Game of Thrones season 6, ep 3 recap: oathbreakers punished, an audience teased

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For all the seemingly random violence in Game of Thrones, the world in which it is set is one concerned, at least ostensibly, with order and tradition. One of the first scenes in the series introduces the Starks in the middle of an execution, as Ned Stark prepares to behead a member of the Night’s Watch for fleeing from his post. Westeros and every other society in George R.R. Martin’s world are obsessed with protocols, and to violate them is worth death. Last night’s episode is titled Oathbreaker, and despite the singular usage, it seems most of the storylines involve characters breaking one oath or another. Most of the problems in the series, even those that started long before the first scene opens, arise because someone somewhere couldn’t stay within the lines.

Jon Snow: the Prince that was promised?

Last week’s episode ended with Jon Snow taking his first breaths in his new life. Oathbreaker picks up there, with Davos staring, stunned, at the newly revived leader. Snow is, for his part, alarmed. He remembers being cut down by his fellow members of The Watch, and he sees it as a failure on his part. He tried to unite the Watch and the Wildlings against the threats from north of The Wall, and was murdered by his brothers. Davos, having inspired Melisandre to get over her crisis of faith and revive Jon, now does the same thing for the former Lord Commander. Life is a struggle, he explains to Jon, and it’s better to try and fail than to die and never fail again. Melisandre has a brief moment with her patient, claiming she believes he might be the prince that was promised, the savior in her prophecies. Jon seems nonplussed.

jon snow triumphant

Jon’s assassins believed they were right because, by allowing the Wildlings south of The Wall, Jon had betrayed the mission of the Night’s Watch. However reasonable their perspective may have been, they still betrayed their own oaths by stabbing him, and the only punishment for that is death. Jon gives each man a chance to speak their last words before the hanging. Alliser Thorne, the ringleader, defends his actions, and Jon almost seems to sympathize with the man’s convictions. Still, they hang.

Walking away from the execution, Jon hands his cloak and command of Castle Black to Dolorous Edd. The oath of the Night’s Watch says that a watch only ends with death, and as Jon notes, his watch has ended. Fate has freed Jon from his oath, and he strides away from The Watch, intent on finding some new purpose.

Bran glimpses the Tower of Joy

What purpose might Jon find? Why not become king of Westeros? After all, he may very likely have a claim to the throne. One of the most popular theories among fans is that Jon is not actually Ned Stark’s bastard, but the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, born in secrecy, his identity hidden to protect his life. The show comes wickedly close to revealing this, as Jon’s half-brother Bran takes another journey into the past with the help of the Three-Eyed Raven. The Raven takes him to the Tower of Joy, where members of the Kingsguard are keeping watch over Lyanna Stark following the end of Robert’s Rebellion. A young Ned Stark approaches with six other men, and informs the Kingsguard that their lord is dead, their duty finished.

young ned stark

The guardsmen include Arthur Dayne, aka Sword of the Morning, whom Bran remarks was known as the greatest swordsman in the land. The pair do not take Ned’s invitation to stand down as their oath of loyalty continues beyond their lord’s death, and so they fight. The fight scenes in Game of Thrones have always varied wildly in quality, and this one comes off as maybe a tad overly stylish, though it’s impressive to see Dayne’s sword twirling hold off five men.

Despite killing five of Ned’s warriors, the two guards fall; Dayne suffers a typically undignified death, stabbed in the back by Howland Reed, and not conquered by Ned as Bran was told. Then Ned hears cries coming from the Tower, and rushes to investigate. “What’s in the tower?” both Bran and the audience wonder. “You’ll find out in a later episode,” to paraphrase The Raven, who brings Bran back to the present.

A brief interlude with Sam

Sam and Gilly finally make an appearance in season 6, this time aboard a storm-tossed ship. Sam, ever the awkward figure, is violently seasick. Gilly tries to comfort him, discussing their future together in Oldtown. Sam had led Gilly to believe she’d follow him there as he studied to be a maester. He reveals that he is not actually taking her to the Citadel, where women are forbidden, but instead to Horn Hill, where his family will look after her. It’s a minor bit of deception, but a deception nonetheless.

Lannister problems

Far south, in King’s Landing, the Lannisters are having another bad day. Although their son Tommen sits on the throne, Cersei and Jaime have never seemed less secure in their positions. Backed up by the reanimated corpse of Gregor Clegane — both maesters Qyburn and Purcell confirm his identity, as if there were any doubts — the Lannister siblings force their way into a meeting of the Small Council. Their uncle Kevan, the current Hand of the King, leads the council, and is annoyed to see them. Cersei in turn is irritated to see that Olenna Tyrell is in attendance.

jaime and cersei stuff

Despite Olenna’s reminder that Cersei is not currently the queen, Cersei and Jaime seem very confident that they can force their way onto the council. While Kevan concedes that he cannot force them to leave, he reminds his nephew and niece that they cannot force the other council members to stay, and they depart. Despite having a mighty bodyguard on their side, the Lannister twins are currently short on both friends and authority.

Even Tommen’s authority as king seems utterly weak. The young king confronts the High Sparrow, leader of the Faith Militant, hoping to intimidate him. The High Sparrow will not allow Cersei to visit Myrcella’s grave until she stands trial before the septons, so that they might evaluate her sins. Tommen protests, perhaps taking his uncle’s (secretly father’s) advice to throw his weight around. The Sparrow, whether out of cunning or honest concern, instead gives him a lesson, telling him a mother’s love is a reflection of the love the god’s have for mankind. Tommen seems moved, at least slightly. Cersei and Jaime have been concerned about how to break the Faith Militant, yet it almost seems like High Sparrow may soon convert their most powerful asset.

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