Game of Thrones  Season V*48*Hardhome**Miguel Sapochnik

Season V48: Hardhome

➲ Full History

Tyrion Lannister and Jorah Mormont stand before Queen Daenerys Targaryen. With his identity and intentions in question, Tyrion explains to Dany that his knowledge of Westeros and experience as Hand of the King are exactly what she needs. She tests him by asking what she should do about Jorah. Tyrion reasons that "a ruler who kills those devoted to her is not a ruler who inspires devotion," but determines that she cannot have Jorah at her side. Dany agrees and spares Jorah's life, but exiles him once more. Broken and banished, Jorah checks the greyscale spreading on his arm. He returns to Yezzan, the slaver who bought him at auction, and trades his freedom to fight in front of Dany at the Great Pit.

"I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel." – Daenerys Targaryen

Dany and Tyrion commiserate about being the terrible children of terrible fathers. Tyrion ponders if Dany is "the right kind of terrible" to rule a kingdom, and admits he is impressed by her. The two discuss Varys, and Tyrion assures her that the Spider is worth trusting as he is likely the reason that Dany is still alive. Dany decides that rather than kill Tyrion, she will make him her advisor. Furthermore, she tells Tyrion, her plan isn’t merely to take the throne, but to stop the destructive cycle of Westerosi monarchs.


Daenerys Targaryen

"Belief is so often the death of reason." – Qyburn

Cersei’s jailer, Septa Unella, prods her for a confession. When Cersei refuses, Unella withholds water from her, forcing the queen mother to slurp what she can from her cell floor. Qyburn visits with updates: the High Sparrow is preparing a substantial case against her; there's been no word from Jaime; Kevan Lannister presides over the Small Council, and – most devastatingly for Cersei – Tommen has shut himself in, refusing to eat.

"We hit first and hit hard. And leave a feast for the crows." – Ramsay Bolton

Roose and Ramsay Bolton discuss Stannis Baratheon's impending attack. Roose plans to wait for Stannis' troops to starve and mutiny, but Ramsay offers an alternative: striking first. "I don't need an army," he tells his father, "I need 20 good men."

Arya Stark

Arya Stark plays the Game of Faces with Jaqen H'ghar at the House of Black and White. She expertly recounts her routine as an oyster vendor named Lanna. Pleased with her performance, Jaqen designates a route for "Lanna" with a task for the Many-Faced God. As Lanna, Arya meets the Thin Man, an insurer who is cheating his clients. Jaqen assigns Arya to keep watch over the Thin Man and presents her with a "gift" for him – a vial of poison. The waif maintains that the girl is not ready. "It is all the same to the Many-Faced God," Jaqen replies.

"Sometimes a man has to make hard choices." – Samwell Tarly

Gilly tends to Samwell Tarly's wounds and Olly enters with a tray of food. In a private moment, the young steward questions Jon’s decision to rescue the wildlings when they mercilessly slaughtered so many. Sam tells Olly he's seen the White Walkers assemble. "When it's time," Sam says, "we'll need every last man we can find."

Sansa Stark

Imprisoned in her chamber, Sansa asks Theon why he foiled her escape. "He knows everything," Theon explains, recalling how Ramsay tortured him into submission when he himself tried to run. Admitting he deserves to be Reek, Theon lists his betrayals, and inadvertently reveals that he killed two farm boys – not Bran and Rickon Stark. Sansa realizes her little brothers are still alive.

"If they get through, everyone dies." – Tormund

Jon, Tormund and Dolorous Edd lead a group into Hardhome. Rattleshirt meets the rescue party and calls Tormund a traitor for allying himself with the crows. In response, Tormund beats Rattleshirt to death.



The wildling elders, including the giant Wun Wun and a woman named Karsi, gather to hear Jon Snow. The Lord Commander makes his case for an alliance and shows Sam's bag of dragonglass daggers. He offers to share the weapons – if the Free Folk come south of the Wall and swear to fight beside him "when the real war begins." News of Mance's death deters the elders, but Tormund explains that Jon granted Mance mercy and vouches for Jon's leadership. A fraction of the council agree to Jon's plan, but a larger contingent refuses. Thousands of wildlings begin boarding the Night's Watch ships, but Jon laments to Tormund that they are leaving too many behind.


