Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 10 Teases Fans with Released Finale Photos

Are you ready? I’m sure you are after an awesome battle in the previous episode here comes the finale. We are hoping that this series were not to end but somehow it should. The finale of Game of Thrones season 6 entitled The Winds of Winter. Though it's sad to see another season coming to a close, we're hyped for what looks like a fantastic episode. With director Miguel Sapochnik behind the camera once again he helmed last week's "Battle of the Bastards", fans can expect a stellar episode. Not to mention, the finale will clock in at 69 minutes totall a record length for the series.

Meanwhile just a few days to go and this season will officially came to an end they are always teasing us with the released photos for the upcoming episode check it out below.

Daenerys and Tyrion will discuss her entry to the "great game." We bet Daenerys will set sail for Westeros by the end of the episode.

Bran returns for the finale this image appears set somewhere north of the Wall. Will he make it to Castle Black? Odds are Benjen is going to drop Bran and Meera off with the Night's Watch.

Jaime, Bronn, and the Lannister army are leaving Riverrun. They're going to head for Walder Frey's castle at the Twins.

Jaime and Walder will likely celebrate the recapturing of Riverrun thanks to Jaime's manipulation of Edmure Tully.

Meanwhile, in King's Landing, Loras and Cersei will be tried for their crimes against the Faith of the Seven. If our guess is correct, this will be an explosive scene.

Davos is looking more angry than we've ever seen him. He wants justice for Shireen's death which means trouble for Melisandre. Can she even be killed though? This will be an interesting mediation session for Jon Snow, who owes his life to Mel.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 10 "The Winds of Winter" Season Finale Preview

Here comes the epic season finale for Game of Thrones Season 6 and lets chop ups the preview that was released by HBO a moment ago. Before we came into the preview of the upcoming season finally the previous episode of the show makes us moves in our seat with the two epic battles of the entire Game of thrones history.

First one is Daenerys against the Slave Masters and Sons of Harpy and the second one is the main even of the season episode the battle of the bastards namely Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton. Since the season 1 the house of start is in the devastating state after a long time finally in the season 6 the Stark children rises again it is really known to be the season of the Stark’s after they take back the Winterfell in the previous episode against the Bolton. Just a few Starks remains alive the battle is not ended yet and the enemies are everywhere and they should be careful and trust each other.

Last episode from Game of Thrones witnessed the greatest battle in the history of TV. Ramsay Bolton was all heavy on the Starks and their allies and they trapped them in a circle and they were all set to die until Lord Baelish showed with the force of Vale and cleared the Boltons.

Ramsay’s end was what he deserved and Sansa watching him eaten by his hounds was a strong sign that she has changed for good and now she isn’t going to show mercy on her enemies.

In this teaser Sansa asks Littlefinger what he wants and he replies that she must already know it. We have seen Littlefinger kiss Sansa and one theory is that he would ask her to marry him or he may ask for something else.

Other than this, the most important thing will be the judgement of Cersei, Margaery and her brother’s sins. As Cersei was really shocked by the statement Tommen gave which ended the process of Trial by Combat in the justice process.

Cersei facing the trial will be another epic thing. But she has The Mountain who is really deadly and a theory is running around that she will kill the High Sparrow and other followers along with Tommen.

In Meereen, Greyjoys are there and Daenerys has promised them the Iron Islands and in return they will agree to declare her the queen of the Seven Kingdoms. The attraction and affection between Daenerys and the Greyjoy girl was just astonishing.

In the finale we will also see Ser Daavos telling what Melisandre did to the daughter of Stannis and the big question is if she will be summoned to death or not. Ser Daavos came to know about it in the 9th episode when he found the wooden horse he gave to the little girl.

Bran would be seen again after a long time. Lets see if he has become better or he still plays with his vision. Remember his vision led to the death of Hodor which was the most emotional moment in GoT history.

Lets just hope that the finale of Game of Thrones Season 6 will leave us speechless and with some cliffhangers for the next season.

Rip Off: Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 Battle of the Bastards

In the Game of Game of Thrones, battles are our Christmas. Having a character in a battle is a minimum of 50 points; having multiple characters in a battle can double your score for the season. But can you put a price on sucking? Say there was a character in Game of Thrones a character who got lots of kills, a character who even made that rare "coming back from the dead" score, a character who has taken up plenty of screen time this year. If he mega sucks, does he still win the Game? How sweet can that victory be?

