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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6: 10 Questions Raised By Episode 3 Source:

As Game of Thrones pulls further and further away from its source material the deeper we get into season six, it’s becoming more difficult to get a read on where the show is headed with the majority of its storylines. The third episode of the season, “Oathbreaker,” doesn’t move things forward much outside of a few developments, but these small bits of forward momentum still raise a number of questions regarding the show’s story trajectory. Here are 10 questions we have in the wake of “Oathbreaker.”

10. Will Jon’s Resurrection Change Him?

The most fascinating part of “Oathbreaker” was watching to see whether the newly resurrected Jon Snow had changed in any meaningful way. After a bit of interesting preamble between Davos and Jon (including the latter admitting that he saw nothing in the afterlife, which could end up being a significant revelation), Jon pretty much went back to business-as-usual, executing those who betrayed him and formulating plans for how to proceed with the imminent White Walker invasion. As great as it is to have Jon back, his return is tinged with unease due to the fact that those who have come back from the dead on Game of Thrones in the past have proven to be different in some way after their resurrection. Is Jon still the same man he was before being stabbed to death, or has something changed profoundly within him that has yet to manifest himself? The latter seems the more likely of the two, as not even Jon Snow can escape death unscathed; it just remains to be seen how Jon might be different. Source:

9. Why Did Jon Leave The Night’s Watch?

“Oathbreaker” ends with one of the most satisfying concluding scenes in awhile, as Alliser Thorne, Olly, and a few other traitors are hanged for their role in Jon Snow’s murder. Afterward, Jon unexpectedly gives his Lord Commander’s cloak to his best ally Eddison Tollett and tells him to do what he wants with it, seemingly passing the command of the Night’s Watch to him in the process. While it makes sense that Jon would decide to leave the Night’s Watch, it isn’t made clear as to why he would decide to. We’re thinking it’s a combination of feeling like he failed to do the title justice after inspiring half his men to turn on him, as well as the fact that no longer being a sworn brother now allows him to wage war on the Boltons. Whatever Jon’s reason for giving up the black, it’s fair to say that he’ll probably be able to accomplish more now that he is no longer a sworn brother than if he were to stay on as Lord Commander. Source:

8. Who Is The “Oathbreaker?”

This episode’s title could have been “Oathbreakers” plural for the amount of betrayal going on. It’s never made explicitly clear who the oathbreaker in the title is. The most obvious candidate is Smalljon Umber, who betrays his liege lord Rickon Stark by offering him up to his enemy, but there are other characters who could also justifiably be called oathbreakers. Jon breaks his vows by leaving the Night’s Watch, Daenerys technically broke her oath to the Dothraki by not returning to Vaes Dothraki immediately after Khal Drogo’s death; heck, you could even argue that Arya broke an oath to herself by becoming “no one” and giving up her death list. Source:

7.Are the Umbers Playing Ramsay?

One of the most shocking developments from this episode has to be the defection of the Umbers to Ramsay’s side and their delivery of Rickon Stark and Osha to him. Although it looks like Smalljon Umber is through with being loyal to the Starks and just wants to be on the winning side, is it possible that the Umbers are deceiving Ramsay somehow? The Rickon Stark storyline is playing out much differently on the show than it did in the books, as in the books, Ser Davos is asked by the Manderlys (another northern family) to retrieve Rickon from the island of Skagos as part of a ploy to thwart the Boltons. It’s possible that the show is substituting the Umbers for the Manderlys and using Rickon as part of a plan to win Ramsay’s trust while secretly still swearing fealty to the Starks. Of course, it’s more likely that the Umbers are yet another group of oathbreakers and are just trying to not get on Ramsay’s bad side, but don’t be surprised if there’s more to this story than it looks. Source:

6. What Will Ramsay Do With Rickon?

Things aren’t looking good for Rickon Stark right now (we’ve seen how Ramsay likes to treat his guests), but will Rickon actually suffer as much as Sansa or Theon? As psychotic as Ramsay is, you would think that he must have some degree of pragmatism, especially considering he’s trying to secure his position as Warden of the North. Perhaps instead of torturing Rickon or making his life a living hell, he may try to take the younger Stark under his wing and make him into a potential ally. Although Ramsay doesn’t seem to care much for the consequences of any of his actions, he’s in desperate need of a PR win right now given that he will soon go to war with Jon Snow and the Wildlings, and will need all the help he can get. Rickon could very well be his ticket to securing the allegiances of other northern houses; after all,if they see that Rickon is being treated well by Ramsay, they’ll be more more likely to join his cause than resist. However, since Ramsay is about as complex as a cartoon villain at this point, it’s pretty much a near-certainty that Rickon is going to have an awful time in Winterfell for the foreseeable future. Source:

