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Monday, 14 Aug, 2017

It was last season that it was confirmed that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark are the parents of Jon Snow, who is now the King in the North. He eventually escaped her clutches with the help of Davos - who sent him back to King's Landing in a rowboat - and hadn't been heard from since.

When Game of Thrones season 7 episode 6 airs on HBO next week, it's fair to call the stakes VERY high. Jon knows that the real end goal is saving his people from the Army of the Dead and that Dany and her three dragons are their best chance at doing that. There were nearly too many intimate moments to list, but seven hells, we'll try: There's the way Lord Randyll Tarly reached out to hold his son Dickon's arm, one last act of fatherly love before their fiery execution. Given the relationship he had to Davos in season three and we ended up with a situation where Davos was the only Tyrion was going to get to King's Landing to do what he needed to do.

Although Luwin (Donald Sumpter) immediately sees through the message as an obvious product of Cersei's puppeteering, Arya may hold it against her sister, even though Sansa was much younger and more easily intimidated at the time. It all led to a fantastically weird scene at Eastwatch that included Davos, Gendry, Jon, Jorah, Tormund, and the Brotherhood without Banners (Beric, the Hound, and Thoros of Myr). He also picks up Gendry, Robert Baratheon's bastard son. How can they not know this? The letter would have come to Winterfell, because Sansa wouldn't have known her mother's precise location. We've certainly seen them do that before. (Isaac Hempstead Wright). Sansa is show sneaking into a room and we presume it's because of the message Arya found. As for Arya, everyone seems to be hoping she sets her sights on Littlefinger.

The episode concluded with a mismatched squad of characters braving the elements and a great deal of danger to take on the impending threats of the North. People were revved up about next week's episode, to say the least. And, in what could have felt like a throwaway scene of Sam complaining about his busy work at the Citadel, Gilly stumbled upon a notice of an annulment that Rheagar had in Dorne before a second, secret marriage ... at the Tower of Joy, perhaps? He is the legitimate offspring of the married couple Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark.

Vanity Fair speculates that Jon Snow might have what it takes to ride a dragon, but who else?

John, Hound, Beric, Thomas, Tormound, Jorah and Gendry will go on an unforgettable hunt where the white walkers will surround all of them together. Seeing this dream team of Westerosi tough guys walk off into the frozen no man's land beyond the Wall is epic fantasy at its most heroic.

Except Davos doesn't hate anyone, he's just a lovely guy with a lovely attitude all the time.