瓊恩·雪諾和他的團隊往塞外而去，目標是要抓到wight，以便讓瑟曦·蘭尼斯特相信它們的存在。 同一時間，在臨冬城, 艾莉亞·史塔克 accuses 珊莎·史塔克 of siding with the 蘭尼斯特家族 during the 五王之戰 because of the letter she wrote to 羅柏·史塔克 back in Season 1. 珊莎·史塔克 also discovers 艾莉亞·史塔克's collection of faces and is starting to really learn about the new 艾莉亞·史塔克 after her training as a 無面者. After a confrontation with the army of the dead, lead by the 夜王, 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 flys in with all three of her 龍 to save the team sent 塞外. After much destruction of the army of the dead, the 夜王 throws a spear of ice up and it hits and kills 韋賽利昂, one of 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安's 龍. After a freezing and wounded 瓊恩·雪諾 comes back to 東海望, having been saved by 班揚·史塔克, he tells Dany that he will bend the knee to her and swear fealty to his new queen. The last scene of the episode shows wights dragging a chain to bring the deceased 韋賽利昂 up from the ice he broke through, then the 夜王 approaches the 龍 and turns it into a White Walker.
臨冬城, 艾莉亞·史塔克 talks to her sister 珊莎·史塔克 about borrowing 布蘭·史塔克's bow and arrow. She tells Sansa that she practiced several times until she finally hit the bullseye. Arya recalls that their father 艾德·史塔克 had been watching and clapped his hands in praise of her accomplishments. Arya reasons that their father knew that the rules were wrong but that his daughter was in the right. She then confronts Sansa about her alleged role in their father's death.
Arya presents the letter that Sansa had written to their late brother 羅柏·史塔克 urging him to come and bend the knee to King 喬佛里·拜拉席恩. Sansa replies that the Queen Mother 瑟曦·蘭尼斯特 forced her to do it under duress. Arya counters that she was not tortured and that she saw Sansa at Ned's execution; Sansa retorts that Arya did nothing to stop their father's execution either. Arya chastises Sansa for betraying their family but Sansa responds that they have only returned to 臨冬城 because of her, while Arya travelled the world in pursuit of her own agenda. Sansa adds that their half-brother 瓊恩·雪諾 was saved from defeat when 培提爾·貝里席 and the Knights of the Vale came to their rescue and insists Arya would not have survived the torments she endured at the hands of Joffrey and 拉姆斯·波頓.
Sansa demands to know where Arya found the letter and chides her younger sister that Cersei would be pleased to see them fighting but Arya is still bitter towards Sansa. She realizes that while Jon would understand the difficult circumstances Sansa was under when she wrote the letter, Sansa is afraid the Northern lords will discover it and turn on her, including 萊安娜·莫爾蒙. Arya adds that Lyanna is younger than Sansa was when she wrote this letter but argues Lyanna wouldn't agree with Sansa's defense that she was a child at the time. While recognizing that Sansa wrote the letter out of fear, a bitter Arya says that she prefers to embrace anger over fear.
Later, Sansa asks 培提爾·貝里席 about where Arya got the letter from, unaware that Baelish orchestrated the entire incident. Sansa tells Petyr that she is commanding 20,000 men who answer to Jon but not to her. Petyr tells Sansa that the men will trust her because she can rule. Sansa does not trust the loyalty of the Northern lords, citing their history of switching sides. She counters that the discovery of the letter will turn her liege lords and men against her. Sansa confides in Petyr about her strained relations with Arya. Petyr suggests that Sansa talk to 塔斯的布蕾妮 because she has sworn to protect both of Lady 凱特琳·史塔克's daughters from harm's way. Trusting Baelish, Sansa accepts his advice.
The following morning, 學士 沃肯 informs Sansa that they have received a letter from Queen Cersei. Sansa meets with Brienne, who advises her not to leave 臨冬城. Instead, Sansa decides to send Brienne as her representative since she could reason with 詹姆·蘭尼斯特. Brienne warns that it is too dangerous for her to leave Sansa alone at 臨冬城 with Petyr. Sansa insists that her guards and men are loyal to her but Brienne warns that Petyr might be bribing them behind her back. Brienne offers to leave her squire 波德瑞克·派恩, whose swordsmanship has improved, but Sansa insists that she can take care of herself.
Following the events of the Wight Hunt, Sansa enters Arya's quarters and opens a leather case containing several "faces", including the literally late 瓦德·佛雷's face. Arya catches her sister pilfering through her personal effects. When Sansa tells Arya that her men are loyal to her, Arya mockingly retorts that they are not here. Arya tells Sansa that she obtained the faces from the 無面者 of 布拉佛斯 and admits she spent time training to be a Faceless Man. She forces Sansa to play the lying game and begins by asking if she thinks that Jon is the rightful King. Sansa demands that Arya tell her what the "faces" are.
Arya replies that they always wanted to pretend to be other people. Sansa wanted to be a queen while Arya herself wanted to be a knight. In the end, neither of them got what they wanted. Arya says that the faces allow her to become someone else and toys with the idea of assuming Sansa's face and status. Arya approaches Sansa with her dagger and muses as the possibility of becoming the Lady of 臨冬城. However, Arya relents and leaves a disturbed Sansa alone with the dagger.
The Wight Hunt
At 龍石島 castle, Queen 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 and her Hand 提利昂·蘭尼斯特 chat in her private quarters. Daenerys tells Tyrion that she appreciates the fact that he is no a hero because they have a tendency of risking their lives to do dangerous things. She compares Tyrion favorably to "heroes" such as Khal Drogo, Ser Barristan Selmy and 瓊恩·雪諾, most of whom died before their times. Daenerys also recognizes that Tyrion is no coward. The two then turn their attention to the topic of their impending meeting with Queen Cersei in 君臨. Tyrion warns that Cersei cannot be trusted and could be setting a trap for them.
