Warning: Huge spoilers for “Game of Thrones” season seven, episode six, “Beyond the Wall.” If you aren’t caught up on the series or the season, read at your own risk.
This week’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “Beyond the Wall,” was one of the most anticipated of the season.
After the amazing ending last week, we get to see Jon Snow and his team of Westerosi misfits go beyond the wall (hey, that’s the title of the episode!) to fight the dead and capture a wight to prove this threat is real.
In addition to the action in the far North, there’s trouble in Winterfell with the Stark sisters, Brienne heads to King’s Landing to reunite with Jaime, and Daenerys shows off a new coat, losing a child in the process.
Here’s our recap of “Beyond the Wall:”
Jon Snow, Tormund Giantsbane, The Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Gendry, and Jorah Mormont try to capture a wight.
The Dream Team catches a wight but loses Thoros of Myr, who gets bitten by the White Walker bear and freezes to death during the long stand-off. Beric uses his flaming sword to burn his body so he doesn't turn into a wight.
Before the showdown with the wights, Jon Snow sends Gendry back to Eastwatch to send a raven to Daenerys.
Longclaw has been in the Mormont family for centuries, but Jorah declines the offer. He says that it was given to Jon for a reason, and that he doesn't deserve it since he's considered a disgrace to his house for selling slaves.
Apparently Tormund is convinced that Brienne is into him, but, like The Hound, we think that he might be a little bit delusional.
Jon kills a White Walker with Longclaw, and with the killing blow all but one wight they're fighting instantly die. The Dream Team captures the remaining 'living' wight.
This pretty much proves that when a White Walker dies, all the dead they brought back die, too. So if the Night King is killed, the entire army of the dead dies -- or at least that's what we think.
Daenerys isn't interested in thinking to the future until she sits on the Iron Throne. But Tyrion brings up a good point: since she is unable to have children, who will take the throne when she dies?
It's something to think about, and possibly a hint that Jon Snow could be next in line since they're related. But for now, no one but Bran Stark and the audience knows that.
The Stark sisters just can't get along, and are too stubborn to realise that Littlefinger is playing them.
Littlefinger can't stop adding steps to his ladder of chaos, and he's added a big one by causing the Stark sisters to turn on each other. Arya can't get over the fact that Sansa, while a child in captivity, wrote a letter asking Robb to bend the knee to her 'beloved' Joffrey.
Arya is so stubborn that she doesn't give a chance for Sansa to explain herself. And Sansa is is so insulted by Arya's anger that she doesn't even try to. It's a little frustrating to see that Sansa turns to Littlefinger to later discuss the issue, when it's so clearly his doing.
All of this could be solved over a long dinner or a glass of wine. But alas, this is 'Game of Thrones,' and the Stark family can seemingly never be happy.
Next week, perhaps Bran can swoop in and use his Three Eyed Raven powers to tell his sisters to get over this distraction and expose Littlefinger's plotting. Why is Bran even letting this happen? He is in Winterfell and he knows the answers to literally everything. Come on Bran! Stop being creepy and help.
A raven arrives from King's Landing, asking for Sansa's presence in the capital. Sansa smartly refuses to walk into one of Cersei's traps, so she has Brienne of Tarth go on her behalf. Sansa knows that Brienne should be safe with Jaime Lannister there.
Without Brienne to protect her, we're a little bit worried about Sansa. The lords of the North could turn on her, in addition to her own sister. And while Littlefinger pretends like he's on her side, he created all this chaos for his little 'ladder.'
Tyrion doesn't recommend this. He thinks it's too risky, especially considering the Lannister army shot arrows at her before and she doesn't have armour or a succession plan. But Daenerys insists that she take the journey. She needs somewhere new to show off her new coat!
The next time we see Daenerys, she appears riding Drogon with Rhaegal and Viserion at her side breathing fire on the army of the dead surrounding Jon Snow and his companions. She saves everyone but Jon Snow, who seemingly sacrifices himself for the team so they can make a quicker escape without risking any more dragon lives.
Unfortunately one dragon, Viserion, doesn't survive, because the Night King throws his spear at him, causing him to fall from the air into the frozen lake. Maybe Qyburn can learn a thing or two from his successful weapon.
After Jon Snow pulls himself out of the water, the wights go after him. But out of nowhere, someone on a horse swoops in and saves Jon.
It's Uncle Benjen! Benjen gives Jon his horse, and sacrifices himself so his nephew can escape on his horse.
Weak and in bed, Jon tells calls Daenerys his queen. Viserion's death, along with the realisation the the threat of the Night King is real, has driven Daenerys to ally with Jon and promise the defeat of the being who killed her dragon.
In this scene, Daenerys also sees Jon's scars from when he got stabbed in the heart. So now she probably knows that he was literally willing to take a knife through the heart for his people.
In the beginning of the episode, we see that the White Walkers have a bear on their side, which is tough for Jon Snow and his companions to beat, and causes the eventual death of Thoros.
At the end of the episode, we see the Night King bring Viserion back to 'life' after pulling him from the lake, making the White Walkers and their leader an even bigger threat.
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