It wouldn’t take much to transform Game of Thrones season 6 into another Terminator movie. Bran is fighting for the humans in the robot wars, then goes back in time to stop a robot who has also gone back to kill him as a child. Only the robot finds Arya, and instead of a being a molten silver machine impervious to bullets, it is The Waif.
Yep, GOT episode 8 is Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
I’ve noticed that the GOT writers borrow a lot from other shows — Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully) is pretty much the exact character he was in Rome — the 2006-07 HBO series in which he played Brutus. He wants to do right but he’s kind of spineless, and in the end gives up and betrays the older man he most admires. (Applies to either show).
Anyway, The Waif was relentless, killing Lady Crane and chasing Arya back to her little room (former jail cell?). But it was a trap — Aria blew out the candle, and skewered The Waif in the darkness. The Dark Knight Rises, anyone? Arya is now not only a Faceless Man, but is an honorary member of the League of Shadows. Impressive, as Bane would say.
It’s rare that you get Game of Thrones fans to agree on anything — there are still bitter quarrels over whether it was snow or ash that was falling in Daenarys’ dream from Season One. But most of Twitter and every GOT podcast mentioned The Waif’s similarity to the T1000 cop, and that movie came out 25 years ago.
Anyway, Arya’s parting line is “My name is Arya Stark, and I’m going home.” Seems that all roads lead to Winterfell. Sandor Clegane (the Hound) looks like he’s joining with the Brotherhood Without Banners to head north, and Brienne is heading back to Winterfell. It’s going to be a party. Hope they’re in time for Battle of the Bastards.
What’s With The Oranges? Our Guess
When Arya leaps into the neighborhood farmer’s market to escape The Waif, she falls into a couple of large baskets of oranges, which proceed to roll everywhere. The camera lingers on them rather more than necessary, suggesting to me, at least, that this is more borrowing — this time from another director.
You may know that in the Godfather trilogy, oranges were Francis Ford Coppola’s way to say that someone was about to die. Michael Corleone was peeling an orange when he planned Hyman Roth’s assassination. Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) was buying oranges when he was shot in the street. Etc. This was probably GOT director Mark Mylod paying tribute to that idea. The Waif should have seen the writing on the wall — or citrus in the street — and backed off.
I’m Gone For Five Minutes …
— Daenerys Targaryen (@Daenerys) June 15, 2016
One thing that people are missing in this Meereen confrontation is — Daenerys now has her ships! Most of this season has been various people fretting over this, but the masters have delivered more than enough transportation right to her door. Now she just has to tell the invaders that her dragons will burn every one of them into the ocean if they don’t surrender. She may have even found some more soldiers.
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Even Zombie Mountains Have To Have Some Leisure Time
Iceland's biggest fan, The Mountain from Game of Thrones, celebrating last night! pic.twitter.com/jUPQwUIE9k
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) June 15, 2016
The Perfect Christmas Gift, Courtesy Of Maise Williams
And it’s all for charity.
Please join us next week when we gather here to discus episode 9, The Battle of the Bastards. Preview trailer:
"If I fall, don't bring me back." – Jon Snow
— Sky Atlantic (@skyatlantic) June 14, 2016
And now some stills from episode 9, not seen in the trailer above.