Warning: spoilers ahead for Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “Oathbreaker.”
The Starks are certainly undergoing a resurgence.
Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” not only followed up on the resurrection of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), but it also brought back another Stark, Rickon (Art Parkinson). We also saw both Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) progressing in their respective training.
And as the family builds itself up again, there are plenty of other moments on this week’s episode that point to big theories surrounding the Starks, the Lannisters, and other families.
Here are five important things you probably missed on this week’s “Game of Thrones”:
The prince who was promised.
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Melisandre (Carice van Houten) had mistakenly thought that Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) was “the prince who was promised.” Since Jon Snow’s resurrection was a success, she seems certain that he is who the prophecy speaks of.
But what is the prophecy? “The prince who was promised” is the second coming of a great hero named Azor Ahai. Ultimately, he will save Westeros from the White Walkers – the zombie-like dead that return during the long night, darkness that lasted a generation – like Azor Ahai had done centuries before.
But to become that, Jon Snow has to fulfill several duties of the prophecy.
The Little Birds.
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Referred to in the books, the “Little Birds” got their first appearance in the show on Sunday’s episode. They belong to Varys’ (Conleth Hill) large network of spies. Seemingly innocent street children, the Little Birds are the source of a lot of information.
The significance of Rickon Stark’s return.
Rickon Stark has been away from the show even longer than Bran Stark. The last time we saw him on-screen before Sunday’s episode was during season three. He was last seen escaping with former Stark servant and “Free Folk” member Osha (Natalia Tena) for Last Hearth to seek protection from Stark loyalists at the House of Umber.
Fearing a war with Jon Snow and the wildlings, though, the Umbers have turned Rickon and Osha over to Ramsay (Iwan Rheon). Could this be the end of the line for Rickon? Is there a hidden plan here to overthrow Ramsay?
The significance of the sword fight at the Tower of Joy.
No doubt, plenty of “Game of Thrones” theorists are going ape-crazy over the appearance of the Tower of Joy, which is located somewhere on the outskirts of Dorne.
It was introduced in a flashback as part of Bran Stark’s training with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). Ned Stark and six companions approached the tower to find it guarded by three members of the Kingsguard. Ned and Howland were the only survivors of the resulting battle.
A woman was screaming inside. There is a popular theory that presumes she is Ned’s sister, screaming in the middle of childbirth. The child is theorized to be Jon Snow. And it feeds into the theory that Ned Stark wasn’t his father.
In order for Jon Snow to truly be the chosen one, he needs to be born from the line of House Targaryen. That brings us back to the popular fan theory that Jon’s real parents are Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. That would make him Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) nephew.
Is “Cleganebowl” going to happen?
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The danger of Gregor “The Mountain” Glegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), that big robotic-like guy guarding Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), that was discussed during the small council meeting cannot be underestimated.
The fact that he has been such a focus is making many fans believe that a theory called “Cleganbowl” will go down. According to this theory, Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann) will return to King’s Landing in order to fight his brother, Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, to the death in a trial by combat for Cersei.