Game of Thrones season 6 episode 2 which was titled Home had lot of surprises in store for the fans. We saw Bran Stark’s visions, the wildlings storming Castle Black just in the nick of time to save Ser Davos and the other Brothers of Night’s Watch who were protecting Jon Snow’s dead body, Jaime threatening the Hight Sparrow, Tyrion meeting the dragons, Arya meeting Jaqen H’ghar, Ramsay killing his entire family, Euron killing Balon Greyjoy and finally the most important scene, Jon Snow’s resurrection.
From the start till the end the episode had a fast pace and it kept the audience excited and it was a wonderful episode. However, there are many details and references in the episode that you might have missed.
1. The connection between Ned Stark and Bran Stark
We see Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven in the courtyard of Winterfell, while looking at young Ned and Benjen Stark sparring with each other. If you remember the first episode of season 1, Ned Stark and Catelyn Stark were standing in the same spot while looking down at their children.
2. The connection between Ned Stark and Jon Snow
While sparring, Benjen Stark stumbles and falls down and Ned tells him, “keep your shield up, or I’ll ring your head like a bell.”. That isn’t the first time we have heard this line. If you remember the scene at Castle Black where Jon Snow and Olly are training, Jon gives the same advice to Olly.
3. Connection between Lyanna Stark and Arya Stark
In the episode we see Lyanna Stark appearing all of a sudden and interrupting the training. We saw something similar in season 1 when Arya interrupts Bran’s training in between.
4. Balon Greyjoy won the War of the Five Kings
If you remember, there was a time when everyone in Westeros was declaring themselves as a king. Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy declared themselves as kings after Robert Baratheon’s death and thus started the War of the Five Kings. Of them everyone other than Balon Greyjoy is dead and thus Balon won the war. Sadly for him, he didn’t stay alive long enough and now that Euron Greyjoy has killed him, the War of the Five Kings is officially over.
5. Robb Stark and Roose Bolton’s death
In the Home episode, we didn’t expect Ramsay Bolton to kill his father Roose Bolton on learning about the birth of his son. This death came as a shock for many people but the way in which Ramsay killed Roose reminded us of the Red Wedding, where Roose Bolton stabbed and killed Robb Stark in the same manner. Sweet isn’t it.
6. The Mountain still loves smashing skulls
The fight between Oberyn Martell and the Mountain is one of the most exciting scenes in Game of Thrones and there won’t be a single person who doesn’t remember the brutal way in which the Mountain smashed Oberyn’s skull and killed him. Well, it seems the Mountain still loves smashing skulls.
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Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 2
Valyrian Steel Swords are very priceless and magical weapons that are possessed by very few. By the time of Game of Thrones, we see only a handful of individuals who have access to them. But 300 years ago, during the events of House of the Dragon, they were much more in number.
We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon. We covered a few of them in the previous article, here’s the link. Do check it out!
Lamentation was a famed Valyrian steel sword that belonged to House Royce. Ser Willam Royce wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. The sword was torn from the hand of Willam, however, when he was killed during the Ride of the Seven. With Willam’s death, the sword was carried off, never to be found again. However, some rumours claim that Ser Warrick Wheaton slashed a wing off of Syrax with a Valyrian steel sword, likely Lamentation, during the Storming of the Dragonpit.
Dark Sister is a famous longsword of Valyrian steel. It is one of two ancestral swords of House Targaryen. Dark Sister had a slender blade originally designed for a woman’s hand. It was wielded by Visenya Targaryen during Aegon’s conquest of Westeros. During the Dance of the Dragons, it was the prime weapon of choice for Prince Daemon Targaryen. Dark Sister was lost when the last wielder of the sword, Brynden Rivers, went missing beyond the Wall in 252 AC.
Longclaw is the ancestral Valyrian steel sword of House Mormont. It is the same sword Jeor Mormont gifts to Jon Snow at the Night’s Watch in Game of Thrones. The Mormonts supported the Starks in their allegiance with Rhaenyra Targaryen during the Dance of the Dragons.
Lady Forlorn is the ancestral longsword made of Valyrian steel belonging to House Corbray. The sword has a heart-shaped ruby in its pommel and its blade is smokey-grey in appearance. Ser Corwyn Corbray wielded Lady Forlorn during the Dance of the Dragons. It was in the possession of Ser Lyn Corbray in Game of Thrones.
