In life one can never be too sure of their story. A path can be etched out so perfectly with a calculated destination in sight, yet at a moment’s notice the same passage can be decimated, unknown forces eradicating the route it once presented. The tale of the Game of Thrones is no different. Very recently a queen with half the resources bested another through military cunning and strategy. And while it felt as though her ascension was becoming surer and surer, a change of heart birthed by fire resulted in a complete restructuring of the political climate. As the scales of power teeter in the Seven Kingdoms, the long night draws nearer, threatening at each moment to rewrite everyone’s story into one simple narrative: that of destruction and death.
“Eastwatch” opens with the smoldering aftermath of Daenerys’ attack on the Lannister army, smoke rising from the ashes amidst a glassy body of water. The stillness of the river, the one in which Jaime was pushed, is disrupted by Bronn’s emergence as he pulls his commander from the depths of an almost permanent end. As the two find themselves alive and breathing on dry land, they begin to process what they’ve just witnessed internally and with one another. Bronn, shocked by Jaime’s stupidity, immediately questions him as to why he charged at Daenerys with a massive dragon at her back. Jaime explains that he was attempting to end the war, not convincing his savior of anything other than his possible lunacy. Bronn has no patience for this fanatical valiance and reminds Jaime that until his personal debt is paid, Bronn himself is the only one who has the right to deliver his death.
Jaime appears to be completely unfazed by Bronn’s bickering. He now knows the truth of the dragon queen’s power and realizes the damage suffered was merely a taste. As a soldier, and one who’s experienced the terror of dragon fire before, he realizes they no longer have a chance of winning this war. Jaime thinks aloud, mentioning that he has to tell Cersei at once. Bronn’s eyes immediately widen as he replies, “Might as well jump back in that river.”
As one brother contemplates the horrific destruction of his army and resources, another finds himself equally chilled by the aftermath of his queen’s victory. Tyrion, now making his way toward Dany’s location, walks through a field of charred soldiers, staring in fear at the burnt remnants of the Lannister convoy. As the captives are lead by the Dothraki to meet their judgment, it’s clear the scenery isn’t sitting well for the queen’s hand. Eventually everyone gathers around Daenerys, where she stands atop a large rock with Drogon, impressive as ever, mightily positioned behind her. She addresses the crowd briefly, explaining that she’s no monster like the queen in which they serve. Continuing that her true aspiration is to bring peace to a territory cursed by the corruption of all those who’ve previously governed it. She offers little in the way of propaganda or frills and concludes by telling the survivors that they have one simple choice: bend the knee and join her, or refuse and die. Initially, only a small handful of men submit, causing Drogon to unleash a shrilling scream in reaction to their disobedience. Almost instantly after, the majority of the remaining Lannister soldiers kneel, leaving only a few standing. Among them, Lord Randyll Tarly and son Dickon. Daenerys addresses Lord Tarly, confirming with him that he in fact will not kneel, to which he replies, “I already have a queen.” Tyrion, understanding the weight of another great house being lost, tries to reason with him, mentioning Cersei’s murder of the rightful queen and the destruction of their historical ally in House Tyrell. And although he makes many valid points it’s clear that Cersei’s promotion of the fight against foreign savages has resonated deeply within Lord Tarly as he rejects the dragon queen one last time.
Following his insubordination, Randyll Tarly is guided towards death, but not before his son Dickon intercedes, mentioning she’ll have to kill him too. Tyrion attempts one last time to find a solution other than murder, pleading, “Your grace, if you start beheading entire families…” but she quiets him. She’s made up her mind and calmly retorts, “I’m not beheading anyone.” The dragon fire is summoned and the two men are burned alive. At this point, no soldiers remain on their feet.
Jamie has since made his way back to the Red Keep, moving quickly, to inform Cersei of the severity of what’s taken place. Passing Qyburn near the entrance of her chamber, he enters to find his queen sitting on her bed, appearing prepared for the news in which he brings. She wastes no time, immediately requesting an update on the losses they’ve suffered. And while Jaime has no real numbers to report, he shows great signs of defeat in his demeanor. Cersei, colder than ever, mentions the commonality of heavy losses in war, stating they have enough money to buy mercenaries. And while she continues to strategize as if nothing’s changed, Jaime genuinely expresses their military inferiority against this enemy. He tells of the Dothraki’s skill in killing, that it’s unmatched and any army in Westeros is merely child’s play for a force of their talents and strengths. He expresses the terror of Daenerys’ dragon, explaining how it alone destroyed 1,000 wagons and who knows how many men. Finishing with the fact that she only unleashed one of the beasts, and that she has three in total. His message is clear, this war they cannot win.
