At Winterfell, Arya Stark talks to her sister Sansa Stark about borrowing Bran Stark's bow and arrow. She tells Sansa that she practiced several times until she finally hit the bullseye. Arya recalls that their father Eddard Stark had been watching and clapped his hands in praise of her accomplishments. Arya reasons that their father knew that the rules were wrong but that his daughter was in the right. She then confronts Sansa about her alleged role in their father's death.
Little Waiting Time...
Arya presents the letter that Sansa had written to their late brother Robb Stark urging him to come and bend the knee to King Joffrey Baratheon. Sansa replies that the Queen Mother Cersei Lannister forced her to do it under duress. Arya counters that she was not tortured and that she saw Sansa at Ned's execution. Arya chastises Sansa for betraying their family but Sansa responds that they have only returned to Winterfell because of her. Sansa adds that their half-brother Jon Snow was saved from defeat when Petyr Baelish and the Knights of the Vale came to their rescue.
Sansa demands to know where Arya found the letter and chides her younger sister that Cersei would be pleased to see them fighting. Arya is still bitter towards Sansa and tells her that their liege lords including Lyanna Mormont would turn against her if they ever discovered the letter. Arya adds that Lyanna was younger than Sansa but showed more courage. While recognizing that Sansa wrote the letter out of fear, a bitter Arya says that she prefers to embrace anger over fear.
Later, Sansa asks Petyr Baelish about where Arya got the letter from, unaware that Baelish orchestrated the entire incident. Sansa tells Petyr that she is commanding 20,000 men who answer to Jon but not to her. Petyr tells Sansa that the men will trust her because she can rule. Sansa counters that the discovery of the letter will turn her liege lords and men against her. Sansa confides in Petyr about her strained relations with Arya. Petyr suggests that Sansa talk to Brienne of Tarth because she has sworn to protect both of Lady Catelyn Stark's daughters from harm's way. Trusting Baelish, Sansa accepts his advice.
The following morning, Maester Wolkan informs Sansa that they have received a letter from Queen Cersei. Sansa meets with Brienne, who advises her not to leave Winterfell. Instead, Sansa decides to send Brienne as her representative since she could reason with Jaime Lannister. Brienne warns that it is too dangerous for her to leave Sansa alone at Winterfell with Petyr. Sansa insists that her guards and men are loyal to her but Brienne warns that Petyr might be bribing them behind her back. Brienne offers to leave her squire Podrick Payne, whose swordsmanship has improved, but Sansa insists that she can take care of herself.
Following the events of the Wight Hunt, Sansa enters Arya's quarters and opens a leather case containing several "faces", including the literally late Walder Frey's face. Arya catches her sister pilfering through her personal effects. When Sansa tells Arya that her men are loyal to her, Arya mockingly retorts that they are not here. Arya tells Sansa that she obtained the faces from the Faceless Men of Braavos and admits she spent time training to be a Faceless Man. She forces Sansa to play the lying game and begins by asking if she thinks that Jon is the rightful King. Sansa demands that Arya tell her what the "faces" are.
Arya replies that they always wanted to pretend to be other people. Sansa wanted to be a queen while Arya herself wanted to be a knight. In the end, neither of them got what they wanted. Arya says that the faces allow her to become someone else and toys with the idea of assuming Sansa's face and status. Arya approaches Sansa with her dagger and muses as the possibility of becoming the Lady of Winterfell. However, Arya relents and leaves a disturbed Sansa alone with the dagger.
At Dragonstone castle, Queen Daenerys Targaryen and her Hand Tyrion Lannister chat in her private quarters. Daenerys tells Tyrion that she appreciates the fact that he is no a hero because they have a tendency of risking their lives to do dangerous things. She compares Tyrion favorably to "heroes" such as Khal Drogo, Ser Barristan Selmy and Jon Snow, most of whom died before their times. Daenerys also recognizes that Tyrion is no coward. The two then turn their attention to the topic of their impending meeting with Queen Cersei in King's Landing. Tyrion warns that Cersei cannot be trusted and could be setting a trap for them.
