Cersie is Pushed to Extremes. The Hound Hunts. Dany Returns. Jaime Makes His Play. Arya Channels Cartman and Says, “Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home.”

Arya Stark holding Needle in Season 6 Episode 8, "No One."

Warning: This podcast contains spoilers for the Game of Thrones episode, “No One.”

Last night’s Game of Thrones episode – entitled, “No One” – did little by way of providing many surprises, but did do a lot to delight fans.

After the awful and hate-inducing fifth season, which was spoiled by — in descending order of offensiveness — misogyny, nihilism and brooding, this season (so far) has been largely about making the show actually fun to watch again.

Go figure.

The sins of the past are not yet forgiven, but “No One” was another step in the right direction, as we see:

  • The triumphant return of Daenerys and Drogon…and in just the nick of time
  • Arya regain her name, identity an purpose
  • The Faith lose their heads…literally
  • The Hound get revenge for losing his bestie
  • Tyrion launches a new comedy troupe with Grey Worm and Missandei

    The Hound seek revenge in season 6, episode 8, "No One."

    Of course most of the season has been leading up to the main event, which will be next week’s episode – appropriately nicknamed “The Bastard Bowl” – in which we’ll finally see Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton face off over the fate of Winterfell.

    With only 2 episodes remaining in Season 6, the weekly podcast crew of Dana, Vanessa and Peter return to wax poetic on all things Game of Thrones. 🙂

    Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to send your comments, questions or fan theories to dana (at) stimulated boredom (dot) com – or leave them in the comment section below – and we will respond to them on the next show!

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    • Devan R James

      I was just looking at the promo posters for seasons 1-5 and it got be thinking about the meaning of them. For a quick refresher, season one is Eddard on the Iron Throne, season two is a hand clutching the crown, season three were character faces half in shadow, season four is the three eyed raven image, season five is the image of Drogan over Tyrion on a ship, and lastly season six is the wall of faces from the Faceless Men. This got me thinking that these aren’t merely your traditional posters, but something more. In the first season, Eddard is out to protect the throne from its enemies both known and unknown. In season two the major houses of Westeros are divided up amongst several would be Kings. In season three we are quite vividly told that not all allies can be trusted. In season four we get our first hint at the importance of the three eyed raven and the war to come beyond he wall. In season five we see the solidification of Daenarys’ power in Meeren. And finally in season six we are reminded that what you see on he surface of a person, may not be their true personality. All this has been a long way of saying that although many are angry with the Arya storyline the last couple of seasons, it may very well prove to be of great importance to the overall plot, with such gripping images used before to foretell the upcoming season, the use of the wall of faces may suggest the same, as yet unrevealed truth to Arya’s time in Braavos. Thoughts? Am I grasping to make sense of Arya’s storyline, or can you agree the use of the wall of faces does in fact mean something in relation to a character who for the most part is not a primary character.

    • Matt The Troll

      I may be a “Firefly hatin’ prick” but you aren’t going to get rid of me that easy. I’ll be back sooner than Catelyn Stark, you can count on that.

      Love you guyzzzzzz,

      Matt The Troll

    • Rickie

      actually the batman v superman ultimate edition is only 3 hours long. i cant wait! i know this will call into question my taste but i LOVED the film, its my second favorite film of the year behind zootopia. it gave me what i wanted (wonder woman! and my boy jesse killing it as lex) and more (a good batman for once, a catty alfred, justice league begins, and great performances)

    • Rickie

      not much to say about this episode. i know some people didnt like it and though i agree with some of their points (two fight scenes were cut away from just for us to hear about the outcome for example) i really enjoyed it. even the “bad” episodes of game of thrones is still freaking game of thrones.
      i love the tidbit you gave about what varis does in the books, i so hope that happens!!! my theory about the rumors cersai’s mad scientist was talking about has to do with the septum and he isnt as all holy as he appears, and this could be his down fall. my one problem with the episode was in mereen. they did this whole setup with tyrion building trust with the dragons. not only did they never revisit that subplot the entire series but when they need the dragons instead of having the bonding sections continue off screen they have everyone cowering in fear. its like without dany they are powerless and that doesnt fly with me. tyrion get your dragon!! or on your dragon, whatever. lets do this!

    • Yeah! Tyrion, get your dragons, yo!

    • Ugh. I hate (love) it when you’re clever AND an asshole at the same time.

    • fran

      Tyrion being able to approach the dragons goes with the theory he has Targaryen blood. He was able to take the chains off of them.

    • Devan R James

      ill assume the lack of comments is either A) a complete agreement with my point; or B) you saw a large post and ignored it.

    • Waiting to respond to it on the show!

    • Excellent point about The High Sparrow! We discussed it on the new episode. 🙂

    • I think you might be right 🙂 All signs seem to be pointing to it.

    • fran

      if the R+L=J makes Jon a Targaryen, the he, Dany and Tyrion may be the 3 headed dragon of the House of Targaryen sigil. just a thought.

    • fran

      read it, just did not have more to add at this point. ty for the post!

    • Devan R James

      i heard, thanks. my reply was meant to be a little sarcastic.