Episode title: Beyond the Wall
Director: Alan Taylor
Written by: David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
Summary: Arya confronts Sansa about the letter Sansa wrote in favor of Joffrey and the Lannisters. Sansa explains she was a child and threatened by Cersei, but Arya rejects her reasoning. Sansa confides in Littlefinger, who suggests that Brienne, sworn to serve both sisters, would intervene if Arya acted against Sansa. Sansa searches Arya’s room and finds Arya’s faces. Arya discovers Sansa and explains her training with the Faceless Men. Arya says she could take Sansa’s face, seemingly threatening her with the Valyrian steel dagger before instead leaving her with it.
Jon, the Hound, Jorah, Beric, Thoros, and Gendry journey beyond the wall with Tormund and five other Wildlings. An undead polar bear attacks, killing a Wildling; Thoros is savaged saving the Hound. The men kill the bear; Thoros’s wounds are cauterized and he continues. Jon and the others ambush and destroy a White Walker accompanied by wights, and all but one of the wights instantly collapse, inanimate. They capture the last wight, still animate. A horde of wights approaches; Gendry is sent alone to Eastwatch to send a raven to Daenerys while the others are trapped on a small island, separated from the wights by broken ice. Thoros succumbs to his wounds and the others cremate him. Gendry collapses from exhaustion at Eastwatch; Davos saves him and has the raven sent to Daenerys.
Daenerys flies Drogon north with Rhaegal and Viserion. The wights attack Jon’s group when the water refreezes, killing another Wildling and nearly overrunning the party. Daenerys arrives and the dragons burn many wights. Using an ice javelin, the Night King kills Viserion. Jon stays on the ground to cover the others’ departure, and is saved by Benjen Stark, who gives Jon his horse. Benjen falls against the wights while Jon escapes to Eastwatch.
Dany vows to fight the Night King with Jon. He calls her ‘my Queen’ and believes the Northern lords will come to accept her leadership. Daenerys hopes to be worthy of that trust. Beyond the wall, the Night King reanimates Viserion.
My take: Well this is just ridicu… HOLY FUCK, AN UNDEAD BEAR! I FORGOT ABOUT THE BEAR! I liked the interaction between the seven men as they walked, especially between Tormund and the Hound. It’s kind of ridiculous that a raven could reach Dany so fast. OMG EASTWATCH BARBIE! How many cosplays were born from that outfit? It was cool to finally see all three dragons fighting and… THEY PUT A DRAGON ON A STICK!
Changes from the books: The encounter with a bear-wight happened in the novels, but in a much earlier point, during the battle of the Fist of the First Men.
Nudity: None! It’s too cold!
Locations on the Map: King’s Landing, Dragonstone, Winterfell, the Wall, Eastwatch, Oldtown
Death Count: Thoros, wounded by the bear. A white walker by the group. Benjen, by the wights. Viserion, by the Night King
Quotes: The Hound: You want to suck my dick, is that it?
The Hound: Cock.
Tormund: Ah, dick. I like it.
The Hound: I bet you do.