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So after nine long months, everyone's favorite HBO hit show is back and better than ever. The episode started at The Wall, which I was happy that they chose to address the Jon Snow plot line first. Jon Snow appears to have "bled out" and Davos Seaworth, who was at The Wall during all of Season five, left over from when Stannis was there, discovers Jon and alerts other Jon Snow loyal Knights Watch members. They then take his body into a room and barricade themselves in. Alisor Thorne, who orchestrated the overthrow of Jon Snow, has taken control and has presumably named himself Lord Commander of the Knights Watch. Thorne and his supporters are in a standoff between Davos and the Jon Snow loyalists protecting Snow's "dead" body. Davos has sent, Ed, a Knights Watch member who was friends with Jon Snow, to get presumably the Wildlings, who Snow rescued last season to come back and help knock out Thorne.
The episode then jumped to the Sansa Star/Theon storyline and Sansa and Theon did not make it very far without the Bolton men finding and cornering them. Out of nowhere, Brienne and her squire, Podrick Pane, wipe out the Bolton men with ease. Brienne then swears to protect Sansa since she promised her mother she would before she died.
After this encounter, we go to Kings Landing and we see Cersi has recovered from her time in jail and her walk of shame across Kings Landing. She is alone in her room when she hears that her brother Jamie is back from Dorne presumably with Marcella, but she is unaware that she has died and was poisoned. She and Jamie then talk about it and Jamie attempts to console her by saying it is time for a comeback and they will take everything back that was taken from them. We then head to Dorne to see that Prince Doran Martell is just receiving news that Marsella has died and then the Sand Snakes out of nowhere launch a coup and take over Dorne, killing Doran Martell and Tristane Martell.
From Kings Landing, we jump across the narrow sea into Mereen, which has been left in ruins. Tyrion and Vays are trying to learn about the city that they are trying to rule over until Danyerous gets back. It was nice to see them back in action ruling over a city, the first time this has happened since Season 2.
Then, we follow the Daneryous storyline, who has been captured by a Dothraki hoard and is being treated as a slave. She meets with the leader, Khal Moro, and she reveals to him that she is Khal Drogo's wife. She is then uncuffed and immediately treated better. Meanwhile, Jorah Mormount and Dario Naharis are trying to locate her and come to the spot where she was taken last season. They find the ring she left behind and it is unclear how far away they are from her.
In Bravos, Arya Stark is coping with being blind, but the women from last season starts hitting her with a stick and tells Arya she needs to learn to fight blind. Not exactly sure how effective beating her with a stick is going to be, but it is what it is.
The episode ends back at The Wall with Alisor Thorne and his followers giving Davos and the Jon Snow loyalists an ultimatum; they will be granted amnesty as long as they open the door of the room, but Davos doesn't trust them.
Then the episode cuts to Melissandre, who is also at The Wall. She takes her clothes off, which many fans would view as a good thing, only to find that after she takes her necklace off, she turns into a revolting 115-year-old woman. Not exactly the greatest way to end an episode, but I'm just glad Thrones is back.
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By Spencer Roush