Back again and picking up right where we left off. The internet has been flooded with bad jokes about holding the door and trying to make all of us fans cry. No doubt we have all seen a Hodor door stopper or something along those lines, but anyways onto other things, no point dwelling in what is done. As Bloodraven would say “the past is written, the ink is dry”. Episode 6 started off with Meera dragging Bran through the northern wilderness. As soon as Hodor died to let them get away many of us were wondering how exactly Meera pulling Bran was gonna get away from an army of the undead, it’s not like the undead were gonna tire out and take a nap. Bran is whirling through visions of the Mad King and pyromancers making wildfire (very helpful at the current moment when you are trying to escape the white walkers), only to come awake and tell Meera they had been found. But all of a sudden a dark rider comes to their rescue, book readers right away knew this was Coldhands. For all you non-book readers (seriously get on it) Coldhands is a former Night’s Watch that helped Sam and Gilly get through the wall and helped Bran and crew get to Bloodraven. We all suspected that this rider that never ate and had black hands was former first ranger Benjen Stark. Low and behold our guess was right. Benjen gives us an interesting detail, the children of the forest stopped him from being turned by stabbing him with dragonglass. This could be helpful in the future war if anyone is wounded and starting to turn, just stab the dying with dragonglass (or likely dragonsteel) and stop the process. Benjen is here to help them get back to the wall, woohoo!.
Elsewhere, Sam and Gilly enjoyed a short visit to Sam’s family in Hornhill, though enjoyed is probably the wrong choice of words. We who thought that Sam would finally stand up to his father were proven foolish, instead he passive aggressively angers his father by taking their family sword. Another valyrian sword in the hands of the good guys (that makes two against the Night King and his commanders), though still greatly outnumbered against the dead. Not sure what Sam’s plan is bringing Gilly with him to Oldtown, maybe she will become a maester too, ha!
On to King’s Landing where Jamie and Cercei’s plan to end the sparrows was quickly defeated, and without any bloodshed, boo! King Tommen and Queen Maergery have become pawns of the high sparrow, boring. Jamie is removed of his title as King’s guard and banished from King’s Landing, he is then dispatched to go deal with the Blackfish and Riverrun. Who else is heading there also? Brienne of Tarth, perhaps a reunion is coming. Book readers have a guess or two as to what will happen next, but for the benefit of you non-readers I won’t go into that just yet.
Finally, on to Arya. After poisoning the actor’s wine she comes back just in time to stop her from drinking it. Another chance given by the faceless men and another one squandered by her. But this time it could have dire consequences for her. Arya grabs needle from her hiding spot and makes camp for the night, perhaps with plans to go back to Westeros. But, the Waif is sent to kill her (as painless as possible, though from the look on her face I doubt that is her plan). As Jaaqen said “either way a face will be added to the wall”. Seems pretty unlikely that Arya will escape, how do you constantly run from assassins that never wear the same face? I doubt they like people running around knowing their secrets. If I had to guess I would say that Arya kills the waif and brings her back to the house of black and white to offer as a tribute or peace offering.
Lastly, we are treated to another Daenerys scene, in talking with Daario she asks how many ships she would need to cross the narrow sea with her army. Daario replies with 1,000. But who has 1,000 ships? No one yet, but someone wants to build them. Oh what nasty teasers these writers are. Something takes her attention, obviously feeling Drogon’s presence she rides off alone to find him, only to return to her massive khalasaar riding him once again. But he looks even more massive than the last time we saw him, clearly someone has been eating. With another rallying speech she pledges all her followers to her and to go with her across the narrow sea. But first, to dispatch with her enemies around Slavers Bay. Hopefully, sooner rather than later. That’s all for now, can’t wait for Sunday to see what happens next.