After the previous episode, “No One,” triggered disappointment for many fans over some of the narrative choices a severely wounded Arya running and jumping through Braavos, the Blackfish reportedly being killed off-screen, Dany showing for a quick scene in Meereen, anticipation for “Battle of the Bastards” only grew. Surely, this was going to be the episode of the season: a showdown between the resurrected Jon Snow, backed by thousands of Wildlings and a smattering of Northern houses, and the sadistic monster Ramsay Bolton, with his elite forces and the support of several powerful noble families. The fate of the North at stake. Sansa Stark within arm’s length of vengeance. Several important characters in peril. A fight for the ages — on “Game of Thrones,” at least directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed “Hardhome,” the epic, combat-loaded best episode of last season.

So, was “Battle of the Bastards” everything it was supposed to be? Well, before we get into that, we should talk about the dragons first.

Surprisingly, the entire episode wasn’t set in the North of Westeros, as many had expected. Rather, it begins in Slavers Bay, where Meereen is under attack by the slave masters, and Tyrion’s deal with them is under intense scrutiny from the freshly returned Daenerys Targaryen. He defends it fairly well, but Dany just wants to burn all her enemies down. She’s got a look of regal madness in her eyes, even as Tyrion warns her of how her father, the Mad King of Westeros, sought to burn down Kings Landing with vast stores of wildfire.

She relents, for a moment at least. Dany, Tyrion and crew parley with the masters, who demand all kinds of things. Dany isn’t taking it, though. “My reign has just begun,” she says, as Drogon swoops in and perches beside his mother. She climbs aboard and together they soar off while her other two dragon babies follow hot on their heels. Slaughter continues in the streets of Meereen, but then the Dothraki army swarms in and butchers the Sons of the Harpy. The dragons set the masters’ fleet ablaze, Tyrion and Grey Worm give the masters’ negotiators their final marching orders, and, like that, last week’s abrupt and awkward ending is forgiven.

With that settled, it’s time to move on to the bastards. Before the battle, another talk. Ramsay and his backers ride to negotiate with Jon and Sansa. “Get off your horse, kneel,” Ramsay says. “I’m a man of mercy.” In return, Jon offers to fight him one-on-one in a bid to prevent the slaughter of thousands. Ramsay doesn’t take the bait, though. Instead, he taunts them with Shaggydog’s head, a reminder that he has Rickon Stark, the youngest of the family. “You’re going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep well,” Sansa tells Ramsay before she rides off.

Now for strategy. It’s these quiet moments where “Game of Thrones” builds the foundations for the explosive set pieces. Jon Snow shakes off his case of the post-resurrection blues for a bit, and he even shares some quips with Tormund Giantsbane. He’s reasonably confident heading into this fight, but Sansa warns him about how Ramsay is wickedly clever, how he can see traps coming from miles away and how he’s the one who sets traps. Sansa is also ready to concede Rickon’s life because she expects Ramsay to kill him no matter what. She also warns Jon that she won’t go back to Ramsay alive. He vows to protect her, but she delivers perhaps the most devastating line in “Game of Thrones” history: “No one can protect me.”

Tormund and Davos share a fantastic scene, too, where they consider the wages of believing in kings. “Maybe that was our mistake,” Davos concedes. Ah, but Jon Snow isn’t a king. That reminder brings a glimmer of a smile to both their faces before Tormund goes to drink and Davos goes to take a long, thoughtful walk before battle.

Then it’s time for Jon to catch up with Melisandre. He orders her not to bring him back again if he falls in battle. She says she takes orders only from the Lord of Light, and that she might have to bring him back if the god demands it. Then again, maybe he brought Jon back just to die again, she allows. “What kind of god would do that?” Jon asks. “The one we’ve got,” she answers, perhaps not in the most hopeful tone.

Out on his walk, meanwhile, Davos comes across a scene of a burning. It’s where Shireen Baratheon, his only true friend in the whole world, was burned to death. Just as he realizes what horror she went through, the horns sound. It’s time for battle.

