Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 8 Review : No One

This week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” 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.

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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.

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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 [Cersei], 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.

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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.

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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?

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 46 Review : Vegeta Saved By Monaka

Vegeta does not have time as he would disintegrate/vanish if Goku fails to beat Copy Vegeta. “Dragon Ball Super” episode 46 marks the conclusion of the fillers and showcases shots from the upcoming Future Trunks arc.

The episode begins with Goku and Copy Vegeta powering up mid-air and start the fight. Meanwhile, both Copy Vegeta and Vegeta make fun of Goku for being weak.

Later, Goku uses the short teleportation technique to dodge the attacks. Elsewhere, when Goku attacks the opponent, Vegeta takes a shot at Copy Vegeta for not being able to dodge the attack.

Trunks and Goten are worried about Vegeta and Trunks scream at Goku to finish the fake one. Potage gives the pacifier to Vegeta and says that by using it, he will have more time. Jaco finds it funny and takes out his camera to click Vegeta’s picture with the pacifier in his mouth. Unfortunately, the battery in his camera has died.

Later, Potage explains that by destroying the nucleus of Superhuman Water they can beat it. Trunks asks why Potage did not reveal this before.

Potage, Trunks, Goten and Jaco go after the Superhuman Water. Meanwhile, Goku and transforms into his Super Saiyan Blue form and to everyone’s surprise, Copy Vegeta also transforms into the SSB form.

They continue to battle. Later, the Superhuman Water tries to go after Trunks and Vegeta tries to save him by fusing himself with the water. It is a heart-warming scene and at one point it looks like Vegeta will die.

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However, Monaka, accidently, steps on the nucleus of the Superhuman Water and defeats it. Goku ends the battle with a massive beam attack and Copy Vegeta perishes.

Goku is convinced that Monaka is a strong being. Towards the end of “Dragon Ball Super” episode 46, we see shots of Future Trunks running. The new arc begins next week on “Dragon Ball Super.”

 

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Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 7 Review : The Broken Man

Last week, Game of Thrones re-set its feet, caught its breath and followed up with some characters, such as Arya Stark, Margaery Tyrell and Samwell Tarly, whose dragon- and White Walker-free story lines needed attention and forward momentum. Now, with the sixth season working through its latter half, it’s time to pick up the pace again, and that means narratives must collide.

But first, there is some other old business to tend to. This week’s episode didn’t even jump right into the opening credits sequence. Rather, we see Ian McShane, in his much-ballyhooed guest appearance, leading the construction of some sort of tower, apparently a sept. The actor had said he would be instrumental in bringing back a beloved character thought dead, and he was right. Lugging some pretty big lumber around is none other than the Hound, Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), whom Brienne of Tarth nearly beat to death at the end of season 4. He seems to have a new lease on life, chopping wood and working with vigor. That said, he’s still a bit prickly, and he chooses to sit alone during meal times. McShane’s holy man character, however, tries his best to break through to him. “What kept you going,” he asks the Hound. “Hate,” the jaded warrior replies.

The holy man, who merely believes there’s something bigger and isn’t prepared to say that any one religion is correct, wants to save the Hound. Clegane, of course, scoffs at this idea, but the holy man, named Ray (of light, eh?), reminds him that he’s already been punished for his sins in the brutal beating he took from Brienne.

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With the concept of salvation floating in the air, the show cuts to Queen Margaery reading from a holy text while the High Sparrow comes to poke and prod at her, perhaps still skeptical of her conversion. The Sparrow also wonders why the queen hasn’t served her duty in her bed with Tommen. In other words, she must produce an heir for this new holy monarchy. She doesn’t need to have desire, the Sparrow tells her, as a pious man of power would do to a woman he views merely as a vessel. He also makes a point of reminding Margaery that her grandmother, the Queen of Thorns, is a sinner who must be converted. If Margaery is acting and playing a larger game, she’s selling it very well. Lady Olenna doesn’t seem to get this until the queen tells her to leave and gives her a hard stare — and apparently places something in the elderly noblewoman’s hand , under the nose of the septa who follows Margaery around. It’s a note. Rather, it’s a doodle of a flower, reflecting the Tyrells’ noble sigil.

Before Olenna leaves, Cersei pays her a visit to find some common ground. “I wonder if you’re the worst person I’ve ever met,” the Queen of Thorns spits back at the Queen Mother, who continues to press her message of Lannister-Tyrell unity. Olenna breaks it down for her in simple terms, ticking off everything that’s lined up against Cersei. “You’ve lost,” she says, urging her to leave King’s Landing. Even after everything she’s been through, Cersei is certain she’s in the right, and Lena Headey conveys the Queen Mother’s bitterness with a spiky grace.

