GOT Recap, Episode 4: The Shipping Of Tormund And Brienne Is The Greatest Moment Ever Filmed
Meanwhile, at Castle Black ...
It's dinner time, and Brienne is on the menu. So thinks Tormund Giantsbane, the Wildling leader who is immediately smitten the moment that the Maiden from Tarth rides through the gates (with Sansa and Pod in tow).
The scene is the big reunion between Jon Snow and Sansa Stark -- the first time that two Starks have had a conversation since Season 3. But Tormund -- who claimed in Season 3 that he once copulated with a bear, don't forget -- only has eyes for Brienne. This is not only the most awesome thing to happen in this episode, but possibly in the entire six seasons of Game of Thrones. You just don't gnaw on a joint of mutton any more come-hitherly than Tormund. And the cutaway to Dolorous Edd is just perfect in every way.
In fact, YouTube user Martin Pier was so overcome by the raw sexual tension of this scene that he put together this video masterpiece: Torienne, the Bear and the Maiden Fair. Prepare to be swept away:
And so my watch has ended ...
Elsewhere in GOT:
The Mountain Has An Adorably Small Puppy
What we know so far: Every male in Iceland either has the given name of Thor, or that's his nickname. And their pets are in disproportion to their size. Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson, who plays The Mountain, has an incredibly small puppy, and that's just the best. Björnsson, who among other records is the world's best keg-tosser, even works out with his tiny Pomeranian -- named Ástríkur. The dog also has his own Instagram, @asterix_astrikur.
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Jon Snow Reads His Fan Mail
The reunion between Sansa and Jon was a nice break from the bleakness and terror that usually populates the show, but it only lasted until the mail arrived. Oh look, it's a letter from Ramsay, threatening unkind things if Jon doesn't attack Winterfell, like, now. Never mind that Ramsay has no way of knowing if Jon even has an army (he doesn't) -- he just wants some fighting to happen. And it looks like Jon will oblige.
In the books, this scene is more complicated and there are all kinds of possibilities about the letter's author. Among crazy fan theories are: 1. Sansa sent the letter, to motivate Jon; 2. Littlefinger sent the letter, because he's a professional dick. But in the HBO show, things are different. GOT director Dan Sackheim assures us the letter is genuine Ramsay. Tech Insider:
Sackheim confirmed with Tech Insider that there is zero ambiguity when it comes to the letter. "This I can tell you without any concern [of spoilers]. That letter was written by Ramsay," Sackheim told TI over the phone.
He explained why Ramsay sending the letter was so significant.
"It's the ignition, or trigger, in terms of them going through the process of taking Winterfell back," Sackheim said. "How they're going to take Winterfell back, I can't say. But it's the beginning of that process."
Also, what will happen to Rickon? Theories abound. But we should be prepared for the worst, because he is after all the most expendable Stark.
Daenerys Targaryen Attends Burning Man
I've noticed a few headlines out there on the webs indicating that one author or another has figured out the secret to Daenerys' fire immunity. To me this is the worst of all spoilers, and I've declined to read them. It's like the scene in Phantom Menace where Jedi midichlorians are explained -- it removes the mystique and is way unnecessary. Also Liam Neeson refused to emote.
Apparently the Dothraki overlords haven't read them either, because this is their idea of a good plan: let's bring Daenerys into our most flammable tent, and make sure it's stocked with as many open, oil-fueled fire vessels as we have in stock. Really, we need a lot of fire (at least it will be the best-lit scene in the episode). Also, a nice tinder-dry carpet would be swell. And make sure there's only one exit, OK?
Of course the inevitable happens, via her furniture-toppling barbeque powers. (It should be noted that in the books, Daenerys is not immune to fire. That's an HBO thing). So now she rules all the Dothraki, the Unsullied, three dragons and a dwarf. She also has the majority of superdelegates. At this point she can only beat herself.
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Things That Haven't Changed
King Tommen can't even order a goddamned pizza without changing his mind six times, depending on who talked to him most recently. ... Despite his boasting that anyone can die at any moment, George R.R. Martin still hasn't killed off a single character with any kind of real story arc investment. In other words, the characters who grow and evolve -- with whom Martin has invested the most time and effort -- are all still alive. And it makes sense -- why would an author invest so much in someone he's just going to kill?
We'll be back next Wednesday to discuss Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 5: The Door.
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