[Bryony Wharfe | Contributing Writer]
If I ever get asked at a future job interview what my proudest achievement is, not screaming “Hallelujah the old Gods and new have heard my prayers JON SNOW IS ALIVE!” at my TV screen would probably be it. The most unwanted on-screen death has finally been reversed, and Melisandre is back on my Christmas card list. Jon’s death left too many questions unanswered, like his parentage and that look one of the White Walkers gave him. He just couldn’t die.
With all the slow and focused camera shots specifically on Jon and Ghost, he just had to come alive. However, I’m wondering what this really means for our man of honour. Jon swore an oath: “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death.”
Then he died. So if we’re going to get technical, he is no longer a man of the Night’s Watch. What exactly does this oath entail and is Jon going to stay at Castle Black and rule once again with a new insight? As Jon is the only one who sees the Wildlings and the Night’s Watch as allies and not enemies, I wonder whether he will now unite them.
Back in Season Three, Beric Dondarrion was brought back to life countless times, but at every resurrection, he was less of himself, further and further removed from his original self. So will Jon be himself or are we about to see a different Jon Snow?
The theory that Melisandre doesn’t need the Lord of Light for her powers as she has powers of her own has started arisen from the recent events. I’m intrigued to learn what this can lead to and whether Melisandre’s character has the potential to become more powerful when she starts to understand and test her limits.
Looking at the other Stark children, Bran Stark has come back in the limelight. He has visions of his father Ned Stark, uncle, and aunt Lyanna playing in a happier looking Winterfell, (coincidence that they’re shown in the same episode that Jon Snow is brought back *hint hint*). Arya finally leaves her begging days and shows determination that “a girl has no name”.
Meanwhile, Sansa speaks with Brienne and admits she should have gone with her when she had the chance and Theon declares that he doesn’t want to be forgiven and that he’s going to go home to the Iron Islands, which leads us to a new possible villain.
Euron Greyjoy enters the episode with a dark and menacing aura throwing his brother Balon Greyjoy off a bridge. If Game of Thrones were based in modern times, Health and Safety Regulators would be on that bridge immediately with tape and contracts to sign. He classes himself as a God.
Euron’s entrance is certainly confusing, and it’s not explicit whether he does have powers or if he’s just deluded, as Balon said before he was killed. Balon’s death brings about another list of questions: will Yara Greyjoy be the next ruler or will Euron overthrow her? And it Theon going to wish he stayed with Sansa and met Jon’s fate for him?
After finding out Lady Walda had given birth to a boy, Ramsay hugs his father then stabs him to death. At first, I wasn’t sure who was stabbed, biting my lip hoping Roose Bolton had grown some balls and taken his son’s life, but no, barbarous Ramsay strikes again. Just when I thought he couldn’t possibly get any worse, he went on to prove me wrong.