For anyone disappointed with last week's premiere, "Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 2 likely exceeded all expectations. Bran Stark and the Iron Isles returned, but "Home" will be remembered as the moment the Jon Snow question was answered.
Warning: Full "Game of Thrones" Season 6 spoilers ahead.
Now His Watch Has Ended
Ser Alliser Thorne has the Night's Watch armed for a fight. Ser Davos and the few men still loyal to Jon Snow are still in the room waiting for Dolorous Edd's return. As the door is breached, the cavalry has arrived in the form of a giant and a group of angry Wildlings. The Night's Watch is in awe of Wun Wun, who quickly dispatches an archer who happened to fire an arrow at the giant.
Throne's mutiny is short-lived as the brothers of the Night's Watch throw down their weapons instead of fighting Tormund Giantsbane. Ser Allister is thrown into the cells with his fate to be decided at a later date.
With Castle Black at a standstill, Ser Davos seeks out Melissandre in a last attempt to revive Jon Snow. After the shocking scene where viewers saw the Red Priestess' true appearance, Melissandre is still doubting her faith. Despite the actual magic performed based on the faith in the Lord of the Light, Melissandre believes the prophecies have been false.
A speech from Ser Davos leads to an attempt to revive the fallen Jon Snow. After cleaning his body, cutting his hair and trimming his beard, Melissandre chants over him. It appears the last attempt to resurrect Jon Snow has failed, but he opens his eyes after everyone leaves the room.
After months of speculation, Jon Snow is alive. It's been the worst-kept secret of "Game of Thrones" and "A Song of Ice and Fire," but his return to life leads to a new set of questions. Readers of George R.R. Martin's novels have waited five years for this answer, but will Jon Snow become Jon Stark? Next week promises to reveal some of Jon Snow's first actions since getting stabbed multiple times by brothers of the Night's Watch.
A Blast From the Past
The Three-Eyed Raven's training of Bran Stark has been going well. The duo are overlooking a scene in Winterfell that should warm the hearts of all "Game of Thrones" fans. A teenage Ned Stark is sparring with his younger brother Benjen Stark before Lyanna Stark rides in on horseback.
This is the first time Lyanna has appeared on the show, which could lead to further revelations in "Game of Thrones" Season 6. Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapping Lyanna Stark kicked off Robert's Rebellion, which served as the precursor for the events in "Game of Thrones." Lyanna died in the Tower of Joy, but she promised Ned to keep a secret as her dying wish. Another long-standing "A Song of Ice and Fire" mystery could also be answered very soon.
As a way to improve his training, Ned asks Willis the stable boy to pick up a wooden sword and shield. Willis happens to be a young Hodor. Instead of only being able to say his name in the present, Willis responded with a full vocabulary. What happened to Hodor to lose his ability to talk is a new mystery that hopefully gets solved soon.
A Lannister Family Reunion
Ser Strong has already proved himself to be an incredibly powerful guard for Cersei Lannister. Myrcella's funeral serves as a precursor to Jaime and the High Sparrow trading threats. "Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 2 sees King Tommen developing into a proper character. Tommen's mostly been forgotten or as a way to set up the feud between Cersei and Margaery Tryell, but the young king wants to become powerful and who better than Cersei to learn how to become strong.
Meereen was barely featured this episode, but it did lead to an important development. After a brief council meeting, Tyrion has the great idea of visiting the two chained dragons. There's a great moment of hesitation as Tyrion realizes he will soon be face to face with two dragons. "Don't eat the help," he quips as he tries to calm the dragons. Tyrion gains their trust and Rhaegal and Viserion are now unchained.
House Bolton Shakeup
Roose Bolton, House Karstark and Ramsay Bolton plot to storm Castle Black. The scene was important to see which Houses were loyal to House Bolton or House Stark. In a bold move for power, Ramsay kills Roose to become Lord Bolton. Unfortunately, his cruelest act is yet to come when he unleashes his hounds on Walda Bolton and her newborn son.
After adding some depth to his character in the "Game of Thrones" Season 6 premiere, Ramsay has entered cartoon-levels of villainy. Where other characters may be perceived as villains on the show, each has added layers of depth that make them interesting. Ramsay is a bit one-note at this moment, but how he rules the North could bring some much-needed depth.
The Iron Isles Returns
Theon's past haunts him, which leads to his decision to return to the Iron Isles. House Greyjoy is still dysfunctional, with Balon Greyjoy as ornery as ever. After quarreling with Yara Greyjoy, Balon meets a hooded figure who turns out to be Euron Greyjoy. The eldest uncle of Yara and Theon tosses Balon over the bridge, which settles the mystery of his death in "A Song of Ice and Fire." Balon's death means the War of the Five Kings is officially over.
The Stark sisters didn't do too much in "Game of Thrones" Season 6, episode 2. Jaqen H'ghar lets Arya Stark back into the House of Black and White. Sansa Stark decides to head to Castle Black to reunite with Jon Snow.