This week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” is titled “The Gift.” HBO has released a promo video that gives a preview of what to expect. [Warning: Spoiler Alert][Scroll down for video]
Based on the books by George R.R. Martin, the Gift is a strip of land just south of the Wall that was once given to the Night's Watch by the rulers of the North. The land is meant to allow them to settle and grow food and provisions. This time around, Jon Snow is bent on bringing all the wildlings south of the Wall and into the Gift to protect them from the winter and the horrors that come with it.
The episode trailer shows Ser Alliser Thorne telling Jon that his mission to rescue wildlings from Hardhome is reckless. He also says that saving wildlings is an insult to all the brothers of the Night’s Watch who died fighting them.
However true it might be that the wildlings have killed their brothers, Jon knows that once winter comes and the white walkers attack, it would be better to have the wildlings fighting on their side rather than having them rise up from the dead to fight with the white walkers. The more wildlings they save, the fewer enemies they will have.
With Jon and Stannis both leaving, Thorne taunts Sam Tarly that he is losing all of his friends in Castle Black. Sam looks visibly worried and it remains to be seen what will happen to him. In the books, he goes on a journey south with Maester Aemon. The series has taken a different path for his character so his fate is unknown.
In the video, Stannis Baratheon tells Ser Davos that it is time for them to march upon Winterfell. “We march to victory or we march to defeat but we go forward,” he says. It has started to snow and Stannis knows that winter is coming. Once it does, his plan to take over the North and later move south to take the Iron Throne could be delayed indefinitely. Time is of the essence and Stannis marches his troops to attack the Boltons in Winterfell.
Also in Winterfell is Sansa Stark. Following the horrific rape on her wedding night to Ramsay Bolton, Sansa softens up to Theon Greyjoy and is seen in the trailer saying that her family still has friends in the North. Earlier this season, Brienne of Tarth sent her a message telling her that she could send a distress signal if she ever finds herself in trouble. Now that she has seen what kind of a monster Ramsay is, she might possibly take Brienne up on her offer.
Down south in King’s Landing, Queen Margaery and Loras Tyrell and both in prison. With their father out on a diplomatic mission to Braavos, it is up to their grandmother to get them out. Lady Olenna confronts the High Sparrow who simply tells her: “I serve the gods, the gods demand justice.”
Elsewhere, Tyrion Lannister and Jorah Mormont are fighting to stay alive among a group of slavers. They have been captured and taken to the fighting pits. They have to prove their worth and remain alive as they find a way to escape and make their way to Daenerys Targaryen.
“Game of Thrones” episode 7, “The Gift,” will air at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday on HBO. Watch the episode promo video below:
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