Daenerys proposes marching with her two 多斯拉克人 and 無垢者 armies and her three dragons as a show of force. Tyrion counsels Daenerys that she needs a healthy degree of fear, but that she cannot rule through fear alone, as monarchs who rule through fear alone like Cersei and Joffrey are hated by their people and forever vulnerable to being overthrown. Tyrion reminds Daenerys about her vision of creating a new society by "breaking the wheel" and cautions her about her temper and impulsiveness, citing the fiery executions of Lord 藍道·塔利 and his son 狄肯·塔利. Tyrion reassures Daenerys that he supports her vision and ideals. Tyrion also proposes that Daenerys consider a succession plan in the event of a disaster, given that by her own admission, she is incapable of bearing children but she refuses to consider this plan until she has donned the crown. She also blames Tyrion's policy of caution for causing her the loss of 高庭, 艾拉莉亞·沙德, and 阿莎·葛雷喬伊.
瓊恩·雪諾 and his ranging party travel through the lands 塞外 on their mission to capture a Wight. 詹德利 complains about the bitter cold and asks 托蒙德 about life as a Wildling. 托蒙德 later confides with Jon about the foolhardy nature of their mission. While walking, Gendry also confronts the 無旗兄弟會 about selling him off as a sacrifice to 梅麗珊卓. 桑鐸·克里岡 responds that Gendry should be grateful that he is still alive and points out that 貝里·唐德利恩 survived being killed and resurrected six times.
While walking, Jon and 喬拉·莫爾蒙 also chat about their relationships with their fathers 艾德·史塔克 and 傑奧·莫爾蒙 respectively. They say that their fathers were good and honorable men and did not deserve their deaths. Jon tells Jorah about the brutal death of Jeor at the hands of the Mutineers and that Eddard was beheaded. Jon tries to return Jorah his father's Valyrian sword Longclaw but Jorah tells him that he is not worthy to bear his father's sword. He tells Jon to keep Longclaw.
Later, Sandor and 托蒙德 trade jabs about sex. Sandor takes offense when 托蒙德 asks about how he burnt his face. 托蒙德 then confides in Sandor about his infatuation for 塔斯的布蕾妮, who is as tall as Sandor. He jokes about having babies with her. Beric and Jon talk about 艾德·史塔克 and the mysteries of the Lord of Light. Beric tells Jon that he is fighting for life because death is the first and last enemy. He warns Jon that they have to work together to fight death and defend those who cannot defend themselves. Jon reflects on his 守夜人 oath about being the "shield that guards the realms of men." Sandor sees the mountain from his vision lying ahead and steers the group in that direction.
While trudging through a snowstorm, Jon and his party sight a snow bear with blue eyes approaching them. The snow bear turns out to have been resurrected by a White Walker. The snow bear mauls and kills part of their company. Beric manages to set the snow bear alight with his flaming sword but Thoros is unable to break free of its grip until the group brings it down with their combined efforts. Beric also treats Thoros' wounds with his flaming sword.
The wounded Thoros asks Jorah about his experience charging with a flaming sword during the Siege of Pyke, and Jorah commends his old comrade for his drunken bravery. While navigating through the mountain, they see a column of Wights marching through the canyon below. The ranging party plants a fire and then ambushes the Wights and the White Walker leading the pack. 瓊恩·雪諾 manages to kill the White Walker with Longclaw, causing most of the Wights associated with it to disintegrate, while the rest of the group manages to capture the only unaffected wight. Sandor tries to silence the creature but gets bitten as it cries for help. Jorah and Sandor managed to muzzle and bind the creature together.
As a horde of Wights approach, Thoros sends Gendry back to Eastwatch to bring news to Daenerys. The Wights pursue the group over a lake of ice. One of the ranging party is captured by the horde but manages to drag many of the Wights down with him when the ice collapses under their weight. Gendry manages to outrun the Wights, lending his hammer to Sandor. Meanwhile, Jon and his ranging party manage to retreat to the middle of an icy lake to escape the wights. Throughout the night, Jon and his comrades wait in the middle of the ice while encircled by the army of the Undead. Meanwhile, Gendry reaches Eastwatch's outer gates but collapses from exhaustion. 戴佛斯·席渥斯 and several guards attend to him. When Davos asks what happened, Gendry tells him to fetch the 學士 and to send ravens.
In the morning, Jon and his company awake to find that Thoros has died from his wounds. Beric and Sandor pay their last respects, with the former praying or the Lord of Light to guard them. At Jon's insistence, they burn the body with a flaming sword. The Wights watch while their captive Wight struggles under its hood and restraints. Jorah proposes killing the Wight but Jon counters that they need to keep it as evidence. Beric suggests that Jon kill the 夜王, who has just arrived on horseback; given that they've seen killing a Walker destroyed the wights it controlled, killing the 夜王 might destroy them all. He then adds that the Lord of Light has not resurrected Jon for no reason, but Sandor reminds him that they have just lost their priest, and Beric is down to his last life.
After receiving Gendry's message from Eastwatch, Tyrion implores Queen Daenerys not to leave for the North because it is too risky. Daenerys counters that he told her to do nothing before and she lost. Dissatisfied with his advice, Dany leaves with her three dragons to the lands 塞外 to aid 瓊恩·雪諾 and his ranging party.
Bored, Sandor hurls two rocks at one of the undead minions, knocking its jaw off. The second however, skitters across the ice, and both the party and the undead realise the ice, which has hardened overnight, is strong enough to support their weight, and in dribs and drabs at first, but in ever greater numbers, the horde attacks the group's position. Sandor attacks them with Gendry's hammer while Jon and the other members of the ranging party join in. Beric manages to set several of the Wights alight with his flaming sword. The ranging party hack and slash at the Wights with their blades but are unable to stem the tide. With the group overwhelmed, Jon orders them to fall back. 托蒙德 is dragged into the ice by several Wights but is saved from death by Sandor. The group continues fighting against the Wights. One of the party is ripped apart by the creatures.