Albeit a very grave warning from her brother, Cersei still manages to dance around the seriousness of their vulnerability. She mentions that perhaps Tyrion could speak to the dragon queen on their behalf, as a payment of sorts for murdering their father and son. It is in this moment that Jaime delivers Olenna’s dying wish and informs Cersei that it was not Tyrion who killed Joffrey, but Olenna Tyrell. Cersei’s crazed mind won’t accept it at first, but Jaime convinces her of the facts. It seems that every new piece of information unhinges the queen even further from reality as she concludes their conversation vowing the only path is to fight and die.
Meanwhile, back at Dragonstone, Jon looks out onto the ocean to find that the mother of dragons is making her return. As she descends from the clouds, landing forcefully on the cliff, Jon stands bravely as the dragon makes contact with the land, rapidly approaching the king in the north. Drogon lets out a powerful scream before edging intimately close to Jon’s position. Ever so bravely, Jon removes his glove and reaches his hand out towards Drogon’s face. Daenerys’ view is a bit hindered but she can sense what’s happening; for the second time in her life, another human being has touched one of her children. Jon, unbeknownst to almost everyone, is a true Targaryen, and it appears Drogon can sense that he’s in the presence of a fellow dragon.
Following the epic encounter, Daenerys dismounts and the two get reacquainted as they discuss the results of the attack, both retaining their respective views regarding her methods. Dany draws comparisons to the Battle of the Bastards, noting the many casualties that resulted in its wake, an unfortunate but necessary facet of war. Her intention is to truly help people and she explains to Jon that one must operate from a position of strength to do so. Admitting that the path to that position can often times be a terrible one. In this private moment, Daenerys takes the opportunity to inquire as to what Davos meant when he mentioned that Jon took a knife in the heart for his people. Jon, still not wanting to reveal this particular chapter in his story, replies simply that Ser Davos gets carried away at times. She’s surely skeptical, and tries to clarify that the comment was in fact a figure of speech, but before anything else can be revealed, her Blood Riders approach. Qhono mentions that someone has come to Dragonstone claiming to be her friend, stepping aside to reveal none other than Jorah Mormont, a treasured friend indeed. As Dany stares in disbelief, Jorah kneels showing his undying allegiance to his Khaleesi. As he rises, meeting his queen’s eyes, it’s obvious the two share a powerful connection. Dany seems shaken when she realizes an introduction is in order and introduces Joran Mormont and Jon Snow for the first time. Jon, immediately recognizing the name, mentions that he served for his father. Daenerys remarks on Jorah’s physical stature, stating that he looks strong, confirming that he had in fact found the cure. Jorah, her most faithful servant, ensures that he did, stating that he wouldn’t have returned otherwise. He requests to return to her service, if she’ll have him, and she accepts, stating it would be her honor. She then embraces him in a very loving fashion while Jon looks on, unsure of how he feels with what’s transpiring. Albeit his uneasiness, Jorah has never been able to secure that place in Daenerys’ heart, but will always be one of her most devoted followers. This is a powerful acquisition for the southern queen as she regains a highly skilled, loyal advisor. A man who will, without question, give his life for the preservation of hers. His value will prove to be significant in the wars to come.
As the two queens continue their war in the south, Bran’s sole focus remains on the horrific war that’s drawing nearer and nearer to the northern border. As he sits beside the Heart Tree in the Godswood of Winterfell, he uses his Warging ability to lead a group of ravens on a scouting mission beyond the wall. As the birds make their way over icy, mountain terrain, they pass Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, the point where the wall meets the ocean. Pressing forth, they enter into dangerous territory, where all that’s visible is a sea of white enveloped by an unrelenting storm. In a horrifying revelation, Bran sees through the eyes of the ravens, that the Army of the Dead is much closer than expected. Scaling thousands of deceased soldiers, he spots the Knight King and his lieutenants towards the center of the infantry. A psychic connection between the two proves to be as real as it is terrifying as the Night King, sensing Bran’s presence, turns abruptly towards the flock, waking him from his trance. Maester Wolkan observes uncertainly as Bran turns to him and immediately commands that Ravens be sent.
