WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the 'Game of Thrones' TV series. Do not read on unless you have seen Season 6, Episode 4, "The Book of the Stranger."
This week's episode of Game of Thrones was the most jam-packed of the season so far without a shadow of a doubt. With not one but two family reunions, some major hints alluding to the long-anticipated 'Battle of the Bastards' and a truly transformational moment for Daenerys, "The Book of the Stranger" gave us the first real feeling of what we can expect to see unfold throughout the rest of Season 6.
But just as we thought it couldn't get any better, HBO has dropped the preview trailer for next week's episode, "The Door", and it looks pretty damn exciting. Rather astonishingly, the episode will mark the halfway point of this season so it's no wonder that we're really getting into the juicy stuff now. Things are going to get intense, and fast. Let's break it down.
Littlefinger Has Got Some Serious 'Splaining To Do
Following his return in Episode 4, Baelish will come to face to face with Sansa for the first time since depositing her at Winterfell in the not-so-safe hands of Ramsay Bolton. Sansa demands:
Did you know about Ramsay?
Is that genuine remorse we spy on his face? His lifetime love of Catelyn getting the better of him? I wouldn't bet on it, but Sansa has Brienne by her side now so Baelish better think fast.
A Man And A Girl Question The Meaning Of Life
It's back to Braavos for an update on Arya, who was notably absent from Episode 4. Standing over a corpse in the House of Black and White, Jaqen ponders:
"Does death only come for the wicked and leave the decent behind?"
Reunited with her sight, it looks like Arya's training might finally be put into practice.
Yara's Not Taking Any Prisoners
A female ruler may be almost unheard of in the Iron Islands, but Yara Greyjoy is apparently undeterred and is making her case to be queen at the Kingsmoot. Aeron Greyjoy asks:
"Who makes a claim?"
To which Yara boldly replies:
"I claim the Salt Throne."
With Theon having already declared his loyalty to his sister, it's up to the remaining residents to decide whether it will be Queen Yara or King Euron (Balon's brother) that prevails.
Meet The Red Woman Mark II
There's two of them! Varys and Tyrion are looking pretty concerned about the arrival of a somewhat bewildering beauty in Meereen, rocking the choker and sexy robe look that has only previously been reserved for Melisandre. The mysterious woman breathes:
"Knowledge has made you powerful but there's still so much you don't know."
Melisandre, of course, is originally from Asshai, a region of Essos not at all far from Mereen. Could this new bewildering beauty have hailed from the same place? Maybe she too has a connection to the Lord of Light? And what would a second red priestess mean for the prophecy of the 'prince who was promised'?
Bran Goes In Too Deep... But Will He Drown?
Ramsay Bolton, step aside! The one real villain of Game of Thrones is finally set to make an appearance. The trailer culminates in what can only be described as Bran's most horrifying vision yet: A standoff between himself and the show's most terrifying creatures, the Night's King and his army of White Walkers.
Perhaps most worryingly of all, a distressed Meera desperately tries to wake him up — to no avail. How the hell is Bran going to get himself out of this one?
Watch the full teaser below.
So there you have it! Questions, comments, predictions?