WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Season 6, Episode 6 of Game of Thrones. If you haven't seen it then stop reading now.
It was less Game Of Thrones this week and more the waiting game - that was until about half way through the episode when the action picked up. A much slower instalment in the epic franchise brought us home to Horn Hill with Sam and Gilly, and back to Braavos with Arya. The second half of the episode featured Kings Landing, before closing out with Dany at Vaes Dothrak. The episode furthered several important storylines, so let's take a look at the most important moments from Season 6, Episode 6.
1. Daenerys The Conqueror
Arguably the most important scene in tonights episode took place at Vaes Dothrak. Nobody died and nobody was tortured, instead we saw a powerful Dany earn the respect and loyalty of the khalasar. In a powerful moment, Dany flew in on Drogon and asked the entire khalasar to fight by her side and give her the Seven Kingdoms. The members of the khalasar cheered. In this moment, everything Dany had told Khal Moro came to pass: she will lead the khalasar. Daario looked at Dany in awe - a look resembling that of Tyrion when he first saw Dany ride off on Drogon last season. I don't like to predict what will happen on Game of Thrones, but watching Dany in her glory - I think she's got what it takes and I think she could be the one who ends up ruling the Seven Kingdoms. She's got my vote! What a moment!
2. Benjen is Back!
It's only taken him six years, but tonight Benjen Stark made his shocking return to Game of Thrones. Alive and well (sort of), Benjen rescues Bran and Meera from the White Walkers. Upon revealing himself to Bran, he tells the pair that the children of the forest saved him from the walkers, reversing the effects by stabbing him with dragon glass through the heart. Another shocking twist - Bran is now the Three Eyed Raven!
3. The Crown and The Faith United?!
As Margaery prepares for her walk of shame, the cavalry arrive. Jaime arrives on horseback and Lady Ollena appears too. Margaery does look a little relieved at their presence. After several moments of discussion, The High Sparrow announces that no walk of atonement will take place as Margaery has already atoned for her sins by "bringing another into the true light of the seven": Tommen. Jaime is appalled. The High Sparrow announces the new alliance between the crown and the faith. There's definitely more to this storyline. I don't buy into Margaery's sudden devotion to the faith - in the previous episode, she promised Loras that she wouldn't turn on him and he reciprocated by asking her to make it all stop. I think Margaery is merely buying her time and taking the pressure of Loras. Margaery has proven how crafty she can be in the past, and I can definitely see her exacting revenge on those who have harmed her and her brother.
4. A girl has a name, and it's Arya!
It looks like Arya no longer wants to be a servant to the many faced God. After a conversation with Lady Crane - her intended victim - she comes to a realisation about who she is and sabotages the assassination attempt on the actress. After fleeing the scene, Arya goes back to where her journey on Braavos began and reacquaints herself with her trusted sword, Needle. H'ghar agrees to let the Waif deal with Arya, as long as she doesn't cause her any pain. Perhaps we will get to the see another battle between Arya and the Waif, and perhaps Arya will come out on top this time. She'd better watch her back!
5. Sam won't stand for his fathers ignorance
Tonight we went home to Horn Hill with Sam and met his vile father that he's often discussed throughout the series. Sam's father was appalled to discover that his son wanted to be a maester and that he'd been involved with a Wildling. Sam, looking like he was about to burst in to tears, sat and took the verbal beating that his father bestowed upon him. After a short while, Sam refused to let Gilly stay with this vile human and in an attempt to prove himself as a man and as a warrior, Sam took his father's beloved Valyrian steel sword. Take that, Lord Tarly! Sam has proven his worth on several occasions through the show, and tonight he stood up for Gilly and ultimately himself again - we all talk about Jon Snow, but Sam is one of the nicest characters in the show. Good on you, Sam!
6. The Mad King!
Tonight we got our first look at the Mad King Aerys Targaryen. As Meera attempted to get Bran to safety, Bran was having a vision - essentially a "here's what you missed on the past five seasons of Game of Thrones" moment at first as we were reminded of all that we've lost. However, we are then granted some new footage and among this is a clip of Aerys Targaryen - the Mad King and Dany's infamous father - yelling at his kingsguard to "Burn them all!". Okay, so that's all we saw so far, but if we know Game of Thrones, Bran will most certainly be revisiting this soon enough, sspecially now that he has become the Three Eyed Raven. This is not the last of the Mad King!
It was definitely an important episode of Game of Thrones, albeit a slower instalment than in previous weeks. Having said that, the closing scene with Dany and her khalsar army agreeing to take the Seven Kingdom's left me with chills. Game of Thrones is on fire this season. Sometimes literally!