The three-eyed-raven’s urgency proves to be effective as his message is dispatched to the furthermost reaches of Westeros, including that of the great Citadel. Gathering in a private room to discuss the news are Archmaester Ebrose and a group of esteemed Maesters within the institution. They pick apart the message, scrutinizing and questioning every aspect. Sam, who just so happens to be working in that very room, overhears the mention of the crippled boy and the Army of the Dead. As the Maesters scowl at the validity of the scroll’s author and his mention of magical ravens and deceased soldiers, Sam courageously interjects. He mentions the boy as being that of Brandon Stark, and cites the great amount of time he spent beyond the wall. Further noting that his resiliency to stay alive during that time is unmatched by any other, and that his word deserves to be respected. While his audience grumbles, Archmaester Ebrose asks if there’s a clearer suggestion that he’d like to pose. Sam replies strongly, stating that the Citadel has the power to legitimize this news within the seven kingdoms and influence thousands of soldiers to defend the living in the Great War to come. Noting also the vast texts in the restricted section, potentially containing invaluable information to help defeat the White Walkers for good. But as he waits valiantly hoping for understanding, Archmaester Ebrose contests that while the news may be true, it may also be a political ploy. A disappointed Sam pleads to him that he’s seen it only to be dismissed. After he’s left the room it’s revealed that the Maesters all know of his brother and father’s end, a gruesome nugget of information they’ve yet to share with him, proving even further a lack of trust and morality between Sam and the organization in which he serves.
As Sam struggles with the helplessness of his current position, a similar predicament is felt across the Narrow Sea. In the giant audience room at Dragonstone, Tyrion and Varys sit alone and discuss the actions of their queen, specifically the Loot Train Battle. It’s clear that Tyrion disapproves of the way in which Daenerys handled herself, but he explains to Varys that albeit his position of power, he cannot force his queen to do anything she doesn’t want to. Lord Varys, previously in the service of her father, mentions feeling similarly during the Mad King’s reign, at the time pretending that he played no part in the horrors that took place during Aerys rule. Tyrion retorts that she isn’t her father, and Varys agrees, but mentions that proper counsel is imperative in ensuring that she never becomes him. As they sip their wine and process the torching of thousands of men at their queen’s command, they wrestle with personal ethics in a climate of war. Throughout their exchange Varys holds a small scroll in his hand. Towards the end of their conversation Tyrion finally asks about it, wondering the details of the contents. Varys, after initially claiming to have not read the king’s private message, reveals that it contains nothing good.
From Varys’ hands to the king in the north, the message is received by it’s most pertinent recipient. The scroll did in fact bring terrible news in telling of the position of the Knight King’s army, but also informs Jon that his brother and sister are both still alive. As he reveals the news to Daenerys and her council, he insists that he must return home at once. He knows that if the Army of the Dead descends upon Eastwatch the living world, as they know it, will have no chance at survival. The queen objects saying he hasn’t the forces to stand a chance, to which Jon replies that it doesn’t matter, they’ll fight with what they have, unless she’s changed her mind and will join him. Dany’s not about to give up her ascension to power after a great victory and mentions if she leaves now, Cersei will just invade. Tyrion then comes forth with an idea potentially proving otherwise. From there, Tyrion, Jon, Dany, Jorah and Davos devise a plan in where they’ll capture a White Walker and bring it to Cersei’s doorstep so she can see for herself that the threat is real, mitigating the southern war, rallying all forces towards the one true enemy, death.
As they work out the details, the plan starts to spin itself into place. Tyrion will use Davos’ help to get into King’s Landing in an effort to meet with Jaime. This will hopefully result in the securing of a meeting between Cersei and the dead. Jorah will partner with Jon and the others upon their return to lead an expedition beyond the wall. As everything starts to materialize, Daenerys realizes she’s going to lose her hand, Ser Jorah who she’s just gotten back, and the king in the north whom she’s grown rather fond of. Visibly affected by the reality, she states to Jon that she hasn’t given him permission to leave, in a sudden effort to prevent him from going. Jon, who senses her intention, powerfully and respectfully reminds her that he is a king, and doesn’t need her position to go. Concluding with soulful purpose that he trusted in a stranger when he came to Dragonstone, because it was the best chance for all their people. With the plan proving to be the best chance for survival, he asks her to do the same.