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As for Jaime, Cersei’s brother and lover, he’s off on a mission. His job? Treat with Brynden “Blackfish” Tully, who has retaken his family’s castle, Riverrun. The Freys are there, threatening to kill the Blackfish’s nephew, Edmure, if he doesn’t yield. “Go on, then, cut his throat,” the Blackfish dares him. That’s enough for Jaime and Bronn, his “up-jumped sellsword” companion. The message is that the pros are here to handle this the right way. Jaime smacks some faces, starts throwing around orders and commands that Lord Edmure be bathed and clothed in clean fabrics. The siege is under Jaime’s command now, and he wants to parley with the Blackfish rather than fight.

The elder but still-fierce Tully agrees to chat, and he doesn’t agree with Jaime that the war is over. The Lannisters and Freys can attack the castle, or starve out the Tully forces, but it’ll take two years for the latter to happen. “Do you have two years?” the Blackfish asks, taunting the man he and many others call “Kingslayer.”

North, where the snows are falling, Jon tries to rally the Wildlings to his cause to seize the frosty region. If they don’t take it, they’re as good as dead. The Wildlings are skeptical, but Tormund speaks up for Jon, playing the death-and-resurrection card. It gets a rise out of the giant among them, who merely utters “Snow.” That’s good enough for the other Free Folk. “We say we’ll do something, we’ll do it,” Tormund reminds Jon.

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The first order of business is to try to coax the Mormonts of Bear Island to join them. Jon and Sansa try to negotiate with Lady Lyanna Mormont, a child, but a tough-talking one at that. She doesn’t suffer fools, and she presses Jon and Sansa to make their case. They flail about, so it’s up to Ser Davos to argue on the remaining Starks’ behalf.

Davos can relate to her. Both of them never thought they’d be in the positions they’re in today, she a child, he a former smuggler. He comes quickly to the point: This is a war between the living and the dead, even if the Boltons now stand in the way, and the dead are indeed coming. With a divided North, there’s no defense against the murderous winds of winter. Like that, House Mormont is in — and that means another 62 fighting men. That’s it, folks. Every little bit counts to the Onion Knight, though. “If they’re half as ferocious as their lady,” Davos says, “the Boltons are doomed.”

Next up, the Glovers. They’re not so receptive, especially once Jon confirms that Wildlings make up the bulk of his forces. Nope, Lord Glover is not having it, and so he turns his back. But Sansa reminds him of his house’s duty to the Starks. Still, the Lord of House Glover isn’t having it. “House Stark is dead,” he shoots back at her. It’s an important moment. Sansa has been on a bit of a hot streak since she fled Ramsay’s cruelty, but now she gets her first firm rebuke. How she responds will be instrumental to her development.

She presses with Jon, jockeying to be his top adviser over Davos. Jon wants to march to Winterfell now, even with his rabble of 2,000 Wildlings and assorted dozens from northern houses. They can’t risk another storm. Sansa responds with silence, but instead she writes a letter she intends to send via raven. In all likelihood, she’s reaching out to Littlefinger, after all. With her wounded pride now comes pragmatism, which is a promising sign. But is she playing into another Littlefinger trap?

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Catching up with the renegade Greyjoys, Yara, Theon and their forces are in port and consorting with prostitutes. Once upon a time, Theon would have indulged as much as Yara and the others, but since Ramsay emasculated him, he just doesn’t have the stomach, the urge or the biological ability for it anymore. He can’t even guzzle down ale, but Yara isn’t having it. She wants the real Theon back, “not this wretched pretender,” and she urges him to either kill himself or get back to his old self. The plan is to sail the fleet to Meereen and give Daenerys Targaryen the help she needs to return to Westeros.

Back with McShane’s holy man and the Hound, we hear the cleric confess the murderous truth of his past, how he killed a boy. He’ll never forget what he did, but his message is that it’s never too late to come back and start helping people, to do some good in the world. The message resonates with the Hound, at least it appears to. Just then, some rough-looking horsemen appear. They’re from the Brotherhood Without Banners, and they’re on a mission to “protect the people.” Their threat is clear: They’ll be back to take whatever they want. The Hound knows it, too, and he warns the Septon to be prepared to fight. Of course, the cleric isn’t so eager to spill more blood.

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It takes much of the episode, but the focus eventually returns to Arya, who is eager to book passage out of Braavos and back to Westeros. As she gazes longingly to the horizon, though, an old lady approaches … and it’s the Waif in disguise, to no one’s surprise. The servant of the House of Black and White quickly slashes and sticks Arya, turning a knife in her gut. Just as it looks like one of the absolute favorite characters of “Game of Thrones” fans is about to die, she tumbles over the side of a bridge and into a river. Arya can still walk and breathe, but her blood is spilling from her gut as she wanders the streets of Braavos, looking for help. She could really use her old buddy the Hound right about now.

