Game of Thrones Recap Season 6 Episode 4

Game of Thrones Recap: Survival Stories

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As a resident of New York City, I often stand on subway platforms and marvel at the resiliency of rats and roaches. (Well, maybe “try to avoid at all costs” rather than “marvel,” but you get the point: I stare from afar.)

These vile creatures always survive, no matter what nastiness comes their way. Train derailment? Flooded tunnel? Complete lack of sunlight and/or natural food source? No worries — they’re cool.

I thought similar things upon seeing Peter “Littlefinger” Baelish show up in Westeros for the first time this season in Sunday’s episode. Not only does that slippery man survive circumstances that have ended so many others, he thrives. And this week’s episode is full of other characters that should — under normal circumstances — have been dead and gone long ago, but they follow the Matthew McConaughey school of life and Just. Keep. Livin’.

Read on for the highlights of “Book of the Stranger.”

THE MEN OF THE WALL | Dolorous Edd is with Jon as he prepares to leave. He’s going south, he says. “What are you going to do?” Edd asks. “Get warm,” Jon jokes weakly. They’re just about to argue when the horn sounds: Someone’s at the gate.

And glory be to the old gods and the new, Sansa rides into Castle Black, flanked by Brienne and Pod. Lady Stark sees her half brother from across the courtyard, and there’s a moment where they just stare at each other, but then they leap into each other’s arms. No, YOUR direwolf is crying!

“We never should’ve left Winterfell,” he says later as they sit by the fire. She agrees, then apologizes for being “awful” when they were younger. They’re laughing and smiling and goodness, this is the most levity we’ve had all season so far. “Where will you go?” she asks. “Where will we go?” he responds. Guys! She asserts that they have to go back to Winterfell and fight the Boltons for it. “I’ve fought, and I lost,” he says, sounding tired. “I want you to help me, but I’ll do it myself if I have to,” Sansa counters, and I have never been so proud of her.

In the courtyard, Melisandre tells Davos that she serves Jon now. What about Stannis, he asks? Oh right, about that… She starts to mention the great battle, but as Davos asks worriedly about Shireen, Brienne pops up and reintroduces herself to Seaworth as the knight who executed his boss. Meanwhile, Melisandre slinks away.

Later, Torumund is ogling Brienne across the table at a meal (I loved that little moment) when Jon gets a lette from Ramsay: “Your brother, Rickon, is in my dungeon… I want my bride back.” Guess who it’s from? “Northern families will fight for you,” Sansa reminds Jon, who is — as she notes — the son of the last true Warden of the North. Looks like we’re heading for Winterfell, kids!

HOUSE BAELISH | Petyr Baelish shows up during one of his “nephew” Robin’s archery lessons, gives the boy a falcon and accuses Lord Royce of setting the Boltons upon him and Sansa during their journey. Robin wants to toss Royce through the moon door — though I’d wager that Robin wants to toss everyone and everything through the moon door — but Littlefinger steps in at the last moment and buys Royce’s loyalty by steering the simple teen away from that outcome. That taken care of, Littlefinger says to gather the men of the Vale, because it’s time to jump into the fray.

Game-of-thrones-season-6-episode-4-fHOUSE TARGARYEN | Tyrion meets with the masters of Slaver’s Bay to try to achieve peace via diplomatic means rather than military ones; Missandei and Grey Worm think this is a hell of a bad idea. “You don’t need slaves to make money,” Tyrion points out, adding that King’s Landing hasn’t had slavery in years, “and I grew up richer than all of you.” He has a point.

His deal: The masters will end slavery in seven years’ time, they will be compensated for their losses, and they will cut off support for the Sons of the Harpy. Then he offers them some whores to seal the agreement, because Tyrion. But the meeting with the masters angers the freed slaves; thanks to some apt words from Misandei and Grey Worm, the situation cools a bit. Still, Daenerys’ advisers are far from being on the same page. Tyrion is all, “It’s cool! We’ll use their contempt for us to our advantage!” But Grey Worm points out that the masters will come out on top by using them: “That is what they do.”

