(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD!) Jon Snow’s still alive, Arya has her eyes back and Rickon Stark, Nedd Stark’s youngest son, finally reappears. Here’s how it all played out Sunday night on Game of Thrones:
Jon Snow is just as surprised as anyone to find himself alive. “I shouldn’t be here,” he tells Ser Davos and Melisandre. “The Lord brought you back for a reason,” says the Red Woman. Everyone at Castle Black is kinda freaked out to see that Jon is alive — some think he’s some kind of god — and they watch dutifully as he hangs Ser Alliser Thorne, Olly and the others who stabbed him. “You shouldn’t be alive. It’s not right,” says one. “Neither was killing me,” Jon points out. After the hanging, Jon takes off the Lord Commander’s mantle, hands it to his pal Dolorous Edd and says, “You have Castle Black. My Watch has ended.”
Arya, back in the House of Black and White but still blind, is attacked again and again by the Waif, who questions her about her past as Arya Stark and hits her anytime she’s less than truthful, even to herself. When Arya is finally able to fight off the Waif, despite her blindness, Jaqen H’ghar restores her sight.
Ramsay Bolton, now in charge of Winterfell after murdering his father Roose, accepts a visit from a local Northern lord, Umber, who asks him for help fighting the wildlings. When Ramsay asks Umber to kneel and pledge his loyalty, Umber refuses and instead offers Ramsay a gift: the wildling woman, Osha, and Rickon Stark. You may remember that Osha and Rickon escaped from Winterfell with Bran, Hodor and the Reeds, but then they split up and haven’t been seen since. Once Ramsay is satisfied that Rickon is, indeed, who Umber claims he is, he smiles cruelly and says, “Welcome home, Lord Stark.”
Daenerys is brought to the main Dothraki city and taken to the house where all the widows of dead Khals live. She learns that it was forbidden for her to leave the Dothraki after her husband Khal Drogo died, but since she did, her fate will now be decided by all the other khalasars. She’s also told that the best she can hope for is to be allowed to remain with the other widows.
On the Sea
Sam, Gilly and Little Sam, her son, are on a ship en route to Oldtown, where Sam plans to enter the Citadel and train to become a Maester. Sam tells Gilly that since women aren’t allowed in the Citadel, he’s going to drop her off at his home, Horn Hill, where she will be safe with his mother and sister. She wants to stay with Sam, but accepts his decision.
King Tommen confronts the High Sparrow and demands that his mother Cersei be allowed to see the grave of his sister Myrcella. The Sparrow refuses, saying Cersei still needs to atone, and when Tommen protests, the Sparrow calms him down with — fittingly, on Mother’s Day — some doubletalk about mother’s love and what the gods want. Meanwhile, Jaime and Cersei crash the small council meeting with The Mountain in tow, but the attendees, including Queen Margaery’s scheming grandmother, Olenna Tyrell, all get up and walk out.
Varys questions Vala, a woman who’s been helping the Sons of the Harpy by killing Daenerys’ soldiers. He offers her safe passage out of town for her and her son if she tells him who’s been financing the Sons of the Harpy. It turns out to be the masters of neighboring cities Yunkai and Astapor, as well as the rulers of Volantis. Tyrion asks Varys to set up a meeting with them.
Under the Tree
The Three Eyed Raven brings Bran back in time once more, and he witnesses his father, Nedd Stark and Nedd’s friend, Howland Reed, confront Ser Arthur Dayne, the best swordsman in the kingdom. Dayne and his men are guarding a tower on orders of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, son of the Mad King, but both are now dead, as Robert Baratheon has just taken control of the Iron Throne.
When Dayne refuses to tell Nedd who’s in the tower, a sword fight breaks out. Nedd kills Dayne, but only because Reed stabs him in the back, which disappoints Bran — his father had left that detail out when he told Bran the story in the past. The Three Eyed Raven whisks Bran back to the present before he can learn who’s in the tower, and tells him that one day, he can leave the tree, but not before he learns “everything.”
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