Game of Thrones blew all the last season finales away, with a shocker from Arya and Sansa Stark, a major revelation for Jon Snow and a game-changing moment from the White Walkers. Below, revisit every unbelievable moment.
(Missed out on last week’s episode? Catch up with our recap.)
1) The meeting of all meetings takes place.
Greyworm and the Unsullied stand in formation outside of King’s Landing, as Jaime and Bronn watch from above. As they joke about the army having no cocks, they hear a rumble from afar—the Dothraki come riding in, howling past the Unsullied army. Their horses stop right before the wall. Bronn is afraid that they’re at a disadvantage.
Simultaneously, Greyjoy and Targaryen ships unite outside the Red Keep. Tyrion, Theon and Varys are together sailing on the same ship, along with Jon Snow. The Hound, also appearing on board, goes downstairs and knocks on a box, waking the wight they captured. He better not up to anything stupid again, like he was in the fight before the wall!
Daenerys is not aboard the ship. Cersei wonders why she didn’t come. If anything happens, she askes the Mountain to take Daenerys’s life first, then Tyrion, and then Jon Snow.
2) Reunions take place between Tyrion, Pod, Brienne, the Hound, and the Mountain.
Tyrion’s squad meets with Bronn and the Lannister army. Brienne and Podrick are already there. She and the Hound exchange an odd look. Pod and Tyrion share a brief but sweet reunion: “I’m glad you’re alive,” Pod says to Tyrion.
Brienne tells the The Hound she didn’t think he was alive. She tells him Arya is alive and at Winterfell. Pod and Tyrion talk to each other again as they walk toward the Dragonpit. Tyrion questions Bronn’s allegiances and offers to pay him double if he pledges allegiance to Daenerys. Bronn says he’s doing just fine.
Everyone meets at the Dragonpit—Jon, Tyrion, Brienne, Pod, Bronn, Jorah, Missandei, The Hound, and a few Dothraki and Lannister men. Pod and Bronn leave for drinking.
3) Cleganebowl DOESN’T happen.
Cersei and Jaime appear, alongside Euron Greyjoy, Qyburn, and Ser Gregor Clegane in tow. The Hound notices his brother. Brienne and Jaime exchange a glance, and Euron and Theon Greyjoy notice each other. The Hound realizes his brother is zombie-like. He approaches him. “Remember me?” Awkward silence. “You know who’s coming for you. You’ve always known,” he tells the Mountain before he exits. (What does that mean?!) Anyway, no Cleganebowl this time.
4) Daenerys arrives fashionably late, and on a dragon.
Cersei asks where Daenerys is. She didn’t travel with Tyrion and everyone else. Suddenly, the dragons are heard from far away—Dany arrives through her favorite kind of transportation. Cersei seems to be unamused, even with Drogon roaring as he lands. Or maybe she’s just trying to cover her shock. She’s never believed in folklore.
5) Dany and Jon ask Cersei for a truce so they can fight the Night King together.
Tyrion starts his speech, but Euron cuts in, telling Theon that he has and will kill Yara if his nephew doesn’t submit to him. Jaime and Cersei tell him to sit down or leave.
Tyrion tries to calm everyone down. Jon Snow tells everyone about the threat beyond the Wall, but Cersei thinks it’s another bad joke. Dany insists that it’s true, and they want a truce to fight the Army of the Dead in the meantime. “Your capital will be safe until the northern threat is dealt with. You have my word,” she tells Cersei. Tyrion tells his sister that the threat is real, and they have proof.
6) Jon presents a wight, convincing Cersei and Euron of the threat of the Dead.
The Hound returns carrying the box with the wight in it. At first it seems there’s nothing in there, but after he kicks it, the wight comes screeching out of the box and running for Cersei. The Hound cuts it in half and it still moves around. This time Cersei really seems scared. Qyburn, on the other hand, is intrigued. He inspects one of the severed hands. Jon Snow demonstrates that the way to kill wights is with dragonglass and fire.
Dany says she, too, had to see the Dead with her own eyes and adds there are a hundred thousand at least. They can’t swim, Jon tells Euron. Relieved, Euron takes the Iron Fleet back to the Iron Islands. “This is the only thing I’ve ever seen that terrifies me,” he tells the Lannisters. He makes a gross pass at Dany before making his exit. Classic.
7) Cersei accepts—then rejects—Daenerys’s truce.
Cersei seems convinced. “The crown accepts your truce,” she says. “Until the dead are defeated, they are the true enemy.” Her one condition is that the King of the North does not choose sides in the Targaryen-Lannister fight. But Jon Snow says he already pledged himself to Queen Daenerys of House Targaryen. Cersei quickly changes her mind and leaves. She says the Dead will come for the North first anyways.
Brienne tries to grab Jaime as he leaves. She says this danger is beyond houses and oaths and loyalty. She urges him to talk to the Queen.
Meanwhile, Davos, Daenerys, and Tyrion all berate Jon for not lying. But Jon is too honorable—like Ned Stark—to do that. Tyrion decides to talk to his sister, even though he knows it’s dangerous.
8) Tyrion has an emotional meeting with his sister to convince her to team up with Jon and Dany to fight the Dead.
Tyrion sees Jaime before going into Cersei’s room. They share an awkward but genuine goodbye, knowing Tyrion’s upcoming meeting will likely get him killed. Tyrion enters Cersei’s room and Ser Gregor Clegane follows closely behind.
Cersei scolds Tyrion for tearing the family apart. He urges her to get his murder over with and order the Mountain to kill him, but she doesn’t. He offers her a glass of wine and apologizes for the death of her children, because he did love them. Cersei tells him that when the wight came for her all she wanted was to protect her family from it. As she speaks, she holds her stomach. Tyrion finds out that she’s carrying her baby, even though she didn’t mean to reveal that.
Back at the Dragonpit, Dany explains to Jon Snow that King’s Landing was the beginning of the end for House Targaryen. She regrets that the dragons her ancestors had were kept in the pit, because “a dragon is not a slave.” When she once again tells Jon she can’t have children, because the witch who killed her husband told her so, he questions the prophecy. Since when is a vengeful witch a reliable source of information?
9) Cersei says she’ll send her troops north to fight the White Walkers.
Tyrion returns to the Dragonpit, this time with Cersei, Qyburn, Jaime, the Mountain and some Lannister soldiers. Cersei says the Lannister forces will march North with Dany and Jon’s armies to fight in the Great War. She hopes they’ll remember she decided to help when the war is over. She calls all of their banners.
10) Littlefinger convinces Sansa that Arya is trying to kill her.
Over at Winterfell, Sansa has received a letter from Jon stating that he’s bent the knee to Daenerys as Queen. Littlefinger thinks they’re trying to build a marriage alliance, because they’re both young and unmarried.
Sansa tells Littlefinger that Arya is now one of the Faceless Men. Littlefinger tells Sansa he figures out a person’s motives by imagining the worst thing he or she could want. Sansa concludes that Arya arrived at Winterfell to take her life in revenge for wronging the family, and she unearthed the letter to bring justification for killing her. After Arya kills Sansa, she’ll become Lady of Winterfell. But is this the truth, or is Littlefinger just trying to plant ideas in Sansa’s head?