More than halfway through Game of Thrones season 6, it seems fair to say that whatever dip in quality occurred in season 5, season 6 has rebounded with force. I was nervous going into this season that relying on George R. R. Martin's summary of the plot instead of the books would lead the creators astray; on the contrary, it seems to have made the plots tighter and more immediate, with the bonus for book readers of reintroducing plots and characters that have always been important to the books but have occasionally been forgotten by the show. In "Blood of My Blood," there are less "big" moments than in the past two episodes, but it quietly remains just as exciting—in this case, by setting up big moments to come. Warning: as always, spoilers for the most recent episode ahead.

I knew something was up when she wasn't given Lena Dunham's haircut as punishment for her sins.
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Hello, Coldhands.

The spookier Stark reunion this season.
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The most interesting development in the entire episode was only noticed by book readers who happened to catch the interview with the series creators that always airs after the episode—that Bran's missing uncle Benjen Stark is, in fact, Coldhands, the part-White Walker who saves Bran and Meera.

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