Bronn heaves Jaime onto the riverbank, unsure what the Lannister was trying to accomplish by charging Daenerys and her dragon. “Ending the war,” Jaime says. He realizes they have little hope of defeating the Dragon Queen, and Cersei needs to be informed at once.
Tyrion surveys the destruction on the battlefield. Making his way to Daenerys, he looks on as she offers her captives a choice: Bend the knee or die. Many drop to one knee, but Randyll and Dickon Tarly, and a few others, remain standing. Randyll flatly refuses to call Daenerys his queen, but unsuccessfully tries to convince his son to surrender. Ignoring Tyrion’s suggestions the Tarlys take the Black or spend time in a cell, Daenerys sentences the two to die. Impassively, she watches as Drogon incinerates the men. The other dissenters immediately fall to their knees.
Jaime returns to the capital and informs Cersei they are outmatched by Daenerys — and tells her about Olenna Tyrell’s confession. Cersei determines their only option is to fight and die, or submit and die, and her choice is clear.
Bran wargs into a flock of ravens and flies over the Wall. He “sees” the Army of the Dead slowly marching forward; the Night King at the center. The king looks up at the birds, aware he’s being watched. Bran quickly returns and tells Wolkan they need to send ravens.
Watching Daenerys fly back to Dragonstone atop Drogon, Jon Snow is caught off guard when the dragon lands nearby and rushes toward him. Dany watches with interest as Jon slowly reaches towards Drogon. Instead of biting off Jon’s hand, the huge creature allows Jon to gingerly stroke his snout. Dany explains they are not “beasts” to her, but her children. Jon is uncertain about Daenerys’ decision to attack the Lannister troops — there will be no one left if the living continue to kill each other — but knows he cannot argue much, given his recent battle with the Boltons. Daenerys is surprised by the return of Ser Jorah Mormont, now cured of his greyscale. Embracing him, she happily accepts Jorah into her service again.
Concerned by what he saw at Blackwater Rush, Tyrion relates the situation back to Varys. The two men feel that with the right counsel, Daenerys will not become her father, but Tyrion knows he must have a lengthier discussion with the young queen. Varys holds up the sealed message he received for Jon Snow — a message containing “nothing good.”
Hit with the implications of Wolkan’s letter — Arya alive and Bran too, somehow seeing the oncoming Army of the Dead — Jon insists he must return home and ready his men. Daenerys maintains she cannot send her armies north as Cersei will find a way to take advantage at the first opportunity. Tyrion makes a bold suggestion: Ask for a temporary truce by proving the Army of the Dead exists. Jon thinks a few men can capture a wight and bring it to King’s Landing. Jorah volunteers, and Jon is adamant he go as well. To get an audience with his sister, Tyrion takes on the task of secretly meeting with Jaime.
Davos rows Tyrion in a dinghy to a hidden cove of Blackwater Bay, and each heads off with his own agenda. Bronn leads Jaime down to the dragon skull room in the Red Keep under the pretense of training, but instead reveals Tyrion. Jaime is displeased to see his younger brother, but remains to hear out his proposal.
Davos returns to the Street of Steel to find Robert Baratheon’s bastard, Gendry. More than ready to leave King’s Landing, Gendry grabs his war hammer and leaves the forge. Tyrion is hesitant to bring the stranger along, but changes his mind when Gendry proves useful, killing a pair of suspicious Gold Cloaks. Ignoring Davos’ advice to keep his parentage a secret when they get to Dragonstone, Gendry immediately introduces himself to Jon as Robert’s bastard son, and volunteers to help with the mission north.
As Jon, Jorah, Davos and Gendry wait to embark Jon’s ship, Tyrion hands Jorah the coin he was given by the slaver Yezzan as “payment,” and suggests he take it for luck. Jon wishes Dany “good fortune in the wars to come” and departs.
A group of maesters discuss Wolkan’s letter in Archmaester Ebrose’s office. Sam arrives with his latest transcriptions, keeping silent until he realizes the men are discussing Bran Stark. Pointing out how miraculous it is a crippled boy managed to survive beyond the Wall, Sam suggests the maesters listen to what he has to say; Westeros will take the threat seriously if the Citadel backs it as truth. Ebrose decides to write back to Wolkan asking for clarification, and dismisses Sam.
