and for his father at the same time. When Bran asked him if he had hated them all the time, we see that Theon has some kind of doubt about the whole situation.
Everything changes when Ser Rodrik Cassel is captured by Theon’s men and brought in front of Theon. Ser Rodrik reminds Theon that Robb considered Theon as a brother and spits on him, telling him he has no honor.
Insulted by this action and protest, Theon decides that Ser Rodrik should be punished and sentenced to death. Ser Rodrik tells Theon that he should pass the sentence, and before he does it, Ser Rodrik tells Theon that he is truly lost now.
And he really is lost, as he swings the sword over and over again, we sense the uncertainty in his eyes and the thousand questions in his head. Is this the right choice? Will father be satisfied now?
Later that night, Osha enters into Theon’s bedroom, offering her service again, telling him that she can serve him in other way, by giving him sexual pleasure. After being seduced and satisfied, he falls into deep sleep and Osha sneaks out and kills Theon’s guard. After doing this, she calls for Hodor, Bran and Rickon to follow her to fleeing the castle.
The men of the watch have left their shelter and now some of them, including Jon, are searching the wilderness. When they find a group of wildlings, they immediately kill them except one, a girl who Jon didn’t want to kill. He wishes to bring the girl for questioning but Qhorin instructs Jon to kill the girl.
Jon prepares to swing the sword but he is unable to do the task. Ygritte senses his uncertainty and make a run in the wilderness. Angry with himself and the girl, Jon rushes to catch her and then he wishes to kill her. But she warns him that without her he will never find his men, because she knows the wilderness and he doesn’t.
Jon prepares for a long night, and since a fire will signal other wildlings, he decides not to make one. Instead, he is offered to sleep by Yigritte who lies next to him, trying to get warm by wrapping himself around her.
Tyrion decided to marry off Princess Myrcella Baratheon against her mother’s will. Now the royal family tell their goodbyes as they see her sailing away for Dorne. Still furious with Tyrion’s decision for making allies in this way, Cersei curses Theon, threatening him that one day when he fall in love with someone, she will have her revenge.
When the family returns to the Red Keep, we see how the people become angry by calling Joffrey a bastard. The king gets angry and demands the head of that person but he gets stuck in the crowd who now erupts and catches the High Septon who is being torn into pieces.
The other members of the family are trying to get away from the angry mob and to find safety. Tyrion blames Joffrey for the angry mob, telling him that the common people are hungry and angry because of the war he has started and slaps him to teach him the lesson.
Lost in the streets, Sansa is surrounded by a group of men who want to rape her. One of them strips her and pushes her to the ground. Terrified, she screams for help and just before being raped, The Hound arrives to rescue her, by killing all of them. He takes Sansa on her shoulders and brings her to the Red Keep.
After these terrible events, Shae tries to calm down Sansa who cannot understand why people were being violent. She points out that she hates Joffrey as much as the common people do, but Shae warns her not to say such things, to keep her thoughts private and that way she will be safe.
From previous episodes in Game of thrones we have learned that Arya has been working for Tywin Lannister now. Her good service has brought her points and Tywin has liberty to take his guest and have confident conversations in front of her.
She learned a lot from Tywin’s meetings and war plans, and now she had the opportunity to steal a scrap of paper with plans of Lannister movement against her brother Robb. She runs away with the paper, but Amory Lorch catches her. She runs and searches for the faceless man.
When Arya finds the faceless man she delivers the second name of the man to be killed. She urges him to kill Amory right away and we see Amory falling down to the ground at the same moment he enters Tywin’s chambers. He has been hit with a poisonous dart.
At Robb’s war camp we see how Robb slowly falls in love with Lady Talisa, the girl who was giving first aid to the wounded soldiers on the battlefield. His mother senses the change of emotions in his son’s behavior.
Catelyn reminds Robb that he gave his word to Frey and that he is officially engaged. She warns Robb not to do stupid thing and to stay away from Lady Talisa. However, Robb seems uninterested about his mother’s warning.
The news of Winterfell came with Roose Bolton who has just arrived from there. He informs Robb about Theon’s betrayal. Angry about this, he decides to go back to Winterfell but Bolton suggests continuing the war and offers his bastard son to take care of the situation at Winterfell.
Robb feels comforted and agrees but orders for Theon to be taken alive so that he can kill him himself as a punishment for his betrayal. In previous episodes of Game of thrones, Catelyn warned Robb not to trust Theon and we see now that her distrust was justified. Maybe now he will listen to her and stay away from Lady Talisa?
At the city of Qarth, Daenerys is still being convinced by the Spice King, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, that if she had married him, there would be no need to postpone the quest for the throne. He tells her that she has no ships, no army and doesn’t know how to get there.
Trying hard to convince him that her dreams become reality, that she has power, Daenerys tells him the story of the birth of her dragons. Yes, her dreams did become reality, but the present situation is far away from her dream.
Dissatisfied by Xaro’s rejection, she returns to the palace. When she enters there she finds all of her people slaughtered and when she enters the room she finds empty cages-the dragons are missing. Screaming in pain she wonders where are her dragons.
The last scene of episode 6 presents the answer to Daenerys’ question. We see how a man goes up the stairs to the House of the Undying, carrying on his back the dragons. We can’t see them but we hear them crying, screaming for Daenerys as babies cry for their mother. Who could have stolen them?