Jon and Tormund

The weather abruptly changes, getting colder. The Army of the Dead has come. The wildlings frantically shut the gates, and hear the wights massacre those trapped outside the doors. On the beach, panicked wildlings surge towards Jon's ships. Wights scale the gate and a bloodbath ensues. Jon frantically tries to save the dragonglass daggers, but finds himself cornered by a White Walker. Though every other weapon shatters against the Walker’s sword, the Valyrian steel of Longclaw holds strong and Jon kills the creature. From above, the Night King takes note of Jon.


Jon Snow

A large group of wights jump off a cliff, only to rise unharmed to resume their murderous pursuits. Just as the gates fall, Jon, Tormund, Edd and Wun Wun make their escape. As their boat drifts away, the Night King raises his arms. The fallen wildlings – including Karsi – stand, their eyes now bright blue. A hundred thousand new wights. The Night King has his army now.


Season V48: Hardhome

➲ Synopsis

Cersei refuses to confess her sins. Qyburn informs her that Pycelle has sent for Kevan to serve as the King's Hand, and that "the work continues." Arya assumes the identity of Lana, an oyster seller. Jaqen tells her to learn everything about a man who takes wagers on whether or not ships arrive at their destinations, and then poison him. Olly asks Sam why Jon trusts the wildings, to which Sam replies that he has no other choice; otherwise they don't stand a chance against the army of the dead. Sansa asks Reek why he told Ramsay about her escape plans, and he says there is no escape. He then finally reveals that he faked the deaths of her younger brothers. Ramsay suggests to his father that they move on Stannis and asks for twenty good men. In Meereen, Tyrion convinces Daenerys to spare Jorah's life and exile him again. Jorah instead goes back to Yezzan and asks permission to fight in the pits. Daenerys accepts Tyrion into her counsil. Arriving at Hardhome, Jon and Tormund manage to convince about five thousand wildlings to come back with them, showing them the dragonglass and offering them lands south of the Wall. Hardhome is suddenly attacked by an army of wights, and Jon and the other rangers help defend it. A White Walker attacks Jon, but is killed by Jon's Valyrian steel-sword. As Jon, the other rangers and the wildings sail away, they witness the White Walkers' master reviving the deceased wildings.


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➲ People
  • Jorah Mormont( Iain Glen )
  • Jorah Mormont
  • "You betrayed me. From the first." (Daenerys Targaryen)

  • Jorah originally joined Daenerys Targaryen’s company to spy on her in exchange for a pardon. He became committed to her cause, but was banished when the queen learned of his betrayal. Jorah came across Tyrion Lannister in Volantis and took him hostage in the hopes of presenting him to Daenerys to earn back her trust. That plan was dashed when the pair was captured by slavers. Unbeknownst to anyone, Jorah contracted greyscale when he and Tyrion were attacked by the Stone Men in Valyria.

  • Tormund Giantsbane( Kristofer Hivju )
  • Tormund Giantsbane
  • "If you lie to me, i'll pull your guts out through your throat" (Tormund Giantsbane)

  • A legendary wildling leader who supports Mance Rayder, Tormund is also know as "Giantsbane". He was captured by the Night's Watch at the Battle of Castle Black.

  • Unella( Hannah Waddingham )
  • Unella a jailer
  • A brutish septa, Unella is Cersei's jailer and tasked with extracting a confession.

  • Rattleshirt( Edward Dogliani )
  • Rattleshirt a fighter
  • A fighter for Mance Rayder, src="transparent.gif"Rattleshirt was named for his armor of animal, human, and giant bones. He was killed by Tormund Giantsbane when he tried to bar Tormund's way at Hardhome.

  • Kevan Lannister( Ian Gelder )
  • Kevan Lannister
  • As the younger brother of the Lord Tywin Lannister, Kevan understood he couldn't compete with the powerful lord. After Tywin’s death, Kevan opted to return to Casterly Rock rather than recognize Cersei’s authority. With the queen mother imprisoned, Kevan has taken his place on King Tommen.


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