In their Oldtown chambers, Sam and Gilly sift through the rotting manuscripts awaiting transcription. Adding to to Sam’s frustration, Gilly excitedly reads off information from a High Septon’s diary, stumbling over the word “annulment.” Fed up with the busywork, Sam makes a decision. Returning to the restricted area of the stacks, he grabs scrolls and books, and gives the Citadel library one final look before readying his family for a new journey.
Sansa handles the lords of the North, who are unhappy about their absent king. Arya watches as Sansa does nothing to rebuke Lord Glover for questioning whether Sansa might be the better ruler. Sansa diplomatically tells the men Jon is doing what he thinks is best. In Sansa’s chambers afterwards, Arya pointedly notes she knows what Sansa really wants, even if Sansa won’t admit to it.
From the shadows, Arya watches as Littlefinger moves through Winterfell. She observes Wolkan deliver a scroll Littlefinger requested from Maester Luwin’s archives. Arya secretly enters Littlefinger’s chambers and searches for the scrap of parchment, finally retrieving it from Littlefinger’s mattress. The scroll bears Sansa’s signature. Arya exists and relocks the door, unaware Littlefinger has been watching her and wanted her to find what she did.
Jaime enters Cersei’s room as Qyburn is leaving and confesses he met with Tyrion. Cersei’s calm demeanor catches him off-guard, but he relays Daenerys’s request. The queen reveals she already knew about the meeting, and thinks a temporary truce may be worthwhile for the sake of their House… and child. Jaime is shocked but pleased when Cersei says she doesn’t care who knows it’s their child. Their happiness is real, but Cersei warns her brother: “Never betray me again.”
Jon, Gendry, Davos and Jorah explain the mission to Tormund. The wildling is disappointed Brienne has not joined them, and understands why Davos won’t either — he’s not a fighter. Down in the Eastwatch cells, Tormund shows Jon the pack of men he found also heading north, and Jon recognizes the Hound. Gendry, seeing Beric Dondarrion, immediately says these men are not to be trusted — they once sold him to a Red witch. Jorah also recognizes Thoros, who then exposes him as a Mormont, the son of the man who hunted Tormund. Despite the hostilities within the group, Jon agrees with Beric that ultimately, they are all on the same side.
The gate to the Eastwatch tunnel is raised, and the men step beyond the Wall.
Jaime and Bronn return to King's Landing. Daenerys burns Randyll and Dickon alive for remaining allegiant to Cersei, forcing the other captives to pledge fealty to the former. Varys and Tyrion share their concerns for her cruelty. Jorah arrives at Dragonstone and reunites with Daenerys. Wolkan alerts Jon and the Citadel about the approaching wights to the Eastwatch by the Sea. Jon decides to travel beyond the Wall and capture a wight in order to convince Cersei for a temporary alliance. Seaworth smuggles Tyrion inside King's Landing, where he secretly meets with Jaime and offers the armistice, which Cersei accepts, informing Jaime that she is pregnant. Seaworth rendezvouses with Gendry and returns him to Dragonstone. With the Citadel ignoring Wolkan's letter, Samwell leaves with Gilly and Little Sam, stealing several books. Jon, Jorah, Seaworth and Gendry, joined by the Brotherhood and a group of the Free Folk led by Giantsbane, pass the Wall. At Winterfell, Baelish learns that Arya is watching his insidious activities.
Jaime and Bronn return to King's Landing. Against Tyrion's advise, Daenerys burns Randyll and Dickon alive for remaining allegiant to Cersei, forcing the other captives to pledge fealty to the former. Varys and Tyrion share their concerns for her cruelty. Jorah arrives at Dragonstone and reunites with Daenerys. Wolkan alerts Jon and the Citadel about the approaching wights to the Eastwatch by the Sea. Jon decides to travel beyond the Wall and capture a wight in order to convince Cersei for a temporary alliance. Seaworth smuggles Tyrion inside King's Landing, where he secretly meets with Jaime and offers the armistice, which Cersei accepts, informing Jaime that she is pregnant. Seaworth rendezvouses with Gendry and returns him to Dragonstone. With the Citadel ignoring Wolkan's letter, Samwell leaves with Gilly and Little Sam, stealing several books. Jon, Jorah, Seaworth and Gendry, joined by the Brotherhood and a group of the Free Folk led by Giantsbane, pass the Wall. At Winterfell, Baelish notices Arya spying on him and leads her to take a letter from his room.
