Game of Thrones is getting closer and closer to the Season 6 finale and things are heating up more than before. While the last two episodes surprised many with several twists, episode 7, titled “The Broke Man”, slows down… but just a little. Beware of spoilers!
Several plotlines are gearing up towards a finale. Especially Jon Snow and Sansa Stark are making some progress, visiting several houses in order to gain their support for their fight against the Boltons. Unfortunately, things aren’t going so well and they only get few soldiers by doing this. The scenes make for some great conversations though and show, what the relations of the houses in the North look like after Robb Starks death.
Jaime Lannister arrives at the castle of Riverrun and tries to convince the Blackfisch to give up. It doesn’t work out so well and sets us up for a long siege. Unfortunately, these scenes were pretty weak in my opinion, even if they give us a moment to get to know Blackfish a bit better. It just feels like these scenes are stalling for something bigger to come.
Same goes for the plotline of Margery Tyrell, who’s still firmly controlled by the faith. While the scenes imply she’s just playing along for now and will probably rebel later, they are the main reason why I’d call this episode the slowest one of this season. There’s a lot of talk, a lot of repetition, and I’m not sure yet, how it’s going to pay off.
The highlight is of course the return of Sandor Clegane, who tries and fails to protect a septon of his followers from an attack by the Brotherhood without Banners. Even at their slower pace, these scenes do a lot for the character: They show that there could be a different path for him, but that the world around him doesn’t allow him to walk it. Instead, he seeks revenge.
Arya only makes a short appearance, unfortunately. She’s long enough on screen in order to get stabbed and escape, but her fate is unknown. It’s a nice set-up for the next episode I guess, but it feels somewhat shoehorned in. And after last weeks intense final minutes, Daenerys is completely absent, which is a huge let-down for me.
Overall, I’d give the episode a 7/10: It’s solid, but many plotlines are just being put into place for the finale. It often lacks tension, but gives us some nice character development.