When all seems lost, Queen Daenerys arrives with her dragons, who burn the Wights with dragon fire. Many Wights are burned to ashes while others collapse under the ice, which is melted by dragon fire. Jon and his party rush to Daenerys and her dragon 卓耿, dragging their captive Wight with them. 韋賽利昂 and Rhaegal scorch the Wights from above. Meanwhile, the 夜王 obtains an icy javelin from one of his lieutenants and hurls it at Viserion, scoring a direct hit. Viserion is struck in the neck and plunges helplessly into freefall, shrieking in agony as blood and fire pour from the fatal wound. Drogon and Rhaegal cry out for their brother, but are powerless to help him. Viserion crashes onto the frozen lake, shattering the ice, and slowly sinks beneath it.
The 夜王 menaces Daenerys and Jon's ranging party with a second spear. Jon tries to face him but is dragged under the ice by two Wights. Before falling under the ice, he implores Daenerys and company to leave with her remaining dragons. Daenerys and the survivors of Jon's ranging expedition flee with Drogon and Rhaegal before the 夜王 can kill them. With the dragons gone, the 夜王 and his army leave the scene. Later, 瓊恩·雪諾 climbs out of the ice with his sword Longclaw. Jon tries to pretend to be a Wight but is spotted and pursued by a large horde. Before the Wights can finish the 北境之王, his uncle 班揚·史塔克 appears on horseback with his flaming flail. Benjen tells Jon to flee on his horse while he stays behind to buy time for Jon to escape. While riding away on horseback, Jon watches his uncle being killed.
At Eastwatch, Sandor carries the struggling Wight into a boat. 托蒙德 and Beric tell him they will meet again but Sandor retorts he hopes not. Daenerys sends Drogon and Rhaegal to scour the surrounding mountains for Jon. Jorah tells Daenerys that it is time to leave but she insists on waiting a bit longer. Before she can leave, they hear a horn blowing signalling a rider approaching. Looking down from the battlements, Dany sees a wounded 瓊恩·雪諾 approaching on horseback. Aboard their ship, Davos and Gendry tend to 瓊恩·雪諾, who has suffered at least two sword injuries.
In the 狹海, 瓊恩·雪諾 wakes to find Daenerys watching him in his chambers. Jon apologizes for the disastrous ranging party and the fact it caused Viserion's death but Daenerys tells him not to apologize because she now knows that the Army of the Dead is real. She tells Jon that the dragons are the only children she will ever have. Seeking revenge for the death of Viserion, Daenerys vows that she and Jon will together destroy the 夜王. Jon thanks her for her support, addressing her as "Dany" and Daenerys realizes that the last person to address her by that name was her older brother Viserys Targaryen, who Daenerys remembers as not being a good person. Jon apologises and asks if"My Queen" would be more appropriate; realising he is agreeing to bend the knee, Daenerys asks Jon what the Northern lords loyal to him will make of this. Jon assures her they will come to see her for the good person she is as he has. Touched by his statement, Daenerys gently takes Jon's hand in her own for a moment, before she who tells him to get some rest and leaves him alone.
Later, hundreds of Wights use several large chains to drag Viserion's corpse out of the frozen lake as the 夜王 and one of his lieutenants watch. The 夜王 uses his powers to resurrect Viserion, causing his eyes to turn a pale blue.
- 12 of 22 starring cast members appear in this episode.
- Starring cast members Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (詹姆·蘭尼斯特), Lena Headey (瑟曦·蘭尼斯特), Carice van Houten (梅麗珊卓), Nathalie Emmanuel (彌桑黛), Alfie Allen (席恩·葛雷喬伊), Conleth Hill (瓦里斯), John Bradley (山姆威爾·塔利), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (布蘭·史塔克), Jerome Flynn (波隆), and Hannah Murray (吉莉) are not credited and do not appear in this episode.
- 君臨 and its associated storylines do not appear in this episode. 山姆威爾·塔利's storyline does not appear in this episode (though he left 舊鎮 in the preceding episode and is heading to other storylines). Most of this episode focuses on the Wight Hunt 塞外.
- This is only the eighth episode in the TV series in which 君臨 is not featured in any scene. The previous six were Season 1's "The Kingsroad" (because King Robert and Cersei were with the Starks on the road and had not yet reached the city), Season 3's "The Rains of Castamere" (which focused mostly on the 紅色婚禮), Season 4's "The Watchers on the Wall" (which focused entirely on the Battle of 黑城堡), Season 5's "Kill the Boy" (which didn't feature any scene in the 七大王國 not counting the North), and "The Dance of Dragons", and Season 6's "The Door" and "Battle of the Bastards" (both of which focused on major battle sequences outside of southern 維斯特洛, but 塞外, in the North, and in 彌林, respectively).
- With a runtime of 70 minutes, this episode was the longest episode in the television series, until Season 7, Episode 7.
Dragons traveling to the Wall
- It is utterly implausible and outright absurd that Daenerys and her dragons could reach the Wall in the one or two days, at most, that Jon's group was trapped by the 異鬼. The distance from 絕境長城 to 龍石島 is half a continent – Cersei even stated in dialogue that 維斯特洛 is "a continent" two episodes ago in "The Spoils of War". The Title sequence of the TV series itself even visually depicts a map indicating the vast distance between 龍石島 and the Wall. There is no possible in-universe explanation for this. Given that the showrunners have admitted that the Wight Hunt doesn't even happen in future novels, it appears that they just wanted to have Daenerys swoop in to save Jon, without thinking out the logical repercussions - i.e. something as simple as, without a raven, Daenerys changed her mind and decided to head North to help Jon, in which case she could have spent over a week flying to the Wall catching up with them. Instead, the episode clearly establishes that Gendry had a raven sent from the Wall to 龍石島, and then Daenerys flew her dragons to the Wall after receiving the letter, in enough time to save Jon's party while they were trapped on the island in the frozen lake.
