The following recap of Game of Thrones 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 in with our band of heroes from the end of last week’s episode marching forward to find a wight walker to take back to Cersei. Jon, Gendry, and Tormund are exchanging light hearted and witty banter. The gravity of their situation is clearly causing them to find ways to have a light spirit. During their chats, Tormund hints to Jon that maybe he should bend the knee to Dany, and points out how many people died for Mance Rayder’s pride.
Gendry is still upset that he was sold for his blood, but the Hound reminds him that he is still alive. The Hound basically accuses him of whining, and they move on.
Jon and Jorah share a moment where they both remember each other’s father. Jon attempts to give Longclaw back to Jorah since it belongs with a Mormont. However, Jorah reminds Jon that he essentially walked out on his family, and therefore he states that Jon deserves it more than he does. Jorah feels he brought shame upon his house, and therefore forfeited his right to the sword.
In Winterfell, Arya reminisces to Sansa about how their father knew Arya was meant to fight instead of being the proper lady she was supposed to be. Arya says that even though many times she knows she broke the rules, she knew it wasn’t wrong since she could see her father supported her. She then calls Sansa out on the note she found in Littlefinger’s room. Sansa tries to explain it was written under duress, but Arya couldn’t care less. She tells Sansa she is going to show the letter to the Lords of the North, who aren’t going to understand why Sansa would write to Rob asking him to swear fealty to the Lannisters. (OMG Arya stop being such a jerk. SERIOUSLY.. insert Tyra Banks “We were all rooting for you” gif here)
Back North of the Wall, the Hound and Tormund have a fun conversation. Tormund wonders why the Hound doesn’t like him, the Hound explains he hates gingers. Tormund doesn’t understand since gingers are kissed by fire like the Hound is. Then Tormund gushes about how much he loves Brienne. The Hound is taken aback by this. He doesn’t understand how Tormund has lived as long as he has considering how crazy he is. Tormund explains he just really good at killing people.
In Dragonstone, Danaerys talks to Tyrion about what she likes about him. She explains he isn’t a hero. Tyrion starts to talk about his battles, but Dany cuts him short. She doesn’t want Tyrion to be a hero because she feels heroes do stupid things. She’s clearly worried about Jon and whether or not he’s going to be safe. Danaerys is also worried about her meeting with Cersei. She feels she should go in with her dragons and her military. However, Tyrion doesn’t think Dany should resort to only using fear to assert her power. Dany questions Tyrion’s motivations for a moment, but Tyrion explains he just really wants to see Danaerys be the great and fair leader she wants to be herself. He wonders who will take her place once she passes on, but Dany shuts him down and says they will worry about that once she sits on the throne.
North of the wall our group of heroes is walking into a blizzard. They happen upon an undead bear that attacks them. Thoros is bitten in the chest, and Beric is forced to cauterize the wound with his flaming sword. It seems Thoros is going to be ok once the wound is cauterized, but that bear tore into him. I can’t help but feel there is more internal damage than a flaming sword can heal.
In Winterfell, Sansa is telling Littlefinger all about what Arya was telling her. Sansa doesn’t trust the Lords of the North since they seem to change their loyalties easily. Littlefinger helps in planting doubt in Sansa’s mind. He suggests that Sansa uses Brienne since she is honor bound to protect both of Catelyn’s daughters.
Our heroes in the North eventually run into a group of wight walkers. There are some generic ones but also a general. There is a short fight before the general is killed, and when it is, all the generic ones die except for one. They subdue the one that lives in order to bring it to Cersei. They think all is well, but are quickly surrounded by the thousands of other wight walkers who are marching to the south. Jon sends Gendry back to Eastwatch in order to get a raven to Danaerys about what is happening. As soon as Gendry is clear, our heroes realize they are on thin ice, and run to a rock in the middle of the frozen water they are standing on. The wight walkers surround them.
After we see Gendry make it back to the wall, we are cut back to our heroes who are still stranded on the rock in the middle of the frozen water. Thoros sadly succumbs to his wounds received during the fight with the bear. Jon and Jorah begin talking about their situation. They realize they don’t have long before the wights will attack. They also realize the reason why the wights died earlier is that they killed the wight that had turned them. They surmise that to win the entire war, they may only need to kill the Night King since technically they all stem from him.
