I will start every one of these posts off with this warning about spoilers. There will be plenty of spoilers. Seriously, if you have not watched the episode, do not read this post. I will also be mentioning stuff from the books. These are not straight up recaps of episodes, nor are they reviews. I will just mention the stuff I liked/disliked and probably give some opinions about what could happen next.
This was definitely a setup episode. Not that it was bad or anything, but nothing major happened and yet you could tell that things are going to come to a head after this episode. I guess the writers figured we need a rest after last week.
-Arya is done with the Faceless Men. She decided not to kill the actress and by the end we see her digging out Needle and preparing herself for battle against the Waif, who was super excited about being right about Arya. That organization is a little screwed up. I would guess that with some of her new found skills, especially fighting blind, Arya will beat the Waif then head back to Westeros. It would be kind of cool if she was the one to find a way to kill FrankenMountain. Everyone assumes that the Faith Militant will use the Hound to fight his brother (oooohhh, you show people have no clue what I am talking about. Well the short of it is this: in the books, the Hound is not killed by Brienne, but he does die from some wounds, or at least that is how it appears when Arya leaves him. Brienne goes to an island where some members of the Faith live and she sees a giant man shoveling and the guy she is talking to says that “he is no longer the man he once was blah blah blah.” The clues are that she spotted the Hound, but that he has changed.), but wouldn’t it be cool if Arya was the one to somehow bring him down? Okay, probably not going to happen. I hope she at least kills Cersei.
-Sam and Gilly have the most awkward dinner ever with Sam’s father, Randyll Tarly. After dinner though, Sam decides to leave and take Gilly and little Sam with him. He then steals Heartsbane, the family’s Valyrian Steel sword. You know, one of the most valuable items in the world. You want to know how valuable? Tywin did not have one, but he would offer outrageous sums of money to families that did (especially poor families that still had one) and they would turn him down. Randyll is going to be pissed and he is probably going to come after Sam.
-The most action came from the arrival of a mysterious rider who saves Bran and Meera. I assumed this was the introduction of Coldhands, but instead he reveals himself to be Benjen Stark. He is now partially zombified, but the Children fixed him. Definitely sounds like Coldhands, so I wonder if that is what we will learn in the book (if it ever comes out)?
-The showdown between the Faith Militant and the Tyrell forces was amazing! Oh wait, it never happened. Instead, the High Sparrow told his soldiers to stand down and that Margaery will not do the walk of atonement. This confuses Jaime, but then the High Sparrow continues with something about the Crown and the Faith being interconnected and that someone else atoned for Margaery or something. Then Tommen comes out of the Sept and Jaime realizes what just happened. The High Sparrow maneuvered everyone into a position of his choosing. He now has the King.
-Daenerys makes a speech to her new khalasar. It was a good speech. Although, she definitely does not sound like the gentle queen who just wants to free people from slavery. She sounds more like Khal Drogo with all of her “you will tear down their stone houses and rape their women.” People of Westeros: be afraid. Oh and she did this whole speech while sitting on top of a dragon. SO AWESOME!
-Last thing, it looks like there will be something with the Mad King and his “burn them.” Weird how a character who was dead when the show started could come back to play a more significant role than anyone expected.