“Blood of my blood” is a common Dothraki term spoken most often between the Khal and his bloodriders. So could the title of Episode 6 of Game of Thrones offer an insight into what this episode is really about?
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information and speculation about Episode 6 (entitled “Blood of my Blood”) of HBO’s Game of Thrones sixth season. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid potential spoilers.
The official synopsis for Episode 6 of Game of Thrones is as follows.
“An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly (Hannah Murray) meets Sam’s (John Bradley) family. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a difficult choice. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) faces off against the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce).”
This synopsis makes no mention of the Dothraki or Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke); however, that doesn’t mean either won’t appear in Episode 6 of Game of Thrones. The teaser video below shows Daenerys, so this episode certainly could revolve around her and the group she now leads, the Dothraki.
In the teaser video, Daario (Michiel Huisman) is commenting to Daenerys that she is a conqueror. She replies, “I take what is mine.” It is really not enough to indicate just what will happen in her storyline for Episode 6.
But, could “blood of my blood” mean more than just within the context of the Dothraki and Daenerys? Perhaps it relates to each of the synopsis points?
“Blood of my blood” is a term used by the Dothraki between the Khal and his bloodriders. A bloodrider is considered to a companion and protector to the Khal. They are also considered as close as a brother and use the term “blood of my blood” to indicate this. When a Khal dies, a bloodrider is expected to deliver the Khal’s widow to Vaes Dothrak where they will join the Dosh Khaleen. If needed, a bloodrider will avenge their Khal’s death and then offer themselves up to die alongside their Khal. The full oath a Khal will speak asking a man to become his bloodrider is, “I ask your oath, that will live and die as blood of my blood, riding at my side to keep me safe from harm.” However, they will quite often refer to each other by the shortened phrase “blood of my blood.”
So, knowing this, how does this term relate to the synopsis points of Episode 6 of Game of Thrones?
“An old foe comes back into the picture.” This first part of the synopsis could mean a great many people who have come and gone in previous seasons of Game of Thrones. It is probably too hard to narrow this down significantly. However, in the context of the episode’s title, perhaps this foe is returning to avenge the death of another?
“Gilly meets Sam’s family.” Gilly and Sam are for all intents and purposes, married. A wedded union if not a blood union. However, Samwell is returning to his family, his blood relatives. So could the relationship of just what constitutes a “blood of my blood” tie be explored? Will Sam have to chose between his blood tie and his tie to Gilly?
“Arya faces a difficult choice.” Arya is effectively tying herself to the House of Black and White, a union similar to the bond between the Khal and his bloodriders. So this “difficult choice” could be in relation to how she deals with the ties she has with her new blood family and that of her old blood ties.
“Jaime faces off against the High Sparrow.” This part of the synopsis is probably the most easiest to tie to the “blood of my blood” theme. Jaime and his sister are very much the blood of each other as well as being a union that goes above and beyond normal sibling relations. Jaime would do anything to avenge what has happened to his sister, so it looks like the High Sparrow is in for quite a fight in Episode 6 of Game of Thrones.
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Season 6 of Game of Thrones returns to HBO with Episode 6, entitled “Blood Of My Blood,” on Sunday, May 29, at 9 p.m. ET.
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