Ever since Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) first convinced her husband, Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), to cross the Narrow Sea and take back the Iron Throne for her, fans have been waiting for the Mother of Dragons to snatch the crown away from the Lannisters and assume her rightful place as the ruler of Westeros.
Now, five years later, it looks like we’ll actually get to see her do just that. Maybe.
Riding with her new Dothraki followers back to Meereen, Daenerys asks Daario Naharis (Michiel Huisman) how many ships it will take to transport her sizable army to Westeros. With the Unsullied, the Second Sons and an entire khalasar, it turns out she’ll need well over 1,000 ships to make the journey.
On top of that little logistical issue, she’s still got the unrest in Slaver’s Bay to deal with, and the Wise Masters to handle.
So while we haven’t seen her this determined to take back the Iron Throne in a while — and we’d be more than happy to finally watch her make her way to where the rest of our cast lives — it may be jumping the gun to say she’ll be departing on her next conquest very soon.
At least she seems to have her M.I.A. dragon, Drogon, back under her control. That’s something.
The rest of Sunday’s (May 29) episode consisted of Sam (John Bradley-West) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) returning to his home at Horn Hill and turning immediately back around — this time with a handy-dandy Valyerian steel sword in tow. The Stark’s Uncle Benjen (Joseph Mawle) also returned, alive and well, to save Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) from being zombie food.
Those Stark’s are apparently pretty hard to kill when it comes right down to it, which may be a good thing since Arya (Maisie Williams) officially has a price on her head.
After refusing to kill the actress who was marked for death, Arya brings the wrath of the House of Black and White down on herself. Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) only orders that the Waif (Faye Marsay) not make her suffer.
Now that Arya’s days are numbered, we can only hope she’ll be headed back to Westeros too. It seems likely, seeing as she retrieves her sword from its hiding place before the end of the episode. After all, it was the only part of her old identity she could not part with, so she must have some reason for unearthing it.
We also saw Margaery (Natalie Dormer) bow to the will of the High Sparrow (Jonathon Pryce), and drag Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) along with her. We’re not entirely sure her new piety is genuine, since she always seems to be manipulating someone, but if she really has decided to drink the Kool-Aid, then King’s Landing is in serious trouble.
All the more reason for Daenerys to show up (riding her seriously huge dragon) and burn the place to a crisp.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.