10:00pm PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones': 10 Key Moments From "No One"
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for season six, episode eight of HBO's Game of Thrones, as well as a spoiler from the books on which Thrones is based.]
House Stark remains scattered across the world of ice and fire, but as of the latest hour of Game of Thrones, the children of Eddard and Catelyn Stark are moving closer and closer together.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) have worked alongside each other for weeks now, doing their best to save brother Rickon (Art Parkinson) from the wicked House Bolton. Further north, their other brother Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) races toward the Wall, and if he's lucky enough to survive, he'll reunite with the Starks soon enough.
As of "No One," however, the furthest removed Stark sibling — Arya (Maisie Williams) — is closer to returning home than ever before.
Here's more on Arya's comeback, and nine other key moments from "No One," the eighth episode of Game of Thrones season six.
1. Return of the Wolf
"A girl's name is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I'm going home." With those words, Arya caused one of the single most uproarious moments in recent Game of Thrones history, signaling that the Winterfell reunion fans have been hoping for since season one is inching closer and closer to reality.
2. A Mother's Mercy
Before the season began, Maisie Williams told THR that Arya was in desperate need of a hug; she got that maternal warmth and then some from Lady Crane (Essie Davis), albeit at the expense of Crane's life. Nevertheless, Arya receiving actual comfort from another human being, as opposed to the violent companionship she's known over the past few years, was certainly a boost for the young woman, if only for a moment.
3. Stoneheart Watch
Speaking of maternal figures, is there a chance Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) might return from the grave? In the A Song of Ice and Fire books on which Thrones is based, the character makes an unexpected comeback, one that many fans expected to see in seasons three and four. Those hopes were resurrected with last week's aggression from the Brotherhood Without Banners, seemingly heralding the arrival of Lady Stoneheart for some fans. But the continued survival of Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) this week suggests otherwise. Still, Catelyn's name was evoked numerous times throughout "No One." Is it still possible that Catelyn will return before the season ends?
4. Lightning Strikes Back
What the show lacks in Stoneheart, it more than compensates with the return of the Lightning Lord: Beric Dondarrion, leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, last seen in season four's battle against Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann). He's back in action now, alongside Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) and their fellows, and they have a new enemy in sight: the Night King and his minions.
5. The Hound and the Bird
Sandor looks poised to join the Brotherhood's planned crusade against the White Walkers, which means a few things. For one, we'll get to see him rip ice monsters to shreds; no complaints there. But even more important, Sandor heading north means a probable reunion with Sansa Stark, whom he hasn't seen since fleeing King's Landing in season two. Consider this one of the most anticipated Game of Thrones reunions still out there.
6. Blackfish out of Water
The Riverrun story reached its inevitable conclusion this week, with Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) succeeding against the Blackfish (Clive Russell) and his Tully army. Though he's not killed onscreen, there's little reason to doubt the reports that the legendary Tully soldier died in battle; what's less clear, however, is how seeing Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) again changed Jaime. Will he maintain undying loyalty to House Lannister, or will seeing his noble companion again recalibrate his priorities?
7. The Mountain's Moves
King's Landing remains standing, but for how long? At the very least, the promise of violence was fulfilled, as Robert "The Mountain" Strong (Hafthor Bjornsson) finally made his move against the Faith Militant … well, a Faith Militant, at least. It wasn't quite as graphic as smashing the Red Viper's face like a ripe watermelon, but the Mountain severing an enemy's head with his bare hands is proof enough of the undead monster's unprecedented power.
8. Where There's Smoke …
… there's wildfire. Although Cersei (Lena Headey) lost her son Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) to the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), and even though she lost the option of Trial by Combat, she still has plans brewing alongside Maester Qyburn (Anton Lesser). Expect that plan to involve a whole lot of wildfire burning throughout King's Landing — echoing the vision Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) saw some episodes ago.
9. The Spider Crawls Again
If Varys (Conleth Hill) has a superpower, it's timing. Few characters on Thrones know when to make the right move at the exact right time like he does. Look no further than "No One," which sees Varys fleeing Meereen right before it comes under attack. He wants to recruit ships and Westeros allies for House Targaryen's cause, but what exactly does that mean? With only two episodes remaining this season, don't expect much clarification until next year.
10. Return of the Dragon
Daenerys Stormborn (Emilia Clarke) of House Targaryen, Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains, among a million other titles, is finally back in action. After spending weeks on the road, she returned to Meereen just in the nick of time, presumably bringing her army of Dothraki soldiers and her fire-breathing children with her. It's the best sign yet that the Meereenese Knot will be untangled by the time season six ends.
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