So Daenerys goes to the meeting where the Dothraki men are to decide her fate. She talks some smack and then burns them alive inside the Dosh Khaleen house. And just like she did in Season 1, khaleesi walks out of that inferno like she’s stepping out of a massage room at a very liberal day spa: naked and looking completely relaxed. As the Dothraki in the city bow before her, Daario and Jorah approach… and then do the same thing. Girl knows how to PUT ON  A SHOW.

HOUSE MORMONT | Daario and Jorah bicker as they search for Daenerys, eventually creeping up on a hill where they can spy on the city containing the dosh khaleen. So the pair leave all their weapons on the hillside — it’s forbidden to bring them into the sacred town — and in doing so, Daario sees Jorah’s greyscale-infected wrist. “You know what happens?” the younger man asks. “I know what happens,” Mormont says.

That night, the two men sneak into the Dothraki community, searching for their missing queen. But they soon run afoul of a couple of locals; the only reason Jorah survives is because Daario smuggled a knife in, and he uses it to kill Mormont’s attacker. Meanwhile, Daenerys bonds with one her young fellow captives on an evening stroll when they run into Jorah and Daario, who want to make a run for it. Though initially hesitant, the mother of dragons looks to the younger khaleesi and asks her to trust her.

HOUSE TYRELL | Margaery, still held in the High Sparrow’s cell, is hauled before the man himself. He gives her a brief overview of his life as the materialistic son of a cobbler who had a come-to-the-seven-gods moment after a particularly debaucherous night during his youth. “The people I was trying to climb away from, the beggars in the street, the poor, they were closer to the truth than I was,” he reminisces.

The holy man surprises her by taking her to see Loras, who’s doing a really good impression of a burlap sack on the floor of his cell. He cries when he sees her, but she encourages him to buck up. “If either of us give in to what they want, then they win,” she says, sounding like the queen I remember.

HOUSE LANNISTER | After Cersei throws Maester Pycelle out of Tommen’s quarters, the boy king warns his mother not to antagonize the High Sparrow, because he’s dangerous. She’s like, “Um, does ‘Walk of Atonement’ ring a bell?” Poor Tommen, who’s just trying to do the right thing, says he has something to confess about what the High Sparrow told him during their meeting.

Cut to the Lannister twins storming into a meeting with Kevan Lannister and Margaery’s grandmother: The High Sparrow is planning to have Margaery walk her own shame parade in a few days, and everyone in the room agrees that is a BAD idea. So, a plan: The Tyrell armies will be there to help prevent it, and hopefully the many that will die won’t include the people everyone in the room cares about.

HOUSE GREYJOY | Theon enters his family’s home to find Yara sitting before the fire — but her anger at her brother burns even hotter. Men died trying to rescue him, she points out, and he betrayed her. Though Theon cries and looks utterly wrecked, she assumes he’s there to slip into a place of power now that their father is dead. “Tell me what you want!” she demands, grabbing him. “You should rule the Iron Islands,” he answers quietly, tears streaking his face. “Let me help you.”

HOUSE BOLTON | Either Osha isn’t afraid of Ramsay when she’s brought before him, or she talks a really good game. Now that he has Rickon, “what use have I for you?” he asks. She plays pretty much her only remaining card and straddles him, trying to distract him while she reaches for his knife, but he whispers that Theon told him the Stark boys were dead… then he sticks a knife into her throat and she falls to the floor, dead. Ugh.

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  1. Hellas13 says:

    The most important question is whether that was a body double at the end. She has said she wouldn’t do it anymore.

  2. Ian says:

    Daenerys the Unburnt, FTW! EPIC EPIC EPIC. YASS QUEEN!
    Also, R.I.P. Osha. That hurt.

    • Liz says:

      – Amen!! Daenerys the Khaleesi is BACK!! Yeah!
      – My second favorite moment? That embrace between Jin & Sansa. SO happy to see those two reunited (now if only Arya would get out of that sect and go be with them!). Sansa has grown up, she can inspire Jon to take back what is theirs!
      – The moment between Brienne and that Wilding? SO funny!!!

  3. CourtTV says:

    Wow! What an ending to the episode! My second favorite part was the sibling embrace.

