Did you ever wonder what a Jason Bourne movie would be like if it starred teenage girls? Probably not, but it’s freaking awesome based on the final scene of this week’s Game of Thrones which featuring a thrilling chase between Arya and the girl trying to kill her. It’s tense, action-packed and if you didn’t cheer multiple times, then you are no one.
Elsewhere, Dany returned home, Varys and Qyburn are keeping mysterious secrets and the sexual tension between Jaime and Brienne reaches an all-time high.
Arya vs. the Waif
After being stabbed and running away, Arya is nursed to health by the woman she was once hired to kill, the actress Lady Crane. But by the end of the episode, the girl who stabbed her, the Waif, tracks her down and kills Lady Crane.
What follows is the brilliant chase scene through the streets of Braavos, with Arya jumping off a roof and falling down stairs while crashing into fruit baskets. It’s a wonderful sequence that culminates with Arya leading the Waif into an enclosed room. The Waif is ready to kill Arya, but our favorite Stark pulls out Needle and uses it to cut a candle, the only source of light in the room. All of that blind training is finally paying off.
In the House of Black and White, Jaqen follows a blood trail to the face of the Waif, cut off by Arya! Yes, Arya is done with all this crap. Jaqen insists that now she is No One. “A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell,” she responds. “And I’m going home.” Like Beyonce in Lemonade, she turns around and struts out like a boss. DO. NOT. MESS. WITH. ARYA. STARK.
A Truce in Riverrun
Brienne and Podrick arrive at Riverrun to ask the Blackfish for help, but find Jaime and his army instead. Podrick bonds with Bronn while Jaime and Brienne share some insane chemistry, talking about honor and promises. Brienne wants to go into the castle to ask the Blackfish to give up the castle if Jaime agrees to let the Tully army go free to fight with Jon Snow against the Boltons.
Jaime is on board, but the Blackfish isn’t. Jaime then goes to Plan B, having a chat with Edmure Tully about their sisters, Cersei and Catelyn. Jaime makes it very clear that he will do anything, including kill every single Tully, to get back to his sister.
In the end, Edmure surrenders, telling his men to stand down. The Lannisters take Riverrun, Brienne and Podrick escape in a boat and the Blackfish dies fighting (off screen).
Cersei Gets a Trial Date
The Faith Militant visit Cersei and want her to come with them. She refuses and for good measure, the Mountain literally rips a guy’s head off. It’s so cool that I’m almost willing to forgive him for crushing Oberyn’s skull.
Later Cersei visits the throne room where King Tommen is about to make an announcement. He sets a trial date for Cersei and Loras, but after what the Mountain did, Tommen bans Trial by Combat. Instead, Cersei and Loras will be judged by a jury of seven Septons. So much for her big plan.
In addition, Qyburn tells Cersei that his little birds have come back with some very interesting information that is much bigger than they first imagined, but we don’t get to find out what it is. Perhaps he’s finally heard about Tyrion joining forces with Daenerys.
Dany Comes Home
In Meereen, Varys leaves on a mysterious mission, searching for allies in Westeros. Is it possible he’s who Sansa Stark wrote to? If so, I’m not sure how much Varys can help defeat Ramsey Bolton.
Tyrion decides to get Missandei and Grey Worm drunk and forces them to tell jokes. It’s a funny scene, but it’s quickly interrupted when the masters attack Meereen. The city is under siege and Grey Worm vows to protect the pyramid. However, the day seems to be saved when Daenerys finally walks in the door. We see her dragon flying in the background, presumably destroying the masters’ ships.
The Hound Joins the Brotherhood
The Hound is on a killing spree, getting revenge for his friends who were slaughtered. However, Beric Dondarion, the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, found them first and wants to kill his own men for attacking an innocent septon.
It all works out nicely as the Hound bonds with Beric, the guy he fought and killed in a Trial by Combat. They ask him to join the Brotherhood because he’s an excellent fighter who can help get revenge and the war is yet to come. I’m still not sure where this is going, but in the inevitable war against the White Walkers, the Hound would be a big help.
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