\"Blood of My Blood\" was positively received by critics who praised the return of several notable characters, including Benjen Stark, Walder Frey and Edmure Tully. Further praise was given to other plot points, such as Samwell's return to Horn Hill, and Arya's decision to return to being a Stark rather than a disciple of the Many-Faced God. The episode title is a reference to a famous Dothraki saying used between a Khal and his bloodriders. Filming of Bran's visions was put together precisely and also very carefully chosen. In the United States, the episode achieved a viewership of 6.71 million in its initial broadcast.
While riding, Daenerys notices an unusual gust of wind and rides out alone to investigate. As Daario, impatient, prepares to follow her, Drogon flies over the khalasar, having grown much larger, with Daenerys riding on his back. Daenerys lands nearby and rallies the Dothraki by stating that she chooses them all to be her bloodriders, rather than the traditional three chosen by khals. She then asks if they will cross the Narrow Sea with her and help her retake the Seven Kingdoms and they shout their agreements, while Drogon roars.
\"Blood of My Blood\" was written by Bryan Cogman. Cogman has been a writer for the series since its beginning, previously writing seven other episodes, as well as the subsequent episode. The title of the episode, \"Blood of My Blood\", is a reference to the famous Dothraki saying between a Khal and his bloodriders.
Here yet another of my predictions has come true, while another has proved false. In my predictions post, I speculated that \"there will be blood\" between the Sparrows and the Lannisters. But just the other week, I also noted that the High Sparrow was playing Lannister and Tyrell alike for fools by telling Tommen that Queen Margaery would be forced to make the walk of atonement.
Well, no blood was spilled, but the High Sparrow certainly played the nobility for fools. He managed to get Margaery to convince young Tommen to support the Faith, and to essentially form a united front between crown and church. Tommen, pliable as he is, obliged. So when Jaime and the Tyrell men-at-arms, along with Lord Tyrell and the Queen of Thorns, all show up on the steps of the High Sept, ready for battle, the High Sparrow simply has the young king and his king's guard stroll out. Tommen takes Margaery's hand and announces the brave new world they'll create together, boy king and High Sparrow united.
She's quite literally planning to bring thousands of barbarian raiders and highly trained slave warriors across the sea to Westeros, where they will \"knock down their stone houses\" and take back what's hers. Dany wants to take back what's hers, even though she's never spent a day of her grown life in the Seven Kingdoms, knows virtually nothing about them, and is so bloodthirsty and ambitious in her need to rule over yet another kingdom, that she'd be willing to bring a horde of murderous, raping, thieving, killers along with her for the ride, almost certainly leading to far more death and destruction and mayhem than has already been visited upon that land.
Daenerys Targaryen is riding with Daario Naharis and her newly acquired khalasar of 100,000. She asks Daario how long it will take to get back to Meereen and inquires how many ships would be needed to carry her army across the Narrow Sea. Daario replies that it will take a week to get back, and at least 1,000 ships to take her new khalasar across the sea. Pondering this, Daenerys tells the khalasar to halt as she rides on ahead on her white horse. After a while, Daario announces he will look for her, but is stopped by the distinctive shadow of a dragon passing overhead. After a moment, Drogon appears and slowly circles the khalasar before landing, revealing Daenerys on his back. Daenerys asks if the khalasar is willing to cross the Narrow Sea, defeat the armies of the Seven Kingdoms, and rip down the keeps of its lords, as Drogo had promised. When they shout their affirmation, Daenerys reminds them that every khal in history has selected three Bloodriders to ride at his side at the head of the khalasar. Daenerys, however, is not a khal and does not have to abide by their rules. Therefore, she declares the entire khalasar her bloodriders.
Totals: Some face-cutting of a corpse that was approximately as bloody as an episode of E.R. 20 years ago; one rabbit decapitated and drained of its blood; STOP RIGHT THERE DO NOT EVEN TRY TO TELL ME JAIME LANNISTER KILLING AERYS TARGARYEN SHOULD BE WORTH A POINT.
Dany and Daario ride in front of the Dothraki back towards Meereen. They pause and Dany asks how many ships they will need to take her army to Westeros. Daario says at least a thousand, but wonders what Dany will do once she gets there. She says Dany is a conqueror, not made for sitting on a throne. Dany is alerted to something and rides off alone. Some time passes and Daario says he's going after her, but just then a dragon screeches. Drogon flies overhead with Dany on his back. They land in front of the Dotthraki. Dany announces that she is no Khal and she will not choose three blood riders. She says they are all her blood riders, and that she will ask more of them than of any khalasar before, to ride to Westeros and as her army.
Mace has a lackluster speech in front of the Tyrell army. Lady Olenna gets out of her cart, watching from the sidelines. Jaime rides up the stairs (which is VERY cool), then confronts the High Sparrow. The old man says that no blood will be spilled today, Margaery has already been forgiven, and she has converted Tommen to The Faith. Seven Hells (as Robert would swear)! Joanna Robinson (A Cast of Kings podcast) noted that the Kingsguard ALREADY had different armor on (to reflect the union of the crown and The Faith).
Finally, we join Daenerys and her gigantic khalasar on their way to Meereen. She and Daario discuss what comes next, with Daario insisting that Dany is a conquerer who was not meant to sit still on a throne. She tells everyone to wait as she rides off. After a while, the khalasar starts getting restless and, just as Daario resolves to ride after her, Drogon, carrying Dany, comes swooping overhead! When the dragon lands, Dany gives a rousing speech to the khalasar, proclaiming all of them her blood riders and asking them to sail with her to Westeros and take the Seven Kingdoms for her.
Bran, over the course of watching history literally flash before his eyes, unfortunately winds up having to revisit horrible events from the Stark family's past - namely, the deaths of Bran's parents and brother. Game of Thrones viewers no doubt felt pangs of sorrow at having to revisit the footage of Ned being beheaded, Robb (Richard Madden) being gutted, and Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) having her throat cut... but they may have also felt curious, as Bran's vision included shots of young Ned (Robert Aramayo) at the Tower of Joy sequence depicted in the previous season 6 episode, \"Oathbreaker\". Ned was once again shown demanding to know the location of his sister, Lyanna, before we were shown the image of what appeared to be his hand, covered in blood, aside some unidentified (dead) body. 59ce067264