As some readers may have picked up by now, I have a fondness for the Iron Isles chapters in A Feast For Crows, the fourth book in George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire. Part filler and part microcosm of the entire series as a whole, it covers one region’s issues with succession while, perhaps, offering a solution to a problem half a world away.
I was delighted when word came that actor Pilou Asbæk would be playing Euron Greyjoy and when official season six photos surfaced of actor Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy, Theon’s father and lord of the Iron Men. Both items of information suggested that the series might cover that storyline in some way.
But it was also unclear when the Iron Isles would return as a location in the television series, but according to HBO‘s recently released summary for the second episode of the season, Balon “entertains other proposals” during the hour. It seems the wait will soon be over.
Other stuff happens in the episode, titled “Home,” as well: Bran makes his return to the series as he continues to be trained by The Three-Eyed Raven, now played by Max von Sydow, while Jaime and Tommen have a heart-to-heart. The tension at Castle Black also continues as Alliser Thorne consolidates his control of the Night’s Watch.
And considering the preview following last night’s episode offered a chance for Cersei’s new mysterious champion to defend her, it seems all my favorite elements of Game of Thrones will be on display next week.
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