While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) dealt with the Blackfish (Clive Russell) in the Riverlands, it was up to Team Stark to recruit the Northern houses to their cause. But were Jon (Kit Harington), Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Davos (Liam Cunningham) enough to rally a rebellion? Is the High Sparrow catching on to Margaery’s ruse? And which long-gone character resurfaced with a newly ignited bloodlust?
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Check out all the “oh snap!” moments from “The Broken Man” below.
The countryside somewhere: The Hound lives! This is something book readers have been eagerly anticipating, and I’m grateful the show didn’t waste any more time before confirming the “resurrection.” You see, after Brienne severely injured Sandor Clegane, he was saved by Septon Ray, a.k.a. Ian McShane. A pacifist semi-cult leader, Ray believes the powers that be have a plan for the Hound, but the Hound would rather just live a quiet life away from all the drama.
Guess who proves to be right in the end?
If you guessed the Hound, you’re probably drunk. Go drink some coffee and eat a banana, because of course te Ray was right. After he gives his people a rousing speech about needing to be charitable, three shady dudes on horses show up and give off major bad vibes. And sure enough, the men later return to the camp while Sandor is away to hang the Ray and slaughter all his followers. When the Hound sees what happened, his Clegane bloodlust returns — and we can’t wait to see who he unleashes it on next.
King’s Landing: Margaery has backed herself into quite a corner. Now that she’s publicly declared her conversion, she has no choice but to do what the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) asks or else have her true intentions be exposed. So when the High Sparrow demands an heir and threatens her mother Olenna (Diana Rigg), Margaery convinces the Queen of Thorns to high-tail it back to Highgarden. If only the High Sparrow’s other request had such a simple workaround…
The North: Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) convinces the Wildlings to join Jon’s war, but unfortunately, convincing the former Stark bannermen isn’t nearly as simple. Team Stark’s first stop is House Mormont, where Jorah’s (Iain Glen) 10-year-old cousin, Lyanna, is in charge. You probably remember her as the girl who sent Stannis a sassy letter saying House Mormont only recognizes one King in the North whose name is Stark. This phrasing turns out to be quite important since Lyanna refuses to join Team Stark’s cause, citing the technicality that Jon is technically a Snow and Sansa is either a Bolton or a Lannister.
When Sansa and Jon can’t sway her, Davos steps forward and explains the Stark’s cause is far more important than the war for Winterfell; it’s about protecting all of humankind from the White Walkers. Lyanna finally gives in, but in a sad stroke of fate, it’s revealed she only has 62 men to help them. Welp, it’s still better than none, right?
Most of the other houses refuse, which Jon accepts because he’s terrible at confrontation and wants to respect everyone’s feelings or some other emo sh–. Sansa, however, knows that they’re going to need more men if they want to take down Ramsay, so she secretly sends a raven with a message. What that message is, and whom it’s for are things we’ll have to wait and see.
Riverrun: Bronn (Jerome Flynn)! Jaime’s second best best friend (Brienne obviously being the first) returns for the first time since those horrendous Sand Snakes scenes last season. Jaime has recruited Bronn to help him take down Catelyn’s brother, the Blackfish (Clive Russell), who’s taken back Riverrun from Walder Frey. But the Blackfish is no easy opponent. Even when the Frey forces threaten to kill Edmure Tully right in front of him, the Blackfish refuses to budge. Jaime attempts to strike a deal with the Blackfish, who claps back by giving him two options: attack or wait for them to starve to death in two years. Neither sound great by our standards, but I’m going to put my money on Jaime choosing the former.
Volantis: Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon (Alfie Allen) have made it to a whorehouse in Volantis where poor Theon has nothing to do but sit awkwardly and watch his sister suck on a prostitute’s breast. (Freud would have a field day with these kids.) When Yara peels herself away from the woman, she liquors Theon up and demand he return to his old self or kill himself. This horrible ultimatum somehow works and Theon is ready to return to the arrogant prick he was in Season 1 and track down Daenerys (Emilia Clarke).
Braavos: The Waif (Faye Marsay) sneaks up on Arya (Maisie Williams) and stabs her a whole bunch before tossing her into the canal. Because Arya is clearly some sort of cat, this doesn’t manage to kill her. She makes her way to shore and wanders the streets, clearly paranoid that every face she sees is secretly hiding the Waif underneath. (Reminder: Through all of this, Arya is bleeding from multiple gut wounds. If the gods are protecting anyone, it has to be her.)
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