HBO has released the official synopses for episodes six and seven for Game of Thrones season, as we slowly but surely reach the business end of the season.
The new information teases the return of old enemies. Episode 6 is titled “Blood of My Blood,” and the synopsis is as follows: An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly (Hannah Murray) meets Sam’s (John Bradley) family. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a difficult choice. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) faces off against the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce).
Episode 7 is called “The Broken Man,” and its synopsis reads: The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded.
These are rather exciting, if characteristically vague. We will meet the Tarlys in episode 6, including Sam’s mother and father. Also, in the same episode, you can’t help but be drawn to the ‘old foe’ part, which we think is that traitorous bastard Walder Frey himself, the orchestrator-in-chief of the Red Wedding, leaving us all an emotional wreck at the end of that devastating episode. Who will enact revenge on him? Arya perhaps? She’ll have to make a difficult decision first, apparently.
We may be speculating that this is Walder Frey, but the season 6 trailer confirmed his return and it sounds like he’ll resurface right as the season tiptoes towards what is sure to be an epic conclusion.
Episode 7 may well see the introduction of Ian McShane’s character, which will be the catalyst for The Hound’s return and the much-hyped Cleganebowl. Also, could Jaime’s confrontation from episode 7 be the return of the Blackfish?
In the more immediate future, let’s talk about The Door, this weekend’s episode. Its synopsis reads: Tyrion seeks a strange ally. Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) learns a great deal. Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) goes on a mission. Arya (Maisie Williams) is given a chance to prove herself. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Jack Bender.
The preview for The Door shows Tyrion and Varys talking to a Melisandre-esque woman, who ominously warns them: “Knowledge has made you powerful,” she says. “But there’s still so much you don’t know.”
Also, The Door happens to feature Bran learning a ‘great deal.’ More history about his family perhaps? Or does he acquire an uncomfortable amount of knowledge about The Night’s King, as the image below may suggest?