If you were feeling that Game of Thrones had lost some of its spark, then last night’s episode certainly brought it back to its former flaming glory. Literally.
For those who haven’t watched it yet, stop reading because this post obviously contains spoilers. But if you have, then let’s recap what has to be one of the most intriguing and fist-pumping episodes of the series, in a way that’ll help us all be better parents.
Episode four in season six may be titled “Book of the Stranger,” but I’m renaming it “Burn, Baby, Burn” or “that episode when Daenerys proves once and for all that she is the queen of everything and never to mess with the Mother of Dragons“.
Sibling reunion was the name of the game in every corner of Westeros. So, mums and dads, what can we learn about parenting from this week’s episode of Game of Thrones?
At Castle Black
Well, ladies and gentlemen, after five long seasons, two of the remaining Starks are finally reunited (Jon Snow and Sansa). I know, Jon isn’t really a Stark, but close enough.
It was a beautiful moment in what has been a long and dark run for the rightful leaders of the North and, thanks to the sickening letter from Ramsay, it looks like the Starks and Wildings will band together to give that monster what he deserves.
Parenting lesson #1: No matter how much the kids squabble at home, siblings will always have each other’s back when an outsider threatens them.
Meanwhile, over at Winterfell, Joffrey of the North eats an apple and kills a woman. Pretty much a typical night at the Bolton residence.
Parenting lesson #2: Always wash your cutlery. You never know where it’s been.
At the Vale
We come face to face with Robin Arryn, who has grown taller and ganglier and is still as spoiled and useless as ever. If you recall, Robin is now the Lord of House Arryn (Lord help them all). Clearly missing his mother’s guidance (and her breast milk), Robin turns to Little Finger for advice.
That should end well.
Parenting lesson#3: Breast may be best, but discipline is required or your kids’ll turn into brats.
Elsewhere in Westeros which really isn’t too important at this stage
Tyrion, Grey Worm and Missandei bore us to death over in Meereen. Theon is reunited with his sister, Yara, over in Pyke. Margaery is reunited with her brother, Loris, over in King’s Landing.
And High Sparrow recites yet another long winded speech. This time it’s about shoes.
Parenting lesson #3: Respect your elders, even if their stories don’t make a lick of sense.
In Vaes Dothrak
Finally, we head to the other side of Westeros and come face to face with the Mother of Dragons who secures her position as the most formidable woman in television history. After being threatened by Khal Moro, Daenerys delivers the best line of the episode – “You are small men. None of you are fit to lead the Dothraki. But I am. So I will.” – before lighting the place on fire and killing the leaders.
And with that spine-tingling scene we are brought back to the old Game of Thrones we used to know and love as Daenerys once again saunters out from the flames naked and awesome. If that scene didn’t make you want to bow down to the Mother of Dragons, then nothing will.
Parenting lesson # 5: Don’t mess with the boss of the house. Also, a mother will walk through fire for her children.
Check out last week’s recap of “Oathbreaker” and stay tuned for another parenting recap of Game of Thrones next week.