Welcome back to another recap of another intense Game of Thrones episode. Jon Snow is back but the game remains the same.
Today started with Jon gasping for breath and slowly realising, much to his horror, he is alive. We get a good look at his back muscles and dat ass as Ser Davos calms him. The Red Woman has fulfilled our dreams! Jon is still in shock as he runs his hands over his wounds, remembering his murder by the Night’s Watch. While unable to process his resurrection, Melisandre questions Jon about where he went after death. “What did you see?” she asked. Jon responds with a low voice, “Nothing. There was nothing at all.”
The Red Woman’s faith has been restored and she believes Jon may be the Prince Who Was Promised. Jon thinks he shouldn’t even be here and doesn’t have the confidence to face challenges like he once had. “I did what I thought was right, and I got murdered for it”. He reminded me of Ned in his moment. But Davos gives him a fatherly pep talk after Jon states he had failed before: “Now go fail again.”
Jon is considered a god among the Night’s Watch, the man who returned from the dead. Jon denies being one and Tormund makes a light jab at his manhood: “I know that, I saw your pecker. what kind of god would have a pecker that small?” The same light humour continues as Edd and Jon embrace and share a couple of jokes.
The episode cuts to Sam and Gilly at sea. As a seasick Sam retches into a bucket, Gilly mentions they are on their way to Oldtown, “the most beautiful city in Westeros”. However, Sam plans to take Gilly to his home, Horn Hill, where his mother and sister can take care of her and baby Sam while he goes and trains to be a maester. There’s a cute moment between Gilly and Sam before he vomits into the bucket again. Awkward.
Scene cuts to Bran and the Three Eyed Raven in another memory: Ned Stark and Lord Howland Reed as young men confronting Ser Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy in Dorne. Ned is looking for Lyanna, who we assume is in the tower. A rather messy battle commences that leads to a 1v1 between Ned and Arthur. As the fight looks in favour of Arthur, the greatest swordsman alive, Reed stabs Arthur in the back, allowing Ned to kill him. The scene ends with Ned going up the tower, the first clue we have to the R+L=J theory.
Back in the tree cave, the Three Eyed Rave warns Bran again of lingering the memories they explore. “You won’t be the old man in the tree… But you must learn. Everything.”