- Utterly ignoring, for the sake of argument, that the top flight distance and speed of dragons has never entirely been confirmed, the speed of the messenger-raven network across 維斯特洛 has been established. Even giving the over-generous assumption that Jon's group survived at most two days on the island in the ice lake (and it seems more like one, until the ice refroze), and that dragons can fly from 龍石島 to the Wall in a single day, this would be claiming that a messenger-raven sent from the Wall could reach 龍石島 in at most a single day. Prior seasons have repeatedly shown that the messenger-raven network isn't nearly the fast, with messages taking days or sometimes weeks to cross large distances – particularly, the distance of half a continent from the Wall to 龍石島 (龍石島 is roughly about as far from 東海望 as 君臨 was from 黑城堡 in prior seasons). Even this is assuming that it wasn't one raven in a direct flight, but fresh ravens spreading the message to new castles in a chain (i.e. like a human messenger switching to a fresh horse at each new castle he passed so he could ride for two days in a row, instead of staying on the same horse and tiring him to death).
- Earlier in Season 7, writer and staff loremaster Bryan Cogman was repeatedly questioned by fans over Twitter that certain characters are moving around too fast in Season 7, rushing to get them where they need to be for plot points without thought to realism. Cogman countered that these were still plausible movements, given that they avoided saying how much time passes between episodes (i.e. for all we know, it took 灰蟲子 months to reach 凱岩城 from 龍石島, and ships travel faster than land armies). The week before this episode aired, however, he quit Twitter and closed his account, so he can't field any new questions about this major time compression.
- Linda Antonsson, co-author with 喬治·R·R·馬丁 of The World of Ice and Fire sourcebook, commented on this after the episode. She calculated (based on flights from 龍石島 to 君臨) that it would take a dragon about 28 hours flying continuously at top speed to travel from the 君臨/龍石島 region to the Wall - which she regarded as implausible, because a dragon can't fly continuously for that long. This is comparable to saying a horse could plausibly reach a destination if it ran at a full racing-speed gallop for 28 hours straight: mathematically it could, but it can't physically maintain that speed for even remotely that long. She went on to say, however, that the raven network is so much slower than this (as confirmed by better citations), that there is no plausible way one could carry a message from the Wall to 龍石島 in enough time for Daenerys and her dragons to react to it, then fly to save Jon. She concluded, "This would be the Game of Thrones episode where they broke the plot so badly that suspension of disbelief is well and truly dead."
- The TV series never clearly established before that 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 believes she cannot have children again, which was a plot point in the books. In book/Season 1, Mirri Maz Duur performed a blood magic curse which caused Daenerys's baby Rhaego to be stillborn and monstrously deformed. The book version made it more clear that Mirri believed this had done so much damage to Daenerys's womb that she could never have children again; in subsequent books, Daenerys will repeatedly reflect in her internal monologue that she considers her three dragons her "children" in part because she feels they are the only children she will ever have. The TV series didn't make this clear: it only had Mirri Maz Dur give her vague, poetic line from the book, when Daenerys asked if Drogo would recover, that he will recover "when the sun rises in the west, and your womb quickens again" (i.e. never). Even Season 1 didn't make this very clear, but it was never elaborated upon or mentioned again in the intervening five TV seasons.
- The TV series was so vague about this, and didn't bring it up for years, that Game of Thrones Wiki treated it as an abandoned plot point not included from the books – never took Mirri Maz Dur's vague single line as establishing this was the same in the TV continuity, and thus never included it as a biographical detail in the 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 article.
- The final chapter of the fifth and most current novel hints that Daenerys only believes she can no longer have children, but will recover. In her last chapter, she has been stranded by Drogon back in the Dothraki Sea (corresponding to the Season 5 finale "Mother's Mercy"), she notes in her inner POV monologue that she has started "passing blood" – apparently just thinking she is sick, but there are fan theories that it could actually mean that she has begun Flowering again and her reproductive organs have recovered.
- It is possible, but totally unconfirmed, that magically resurrected people like 瓊恩·雪諾 or 貝里·唐德利恩 cannot have children – meaning that the bloodline of Daenerys's brother Rhaegar would go extinct as well. In which case, the last blood relative of either of them is actually 詹德利 – 拜拉席恩家族 intermarried with the Targaryens, so (in the books) 勞勃·拜拉席恩's grandmother was a younger Targaryen princess, and thus Robert was actually the second cousin of both Rhaegar and Daenerys.
- Tyrion even specifically brings up that if Daenerys think she can't have children, she will need to plan for the future of the crown after her eventual death. He brings up that the 守夜人 and the 鐵種 have their own methods for selecting new rulers without inheritance (elections, a Choosing and a Kingsmoot, respectively).
- In the backstory, when there has been no clear successor, a "Great Council" is called by all the major lords of the realm to choose the lawful successor. The last major one picked Aegon V Targaryen, as his eldest brother was dead but left behind a mentally handicapped daughter, his second brother was insane and left an infant son behind who many feared inherited his insanity, and his third brother, Aemon, was a maester who had foresworn inheritance. A prior Great Council at the end of the reign of Jaehaerys I Targaryen tried to sort out the succession dispute between the heirs of his first two sons, who had both predeceased him, before settling on Viserys I Targaryen. Prior Great Councils, however, relied on picking between rival heirs, not a situation in which there was no clear lawful blood heir.
- It is also possible that she might just name Gendry as her heir – reconciling with 勞勃·拜拉席恩's former supporters. A hint at this might be how the real-life War of the Roses ended, which 喬治·R·R·馬丁 said the 五王之戰 is loosely inspired by. This was a civil war in Medieval England between the Yorks and Lancasters - i.e. Starks and Lannisters, though the roles are reversed in the fictional story: the Lancasters are considered the “good” faction and the Yorks the "bad"/cunning faction. The War of the Roses began with the Lancasters being usurpsed by the Yorks (as the Lannisters usurp the Starks & Baratheons), only for the Yorks to ultimately be defeated – Henry Tudor, a bastard descendant of the Lancasters, eventually rallied the kingdom against Yorkist king Richard III and defeated him. Similarly, the Baratheons were seemingly wiped out, but left bastard descendant Gendry behind – perhaps to one day reclaim the throne.