Jon’s travels away from Winterfell have been critical in the fight for humanity. He’s forged a partnership with the dragon queen, doubling the fighting forces against the dead with the help of dragon fire and the procuring of the dragon glass mine. And as he continues to risk his life for the fate of the planet, his sister holds the north, offering not much in the way of support for a brother who’s made every decision selflessly for the preservation of his people.
As Sansa sits in the great dining hall of the castle, she listens to the northern lords complain of Jon’s expedition. Their criticisms of the king in the north are paired with praise for her, praise that sings the song of her rightful place as ruler of Winterfell. Arya just so happens to come upon the assembly during this time and notes that her sister barely defends Jon while in turn praises the lords for their kindness. Arya is in no way approving of this behavior and approaches Sansa afterward to discuss her lack of support for their brother. Sansa claims a position of political correctness, stating the importance of keeping all houses aligned. And while there’s validity to her claim, Arya has no reservations in calling Sansa out for wanting total control, stating that her refined diplomacy is nothing but a cover for her true desire for a queenship. The tension between the two sisters is palpable, a divisiveness that may prove to be dangerous, if exploited by the wrong entities.
As we transition to a warmer climate the theme of troubled siblings remains quite relevant. Davos, being the expert smuggler that he is, successfully delivers Tyrion to the shores of King’s Landing. As the two men prepare to venture into unfriendly territory, Tyrion wonders where the hell Davos is going, assuming he’d simply stay with the boat. He responds saying that he too has his own business to attend to. As Tyrion watches Davos make his way towards Flea Bottom, he calls out, “What if someone takes the boat?” To which Davos replies, “Then we’re fucked. Best hurry!”
Much higher up in the city of King’s Landing, Bronn guides Jaime through the depths of the Red Keep where the massive dragon skulls are stored. He claims to be taking the King Slayer to a private place where they can train. Jaime is clearly opposed to the idea, finding the importance of a sparring session to be miniscule in the wake of an impending Dothraki attack. Bronn reminds him that it’s essential due to the deficiency caused by his dismemberment, continuing to tease him rather aggressively. Jaime finally retorts, “Today might be the day I kill you by accident.” To which Bronn replies, “You won’t be swinging at me”, revealing the true nature of the summons.
As Bronn moves aside, Tyrion, steps forward from the shadows. They’re left alone, both men unsure of how to proceed. Jamie, shell shocked and angry as ever, seems to have no words as he glares down at a brother who killed his father and betrayed his family. Tyrion, treading very carefully, begins by expressing to Jaime the importance of their meeting, trying to connect with his brother on some kind of level. He praises Jaime’s military mind and tries to appeal to his sympathies by mentioning their father’s direct role in his almost-execution. The sentimental notions seem to do nothing, as Jamie demands to know why he’s here and what he wants. Tyrion then cuts to the heart of his visit and unveils the information he came to convey. And just as Tyrion had hoped, Jaime seems to be listening.
Meanwhile, Davos makes his way through the city of Flea Bottom, eventually coming to find what he was looking for. On the Street of Steel, in a metal shop, he finds Gendry, all grown up, perfectly healthy, working on his craft. A short but sentimental visit ensues where Gendry’s not only reunited with a man who once saved his life, but is ready to follow him into battle. Before they head back, Davos instructs him to bring one of his swords, to which Gendry replies that he doesn’t know much about using a weapon like that. He grabs an impressive hammer and let’s Davos know that despite his deficiency with swords, this weapon, he can really use. His once rescuer, now recruiter, is satisfied with the selection and the two make their way back to the shore.
As the two men arrive back at the boat, Davos instructs Gendry to not mention his Baratheon name to Jon, stating that the king has too much on his mind to deal with the reality of his parentage. While presenting this argument to Gendry, two Lannister guards approach them. The gold cloaks make their way to the boat looking to disrupt the scene they’ve just spotted. Davos, knowing the interworkings of low-level watchmen, effectively bribes the two with gold dragons and clever stories about smuggling fermented crab. His impressive show seems to have detoured the guards and given them the privacy they need to leave, but as they make their way back to the streets of King’s Landing, they pass Tyrion on the way up. Unfortunately, the Imp is rather recognizable and Cersei’s bounty pays far more than anything Davos can offer for their silence. The gold cloaks approach the group once more in what looks to be turning out to be a messy situation, but Gendry, in an instant, grabs the War Hammer from the boat and smashes in the heads of the basic security detail. Following the bloody display, Davos introduces their new travel companion to Tyrion by simply stating, “This is Gendry.” To which Tyrion replies, “He’ll do”, as the three men get the hell out of enemy territory.
