Meet Samwell Tarly, the zombie slayer.

In a horror-movie-style closing scene in Sunday’s ‘Thrones’ episode, Sam came face-to-face with a seemingly unbeatable foe: A White Walker.

With Gilly’s baby in danger, Sam wielded his broadsword, which the frozen-zombie easily shattered, casting the overweight, cowardly Night’s Watchman to the snow-covered ground.  But then Sam pulled out his obsidian blade, the dragonglass knife he found on the Fist of the First Men.

Gathering his courage, Sam charged The Other, stabbing him in the back. The result – a spectacular killing – was huge for Sam and huge for the human race. 

Until now, Sam was the weakest of the weak, a walking embarrassment to the Night’s Watch. Now, he’s done what few others in Westeros could even dream of accomplishing: The slaying of ghoulish, supernatural being. And, more importantly, now he knows the secret to killing White Walkers: Dragonglass.

There might be some hope for humanity yet.


On the road to The Twins

Being The Hound’s captive isn’t as terrible as Arya thought it would be.

Instead of torturing and killing the younger Stark sister, Sandor Clegane simply wants to ransom her to her mom and brother.

The Hound tells Arya he’s taking her to her uncle’s wedding at The Twins.

“You don’t want to be alone out here girl,” he says.

(Like Jaime Lannister, The Hound is making the transition from a villian to a more complex, decent character.)



Outside of Yunkai, where she’s planning a siege, Daenerys meets the leaders of The Second Sons, a renowned 2,000-man mercenary group, including the profane, misogynistic Mero and the mysterious Daario Nahari.

She tries to convince them to join forces with her, but the sellswords are already being paid to defend Yunkai.

Mero makes several lustful passes (most of which can't be printed in a family newspaper) at Dany, who laughs him off.

“After the battle, maybe we’ll all share you,” he says.

Realizing they cannot defeat Dany’s Unsullied warriors in open battle, The Second Sons plot to kill her.