At the conclusion of episode two, "Home," the year long question was finally answered. Jon Snow is alive! Long live Jon Snow!
Now the question on everybody's mind before tonight's episode is, what has the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch become?
Has he been given new life from Melisandre, or is he like Beric Dondarrion, who had been resurrected by the Lord of the Light many times at the hands of Thoros of Myr.
Hopefully we will get some answers.
Season 6, episode three "Oathbreakers" didn't have much action in it, but it had various transactions and transitions. That's happens around a third episode of most series.
We open back at Castle Black.
Davos helps Jon Snow understand that he's back from the dead to keep fighting. Snow tells him that he did what he thought was right, but he failed, and Davos replies, 'Now go fail again." Jon is weak and hurting, but doesn't appear to be a zombie when he greets his men. We still don't know what he is yet.
Arya, after being beaten up by Waif enough times, finally gets a handle on her blindness and who she isn't, and was given her eyes back by the "Many Faced God." This was the least interesting use of her time so far, but maybe now, she can try on a few new faces.
By the way, even with her limited time, Maisie Williams continues to shine as an actress of real depth.
Samwell Tarly, while puking in a bucket during a rough boat ride, tells Gilly, that she and little Sam are going to live with his family, because the Citadel in Oldtown does not allow women and they will be safe there. In a tender moment, she tells Sam that she trusts him and will never betray him because he's the father of her child.
Bran goes on another vision quest with the Three-Eyed Raven, this time finding out that one of his father's tales about defeating the Sword of the Morning in front of the Tower of Joy, wasn't true.
Bran wants to stay to find out what happens after we hear screams coming from Ned's sister, who's in the tower, but Max Von Sydow pulls him out, reminding him he'll get stuck in the past if he dwells there too long. (IGN has more on the Tower of Joy)
I'm not sure if I got this right. Daenerys Targaryen is led to the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen to begin her Khalar Verhven that she never took, but a worse fate may befall her since she went out in the world after Khal Drogo's death, which is forbidden.
Back at Meereen, Lord Varys understands the art of interrogation better than most, convinces Vala, a supporter of the Harpies, that she and Dom, her son will be safe and rich if she tells him who is funding the Sons of the Harpies. It turns out it's the masters from Yunkai, Astapor and Volantis that have been backing the insurgency all along.
It was gold watching Lord Tyrion try to strike up a normal conversation with Missandei and Grey Worm, until Varys returned with his information.
Qyburn, is quickly turning into Cersei's "Master of Whisperers," and we find that children make up many of the "little birds" that Varys uses to gain his information.
King Tommen brings some to troops to visit the High Sparrow and demands that his mother be able to see his sister's body, but the Sparrow refuses, telling young Tommen that she still has to face a trail. They sit down and talk.
There was a lot of talking in this episode.
I guess the best conversation was had by Lord Smalljon Umber. His one scene established himself as a real bad ass. As twisted as Ramsay Bolton is, I doubt he'll try the same trick on Umber as he did with his father.
Umber came to tell Ramsay that Jon Snow brought the Wildlings past Castle Black and he's going to need help to beat them back. Ramsay, his ego bursting with glee, wants Umber to kiss his ring, kneel and swear allegiance to the new Warden of the North, since he's refused to do it so far.
Umber: I'm not kissing your f*cking ring.
Ramsay: Why would I trust a man who won't honor tradition?
Umber: And your father honored tradition by kneeling for Rob Stark, called him the King of the North. Was Rob Stark right to trust your father?
Ramsay: Then it appears we are at a bit of an impasse.
Umber: F*ck kneeling, f*ck oaths.
Instead of swearing to something he'd never do or someone he'd never trust, Lord Umber delivers a huge gift to Ramsay, to garner his support, Rickon Stark! Wow.
On the flip side, Brienne of Tarth is one who values her oath of loyalty more than her own life.
As the crows and wildlings watch intently, Jon Snow awaits to hang the four who led the assassination against him, including Olly. It seemed a quick end to Olly, all things considered.
Alliser's last words were, "I fought, I lost and now I rest."
Goodbye you bastard. We will miss Owen Teale's performance.
After Jon cuts the rope and executes them, he hands Eddison Tollett his cloak, tells him the Castle is his and walks away proclaiming, his watch is done
Has Jon just broken his oath to the Night's Watch?
Fade to Black.
I was kind of happy that Arya admitted, she didn't want to kill the Hound after all. He's one of my favorite characters and I hope he's not dead and returns soon.
I imagine she'll come across him when she's a full blooded assassin in the future.
OMG, does Ramsay have Osha now? She doesn't deserve a fate tied to that sociopath.
Please forgive any missteps I've made.
Phil McKraken, help me out.