Game of Thrones: season sixth, episodes one and two

by unixzealot

Spoilers ahead, read at your own risk!

Memento homo quia pulvus es

In the good old days of the Catholic Church, in Ash Wednesday, as the priest placed some ashes on your forehead, he pronounced the words, “Memento homo quia pulvus es, et in pulverem reverteris“, meaning “remember, man, that you are dust, and into dust you will come back”. I’m sure that many men experienced a deep disappointment when they saw the Lady Melisandre (a.k.a. the Red Woman) removing her necklace and being transformed into a very elderly woman. At first I thought that this was because her removing of the necklace. But then I watched again some episodes of the fourth season, and I realized that in one episode we saw her having a bath, without the necklace, and being “herself”. Could it be some sort of losing the faith? Perhaps this means nothing. Perhaps it’s a clue at what will happen in a future episode.

At the previous season we saw an attempted putsch at Dorne. Which remains me of something that was said of an attempted (more or less) putsch in Spain in the early 1981: that the punishment given to the culprits by the court was some kind of invitation to try again. Well, in Dorne they did try again, and succeeded. They even killed the prince’s son, in the most treacherous way.

Et resurrexit tertia die

Not according the Scriptures, since the books don’t reveal what happens to Jon Snow. Now we know: the Red Woman makes an attempt at resurrecting and… succeeds. That reminds me of Thoros of Mir, who confessed at having no faith at all until he saw one of his friends dying, tried to resurrect him and… succeeded. Regarding the ritual. One of my coworkers critized it for being… how to say it… too soft, too little spectacular. I found it very interesting: simple, symbolic, and to the point. Very appropriate to the circumstances of time, place and the (little) faith of the performing priestess. Quite touching. Could it be that some of the crew (not the actors) has some training in liturgy? I wonder…

In the previous episode we talked about a putsch in Dorne. It seems that this season it’s fashionable to overthrow lords, kings and princes. Some of them go unpunished, while others… at the last moment, the Onion Night & company are rescued and the “murderers” of John Snow sent to the dungeons. I was upset at what happened at Dorne, and well pleased at what happened at Castle Black.

Ramsay Bolton. How surprising that his father could be so trusting in his bastard son… shouldn’t he have seen what was to happen? Never mind. And about what happens with Ramsay’s “mother” and half-brother… cruel, but no surprising at all.

And what about Balon Greyjoy? He’s about to cross a bridge and, surprise!, his brother (or at least this is what he claims to be) appears and throws him off. No, I didn’t pitty him. I never liked him. I wonder who, and how, will be chosen as his successor.

And a last comment, about what happens in King’s Landing. In the books, Jaime Lannister is never there. He doesn’t go to Dorne to rescue Myrcella (who, by the way, doesn’t die, she only loses an ear; the one who dies is the kingsguard who was assigned her to protect her), he travels north to subdue the still rebelling houses and castles, etc. Cersei must still face a trial (and by the way, the Queen is released from prison quite soon and it’s admitted that the evidence against her is pretty weak), and tradition wants the champion to be chosen among the kingsguard. She sents a letter to Jaime, who burns it uppon reading it. But I really enjoyed his conversation with the High Septon.

In conclusion: I’m enjoying very much this new Game of Thrones season, and I’m looking forward of seeing how the events will unfold.