After having scattered our favorite characters to the ends of Westeros and beyond, Game of Thrones is starting to bring the ol' gang back together, for better or for worse.
Theon (Alfie Allen) returned home to the Iron Islands, Jorah (Iain Glen) and Daario (Michiel Huisman) caught up with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) resurfaced for the first time since the destruction he sowed last season. Oh, and did we mention there was a mother effing Stark family reunion?!
But that's far from all that went down in "Book of the Stranger." Check out the moments everyone will be talking about below.
The Wall: Before Jon has time to pack up his things and dipset, we finally get what we've been waiting seasons for - Brienne and Tormund meeting! I kid (kind of). In the first of what I hope to be many Stark reunions this season, Sansa arrives at Castle Black and sees Jon for the first time since Season 1. And if you didn't tear up when the long-lost siblings embraced each other, you clearly have greyscale because your heart is STONE.
After some brief small talk about soup, Sansa apologizes for being awful and Jon apologizes for being emo growing up. It was adorable and self-aware in a way few characters in the show are ever allowed to be. But the sweet moment is cut short when Sansa declares her intentions to forcibly reclaim Winterfell from the Boltons. Jon replies that he's tired of fighting and wants no part of her vengeance plan. However, Sansa is not to be dissuaded and says she plans to move ahead, Jon or no Jon.
Luckily, Sansa has at least one ally on her side: Unbeknownst to her, Littlefinger has convinced Robin Arryn to send the Knights of the Vale to her aid.
Meanwhile at Castle Black, another (far less heartfelt) reunion goes down. Upon arrival, Brienne doesn't waste time before reminding Davos and Melisandre of what they did to Renly - and what she did to Stannis. But while Brienne is upfront about her intentions and past actions, Melisandre remains coy about what she did to Shireen, refusing to tell Davos exactly what went down before their king was cut down in battle.
But everyone puts their issues aside for an awkward dinner that only gets more uncomfortable when Jon receives a letter from Ramsay, full of predictably despicable threats and taunts. Fortunately, the letter is exactly the kick in the butt Jon needs to join Sansa's mission.
Mereen: Tyrion strikes a deal that the slavers will have seven years to end slavery and that they will be compensated for their losses. In exchange, they will cut off their financial support of the Sons of the Harpy. Obviously, Missandei, Grey Worm and the former slaves of Mereen are pissed at the peace treaty. But Tyrion insists he knows how to use the slavers to their advantage, to which Grey Worm warns, "You will not use them. They will use you." Foreshadowing much?
King's Landing: The High Sparrow allows Margaery to visit Loras, who isn't nearly as cut out for this whole imprisonment thing as his sister. Despite Margaery's best pep talk, Loras is broken beyond repair, begging for the torture to stop at all costs.
Tommen echos Loras, pleading with Cersei to tread lightly with the High Sparrow so that they can avoid further angering him and save Margaery. But Cersei has no time for the carrot and, in a great twist, swallows her pride and extends an olive branch to Olenna, inviting her and Kevan Lannsiter to join her and Jaime in a plot to take down the High Sparrow once and for all.
Vaes Dothrak: Daario and Jorah's rescue mission doesn't get off to a great start. Jorah immediately gets his butt kicked and would have been killed had it not been for Daario's help. And while this fight scene was kind of a bust, I do appreciate Jorah's excellent King of the Hill callback.
Yet despite their bumbling ways, the two manage to quickly find Daenerys, who refuses to leave, knowing good and well that you can't run from the Dothraki. Instead, Dany strolls proudly in front of the panel of khals who are to decide her fate and drags each and every one of them for being the small men that they are. She then sets fire to the entire building, incinerating all the men inside and emerging unscathed and nude (this is still Game of Thrones, after all). The Dothraki gathered outside bow down and it appears as though Dany finally has the army she needs to march on Westeros. Now where, oh where, could she get the ships to take them there...
What did you think of the episode?