Don't let the hype train derail after the OK but not classic "Game of Thrones" Season 6, Episode 6. The storyline pieces are starting to fit together and it feels like we're amping up for great things in the final few episodes.
Episode 7 out of 10, called "The Broken Man," airs this Sunday, June 5. It was written by Bryan Cogman, who also wrote last night's "Blood of My Blood."
Here's the official synopsis:
"The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded."
"All I can say about next week's episode is there was a week of shooting a particular sequence/storyline that was my favorite week on set in six seasons of Game of Thrones."
Get hype! But what sequence?
• As we see in the trailer, the Riverrun storyline is in full swing, with Jaime Lannister facing off against Brynden "The Blackfish" Tully (good to see you back, man!) while poor Edmure Tully continues to be tortured. (That's what you get for torturing another Jamie on "Outlander.")
• Another major storyline this episode appears to be Sansa, Jon, and Ser Davos going on their army recruitment tour, with Tormund making a pitch to wildlings and Sansa using her name to remind the North they have a duty to the Starks.
• Speaking of the Starks, Arya now has to find a way to avoid the waif, who just got the OK to kill our former No One for refusing to kill Lady Crane. Thank heaven this storyline is finally wrapping up, even if it's hard to see quite yet why Arya went through all of this stuff in Braavos. Just for the great fight training? Please put it to good use back in Westeros.
• The trailer also shows Lady Olenna reminding Cersei that this is all her fault, since she thought she was so clever to re-empower the Faith Militant and now the Faith has taken over. Slow clap for Cersei.
• And the trailer also shows Yara and Theon Greyjoy plotting how to take back the Iron Islands from their Uncle Euron. (Suggestion: Open the fighting pits for an Uncle-Off -- Euron vs. Benjen & Brynden vs. Jaime.)
Is any one of those storylines the one Cogman teased as from his favorite week? There's also thought that the title may refer to a certain someone we've been waiting to see again.
SPOILERS & SPECULATION
We originally thought The Hound might be the "old foe" referenced in the synopsis for Episode 6, but that was our old (super old) foe Walder Frey. So is it time for Sandor Clegane to return?
Actor Ian McShane revealed that the character he'll be playing for one episode this season "is an ex-warrior who's become a peacenik. So I have this group of peaceful...it's like a cult, peaceful tribe... who have brought back...I bring back this beloved character that everyone thinks is dead." In the books, The Hound is thought to be the gravedigger on the Quiet Isle, not quite dead, with McShane as a TV version of Elder Brother. Are we about to find out the truth of this?
Davos does end "The Broken Man" promo by saying "the dead are coming," so ... yeah, he means the wights and White Walkers, but why not The Hound, while so many others are dying and coming back?
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