The following recap contains massive spoilers (DUH). Please don’t read ahead unless you are perfectly ok with that fact or have seen the episode.
This week’s Game of Thrones begins with Edd asking Jon what his plans are since he is leaving the watch. As Jon and Edd are arguing about whether Jon should stay and help defend Castle Black against the walkers or not, Sansa arrives with Podrick and Brienne of Tarth. Jon can’t believe whom he is seeing, and they share a warm embrace. Later that day, Jon and Sansa talk about their regrets in regards to ever leaving Winterfell. Sansa also apologizes for how she used to treat Jon. Sansa tries to convince Jon to help her take back Winterfell. She says that the Wildlings owe Jon their lives, and that he should ask them for help. Jon, however, is resistant.
Ser Davos asks Melisandre what her plans are, now that Jon is leaving. She says that she will go wherever Jon commands her, since she now believes Jon to be the prince promised by the Lord of Fire. As Davos questions her further, Brienne approaches and awkwardly lets Melisandre know that she was the one who executed Stannis.
Petyr Baelish goes to visit Robin, who is now Defender of the Vale. Yohn Royce questions Petyr as to why Sansa was married to Ramsay Bolton, and not taken to the Fingers, like Petyr said was going to happen. Petyr informs Royce that they had been ambushed, and that someone must have notified the Bolton’s as to their presence. Petyr implies that Royce might be the one who informed the Boltons as to the plans with Sansa. Petyr, however (in his own slimy way), convinces Robin to forgive Royce and to give him one more chance to prove his loyalty. Petyr then informs Robin that Sansa has fled Winterfell and most probably is on her way to Castle Black to join Jon. He suggests that they send the army of the Vale in order to ensure her safety from the Boltons, and Robin agrees.
In Meereen, Tyrion has invited their enemies in order to find a diplomatic approach to their current arguments. Grey Worm and Missandei do not agree with Tyrion’s tactics, but at this point they have no choice but to go along with it. In the conference, the Masters still do not want to give up slavery. Tyrion proposes a different offer. Slavery will continue to be abolished in Meereen, however, in the other slave states, the masters will have seven years to abolish slavery completely. The slavers will also be compensated for their losses, but the Masters must cut off their support to the Sons of the Harpy. Missandei and Grey Worm are clearly displeased by this arrangement, but Tyrion makes it anyway. As Missandei, Grey Worm, and Tyrion are making their exit, they are approached by some of the freed slaves of Meereen. The Meereen citizens express their dissatisfaction that the Masters are being wined and dined in their city. Tyrion tries to explain that he is trying to find a diplomatic way to find peace with the enemies, but the citizens will not listen. The freedmen ask Missandei and Grey Worm what they think of the situation, and the duo, surprisingly, have Tyrion’s back. However, when our trio makes their exit, Missandei and Grey Worm make sure to let Tyrion know that they still do not completely agree with his decision.
Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis have found the city where Danaerys would have been taken. Jorah knows that Danaerys should have joined the Dosh Khaleen, but didn’t. As Jorah and Daario are preparing to enter the Sacred City, Daario sees the stoneskin on Jorah. Jorah tells him not to worry, and they proceed on their journey to save their Khaleesi. As they are sneaking through the city, trying to find Danaerys, they are attacked by two Dothraki. They are able to fight them off, however, and continue their search. They eventually happen upon Danaerys walking with another Khaleesi. Jorah wants to try to escape immediately, however, Danaerys wants to do more than that, and wants Jorah to help her.
The High Sparrow calls for Margaery, and asks her where she would go were she allowed to go free. Margaery replies by saying she would seek out her brother. However, the High Sparrow says that by seeking out her family, she would be seeking out sin. After telling Margaery about the moment when he became as devout as he is now, he takes her to see Loras, her brother. Loras is in a different cell and not doing well. Magaery tells him that he needs to stay strong, but Loras doesn’t know how. Loras doesn’t care if he is letting the militants win anymore; he just wants the torture to stop.
Cersei walks in on the Grand Maester counseling Tommen. Cersei makes it clear that she would prefer the Grand Maester to leave, and so Tommen commands it. After the Maester leaves, Cersei begins to try to convince Tommen to be harder on the High Sparrow. However, Tommen fears for Margaery’s safety. Cersei, though, as always, has a plan.
Cersei and Jaime approach Olenna Tyrell and Mace Tyrell to inform them of the new plan to take down the High Sparrow. Cersei says that the Tyrell army should come in and attack in order to get back the people whom the militants have taken. When Mace explains that he has promised that he will not attack the High Sparrow or his men, Cersei says that all he has to do is step down and allow the Tyrell army to take care of everything. It is a seemingly perfect plan that will take care of everything.
Theon Greyjoy arrives at his home in the Iron Islands. He approaches Yara, who can’t believe that Theon is still alive. Yara is upset that Theon would not go with her when she tried to save him. She questions why Theon returned to the Iron Islands at all, and eventually he explains that he wants to help her to gain rule over their homeland.
We are then taken to a quick scene where Ramsay kills Osha, giving us that much more reason to hate him. Seriously… why can’t Ramsay just be fed to someone’s dogs already? I won’t be satisfied unless they somehow learn how to hook someone up to an IV in this realm so that Ramsay can be kept alive while little bits of him are slowly cut off and fed to wild animals while he watches. Sorry… but I have very strong feelings about Ramsay.. now back to our regularly scheduled recap…
At Castle Black, Jon, Sansa, and others are eating lunch when a member of the Night’s Watch comes in with a message from Ramsay. Ramsay lets informs Jon that he has Rickon in his custody. He threatens Jon by saying that not only will he have his dogs eat Rickon, but will also allow his soldiers to take turns raping Sansa if he does not come to Winterfell. The Wildlinds agree to help Jon fight against him, and Sansa reminds him that if he only would ask the Northern families for help, that they would come to Jon’s side in a heartbeat.
Meanwhile, in the Sacred City, Khals are discussing the two dead Dothraki that were found in the streets. They call forth Danaerys in order to question her. She tells them that none of them are fit to lead the Dothraki, but that she is. They scoff at her remarks, and ask her why they would follow her. She tells them that they will not follow her, but will die, and then proceeds to burn the entire building to the ground. Being the mother of dragons that she is, though, she exits the building unscathed. The Dothraki witness this, and all take knee to their new Khaleesi.
This week was insane. So much happened, but I guess that is the case of almost every episode of Game of Thrones. The most impressive thing that happened, though, was that ending with Danaerys. She was so incredibly badass and fierce. The most upsetting scene was definitely the death of Osha. She had come so far and to have all of it destroyed by Ramsay, just makes me hope that his comeuppance will be that much more satisfying. We didn’t get any Arya updates this episode, but hopefully that just means that next week we will get an extra dose to make up for it. I guess we will just have to wait until next week to see.
Game of Thrones airs on HBO and simultaneously streams on HBO Go on Sunday nights at 9PM ET.