But hold on a second, we’re back to Meereen, where Yara and Theon Greyjoy stand before Dany and Tyrion, who remembers just how mean Theon was to him. On the other hand, Dany and Yara hit it off, as they’re both hardcore women with designs on taking thrones in Westeros. There are 100 ships from the Iron Fleet, and they’ll go along with whatever ships are left from the masters. Why shouldn’t Dany decide to go with Euron Greyjoy, however? Yara quickly knocks down that question by saying he would want to marry her. Dany is bringing a different vision to Westeros, and that means listening to requests for independence, particularly Yara’s. In exchange, Yara, as leader of the Iron Islands, agrees to back Dany’s claim and give up the Ironborn way of acting like glorified pirates.

Okay, now it’s back to Westeros. There’s an eerie calm over the battlefield. Jon, his giant and his Wildling forces look out to see burning crosses adorned with flayed bodies. Beyond that, Ramsay’s forces line up, Winterfell at their back. Ramsay rides to the front of the lines, leading Rickon by a rope. He brandishes a blade, holds it aloft, and then cuts his ropes. “You like games, little man? Let’s play a game,” he tells Rickon. He orders the poor kid to run across the battlefield. As he prepares to fire an arrow at Rickon, Jon rashly mounts his horse and rides out to collect his little brother. You can’t help but think that this is what Ramsay wanted all along. Just as Jon is about to reach him, an arrow pierces the boy’s heart. Now the leader of what remains of House Stark’s hopes has seen enough. He charges forward while the Bolton forces unleash their first arrows.

Snow’s forces charge, and it’s on. Jon loses his mount along the way, and it’s all going as Ramsay had planned. You really know nothing, do you, Jon Snow? The Bolton forces charge, and Jon draws Longclaw. It looks like the bastard of Winterfell’s last stand, but then his cavalry slams into the Bolton army, and he’s spared a trampling. Ramsay orders his archers to fire, even if it puts his soldiers at risk, while Davos declines to do the same on his side. Whose strategy will pay off?

Carnage is everywhere, and Jon Snow cuts down all comers. Men are slaughtered left and right, horses fall, mud flies, blood spurts, heads are smashed, hearts are pierced. There are literally mountains of bodies, but the fighting isn’t done. Davos and the meager Snow reinforcements charge, and then Ramsay sends in a phalanx, which surrounds Jon, Davos, Tormund and the rest of the fighters. The Bolton forces inch in with their shields and spears, and its a methodical slaughter. More men climb over the mountain of bodies.

Snow’s forces then refuse to take it, and they push back. More blood spurts, guts are spilled. Snow’s giant rips a man in two. There’s no place to fall back to, though, so Tormund orders his men to rush the mountain of bodies and fight their way out that way. Jon is in the process of being trampled as Tormund faces what looks like his fate. All appears lost. Jon finally rises to the top of the sea of bodies and observes a hopeless scene.

Then, a horn sounds. It’s Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale, and it looks like they’re pulling a Gandalf and Eomer at the end of “The Two Towers.” Sansa bailed out Jon with her letter to Littlefinger, and the rout is on. The Vale forces mow down the Bolton forces.

Now Ramsay stands nearly alone, and Jon Snow, having emerged from the pit of death spies him. Ramsay turns tail, so Jon, Tormund and the giant pursue him to Winterfell. Ramsay is prepared to wait out a siege, but you can’t do that when there’s a giant knocking down your gate. He knocks it down but he just has too many arrows in him to live, but he did his job in the grand scheme of things. Snow’s men storm Winterfell, while Jon witnesses the giant’s death thanks to Ramsay’s arrow.

Now they stand face to face. It’s time for that one-on-one battle Jon asked for. After fending off Ramsay’s arrows, Jon pounds his face in over and over again, but he decides to leave him there as Sansa looks on.