Although the audience wasn’t privy to the finale of Tyrion and Jaime’s meeting, the result becomes clear when Jamie makes a visit to his queen to discuss what’s taken place. Upon entering her chamber, he notices Qyburn once more, seemingly close to her at all times as of late. Jamie asks this time the reason for Qyburn’s presence to which she replies, “He’s the hand of the queen, why are you here?” And albeit an uncomfortable place to begin, Jamie reveals to his sister that he met with their brother. She of course is curious to the subject matter, so Jamie reveals Daenerys desire to meet, in an effort to forge a temporary armistice. He furthers by telling her of the Army of the Dead and claiming that Tyrion and his queen will have proof ready to present if she agrees to a meeting. Cersei seems to be amused by the situation. She briefly changes the subject asking if Jamie will punish him, referring to not Tyrion, but Bronn. She makes it clear to her beloved brother that nothing happens in the Red Keep without her knowing, emphasizing her power and reach. Jaime wonders why she allowed the meeting at all to which she replies that a temporary truce was most likely in their best interest. And while Jaime absorbed the news from his brother as a potential solution towards peace, Cersei looks on the opportunity as a means to cleverly destroy her enemy, not paying any mind to the notion that death is coming for them all.
“Dead men, dragons and dragon queens. Whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it. For ourselves, for our house. For this.”
As Cersei finishes her pledge she places her hands on her lower abdomen, conveying to Jaime that they’re in fact with child. He asks whom she’ll claim to be the child’s father and she boldly replies that for the very first time she’ll announce that the baby is his. As Jaime reacts skeptically, knowing the public won’t respond well to this truth, Cersei reminds him that the lion does not concern himself with the opinions of the sheep. The two deeply embrace, bond solidified by the life of their fourth child, and just as though it seems that their relationship has been invigorated, Cersei puts her mouth to his ear, softly speaking the words, “Never betray me again.”
Since its inception, the plan forged by the southern queen and northern king has worked out accordingly. The success at King’s Landing prompts the next part of the expedition, a critical facet of the plan’s success. Now knowing that Cersei will agree to a meeting with Daenerys, it’s time for Jon and company to retrieve the proof of the White Walker’s existence.
As soon as Davos, Tyrion and Gendry return to Dragonstone they set out to find Jon, knowing that time is of the upmost importance. As they enter the mine, Davos reminds Gendry that concealing his identity is critical, reiterating the reasons why. But when Jon introduces himself to Gendry, he replies by introducing himself truthfully, divulging his Baratheon lineage and bastard status. Albeit awkward at first, Gendry’s moral spirit breaks the chain in a long line of lies, and it’s clear he wants their relationship to be birthed from a place of trust. Jon finds this to be honorable and gladly accepts his help on the expedition beyond the wall.
The men exit the mine in preparation for their journey, readying their boats and supplies. Tyrion meets them to offer farewell, sentimentally encouraging Jorah to return by giving him a token of friendship, asking that he please bring it back. The queen’s hand knows that Jorah’s vastly important to her council and hopes desperately that their mission is successful. Daenerys joins to offer her best, taking sir Jorah by the hands, expressing her love. Jon approaches shortly thereafter remarking, “If I don’t return, at least you won’t have to deal with the king in the north anymore.” To which Dany replies candidly, “I’ve gotten used to him.” He’s disciplined himself to remain focused and does so impressively, breaking the gaze of the beautiful queen that stands before him, leading the men into the ocean towards the wall.
Westeros seems to have no shortage of brave men, and back at the Citadel, we find one of the bravest, no matter how unconventional his courage may appear. Sam has wrestled with his personal belief system since arriving. His every intuition, all of which have been correct, have been denied by the men who are supposed to be his superiors. He was told to stay out of the restricted section, his concerns for what could be found completely disregarded. Yet he followed his heart by disobeying the rules and discovered the dragon glass mine at Dragonstone. He was told that there was no cure for Jorah Mormont ‘s affliction and that a potentially life saving procedure he discovered was completely forbidden. Yet once more he followed his heart, disobeyed the rules and saved the life of an incredibly important man. His propensity to walk the right path and discover the truth is inherent. And after being told that his concerns regarding Bran’s scroll were mediocre at best, Sam starts to realize that he may no longer be in the right place.