Too bad, for her sake, he’s still in Westeros, chopping wood. He takes a break from his relentless regimen only to hear an odd sound from the septon’s camp: nothing. He dashes back and finds everyone dead, the holy man hanging from the frame of the structure they were building. It’s all the convincing he needs. The way of mercy is not his way.

The Hound will hunt again, and this time he has an ax.

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 45 Review : Super Human Water History

Vegeta can see his copy version and he seems to be as powerful as the real deal. The recap of “Dragon Ball Super” (DBS) episode 45 reveals the backstory of Superhuman Water and how Gotenks tried to stop Copy-Vegeta.

The episode starts with Copy-Vegeta and Vegeta facing each other. Vegeta is angry and decides to end the fake one. However, the real Vegeta has lost all his powers to Copy-Vegeta after Superhuman Water absorbed him in “Dragon Ball Super” episode 44.

Copy-Vegeta gets ready to attack Vegeta and others, however his beam misses the target. Later, Gryll asks him to absorb Trunks. Copy-Vegeta’s hands shoot tentacles at Trunks but Jaco’s ray gun saves Trunks from getting absorbed.

The episode showcases the backstory of the Superhuman Water. The off-worlders call it Superhuman Water, however, it is called Komeson.

It was invented by the natives to defend themselves from attacks by invaders. The water could steal the powers of the opponent. However, it became too powerful and later became evil.

The water managed to kill all the invaders and at one point, it spread rumors that it can help others power up. All the residents of planet Potaufeu were absorbed and Potage was the only survivor who sealed the water until Gryll and his men unsealed it.

Back to present day, it is revealed that when the water absorbs a person, he or she will disappear in three to five minutes.

Meanwhile, Goten and Trunks decide to beat Copy-Vegeta. They transform into SS3 Gotenks and calls themselves Super Gotenks 3.

However, Super Gotenks 3 is unable to beat Copy Vegeta who is in his base form. In the meantime, Goku is training and Kaio and Goku could sense the ki of Gotenks.

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Goku arrives and he is confused to see Copy-Vegeta and Vegeta. Meanwhile, Vegeta tells Goku that he has to beat the fake one in three minutes. He says that Goku cannot beat him in three minutes.

Copy Vegeta does not want to absorb Goku as he wants to fight him. However, Gryll forces him to absorb Goku and Copy-Vegeta gets angry and crushes Copy-Gryll.

The episode ends with Goku and Copy-Vegeta getting ready for the fight in “Dragon Ball Super” episode 46.

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Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 6 Review : Blood Of My Blood

Usually, “Game of Thrones” episodes leave fans wanting more, as soon as possible. After last week’s mind-melting trauma, however, the week between episodes felt like a much-needed break so we could process our grief for Hodor while figuring out how this whole time travel thing is going to work. Oh, and don’t forget all the “Hold the door” memes we shared.

But back to pressing matters, even though this week’s episode ultimately feels like a deep breath before the big plunge coming down the home stretch of season 6. It appears as though Bran is stuck in psychic time space. He’s zipping through the past, from when he was pushed from the tower at Winterfell to even the Mad King Aerys yelling “BURN THEM ALL!” in the Red Keep, before the big war that started everything. He wakes just in time for the wights to show up and attack, only for a mysterious cloaked rider to show up and cut down all the zombies. The rider looks suspiciously like Benjen Stark, who, in season 1, brought Jon Snow to join the Night’s Watch. Benjen has been missing since early that season.

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Before that mystery is fully resolved, though, the show cuts back to Samwell Tarly, Gilly and Little Sam as they ride to meet Sam’s father, the dreaded Randyll. The last time Sam was home, he wasn’t treated so well, so it’s an understatement to say that Sam is pretty nervous. The Night’s Watchman has a cover story in mind: Little Sam is his son, and Gilly is a gal he met up North. She can’t be a Wildling, though. Randyll Tarly hates Wildlings. Sam’s mother and sister give them a warm welcome, sure, and Gilly is blown away by it all. But what’s Randyll going to say? And what is the importance of this story line, anyway? Is it just a set up for something horrifying? Here’s hoping Little Sam is one of the young ones that actually make it through this series unscathed.

When it comes time for dinner, Sam and Gilly put on their best appearances, but Randyll gives them the stink eye. The old man isn’t too pleased to hear that Sam isn’t even good at hunting squirrels and rabbits. Nor is he happy to see Sam opt to take more bread. “Not fat enough already?” he tells the young man. “I thought the Night’s Watch might make a man out of you,” he piles on, clearly implying that, no, Sam isn’t measuring up after all. Gilly sticks up for him, though, telling the Tarlys that Sam has killed both a White Walker and a Thenn. Unfortunately, she also reveals that she is from north of the Wall. Randyll doesn’t care for hosting a Wildling in his hall, so an awkward dinner party becomes threatening. The ladies split, and Randyll lays down the law: Gilly will stay on to work in the kitchens, and Little Sam will be raised there. Sam is only allowed to spend one more night there, though.

