Game of Thrones prides itself on gloriously vague episode descriptions, and the next two episodes of Season 6 are in keeping with this tradition. But there are tantalizing hints to be gleaned, in the form of more character reunions, battles, and some Red Wedding retribution.
From HBO’s official press release, they are as follows:
Season 6 episode 6: “Blood of my Blood”
An old foe comes back into the picture. Gilly (Hannah Murray) meets Sam’s (John Bradley) family. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a difficult choice. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) faces off against the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce).
Season 6 episode 7: “ The Broken Man”
The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded.
Though these are more vague than Melisandre’s prophecies, they are also filled with clues. It is known. Let’s break them down.
“An old foe comes into the picture”
The primary “old foe” we have yet to deal with is Red Wedding perpetrator Walder Frey. Everyone else on Arya’s kill list — save Cersei — is already dead, and Ramsay is not an old foe but an ongoing one. Frey is the one villain who has been a loose plot thread since Season 3. And because he watched with glee as Robb and Catelyn Stark met their brutal ends, it’s hard to believe the show will go the way of Gendry and forget about him entirely. He’s therefore the most likely candidate for this “old foe.”
Arya faces a difficult choice
Arya’s primary struggle is her inability to leave her identity as “Arya Stark” behind in order to become “no one.” Any difficult choice, then, will tie into her background. As her kill list is mostly a thing of the past, and it’s unlikely Cersei will travel to Braavos any time soon, it stands to reason this will not have to do with her vengeance but rather her family.
Perhaps belated word of Jon’s death will reach Braavos, or word of Rickon’s imprisonment. Maisie Williams has already said Arya will lose her shit even more if and when she hears of Jon’s death.
Jaime faces off against the High Sparrow
From “Book of the Stranger,” we already know Jaime will ally with the Tyrell army to smoke the Faith out of King’s Landing like bees in a hive. From the trailer, we can surmise this clash will involve weapons. Jaime is about to have a big season filled with battles, and we can expect to see the first very soon.
“The High Sparrow eyes another target.”
Unfortunately, from this description of episode 7, the show is already spoiling the fact that Jaime will not beat the High Sparrow in their standoff. Since Jaime appears in episode 7’s description too, we know he won’t die in the skirmish, but neither will he vanquish the Sparrow. A fan theory posits that the mysterious Sparrow is secretly Howland Reed — Ned Stark’s companion from that Tower of Joy flashback. And while it’s improbable, it’s safe to say if Game of Thrones is keeping the High Sparrow around, he has a role to play in the wars to come.
Jaime confronts a hero
If you’re touchy about spoilers, skip this item. From the internet’s little birds, we know that Jaime will travel to the Riverlands this season — using a previously skipped plotline from an earlier book — and he will reunite with Brienne. As the closest thing the show has to a chivalric knight, it stands to reason that Brienne is this “hero.”
“The North is Reminded”
This line is the most gloriously vague of all — Game of Thrones is really outdoing itself, here. Tinfoil hat theories would say this indicates Lady Stoneheart’s entrance — Catelyn Stark’s vengeful re-animated corpse, a strong presence in the books that has thus far been omitted from the show, perhaps to make Jon’s resurrection more unique. Lady Stoneheart would certainly remind the North. However, reports say Thoros of Myr is returning, so this could also indicate the Brotherhood Without Banners making a comeback. But then again, it could be simpler: Sansa Stark finally taking up her rightful mantle as Queen of The North.
“Blood of My Blood” airs on May 29th on HBO and “The Broken Man” airs on June 5th.