Daenerys proposes marching with her two Dothraki and Unsullied armies and her three dragons as a show of force. Tyrion counsels Daenerys that she needs a healthy degree of fear, but that she cannot rule through fear alone. Tyrion reminds Daenerys about her vision of creating a new society by "breaking the wheel" and cautions her about her temper and impulsiveness, citing the fiery executions of Lord Randyll Tarly and his son Dickon. Tyrion reassures Daenerys that he supports her vision and ideals. Tyrion also proposes that Daenerys consider a succession plan in the event of a disaster but she refuses to consider this plan until she has donned the crown. She also blames Tyrion's policy of caution for causing her the loss of Highgarden, Ellaria Sand, and Yara Greyjoy.
In The Land of Always Winter, Jon Snow and his ranging party travel through the Land of Always Winter on their mission to capture a Wight. Gendry complains about the bitter cold and asks Tormund about life as a Wildling. Tormund later confides with Jon about the foolhardy nature of their mission. While walking, Gendry also confronts the Brotherhood Without Banners about selling him off as a sacrifice to Melisandre. Sandor Clegane responds that Gendry should be grateful that he is still alive and points out that Beric Dondarrion survived being killed and resurrected six times.
While walking, Jon and Jorah Mormont also chat about their relationships with their fathers Eddard Stark and Jeor Mormont respectively. Both agree that their fathers were honorable men. Jon tells Jorah about the brutal death of Jeor at the hands of the Mutineers and also mentions that Eddark Stark was beheaded. Jon tries to return Jorah his father's Valyrian sword Longclaw but Jorah tells him that he is not worthy to bear his father's sword. He tells Jon to keep Longclaw.
Later, Sandor and Tormund trade jabs about sex. Sandor takes offense when Tormund asks about how he burnt his face. Tormund then confides in Sandor about his infatuation for Brienne of Tarth, who is as tall as Sandor. He jokes about having babies with her. Beric and Jon talk about Eddard Stark and the mysteries of the Lord of Light. Beric tells Jon that he is fighting for life because death is the first and last enemy. He warns Jon that they have to work together to fight death and defend those who cannot defend themselves. Jon reflects on his Night's Watch oath about being the "shield that guards the realms of men." Sandor sees the mountain from his vision lying ahead and steers the group in that direction.
While trudging through a snowstorm, Jon and his party sight a snow bear with blue eyes approaching them. The snow bear turns out to have been resurrected by a White Walker. The snow bear mauls and kills part of their company. Beric manages to set the snow bear alight with his flaming sword but Thoros is unable to break free of its grip until the group brings it down with their combined efforts. Beric also treats Thoros' wounds with his flaming sword.
The wounded Thoros asks Jorah about his experience charging with a flaming sword during the Siege of Pyke, and Jorah commends his old comrade for his drunken bravery. While navigating through the mountain, they see a column of Wights marching through the canyon below. The ranging party plants a fire and then ambushes the Wights and the White Walker leading the pack. Jon Snow manages to kill the White Walker with Longclaw, causing most of the Wights associated with it to disintegrate, while the rest of the group manages to capture the only unaffected wight. Sandor tries to silence the creature but gets bitten as it cries for help. Jorah and Sandor managed to muzzle and bind the creature together.
As a horde of Wights approach, Thoros sends Gendry back to Eastwatch to bring news to Daenerys. The Wights pursue the group over a lake of ice. One of the ranging party is captured by the horde but manages to drag many of the Wights down with him when the ice collapses under their weight. Gendry manages to outrun the Wights, lending his hammer to Sandor. Meanwhile, Jon and his ranging party manage to retreat to the middle of an icy lake to escape the wights. Throughout the night, Jon and his comrades wait in the middle of the ice while encircled by the army of the Undead. Meanwhile, Gendry reaches Eastwatch's outer gates but collapses from exhaustion. Davos Seaworth and several guards attend to him. When Davos asks what happened, Gendry tells him to fetch the Maester and to send ravens.
In the morning, Jon and his company awake to find that Thoros has died from his wounds. Beric and Sandor pay their last respects, with the former praying or the Lord of Light to guard them. At Jon's insistence, they burn the body with a flaming sword. The Wights watch while their captive Wight struggles under his hood and restraints. Jorah proposes killing the Wight but Jon counters that they need to keep it as evidence. Beric suggests that Jon kill the Night King, who has just arrived on horseback. He then adds that the Lord of Light has not resurrected Jon for no reason, but Sandor reminds him that they have just lost their priest, and Beric is down to his last life.