    • Hellas13 says:

      They are related but they are not brother and sister.

      • Blondage says:

        They are half brother and sister. They share a father. Tho I think we will find out soon that Ned raised Jon as his own to protect his true identity. :)

        • Hellas13 says:

          So they don’t share a father. R+J=L is the worst kept secret in history. I almost wish they do something else now.

          • Allee says:

            Even so they’d be cousins who were raised as siblings. I think the op’s point was that it was an emotional reunion after all they’d been together. I realize it’s way more important to correct her/him (and post spoilers that “are the worst kept secret” (Not everyone is obsessed with GoT).. Someone could be happy just to see a childhood FRIEND after such experiences.

      • CourtTV says:

        But they THINK they are siblings – half at least. In the moment, they were happy to see family.

      • Fan says:

        Yes, I’m pretty sure it will come out this season that they are actually cousins. I think Jon is actually the child of Ned’s sister.

    • ? says:

      Even though it goes directly against one of the primary mythological threads of the story by having Jon and Sansa meet up before the end, I still cried a bit when they hugged. Right in the feels. The North remembers!

  4. ABG says:

    RIP Osha. I knew it was gonna happen because there’s no way Ramsay dies before Jon and/or Sansa get there and kill him.

    Finally some momentum for Daenerys!

  5. Kevin K says:

    Another powerful episode. The scene between Sansa and Jon was truly emotional and the end part with Daenerys on fire and completely naked is one of the reasons why this season’s GoT is at its best than it was last year. Have to admit, Tyrion and Varys make quite a dynamic duo.

  6. Joe says:

    This episode was WAY better than last week. Loved the theme of all the siblings reuniting. I honestly don’t know how they are going to fit all of these brawls in within the next few weeks. We have the King’s Landing political uproar, the Bastard Bowl in Winterfell, the Greyjoy’s and the rebirth of badass Khaleesi the fire woman.

    I love this new badass Sansa, it’s about damn time she goes from one of the worst characters to tenacious and strong. Hopefully next week they FINALLY get Arya’s story going so we can have the Stark’s firing on all cylinders again.

  7. Kristine says:

    Khaleesi is bada$$. She and Jon must get together and rule. AND make beautiful babies.

    • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

      Girl,…..Khaleesi and Jon are related there’s a little theory called R+L=J

      • Mollymoo says:

        Aunt Dany and Jon wouldn’t be the first incestuous Targarygen pairing. They are sort known for that.

        • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

          WTF? Didn’t know about that.only know Cersei and Jamie doing that crazy mess. Anyways thanks for the info

          • Mollymoo says:

            They have mentioned it on the show, I think, but not as much as the books. The first Targaygens to rule Westoros were a brother and his two sisters. He had married them both. Dany had assumed she’d marry Viseys until he married her off to Drogo because that’s how they do things, those nutty dragons. Rhagear was the more rare types of Targayen princes to marry outside the family and his marriage to Elia was political. His assumed (maybe polygamous marriage) relationship with Lyanna was in part tied to his own fascination with the prince that was promised prophecy and the prophesied connection of fire and ice…

          • Valerie says:

            Rhaegar had no sister to marry… That’s all..

  8. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Yasss….Jon and Sansa brother and sister….I mean “COUSINS” reunited! I can’t wait to see this Bastard showdown Jon vs. Ramsay, I hope Jon kick his F-in ass. Khaleesi rises from the flames again I freaking love her don’t mess w. The mother of dragons.

    • Kevan says:

      Nah. They’ll have Sansa kill Ramsay in an empowerment moment. That’s the only way I can see it happening. Even though I think Jon can take him easily, Sansa has to do it to complete her character growth.

      • The Kaibosh says:

        Yes and no. I think Ramsay will have his dogs with him and have Sansa and Jon cornered. Ghost will pop up and either tear apart Ramsay’s dogs or he will become alpha dog and Ramsay’s dogs will turn on him tear him apart.

      • AnnieM says:

        Ramsay should be flayed. But before they do, they should cut off his weiner and send it to Theon. Both fair, and appropriate.

