I servered House Stark once. But House Stark is dead.
What follows contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, up through episode 6.07…
Things are about to get down right irresponsible in Westeros. But before we get to 6.08, let’s take a minute to talk about 6.07…
The Broken Man brought (pre-credits) the return of the assumed (but never verified) deadman Sandor Clegane, more commonly called ‘The Hound.’ When we last saw the Hound, Brienne of Tarth had just thrown him down the side of a mountain, and Arya Stark left him to die. Apparently she didn’t count on Al Swearengen coming by to nurse Sandor back to health. In his lone appearance on the show about “tits and dragons” Ian McShane played Brother Ray. A reformed soldier turned preacher, just trying to do some good in the world after a lifetime of misdeeds. This is Game of Thrones however, and he must be punished for his good deeds. Taking in the Hound, and then ignoring his warning, Brother Ray and his flock fall at the hands of the Brothers without Banners. Could this, along with several recent mentions of Lady Stark signal the impending debut of Lady Stoneheart? Either way, Sandor is out for blood.
Elsewhere in Westeros, House Tyrell is preparing for war, and Queen Margaery is still playing the faith. Her endgame isn’t entirely clear, but the note she passes to her grandmother confirms that apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. Lady Olenna’s talk with Cersei is less pleasant.
I wonder if you’re the worst person I’ve ever met.
We didn’t see Bran, Meera, and Benjen this week, but we did get to watch Jon and Sansa display a certain ineptitude in recruiting. Davos got them Bear Island and her 62 warriors, but it’s gonna take more than that to reclaim Winterfell and rescue Rickon.
The letter Sansa writes, one would have to assume is to Littlefinger, asking for the Knights of the Vale.
Some tough love, Iron Born style, looks to put Theon back on course, as the Greyjoy kids are moving towards the proposal of an alliance with the Dragon queen.
The main storyline though takes us to Braavos, where everyone’s favorite little murder machine books herself passage back home in hopes of exacting some more revenge. But alas, things do not go as planned, and young lady Stark is stabbed in the streets by the Waif.
Unable to trust the face of anyone around her, the young wolf is in trouble, but….
There is a theory that the Waif and Arya are in fact one person, ala Fight Club, and this is Arya’s mind forcing her to become No One…
NEXT WEEK; NO ONE (like the faceless men!)
One would certainly assume the final three episodes of the season will rain chaos, and it looks like Cersei and Jamie will be at the center of things in episode 8. The hope is that Brienne can convince the Blackfish to ride with her to aid Sansa in retaking Winterfell, though I can’t imagine the siege at River Run ending without bloodshed. Bronn seems a likely sacrifice here. Cersei on the other hand will no doubt sick her Mountain Monster on the faith militants, and for perhaps the first time ever, she’ll have the audience on her side.
My prediction is that we’ll see Brienne encounter Lady Stoneheart (or at the very least the Brothers) on her way back to Sansa. Maybe she’ll even run into the Hound again. Arya’s story can’t end in Braavos, that would just be bad storytelling, so expect to see her best her rival and board a ship.