HBO has released the preview for Episode 5 of Game of Thrones and it teases yet another Stark family reunion.
With the breathtaking events of episode 4 behind us, it’s time to see what the show has in store for us next Sunday (Monday in Straya).
We open with Daenerys, with dragon looming behind her, talking to some Lannisters. Although she spent the last 20 minutes of Episode 4 burning them alive, she assures them that she is not here “to murder”.
“Bend the knee and join me, or refuse and die,” she says, perhaps failing the grasp the difference between freeing slaves (The Unsullied) and forcing an enemy to fight for you.
Tyrion, for one, looks concerned. As a Lannister himself, he seemed pretty conflicted last episode as he watched Lannisters get roasted and Jaime bumble around the battlefield. Tyrion is in an odd position – he wants Cersei to lose, but still has feelings for his brother, who helped him escape Kings Landing back in season 4.
“You need to find a way to make her listen,” Varys says, suggesting that Daenerys might be getting a little power crazy. It’s worth noting that there is a touch of madness in the Targaryen blood, especially when it comes to fire. After all, Daenerys’ dad, The Mad King, did go bonkers and starting burning everyone until Jaime stopped him.
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After a brief glimpse of Cersei, who is determined as ever to win, we see Jon Snow in the Dragonstone War Room with Danerys and co.
“Bran saw the Night King and his army marching towards Eastwatch,” Jon says.
Since Bran is still in Winterfell, it’s safe to say that this particular reunion has happened via raven. However, it seems likely that Bran and Jon will meet for real soon, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
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Bran has returned to Winterfell as your edgy cousin who has just done his first year of philosophy at uni. He claims to “see everything” and he knows the secret of Jon’s parentage. It’s quite possible this will all be revealed to Jon by the end of this season.
That could make things a little awkward – there have been some hints of chemistry between Jon and Daenerys and, well, she is his aunty.
In Episode 4, Daenerys was looking to get the steamy deets from Missandei on Grey Worm’s knowledge of the, uh, “south” when Jon suddenly appears.
The two ladies share a knowing glance and then Jon takes Daenerys off to see his cave. Jon has a high batting average when it comes to women in caves, so subconsciously he might have been looking to repeat his success. “Wanna come check out this Dragonglass and some creepy cave paintings?” Smooth, Jon.
Later, when Jon says Dany has a “good heart”, Ser Davos accuses Jon of “looking at her heart” too much. Forget the Lannisters, Jon got buuuuurned.
The show isn’t known to shy away from incest, but it is unclear if it will go “all the way” with Jon and Dany.
The trailer ends with the Night King and his army marching towards Eastwatch.
Time seems a little bungled this season. For example, it takes Jon no time to get to Dragonstone in Episode 3 and Euron appeared out of nowhere at the end of Episode 2, but these White Walkers have been marching since Season 1. I know they’re walking, but still. Pick up the pace, guys!
So, Will Jon get enough Dragonglass in time to make weapons?
Will Dany help Jon with the White Walkers?
Will the Dany and Jon romance develop further?
Will Bran tell Jon about his hot aunty?
Will Dany go power mad?
Will Hot Pie return with more baking tips?
We won’t know more until next Monday.