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Game of Thrones Book Club | Spoiler Discussion of Episode 602, ‘Home’

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This week, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) dive into the big reveal about Jon Snow and what it means for the show moving forward; the sudden and unexpected death of Roose Bolton, still alive in the books; the sudden and totally expected, yet still totally awesome, death of Balon Greyjoy at the hands of incoming badass brother Euron; Bran Stark’s return and the first ever appearance of Lyanna Stark; and more.

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Additional Reading:
** Josh’s interview with director Jeremy Podeswa
** Josh’s interview with Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran)
** Terri’s interview with Gemma Whelan (Yara)
** TIME: There’s More to that Hodor Flashback
** VULTURE: Ramsay Bolton is Way Worse in the Books

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  • C05EDEN

    mirroring = Meera-reed-ing… Common, Josh!

  • GeekFurious

    I see my one great disagreement with Terri continues… because I find it only elevates the Tywin/Tyrion story if he is NOT his blood relative. So what if it validates Tywin? It’s not a child’s fault his mother died giving birth or that he was possibly another man’s child. Tywin’s actions are no less terrible even if he was right.

  • SamMuray

    Happy anniversary “agnostic” Josh!
    Hodor, first of his name, king of the giants and protector of Bran.

  • If we are going to visit Tower of Joy in the upcoming episode `Oathbreaker’, in what aspect are Ned & co. dealing with “oath”? To attack kingsguards who are protecting a queen-to-be and her unborn baby?

  • o4ka47

    Happy anniversary Josh and Mrs. Wigler. Many happy returns of the day.

    I agree with Terri , considering all the things Tyrion went through because of Tywin , it will be much more satisfying if he is a Lannister and becomes lord of Casterly Rock in the end. There is that conversation in book 4 between Jaime and his aunt Genna and what she tells him stuck with me : “Jaime,” she said, tugging on his ear, “sweetling, I have known you since you were a babe at Joanna’s breast. You smile like Gerion and fight like Tyg, and there’s some of Kevan in you, else you would not wear that cloak . . . but Tyrion is Tywin’s son, not you. I said so once to your father’s face, and he would not speak to me for half a year. Men are such thundering great fools. Even the sort who come along once in a thousand years.”
    For a moment after Tormund said they need to burn Jon’s body, I thought that they will burn him and he will come out of the fire alive ,much like Daenerys in season 1.
    I hated how the Sand Snakes killed Doran and Tristane. It seems wrong to me that Oberyn Martell’s daughters and his paramour decided to avenge his death by killing his brother and nephew. They could’ve imprisoned them instead. For almost 20 years Oberyn mourned his dead sister and her children , I doubt he would be ok with killing other members of his family. What the Sand Snakes are doing seems so contradictory to what he would have wanted.
    I like Indira Varma as an actress but to me her character is unnecessary and only serves to take away the focus from the Sand Snakes and makes them seem like somebody’s pawns. Ellaria’s purpose must be to put her own daughter Tyene on the throne of Dorne , right?

  • Matt The Golem

    Are there any curses in the books? Could Willis have been cursed, causing him to be simple-minded and only able to utter one word?

    • David Alexander

      I believe it is a form of Aphasia. Probably caused by some sort of hit the the head or seeing something beyond horrific.

    • o4ka47

      I think Hodor was kicked in the head by a horse while working as a stable boy.

      • Matt The Golem

        After being kicked in head, Willis fell in horse poop and is actually now stuck on commenting about the awful smell, repeating “Odor !! Odor !!”

  • Reynaldo Hernandez Aponte

    Happy anniversary guys!!!! John Snow > Jai Ho

  • Apparently I find no good place to write about the third episode with spoilers, but do you think it is possible that the umber guy would some how take the role of Wyman manderly?