We are going to remember the second episode of season 6 titled ‘Home’ for a really long time. In a breathless hour, we get to witness more than one scion of a great house dethroned, and Game of Thrones with practiced verve has plunged into chaos all over again.
Let’s start from the beginning. After a year off for the show, we witness three-eyed raven and Bran tripping together, dwelling in the past of the Stark family. We see young Ned, Benjen and Lyanna at Winterfell, which sows the seeds for more intriguing flashbacks of the family, including the most-awaited ‘Tower of Joy’ sequence.
There’s also young Hodor, who goes by the name of Wylis, a stable boy, and shockingly, Hodor can say much more than his name!
Back at the wall, the Night’s Watch traitors are about to break down the door to get Jon Snow’s body, however, rather dramatically, there’s a loud knocking at the gate, bringing forth the arrival of ever-so-brave and major Jon Snow- loyalists Wildlings.
Alisor Thorne and Olly are arrested, and now my heart can finally rest in peace. It’s true, justice can be served.
Back in King’s Landing, we witness the Mountain back in action, following Cersei at her heels. Cersei reconciles with her son and Jamie begins his own war against the Faith, and realises that he would need much more than just violence to defeat it.
In Meeren, Tyrion, Varys, Missandei and Grey Worm take stock of their situation. The ships are burned, and the slave masters have started taking back the other cities in Slavers Bay. And their two incredible fire-breathing assets have gone on hunger strike. Tyrion has a fanboy moment when he meets the dragons and frees them of their chains.
Also, Arya Stark is done with her begging days on the streets of Braavos.
Back in North, Ramsay Bolton turns to his sadistic aid once more, and stabs his dad Roose Bolton, while letting the beasts devour Lady Walda and his new born baby brother. Yes, Ramsay Bolton is a sadist and he would stop at nothing to claim the North.
Looking at Pyke, Theon Greyjoy is all ready to go ‘home’ after seeing Sansa Stark to safety. Balon Greyjoy is tossed from the bridge by his younger brother Euron Greyjoy, who is definitely a ‘storm’ we have to reckon with. Yara challenges the patriarchy, but her being able to rule is deep under consideration. We head towards a kingsmoot, Yara Vs Euron.
At last, we go to the wall again. We witness what we have been waiting for over a year.
The Red Witch, Melisandre does her magic. Jon Snow is back, and we are hopeful again. Amidst all the speculations and theories, Jon Snow is alive, and yes, I might have shed a few happy tears.
Fans were rooting for Jon Snow to come back, and this is the kind of morbidity the show instils. Not everything in Game of Thrones is tragic, sometimes we do get a little ray of sunshine in the wintery nights.
Do we see a possible R+L=J angle coming true now, since he’s alive? Is he really the reincarnated prince Azhor Ahai?
In Game of Thrones, you either win or you die, but when you are Jon Snow, you live, you most definitely live.