  9. Ws says:

    The show is finally getting forward momentum now that they have moved beyond the slow pace of the books.

    • Tom says:

      Are you insane? The show has always moved. We will most likely see it follow the same arc as every season. Big battle episode 7, 8, or 9. Cliffhanger and deaths Episode 10.

  10. Lala says:

    I rarely get emotional when watching tv shows but I got so misty eyed with that Sansa & John reunion, the Starks needed that, dannit we the viewers needed that. I thought we would have to wait until towards the end of the season for that reunion.
    RIP Osha, she was very loyal…Damn people are dying every episode. The high sparrow better be one of those dead people by the end of the season.
    That was a great ending, Daenerys is Queen!

    • Lilly says:

      I sort of see Sansa as Catelyn’s mini me. And so I watched Sansa apologize for being awful and thought back to Cat’s long ago confession about being awful to Jon…and it felt like her apology too and that me want to cry more. Then I just wanted Sansa to say “so little finger said the craziest thing to me one day. We were down on the cozy Stark family crypt looking at Aunt Lyanna’s stone face and he said…..”

    • Joey says:

      It didn’t hurt that they also blared the Stark Cello of Extreme Emotional Significance.

  11. Joey says:

    I’m starting to wonder who this red-headed character is that Sophie Turner is playing, because it sure as heck isn’t Sansa Stark.

  12. Mollymoo says:

    Torumund and Brienne need a couple name now. I would totally be down for seeing them as the new awkward power couple of Westeros….or beyond the wall. Torienne? Brimund? I was worried going into this season without a book safety net. How far off course would we head? How would this free of all stick to what we have come to know. And yet here we are nearly halfway in and I am loving it. I cheered when Sansa and Jon were hugging it out and bonding. I love seeing Tryion do what Tyrion does best. I was on the edge of my seat, watching that slick grin on Dany’s face as the Khal listed out her pending lovers…muttering to myself “dude, you don’t screw with the Mother of Dragons.” And now we head to the Bastardbowl for a Snowdown! I cannot wait. The only thing better would be a glimpse into that Tower of Joy…oh and that beat down I see Sansa warming up for. Mr. Baelish, this little Shewolf grew some teeth while you were gone.

    • Lilly says:

      *snort* Torienne. *laughter* I could ship thay

    • darthbek says:

      The favorite thing I’ve seen so far about their ship is “Bear F*’er and the Maiden Fair”

    • AnnieM says:

      As soon as I saw Torumund looking at Brienne, I thought, ‘Of course!’ While I realize that she and Jamie have had moments of mutual respect and understanding, we all knew no romance was gonna happen. In the crazy world of Westeros, I think the only man who can truly appreciate Brienne for who she is, and love her for it, would BE a Wilding. I hope something develops there, because Brienne deserves to have love with someone who can love her back. :-)

  13. Jenc says:

    I dont think Ramsey said Theon told him the Stark boys were dead, I thought he said Theon told him they weren’t and that Osha was the one who helped them escape by seducing him, just like she was trying to do with Ramsey in that scene. But yeah, total bummer that she died. She was a great character.

    • AnnieM says:

      I hated that, too. She just came back, and now she’s gone. ::sigh:: And as a side note, was anyone else as surprised as me back when you found out she was the same actress who played Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter films?

      • Mercury says:

        Lol- my wife told me that as she was bleeding out. Being a reader, I know most of these characters through books, then see them on film. Therefore, when I see them on film, I transfer them to books.
        Made me slightly upset; first a werewolf husband, and now this?!?!
        But I think the show is making the whole “Ramsey is a psychopath” thread continue for a reason.
        Avenge Sansa, reclaim the north, then Jon breeds with the mother of Dragons.

  14. Jason says:

    A lot of awesome in this episode. It really feels like all these stories are starting to roll toward each other. The momentum is building.

  15. HMichaele says:

    So…end of season? Will all the Starks remaining be back at Winterfell? Hope so. Tired of seeing them separated and fighting on their own. I want this to only be the start of the Stark reunions and comeuppance to all those who tried to break them, starting with Baelish and ending with Ramsay.

