Warning: This article contains spoilers from “Game of Thrones” Season 6, Episode 3.
After Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) stunning resurrection at the very end of last week’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” everyone wondered if he would be impaired in some way or if he would still be the same Lord Commander worshiped by the Night’s Watch.
As it turns out, while not impaired, he is very much a changed man. After giving quite a start to Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Melisandre (Carice von Houten) in the beginning of Sunday’s Episode 3, the naked Lord Commander tells them that there was nothing on the other side. Privately, he admits to Davos that he feels like a failure. Davos, not wanting his commander to get sidetracked with a bout of 1970s-style introspection, tartly says, “Good. Now go fail again.”
A fully clothed Snow then appears to the members of the Night’s Watch. They are properly astonished, except for Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), who, when Snow promises he is not a god, teases him by saying, “I know that. I saw your pecker. What kind of a god would have a pecker that small?”
The question that hung over the episode — how Snow would deal with the mutiny against him — was answered in the final minutes when Ser Allister Thorne (Owen Teale) and his main co-conspirators, Olly (Brenock O’Connor) and Bowen Marsh (Michael Condron), were hung. That act of vengeance was in no way a sign that Snow was ready to resume his duties, however. He shocks the assembled men at the gallows by walking away from Castle Black after the guilty parties’ necks are broken.
“My watch has ended,” he says. A moody exit, to be sure. If he is to assume the Iron Throne and give “Thrones” fans the happy ending they want, he’d better have an attitude adjustment.
The other significant development of the night was the restoration of Arya’s (Maisie Williams) sight by Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) after successfully completing her combat lessons as a blind woman and identifying herself as No One. After getting grilled by the waif about whom she intends to kill, Arya lists Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Gregor Clehane (Hapfor Julius Bjornsson) and Walda Frey (Elizabeth Webster). Of that trio, Frey perished last week. It would be fairly amazing if little Arya was the one who finally put Cersei out of her misery. Hopefully sooner rather than later, as this episode dragged.
Elsewhere in Westeros, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) meets with High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) to give him a piece of his teenage mind about abusing his mother on the Walk of Shame. He gets a lecture in return. Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) meets one of the youngest Starks, Ned’s youngest son Rickon (Art Parkinson, not seen since Season 3), which pleases him in some sick way. Daenerys (Emlia Clarke) can’t get away from the Dothraki, and Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) mark even more time on Meereen.
While the aftermath of Snow’s resurrection was powerful enough for everyone to take a rest this week, producers have their work cut out for them to up the ante in Episode 4.