Well team, it finally happened! Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) whispered the magic words, cut off some of Jon Snow’s (Kit Harington) hair and brought the Lord Commander back to life.
It should come as a surprise to no one that Jon didn’t stay dead longer than two episodes, but they certainly did build up the suspense, didn’t they?
After giving up on her religion — for what seemed like for good — Melisandre admits that she has never had the ability to bring men back to life. Still, she agrees to give it her best shot and performs the ritual anyway. After a whole lot of nothing, Melisandre, Davos (Liam Cunningham) and Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) leave the room disappointed.
Then we wait …
And wait … and wait …
When you finally feel like all hope is actually lost, Ghost lifts his head and looks towards his master just in time for Jon Snow to jolt back to life. Talk about a cliffhanger.
Now that he’s returned to the land of the living, Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Brienne’s (Gwendoline Christie) mission to get to Castle Black seems much more optimistic, but only if they can outrun a murderous Ramsay (Iwan Rheon).
Back at Winterfell, Ramsay gives the Red Wedding a run for its money with his body count. Instead of rejoicing at the news that he has a new baby brother, Ramsay murders his father, step-mother and their newborn son (the last two he fed alive to his dogs, if you were wondering). His next target is presumably Castle Black, where he plans to overthrow the Night’s Watch to get Sansa back.
It’s unclear whether we’ll actually get a Stark reunion this season, but the chances are looking good.
Especially since Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is officially back in the game now. All this time, he’s been training with the Three Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow), honing his ability to control his visions. Sunday’s (May 1) episode saw him taking a peek into the past at his father’s childhood at Winterfell.
You might want to keep your eye on Lyanna Stark, if we take any more trips into yesteryear. Her life (and death) in these flashbacks is rumored to play a very important part in figuring out just what Jon Snow’s destiny may be.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.