In Winterfell, Sansa receives an invitation from Cersei to go to King’s Landing and meeting with her. Sansa decides to send Brienne in her place. Sansa says this is because she must stay in Winterfell, but honest I think it might be because she is trying to get rid of Brienne so Brienne can’t stop her from taking care of Arya. Brienne begs to stay behind, or at least to leave Podrick behind because Brienne doesn’t trust Littlefinger. Sansa won’t listen, however, and tells her to hurry since the trip will take Brienne a long time.
Against Tyrion’s pleading, Dany takes off to help Jon and friends. She has received the news sent by the raven, and she wants to help. Tyrion is worried about what could happen to her, but Dany will not hear him. She goes to Jon’s aide.
The Hound gets bored and begins throwing rocks at the wights. This proves to be a massively bad idea, as it causes the wights to move in and begin to attack. At first, it seems that our heroes are going to be overrun by the thousands of wights coming at them. However, just at the last minute, Dany literally swoops in with her dragons. The three dragons seem really overpowered against the wights. The Night King, however, retrieves one of the spears we always see him and his generals with and he hurls it at one of Dany’s dragons (I think it’s Viserion, so I will continue as if it was). The spear strikes Viserion and kills him almost immediately. Once Dany sees what has happened, she realizes she needs to get out of there. She gets all of the heroes on Dagon except for Jon. He is too far away and isn’t able to get on in time. Dany, even though she doesn’t want to leave Jon, is forced to fly away in order to save the two children she has left. She looks down and sees Jon taken under the icy water by some of the wights.
Jon is able to get free of the wights under the water and pulls himself up onto the ice. He thinks there is no way he will be able to fight off the other wights when he sees his Uncle Benjen coming to his rescue. Benjen puts Jon on his horse and tells Jon to get back to the Wall. We then see Benjen run back into the crowd of wights, no doubt to his death.
Dany is at the Wall waiting for Jon. She doesn’t think she will see him again, but she hopes. She has already lost one of her children and is not wanting to lose Jon as well. Right when she thinks all hope is lost, she sees Jon riding on horseback towards the Wall. As soon as he gets to the Wall, the Night’s Watch brings him in and get him into bed so he can heal.
In Winterfell, Sansa is looking through Arya’s room so she can get a better footing on what Arya is up to. She finds Arya’s bag of faces. Arya walks in and finds her and begins to ask Sansa some questions. She asks Sansa what Sansa thinks about Jon being the ruler in the North. All Sansa is interested in, however, is what the faces are. Arya sort of explains them, but Sansa still doesn’t understand. Arya tells Sansa she wants to know what it is like to be her and tells her that all Arya needs is her face in order to become her.
Dany watches over him and is clearly grateful Jon is alive. Jon awakes and apologizes for Dany’s loss. Dany is just glad Jon is ok, and she says she needed to see for herself what the wight walkers were. They share a moment, but Dany cuts it short as she knows Jon needs his rest. (clearly, those of us who ride this ship are getting our wishes, though. AND YES I know they are related, but I mean… that’s just the Targaryen way… right? DON’T JUDGE ME)
North of the Wall the wights are pulling Viserion out of the frozen water. The Night King walks up to the dead dragon and does the unthinkable. He turns him into a wight. The last thing we see is Viserion’s eyes opening and they are a bright blue.
OMG, I can’t BELIEVE they killed a dragon! Not to mention the fact that the wights now have control of a dragon. As a mother, I can’t believe how Dany must be feeling right now. I know she didn’t birth those dragons, but she did breastfeed them, which makes them MUCH more than pets to her. They are definitely her children. As a Dany/Jon shipper, I was happy to see the moment between them. I also think maybe the Night King could possibly be a Targaryen since he was able to turn Viserion into a wight. I could be wrong on that, but I really think it may be true. Lastly, what is up with Arya? She’s acting like a little brat and it feels out of line for her. I just don’t feel like the last 7 seasons have been leading to her acting like this. I thought she was more level-headed. Hopefully next week we will see her snap out of all this.
Game of Thrones can be seen on HBO and HBO Go on Sunday nights a 9PM ET.