Good afternoon, Westeros! This post contains minor spoilers (and a teensy bit of speculation) for the upcoming seventh episode of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season, so read it at your own risk and don’t say we didn’t warn you.
With only two more episodes remaining in this season once this Sunday’s episode, “No One,” airs, there’s little doubt that D&D are going to pack a heck of a lot into what happens—regardless of how non-telling the description of this week’s episode is on paper. In an email sent out by HBO, episode eight is described thusly:
While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) weighs his options, Cersei (Lena Headey) answers a request. Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) plans bear fruit. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.
So, what does it all mean for what’s to come? Well, perhaps the most intriguing is the bit with Tyrion: which of his plans has born fruit? The deal with the leaders of the Free Cities, or are they talking more about his time with the dragons earlier this season? If I were a betting woman, I’d think it has more to do with this (because we’re nearing the end of the season and, well, the political stuff is getting a little bit stale). Unless the storyline is suddenly all, “oh, look! Everyone loves Dany here again, hooray!” Which [insert side-eye emoji here].
Perhaps the most obvious bit is the line that relates to Cersei: obviously the request is coming from the Faith Militant to prepare for trial—a trial by combat if she has her say (and hopefully this’ll be where that sweet, sweet CLEGANEBOWL will come into play). Their request for peace will be met with nothing more than Cersei’s “burn it all to the ground and fuck your whole entire live!” ‘tude. Hey Cersei: your ass sore from being bitten by your own creation yet?
Naturally, the Arya stuff is the most pressing: is she going to survive the stabbing? Obviously yes. In fact, we’re fairly certain that she was playing the Waif in order to give her a false sense of security before she goes in for the stab, stab, stibbity-stab with her trusty pal Needle. The “new test” bit is what worries us, though: what if killing the Waif was part of her training all along? Now wouldn’t that be a twist?! Of course, we’re kinda-sorta ready for Arya to head back to Westeros, though, so here’s hoping this “new test” is more of an endurance one in the bowels of a boat.
Elsewhere, Jaime will have to, likely, choose between what’s best for the Lannisters and what’s best for the Realm in the battle of Frey/Lannister vs. Tully. Which means: will he let Brienne bring the Blackfish and Tully army North to save Winterfell even though that is likely 1,000% not what Cersei would want him to do, or continue the selfish, self-serving streak he and his sisterlover have been on since Myrcella died? Honestly when it comes to the Riverlands we’re just waiting for Lady Stoneheart to show up (but we’d love to see Jaime choose Brienne and honor over Cersei and vengeance). By the looks of the preview above, the Hound at least comes into contact with a few Brotherhood-ers, so maybe he’ll be the one to lead us to her undeadness?[brightcove video_id=”4929272618001″ brightcove_account_id=”3653334524001″ brightcove_player_id=”2bfa565b-5412-4cfd-9211-6269880b8a5e”]
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