REVIEW: Game of Thrones S6E8 No One
WITH only a few weeks left in the sixth series of Game of Thrones, tensions continue to build between the Lannisters and the Faith Militant at Kings Landing.
The Mountain showed just what kind of fury he can unleash to a small group of the faith militant fronted by Lancel Lannister.
The siege at Riverrun turned out to be a bit of a non-event, ending without bloodshed after Sir Jaime used Lord Edmure Tully to undermine the Black Fish's command over his troops and gain peaceful access to the castle.
In doing so he avoided a battle which would have been him and Brienne of Tarth on opposite sides. After the Black Fish helped her escape, Brienne and her trusty squire Pod are now on their way back to Lady Sansa.
The action instead appears to be across the Narrow Sea at Meereen, where the slavers Tyrion thought he had struck a deal with returned with a fleet of ships to attack the city.
As if on cue, Danaerys returned on the back of Drogon, And what a mess she has returned to.
Here are three major things we took away from Game of Thrones S6E8, No One:
"I am Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I'm going home"
Arya lived, thanks to Lady Crane, but she again found herself on the run.
A wounded Arya, who was stabbed in the stomach multiple times at the conclusion last week's episode, found Lady Crane, the actress Arya was supposed the kill but chose not to.
Lady Crane revealed she could treat injury, and nursed the young Stark back to health.
It was one of warmest scenes Arya has been part of for some time, as Crane was more like a mother to the wounded girl.
We rejoined Lady Crane later in the episode, only to see her killed by the Waif.
Arya, awoken by the sound of the actress falling to the ground, came face-to-face with the Waif ("If you'd have done your job, she would've died painlessly") before an incredible chase scene usually reserved for James Bond films.
The chase went through parts of Braavos, and when Arya fell down a flight of stairs (forcing a basket of oranges to roll after her, top-notch foreboding and a nod to the Godfather) it seemed as if she was done.
Her confrontation with the Waif was kept off-camera, but when Arya faced Jaqen H'ghar, she delivered the moment everyone's waited for: the young Stark is going home.
"You're shit at dying you know that"
The Hound is BACK.
I don't just mean Sandor Clegane has returned, as he did last week, but the beast of a man known for his brutality is back.
Four men sat around a fire as one traded tips on how to kiss girls (pro tip: don't do what he did), and after the disgusting exchange one noticed a man coming their way.
Now, Game of Thrones has always set the standard for bloody and disgusting deaths, and The Hound's return was no different.
Armed with an axe, he split the four men similar to how he chopped firewood last week.
It was only a short scene (similar to the Mountain's below) but enough to show the Hound is back.
We caught up with the Hound as he found those who killed Septa Ray last week, only to learn they were ready to hang.
The Hound killed Beric Dondarrion in the third season, but it was he who led the Brotherhood Without Banners.
The resurrected Dondarrion allowed the Hound a measure of justice and agreed Clegane could kill two of three men.
The Hound could now join the Brotherhood Without Banners, but there's one other thing viewers want to see more than anything….
"You are asking me to something and I'm refusing"
"Order your man to step aside or there will be violence."
Cersei: "I choose violence."
This is one of the moments we've been waiting for.
The FrankenMountain was revived last season, but this is the first time we've seen the "man" stand ready to fight.
Viewers waited all season for the exchange between Cersei and Faith Militant, but while it was only a short exchange, it was enough to add fuel to the CLEGANEBOWL hype.
The Internet has called, shouted, memed, its desire for the Mountain and the Hound to clash in a battle for the ages, and this episode's focus on their return to fighting has only fuelled such cries.
They may be separated by many miles but their stories paralleled.
The way the Mountain stared down the small Faith Militant force, watched as one of its members attacked then ripped the septon apart was a sight to behold.
The Faith Militant has another tricks its sleeve, as King Tommen later set a date for Lloras Tyrell and Cersei's trials. The catch? Trial by combat is no longer permitted.
While it may put Cleganebowl off the table for the short-term future, some of us still hold hope they will cross swords in the near future.