5. What’s in the Tower?

This episode trolled viewers a bit by stopping the Tower of Joy flashback right as Ned entered the tower, which naturally raises the question of what he might find inside its walls. The all-but-confirmed theory is that Ned will find his sister Lyanna dying in childbirth, with the former swearing that he’ll raise the child as his own. That child’s identity? Jon Snow, meaning that this would confirm the popular theory that Jon’s parents were actually Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Still, it’s possible that Ned will discover more than just his sister in that tower and we’re chomping at the bit to see what really happened in this pivotal scene. Source:

4. How Long Do We Have To Wait For Drogon / Jorah To Save Dany?

“Oathbreaker” again proved that Dany’s story is currently one of the show’s weaker elements, as nothing much happens to her this week other than being told that the Dothraki may decide to not let her live. At this point, anything Dany-related seems to grind the show’s pace to a halt — even the tangentially-connected story in Meereen feels largely aimless despite the presence of interesting characters such as Tyrion and Varys — and it’s high time that Game of Thrones gets to the point already rather than killing time by having Daenerys essentially be the prisoner of a Dothraki horde. It seems inevitable that her dragon Drogon and / or Jorah and Daario are Dany’s only hope of escape and unless the Dothraki figure heavily into the story going forward, it feels best to to get Dany’s rescue over with as soon as possible. Her storyline has fallen off a cliff in terms of being captivating ever since season six began and it’s time that the show brought her home (to Westeros preferably, but we’d even settle for Meereen at this point). Source:

3. Can Bran Influence The Past?

We get some more tantalizing insights into Bran’s powers this week, as the Three-Eyed Raven tells his young pupil that he will “learn everything” before he’s finished. One ability in particular that is teased is Bran’s has the ability to influence / interact with past events, as he thinks that his father heard him when he called out his name during the Tower of Joy flashback. The Raven denies this by claiming that Ned Stark only heard something on the wind, but is there more to this than is being let on? It seems likely considering we still have no idea what Bran is truly capable of, and there are all sorts of scenarios where an ability to impact past events could come in handy (say for instance, if the White Walkers end up being victorious over the living). Hopefully, the show sheds more light on what Bran can really do soon so we can start seeing him using his powers to help Westeros from falling into even further ruin. Source:

2. Will There Be More Scenes That Dispel The Myth of Ned Stark?

Ned Stark’s reputation as a man of honor has taken on near-mythical status, but “Oathbreaker” offers up what could very well be the first of many chinks in that armor. As Bran witnesses firsthand, his father’s battle at the Tower of Joy isn’t quite the valiant display of heroism that he was led to believe. Rather than defeat Ser Arthur Dayne in single combat, Ned gets a much-needed assist from his close ally Howland Reed, who sneaks up on Dayne and stabs him in the back. While this is likely the only way Ned was going to make it out that situation alive, Bran is still shocked to discover that the real version of events is much different than the story his father told him. With more flashback sequences still to come, we may be treated to more sequences where Ned’s status as an unshakable man of virtue is further called into question.

1. Who Becomes King If Tommen Dies?

Although Tommen made it out of his conversation with the High Sparrow intact and alive, it’s hard to see him surviving until the end of the season (after all, his death has been prophesied). If Tommen does become the third Lannister love child in as many seasons to perish, it brings up an interesting question with no clear answer: who would become king if Tommen dies? One possibility is Tommen’s uncle Kevan Lannister, as he is currently the King’s Hand, but there are other possibilities as well, such as Cersei taking the throne back for herself on the grounds that it reverts back to her upon the death of all of her children, but outside forces would likely start vying for the crown too, including the Sparrows. That being said, we still hope that Gendry makes a sudden dramatic return and takes his rightful place on the Iron Thrones after years of the show forgetting that he even exists (we’ll never stop believing!). Source:
Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)