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After a lot anticipation, the brand new Recreation of Thrones episode aired final night time on HBO.  We’ve craved new content material for therefore lengthy now.  Did the “Winterfell” episode fulfill our starvation for one thing deliciously entertaining?  Form of.  It felt extra like an appetizer to get us prepared for what’s to return, however a reasonably profitable appetizer.

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Earlier than persevering with studying, bear in mind this recap incorporates spoilers.  

Starting with a boy operating to glimpse the waves of troops coming to Winterfell, the episode does include a couple of shockers.  Most likely probably the most shocking one is that Arya seems pleased on a number of events.  She even laughs just a little.  Did you suppose that was ever doable?  The little psychopath has a touching second with Jon on the Godswood tree, makes it creepy for a second when she warns him to not overlook he’s household, then shows a candy, contented smile as she rests her head on his shoulder.  Probably the most emotional second of the episode, however I nonetheless don’t want any tissue.  I’m sure tears will are available in future episodes. 


Arya additionally encounters The Hound after witnessing Gendry giving him a dragon-glass axe.  From her response to seeing him, it’s clear that the Hound stays on her hit listing.  Pity.  I hoped she’d let that go when she’d beforehand left him to die.  Aria speaks to Gendry.  Although Gendry witnesses Arya’s dialog with the Hound, he nonetheless flirts awkwardly together with her.  It appears to work as she responds effectively.  Maybe the 2 are supposed to be, however I don’t know.  She’s scary.   


Lyanna Mormont provides Jon a chunk of her thoughts relating to the very fact he gave up his crown to assist Daenerys.  He claims he did it for the North.  The Northerners disapprove. 

Daenerys and Jon share a dragon flight collectively, whereas Ser Davos, Tyrion, and Varys focus on the choice of a marriage to unite the homes.  When speaking concerning the couple, Varys states the apparent: “Nothing lasts.” 

Sansa criticizes Jon for his choices and waxes superior.  Whereas I’ve some sympathy for Sansa Stark, one thing about her rubs me the improper method.  With academics like Littlefinger and Cersei, it’s no marvel she’s turn into a conniving plotter.  I really feel like she judges the phrases and actions of everybody round her, and is all the time calculating the subsequent strikes she must hold her household protected.  Seeming each bit as chilly, she has turn into the Cersei of the North.  Tyrion even feedback that many have underestimated her and most of them are actually useless.  It feels just like the writers are setting us up for a battle of the wits between the 2 girls.  

Talking of Cersei, she compromises herself to maintain Euron preventing for her.  After letting him into her mattress, we see her ingesting wine maybe in an try to erase the reminiscence.  Ought to we assume that she was by no means pregnant and solely used that to control her brothers, or was she being honest and simply misplaced the child since we final noticed her?  Or had it killed when Jamie betrayed her?  

If you happen to suppose that Cersei gained’t injure Jamie, suppose once more.  Qyburn interrupts an ungainly foursome to make Bronn a proposal.  Cersei desires to pay him to kill the Lannister males in the event that they survive the battle.  I secretly had hoped that Bronn survives the entire thing and will get the gorgeous girl and the good fortress he’s been eager for.  Nevertheless, I feel what Cersei units into movement right here implies that Bronn is not going to survive the ultimate episodes.

Elsewhere, Theon Greyjoy rescues Yara, who promptly headbutts him for leaving her with Euron within the first place.  After Theon vows to go the place his queen calls for, she acknowledges he desires to struggle for the Starks and offers her blessing for him to go north.  She suggests she’ll keep behind providing a protected haven the place the useless can not go.  In the event that they’re already useless, why can’t they only stroll on the underside of the ocean?  Am I overthinking this?  

Jorah Mormont introduces Daenerys to Samwell Tarley.  She thanks him for saving Mormont, however then reveals that she executed his brother and father after they wouldn’t bend the knee.  As Sam makes a hurried exit after making an attempt to course of the information, he spots Bran lurking outside.  Bran urges Sam to inform Jon about his parentage.  Sam does, and Jon feels betrayed by Ned Stark, who lied to him his entire life.  Sam explains that Ned saved Jon’s life by the lie.  He additionally factors out that Daenerys killed his household who have been her prisoners.  He poses the query if Daenerys would hand over the crown for her individuals.  

Males from Fortress Black encounter Tormund and Beric among the many ruins of Final Fireplace and nearly slay them as a result of Tormund’s eyes are blue.  He manages to blurt out “I’ve all the time had blue eyes!”  The boys chill out a bit and be part of forces.  They proceed exploring the ruins, the place they uncover the Night time King’s new paintings, with younger Lord Umber because the creepy centerpiece.  Finest shock of the episode when it opens its blue eyes and screams. 


The episode wraps up with a hooded determine arriving in Winterfell.  As soon as the hood comes off, we see a worn Jamie Lannister, who wears scruff surprisingly effectively.   The primary individual he sees is Bran who doesn’t look too upset to see the person who pushed him from the tower in season one.  What does Bran know that we don’t?

Barbarella out

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