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'Game of Thrones,' Season 6, Episode 4: Come and see

Daenerys Targaryen again determines her own fate in 'Book of the Stranger.'


Daenerys Targaryen again determines her own fate in 'Book of the Stranger.'

Reunited, and it feels so good for all of five minutes.

Since Ned Stark's beheading, his children have been fighting to stay alive and get back to each other for about five seasons. Just as Jon Snow is about to walk out the door of Castle Black for warmer pastures, in walks his long-lost half sister (maybe), Sansa.

The moment of their embrace after all these years was a tearjerker which gave off the tiniest bit of hope that Sansa might be safe once and for all.

By the end of the episode, Jon had received a threatening letter from Lord and of Winterfell and Warden of the North, Ramsay Bolton, demanding loyalty and the return of his wife.

From the moment Sansa arrives at Castle Black, she urges Jon to help her reclaim their true home. The urgency and importance of taking back Winterfell becomes evident when they find out Ramsay also has their youngest brother, Rickon.

After fighting for years, dying at their hands of his own men and being brought back to life, Jon just wants a break from the madness and bloodshed. I don't blame him, but Sansa needs all the help she can get to win back her home and destroy the husband who tortured her.

We make peace with our enemies, not our friends

Tyrion and Varys are trying so hard to keep Meereen and the rest of Slaver's Bay together while Daenerys is vacationing with the Dosh Khaleen.

Their final attempt at peace involves inviting the head masters of Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen to come to an agreement over ending slavery. Of course, slaves make the master's money, and they don't want to give up their brutal tradition so easily.

In a compromise that sits well with the masters, but angers former slaves including Missandei and Grey Worm, Tyrion proposes giving the masters seven years to work slavery out of their businesses and culture. He believes the reason Daenerys failed at keeping the peace in Slavery's Bay was because she didn't offer a solution to life without slavery.

Though Tyrion came up with a workable solution and hopefully a way to peace, Missandei and Grey Worm openly show their doubts and remind him they serve Daenerys, not him.

Not-so-High Sparrow

More likely an act of manipulation than an act of mercy, the High Sparrow summons Margaery from her cell to talk. He asks if she were to be let go, where would she go first. She names her brother, her husband and her family. He reminds her that seeking family and a return to wealth and privilege is a sin. Margaery listens, but still doesn't care for what he has to say.

Though he finally lets her go see her brother, Loras, the privilege is a way to break them both. Loras is worse off than Margaery. He cowers on the floor in his cell covered in his own filth and shakes and cries when she tells him he needs to be strong. There's no way to defeat the Sparrows, he says, they will win no matter what we do.

Back in the castle, King Tommen confesses to his mother, Cersei, that the High Sparrow plans to have Margaery make a walk of atonement just as Cersei did. Though Cersei loathes Margaery, she uses this bit of information to her advantage.

She calls upon Margaery's grandmother, her uncle and the rest of the small council to make plans to take down the High Sparrow. Their constant bickering is exactly what he wants, Cersei says. He wants their family and their kingdom to break apart so he can properly rule with his faith militant.

Margaery's grandmother, the Queen of Thorns, quietly agrees to a plan to summon the Tyrell army to take over King's Landing. Over her dead body will her granddaughter walk through the streets naked.

Welcome home, Theon

Another sibling reunion, but this one not as sweet. For years, Yara believed Theon was dead. At least the Theon she knew all her life was dead. But here he is, standing behind her chair shaking from the cold and terror still inside him.

Instead of welcoming him home, she reminds him what he put her and her men through. People died to try to get him back, and none succeeded. She believes he conveniently came back just before the kingsmoot, the ritual where a new leader of the Iron Islands is chosen. Theon doesn't want the title, he's been broken into many thousands of pieces. He wants Yara to rule, and he wants to help her do it.

The Unburnt

No matter how many times Daenerys Targaryen is put down or defeated, she manages to fight her way back to the top, coming out in a (literal) blaze of glory.

Instead of cowering in the temple of the Dosh Khaleen and waiting for some sort of rescue, she takes action to ensure her own escape. She's the epitome of a strong, independent mother of dragons who don't need no man.

But Jorah and Daario arriving at Vaes Dothrak to rescue her did help a little bit. I still have complete faith she would've made it out on her own.

She's clearly not welcome with many of the Dosh Khaleen, and the Khals deciding her fate have little to no respect for her. It's bad enough they treat their women as property. She made it worse by not joining the Dosh Khaleen as soon as Khal Drogo died.

In the meeting to decide what to do with her, the council gives her options. Dany is all like "nah I'm not doing any of that" and the Khals are like "who the **** does this girl think she is?"

She reminds them by calling them small men who are unfit to lead and burning down their precious temple. With a triumphant smirk on her face, she tips over heavy torches, filling the temple with roaring flames within minutes.

To show all of Vaes Dothrak - and to remind Jorah and Daario she's in charge here - Dany walks out of the burning temple fully naked but completely unscathed. This proves it wasn't just blood magic that saved her from the Khal Drogo's funeral pyre. I'm not sure if all Targaryens are fire-resistant, but this one sure is.

Time and again Daenerys is put down, resisted and mocked. She's disrespected because she's a woman, and because she's a woman trying to rule over a world of bickering men. She shouldn't have to remind everyone of the power she wields, but when she does it's fierce and almost terrifying.

She will be a force to be reckoned with if she ever makes it to Westeros.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


[Last modified: Monday, May 16, 2016 8:01am]


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