As Meera struggles to pull Bran’s sledge through the snow, he cycles through visions of his fall, Ned’s execution, Drogon, the Red Wedding, Hardhome, and the Mad King shrieking, “Burn them all.” Then Bran's eyes refocus, and he returns to consciousness for the first time since the cave – though strangely changed. “They found us,” he matter-of-factly tells the exhausted girl. A group of wights close in for the kill, but a rider appears, swinging a flaming chain-and-scythe. “The dead don’t rest,” the stranger warns. Effortlessly, he pulls the two onto his horse and takes them to safety.
Meera watches their protector with suspicion. “When I last saw you, you were a boy,” the cloaked man says to Bran, and reveals he is Bran’s uncle, Benjen Stark. Disfigured and frostbitten, Benjen explains he was almost turned by the White Walkers, but the Children stopped the process by plunging a shard of dragonglass into his heart. He warns Bran he must learn to control the Three-Eyed Raven’s power before the Night King comes.
En route to Horn Hill, Sam prepares Gilly to meet his father, and warns her to conceal her wildling origins. Gilly is astonished by the size of the estate and the graciousness of Sam’s mother. Sam's sister dresses Gilly up for dinner, stunning Sam. Randyll Tarly is dismissive of his oldest son throughout the meal and outraged when he learns – through a slip of Gilly’s – that his dinner guest is a wildling. He points to Heartsbane, the Tarly family sword, and says Sam will never wield it. To please his wife, Randyll agrees Gilly may work in the kitchens and Little Sam (still believed to be Sam’s child) will be raised at Horn Hill. Samwell, however, will never be allowed in the castle again.
In Gilly’s chambers, Sam bids farewell to her and the baby. “You’re not what he thinks you are,” Gilly assures him. Reconsidering, Sam decides the maesters will “make do” and find a place for all of them at the Citadel. “We belong together,” he says, and leaves with Gilly and Little Sam – though not before taking Heartsbane as his rightful inheritance.
Walder Frey’s sons Lothar and ‘Black’ Walder abashedly defend their loss of Riverrun to the Blackfish, Brynden Tully: Families are rising against them, and the Brotherhood Without Banners is rallying the commoners. Unsatisfied, Walder orders them to take the castle back from the Blackfish by reminding him they still have Edmure Tully.
The High Sparrow eases King Tommen’s concerns about Margaery’s Walk of Atonement by suggesting the Gods will “predispose the common people to gentleness” because of the queen’s goodness. As the young man considers this, the High Sparrow takes him to see his wife.
Margaery shares with Tommen the truths she has found through the High Sparrow’s guidance. The two agree the spiritual leader is not what they expected. She tells her husband not to worry, “The Gods have a plan for us all.”
A crowd has gathered for Margaery’s walk. Mace Tyrell, accompanied by Jaime Lannister, leads the Tyrell infantry to the steps of the Sept. Jaime demands the return of the Tyrell siblings but the High Sparrow confuses everyone when he says a Walk will not be necessary: “Queen Margaery has already atoned for her sins by bringing another into the true light of the Seven.” Tommen emerges, followed by Kingsguard wearing breastplates signifying the union of the Crown and Seven-Pointed-Star. Olenna Tyrell and Jaime watch helplessly as the new alliance is declared.
In the Great Hall, Tommen asserts an attack on the Faith is an attack on the Crown, and strips Jaime of his command. He tells Jaime he will continue to serve as he has always done, but not in King’s Landing. An enraged Jaime tells Cersei he has been assigned to deal with the situation in the Riverlands but he'd rather stay and kill the High Sparrow. Cersei calms her partner: It is time for Jaime to take his place at the head of the Lannister army. “We’ve always been together. We will always be together,” she promises.
Arya watches the players reenact King Joffrey’s death. Although most of the actors play their roles in farce, Lady Crane performs Cersei’s final monologue without histrionics, doing her best with the poor writing. Arya slips into the dressing room and poisons the actress’s rum, but is stopped by Lady Crane before she can exit. The thespian solicits Arya's critique, which the girl gives before hurrying out. Izembaro, the lead actor and playwright, gets angry at Lady Crane for insulting his work, but the actress merely turns to her rum. As Lady Crane is about to drink, Arya reappears to swat the glass out of her hands, and gives a pointed warning about Bianca. Unbeknownst to Arya, the Waif has witnessed this intervention, and reports back to Jaqen. The Faceless Man permits the Waif to handle the situation with one request: “Don’t let her suffer.”
By the Braavosi canal, Arya retrieves her sword, Needle, from its hiding place, and does not return to the House of Black and White.
Riding at the head of the Dothraki horde, Daario estimates Daenerys will need at least a thousand ships to bring her army to Westeros. He asks what is next after the Iron Throne: “You weren’t made to sit on a chair in a palace.” The queen rides off, but returns soon on the back of Drogon. “Every khal who ever lived chose three blood riders to fight beside him," she declares. "I am not a khal… I choose you all.” The enormous khalasar roars, pledging to deliver her the Seven Kingdoms. Daario is awed – and also terrified.
