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Season V41: The Wars to Come

➲ Full History

A young Cersei Lannister and her highborn friend trudge through the woods in search of the notorious witch Maggy the Frog. Cersei demands that Maggy foretell her future. The woman tastes the girl's blood and answers her questions: Cersei will be queen, until someone younger and more beautiful replaces her; Cersei will have three children, and furthermore, "Gold will be their crowns – and gold their shrouds."

In King's Landing, Cersei arrives at the Sept of Baelor to attend her father's funeral, passing Margaery Tyrell in the receiving line. She requests a moment of privacy and joins her brother, who stands guard over Tywin's body. The twins discuss the ramifications of their father's death on the Lannister legacy. They agree that their hold on the kingdom is threatened – a predicament for which Cersei holds both her brothers responsible. "Tyrion may be a monster, but at least he killed our father on purpose," she tells Jaime. "You killed him by mistake."


Cersey at King's Landing

"I believe that men of talent have a part to play in the war to come." – Varys

Varys frees Tyrion Lannister from the crate he boarded to cross the Narrow Sea. The Spider explains they've arrived at the Pentoshi home of his friend Illyrio Mopatis, his co-conspirator to reinstate Targaryen rule during Robert Baratheon's ineffectual reign. As Varys reiterates the urgency of the cause, Tyrion helps himself to a jug of wine. "The future is s**t, just like the past," Tyrion declares – right before he vomits.

Tyrion Lannister and Varys

Still drinking steadily, Tyrion asks Varys why he would gamble his life and reputation to free Tyrion. "I did it for the Seven Kingdoms," Varys maintains, noting that Tyrion has a unique collection of leadership qualities. Although Tyrion will never sit on the Iron Throne, he could advise a monarch with the right family name – Daenerys Targaryen. Varys invites Tyrion to ride to Meereen with him to meet the queen.

"Angry snakes lash out. Makes chopping off their heads that much easier." – Daenerys Targaryen

A team of Unsullied work to pull down the golden harpy atop the Great Pyramid of Meereen. Having completed the task, a soldier named White Rat heads to a brothel where he pays a woman to simply hold him. As he relaxes, an assassin wearing a harpy mask sneaks in and slits his throat.

When she learns of White Rat's death, Queen Daenerys commands he receive a public burial and that his murderers be held accountable. The Unsullied prepare to take to the streets, and Missandei asks Grey Worm why White Rat, or any Unsullied, would visit a brothel. Grey Worm has no answer.

Missandei and Grey Worm

"The good lords are dead and the rest are monsters." – Brienne of Tarth

At Runestone, Lord Robin Arryn fails at swordplay. After receiving a mysterious scroll, Petyr Baelish and Sansa depart, leaving Robin in the care of Lord Royce. Sansa realizes they are heading west, and Littlefinger tells her they're going "to a land so far from here, even Cersei Lannister can't get her hands on you."

Sansa and Littlefinger

A defeated Brienne dismisses Pod from her service. "I'm not a knight, so you're not a squire," she barks. Pod reminds her that even if Arya refused her protection, Sansa remains at large.

"What's the point of trying to keep a secret in a place like this?" – Loras Tyrell

Cersei, disgusted at the sight of Margaery comforting Tommen, is surprised by the appearance of her cousin and former lover, Lancel Lannister – now barefoot in robes with a shaved head. "They call themselves Sparrows," Cersei's uncle, Kevan, explains. "Bloody fanatics." Later, Lancel approaches Cersei privately. He apologizes and begs forgiveness for their affair and his role in Robert's death. When Lancel asks Cersei to turn to the Faith of the Seven, she dismisses him.

Margaery walks in on her brother Loras with his lover Olyvar. Margaery counsels discretion, but Loras maintains that everyone already knows his personal preferences – and with Tywin dead, no one can force Cersei to marry him. At that, Margaery hints that Cersei may not stay in King's Landing.

Queen Margaery

"A dragon queen with no dragons is not a queen." – Daario Naharis

Daario Naharis and Hizdahr zo Loraq return to Meereen after completing their mission to restore order in Yunkai. Hizdahr communicates a request from the former masters there: reopen the fighting pits. Dany rejects what she calls "the tradition of human cock-fighting." In bed together that night, Daario advises Dany to consider Hizdahr’s request and open the pits. More than that, he argues, she should show her strength with her dragons. Emboldened by the conversation, Dany visits her children in the catacombs. Viserion and Rhaegal snap and spit flame; Dany flees.

"The freedom to make my own mistakes was all I ever wanted." – Mance Rayder

In the courtyard at Castle Black, Sam briefs Gilly on the upcoming election. "If Ser Alliser is chosen as the new Lord Commander… he hates the wildlings," he says, glancing at baby Sam.