After receiving Gendry's message from Eastwatch, Tyrion implores Queen Daenerys not to leave for the North because it is too risky. Daenerys counters that he told her to do nothing before and she lost. Dissatisfied with his advice, Dany leaves with her three dragons to the Land of Always Winter to aid Jon Snow and his ranging party.
Bored, Sandor hurls two rocks at one of the undead minions, knocking its jaw off. He manages to goad one into walking over but the rest follow and march onto the ice, which has hardened overnight. Sandor attacks them with Gendry's hammer while Jon and the other members of the ranging party join in. Beric manages to set several of the Wights alight with his flaming sword. The ranging party hack and slash at the Wights with their blades but are unable to stem the tide. With the group overwhelmed, Jon orders them to fall back. Tormund is dragged into the ice by several Wights but is saved from death by Sandor. The group continues fighting against the Wights. One of the party is ripped apart by the creatures.
When all seems lost, Queen Daenerys arrives with her dragons, who burn the Wights with dragon fire. Many Wights are burned to ashes while others collapse under the ice, which is melted by dragon fire. Jon and his party rush to Daenerys and her dragon Drogon, dragging their captive Wight with them. Viserion and Rhaegal scorch the Wights from above. Meanwhile, the Night King obtains an icy javelin from one of his lieutenants and hurls it at Viserion. The spear pierces through Viserion's side, causing him to scream in agony and to burn. Viserion crashes into the ice, bleeding out blood.
The Night King menaces Daenerys and Jon's ranging party with a second spear. Jon tries to face him but is dragged under the ice by two Wights. Before falling under the ice, he implores Daenerys and company to leave with her remaining dragons. Daenerys and the survivors of Jon's ranging expedition flee with Drogon and Rhaegal before the Night King can kill them. The Night King and his army leave the scene. Later, Jon Snow climbs out of the ice with his sword Longclaw. Jon tries to pretend to be a Wight but is spotted and pursued by a large horde. Before the Wights can finish the King in the North, his uncle Benjen Stark appears on horseback with his flaming flail. Benjen tells Jon to flee on his horse while he stays behind to fight the Wights off. While riding away on horseback, Jon watches his uncle being killed.
At Eastwatch, Sandor carries the struggling Wight into a boat. Tormund and Beric tell him they will meet again but Sandor retorts he hopes not. Daenerys sends Drogon and Rhaegal to scour the surrounding mountains for Jon. Jorah tells Daenerys that it is time to leave but she insists on waiting a bit longer. Before she can leave, they hear a horn blowing signalling a rider approaching. Looking down from the battlements, Dany sees a wounded Jon Snow approaching on horseback. Aboard their ship, Davos and Gendry tend to Jon Snow, who has suffered at least two sword injuries.
In the Narrow Sea, Jon Snow wakes to find Daenerys watching him in his chambers. Jon apologizes to Queen Daenerys and the two shake hands. Jon apologizes for the disastrous ranging party but Daenerys tells him not to apologize because she now knows that the Army of Undead are real. She tells Jon that the dragons are the only children she will ever hare. Seeking revenge for the death of Viserion, Daenerys vows that she and Jon will together destroy the Night King. Jon addresses her as "Dany" and Daenerys reminds him that the last person to address her by that name was her older brother Viserys Targaryen; whom she considers not to have been a "nice person." Jon agrees to bend the knee to Daenerys, who tells him to get some rest and leaves him alone.
In The Land of Always Winter, later, hundreds of Wights use several large chains to drag Viserion's corpse out of the frozen lake as the Night King and one of his lieutenants watch. The Night King uses his powers to resurrect Viserion, causing his eyes to turn a pale blue.
Jon and his team go beyond the wall to capture a whight. Daenerys has to make a tough decision.
PETER DINKLAGE ( Tyrion Lannister )
KIT HARINGTON ( Jon Snow )
AIDAN GILLEN ( Peter Baelish )
LIAM CUNNINGHAM ( Davos Seaworth )
EMILIA CLARKE ( Daenerys Targaryen )