- As in the preceding episode, Daenerys and Tyrion heavily reference her intention to "break the wheel" of one tyrant replacing another on the鐵王座, be it Targaryen, Baratheon, or Lannister. This is an invention of the TV series, possibly to present Daenerys as more of an overt hero, and doesn't happen in the novels. In the books, she wants to reclaim the鐵王座 for 坦格利安家族 and be a good, benevolent monarch, by the measure of their existing value system.
- 提利昂·蘭尼斯特 recalls that, while not a particularly capable or brave physical warrior, he did lead a charge out the Mud Gate – which was during the 黑水河之役.
- It is unclear why 艾莉亞·史塔克 is behaving the way she does in her scenes with her sister 珊莎·史塔克: she refuses to listen to any of her valid counter-arguments that she wrote the letter to Robb under duress. Arya then outright threatens to kill Sansa and take her face: after launching into a long and uncharacteristically dark threat against Sansa, Arya then simply hands her the 瓦雷利亞鋼 dagger she had been brandishing. If she's worried that Sansa will turn on Jon, threatening her will only exacerbate the problem.
- Fan speculation is rampant that this is all some elaborate ruse by one or both of the Stark sisters to trick Littlefinger, given that they know he has spies everywhere.
- On the other hand, such speculation occurred all too frequently in past seasons to try to explain what turned out to simply be plot holes or inconsistent writing: i.e. all of the fan theories that Talisa's behavior with 羅柏·史塔克 seemed odd because she was really a Lannister spy. The TV writers later admitted that they rewrote the 羅柏·史塔克/Talisa relationship into a romance (which it isn't in the books) primarily for the out-of-universe reason that they wanted to show off Richard Madden (Robb) as an actor. Therefore it is equally possible that Arya is uncharacteristically making dark speeches threatening to kill Sansa in this episode…purely because the TV writers wanted to show off Maisie Williams, the actor, chewing the scenery in a dark speech scene, with no thought to the character repercussions.
- One way or another, we'll find out in one week when the Season 7 finale airs.
- Arya seemingly waves aside Sansa's accurate defense that she wrote the letter to Robb under duress, writing what Cersei told her to write, when she was a frightened 13 year old child told that this was the only way to save her father's life. In Season 1, Robb and Maester 魯溫 weren't even angry that Sansa wrote the letter, realizing simply from its contents that while it was in her handwriting she was obviously writing down Cersei's words, and was writing under duress as the Lannisters' prisoner. Thus it is odd that the other Northern lords wouldn't take these factors into account as well if they learned of it.
- Arya declares "I would have let them [the Lannisters] kill me before I betrayed my family", concluding that Sansa is a traitor because she complied. This seems somewhat unfair accusation: as Davos commented about Lord Celtigar, some people are stronger than others. Sansa is not as strong-willed as Arya, so she chose to submit rather than act defiatly (what Arya would have probably done); that does not make her a traitor.
- In the first novel, Sansa did act against her father: after Ned told his daughters he intended to send them home, Sansa defied him by revealing that to Cersei. Sansa felt bad about acting so wilfully and disobediently, which she would never have done it then if she hadn’t loved Joffrey as much as she did. In the second novel, Cersei claimed that Ned's plan had been foiled thanks to Sansa's warning; that was a lie, because regardless what Sansa told Cersei - Ned foolishly consulted with Littlefinger, and that led to Ned's arrest and subsequently to his death. Thus, as much as Sansa's deed was foolish, her responsibility was belittled by Ned's. Arya has no knowledge of that; had she known, given the hostility between the sisters, she might have blamed Sansa for their father's death.
- It might not have been clear why Sansa sent 塔斯的布蕾妮 away from 臨冬城, right after Littlefinger said she would try to prevent any strife between the Stark sisters - but apparently, Littlefinger wasn't urging that Brienne would prevent Arya from harming Sansa, but that Brienne would protect Arya from Sansa. Thus Sansa sent Brienne away (and burned the letter so no one will know about it) because this is the first step in moving against Arya, before Arya can turn the Northern lords against her.
- Arya recalls their father 艾德·史塔克 watching from the catwalk while the boys practiced archery in the courtyard, then she practiced when the boys left but had to try many times to hit the target. While this is similar to the Stark family's first scene in the Season 1 premiere "Winter is Coming", it must be describing something that happened earlier: in that episode, Arya fired one arrow and hit the target, while her parents and the boys were still there.
- Arya says that Sansa didn't really watch the archery practice sessions because she was at the sewing circle with Septa Mordane, whom Joffrey executed along with the rest of Ned's household servants in 君臨 at the end of Season 1. In the Season 1 premiere, Arya snuck away from the sewing circle with Sansa and Mordane to watch the archery practice.
- In the novels, Arya actually isn't skilled at archery; in fact, she has not shot even one arrow in the novels. Fans have pointed out that her scene in Season 1 scoring a bull's eye on her target when Bran failed to contradicted this, as she isn't a preternaturally skilled archer with no training. This episode retroactively explains that she was simply practicing in secret for some time before that.
- Arya explains to Sansa for the first time that she was actually watching their father's execution, in Season 1's "Baelor", as she was hiding in the crowd in front of the Great Sept. Again, it is bizarre that Arya accuses Sansa of being there willingly, dressed up in a fancy southern-style dress like Joffrey's girl – given that Sansa broke into screaming when Joffrey declared he would kill Ned, and then outright fainted when he was beheaded (though it's possible Arya shielded her eyes from that last point so she didn't see her fainting).
- Sansa says she fears the Northern lords would think her suspect for marrying into enemy Houses "twice" – even though her marriage to 提利昂·蘭尼斯特 in Season 3 was blatantly made under duress while she was literally a prisoner and hostage of the Lannisters in 君臨. Meanwhile, her marriage to 拉姆斯·波頓 was allegedly part of some bizarre scheme to "undermine the Boltons from within" – even though "Marriage" doesn't work like that in 維斯特洛, the Lannisters certainly weren't worried about her "undermining them from within" when they forced her to marry Tyrion, and even Sansa – when she later confronted Littlefinger in Season 6's "The Door" – berated Littlefinger that his plot to marry her to Ramsay didn't really make sense (this doesn't happen in the novels, and basically the TV writers were maneuvering Sansa into a position where Ramsay would rape her, without developing sensical in-universe reasons for this scenario to occur).
