The Unsullied led by Grey Worm as well as the Dothraki horde are lined up outside of King’s Landing. Dany’s ship is approaching also. Jon, Davos and Tyrion look out over the city, Dany is noticeably absent. Below deck, the Hound taps on a crate, then a barrage of thumping and snarling explodes from the inside, their precious cargo is still undead and well. They pass Euron’s ship and his fleet, which is much larger than Dany’s. The Silent Men stare and Euron smiles across the way at Theon as Dany’s ship moves past.
Qyburn tells Cersei that the group has arrived and that they are all on their way to the dragonpit. Tyrion, Jon, Davos, Varys, Missandei, Jorah and Theon arrive, the Hound bringing up the rear with a donkey cart carrying the padlocked crate with the captured wight inside. Dany is still missing. Bronn along with Brienne and Pod and 25 Lannister guards greet them. Brienne tells Jon that she tried her best but Sansa wouldn’t listen and insisted that Brienne came alone.
In the Dragonpit they find just the appropriate number of chairs, grouped according to allegiance. To Cersei’s right is a group for Dany and to her left a group for Jon. The Mountain enters first, followed by Jaime, Qyburn and Euron, the entire Queensguard and ten more Lannister guards bring up the rear. Then Cersei enters and makes her way towards her seat. “Where is she?” she asks and Tyrion replies that Dany will be there soon. Cersei notices Jaime looking at Brienne and asks who invited her – Brienne replies she is there on behalf of Sansa. Cersei notices the lion’s head on the pommel of her sword but before Jaime or Brienne can explain this, Drogon and Rhaegal appear overhead, Dany on Drogon’s back. She climbs down his wing and into the Dragonpit. Cersei shows her disdain for the theatricality of the arrival.
Tyrion begins and discusses how clearly none of them like one another, they’ve all suffered at each other’s hands or lost people they love at each other’s hands and they are also all entirely capable of waging war against each other without meeting face to face. But Jon then says the reason they are all there isn’t about living in harmony, it’s just about living. They all have one thing in common: a General you can’t negotiate with and an army that doesn’t leave corpses behind on the battlefield. Cersei says she doesn’t feel this is serious at all, rather just a bad joke. She says if Jaime has informed her correctly, Jon and Dany are asking her for a truce, they tell her yes that’s all. Dany tells her that her Capital will be safe until the Northern threat is dealt with.
Tyrion tells Cersei they have something to show her and the Hound brings the crate into the middle of the space, unlocks the padlocks, opens the top and steps back. The wight climbs out, a metal chain around his neck and Cersei stares in disbelief. The wight makes a beeline for Cersei, reaches for her and is then roughly jerked to the ground. The Hound holds the chain attached to it’s metal collar, the other end of the chain is secured at the bottom of the crate. The wight then comes for the Hound, he draws his sword and cuts him neatly in half, right through the waist and it’s legs continue kicking, it’s torso keeps coming. The Hound chops an arm off, which keeps flexing and grasping. Davos sparks a torch and hands it to Jon, Jon tells Cersei they can destroy them by burning them and that they can also destroy them with dragonglass. He burns the arm and then draws a dragonglass dagger and stabs the torso, shattering it to pieces. He tells Cersei if they don’t win this fight, then it ends the fate of everyone in this world. Dany supports Jon’s claim. Cersei is at a rare loss for words. Euron asks if they can swim and when he hears that they cannot, he announces he’s taking his fleet back to the Iron Islands. Cersei is surprised by his betrayal and after he leaves, she says that the Crown accepts their truce – until the dead are defeated, they are the true enemy.
Cersei says in return, the King in the North will extend the truce and remain in the North, never to take up arms against the Lannisters, he will not choose sides. Jon says he can’t agree to this because he cannot serve two Queens, he’s already pledged himself to Queen Daenerys of House Targaryen. Cersei says then that there is nothing left to discuss – the dead will come for the North first and then she walks away, Jaime gives Tyrion a look that says do something about this and then he follows Cersei. Tyrion tells everyone the only way to solve this problem is for him to go talk to his sister alone and he exits the Dragonpit.
Tyrion is allowed to enter Cersei’s office. Cersei says he’s gotten both Dany and Jon to commit to the same goal he’s been working towards his whole life: the destruction of their family. This is the same accusation she’s been giving him for decades and he finds is exhausting. He informs her that he’s the one preventing that from happening – Dany didn’t want to debate or negotiate, she wanted to bring Cersei fire and blood until he advised her otherwise. She begins to describe how all she cared about when the wight was charging for her was keeping her family safe and her hand discreetly goes to her belly, which Tyrion notices. She says maybe Euron had the right idea, just get on a boat with the ones who matter and go somewhere. Tyrion asks her if she’s pregnant and her silence tells him that he’s right.
Tyrion and Cersei arrive back to the Dragonpit and Cersei announces that her armies will not stand down – she will not pull them back to the capital. She’ll march them North to fight alongside them in the Great War. She says that perhaps when the war is over, maybe they will remember that she chose to help them without any promises or assurances in return.
