HBO has released the official titles for the next two episodes of Game of Thrones, and like most things with this show — the news is ominous at best.
Next Sunday's episode is titled "Home," which sounds warm enough. The official log line reads, "Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). In King's Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night's Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals."
The good news is that Bran is returning and after being gone for all of last season fans will have a first glimpse at his improved powers. There will also be a chance for Jaime and Tommen to have a heartwarming father and son chat (and fingers crossed it goes better than the last time Jaime had an honest conversation with one of his children. R.I.P. Myrcella). The worrying part of the second episode is of course what terrible plan will Ramsay come up with to secure his place as the future Lord of Winterfell and to recapture Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Will it be enough to prevent the Iron Islands' plan to also take over the North?
The episode is written by Dave Hill and directed by Jeremy Podeswa (who also helmed "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" aka "The Sansa Rape" episode last season).
The title and and description for this season's third episode, airing May 8, is where fans should be worried.
"Oathbreaker" is described as, "Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) meets her future. Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). Arya (Maisie Williams) trains to be No One. Varys (Conleth Hill) finds an answer. Ramsay gets a gift."
The episode was penned by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and will be directed by Dan Sackheim (The Americans). Fans may remember the fourth season episode titled, "Oathkeeper," in which Jaime gives Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) the titular sword and she leaves Kings Landing with the oath to use it to keep Sansa safe — for both Jaime and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley). One of the most uplifting moments of this season's premiere was Brienne finally uniting with Sansa and swearing to protect her from all those who wish her harm (pretty much everyone at this point). "Oathbreaker" implies that something is going to happen to that bond (and because fans of this show aren't allowed to have nice things), making the idea of "Ramsay gets a gift" nauseating to read.
What do you think of the upcoming episode descriptions?
Game of Thrones continues Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.