Gemma Whelan and Alfie Allen in a scene from season six episode four of Game of Thrones.
Gemma Whelan and Alfie Allen in a scene from season six episode four of Game of Thrones. Contributed

REVIEW: Game of Thrones s06e04 Book of The Stranger

THERE were two important family reunions on Game of Thrones today in what is the best episode of the season so far.

While fans were happy to see hero Jon Snow back from the dead, it's his reunion with his half-sister Sansa Stark that will have them pumping their fists in the air.

Proving you can't keep a Stark girl down, Sansa is determined to take back their childhood home of Winterfell from her husband/tormentor Ramsay Bolton.

Despite claiming he's tired of fighting, Snow finally agrees after receiving a threatening letter from Ramsay revealing he has their brother Rickon in his dungeon.

Theon Greyjoy, who helped Sansa escape, also went home to see his sister Yara, although their reunion wasn't as warm and cuddly.

Today's episode ended in fire, literally, with Danaerys hatching a daring plan to take control of the Dothraki who were attempting to enslave her. It's clear the Mother of Dragons doesn't even need her dragons to kick some butt.

Here are three things we took away from Book of the Stranger:

"There's only one place we can go. Home."

 

Kit Harington and Liam Cunningham in a scene from season six episode three of Game of Thrones.
Kit Harington and Liam Cunningham in a scene from season six episode three of Game of Thrones. HELEN SLOAN

 

A family reunion at Castle Black.

Clearly one of the most touching moments of the season so far, Jon Snow and Sansa Stark were reunited at Castle Black.

They reminisced about their childhood in Winterfell, shared a drink, and, most importantly, discussed their future.

Sansa's fiery streak showed as she and Jon debated whether or not they should retake the Stark's home.

Jon has obviously been affected by his resurrection. He is tired of fighting, tired of killing, but as he expressed such concerns Sansa jumped on the offensive.

She essentially forced him into a corner: either she will go alone, or the former Lord Commander will help her take back Winterfell.

Melisandre has now thrown her weight behind Jon Snow, but it has made Davos increasingly concerned of the witch.

As Davos was about to question the Red Queen's comments about the new prince that was promised, and Shireen's fate, Brienne interrupted.

This was the first time she crossed paths with Davos and Melisandre since Renly Baratheon's murder. Brienne was one of the only people to see it happen, and her ominous "I don't forget" could foreshadow some conflict - or an uneasy alliance - in future.

Jon's mind changed when a note from Westeros' psycho bastard Lord Ramsay Bolton arrived, describing how he had imprisoned and tortured Rickon Stark.

This season's major battle will now surely be Snow, Sansa, and a united North's attacked on Winterfell on what we hope is his way to the Iron Throne.

"You will not receive a better offer."

 

Conleth Hill, Peter Dinklage and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from season six episode four of Game of Thrones.
Conleth Hill, Peter Dinklage and Nathalie Emmanuel in a scene from season six episode four of Game of Thrones. Contributed

 

Tyrion had a chance to flex his diplomatic muscle but it seems not everyone was on board.

Missandei and Grey Worm were left unhappy after he brokered a deal with several representatives from Slaver's Bay, in which they had seven years to end the use of slaves.

While for us it was another insight into his incredibly smooth talking and diplomatic skills, for Missandei and grey Worm it was an unexpected and unpleasant move.

"Seven years is a long time as a slave," Missandei argued.

The dwarf's decision to make plans without first consulting Daenaerys not only shocked the pair, but could cause conflict when (if?) she returns to Meereen.

While they played Diplomacy, Jorah and Daario staged the infiltration of Vaes Dothrak to rescue the Targaryen.

Daenerys, like every other widow of a Khal, is supposed to spend the rest of their lives as members of the Dosh Khaleen.

That doesn't fly for the Mother of Dragons, but when she crossed paths with Jorah and Daario she didn't immediately leave.

Later brought in before Khal Moro after they discussed the death of two of their men (slain by Joran and Daario), Daenerys was sentenced to an unwelcome future.

Her all-knowing expression was one of unease to everyone else, but it was all part of her plan.

Every man inside the structure burned, and only Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons, left untouched by the flames. Everyone in Vaes Dothrak bowed, leaving Daenerys with another large force at her command.

It is another turning point in her character's long-winded voyage to Westeros, but her position as one of this world's great leaders has been built perfectly this season.

"I've been thinking about the High Sparrow."

 

Lena Headey in a scene from season six episode four of Game of Thrones.
Lena Headey in a scene from season six episode four of Game of Thrones. Contributed

 

Little King Tommen is concerned about upsetting the High Sparrow but that was not what Cersei wanted to hear.

Tommen finally clicked to his mother's dislike of Queen Margaery Tyrell, who is still locked in a cell (as is her brother Loras, who we saw for the first time this season).

Cersei's reaction when Tommen said he spoke with the High Sparrow spoke volumes, and as she and Jaime walked straight into the small council meeting she was on a mission.

Cersei and Jaime are obviously unhappy about the High Sparrow, but when she told Olenna Tyrell of Margaery's potential walk of atonement (the walk of shame Cersei was subjected to last season) the Tyrell matriarch was seemingly on board.

Their discussion of a plan to destroy the High Sparrow and his charges - which includes the Tyrell's forces retaking King's Landing - sparked talk of a potential civil war if they are unsuccessful. The end goal is simple: they have to succeed at all, and any, cost.

Preview footage aired at the end of today's episode reveals Yara will indeed make a claim for the Iron Throne, now with the backing of her brother Theon, and Sansa will confront Little Finger about him marrying her off to the wicked Ramsay:

Episode four airs again tonight at 7.30pm on Foxtel's Showcase channel. The season continues next Monday at 11am AEST.



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