Is there any Valyrian steel sword you’d wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Visenya Targaryen by Berkan Ozkan
Legendary Valyrian Steel Swords to look out for in House of The Dragon: Part 1
Valyrian steel swords have always been a source of fascination for the fans of Game of Thrones. Made of a fictional metal in the ancient land of Valyria, not many such weapons survive since its doom. They are very rare, priceless, magic-infused and are often passed down as family heirlooms. We have seen a few of them in HBO’s TV adaptation of Game of Thrones. But there will be a lot more in the prequel show House of The Dragon. There have been about 227 Valyrian steel swords that have been recorded in the history of Westeros, most of them have been lost or destroyed. Let’s have a look at a few of them that might make an appearance in House of The Dragon.
Vigilance is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Hightower. It was last wielded by Ormund Hightower during the Dance of the Dragons and he fought for King Aegon II Targaryen. Ormund was slain by Roderick Dustin during the first battle of Tumbleton, after which the sword was lost forever.
Ice is the ancestral greatsword of House Stark made of Valyrian steel. It is the sword that was wielded by Ned Stark in Game of Thrones. The sword was wielded by Lord Cregan Stark during the Dance of the Dragons, who was the Warden of the North during the period. He supported Rhaenyra Targaryen due to his pledge known as the Pact of Ice and Fire.
Truth was a Valyrian steel longsword carried by Moredo Rogare, a Lysene noble from the wealthy banking Rogare family. During the Dance of the Dragons, the Rogare Bank rivalled the Iron Bank of Braavos in size. We might get a glimpse of the sword in House of The Dragon.
Orphan-Maker is a Valyrian steel longsword belonging to House Roxton with a black blade. Ser Jon Roxton wielded the blade during the Dance of the Dragons. He sided with King Aegon II Targaryen and the sword was used in the Battle of Honeywine and the second battle of Tumbleton. The sword later came into the possession of Lord Unwin Peake, after which its whereabouts are unknown.
Blackfyre is the fabled hand-and-a-half longsword of Valyrian steel once wielded by Aegon the Conqueror. It is perhaps the most famous sword in all of Westeros. Aegon II Targaryen’s possession of Blackfyre enhanced his legitimacy against his rival, Rhaenyra Targaryen, during the Dance of the Dragons. It was lost after the Blackfyre rebellion.
Is there any Valyrian steel sword you wish to own? Tell us in the comments below!
Source: A Wiki of Ice and Fire
Aegon I Targaryen by Clark Ocleasa
The Golden Empire of Yi Ti: What’s Game of Thrones’ rumoured spinoff show all about?
About a decade ago, HBO introduced the world to Westeros and its intriguing political drama. Fans of George R. R. Martin’s books were delighted as they witnessed their fantasy come to life. Even though the novel series isn’t complete, the show somehow managed to reach a conclusion, and there were many who were quite dissatisfied with it. However, HBO seems to be quite focused on exploring the Game of Thrones universe even more. Recently, three spinoff animated shows were rumoured to be in talks at their headquarters. One of them seems to be taking place in one of the most intriguing of places in Essos, known as Yi Ti.
Yi Ti was not explored in the Game of Thrones TV series. However, Martin and Elio Garcia’s wonderful Game of Thrones-world encyclopedia, The World of Ice & Fire, devotes a full chapter to it. Yi Ti, which resides close to the Eastern edge of Essos is roughly analogous to China and its sprawling history.
The region was formerly home to a dynasty known as The Great Empire of the Dawn. According to legend, the Empire’s first ruler was a being known as the Gon-on-Earth, the only son of Lion of Night and the Maiden-Made-of-Light. The God-on-Earth ruled for 10,000 years before passing the keys to the kingdom off to his son, the Pearl Emperor. After that, subsequent dynasties were named after precious jewels like The Jade Emperor and the Opal Emperor.
The Great Empire of the Dawn ended when darkness fell in the Long Night and an unnamed hero wielded the sword Lightbringer to bring back the light. Now the governing body of Yi Ti is the Golden Empire. It is ruled by a series of God-Emperors whose dynasties take their names from various colours.
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