Again, the Stark banners fly at Winterfell, but all is not happy. Jon orders Rickon buried in the crypt, next to their father, Ned Stark. Sansa, meanwhile, wants to have one more confrontation with Ramsay Bolton, who is bloodied and bound to a chair behind bars in the kennel where he keeps his dogs. She hears his taunts his “Hello, Sansa” sounds an awful lot like Hannibal Lecter’s “Hello, Clarice” but then she informs him that everything about him will disappear. Just then, his hounds creep out of their cages. He had been starving them for days to prepare them for the battle’s aftermath, and hunger trumps loyalty. The hounds tear him apart which many fans had hoped for while Sansa looks on and then turns away, a faint smile on her lips.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Game Of Thrones Season 6 Spoilers: What To Expect From Battle Of The Bastards And Winds Of Winter

Time is running out on Game of Thrones Season 6 with only two episodes remaining before fans have to spend months speculating about the fate of Westeros. HBO has been even more secretive than usual about both the penultimate episode and the season finale, but there are plenty of storylines that need to be advanced before the curtain falls on this season.

The broad strokes in Game of Thrones Season 6, episode 9, “Battle of the Bastards,” are easier to predict than those in the finale. The episode title and trailer point to the highly anticipated fight between House Bolton and Ramsay Bolton on the one side and House Stark and Jon Snow on the other side. Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have called the coming battle the show’s biggest yet as the two forces fight for control of the North. Adding to the attractiveness of the installment is the news that director Miguel Sapochnik, who helmed the excellent “Hardhome,” directed “Battle of the Bastards.”

House Stark is not in a position of strength. Its army is limited to the Wildlings, a few men from House Mormont and a smattering of troops from a few minor houses. The Vale’s army is at the side of Petyr Littlefinger Baelish while House Manderly is absent. Reinforcements from House Tully are not coming in the wake of Jaime Lannister successfully ending the siege of Riverrun.

Sansa Stark’s fear of losing the battle led her to send a raven to somebody, so there should be some resolution about the identity of the recipient. It’s likely she sent a letter to Littlefinger explaining her predicament and how he was supposed to protect her. Sansa knows Littlefinger has an ulterior motive, but probably figures it is best to deal with that after House Bolton is defeated.

Ramsay must be feeling pretty confident. He defeated Stannis Baratheon in battle; killed his father, Roose Bolton, to seize power; and has an important hostage in Rickon Stark. It’s been a long time since so many Starks have been in the same location, but it’s uncertain whether Rickon will reunite with his older sister and Jon.

It’s hard to see Jon losing the battle against Ramsay, but there could be a few sad deaths along the way. Davos Seaworth and Melisandre also will be at the scene. And if you can’t wait until Sunday, there are some spoilers out there that reveal what could be the entire timeline of the confrontation.

It’s possible “Battle of the Bastards” could focus on one particular location, much like the “Blackwater” episode in “Game of Thrones” Season 2. The huge fight would wrap up the North storyline, and the installment may even have some time to focus on the White Walker threat or what’s happening at Castle Black.

With the North out of the way, the extended “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale can spend its time in King’s Landing and Meereen, wrapping up the storylines there. Cersei Lannister can’t choose trial by combat, which could lead to some desperate decisions in “The Winds of Winter.” Her aside with Qyburn (Anton Lesser) about what his little birds have learned could involve hidden stores of wildfire throughout King’s Landing. Cersei could use that to destroy the Great Sept of Baelor, but there could also be some unintended consequences of such a plan. Knowing Cersei, anticipate plenty of violence and death. And knowing “Game of Thrones,” expect the possibility of a shocking death taking place to close out the season.

Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen is back in Meereen with her dragon, Drogon. With the Great Masters attacking the city from ships, the Sons of the Harpy are probably doing the same within its walls. However, Daenerys recruited a Dothraki army to combat her foes. With this threat out of the way, it could set up her plan to travel to Westeros. Theon Greyjoy, Yara Greyjoy and a fleet are in nearby Volantis, so they could also make an appearance in the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale. As for Euron Greyjoy, he may just have to wait to do anything of importance until next season.

With the three major storylines out of the way, that would leave Jaime, Arya Stark and Samwell Tarly, as well as Dorne. Jaime could arrive at King’s Landing in the aftermath of Cersei’s wildfire plan. Arya may have had her last scene this season already, although there could be a brief cameo appearance showing her in a new city. And Sam may have to wait until “Game of Thrones” Season 7, when the White Walkers become a big threat to Westeros. Dorne hasn’t been seen since the first episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 6, so it could be nice to bookend the season with a Dornish appearance.

