How do you follow-up a reveal that one of your sexy lead characters is actually an ancient crone? With an even bigger twist, of course!
This week on Game of Thrones, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) almost got roasted to death, we got one step closer to a Stark family reunion and Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) returned from his one-year hiatus with a fresh new 'do. But that's far from all that went down in Westeros.
We break down the biggest moments from "Home" below, because we know your co-workers are going to want to talk about them tomorrow.
The Iron Islands: Unable to face Jon Snow, Theon decides to return home where, unbeknownst to him, trouble is brewing. Balon's warpath isn't paying dividends, but he refuses to listen to Yara's counsel for peace. But before the duo can find any resolution, Balon's life is cut short by his newly returned brother Euron Greyjoy. Yara swears vengeance on whoever killed Balon and aims to rule the Iron Islands. However, unlike a regular kingdom, the ruler of the Iron Born will be chosen by a democratic kingsmoot, and we're betting Euron isn't planning on letting Yara take the crown.
Mereen: Ever since Dany dipped out, her two captive dragons underneath Mereen have been on a hunger strike. Tyrion figures if he can unchain them, the dragons will start eating again. So off he goes, straight into the dragons' den, where he easily wins over the creatures' trust — maybe too easily. Is this proof that Tyrion really is a secret Targaryen or possibly one of the prophesied dragon riders? Maybe. Or maybe game just recognizes game. But here's to hoping we see Tyrion riding one of those bad boys in the near future!
Winterfell: Roose's wife Walda has finally popped, giving birth to a son. Ramsay offers his father hesitant congratulations, to which Roose insists, "you'll always be my firstborn." But apparently this wasn't enough for Ramsay to feel secure in his inheritance and he stabs Roose to death. Not that he told anyone that. Instead, Ramsay spreads the word that Roose was "poisoned by his enemies."
In a shocker to no one, Ramsay then lets loose his hounds on Walda and her baby. And while I know the Freys were behind the Red Wedding and the deaths of characters I love, there was no satisfaction in seeing a mother and her son, Frey or not, get eaten to death. Somebody seriously needs to put Ramsay down, STAT.
North of the Wall: The Three-Eyed Raven and Bran are continuing their training, but Bran is having a hard time living in the present. Instead, he prefers to escape into his visions, such as a glimpse of a young Ned, Benjen and Hodor. But it turns out Hodor isn't actually Hodor. Back in the day, he was a walking, talking able-minded boy named Willis. Clearly, Hodor's origin story will play a key role in the show's mythology going forward, as will Lyanna Stark, whom book readers instantly recognized as as Ned Stark's sister and the rumored real mother of Jon Snow. Does this mean the show is about to (finally) confirm R+L=J this season? (Spoiler alert: Almost definitely.)
The Wall: The Wildlings storm the gates of Castle Black just in time to stop Thorne and the Watch's assault on Ser Davos and his merry band of Jon Snow loyalists. Upon seeing a literal giant in the midst, the Watch doesn't hesitate to drop their arms, with the exception of Thorne and Olly who are locked up.
With the immediate threat extinguished, Tormund readies a fire to burn Jon's body, but Davos hasn't given up hope yet. He approaches the still-despondent Melisandre and begs her to use her magic to revive the late Lord Commander. The Red Woman finally agrees to attempt the complicated spell and goes through the entire incantation to seemingly no avail. However, as soon as everyone hopelessly leaves the room, guess who pops back to life? That's right: Jon mother-effin' Snow.
But as Beric Dondarrion previously warned, whenever a person is resurrected, they lose a part of themselves. Will this Jon be the same noble warrior we knew before? Or has his time on the other side changed him for the worst?
What did you think of "Home"?
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.