Bran and Meera are saved by Benjen Stark, who was thought missing. Sam and Gilly stop at the Tarly seat Horn Hill en route to the Citadel. After Sam's father Lord Randyll Tarly insults Gilly for being a Wildling, Sam decides to take her with him to the Citadel, also taking House Tarly's ancestral Valyrian steel sword Heartsbane. Arya warns the actress of the assassination attempt on her, and the Waif is ordered to kill Arya. Jaime attempts to rescue Margaery from the Faith Militant, only to find she has repented and Tommen has forged an alliance with the Faith. Jaime is removed from the Kingsguard and is ordered to help Walder Frey, who is holding Edmure Tully hostage, retake Riverrun from the Blackfish. Daenerys rides Drogon to the Dothraki, and declares that they will sail across the Narrow Sea to conquer Westeros.
Bran and Meera are saved by Benjen, who reveals that he was turned by the White Walkers, but was later unturned by the Children using Dragonglass. Samwell and Gilly reach the Tarly family estate Horn Hill. After Sam's father, Randyll, insults her for being a Wildling, Sam decides to take her with him to the Citadel, also stealing House Tarly's ancestral Valyrian steel sword, Heartsbane. Arya warns the actress about her mission to assassinate her, recovering the Needle. H'ghar approves of the Waif's request to kill Arya. Jaime attempts to rescue Margaery from the Faith Militant, only to find she has repented and Tommen has forged an alliance with the Faith. He removes Jaime from the Kingsguard and orders him to help Walder Frey, who is holding Edmure Tully hostage, and to retake Riverrun from Brynden. Daenerys mounts Drogon, and declares to the Dothraki that they will sail across the Narrow Sea to conquer Westeros.
Bran and Meera struggle through a snowy forest, Bran is in a trance seeing Westeros' history. Too tired, Meera collapses and cries, Bran sees again the White Walkers, he wakes and says "they found us." A dark figure on a horse intervenes and kills the zombies with fire and the three leave on the horse. In a more pleasant clime,Sam and Gilly ride a stagecoach. Sam warns Gilly he has not informed his father of her Wilding background. They arrive at a large palace and are warmly greeted by Sam's mother and sister. He introduces Gilly and the infant as their son Samwell. Lord Tarly is at a hunt and will join them for dinner. Tommen and the High Sparrow discuss some plans in the sept, they discuss Margaery's conversion to the Faith. Tommen and Margaery meet alone, and discuss the High Sparrow. Margaery seems repentant about her cynical past and also wants some atonement for her brother Loras. Gilly is dressed and made up for a formal dinner. Lord Tarly is gruff and insulting to Sam and soon learns Gilly is a Wilding. He orders Sam to leave by daybreak but Gilly and the bastard can stay. Alone, Sam apologizes to Gilly, she understands and they kiss. Sam gathers them up and leaves before daylight and takes the family Valerian sword Heartsbane with him. A troupe of actors re-enact King Joffrey's poisoning. Arya watches and laughs with the audience. She considers the lead actress doing her soliloquy. Going backstage she poisons a drink at the actress' makeup table. Unable to leave, the actors come backstage after the show and Arya is stopped. The lead actress has noticed her and thinks Arya is an aspiring actor. They chat, the actors have a bitchy squabble, then Arya spills the poisoned bottle and warns the actress someone is out for her. Arya recovers her sword, Needle. Jaquen gives permission to the Waif to finally take care of Arya. In King's Landing Mace Tyrell leads a large armed troop and meets Jaime. At the sept The High Sparrow is making a speech to a large crowd about Margaery. Jaime and Tyrell march in and demand Margaery and Loras. Tensions rise, the the High Sparrow says there will be no Walk of Atonement. He reveals King Tommen is on their side and an alliance between the Crown and the Faith. Tommen makes a speech to solidify the pact, then announces Jaime is no longer Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. He is banished from King's Landing. Walder Frey reams out his two sons for losing Riverrun and the Blackfish. Angrily he orders them to take it back and use Edmure Tully as a hostage. Jaime laments he is being sent to Riverrun, Cersei calmly tells him to stand at the head of the Army, she is confident her upcoming Trial by Combat will be a surprise. Jaime and Cersei kiss passionately. The dark figure butchers a rabbit and says he was sent by the three-eyed raven. It is Benjen Stark. He had been stabbed by a White Walker but was saved by the Children before it took hold. Danerys rides with her Dothraki through a sandy wilderness. She discusses her plans with Daario. She rides on ahead alone. As the men wait a dragon appears overhead, Danerys is riding. She lands in front of the horde and makes a fiery speech to gain their loyalty in the war across the sea.