  16. Cyndi says:

    Shaggy dog and Osha too?! I know I shouldn’t but I have hope that Rickon gets tortured, but not killed. Definitely not molested!!!

    • Joey says:

      It’s so nice to see that we have people in this world that hope to see a 14 year old get tortured.

      • Karen MT says:

        Considering who is holding him, you have to hope for the better option. I doubt that Ramsey is just going to let him languish in a cell.

  17. Alice says:

    I didn’t think the Jon Sansa reunion would feel so emotional. An Jon Arya reunion, obviously, but they made it work, even though Sansa and Jon weren’t close as children.
    I could not stop laughing at the ending. I wonder how many problems Dany can solve through her sheer incombustibility.

  18. JP says:

    Where can I buy and fly the dire wolf flag??? I was pissed last week at the producers toying with us and the tower of joy (still miffed) but this season is starting to really pick up. I was thinking tonight you could do a 2 hour movie on each story line and it still wouldn’t be enough… Game of thrones: producers/writers/actors are bringing it this year… Sophie Tuner for an Emmy anyone????

  19. webly3 says:

    RIP Osha. We all kind of knew Osha wouldn’t survive the series (it’s a miracle that she made it to season 6… but still it was very sad to see her go). AND SLAY DANY!

  20. DarkDefender says:

    So many feels!
    Jon and Sansa – lovely.
    Brienne and Torumund – um.. Ew.
    Cersei and Jamie (and mom Tyrell) – hells yeah.
    Dario and Jorah – bro-ship.
    This is the best season so far.. And we are only 4 Eps in.

  21. ninergrl6 says:

    The Jon & Sansa reunion gave me life! I was practically shaking I was so excited and relieved for them. All of the Castle Black scenes were fantastic. The brother/sister heart to heart, Brienne’s confrontation, the meal, the letter… Every line and every look felt spot-on perfect. I *almost* wish that was the only storyline on the show, but ultimately that would get tired even though it’s the only storyline I really feel invested in at the moment.

  22. Kevan says:

    I didn’t think it was possible to want someone to die MORE than Joffrey, but the show needs to hurry up and kill Ramsay. They’re taking their sweet time until Sansa can do it herself, to complete her empowerment and character growth. I just hope it’s done by the end of this season.

  23. King says:

    What was it that Tommen told Cersei that the High Sparrow told him?

  24. I didn’t realize I needed to see Mother of dragon throw a barbecue until I saw it!!!! You go girl, burn the s**t out of those Dothraki low lifes!

  25. mrmcgee says:

    I really loved seeing Sansa grow and mature. Fit the first time since dorky session 1 she is “safe” and not in the run or in fear and it showed. I thought this was going to be one of those show moments where she and Brienne get to Castle Black just after Jon has left.

    I also like that the Red Witch is still now more humble even after Jon’s resurrection. She used to be insufferable with Stannis. But are they saying that Stavros is just now asking about Stannis and Shireen? Wouldn’t they have known by now?

  26. This season has been weak and last night was no exception. Ramsey killing Osha was a complete waste of tv time and added nothing to the storyline. You could almost feel the writers struggling for minutiae to add as filler so as NOT to advance the story along. Each week is like they can’t think of anything that should happen. But I guess one should have expected this when they are having to actually come up with the story instead of copying from the pages of a best selling book.

  27. PFitzDC says:

    Love your recaps, Kim! One small correction….what Ramsay told Osha, was that Theon had told him how the Stark boys had ESCAPED….that is, he confessed that Osha had pretended to seduce the guard and then killed him. Thus, Ramsay knew she was a one-trick pony and that’s why he killed her first before she could kill him.

  28. Jackie says:

    Not gonna lie, I cried at the Jon Snow/Sansa reunion.
    All the reunions were emotional. And the final scene with Dany…loved it!
    Such a great episode. Ice and Fire are shaping up!

  29. Michael Clark says:

    how did Sansa know that Ramsay had killed Roose she had already gone

  30. TheWatcher says:

    Where’s Bran, I want to go to the past.
    I knew that Ramsey wouldn’t die so soon.