Wednesday 18 May 2016

Castle Black, flat share sitcom GoT-style

[SPOILERS for the latest episode of Game Of Thrones]
Whilst most of season six is starting to move at a decent clip after a slow start (Dany is the God of Hellfire and she begs you to invade Westeros!), Castle Black is still sort of sedate.

I mean, there are obvious reasons. The Castle Black cast clearly has to wait for the Knights of the Vale to turn up before marching on Winterfell and delivering Ramsay his long overdue brutal murder. The result, though, is slightly odd. There's this scene where Brienne just wanders up to Ser Davos and Melisandre to passive-aggressively inform them that she was the one who killed Stannis. On the one hand this is oddly low key for Brienne, she's normally more direct than this, but on the other it actually manages to save Melisandre from the massive social embarrassment of confessing to child murder.

Meanwhile, Jon Snow is happy to see his sister alive and they have some great scenes together as a pair but once everyone's sitting down to lunch things get quiet and awkward. Dolorous Ed in particular seems completely unprepared for the presence of a highborn woman. He gets only a few lines but you get the impression he's constantly mentally reminding himself not to swear.
At the other end of the table, Tormund Giantsbane is giving Brienne the gladeye. I mean, he was obviously enchanted by her heavily armoured charms the moment she rode into Castle Black. “At last,” he thinks, “a real woman! One that could bench press me!”

I am so very much on board for Brienne/Tormund, you have no idea. Come on, let's have just a scene or two of Tormund awkwardly flirting with Brienne before the inevitable Battle Of Winterfell. 

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