The Hound lives!
We found that much out on Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 7 as it was revealed that he was hanging out with Ian McShane's Ray.
The thing is, the show did nothing to explain much about McShane's character, so forgive me for not giving a damn about his demise at the conclusion of the hour.
It's doubtful that anyone actually thought The Hound was really gone. We didn't actually see him die at the close of Game of Thrones Season 4, so a return was never really out of the question.
Considering the way he picked up that axe, it's now pretty obvious that having a calm life is not something he wants. He has every right to go after the men that butchered everyone.
Might The Hound cross paths with Arya again? Maybe, if Arya even makes it out of Braavos alive.
The fact that she was stabbed in the last ten minutes had me screaming at the TV in the fear that she was really gone.
It would be so ant-climactic to have her go before her storyline reaches a conclusion. There's no denying her material with the House of Black and White was woeful earlier in the season, but after her big change of heart, it was clear things were going to pick up for her.
That said, I can't have been the only one that called the Waif posing as the old lady. Arya is a smart young woman and should have known that the Waif would have been after her.
For now, it seems like she survived her ordeal, but she's not out of the woods. She needs to find a way out of Braavos before it's too late for her.
Things for Sansa and Jon weren't much better. They quickly realized that finding an army to help them go against the Bolton's was no easy task.
The stuff at Bear Island was actually pretty hilarious. That little girl had a way with words and she could make even the smartest person look silly.
Jon's speech seemed to go nowhere, so they're very lucky that Davos was in the room and addressed that the dead are the ones they need to worry about.
It wasn't quite worth the 62 soldiers they got, but it's a start. Sansa is obviously intent on killing Ramsey pretty soon, but she needs to take a step back.
Jon is trying to do right by her and getting an army is no easy task. I loved how she started talking up to Lord Glover. He had it coming.
Sansa Stark is no longer afraid to speak her mind. She has lost everything over the course of the series, so now it's her time to get revenge on the people who have wronged her.
There wasn't much going in King's Landing, but Olenna made me laugh out loud several times.
It sucks that she's leaving because she's made all of the King's Landing stuff way more interesting. She's so sarcastic about everything.
Her departure came about from Margaery pleading with her. In Olenna's eyes, Margaery has gone completely nuts, but the drawing of the flower let her know that her granddaughter is just playing the sparrow and will find a way to get Ser Loras back.
Olenna's final meeting with Cersei was great. Cersei is a huge part of why everything has gone wrong recently, so it was good to see Olenna let her know what we're all thinking.
Does it move or talk? I want to speak to you alone.Olenna
It should be intriguing to see how this all plays out for Cersei because she isn't one to let things get her down. She'll no doubt get ready to take down her enemies once and for all.
Did anyone else LOVE the scenes with the Blackfish and Jaime? the Blackfish made it so clear that he would never be stepping down and that's probably what will make Jaime even more desperate to end him.
Jaime is so used to people cowering at the Lannister name, but the truth is, it doesn't mean much nowadays. With the Blackfish claiming they have provisions for two years, it will be good to find out Jaime's next move.
"The Broken Man" was a transitional episode for the series. It was mostly set up for what is sure to be a thrilling conclusion to Game of Thrones Season 6.
Other tidbits from the episode:
- Did anyone else expect Lady Crane to show up and save Arya? That would be a great twist considering Arya spared her life and all.
- Tormund swaying the Wildings back to team Jon was pretty great, but it's crazy how quickly they turned against him in the first place.
- Theon letting Yara know he's ready was everything. The war between the two siblings and their uncle is far from over, but would Daenerys ever accept what their offering?
- Where is Ellaria? She had such a huge presence on Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 1 and has pretty much disappeared.
What did you think of the episode? Will Arya survive?
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Note: Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 8 airs Sunday June 12 on HBO
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