Following tonight’s fifth episode, HBO has released the trailer for the sixth episode of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones”. This is the penultimate episode of the season, which is almost always considered the biggest of each year, and the trailer promises intense action.
Tonight’s fifth episode not only setup the action in the trailer below, but also dropped two scenes that have left fans with questions.
MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
The first is the note handed to Littlefinger, the other is Gilly’s all too quickly dismissed reading of one of the High Septon’s notes about a marriage annulment – one that has major implications. Turns out the note was the one Sansa penned under duress in the first season (see here) in which she said:
“Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne. The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.”
Littlefinger is now using that scroll to lead on Arya and drive a wedge between the sisters so that Sansa will turn to him. Glimpses of that feud can be seen in the trailer for next week.
The records read aloud by Gilly on the other hand confirm that Prince Rhaegar, Daenerys’ older brother who died before events seen on screen, annulled his marriage to his first wife Elia Martell (Oberyn’s sister) in order to marry Jon Snow’s mother Lyanna Stark. That means Jon Snow isn’t a bastard after all, rather he’s a legitimate Targaryen heir (and Daenerys’ nephew).
That complication isn’t likely to be dealt with until next season, and when it does it will leave things in an interesting position for the two main characters who have become the likeliest winners of the ‘Game’.