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The latest episode of Game of Thrones ended up a lot like last week’s episode. There was a lot of talking and not a whole lot of doing (save for a cool ending). We’re clearly setting things up for the final run of episodes of the season, but until we get to that point we’re going to have to slog through a lot of talking and exposition. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as Game of Thrones is quite compelling even during the talky bits, but we’re gonna need a few more scenes like Jaime and Brienne fighting a bear in a pit in an ancient castle to go along with the dialogue-heavy moments.
In the Riverlands, Robb Stark discusses his uncle’s upcoming wedding to Walder Frey’s daughter. No one is particularly looking forward to what will assuredly be a somber affair. Catelyn thinks that Frey will not be satiated by this wedding, as he was expecting his daughter to marry a king, not the uncle of a king. Robb then learns that Talisa is pregnant with their child, lifting his spirits after a disheartening few weeks. Elsewhere in the Riverlands, Arya berates Beric and Thoros for ransoming her friend Gendry to Melisandre (Gendry, in an unrelated scene, learns that his real father is the late King Robert). The men try to explain to her their intentions, but she runs away, only to be captured by the Hound, who clearly hasn’t gone far since his victory in trial by combat.
Across the Narrow Seas, Queen Daenerys and her Unsullied Army run afoul of the city of Yunkai, an ancient city of slavers and traders. She makes a representative of Yunkai an ultimatum – they will free their slaves or face the wrath of the Unsullied. Daenerys’ advisors, Ser Jorah and Ser Barristan, seem far more apprehensive about this move, but Daenerys is steadfast in her resolve. The scene ends before her decision of whether or not to ultimately sack the city, but it doesn’t look good for the city of Yunkai.
Way up in the far north, Jon Snow and the Wildlings head closer and closer to their destination, and Jon’s loyalty is questioned. Later, Snow tries to reason with Ygritte, telling her the Wildlings can’t possibly succeed in their rebellion. Slightly south of the wall, Theon continues to be mysteriously tortured. His captor then threatens to castrate Theon, but the scene fades away before we see what ultimately happens. Later, Osha recounts the story of how her husband became a wight north of the wall, attempting to convince Bran and Jojen not to head there, as only death awaits them.
At Harrenhal, Lord Bolton lets Jaime free, but informs him that Brienne will stay behind. Lord Bolton heads off to Edmure’s wedding at Walder Frey’s, informing his men to escort Jaime Lannister to King’s Landing. After leaving the cursed castle, Jaime finds out that Locke refused to ransom Brienne, and convinces his group to head back to Harrenhal to rescue her. When he returns, he sees the men have her fighting against a bear using nothing but a wooden sword. Jaime shows true heroism as he dives into the pit and helps Brienne survive the ordeal. Together, the odd couple of Brienne and Jaime once again head towards King’s Landing.