‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Everyone is a Targaryen

Meeran, Hodor and Bran are back this season on "Game of Thrones." (Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)
Meera, Hodor and Bran are back this season on “Game of Thrones.” (Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)

I never thought I would miss a character I didn’t really care about so much — but Bran has finally returned to “Game of Thrones,” along with Hodor, Meera and the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). His first scene shows his looking at his father’s past, as we see young Ned Stark interacting with his siblings at Winterfell, along with a young Hodor, who surprisingly can speak and has a name: Willis.

Thankfully, the scenes with Bran seem as if they’re going to answer questions about the characters that have been confusing and frustrating fans since the beginning of the series as he looks into the past. Why did Hodor stop speaking? Where did the word Hodor come from? What happened to Lyanna Stark? And what is Jon Snow’s true parentage (ha, just kidding, we all know it’s Lyanna and Rheagar Targaryen — which looks as if it will be confirmed in one of Bran’s visions next week).

A question that’s still looming is how will Tyrion handle being a ruler of Meereen? Currently, it seems like he’s not doing well. The empire Daenerys had built is crumbling while she’s with the Dothraki, and Tyrion’s plan of keeping control is setting her dragons loose. While it seems to be a bad plan for the foreseeable future, the cinematography made for one of the most beautiful scenes throughout the series, despite it being mostly CGI. Another beautiful part of the series is Tyrion’s love for the dragons. He’s a natural with them, and it seems he has been a dragon lover throughout his life. While it’s basically confirmed that Jon Snow is a Targaryen, this scene gives further credence to the theory that Tyrion is as well.

While the episode doesn’t feature any scenes with Daenerys, everyone’s second-favorite Targaryen, Jon Snow, is finally brought back from the dead in the most predictable, but at the same time utterly thrilling, scene of the night. Davos begs Melisandre to attempt to bring back the deceased Lord Commander, to which she finally agrees. After a lengthy process in which Melisandre held my dream job of touching Jon Snow’s hair, and then assuming she failed at resurrection when there were no immediate results, everyone leaves, assuming he will stay dead. Only Ghost remains by his side when his eyes finally open again, and both Jon Snow and I truly feel alive once more. The major question now though, is although he’s alive again, will he still be the same Jon Snow everyone knows and loves?


Although Theon said he’s heading home, and the next scene showed the Iron Islands, I think Theon is going to return to the place he feels is actually his home — Winterfell. The newly brave Theon will kill try and hopefully succeed at killing Ramsay by the end of the season, and probably die in the attempt.

Stray Observation

Davos apologizing for being bad at fighting was adorable. I hope he never dies, but now that I’ve said that he’ll probably be gone by the next episode.


Thankfully no weddings to endure for any nervous fans, yet again.


The Mountain’s zombie body disgustingly killed a man who spoke about Cersei in a piggish, sexual nature. Ramsay went on a killing spree, ensuring he would become Lord Bolton by killing his father, Roose, his step-mother Walda and his newborn baby brother. Balon Greyjoy was killed by his returning brother


Yara Greyjoy is going to be screwed over by her psychotic uncles, who will never let her rule the Iron Islands.