Warning: Spoilers ahead if you have not yet watched Season 6, Episode 6.
In last night’s eventful, yet quiet episode (quiet being relative for Game of Thrones), we journeyed through time and kingdoms yet again, and witnessed the setups for what are sure to be a killer scenes in the weeks ahead on GoT. Let’s recap:
First, over the hill and through the woods, we find Meera struggling to pull Bran to … well, we’re not sure where. It’s pretty bleak out there, and the absence of Hodor is felt by all. As usual, Bran’s warging out. The entire history of Westeros seems to be flashing before his eyes as he gets the Raven’s Cliff’s Notes—including a brief glimpse at the Mad King’s demise. He comes to and states matter of factly, “They found us.” They being the White Walkers. We all knew this moment was coming. How far and how fast could Meera and Bran possibly travel (in real time, that is)?
Thankfully, a masked horseman with a fire flail shows up just in time to save Meera and Bran. He easily takes the wights out one by one. Who is this masked man? Why it’s our long-lost hero, Bran’s uncle, Benjen Stark, who says the Raven summoned him. It’s been awhile since we last saw Benjen (season 1), and he appears to have survived North of the Wall by being transformed into some sort of undead creature by the Children of the Forest, who saved him from turning into a White Walker after a fatal attack, but only by penetrating his heart with dragonglass. We’re not quite sure how this Forest magic works exactly, but we’ll take it.
Cut to Sam and Gilly who are on their way to Sam’s family home, Horn HIll. Sam is justifiably nervous, given the fact that the last time he was there his father banished him. Sam’s dear old dad is not the warmest blanket, still, Sam is optimistic that the rest of his family will welcome Gilly and Little Sam with open arms… as long as Gilly never, ever reveals she’s a wildling. Roughly five minutes later, she spills the beans and the jig is up. At least we got a few glimpses at sweet, awestruck Gilly with clean hair and a party dress.
Season 6, Episode 6, “Blood of My Blood”:
In Braavos, Arya is watching the Little Play of Horrors again. Why is she the only one laughing at Joffrey’s death? Oh, right, the rest of these fools have no idea how things really went down at King’s Landing. Since she’s feeling generous, Arya decides to offer her target Lady Crane, the play’s lead actress, some script suggestions after she’s done poisoning her bottle of rum. Turns out, this lady’s not half bad. Arya begins to feeling guilty about assassinating her. And just like that, the girl has a face and a name again. Arya Stark is back. She sabotages her own mission, swatting the rum right out of Lady Crane’s hand. Arya points to Crane’s understudy: “Careful of that one, she wants you dead.” Yaaas! We’ve known this moment was coming all along but it’s always a good feeling when a Stark gets their mojo back in a major way. Arya digs her sword Needle out of the rocks where she hid it and slinks off to hide from the Many-Faced God. And Waif. Waif can’t wait to get her hands on Arya now.
At King’s Landing, the Lannisters and Tyrells are pulling together their armies before Margery’s walk of atonement. Jamie valiantly rides up to the High Sparrow and demands he hand over Margaery and her brother Loras or else. Sure, why not? The High Sparrow doesn’t seem to mind one bit, because he’s already one-upped the Lannisters and recruited young, malleable King Tommen, with Margery’s help of course. Margaery and Tommen step forward, and announce a holy alliance between the crown and the faith. Jamie just shakes his head as if to say, ‘Come on, kid. It's almost like you didn’t get the Lannister gene at all, except we know ya did.’ Back at the castle, Cersei assures Jamie they’ll get their revenge. “Show them what Lannisters are; what we do to our enemies.”
Out in Essos, Daenerys and her man Daario are riding high with their new Dothraki army. It’s gonna take a lot to conquer the kingdoms though, so Dany figures she needs to make a grand gesture to ensure the Dothraki are on her side. She tells Daario and the gang to wait for her while she does a quick outfit change. Cue the gratuitous Neverending Story-esque flyover shot, and Dany and her dragon touch down. She gives the Dothraki a pep talk: “I choose you all.” They don’t really have any other choice but to be enthusiastic in their support for her. And who can blame them?