Vincent Ralph looks back at the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season six episode three.
This week’s episode of Game of Thrones – entitled Oathbreaker – was both an exciting and a frustrating hour for the fans, with the much-anticipated Tower of Joy scene finally aired only to be cut short, while for every great moment there was a somewhat pointless one.
Bran’s latest flashback was thrilling as we watched a young Ned Stark face off against Ser Arthur Dayne – who knows how to twirl a sword or two – only for the historic fight to take an unexpected turn when the Sword of the Morning was stabbed in the back with Ned seemingly at his mercy.
It was a bold move from a show where heroes and villains are often one and the same, as much as we would like to think otherwise.
There was also much excitement over at Castle Black, with the now resurrected Jon Snow inflicting swift justice on those foolish enough to brand him a traitor. But that was just the start, with the Lord Commander’s declaration that his watch was officially over suggesting we are about to see a Stark uprising of sorts.
Speaking of Starks, Rickon’s return raised plenty of questions, not least ‘Where on earth has he been all this time?” But the beheaded dire wolf (or should that be just wolf?) suggests all may not be as it seems with the ever-sneering Ramsay Bolton set for a surprise somewhere down the line if initial theories are to be believed.
There was also a fun montage involving Arya’s ongoing training that harked back to 80s action movies, and it was rewarding to see the resolution come so quickly, even if her journey to become a Faceless Man has done anything but.
However, there was also a baffling exchange between Tyrion, Greyworm and Missandei that may have seemed funny on paper but slowed the pace to a crawl on screen and proved yet again how the move to Meereen has not been kind to the most charismatic of Lannisters.
While the pantomime entrance of the reanimated Mountain grows sillier by the week…let him loose already!
Small grumbles aside, this was another exciting episode of a show that is gearing up to some almighty smack downs. The sooner we get there, the better.