In Winterfell, Sansa reads Jon’s raven with Littlefinger, furious that he agreed to surrender the Northern crown, bent the knee and pledged to fight for Dany. Littlefinger tells her that she should just let the southerners, the dragons, the invaders and the Lannisters destroy the monsters. She should let the North be what it’s always wanted to be: free. Sansa says Arya would never go for this, she loves Jon far more than she ever loved Sansa. She’d kill anyone who betrays her family. Littlefinger asks Sansa why did Arya come to Winterfell? Sansa says she could want her dead because she thinks she wronged her family, to kill her for marrying their enemies. He asks her why did Arya unearth the letter that Cersei made her write? Sansa says it must have been to provide proof of her betrayals as justification after she murders her. Littlefinger then says, and after she murders you, what does she become? Sansa says, Lady of Winterfell. Littlefinger spreads his hands. Well, there it is. Sansa nods.
In Dragonstone, Tyrion, Jon, Dany, Davos, Jorah, Grey Worm, Missandei, Varys and Theon have gathered for a conference. Jon uses the table to point out routes. They decide the Unsullied need training in the winter/snow and they will sail to Eastwatch to Tormund. Davos says they already have thousands of dragonglass spearheads prepared. Dany and Jon will sail to Winterfell together. Jorah nods in indifference, he’s not smiling at all about that. After the meeting, Theon approaches Jon and says how when he was Ramsay’s prisoner, Yara was the only one who tried to save him. And she needs him now. Jon asks him why is he still there talking to him?
Theon goes to find Harrag and the men on the beach about to set sail. He tells them they are going to go and save Yara. Harrag says she’s already dead and then he and Theon get in an all-out brawl. Theon actually ends up winning and says to the men, “Not for me, for Yara”. All the Ironborn men shout “For Yara”! And all follow Theon to the skiffs.
Back in the Red Keep, Cersei interrupts Jaime who was instructing soldiers about the march North. When everyone leaves, we come to realize that Cersei had lied to everyone, she says in war, promises mean nothing. She tells Jaime the monsters are real, White Walkers are real, dragons, the Dothraki – all the things they heard about when they were young, are real. She tells Jaime to let the monsters kill each other and while they all battle in the North, they’ll take back the lands that belong to them. Their child will rule Westeros. Jaime says their child won’t even be born. He says when the fight in the North is over, someone wins. If the dead win, they’ll march south and kill them all and if the living win, they’ll march south and kill them all. Cersei asks Jaime how many dragons he saw at the meeting in the dragonpit. Jaime says for all they know, Dany’s third dragon was guarding her fleet but she Cersei says no – she brought the Dothraki, the Unsullied and the dragons – she came to show her power so something clearly must have happened. The dragons are vulnerable.
She then tells Jaime that they have the Iron Bank on their side – 20,000 men, horses, etc. Cersei then asks did Jaime really think Euron Greyjoy would turn and sail back to the Iron Islands and abandon his chance to marry the Queen? Jaime did believe it. Cersei says Euron is sailing with his fleet to Essos to ferry the Golden Company/Iron Bank back to help them win the war for Westeros. They argue since Cersei plotted without telling him but she says Jaime conspired with Tyrion without telling her. He says he pledged to ride North and he intends to keep that pledge, to which she tells him that will be considered treason. He says he doesn’t care – he’s going. He turns to walk away but the Mountain stands in his way. She tells Jaime no one walks away from her.
Jaime turns to Cersei and asks if she’s going to order The Mountain to kill him. She stares back at him. He tells her, give the order then. She gives the smallest possible nod and the Mountain draws his sword. Jaime knows there’s no point fighting. He just stares at his sister for a long beat and says very quietly, “I don’t believe you”. After a long beat, he turns and walks away, right past the Mountain and his drawn sword. Cersei watches and does not give the command.
Back in Winterfell, we’re looking at Sansa, we don’t have her inner monologue but we’re looking at a dark Sansa. She closes her eyes for a beat and opens them. The decision has been made. She tells a Stark guard to bring her sister to the Great Hall. • Arya is brought into the Great Hall by two guards, Sansa is sitting at the high table with Bran at her side. Maester Wolkan also stands near the high table and dozens of Knights of the Vale are along the walls, watching Arya. Littlefinger is leaning against the wall, watching Arya with the faintest trace of a smile. Arya is surrounded on all sides. Sansa tells her she is there because it’s what honor demands, honor demands that she defends her family from those who would harm them. She must defend the North from those who would betray them. Arya tells her to get on with it then.
