My title for this blog is more of a rhetorical question rather than a real question because the answer is clearly: YES! I overheard someone talking about the previous season’s Firebird set and how getting through T2 Zoltun Kulle was a little problematic. And when you have problems killing one of the easier bosses in the game, you clearly know you have issues with a set.
Season 6 Episode 2 has Bran Stark going into the past with the aid of the Three Eyed Raven to see his home of Winterfell in a perceived happier time. As part of Bran traveling back in time, he sees a young version of Hodor or as he is called in this scene Wyllis. Unlike the Hodor of present, this character can speak normally not to mention has his named revealed. Yet what happened which made Hodor into whom he is at present?
A short, concise title mentioned a few key times in this episode. The pacing for this episode didn’t feel as frantic as Episode 1 for the season as the story now has caught up and has begun to move forward at a decent pace. Yet many major things are happening in this episode as the game is shrinking in many ways with regards to the pieces and yet expanding too as new ones are introduced.
With Brienne coming to the aid of Sansa and pledging her services, Sansa now has a capable soldier (with Podrick and Reek/Theon giving her some aid) in being able to take a step forward finally in possibly retaking the North. After being tormented in both King’s Landing and by Ramsay Bolton, Sansa Stark no longer is the wide eyed, air head with no real world experience. By accepting Brienne into her service, she now is starting to take charge and accept her real place as a possible heir to Winterfell and becoming a power player in the North. However, in Season 6 Episode 2, we see a brief conversation indicating that Sansa has begun to think about her sister Arya and she is aware of her brothers and half-brother (unless the R+L = J theory comes to fruition) can provide assistance.
One of the most interesting characters in the show for me is Ser Jorah Mormont. In the books thus far, he has not received any viewpoint chapters. In the show however, he plays a far larger role and has been provided ample solo or primary camera time. Yet he’s a very curious character in attempting to dive into his mind. Obviously, he loves Daenerys and his entire purpose in the show appears to be aiding her cause at all cost. Why does he do this despite going through great personal sacrifice? All his problems are magnified because I feel that his main issue is that he’s not a direct person.
There’s a certain Youtuber who has created a very long, detailed series describing a conspiracy called the Dornish Master Plan. In essence, the idea is that Prince Doran, who is considered a master plotter, has been concocting a very long, detailed plan to destroy and humiliate the Lannister as well as make a power grab for the throne (hey, this is Game of Thrones after all). Yet from the TV series, that whole master plan now is just a dead plan as Prince Doran gets a cold dagger through his chest.
Daenerys gets captured by another Dothraki hoard, which mirrors the cliff hanger end of her storyline in Dance with Dragons. Here, it picks right up with the Dothraki placing her in bondage and treating her as a slave. Unlike previous seasons where Daenerys becomes more empowered through the aid of her dragons, Khaleesar, advisors and Unsullied, she is completely powerless beyond her wits. This situation provides a great basis for her character growth as she must become independently strong and learn to be self sufficient.
Who is Melisandre?
That question is the new one posed as we see a completely new and unexpected site where Melisandre reveals herself at the end of Season 6 Episode 1 as a decrepit woman. The showrunners admitted that they held a conversation with George RR Martin, who told them that Melisandre is a few centuries old. While the main point in the story at this stage is to demonstrate the metaphor of her vulnerability, the appearance of “Old Meli” raises a question about her purpose/existence.
So there’s a huge controversial issue about the Vanilla WoW private server Nostalrius where Blizzard’s legal department did a shutdown. The shutdown caused the community to start a petition for Blizzard to look into starting their own legacy WoW servers. The goal is to meet 200k signatures. There’s a lot of issues in this situation in Blizzard’s legal stance, the communities’ response and whether or not there should be a legacy server.