- One of the faces Arya has created as magic 無面者 shapeshifter masks is clearly the face of 瓦德·佛雷. It is unknown who the other faces are from.
- The Inside the Episode video points out an additional reason for Sansa's shock when Arya starts speaking behind her, after she discovers her bag of faces: notice the camera clearly showed Sansa closing the only door into the room, but when the camera pulls back to reveal Arya, the door is still shut. Arya entered the room, and then closed the door behind her, so silently that Sansa didn't even notice despite only being a few feet away.
- Arya accuses Sansa that 萊安娜·莫爾蒙 is "younger than you were" when Cersei forced her to write the letter begging Robb to surrender, in exchange for their father's life. The passage of time between Seasons 6 and 7 is somewhat unclear, as is 萊安娜·莫爾蒙's age. She was stated to be 10 years old in Season 5, but then described as 10 years old again in Season 6, even though other story elements seem to indicate that around a year passed between those seasons – it's possible that they were rounding, or that this was simply a dialogue error (repeating the line about her age without the TV writers taking the passage of time into account). Lyanna should have been 11 years old in Season 6, and at most 12 years old in Season 7 (assuming that one year passes each season, a pattern which generally held in prior seasons – but for all we know Season 7 might simply break with this and happen in a shorter timeframe). The matter is moot, however, because Sansa was stated in dialogue to be 13 years old in Season 1 – so whichever scenario, Lyanna is at most 12 years old now, and thus still "younger" than Sansa was.
- Also regarding the passage of time, Sansa makes the only comment ever to address this in Season 7 itself, but only by vaguely saying that it has been "weeks" since Jon left 臨冬城 for 龍石島. Given that months are composed of weeks, this could refer to anything from four weeks to four months – the TV writers may have been deliberately ambiguous about this.
- Sansa says that they're asking "20,000 men" to fight for them. This doesn't seem to match prior numbers: earlier this season, Jon said there were fewer than 10,000 soldiers left in the North – though he was possibly referring to just the soldiers raised in the North itself, and not the large army from the Vale that came to 臨冬城. Given that the Vale stayed neural for most of the 五王之戰, until heading to 臨冬城 to help defeat the Boltons, it should have a full strength army in the range of 20-30,000 men (i.e. Robb could raise 20,000 men from the North in Season 1 when their armies were fresh, Tywin could raise even more in the south, etc.).
- Sansa's question "Do you know how happy Cersei would be right now if she saw us fighting?" is perhaps a reference to the second novel: when Catelyn listens to the fiery exchange of words between Stannis and Renly, she muses bitterly "瑟曦·蘭尼斯特 is laughing herself breathless".
The Wight Hunt - Jon's group heading north, and back
- 詹德利 may be making a meta-narrative joke when he complains that the 無旗兄弟會 sold him to 梅麗珊卓, when he wanted to stay and join the Brotherhood: this is what Gendry did in the novels, and leaving with 梅麗珊卓 was a condensation of the TV series (merging him with the story of another of Robert's bastards from the novels, Edric Storm, who doesn't exist in the TV show). Sandor gruffly tells him to quit his bickering, however, because he's alive now and came to no lasting harm, the Brotherhood has the same goal as him now, so they should work together. Gendry seems on the way to reconciling with them when he briskly accepts Thoros's offer of a swig of ale from his flask.
- The preview video for this episode raised the possibility that Gendry would die in it, because Sandor was seen wielding his war hammer, and he isn't in shots of the battle scene. This may have been the producers intentionally toying with the audience, because as it turned out, Gendry simply left to go for help before the main battle started, and left his heavy war hammer behind so it wouldn't slow him down.
- Gendry mentions that he never saw snow before – which makes sense, given that he grew up in 君臨 to the south. He is roughly the same age as 瓊恩·雪諾 or 山姆威爾·塔利, and most of the younger characters can't remember the last winter (the previous summer, that ended at the beginning of Season 2, lasted a full ten years, and there was a spring before that too). Samwell, who is from even farther south in 河灣地, states in the books that he never saw snow before he came to the Wall.
- 托蒙德 makes a lot of sexually flippant remarks – but there's no way of being sure how serious he is. He remarks to Gendry that the wildlings try to stay warm by having sex, but with no women around, they may have to "make do" – but this might have just been him joking around (we have no idea what the attitudes of the 自由民 are about same-sex relationships – Ygritte made a similar remark to Jon in Season 2 about the 守夜人, but in context she may have just been being sarcastic). In the books moreso than the TV series, 托蒙德 frequently makes sex jokes, boasting about his sexual prowess, so it is in character that he is playing around with Sandor and Gendry like this (in both books and TV series, this is a man who boasts that he allegedly had sex with a she-bear).
- 托蒙德 now regrets Mance Rayder's "pride" not to bend the knee which got a lot of the wildlings killed – actually, the wildlings couldn't get through the Wall for years because the 守夜人 wouldn't let them even if they asked. If 托蒙德 is referring to when Mance refused to surrender to Stannis and was burned alive for it (in the Season 5 premiere "The Wars to Come"), at the time, Mance actually said “fuck my pride” to Jon, and explained he wouldn't surrender because if he did, his men would lose respect for him and simply refuse to accept such an order, abandoning him as their leader.
- 瓊恩·雪諾 and 喬拉·莫爾蒙 recount Jorah's father 傑奧·莫爾蒙, former leader of the 守夜人, how Jon was proud to serve under him. He also recounts how he died but assures Jorah that he managed to avenge his death.
- By the point the novels reached, Jorah has not been informed about his father's death, and the Watch has not taken any punitive action against the mutineers, neither before the battle of 黑城堡 nor afterwards. The mysterious Coldhands kills five of them; it is unknown what has become of the rest.
- Jorah then recounts his backstory with Jon's (adoptive) father 艾德·史塔克, and how Eddard was entirely right to want to execute him for the crime he committed (though he admits he still didn't like Eddard for it, even knowing Eddard was just carrying out the law).
