With showrunners taking liberties like the White Walker scene from “Oathkeeper,” and news that they will likely be doing more of that more often, it’s getting harder and harder to predict where the show will go from week to week. For now, we’re content to keep trying to predict each episode based on where the characters should be compared to their stories from the books. Here are five possible spoilers for tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones, “First of His Name.”
The Mutineers Must Die
This one isn’t based on the books because it does not happen in the books, at least not this way. The mutineers have to die, for exactly the reason that Jon Snow has talked about in previous episodes. Having them hold up at Craster’s Keep is basically gifting them to mance Rayder’s army, and that can’t be allowed. In the books, Coldhands finds them and finishes them off. Apparently, Coldhands isn’t appearing in the show, so the job has been left to Jon Snow instead. But, as I said, this scene doesn’t actually happen in the books. While I’m sure the mutineers will die, I’m not sure how exactly it will all go down. Bran and company are sure to escape in the battle, but will Jon see Bran? Will Locke play his hand? We’ll have to wait and see on that one.
Jon Is Reunited With Ghost
Last week, it was revealed that Jon Snow’s trusty Direwolf, Ghost, had been imprisoned by the mutineers at Craster’s Keep. Ghost left Jon when he was still trying to fit in among the Wildlings, but showed up to save Samwell Tarly from some White Walkers in Season 3. In the books, Ghost just shows up back at the Wall one day after Jon has been returned for a while. I’m guessing that Game of Thrones will use Jon’s attack on the mutineers to stage a more dramatic reunion.
Daenerys Chooses To Rule Rather Than Conquer
Now the Daenerys has freed Meereen and completed her conquest of the cities of Slaver’s Bay, she will turn her attention to the Iron Throne of Westeros. Unfortunately, new will reach her that things aren’t going so well in Astapor. Dany overthrew the ruling class, but left nothing in its place. As such, the city has spiraled into chaos. Refusing to let the same fate befall Meereen, Dany will chose to rule the city instead of marching forward, a decision that will be the cause of many trials and tribulations to come.
Sansa and Petyr Arrive at the Vale. Things Get Weird.
Sansa and Littlefinger will arrive at the Vale of Arryn. In the books, Sansa’s hair is cut and dyed to hide her identity. The previews seem to suggest that won’t be the case in Game of Thrones. Instead they’ll likely say that very few people have actually seen Sansa Stark before, and so when Littlefinger tells them she’s his cousin they have little reason not to believe him. Meanwhile, Aunt Lysa will become quite jealous of Sansa’s relationship with Lord Baelish, though whether she knows who Sansa really is or not remains unclear.
Arya and The Hound also arrive at the Vale
It should be about time for The Hound and Arya to reach the Vale as well. Unfortunately for them, they won’t be getting past the Bloody Gate. Arya and the Hound will be force to turn around and head the Riverrun, where the Hound hopes the Blackfish will be willing to pay for Arya. Things won’t go as he plans though, but I think that’s a spoiler for a different episode…
Game of Thrones, “First of His Name,” will air Sunday, May 4 at 9 PM ET on HBO.