Bronn and Jaime surface gasping from the river. Jaime is worried about what three dragons can do having seen one in action. Tyrion walks through the burnt wreckage, prisoners are gathered in front of Daenerys and her dragon. She asks the remnants of the Lannister army to bend a knee or die, Drogon encourages them with a roar. Lord Tarly is defiant, his son Dickon also refuses. Tyrion tries to get Daenerys to show some mercy but she orders Drogon to flame the two. The rest of the prisoners kneel quickly.Jaime reports to Cersei, Jaime is now pessimistic but Cersei will fight on with mercenaries. Jaime then reveals Olenna Tyrell killed Joffrey, Cersei accepts the logical truth. Drogon approaches Jon Snow, nervous he touches the snout, the beast relaxes. Dany gets off, she reports her victory. She asks about the knife in the heart, he changes the subject. Jorah Mormont arrives, Jon is introduced, Dany and Jorah hug. Brann wargs into a raven and flies over the wall with a flock, they find the advancing wights. Brann wakes and says they need to send a raven. The ArchMaestre reads the warning from Brann but is doubtful with the other Maesters. Sam suggests they take it seriously and do something but the others laugh it off. Varys and Tyrion share a drink, Varys remembers Aegon Targaryeon and his cruel rule, he urges Tyrion to get her to stop the burnings. Jon gets his message, he takes it to Dany's Council. They plan to capture a Wight to show Cersei, Tyrion is to convince Jaime a truce is needed, Davos will get Tyrion into Kings Landing, Jorah will help bring the Wight. Jon will lead the mission beyond the Wall. The North Lords grumble to Sansa about Jon's absence, she settles them down. Arya complains afterwards that Sansa let some insults go and some heads should roll, she suggests Sansa wouldn't mind if Jon didn't return. Davos and Tyrion land near Kings Landing, Davos says he is off to Fleabottom leaving Tyrion. Bronn leads Jaime to the meeting with Tyrion in a catacomb. The murder of Tywin still is between them, Tyrion raises the idea of an armistice while they deal with the north. Davos meets a blacksmith, Gendry back at work making swords. Gendry is happy to leave with Davos and takes a big warhammer. At the boat two nosy guards approach. Davos pays them a bribe and jokes. Tyrion arrives and the guards recognize him, Gendry kills them with the hammer. Jaime reports to Cersei, she knew from Bronn he met Tyrion and realizes an accommodation with Daenerys would be useful. She also says she is pregnant with Jaime. Gendry meets Jon Snow and the two talk of meeting their respective fathers, Gendry will go north with them. Tyrion wishes Jorah luck and gives the lucky coin from their earlier travels. Snow, Mormont, Davos and Gendry leave by their launch. Sam Tarly is frustrated as Gilly reads from one of the manuscripts he is transcribing. She puzzles over a passage about a Prince Rhaegar marriage and coincident annulment. Fed up, Sam takes some old documents, packs up his family into a wagon in the dead of night and leaves the Citadel, wanting to do more. Littlefinger gives a serving girl something, Arya watches and spies on his activities. A man brings a document to his door, Baelish thanks him then leaves. Arya picks his door lock and enters his room. She searches. She finds a tiny scroll under the mattress, signed by Sansa. Leaving the room, Baelish watches from a dark alcove with a devious smile. Snow's Group arrives at the EastWatch Castle. They brief Tormund on their mission. Tormund shows them three prisoners, the Hound, Dondarrion and Thoros. After some back and forth about old slights the small group agree to work together. Davos will stay behind. The gate raises and the team ventures north into the snows.