- In the first novel, Jorah spits hatefully when he mentions Eddard's name to Daenerys, commenting bitterly "He took from me all I loved, for the sake of a few lice-ridden poachers and his precious honor".
- Jon offers to return Longclaw to Jorah, the ancestral 瓦雷利亞鋼 sword of 莫爾蒙家族, but he declines, citing that he gave up the right to it long ago. Jeor left the sword behind when he joined the 守夜人 and passed it to Jorah, but then Jorah left it behind at 熊島 when he fled into exile (and it was returned to his father at the Wall).
- It is unclear if Jorah has the authority to grant such a request, or if 萊安娜·莫爾蒙 might like the sword back – though, as Jorah points out, its last Mormont owner was Jeor himself, and it was Jeor's intention to give it to Jon as a gift, so Lyanna might not want to challenge her honored uncle's wish. So it's not so much that Jorah “gave it back” to Jon, as he simply said he would honor his father's wish that Jon should have it.
- In the books, 傑奧·莫爾蒙's dying words to 山姆威爾·塔利 are actually that he should find his son Jorah, and tell him to redeem his honor by going to the Wall (and joining the 守夜人). In this episode, Jorah indeed goes to the Wall and helps fight the monsters beyond it, in a way fulfilling his father's wish.
- 貝里·唐德利恩 recounts to Jon that it was actually 艾德·史塔克 himself who sent out Beric and several knights to 河間地, which they did to bring 格雷果·克里岡 to justice. These men became the core of the 無旗兄弟會, who continue to fight in the name of King Robert to fulfil Eddard's directive to restore peace to the realm and defend the commoners. Eddard was actually shown sending Beric on this mission in Season 1's "A Golden Crown" (though it wasn't the same actor, a stand-in was used with minimal dialogue, for such a brief scene, knowing they would recast the role by Season 3).
- Given that Beric met Eddard, he remarks that 瓊恩·雪諾 doesn't look very much like him, and he must take after his mother – of course, implying that he isn't really Eddard's son, but son of Ned's sister Lyanna. In the books, Jon is actually said to strongly resemble Ned, to the point that no one questions he must be Ned's son – though a hint that this is actually because he's Jon's uncle is a parallel situation with Arya: Arya is said to strongly resemble her aunt Lyanna, more than her mother Catelyn. In contrast, Ned's other children with Catelyn took more after her Tully features of auburn hair and blue eyes (Robb, Sansa, Bran, Rickon). Of course, it's possible that there's some variation within the main “Stark” look, so that Jon can still have strong “Stark features” while nonetheless looking a little more like Lyanna than Eddard, so this isn't an outright contradiction.
- 索羅斯 of Myr hasn't died as of the most current novel, while 貝里·唐德利恩 has died for the seventh and final time (in a way that would be a major spoiler for the books and will not be elaborated upon in this article). The Brotherhood never attempts to go to the Wall like this, though again, the showrunners admitted that the Wight Hunt is an invention of the TV series.
- 索羅斯 and 喬拉·莫爾蒙 recount how they both fought together at the Siege of Pyke, at which Thoros charged headlong through the breach in the castle wall with his flaming sword, with Jorah the second in behind him. This has been recounted by several characters since Season 1. Thoros now admits that he was so drunk at the time that he doesn't really remember doing it.
- A ferocious wight-snow bear appears in this episode – a reminder that the 異鬼 can resurrect any animal as a wight. This was already established in prior seasons showing they can resurrect wight-horses, and this season that they can resurrect wight-giants. This was introduced a bit earlier in the novels than the TV series, probably due to budget constraints (though the undead horses appeared in Season 2). In the books, a wight-snow bear attacked the 守夜人 during the Battle of the 先民拳峰 (which occurred off-screen between Seasons 2 and 3). Thoren Smallwood rushed ahead and nearly hacked its head off, but then with a single mighty swipe from its paw the wight-bear tore Smallwood's head clean off from his shoulders.
- Snow bears are not the same thing as regular polar bears from real-life. They are comparable to the difference in size between 冰原狼 and regular wolves: a polar bear, while being the largest living species of bear in real life, is only 5 feet tall at the shoulder – while snow bears are described as being a massive 13 feet tall at the shoulder. This wight-bear is clearly much taller than a grown man like Sandor at the shoulder, so it is a snow bear.
- The wight-snow bear is finally brought down, despite being on fire, when it is stabbed with a 龍晶 dagger. As explained in prior episodes this season, 龍晶 doesn't work on wights in the books, only on their masters, but writer Dave Hill confirmed in an interview that they didn't forget this, rather, it is an official thought-out change from books to TV series (apparently to make fight scenes more practical – the stuntwork involved with having numerous extras set on fire in close quarters combat is always difficult).
- Tyrion advises Daenerys to let Jon and his companions die. In the fifth book, Jon's subordinates advise him similarly twice: when he consults with them in respect of the wildlings in Hardhome, and when he receives Cotter Pyke's distress message. On both occasions, Jon rejects the advice and acts to save those people, like Daenerys does in the show.
- As 丹妮莉絲·坦格利安 points out, the only person who actually called her "Dany" was her abusive brother Viserys Targaryen who died in Season 1. No one called her "Dany" since, in the books or TV series. Nonetheless, a large number of fans of both the books and TV series have come to call her that for short, because "Daenerys" is a complex name and difficult to pronounce (Martin said he made it complex on purpose, to show how much more refined the royal Targaryens were). Jon apparently calls her "Dany" here as well because he isn't used to pronouncing "Daenerys" – but she urges that she really doesn't like that name due to reminding her of Viserys.
- Throughout Daenerys's POV book chapters, however, she is consistently referred to as "Dany" by the writer.
- Viserys is the only character who addresses Daenerys by that name in the novels, and only once - when he begs her in vain to stop Drogo from killing him.
- The wight that Jon's search party captures is wearing simple scale-armor made out of big copper plates sewn together, which seems to indicate that it used to be a Thenn.
