Seven Hells! Winter has finally ended in real life (I think), but it is just beginning on Game of Thrones. Are you ready?
The episode begins with a flashback of a young Cersei, already bossy and unafraid. She convinces her hand maiden to visit a seer who lives in the woods and as expected, bullies her into telling the young girl her future. The seer tells Cersei things she does not want to hear, which is what usually happens when you threaten someone: they tell you the truth. Cersei learns that she will be Queen, she will have three children and “gold will be their crowns, gold will be their shrouds” (and since Joffrey is already in the grave, we know that seer is no hack). She then tells Cersei that a younger Queen will come to power, taking everything she holds dear.
Grown Cersei is not trying to hear that mess. She knows the only person who could possibly usurp her power would be Margaery Tyrell, whose luck with husbands has been 0-2 so far. If Margaery finds a way to marry Tommen, Cersei would no longer hold sway over the young king or anyone else for that matter. But until then, she’s got a father to bury.
Across the Narrow Sea, a dirty, weak and bearded Tyrion arrives in Pentos. Lord Varys frees the Halfman from the crate he has been in for the entire trip, where he promptly pours himself a cup of wine. The two are staying at the home of Illyrio Mopatis, the same man who arranged the marriage between Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen. Varys wants to find a way to put Dany on the Iron Throne where she belongs. But she’s got her own problems.
In Meereen, the Mother of Dragons is having issues with the Sons of the Harpy, a band of assassins who are causing nothing but headaches for Dany. After the latest murder of one of her Unsullied, Dany is unsure of her next move. Thankfully, a very naked Daario (thank you HBO) advises her to use the best weapon she has: her dragons. Easier said than done, Daario!
Khaleesi’s babies are pissed. Drogon hasn’t been seen in weeks, while his brothers, Viserion and Rhaegal, have been banished to the catacombs. When Dany pays them a visit, they literally try to bite her head off, leaving her terrified. Will she be able to control her children and the people of Meereen?
Further North, Stannis has taken control of Castle Black. He meets with Jon Snow and tells him he wants the Wildlings to fight for him. But they won’t make a move without Mance Rayder’s say so. When Jon meets with him, Mance refuses to bend the knee and is sentenced to be burned alive by Lady Melisandre. As Mance starts to cook, Jon can take no more of it and puts an arrow through the man’s heart, ending his suffering. How will Stannis react to Jon’s betrayal? Does Stannis ever react?
Game of Thrones airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO.