We’re in uncharted territory on Game of Thrones. There are no books to work from — even George R.R. Martin might be surprised with what’s happening on the HBO series — and things could get confusing. To help you and us out, here are some most pressing questions.
When was the last time we saw Jon and Sansa together?
Sophie Turner told Entertainment Weekly that Kit Harington is “one of my best mates and we had just one scene together in the pilot, where we’re waiting on the king. It’s like working with an older brother. I’ve watched his work over the past four years and I think he’s amazing.” Sansa and Jon’s reunion was a happy scene in a season (series?) otherwise defined by misery. She admits to being horrible to her half-brother, and even apologizes to him. They had nothing in common then — he was a bastard, she had dreams of marrying the prince; he was cold and moody (the North), she was warm and radiant (the South) — but now they do: wanting to kill Ramsay and reclaim Winterfell.
After spending a couple of seasons with the terrible twosome that is Joffrey and Ramsay, it’s not surprising Sansa was quick to embrace Jon — heck, she even gave Theon hugs and absolution before his departure, too. Sansa, having been pushed around the board as a pawn for seemingly forever, has started to snap up allies wherever she can get them with the ambitious goal of retaking the north.
It’s interesting to see her making the moves while Jon Snow continues to struggle with the nihilism that comes with being brought back from the black void of death. He better get his head back in the game fast, however.
Ramsay was a dangerous and unpredictable foe when Roose had him on a leash, and now he’s got no one curbing his mad dog tendencies. That could be his downfall, though. Revealing in a letter that there’s a trueborn Stark alive in the dungeons of Winterfell? Threatening to murder every Wildling that was let past the Wall? As threatening as it sounded, Ramsay’s piece of parchment is going to rally the North against him. Roose would be rolling in his grave (if he hadn’t been fed to the dogs).
How hard do you ship Brienne and Tormund?
We should probably talk about the most important scene of the season so far: Tormund checking out Brienne, while that pervert Dolorous Edd watched. How tall would their children be? Does Tormund use that “eating and or/slurping on a dead animal” move on all the ladies? Semi-related point: How lucky are these Brothers in Black? For centuries, there were no ladies within miles of the Wall, but ever since Jon Snow showed up, the Night’s Watch has been overrun with women.
Another question: Is she going to murder Davos and Melisandre? Before Brienne killed Stannis last season, he admitted to using dark magic on Renly, and although she got her revenge, Brienne hasn’t forgotten the Onion Knight and Red Woman’s involvement. I don’t want to live in a Game of Thrones world without his voice and her hair. She was on fire years before Daenerys.
In Tyrion v. Grey Worm/Missandei: Dawn of Slavery, who you got?
Tyrion thinks that he can manipulate the Masters by playing to their self interest. Missandei and Grey Worm insist that in the end, the Masters understand nothing but violence. Neither argument is wrong, but which is more right? Tyrion knows his strategy is sound because he watched his father use it on the great houses of Westeros his entire life. But his machinations have a large fatal flaw in that they only fix things for the ruling class. He wants the Masters to stop funding guerrilla warfare in Meereen. The Masters want to stay in control of Slaver’s Bay. Both sides get what they want with Tyrion’s plan of kicking the slavery can seven years down the road. But that deal sells out the slaves of Astapor and Yunkai, and certainly didn’t seem to please any of the former slaves of Meereen. It’s not hard to see why.
In seven years, Daenerys will be in Westeros, leaving them to the mercy of the Masters and their vague commitment to phasing out slavery. There’s no way they’ll accept this, and we’re going to see even more chaos and death and uprisings as the people screwed over by Tyrion’s machinations take that hands-on approach to cementing their freedom the red priests have been talking about.