Sansa says, “You stand accused of murder. You stand accused of treason.” Then her eye line shifts. “How do you answer these charges, Lord Baelish?” • For once, Littlefinger is the man on the outside. Everyone in the room is in on it and looks at him. Sansa says he murdered their aunt, Lysa Arryn, earlier he conspired to murder Jon Arryn. The conflict between the Starks and the Lannisters, it was him who started it. He conspired with Cersei and Joffrey to betray their father. Littlefinger is shocked, how does she possibly know all of this information? Thanks to him, Ned was imprisoned and later executed on false charges of treason. Littlefinger denies it but then Bran speaks: “You held a knife to his throat. You said, I did warn you not to trust me.” Now Littlefinger knows how all of his crimes have come to light. Arya pulls out the Valyrian steel dagger, saying he told their mother the dagger belonged to Tyrion, just another one of his lies. Littlefinger ends up dropping to his knees and begging.
Sansa tells him that when he brought her back to Winterfell, he told her that there’s no justice in the world, not unless they make it. She then nods to Arya who walks toward him, dagger in hand. She swipes the dagger so fast across his throat he doesn’t even see it happening until it’s over. He falls face forward to the floor, no one moves a muscle to help him.
Outside King’s Landing, snowflakes begin to fall. Jaime is no longer wearing his Lannister uniform, no longer commanding an army or representing his house. He trots forward on his horse, never looking back, heading north on the Kingsroad alone.
In the middle of the night, Cersei wakes up in her bedroom. Something is wrong. She gets out of bed and grabs a lantern to find that her nightgown and bed are soaked in blood. She screams.
A horse-drawn wagon arrives to Winterfell – Sam, Gilly and Little Sam stare up at the castle. Sam enters Bran’s room. Bran rattles off everything that’s happened to Sam, telling him that he’s the Three-Eyed Raven. He tells Sam this means he knows everything that’s happened and he can see things happening now, all over the world. Bran tells Sam that his best friend Jon is headed back to Winterfell right now with Daenerys Targaryen. Bran says they need to tell Jon the truth about himself, something that no one knows except Bran. Jon isn’t Ned’s son, he is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and his aunt, Lyanna Stark.
Sam stares at Bran for a long beat. Bran continues to say that Jon was born in a tower in Dorne, his last name isn’t really Snow, it’s Sand. Sam tells him no it’s not. Bran says yes, Dornish bastards are named Sand. Sam says that when he was at the Citadel, he transcribed the diaries of High Septon Maynard – he annulled Rhaegar’s marriage to Elia. This is something Bran did not know. Sam goes on to say that Septon Maynard married Rhaegar and Lyanna in a secret ceremony. Bran asks if he’s certain and Sam asks if it’s something Bran can see. We go extremely close on Bran, his eyes wide open.
When we pull back, we’re no longer in Bran’s room, we’re in a forest clearing and see Rhaegar and Lyanna being married by High Septon Maynard. A VO of Bran says “Robert’s Rebellion was built on a lie. Rhaegar didn’t kidnap my Aunt or rape her.” On Dany’s ship we then see Jon knocking on Dany’s door. Bran VO continues: “He loved her.” Dany opens the door and stares at Jon. Bran VO “And she loved him.” Dany steps aside and Jon enters her room. At the far end of the corridor, Tyrion watches from the stairway and sees Dany’s door closing behind Jon. HBO
We’re back in the Tower of Joy with Lyanna in bed, bleeding with Young Ned beside her. Bran VO “And Jon…Jon’s real name…” Lyanna whispers to Ned, “his name is Aegon Targaryen. You have to protect him. Promise me, Ned.”
Back in Dany’s cabin we find Jon and Dany making love. Bran VO “He’s never been a bastard. He’s the heir to the Iron Throne.” Back on the stairs, Tyrion looks troubled. He turns, enters his own cabin and shuts the door.
Back in Bran’s chamber with Sam, Bran says that Jon needs to know, they need to tell him. His eyes roll back and we’re flying toward the Wall with a flock of ravens. We find Tormund walking the battlements, gazing North along with a few wildlings and Night’s Watchmen. Tormund hears a sound, getting louder, he looks down to the North side of the Wall and we see the Army of the Dead.
One Night’s Watchmen runs to the horn and blasts it three times. The Army stops in noman’s-land between the forest and the Wall. Tormund exhales – it’s true…apparently they are unable to pass the Wall because of ancient spells and such. He’ll live another day. But then, a stranger sound comes from the North and Tormund looks to the sky. We see something moving so fast we don’t get a clear look at it or at the Night King on it’s back before it’s upon us…hitting the Wall with a blast of blue flame.
A massive chunk of the Wall breaks free ahead of Tormund. The ice dragon glides away and we get our first clear look at him, the Night King on his back. Tormund yells for everyone to run. The Night King and the dragon circle back. Hovering near the base of the Wall, the dragon shoots a steady stream of blue fire, back and forth along the base of the Wall. The Wall can’t withstand the fire and thunderously it begins to give way, falling. We see wildlings falling to their death.
The dragon keeps blasting until a huge breach has been opened in the Wall – large enough to admit the Army of the Dead, all 100,000 of them, and the White Walkers, and the Night King. They all begin to pass through, heading south for the world of the living.