8:00am PT by Josh Wigler
'Game of Thrones' Season 6: A Closer Look at the Trailer for Episode 7
Seven episodes into the season, Games of Thrones fans are getting their first look at a major character in a good long while: Bronn of the Blackwater.
Jerome Flynn's caustic mercenary returns to the world of Westeros in "The Broken Man," the seventh episode of the Emmy-winning fantasy drama's sixth season. It's Bronn's first appearance since setting sail with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in the season five finale, in which he learned more about the Sand Snakes than he bargained for — and according to the preview for the episode, he'll be right back at Jaime's side in the coming hour.
Here's everything else we know about the episode, based on the trailer.
Return to Riverrun
Jaime, fresh from losing his job as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, takes on his new assignment in the Riverlands in "The Broken Man." The preview shows Jaime meeting with the Blackfish (Clive Russell), not exactly keen to surrender: "As long as I'm standing, the war is not over." Perhaps he won't be standing for long, given Jaime and his companion Bronn's reputations, but don't forget that House Tully is set to receive an ally of their own: Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), racing down from Castle Black. Then again, her history with Jaime should add a wrinkle or two.
A Game of Thorns
In King's Landing, while her brother attends to matters on the battlefield, Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) picks up the pieces of the failed bid to break down the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). In the preview, Cersei encounters Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg), who is none too pleased with how it all played out: "Our two ancient houses face collapse because of your stupidity." The Queen of Thorns is never one to mince words, but she might be wise to cool her temper: Cersei is joined in the scene by Robert Strong (Hafthor Bjornsson), ready and willing to do her bidding. Not even Olenna's sharp wits are a match for a zombified Mountain's skull-crushing strength.
Ships in Volantis
What's next for the Iron Fleet? The look at episode seven gives an answer. Theon (Alfie Allen) and Yara (Gemma Whelan) are seen in a tavern in Volantis, far away from Pyke, and closer than ever to Meereen — a city that just so happens to be in need of at least a thousand ships, according to Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman).
The Northern Campaign
With war brewing between House Bolton and House Stark, Sansa (Sophie Turner) and her allies need to start going door-to-door to shore up support. The recruitment drive goes into full swing in the next episode, according to the preview, which sees both Sansa and Davos making convincing pitches in front of great Northern lords: "The real war is between the living and the dead. Make no mistake, the dead are coming."
A Feast for Cravens
Even if they can't rally everyone in the North, at least Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has the wildlings on his side, right? Maybe not. In the preview, Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) speaks in front of a gathered group of Free Folk, doing his best to win them over: "He died for us! If we're not willing to do the same for him, we're cowards!" Our interview with Hivju suggests Tormund's control over the wildlings won't be so easy to maintain; fingers crossed that this is just a pep talk, and not a farewell speech.
Watch the preview for "The Broken Man" below:
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