The Wight Hunt – the battle
- The initial skirmish with a scouting party explicitly reveals that the 異鬼 and their undead horde are a keystone army: if a White Walker dies, any wights that it has personally reanimated will drop dead, the White Walker's magic no longer animating them. Assuming this effect filters throughout all ranks of the army, it would mean that if the 夜王 were to be killed, all the 異鬼 he turned, and all subsequent Wights, would be killed, effectively annihilating the entire horde of the undead with a single blow. This hasn't revealed yet in the novels – if it is even true in the novels – and may in fact be a massive, TV-first revelation.
- The showrunners stated in the Inside the Episode video for the preceding episode that the Wight Hunt is "an idea we came up with" – in a context that almost assuredly means it won't actually happen in the next novel, but is an invention of the TV series. Similarly, in the Inside the Episode video for this episode itself, producer D.B. Weiss remarks on how they came up with the idea that Jon's search party gets trapped in the middle of a frozen lake - that they had to come up with this idea, it isn't based on something Martin told them about what happens in the next novel.
- Similarly, the climaxes for Seasons 5 and 6 – "Hardhome" and "Battle of the Bastards" – are large action sequences heavily featuring Kit Harington, but which probably won't actually happen in the novels. "Hardhome" certainly won't happen: Jon doesn't go to Hardhome in the current novels, and while an expedition was sent there, it won't involve him and will apparently happen off-screen. There is no guarantee that Jon will actually fight 拉姆斯·波頓 in a future novel (anymore than it seemed that 羅柏·史塔克 would face off against 喬佛里·拜拉席恩, but then didn't). It is entirely possible that 史坦尼斯·拜拉席恩 will defeat the Boltons in his upcoming battle against him, and that 席恩·葛雷喬伊 may execute Ramsay (or they might all die, no one knows for sure). In the Blu-ray commentary and behind the scenes videos for these first two battles, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss frequently remark that after the Battle of 黑城堡, they were so impressed that actor Kit Harington can do his own stuntwork with swords that they wanted to show it off again, and remark on how impressed they are with how much emotion Harington can convey with his non-verbal facial reactions. Weiss even boasts in the behind the scenes video for "Battle of the Bastards" that "It's got minimal dialogue in it!".
- The battle scene, before Daenerys arrives, even uses a slow-motion shot to focus on 瓊恩·雪諾, as Kit Harington reacts in wordless horror to the waves of wights overwhelming them. The showrunners have previously said in numerous videos that they avoid using slow motion whenever possible, feeling that it is a cheap trick, and have only sparingly used it a few times to convey extreme emotion during a battle (i.e. Jon focusing on Ygritte dying so much during the Battle of 黑城堡 that the camera slows down to shift to his perception, a slow-motion shot of Jaime watching men on fire flee Daenerys's dragon, which otherwise would happen too fast for the audience to experience as he does, etc.).
- The entire battle scene, from when the wights start crossing the frozen lake to when Jon is saved by Benjen, lasts a full 9 minutes with no significant dialogue (other than shouts of "Help!", "Fall back!", etc.), instead focusing on the non-verbal reactions of the cast. After the battle begins, but before Daenerys arrives, consist of 5 full minutes of just Jon's party circled up and defending themselves from waves after wave of undead wights, with no dialogue – in contrast with the Massacre at Hardhome or Battle of the Bastards, which had more dialogue interspersed throughout, and incremental phases to each part of their battle sequences (i.e. at Hardhome, Jon tries to run into a building to retrieve 龍晶 daggers, fails, then faces a White Walker, then new waves of wights appear).
- 班揚·史塔克 dies for the last time, torn apart by wights, holding them off so his nephew Jon could escape on his horse. It is still unclear in the books what happened to Benjen, as he has not returned yet: the TV producers refer to him now as "Coldhands Benjen". In the books, "Coldhands" is a character who has similarly been reanimated but kept his own mind and free will due to the magic of the 森林之子, who helps 山姆威爾·塔利 and 布蘭·史塔克; he is definitely not a wight, since he can talk and his eyes are not glowing blue. There are three possibilities: either "Coldhands" really is Benjen, or perhaps Coldhands is a separate character setting up that Benjen will be reanimated in similar fashion, or this is just a pure invention of the TV series – it is currently unknown.
- This episode of course marks the first time that a dragon has died on-screen, 韋賽利昂 the white dragon. Dragons are nearly impervious to conventional weapons – but even in the backstory of the books, they have never been tested against Magic powers and weapons, like those of the 異鬼.
- It is unclear why the 夜王 decided to throw an ice spear at Viserion, as opposed to Drogon, who was far closer and not airborne - and also evacuating the humans whose escape he was trying to prevent.
- It's possible he considered Viserion the more immediate threat because he was still actively attacking the 異鬼' army. He may also have considered that Drogon would have taken some time to take off anyway, making him still a potential target after killing Viserion, while Viserion and Rhaegar could have immediately left should Drogon had been killed first, being already in flight.
- The weapons that the 異鬼 wield, such as the ice-spear that the 夜王 uses to kill Drogon, are White Walker ice blades (they don't have a formal name). The books describe them as razor-thin shards of ice crystals, sharper than any human blade could ever be. 喬治·R·R·馬丁 has stated that they are made of "ice" - though only in the same sense that 瓦雷利亞鋼 is technically "made out of iron". Both are infused with spells that give them magical powers far beyond that: as Martin said, the 異鬼 "can do things with ice we can't imagine".
- Given that the showrunners admitted that the Wight Hunt is an invention of the TV series, this introduces a massive and unresolved question: would the showrunners totally invent something on the scale of killing one of Daenerys's three dragons? Or, will Viserion be killed by the 異鬼 in the novels, but in different circumstances? Or be killed by something else, or not at all? Answers will have to wait for the next upcoming novel to be released.
[This section will be updated with comparisons after the sixth novel is released.]
貝里·唐德利恩: "Death is the enemy. The first enemy and the last. The enemy always wins and we still need to fight him."
艾莉亞·史塔克: "You're scared, aren't you? What are you scared of?"