It’s unclear what happens next with Sandor “The Hound” Clegane and the Brotherhood Without Banners. A fight between the Hound and Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane is unlikely to happen in “Game of Thrones” Season 6. But with the reappearance of the Brotherhood Without Banners, many fans have speculated Lady Stoneheart will finally be seen somewhere around the Riverlands.

A visit to the Tower of Joy would be a great way to end “Game of Thrones” Season 6. Bran Stark is safe with Benjen Stark, which could lead to another flashback to the moments after a young Ned Stark and Howland Reed killed Arthur Dayne. The young Ned could find a dying Lyanna Stark who has just given birth to Jon Snow.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 “ Predictions that might happen in Battle of the Bastards

The previously-aired episode 8 of "Game of Thrones" Season 6 may have been a little too slow and inconsequential, but you can rest assured the two final episodes of the season will be bloody and amazing. The Game of Thrones season 6 episode 9, "Battle of Bastards," should already have you getting the snacks ready for a night in on Sunday, June 19.

Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton finally face off: After much animosity, the two bastards will finally face each other in an epic battle. Fans are waiting to see their beloved Jon Snow kill the widely-hated Ramsay, to finally prove that even in the unfair world of "Game of Thrones," there is some form of justice.

Littlefinger saves the day: Even with every soldier that has promised to fight with Jon Snow to help Sansa win the North, the army does not stand a chance against Bolton's army. However, the master manipulator, Littlefinger, may step in and save the day after he receives the secret letter Sansa sent him. The Telegraph has revealed what was written in the letter:

"You promised to protect me. Now you have a chance to fulfill your promise. [The Knights] of the Vale are under your command. Ride [north] for Winterfell. Lend us your aid and I shall see to it that you are."

Two major deaths: "Battle of Bastards" is expected to see two bloody deaths, and while we might assume it could be the two titular bastard Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, a reliable prediction says that it will be the young King Tommen and Rickon Stark that will meet their maker.

Exclusive focus on the battle for the North: As is the tradition for episodes that focus on major wars like "The Watchers of the Wall" and "Blackwater," many fans have predicted that the "Battle of Bastards" will also be solely shot at the location of the war.

Sansa will finally her revenge: Sansa has been patiently waiting to make Ramsay pay for everything he has done to her. Fans are predicting, or at least hoping, that she will get to kill him in the battle.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 9 “ The Battle of The Bastards” Preview

It's the battle viewers have been waiting for and Game of Thrones Season 6 Jon Snow will take on notoriously hated Ramsay Bolton in the ninth episode of the new series. Coming face to face for the first time in the 'Battle of the Bastards', Ramsay is seen with that creepy smile in place as he stares his opponent down.

And Jon sparks worry among fans early on, as he tells Melisandre ahead of the fight: "If I fall, don't bring me back." The battle for Winterfell between House Stark and House Bolton has been brewing for weeks, as Jon desperately attempts to gather enough troops.

It's unclear how some of the major characters of the show will fare, but a bloodied Ser Davos is seen looking shocked and wounded in the new footage. Jon may have the smaller army, but it's likely Littlefinger will bring the Knights of the Vale, while the Tullys are also expected.

Meanwhile, the last episode - which aired last night - saw Arya on the run and The Hound return. At the end of last week's episode we saw her stumbling through the streets after getting stabbed in the stomach by The Waif and then barely getting away.

And this week we find her hiding in the dressing room of Lady Crane - the actress she saved the life of a couple of weeks ago. By fortunate happenstance, Crane is a dab hand at patching up stab wounds and soon has Arya on the mend.

Arya explains her plan to quit Essos, and head overseas. "What's west of Westeros?" She wants to go find out. Alas, quitting Assassin School isn't that easy, and soon the Waif shows up to finish the job she started last week.

After butchering Lady Crane, she takes off after Arya who has jumped out of a window. The little Stark is doing some pretty vigorous exercise for someone who must have quite a few stitches in her abdomen. But The Waif chase her down like something from The Terminator, and before long Arya is bleeding heavily again. The chase ends up in the darkened room where Arya has been hiding out, and she manages to pick up old sword Needle as her nemesis closes in.

