Just when it seemed things were coming together, “Blood of My Blood” introduces new storylines and tugs at our heartstrings in new ways.
The title of this week’s episode points to its powerful closing scene, which finds Daenerys atop a dragon telling her vast army of bloodriders that she is at last ready to march her armies onto “wooden horses” (ships to the rest of us) and cross the Narrow Sea. The response she receives is reassuring, to say the least: thousands of fighters rally to her cry. Those of us watching from our conflict-free couch-zones know that it will probably take Dany some time to find ships (been there, almost did that) and make it across the Narrow Sea for real.
Meanwhile, things in Westeros are heating up. In its first five episodes, this season spent a lot of time wrapping up and streamlining certain storylines, like Ramsay’s ascension to Lord Bolton and Theon’s return to Pyke. In this episode, I thought we’d be in for some “falling action”—writing lingo for unraveling conflict—but the stories keep introducing more complex information and rising action.
Take Bran, for instance: He’s seeing flashes of the past, present, and possible futures. Are those futures set in stone? Can he go back in time and change things? Who’s that baby with the blue eyes? Is Benjen Stark a good White Walker, and does this mean the Children of the Forest might be able to rehabilitate the bad ones? All I know is we should thank the old gods and the new for Meera Reed, sled-puller extraordinaire.
Speaking of new gods, the High Septon has moved a lot closer to the Iron Throne. Too bad Cersei, Jaime, and Grandma Tarly didn’t let Tommen in on their anti-Sparrows plan. Since they didn’t bother, Tommen has now sided with the Faith. Frankly, the young king’s naivete is getting a bit dull, but I have faith that Margaery will give the High Septon what’s coming to him.
One man who is not leaving his life to fate is Samwell Tarly of the Night’s Watch. His father proves as gruesome as Sam’s stories suggest. After cowering to the ogre’s demands that he get the heck out of his house, Sam has a sudden change of heart and returns for Gilly, Little Sam, and Heartsbane, the Tarly family sword made of White Walker-killing Valyrian steel. Although Sam’s actions were a bit predictable, it’s safe to say everyone cheered for him as he insisted his new family stay together.
One of my previous predictions (GOT is becoming so predictable, amirite?) does seem to be unfolding: as Arya’s actions evince when she refuses to kill an innocent actress, she can’t be “no one.” With all that emotion and resolve, there’s no way that she would be able to turn away from her past. Perhaps the Faceless Man knew what he was doing, or perhaps Arya will return to Westeros armed with the murderin’ skills of the Faceless. Only time will tell.