As if we weren't already stoked enough after last Sunday's amazing episode, the new Game of Thrones episode descriptions possibly tease a lot of anticipated fan theories coming true, including Cleganebowl, Battle of the Bastards and R+L=J.
Here are our best speculations on what HBO's impossibly vague descriptions for episodes six and seven mean:
"Blood of My Blood" (Sunday, May 29): 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).
"Blood of my blood" is a Dothraki saying about family, but that doesn't mean the title is referring to Daenerys in this instance. Since the episode will introduce Sam's entire family, including UnREAL's Freddie Stroma as his golden boy brother Dickon, it's possible "blood of my blood" simply refers to the complicated Tarly family dynamics.
However, the episode description might be misdirect. Often times, the most important players in an episode are left out of the description, so "blood of my blood" could imply the series finally confirming Jon Snow's (Kit Harington) true parents at the Tower of Joy.
The "old foe" mentioned here is almost definitely the Hound (Rory McCann), whom we last saw left for dead after battling Brienne (Gwnedoline Christie). However, based on book knowledge it's assumed the Hound will have renounced his previous, semi-villainous ways and teamed up with Ian McShane's character, a soldier-turned-priest who's likely inspired by the book character Septon Maribald.
There's no way Arya is spending the entire season on Braavos, so her "difficult choice" may be whether she stays loyal to the Faceless Men once her training is complete or returns to Westeros, ready to use her new assassin skills to continue checking names off her list. If that's the case, we're betting she chooses the latter.
"The Broken Man" (Sunday, June 5): The High Sparrow eyes another target. Jaime confronts a hero. Arya makes a plan. The North is reminded.
"The Broken Man" is a phrase taken from a Septon Maribald speech, so it's likely referring to the Hound. It's possible this will be the episode in which the Hound returns to King's Landing. If so, the High Sparrow could then target Zombie Mountain, now that the only person who could potentially take him down has shown up in town. That means Cleganebowl could be real, with the High Sparrow putting Cersei (Lena Headey) through trial-by-combat with the Mountain as her champion and the Hound as the Faith's.
But much like in the episode "Oathbreaker," the phrase "the broken man" might refer to many different characters. Jaime, Jon, Theon, Bran or Theon could also easily be broken men in the episode.
The hero Jaime confronts is a little harder to pin down. Since trailers reveal both Jaime and Brienne are heading to the Riverlands, it's possible this episode could see them reuniting, but on opposite sides of a conflict. Brienne would be loyal to Catelyn's family, the Tullys, while Jaime would likely be conducting unsavory Lannister business.
If Arya does indeed abandon the House of Black and White in the previous episode, she'll once again find herself on her own. In which case, it makes sense that Arya would need to make a plan as to what she does next. Spoiler alert: We bet it involves revenge.
"The North is reminded" is, without a doubt, the most hype part of these descriptions. On one hand, it could refer to Jon and Sansa (Sophie Turner) rallying the Northern houses to fight with them against Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). On the other, it could refer to the actual Battle of the Bastards itself, with the Stark army beating the Boltons and reminding the North who its real king is.
What do you make of the episode descriptions?