We don't get to see the fight but she seems to have won pretty decisively. Next thing we know, she's back in the hall of faces pointing her sword at Jaqen H'ghar, and the Waif's bloody face is up on the wall. "Finally a girl is no one", he tells her. But she's given up on her assassin dreams now. She's Arya Stark, she tells him, and she's going home. Maybe she'll get back in time to take Ramsay Bolton's face off during the big battle next week.

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 8 “No One “ Recap

This week’s episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 was full of welcome reunions, although they were mostly fraught with sadness, desperation, violence and urgency. After last week everyone wondered not only what happened to Arya, but whether that was Arya at all who was stabbed by the Waif on the bridge. It was indeed, and apparently she has the healing power and endurance of Marvel Comics mutant Wolverine. Okay, maybe that’s an extreme comparison, but she bounces back from a vicious stabbing fairly well for a young adult.

Good thing she has some a friend in Braavos, too. Arya shows up bleeding and desperate in actress Lady Crane’s dressing area. The actress is good enough to tend to the young Stark’s wounds and offers her a place with the troupe before giving her a sip of milk of the poppy and sending her off to sleep.

Over in Westeros, Arya’s former partner in the fugitive life, the Hound, hunts down the bandits who slaughtered Brother Ray and his devoted following. Not only is he as brutal as ever with an ax, he offers some cutting snark as he chops down some of the Brotherhood Without Banners. The only one missing is the fellow with the yellow cloak, aka Lem Lemoncloak. The Hound hunts again.

In Meereen, the former slave city is again thriving as the Red Priests and Priestesses rally the common folk to Daenerys, spreading the word that she’s divinity made flesh, the Chosen One. We also learn that Varys is to leave soon on an expedition of some mysterious nature. It’s a shame that we didn’t get more of Varys and Tyrion together, although this last bit we see in the streets of Meereen is both funny and poignant. Here’s hoping they come together again. But for now, we have Tyrion’s comically awkward interactions with Missandei and Grey Worm, neither of whom are particularly good at drinking or joking, but they give it a good-natured go. Before things can get too weird, though, a fleet shows up. “The Masters have returned for their property,” Missandei says, ominously.

At Riverrun, instead of partings, there are reunions. Podrick Payne and Bronn have an entertaining exchange, which shows that Brienne still hasn’t quite trained Pod well enough in the martial arts. In Jaime’s tent, meanwhile, Brienne and the Kingslayer parley — and offer a sharp but funny recap of the tortuous history of the Tullys, Starks, Freys and Boltons. Brienne offers Jaime a deal: Allow the Blackfish and his men to ride north and aid Sansa against Ramsay Bolton, and Jaime can take back the castle for King Tommen. Jaime is dubious — when isn’t he? — but he grants her a chance to bring this deal home. Just as it looks like they’ll part as friends, with Jaime letting her keep his sword for good, Brienne warns him that she will fight for the Blackfish against the Lannister forces, because of honor.

The Blackfish, as expected, isn’t so keen on this deal, even after reading Sansa’s plea. If Jaime wants the castle, he can take it just like anyone else would — by force, or by protracted siege. The development crushes Brienne, but honor also binds her to inform Sansa that she’s failed. On the other side of things, Jaime visits with Ser Edmure Tully in a bid to talk him into some sort of deal. Edmure may have enjoyed the relative comfort Jaime gave him — clean clothes and food — but he’s not buying what Jaime’s selling. In fact, he insults the Kingslayer’s honor, asking him how he can even live with himself. Jaime’s used to it, though, so he fires back by talking about how he admired the late Catelyn Stark, how she’d do anything for her children. Cersei has the same quality, and he’ll do anything for her. That’s when he gets down to brass tacks. He threatens to send for Edmure’s baby son and catapult him into the castle. “If I have to slaughter every Tully to get back to, then that’s what I’ll do,” he tells the broken Edmure.

