Game of Thrones Episode 6 Instant Take: “Beyond the Wall”

Game of Thrones Episode 6 Instant Take: "Beyond the Wall"

Game of Thrones Episode 6 Instant Take: “Beyond the Wall”

Episode 6 gave us all the powerful dialogue we’d been craving from Game of Thrones Season 7: Arya grilling Sansa at Winterfell, Tyrion cautioning Daenerys at Dragonstone, and Tormund seducing Gendry and The Hound north of The Wall. The action was intense, and the moments fans found far-fetched actually could be explained. We’ll try to do it on this week’s Instacast. Have a listen.

Game of Thrones Episode 6 Summary: “Beyond the Wall” is the sixth episode of the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 66th overall. It was written by series co-creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and directed by Alan Taylor. At 70 minutes, it was the series’ longest episode until the airing of the season’s finale.

The episode’s main plot focuses on Jon Snow’s raiding party as they journey north of the Wall; they successfully capture a wight to prove the threat, though Thoros is killed. Daenerys rescues the group from the Army of the Dead, and the Night King kills and reanimates Viserion. Jon is separately rescued by Benjen, who sacrifices himself, and Jon acknowledges Daenerys as Queen. Meanwhile, at Winterfell, tension builds between Sansa and Arya.

The title of the episode is taken from the namesake lands where most of the episode takes place. “Beyond the Wall” received mostly praise from critics, who listed the epic scale and special effects of the battle between the White Walkers and the dragons, the interactions between the northern raiding party, and Jon swearing fealty to Daenerys as highlights of the episode, though some reviewers criticized the episode for “defying logic” and its rushed storytelling. In the United States, the episode achieved a viewership of 10.24 million in its initial broadcast.

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2 Responses

  1. Racqueal says:

    Ok so we know Dany is a fire in this song and can’t be burnt. Jon Snow is ice in this song or presumably ice and fire. Can Jon be burnt and/or can he survive extreme cold? What’s his special power in this song?

  2. Rick Thomas says:

    Just a thought about the Night King. Perhaps he is tuned into the adversary of the Lord of Light? As our heroes have had visions/guidance perhaps it has that also. Would help explain the chain.

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