8:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Must-See Moment: It's Time to Watch the Wall
The only thing standing between Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and death's door is a solid lock and the promise of mutton — but both of those items look likely to break in the coming episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, called "Home."
In the second installment of season six, viewers can expect the fragile situation at Castle Black to shatter. Recall the final scene of the first full-length trailer for the season, featuring Davos wielding Longclaw, the Valyrian sword that once belonged to fallen Lord Commander Jon Snow (Kit Harington). "Apologies for what you're about to see," Davos muttered before unsheathing the blade, preparing for battle.
Shortly before the season-six premiere, Cunningham appeared on TBS' Conan and unveiled a longer version of the same scene, showing Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) and his fellow mutineers hacking and slashing at the door to Davos' closed chamber. The same scene is glimpsed in the trailer for "Home," meaning the battle between Team Thorne and Team Snow is finally about to commence.
But it's not game over yet. In the season-six premiere, Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton) escaped Castle Black in order to find Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and other Wildlings to support Jon Snow's allies. Photos from "Home" reveal Edd standing in the moonlit courtyard of Castle Back — did he return with Wildlings in tow? If so, it's bad news for Thorne and his mutineers.
Barring some sort of miracle, it's hard to picture Thorne's cronies, Davos and Edd's men, and the Wildlings walking away from the coming conflict unscathed … and yet, photo and trailer evidence for the greater season six reveals Davos standing tall in other regions of Westeros, as well as Melisandre (Carice van Houten) riding a horse in the middle of Castle Black.
In a sea of endless possibilities, two strong options emerge: Tormund's forces save Davos and defeat Thorne's mutineers, or another game-changing event occurs … like the resurrection of Jon Snow, for instance. Granted, those involved with Thrones remain steadfast in defending Snow's death, including showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who told The Hollywood Reporter: "Central heroes don't have any particular claim on immortality. In fact, we could argue that the notion of 'central heroes' is one of the fantasy tropes that [author George R.R. Martin's] books have so brilliantly exploded."
But with the episode titled "Home," and the powder-keg situation at The Wall reaching its most combustible moment yet, not to mention the slow-crawl pace of the Castle Black story thus far, now feels like as good a time as any for Lord Commander Snow's return from the dead — assuming such a thing comes to pass.
Jon Snow knows nothing, according to Ygritte, but viewers might come to know Snow's final fate before much longer.
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