With just three episodes left in “Game of Thrones” Season 6, all the planning will finally pay off in a spectacular sprint to the finish line. The latest season of “Game of Thrones” has done well to juggle characters while advancing the storyline — unless you're a fan of Dorne. In “Game of Thrones” Season 6, episode 8, “No One,” the siege of Riverrun gets a visitor while Cersei is promising violence in King’s Landing.
Warning: “Game of Thrones” Season 6 spoilers ahead.
Everyone’s still talking about the return of the Hound and the very brief appearance by Ian McShane as Brother Ray. While Brother Ray’s peaceful preaching lasted just one episode, the Hound is still around and angrier than ever. In “The Broken Man,” viewers learned Ser Sandor Clegane survived after losing his fight to Brienne of Tarth at the end of “Game of Thrones” Season 4. Having been rehabilitated by Brother Ray, the Hound is living a quiet life that’s spent angrily chopping wood for the construction of a church. This idyllic life in Westeros is quickly dashed with the arrival of three members of the Brotherhood Without Banners. After not getting their bribe, the group returns to slaughter Brother Ray’s group.
In the “Game of Thrones” Season 6, episode 8 trailer, the Hound is seen briefly attacking someone. It’s likely he tracked down the men who killed Brother Ray, which paves the way for his return to King’s Landing. The Hound could overhear the news that Cersei Lannister has chosen trial by combat or that there’s a resurrected Ser Gregor Clegane serving at her side. From there, he could volunteer to be the High Sparrow’s champion to take on his brother.
King’s Landing and Riverrun get the most attention in the preview and pictures released ahead of “No One.” Cersei’s response of “I choose violence” is the central theme as every scene is actively engaged, or has the threat of, hostility. The Mountain could be quite busy killing Sparrows in this episode. Over in the the Riverlands, Jaime Lannister is threatening to kill every Tully family member if it means he can go back to Cersei.
There’s also the problem of Brienne, who has arrived at Riverrun. One scene shows her handing a note to the Blackfish, which could be a letter from Sansa Stark. There’s also an uncomfortable reunion between Jaime and Brienne where she says she will take up arms against him if he attacks Riverrun. Jaime’s army is on the move, which means he may not have listened to Brienne’s advice. There are also a few standalone moments that are more ambiguous. Podrick is seen being grabbed by someone with dark hair, but there’s another scene where he and Brienne are leaving on a boat at night.
On the other side of the Narrow Sea, Tyrion looks up to see a chandelier shaking from some movement from above. That’s a pretty good indication Daenerys and Drogon are back in Meereen. The final scene of the “Game of Thrones” Season 6, episode 8 preview has the Waif chasing after a wounded Arya in Braavos.
The synopsis for “No One” does not provide any further clues for viewers, which is pretty standard for late season episode descriptions. “While Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) weighs his options, Cersei (Lena Headey) answers a request. Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) plans bear fruit. Arya (Maisie Williams) faces a new test,” reads the “Game of Thrones” Season 6, episode 8 synopsis. There’s probably some time for a quick visit to another story with the House Stark recruiting effort or an appearance by Ramsay Bolton being a good bet.
There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding who will fight with Sansa and Jon Snow and this could be a good way to introduce House Manderly or further establish the sides set to wage war in next week’s “Battle of the Bastards.”