Welcome PCU Fanatics to our weekly Game of Thrones episode recap! This has been the most nonstop, no-chill season of GOT yet. Major reveals, returns and deaths (R.I.P. Hodor) have occurred in almost every episode. With just a little over half the season left, expect this to continue. Of course if you missed last week’s episode, don’t worry you can catch the recap here. Let’s get tonight’s party started!
With a Dad like yours, who needs enemies?
Sam and the family finally make it to Sam’s home, where they are greeted by his mother and sister and we can tell they absolutely adore Sam. The women take Gilly and the baby in as family and things are great until (insert dramatic music) we meet Sam’s dad. We then get the most uncomfortable family dinner ever and boy do we get a full serving. Randyll berates Sam in one of the worst verbal beatings I have seen in along time, and because Sam wants to protect Gilly he just takes it, but Sam is a changed man. After a beautiful moment between Gilly and himself, Sam man’s up and decides to take Gilly and his son with him. The best moment was during dinner Sam’s father spoke of the family sword (made of valyrian steel) and how Sam will never wield it. Well, Sam took that sword with him, let’s see his dad go up against him!
We haven’t seen Walder Frey since the aftermath of the infamous Red Wedding and he is still looking for Brynden Tully (the Blackfish) who escaped death at the Red Wedding. On top of the Tully army retaking Riverrun, Frey’s power is waning: his alliances are breaking and the Brotherhood Without Banners have aligned with the Tullys and are rallying the people as well. Still Frey wants to send the Tullys a message, that’s when he brings out the Blackfish’s nephew Edmure Tully who has been a prisoner of the Lannisters.
This week in King’s Landing
Tommen talks to the High Sparrow and is granted an audience with the imprisoned Queen Margaery. Margaery seems to have been drinking Sparrow’s Kool-Aid and seems totally converted. Jaime brings the Tyrell army to confront the High Sparrow to stop Margaery from making the walk of shame and to free Loras, however Tommen announces an alliance between the faith and the crown, shocking everyone. Tommen then strips Jaime of his position as Hand of the King and sends him to assist Walder Frey in reclaiming Riverrun.
I don’t think we have ever seen Jaime get down right pissed but he was ready to get Bronn to tell him the names of some assassins and go all No Limit Soldier over the High Sparrow. Thankfully, his sister reminds him that King’s Landing is Lannister country and these people (expletive deleted) with the wrong siblings, they will have their day again.
So what’s up with Starks and danger?
Arya finally poisons the rum of the actress she was sent to kill but of course Arya has an actual conversation with the actress. Arya, who has admired the actress for some time decides to spare her life. The Waif, who has been Arya’s biggest opponent, tells Jaqen of Arya’s failure and he gives her permission to kill Arya.
What no one knows is that Arya picked up Needle, before heading to the temple and is waiting for The Waif. It’s going to be on, “Rumble in the Temple Style” for sure!
Poor Meera, still pulling a comatose Bran in the midst of a blizzard while being chased by wights. Bran finally disconnects from the Matrix and awakes in time for the wights to close in. Just as death is imminent, here comes a lone Night’s Watchman to save them. In the WTF revelation of the night it’s revealed to be Bran’s uncle Benjen Stark whom we haven’t seen since season one. Benjen reveals that the Children of The Forest saved him before he could be turned into a walker and the Three-Eyed Raven, whom he has a psychic link with, sent him for him.
Even death can’t stop the Stark Clan these days.
“You’re a Conqueror Daenerys Stormborn”
Daenerys rides with Daario and the Dothraki towards Meereen with Daario questioning Daenarys about her future plans. Daario tells Dany she isn’t suited to just sit on a throne but that she is a conqueror, Dany’s like, ‘Yeah, I know.’ and we see the most baddest moment of the night! Daenerys rides away from her people to return riding on Drogon and gives a speech that riles up her people and solidifies what Daario told her.
Westeros is not ready for the coming of Daenerys Targaryen.
This was a very solid episode, I give it 3.5 Dragons out of 5.
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