With only seven episodes in Season 7 of Game of Thrones (Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO), we knew that things would move fast. This week, that speed didn’t include a bloody battle scene or green fire, but it did feature some crucial moments that are going to impact all the remaining families in the Seven Kingdoms.
Let’s break down some of the most confusing family trees in the history of television, shall we?
THE TARLY FAMILY
It’s a good thing that Sam abandoned his training as a maester because he’s now in charge of the Tarly family, even if he doesn’t know it. After refusing to bend the knee to Daenerys, Sam’s father and brother swiftly met their deaths thanks to a mere whisper from Dany. (Apparently dragons have excellent hearing.)
Frustrated with Archmaester Marwyn’s refusal to listen to him, Sam has been spending his nights seemingly annoyed that he ever taught Gilly how to read. Sam even cut Gilly off before she was able to tell him about the secret marriage between Jon’s parents, Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, in Dorne. But even if Sam had heard the entire story, he’d have no reason to connect everything to Jon. Still, the topic’s too important to never revisit. And whether Sam makes the connection or not, the truth will come out.
THE TARGARYEN FAMILY
The reunion between the Stark siblings may have been a little lacking in emotion (mostly on Bran’s part), but we finally got some love thanks to Jorah Mormont’s return to his Khaleesi.
After killing thousands of men, Daenerys returned home and was greeted by Jon, who was surprised to have a special bond with her dragon, Drago. Only Targaryens can ride dragons or, in this case, pet them and keep their hand, something that neither Jon nor Daenerys seem to know. But someone’s bound to figure it out eventually.
THE STARK FAMILY
Arya spent the last few years fending for herself and surviving in a cruel world. Thanks to her training in the House of Black and White, she’s probably one of the deadliest people on the show. We’re pretty sure that she could take Littlefinger in a sword fight, but he’s got decades on her when it comes to outsmarting people. Seeing a wedge starting to form between the Stark sisters, Littlefinger has put his plan into motion to tear them further apart and keep his mouth firmly within whispering distance of Sansa’s ear.
As for Jon, he’s returned to The Wall to do the ‘stupid shit’ that Davos is supposed to talk him out of. That includes travelling beyond The Wall to capture a White Walker to prove to Cersei that the real threat is the undead. Unfortunately for Daenerys and Jon, neither of them considered the fact that Cersei has no beating heart and will likely become Queen of the White Walkers within minutes.
Fine, Cersei’s ‘heart’ does still beat and is now joined by a second heartbeat. Do we really believe that she’s pregnant, or is this her way of ensuring Jamie’s loyalty? His best friend Bronn also arranged a secret meeting with Tyrion, a move that will likely end in Bronn’s beheading at Cersei’s orders. Seems like a great time to console her grieving brother/baby daddy with news of a new baby.
And after Tyrion spotted Jamie from afar in last week’s episode, the brothers finally had a real reunion. Tyrion spent most of it pleading with Jamie to ask Cersei for an armistice and work with Daenerys and Jon to beat the White Walkers. The fact is that both men have spent more than five minutes with their sister and likely know she’d never agree to it… at least not honourably. It’s difficult to reason with someone who has practically nothing left to lose.
THE BARATHEON FAMILY
We may have lost the Tyrell family last week and most of the Tarly family this week, but the Baratheons are back! If you’re someone who likes watching the opening credits, you may have noticed an early clue to the episode’s huge twist. Joe Dempsie, who plays Robert Baratheon’s bastard son, finally made his return to GoT. The last time we saw the gifted blacksmith and heir to the Iron Throne was in Season 3 as he paddled away from the Red Woman thanks to quick thinking from Davos. So it only makes sense that it was Davos who brought him back and introduced him to his new bestie Jon (sorry Sam).
Gendry doesn’t seem like a person who will go after the Iron Throne, but instead, just wants to be part of something that’s as big as the lineage he’s been forced to keep secret. We still don’t know who his mother is or whether her background is important, but we do know there are three full-grown dragons. That’s one for Daenerys to ride, one for Jon and maybe even one for Gendry.
We’re already getting stressed waiting for next week’s episode.