Jon Snow trains Olly until he's interrupted by Melisandre. She escorts him to see King Stannis, inquiring about his virginity along the way. Stannis greets Jon with a reminder that the Boltons hold his childhood home. When Davos Seaworth questions Jon about his decision to take Ygritte's body north of the Wall, Snow replies, "It's where she belonged." Noting his sympathies, Stannis explains his plan: he will invite the Free Folk to join his army and, after he wins the North, he’ll decree the wildlings citizens of the realm and give them land on which to settle. "I'll offer them their lives and their freedom," he tells Jon Snow, "if Mance kneels before me."

Jon Snow and Mance Rayder

Jon approaches the King Beyond the Wall, aware Mance must pledge allegiance to Stannis or be burned alive. "I respect him," Mance admits, "but I'll never serve him." Jon argues Mance's life work will have been for naught if his people die north of the Wall, but the wildling king decides he'd rather burn than betray his principles. Even though he’s scared to die screaming, knowing that’s how his people will see and remember him forever after.

Having refused Stannis one last time, Mance is led to a stake in the Castle Black courtyard. As the wildlings and men of the Watch look on, Melisandre ignites the pyre below him. Mance begins to writhe in agony and is about to scream when an arrow flies into his heart, fired by Jon Snow as an act of mercy.

Mance Rayder


Season V41: The Wars to Come

➲ Synopsis

In a flashback, a young Cersei is told a sombre fortune by a witch. After Tywin's burial, Cersei chastises Jaime for freeing Tyrion and their cousin Lancel returns, now a devout religious man. In Pentos, a despondent Tyrion agrees to accompany Varys to Meereen to support Daenerys's claim. In Meereen, the insurgent "Sons of the Harpy" murder an Unsullied, and Hizdahr zo Loraq and Daario Nahaaris try to convince Daenerys to reopen the traditional fighting pits. Daenerys' locked-away dragons breathe fire at her when she comes to check on them. In the Vale, Littlefinger puts Robyn in the care of House Royce and leaves with Sansa, their caravan passing Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne. At the Wall, Stannis wants to enlist the Wildlings in his war against Roose Bolton. Jon Snow is unable to convince Mance Rayder to bend the knee to Stannis, who then has Mance burned alive for treason.


➲ Recap

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➲Clip: The End for Mance Rayder

Mance Rayder

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➲ People
  • Mance Rayder( Ciarán Hinds )
  • Mance Rayder
  • "They followed me because they respected me. Because they believed in me" (Mance Rayder)

  • Once a brother of the Night’s Watch, Mance abandoned his vows to join the wildlings. He spent a lifetime banding the unruly tribes of the North together under his banner as King-Beyond-the-Wall, but was defeated by Stannis Baratheon when his army tried to take Castle Black. Mance refused to ally with Stannis and help him win the North, condemning himself to death by fire. In an act of mercy, Jon Snow shot the wildling king with an arrow before he could betray his fear.

  • Robin Arryn( Lino Facioli )
  • Robin Arryn
  • "He swings a sword like a girl with palsy" (Yohn Royce)

  • Robin Arryn lived an extremely sheltered life in the Eyrie under his mother's wachful eye. Now orphaned, Robin was left behind at Runestone to foster with Lord Royce while Littlefinger travels with Sansa

  • Sansa Stark( Sophie Turner )
  • Sansa Stark
  • "You're not a child anymore" (Petyr Baelish "Littlefinger")

  • Sansa's naïveté didn't help her in King's Landing, where her former fiancé, Jeoffrey Baratheon, routinely abused her. After her engagement to Joffrey was dissolved, Sansa was married to his uncle Tyrion Lannister, who treated her with the utmost respect. She fled to the Eyrie with Littlefinger's help after Joffrey's murder and protected him after the death of her aunt Lysa. Sansa and Littlefinger have now left the Eyrie, traveling west.

  • Olly( Brenock O'Connor )
  • Olly Young
  • Young Olly witnessed the murder of his parents by wildlings. He was sent by Styr to inform the Night's Watch of the attack and has remained with them since. Olly killed Ygritte during the Battle of Castle Black.

  • Daario Naharis( Michiel Huisman )
  • Daario Naharis
  • "I have only two talents in this world: war and women." (Daario Naharis)

  • Daario was a lieutenant with the Second Sons, sellswords hired by the slave masters to defend Yunkai against Daenerys. Originally dispatched to assassinate Dany, he killed his captains and helped her to conquer the slave city instead. She sent him to Yunkai with Hizdahr zo loraq when the masters there revolted against her rule. He has now returned to resume his position as the queen's advisor and lover.


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