“Death is the enemy. The first enemy and the last.”
– Beric Dondarrion
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The Stark sisters continue their dangerous rivalry with Littlefinger doing all he can to stoke the flames. Arya confronts Sansa over her role in their father’s death, producing the letter she sent Robb at the behest of Cersei and her small council (which included Littlefinger). They trade barbs with Arya threatening to show the letter to the Lords and Ladies, deducing that Sansa’s argument of being “just a child” will not get her far with the likes of Lyanna Mormont. Sansa seeks Littlefinger’s counsel, he points out that Brienne would surely intercede should one of Catelyn Stark’s daughters try to kill the other. Sansa considers this and when she receives a raven requesting her presence in King’s Landing she sends Brienne as her representative. Sansa goes in search of the letter, but instead makes the gruesome discovery of Arya’s bag of faces. Arya makes it clear she could take Sansa’s face and become the Lady of Winterfell, but leaves Sansa with her dagger instead.
Brienne of Tarth earns 3 Honors points for agreeing to represent Sansa and the North at the meeting in King’s Landing
Beyond the Wall
Jon leads his unlikely band of rangers on the mission to capture a wight to prove to Cersei how real the threat is. It is not long before they are set upon by zombie polar bears. Thoros is greatly injured but they are able to fight back the beast and he carries on. A short while later they encounter a group of wights lead by a White Walker. They make a surprising discovery when Jon kills the Walker and the wights he raised shatter with him leaving one lone wight which they are able to capture.
Jon Snow earns 5 Morghulis points for killing a White Walker and 1 Capture point for capturing a wight.
Jorah Mormont earns 1 Capture point for capturing a wight.
Tormund Giantsbane earns 1 Capture point for capturing a wight.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane earns 1 Capture point for capturing a wight.
Beric Dondarrion earns 1 Capture point for capturing a wight.
Thoros of Myr earns 1 Capture point for capturing a wight.
Gendry earns 1 Capture point for capturing a wight.
They secure the creature, but a horde of wights are approaching. Thoros looks to Gendry and tells him to return to the Wall and send word to Daenerys, but not before Tormund takes his hammer noting Gendry will be faster without it. The group is chased onto an island in the middle frozen lake. The wights attempt to follow but crash through the ice so they remain standing on the lake’s edge surrounding the group. Gendry is able to outrun the wights and makes it to the Wall.
Gendry earns 1 Survival point for surviving the wights Beyond the Wall.
Daenerys muses to Tyrion on the unreliability of heroes as they tend to take foolish risks comparing Jon to Drogo and Daario. Their conversation turns to King’s Landing and what traps Cersei may be laying. Daenerys proposes a show of force, but Tyrion counsels that while she needs a healthy degree of fear, she cannot rule through fear alone, as it will make her power vulnerable as Cersei’s is. When Tyrion attempts to bring up her options for succession she shuts him down.
Receiving news of Jon and Jorah’s predicament Daenerys is at once resolved to fly North. Tyrion attempts to dissuade her to no avail. Daenerys sets off on Drogon’s back with Viserion and Rhaegal in tow.
Daenerys Targaryen earns 2 Call The Banners points for leading her dragons to battle beyond the wall and 1 Magic point for riding a dragon.
Beyond the Wall
Thoros dies in the night as the group remains stranded. Bored Sandor throws rocks at the surrounding dead, but when one falls short and skids over the ice the wights seem to realize that if they do not approach in a horde they can reach the island without breaking the ice. The group is on the verge of being overwhelmed when they hear the cry of a dragon. Daenerys arrives with her dragons bathing the dead in flame. She reaches her hand out to Jon but he fights off the wights allowing Jorah, Sandor, Tormund, and Beric to climb on Drogon. The Night King looks on unphased as a White Walker hands him an ice spear. He launches it with deadly precision at Viserion who crashes to the ground and slides beneath the ice, dead. Jon sees the Night King grab a second spear and urges Daenerys to go before she loses another of her children as he is dragged beneath the ice.
Thoros of Myr receives -5 Death points.
Jon Snow earns 1 Morghulis points for killing wights.
Jorah Mormont earns 1 Morghulis points for killing wights, 1 Magic point for riding a dragon, and 1 Survival point for surviving the wights beyond the wall.
Tormund Giantsbane earns 1 Morghulis points for killing wights, 1 Magic point for riding a dragon, and 1 Survival point for surviving the wights beyond the wall.
Sandor “The Hound” Clegane earns 1 Morghulis points for killing wights, 1 Magic point for riding a dragon, and 1 Survival point for surviving the wights beyond the wall.
Beric Dondarrion earns 1 Morghulis points for killing wights, 1 Magic point for riding a dragon, and 1 Survival point for surviving the wights beyond the wall.
Daenerys Targaryen earns 1 Survival point for surviving beyond the wall.
But of course, Jon always comes back. He reaches for his sword and climbs out of the icy water. The wights horde had been retreating but turns to stare at him. Jon braces for attack, but is surprised when Benjen Stark barrels through the horde with his flaming mace. He gives Jon his horse and sends him towards the Wall for safety. Benjen then fulfills his oath to Night’s Watch by protecting the realms of men till his last.
Benjen Stark earns 3 Return points for appearing to help another of his nephews, 1 Morghulis point for killing wights, 3 Victory points for fulfilling his vow to the Night’s Watch, and -5 Death points for sacrificing himself to save Jon.
Jon awakens on a ship with Daenerys watching over him. He holds her hand and apologizes for the loss of Viserion saying they should never have gone. Daenery responds that had they not she would never have known how real the threat is. He then declares that he will support her as Queen and the North will come to see her as he has.
Jon Snow earns 1 Survival point for surviving the wights beyond the wall and 3 Alliance points for naming Daenerys his Queen.
Daenerys Targaryen earns 3 Alliance points for earning Jon’s loyalty.
Back beyond the wall the dead army lug heavy chains across the ice and are revealed to be dragging up the body of the dead dragon. When they have finally pulled him out of the water the Night King approaches. He lays a hand on Viserion and the dragon’s eyes turn ice blue.
Night King earns 1 Magic points for raising Viserion.