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Game of Thrones S6x02 “Home” – Review!

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WARNING! SPOILERS!

Well, if you’ve been on the internet at all over the Summer, you’ll know that pretty much everyone refused to believe that there was no way that Jon Snow was going to stay dead. It was great to see that the series has managed to bring him back, even if the creators and the cast did a pretty bad job of hiding that. He does end up getting brought back to life by Melisandre, after a pep talk by Davos who believes that she can do it after all the things that he’s seen her do in the past. Why not resurrect someone from the dead? It can’t be that hard, can it?

Bran's back!

Bran’s back!

Anyway, the episode, believe it or not, was not actually all about Jon Snow. He only showed up in the last few minutes. What matters, though, was that it was probably one of Game of Thrones’ better episodes, as it handles the characters pretty well, bringing Bran back into play after taking Season 5 off. The Winterfall story which included a flashback to a young Ned, Benjen, Lyanna and more, as well as a Hodor who could talk, showed just how good it was to get Ned back on the show, as well as proved as a nice way to explore Bran’s visions a bit more.

Home also served as a reminder as to how cruel Ramsay can be. He’s sort of replaced Joffrey now as the show’s most detestable person, when he learns that he’s no longer going to get what he wants due to a newborn baby brother, Ramsay sets his hounds on the aforementioned brother and Walda, shortly after killing Roose. It’ll be interesting to see how Ramsay’s storyline ends, because right now this was essentially drawing the line between who’s supporting him and who isn’t.

In a fairly brief scene, we also learnt that Brienne told Sansa about Arya and how she’s still alive. I wonder if there’s a chance that these sisters will get a chance of a reunion in the future, and it would be fascinating to see what would happen especially given the dramatic character growth and changes that they have undergone.

Jaime and High Sparrow also got a great scene and it looks like that we now have our main King’s Landing plot for Season 6 established, following in the aftermath of Cersei’s actions of the previous season. They’re going to go to war against the Faith Militant, which will be a very awesome conflict indeed.

And finally, Tyrion also got a great scene this week with the remaining two of Dany’s dragons, Rhaegal and Viserion. His plan is risky, but having two dragons on his side would give anyone the edge any battle, and it’s easy to see why someone like Tyrion would put his life in danger to get them on his side. After all, there’s no Dany around anymore to control them.

So, it’s safe to say that a lot went on in Home as Game of Thrones continues to give us some pretty effective revelations, no matter how obvious they were. It’ll remain to be seen whether Jon Snow is still the same Jon Snow (after all, we saw what being brought back from the dead did to Sara on Arrow), but for now things look pretty good. At least he doesn’t have White Walker eyes yet.

Game of Thrones returns this Sunday on HBO at 9pm. Be sure to let me know what you thought of Home in the comments section below!

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