Game of Thrones Episode 6 Theories: “Beyond the Wall”

Game of Thrones Episode 6 Theories: "Beyond the Wall"

Game of Thrones Episode 6 Theories: “Beyond the Wall”

We just saw a dragon die, but most Game of Thrones viewers want to talk about Arya threatening Sansa or Jon Snow’s blossoming romance with Daeaerys. Of course, there’s also analysis of the Night King’s dragon trap and more on this week’s Small Council covering Episode 6: “Beyond The Wall.”

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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. Patrick McWhorter says:

    Please take note of the Easter egg at the very opening of the episode, it is subtle but huge. It refers to the history of Hardholm. It signifies the presence of tje Lord of Light. It ezplains a lot of the things people were complaining about regarding this episode.
    If you notice, the opening credits do not show on the map just where our lucky 7 are, but then the opening shot does. On the map table. They are just north of Hardholm, and that must be where they retreat to.
    The Easter egg I refer to is that the shot reveals the fire from the harth in forced perspective so that it appears to rise from Hardholm. In the book’s lore, said place was the only civilized city beyond the wall, until it was destroyed by fire from a mysterious source. The flames burned so high and so hot that the watchers on the wall thought the sun was rising to the North. It completely destroyed all the wooden structures there.
    But it wouldn’t have destroyed iron ship chains that were under water.
    The table map shows the bottom of the ship port. Cartograpgers could map it out because you could see the bottom at low tide, or at least reach it with a stick. The magnificent seven were safe enough on that rock for the four days it would have taken for Khaleesi to receive word and then travel there, necause the dead needed to wait for not just the ice to freeze, but also for the tide to come in.
    Jon survived because: there were sloping rocks to climb, salt water is more bouyant, but most importantly, because the Lord of Light is powerful in that spot, and did not want him to die. Whether or not this means he was actually brought back from death, he is at least symbolically reborn. He comes out of a hole, wet, shivering and disoriented. He has a new point of view.
    In you haven’t done the math at this point, here it is: Jon is reborn from salt and smoke, fire and ice.

  2. American Golem says:

    I found this vid on troop movement for Westeros amusing

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