In turn, Edmure is allowed to approach Riverrun and request entry since he is the rightful lord of that castle. The Blackfish demands the men ignore Edmure’s request, but the men are dutybound to Edmure. The Blackfish knows it’s a trap, but the knights are too honorable, and so they lower the drawbridge. It’s a big risk for Jaime. Edmure could easily just take over and fight back. However, he does just as Jaime wants: he orders total surrender and the gates lowered. What’s more, he orders the Blackfish found, chained and delivered to the Freys. Below the castle, meanwhile, the Blackfish escorts Brienne and Pod to an escape boat but insists on staying to fight. “I haven’t had a proper swordfight in years. I’ll probably make a damn fool of myself,” he says before dashing off to look for trouble. Jaime had hoped to see him, but instead he is informed that the elder Tully died fighting.

It’s then that Jaime sees a boat making its way down the river. It’s Pod and Brienne making their escape. Instead of ordering his men to track them down, he waves a wistful goodbye.

In King’s Landing, the Sparrows try to compel Cersei to come see the High Sparrow, but the Mountain gets in the way. When Cersei’s cousin and former lover Lancel tries to push her with threats of violence, she unleashes her massive guard, who promptly removes the head of one of the militants. The Clegane brothers are all about decapitating people in this episode. Meanwhile, King Tommen decrees that there will no longer be trials by combat, declaring them brutish and unbecoming of the fate. This takes Cersei’s trump card away from her — who could topple the Mountain in a trial by combat, after all? The Red Viper of Dorne almost did it — but he ended up with a crushed skull when he started taunting. Now Cersei is considering a mysterious nuclear option. It’s not clear what Qyburn is talking about when he mentions the rumor she ordered him to investigate, but perhaps he’s talking about a vast store of wildfire under the capital. Would Cersei burn it all down? Reminder: Bran Stark has likely foreseen such a holocaust.

A city does burn in this episode, but it is Meereen, which is under attack by the slavers. They need help, badly. Just in time, the queen arrives with Drogon. Unfortunately, we don’t see what happens. We may have to wait until the season finale to see how Drogon handles business because next week looks like it’ll be dedicated mainly to the Battle of the Bastards.

Catching up with the Hound, he comes across the Lightning Lord Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr. The Brotherhood Without Banners is about to hang Lem Lemoncloak and co-conspirators. Turns out they were acting as solitary bandits when they butchered Brother Ray’s congregation and not on behalf of the Brotherhood. The last time the Hound met the Lightning Lord and Thoros of Myr, the Clegane brother killed Dondarrion in a trial by combat, but Thoros brought him back.

They allow the Hound to kill two of them by hanging. It’s not his ideal execution, but he’ll take it and the Lemoncloak’s boots while he’s at it. After the hanging, the Hound breaks bread with the Brotherhood, and Beric and Thoros try to enlist him to join them as they prepare for the winds of winter. Their pitch is essentially what Brother Ray was telling him, except they want him to be violent only in the name of good.

Back in Braavos, Arya continues to sleep while Lady Crane tends to her. An unexpected guest arrives: the Waif, at first disguised as a boy, brutally murders Lady Crane. Once that brutal bit of business is done, Arya wakes to again face off with her rival, although this time Arya takes off and hits the bricks in the streets of Braavos. But she can’t keep the Waif at bay for long. She leaps into the fruit market, where she knocks over a bunch of oranges — perhaps an homage to “The Godfather,” where oranges often served as an omen of death? Arya’s wound reopens, and she is leaving a trail of blood for the Waif to follow.

Once in her hiding spot, Arya grabs needle and squares off against the Waif, but as her foe makes a move, Arya extinguishes the candle and takes her chance. It pays off. There’s a new, bloody face in the Hall of Faces at the House of Black and White, which attracts the attention of Jaqen H’ghar. He turns to find Arya standing there with Needle pointed toward his chest. “A girl has finally become No One,” he says. “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and she’s going home,” Arya answers. Instead of trying to kill her, though, Jaqen beams as Arya runs off to fulfill what she believes is her destiny.

Was Arya simply baiting the Waif the whole time, and did she get hurt worse than she expected? Here’s hoping she can heal well on the way back to Westeros, because she suffered some pretty nasty wounds in the meantime. “Game of Thrones” is a fantasy show where people are resurrected from the dead and assassins change their faces on a whim, but Arya shaking off all those injuries is a bit of a stretch, no?