* Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen “The Broken Man.”
Ah, well, it's another late-ish recap from me this week.
Where in Seven Hells Are the Opening Credits?
Instead of the episode beginning with the credits, it immediately opens with a scene of a community building . . . a sept, maybe? Everyone is hard at work, including a guy chopping wood who turns out to be . . . Sandor Clegane. Yes, the Hound lives! And now the credits roll.
So the Hound was saved by this guy named Ray (had to Google that because I don't remember his name being mentioned? But then I am going to be a year older on Sunday so maybe it's just memory failure.), who leads this little community. Ray is a very charismatic, eloquent speaker, as we'll continue to see in this episode.
Margaery & Olenna Play a Little Pictionary
Having repented to the High Sparrow's satisfaction, Margaery is wearing her little antler crown again. She's also now dressed very demurely. In a moment of hella awkwardness, the High Sparrow lectures her about how Tommen has gone to him about Margaery's non-performance of her wifely duties. In addition, the Sparrow makes an oblique threat against Lady Olenna. When the latter tries to talk to Margaery alone, Margaery won't dismiss Septa Unella from the room. Olenna demands that her granddaughter leave for Highgarden, but Margaery turns the conversation around and tells her grandmother that she should be the one to leave straightaway. Margaery also presses something into Olenna's hand, and once the Queen of Thorns is outside and alone, she looks at the scrap of parchment, which has a drawing of a Tyrell rose on it.
Tormund is doing his best to try and convince the Wildlings to fight for Jon, even though they originally signed up to fight the White Walkers and not the northen houses. Jon warns them that they're still very much in danger from Ramsay. Wun Wun stands up and says, "Snow." Would you really want to argue with Wun Wun?
Olenna 1, Cersei 0
Cersei and Frankengregor pay Lady Olenna a visit. Cersei questions her about leaving King's Landing while Loras is still in a cell, which prompts Olenna to go off on Cersei. Cersei admits she's to blame for the mess they're in and says that they need each other. Olenna, however, is still planning on hightailing it back to Highgarden.
You Call This a Siege?
Bronn is back! And he's traveling with Jaime, of course, this time to the Riverlands to take back Riverrun from the Blackfish. The two guys are totally not impressed by they Freys' siege efforts so far, and when they arrive on the scene, the Blackfish is staring down from the castle ramparts at his enemies, who are threatening Edmure's life. Dear Uncle Brynden is like, eh, just kill him and get it over with. Jaime orders the Freys to feed Edmure and clean him up, and he's going to have a a little chat with the Blackfish.
Lyanna Mormont FTFW!
Someone give this girl her own TV show—DAMN! Lyanna Mormont, Lady of Bear Island, totally, utterly, and completely steals this scene, in which Sansa and Jon both woefully fail to make their case why Lady Lyanna should help them take back the north. Davos, however, proves much more adept at pleading their cause; his interaction with Lyanna reminded me a little of all his poignant scenes with Shireen Baratheon. In the end, Lyanna pledges the fighting men of Bear Island—all 62 of them.
The Riverrun drawbridge is lowered for Jaime, who gets absolutely nowhere during his brief conversation with the Blackfish. The latter is neither impressed with finally meeting the Kingslayer face-to-face, nor with Jaime threatening to bring a sizeable Lannister host down on Riverrun.
Not Even Davos Can Save This One
The next stop for Sansa, Jon, and Davos is House Glover, whose lord is resolute in his refusal to provide men. The pain of losing their castle to the Ironborn while Robb went south is still very fresh, and in this case, the north remembering backfires on Jon and Sansa.
The Broken Man #2
Yara and Theon apparently really did steal the fastest ships in the Iron fleet because later in the episode we find out that they've already been spotted in Slaver's Bay. Yara and the rest of the Ironborn are enjoying some, ahem, onshore revelry while Theon sits there miserably. Yara tells him that if he's so broken and can't go back to being Theon Greyjoy, he should end his life. Sisterly love, Ironborn-style.
Dear Littlefinger, Please Send the Knights of the Vale
Jon, Sansa, and Davos are back at their makeshift camp. Jon is worried that the snow will end their fight before it even starts, so they can't afford to lose any more time gathering more men. Sansa, however, doesn't agree, and at the end of the scene, she's writing a letter to someone. That someone has to be Littlefinger.
That's One Hell of a Speech
We check in with Ray, who's talking about his past life as a not-no-nice-guy to a rapt audience that includes the Hound. The Hound truly seems to be moved by Ray's speech, in which Ray says that it's never too late to come back. Three shifty looking men from the Brotherhood Without Banners happen upon the community and not so politely ask for horses and food. Ray welcomes them to stay for a meal but that's all that he can offer. The men leave, but the Hound senses future trouble from them.
In Which Arya Fails to Watch Her Back
In Braavos, two men are discussing the Iron fleet being seen in Slaver's Bay. Arya walks up to them and throws lots of coins down on the table, booking passage on a ship bound for Westeros the next morning. That's not a quick enough departure, however, as Arya runs into an elderly woman who turns out to be the Waif. The Waif promptly stabs Arya repeatedly, and when we last see Arya, she's stumbling through the streets, bleeding out badly.
The Ax Man Cometh
The Hound is still chopping wood when he hears horses. When he arrives back at Ray's community, he finds everyone, including Ray, dead, killed by those men from the Brotherhood. We last see the Hound grabbing his ax.
In the Next Episode
Cersei chooses violence against the Faith Militant. Jaime and Brienne meet up in the Riverlands.