On second thought, Sam isn’t going to take it, anymore. He comes back for Gilly and Little Sam, and they split, but not before Sam grabs Heartsbane, the family sword. Randyll will try to take it back, but Sam now welcomes it. Is Sam tempting fate?

In King’s Landing, Tommen and the High Sparrow talk over Margaery’s penance. The holy man tries to assuage the young king’s fears by suggesting that the common folk would be more forgiving of Margaery than they were of Cersei. The queen is an ace at public relations, after all, while the queen mother has arguably the worst reputation in all of Westeros. Well, except for maybe Ramsay Bolton.

Finally, Tommen gets to meet his wife, and Margaery starts telling the boy about how she’s been swayed by the High Sparrow’s. “I’ve had lots of time to thinking about how I was good at seeming good,” she says, when Tommen insists she was actually a good person. “It’s such a relief to let go of those lies.” When it comes to her brother, Loras, she insists that the young man will also have to atone. Is she playing a bigger game here?

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In Braavos, we catch up with Arya, who is back watching the play that satirizes the skullduggery in King’s Landing. Lady Crane, her intended target, gives an impassioned monologue (as Cersei), and it appears to play on the young would-be assassin’s sense of pity. If she truly is No One, it won’t matter. Backstage, she tips the poison into Lady Crane’s rum, and on the way out, the star herself bumps into her. The target becomes even more human, and the older woman sees a potential new player in the troupe. Acting is another form of facelessness, so it would make sense. Arya will be acting for the rest of her life if she becomes a Faceless Man. Arya even gives Lady Crane advice about rewriting that final monologue, suggesting she adds in a touch of murderous rage.

Now comes time for the suspense. As the acting troupe starts kvetching, Lady Crane oh-so-perilously comes close to drinking the poison, but Arya pops in at the last second to smack the cup away. That’s it for being No One. Too bad for her that the Waif was there to witness it. Now the spiteful older girl has orders to kill Arya. The young Stark recovers her sword, Needle, and the chase is on. Will Arya’s face become part of the wall below the House of Black and White?

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From the dramatic version of King’s Landing to the real one, Jaime Lannister meets up with Mace Tyrell and his forces in a bid to confront the High Sparrow and his zealots as they begin to initiate Margaery’s public penance. Even Lady Olenna, the Queen of Thorns, is there to witness it all. It’s one of the many showdowns fans have been waiting for. The High Sparrow is unbowed, but Jaime isn’t going to listen it. “Every last Sparrow will die before Margaery Tyrell walks down that street,” the lord commander of the Kingsguard says. The High Sparrow pushes back, and just as it looks like there’s going to be an explosion of violence, the holy man declares there will be no Walk of Atonement. Instead, the Sparrow says, she has atoned by bringing in a convert: King Tommen himself, who is flanked by the other members of the Kingsguard. A new alliance between the crown and the faith is forged, and it looks like Jaime and Cersei’s plan has gone poof. “What’s happening?” Mace demands. “He’s beaten us!” Olenna admits.

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Before the Iron Throne, Jaime is stripped of his rank as head of the Kingsguard, and Tommen won’t listen to him, at all. Jaime will have to serve the crown another way: to go help the Freys take back Riverrun. He doesn’t want to do it, though. He wants to destroy the Sparrows with Bronn’s help. (Remember our favorite sellsword, Bronn?) But Cersei talks him out of it, and tells him that he needs to rally the Lannister armies. She’ll have the Mountain to stand for her, so he should go and demonstrate their strength.

In the riverlands, Walder Frey holds court with his inept sons, who have lost Riverrun, the Tully stronghold, to Brynden Tully, aka the Blackfish. Walder wants results, and that means using Lord Edmure Tully as leverage. Poor Lord Edmure, still in the Freys’ dungeons ever since the Red Wedding.

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Back north of the Wall, Bran and Meera learn of their hero’s true identity. It is indeed Benjen Stark, Bran’s long-lost uncle. He had been stabbed by the White Walkers and was going to die, but the Children of the Forest saved him by stabbing him with a shard of dragonglass. Oh, and it’s official now: Bran is the new Three-Eyed Raven. Benjen insists he’ll be ready once the Night King makes his play to destroy the realm of men. Bran isn’t so confident, though.

Over in Essos, Daenerys leads her Khalasar and ponders how many ships she’ll need to sail to Westeros. A thousand, easy, says Daario, but something distracts the queen. Turns out it is none other than her largest dragon, Drogon, whom she rides, triumphantly into their presence. Drogon is bigger than ever, and she uses the dragon-bully pulpit to coax all of her Dothraki warriors to be her blood riders as they seek to take Westeros in her name. It’s a rousing scene. There is no big twist, no complicated plot or character development. Just the Mother of Dragons getting ready for the war to end all wars.

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