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Game of Thrones: We're One Step Closer to Learning Who Jon's Parents Are

Find out what happened at the Tower of Joy

Sadie Gennis

Do you miss when people wanted to talk about Game of Thronescharacters other than Jon Snow (Kit Harington)?

Me too, but the new status quo is here to stay. This week, Jon Snow once again found himself the talk of the hour after the HBO drama got painfully close to confirming a major theory about Jon's parentage during a flashback sequence with Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow).

Check out this and the other must-see moments from "Oathbreaker" below.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Tower of Joy: Remember way back in Season 1 when Ned promised to tell Jon about his mother, but then was beheaded and never got the chance to follow through?


Well, thanks to Bran's magic visions, we're one step closer to the answers we've been waiting for. That's right. They still haven't actually confirmed R+L=J. Instead, they're prolonging this "mystery" as if Thrones fans were really clamoring for another ridiculously drawn-out plotline whose reveal most everyone will see coming. But hey, no complaints really, because the Tower of Joy flashback was still fun nonetheless.

We got young Ned Stark, Ser Arthur Dayne, Howland Reed -- the whole gang of players book readers have been dying to see!

As Bran watches from a distance, we see Ned's little gang of scrappers arrive at the Dornish tower to find Lyanna Stark. But before they can reach her, they have to battle three of the recently-slain Prince Rhaegar's Kingsguard, including the legendary Sword of the Morning.

Dayne is rumored to be the greatest knight who ever lived, and he easily lives up to the hype, taking on four men at once, with a sword in each hand. It's totally badass and in the end, it comes down to Dayne vs. Ned. But before Dayne can finish the Stark patriarch off, Howland pops out of nowhere and stabs the knight in the back, allowing Ned to finish the job. Not exactly honorable, but since when was war about honor?

While this is all well and good, the battle was just the appetizer to what fans really want. However, much to my chagrin, as soon as Ned heads into the Tower, the Three-Eyed Raven drags Bran (and us) reluctantly back into the cave. Boo!

The ocean somewhere: Sam and Gilly's sea voyage isn't going great, and not just because Sam has terrible seasickness. The wannabe maester reveals to Gilly that he doesn't actually plan on taking her to the Citadel with him. Instead, Sam's going to drop her and their son off at his home. With his family. Whom he hates. I bet this will go well...

The King's Landing: The Lannisters always pay their debts, which means the High Sparrow, the Tyrells and the Sand Snakes best watch their backs! Aided by Zombie Mountain, Qyburn's new "little birds," and their own inflated sense of power, Cersei and Jaime attempt to steamroll the Small Council into helping them get justice for Myrcella. However, their uncle Kevan, Tommen's Hand, has no time for the twincest shenanigans and simply cancels the Small Council meeting. Not exactly an epic mic drop, but A for effort on Kevan's part.

Elsewhere, Tommen attempts to get some justice of his own, storming the High Sparrow's chambers. But rather than rain fists of fury on the Sparrow, Tommen finds himself getting reasoned with and seemingly warming to the man who locked up his mother and his wife. What is wrong with this kid? He just agrees with whomever he spoke with last. Have some backbone, Tommen. You're a Lannister, for Christ's sake!

Braavos: After what felt like an eternity, Arya became No One and got her eyesight back. There's really nothing else to say about this except yaaaawn.

Winterfell: In a far more exciting Stark twist, little baby Rickon resurfaced. The youngest Stark (who is now well into puberty) was last seen heading to House Umber with the wildling Osha. Unfortunately, not all of the North has stayed loyal to the Starks, and Rickon now finds himself the latest captive of Ramsay. To make matters worse, they killed his Direwolf, Shaggydog! That means we only have Ghost, Summer and the long-lost Nymeria left.

The Wall: Thank R'hllor the show finally stopped spinning its wheels and got to the good stuff with Jon Snow. Now that he's alive, Jon is having a hard time coping with the fact that A) All he did was try to do the right thing and that got him murdered, and B) He saw nothing on the other side.

But before Jon can wrestle with these existential crises, he has to face those who betrayed him. Back in control of the Watch, Jon gathers Thorne, Olly and Co. and hangs them all. That's right. Pop them bottles, because Olly is dead! Praise the Seven and hallelu!

But after this sweet, sweet moment, Jon passes his cloak -- and his reign as Lord Commander -- to Eddison Tollett. Please don't say this means Jon won't be at the Wall when Sansa and Brienne arrive looking for his help. We've waited too long for this.

What did you think of "Oathbreaker"?