As he wrestles with these difficult thoughts, Gilly sits across from him reading the account of one High Septon Maynard. She tells of his dry documention of steps, windows and even bowel movements. When she comes upon a word she doesn’t understand she asks Sam for clarification on the term, “annulment”. He explains that the meaning refers to when a man sets aside his lawful wife. Gilly, now informed, continues to read that this High Septon Maynard issued an annulment for a Prince Rhaegar and remarried him to someone else during a secret ceremony at Dorn. In this moment, Sam, who’s unaware of the identity of Jon’s mother, misses an unbelievably critical revelation that Gilly unknowingly discovers. She finds proof that Prince Rhaegar was actually married to Jon Snow’s mother, Lyana Stark, before she gave birth to her son. This in turn proves that Jon is anything but a bastard or a Stark, he in fact carries the name of House Targaryen and is without question the rightful king of the iron throne.
As a seeker of truth and proprietor of morality, it seems highly plausible that Sam will help put these pieces together for his dear friend Jon, but in this moment, after hearing of respected men recording shits, steps and blasphemous deeds he’s had quite enough of the Citadel. He packs up his things, his family and some critical texts from the restricted session and abandons a place where educated men cower behind information and law.
Things are beginning to move quickly as characters are defining themselves through their beliefs, rewriting their stories based on either truth or lies. Arya herself, keen on smelling out deception, is discovering her position at Winterfell through observation of her sister and the people around her. Since learning of Little Finger’s presence she’s been critical of his intentions and makes it her business to discover what he’s been up to. As she spies from a distance she witnesses him paying commoners for information, speaking with the lords who’s loyalty to Jon ironically diminishes with every passing day, and lastly discovers Maester Wolkan presenting him with a scroll at his chamber door one cold, wintery evening. She waits until he exits and breaks into his room to read the contents. The parchment is difficult to locate but eventually she finds it, discovering a message Sansa sent to her brother Rob long ago. The scroll advises Ron to surrender his campaign and submit to the crown. Arya isn’t aware, however, that Sansa was forced into writing the contents against her will. As she exits Little Finger’s chamber, we see him looking on from a distance, doing a bit of spying himself. At present, he seems to have gotten the best of her, planting information to drive a wedge between the two sisters. The effectiveness of his scheming remains to be seen, as he’s dealing with quite the powerful force in Arya Stark.
The episode begins its conclusion at the site of the title, Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. The men have arrived safely at the frozen castle where the wall meets the ocean. Tormund, who’s been manning the location fearlessly, greets his guests and leads them inside wasting no time in discussing the reason for their visit. After Jon and company present to him the plan, he curses the stupidity of his dear friend’s idea, but is immediately ready to join the initiative. They discuss strategy and specs, conveying to Tormund that they have only a handful of men at their disposal. The fiery wildling wonders if they at least brought the big woman, mind always enticed by the thought of Brienne swinging her sword. Jon, though tickled by Tormund’s spirit, reiterates that the men who sit at the table are all that they’ve got. As his loyal friend confirms with Jon that he really does want to go out there again, Jon confirms that he does. To which Tormund replies, “you’re not the only ones.”
As the men make their way to the dungeon they come to find Thoros, Beric Dondarrion and The Hound sitting in a cell. Tormund mentions that his men found them a mile south of the wall, all possessing the same mad inkling to travel towards the Army of the Dead. As the men all observe one another, grudges of all kind surface including Gendry’s with the brotherhood and Tormund’s with a man who posseses the name Mormont. But as unlikely a group as this is, all individuals possessing their own demons and intentions, Jon sees the strength in their unification. Gendry questions this notion, wondering how they could all possibly be on the same side, and Jon simply replies that they are because they’re all breathing.
In the final seconds of Eastwatch the massive gate of the castle is lifted, exposing the vast, white unknown. Jon, Tormund, Jorah, Gendry, Beric, Thoros, and The Hound all brace themselves as they step forward, south of the wall towards the Knight King and the Army of the Dead. Whether it’s the will of the red god or mere coincidence, these formidable men have been brought together and are set to embark on the most important mission of their lives. The result of which will determine the fate of the living, as they know it. And at least for now, in these precious moments, they’re story continues.