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By Erin Whitney
Over the past four seasons of “Game of Thrones,” a majority of the characters hardly, if ever, crossed paths, but Season 5 is already shaking that up.
We know Tyrion is on his way to meet Daenerys, but Sunday night’s episode, “The House of Black and White,” featured three major reunions between eight characters across the Seven Kingdoms. The episode also took us to Braavos and Dorne, introducing us to a few new faces.
Spoiler alert for Season 5, Episode 2, “The House of Black and White”
Brienne and Sansa reunite
Who knew that out of all of the pubs in Westeros, Brienne would be sitting in the same one as Sansa and Littlefinger. The two haven’t been in the same place since Joffrey’s wedding and it’s clear Sansa has grown up a lot since.
Brienne continues to kick major ass
Gwendoline Christie said it herself: Brienne is a total badass. This episode proved it further when she took on the Vale guards single-handedly.
Welcome to Dorne!
Finally, the beautiful, sunbaked kingdom is revealed! “GoT” took us south to Dorne on Sunday, introducing us to Oberyn’s brother, Doran Martell. Ellaria Sand is back (with a shorter haircut) and upset with Doran for not seeking vengeance for Oberyn’s death. We also briefly caught up with Myrcella Baratheon (who was recast) as she strolled the gardens with Doran’s son Trystane, whom she’s expected to marry. But will it happen? Jaime is on his way to Dorne with Bronn to get his niece daughter back.
Arya and Jaqen reunite
All men must die, or all men must learn how to slice off a pigeon’s head in a flash? Both, if you’re Arya Stark. After wandering the streets of Braavos, the mysterious older black man from the House of Black and White re-emerges to reveal himself as Jaqen H’ghar. And now her training begins!
Jon Snow becomes Lord Commander
Ladies and gentleman of the realm, meet the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Jon Snow turned down Stannis’ offer to become a legitimate Stark because he’s a man of his word — but really he just knows nothing. Sam then nominated Jon for Lord Commander and he won by one vote.
Dany seriously pisses off Meereen
It’s hard to blame Dany — she tries her best to carry out justice, but she forgets she’s living in an unjust world that thrives on bloodshed. Mossador, whom we met last week, stood up for his queen by killing one of the rebel Harpies when she instead wanted to give him a fair trial. She responded by having Mossador killed in front of all of Meereen, which was clearly a very bad call.
Dany and Drogon reunite
But Dany was quickly cheered up when one of her babies dropped in for a quick hello. Drogon is practically just a big, cuddly cat that happens to breathe fire.
Cersei takes charge
Cersei likes abusing power as much as Tyrion likes wine, and she certainly takes full advantage of Tommen’s naïveté this episode when she begins ordering around the small council. But can that last long?