Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 8 recap, Arya's one tough cookie

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Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 7 left us fearful for Arya's well-being, and if she would be able to fight past the Waif's attacks to finally get her revenge. "No One" sees, not just Arya, but our entire core characters get a lot more than they've bargained for.

Lady Crane opens up Game of Thrones Episode 8 delivering a wonderful speech that brought tears to her eyes and received applause from her audience, just like Arya said it would. As she leaves the stage she hears a sound from behind the curtains and finds Arya clutching at her bleeding stomach. The Lady sews up her patient, and for once Arya feels safe. We saw an old friend, The Hound, come back from a long period of absence in Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 7. However, we now see that he is on the hunt for the Brotherhood without Banners who slaughtered Ray and his people, with whom Sandor Clegane was living a very peaceful life. He finds some of the Brothers and brutally slaughters them true to form, and always with a sense of humour.

Meereen is looking better than ever, and Tyrion is feeling smug with this outcome, while Varys leaves to go back to Westeros to get them ships and allies which will help secure Daenerys' quest to sit on the Iron Throne. Tyrion is sad to see his friend leave, but is also confident that their progress in Westeros will not be in vain. Over in King's Landing, Cersei's drinking ritual is interrupted by the Faith Militant knocking at her door, demanding that she go to the High Sept and speak to the High Sparrow, which of course she refuses. Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 8's trailer saw Cersei challenging the Sparrows. She does in some effect take on the Sparrows, with the help of her mysterious and powerful Mountain, and he in turn literally tears one of the men in two so as to make an example of him.

Brienne and Pod look over Riverrun which has been turned into a siege, thanks to Jaime's army. Bronn and Pod have a cheeky bit of banter about their masters' visit and Bronn starts to train Pod. Jaime applauds Brienne for her work in getting Sansa back from the Boltons and fulfilling her oath to Catelyn Stark, he also adds that Cersei wants Sansa dead, but that's just a minor detail. Brienne discloses that Sansa needs the Blackfish's help to take back Winterfell. However, the Blackfish refuses to help Sansa. Little do they know that only a few episodes ago Littlefinger convinced Robin Arryn to send the army of The Vale to Winterfell. At least we have that on our side. Jaime has a word with Edmure, and explains that in order to get back to Cersei he has to overtake Riverrun. He then releases Edmure back to the Blackfish, giving way to Jaime's army, and ending the Tully's time at Riverrun.

Back in King's Landing, Cersei finds herself out of place in front of the King in the Throne Room, as she is directed by her uncle to stand in the gallery, far away from her son. Tommen addresses the court and informs them that there will no longer be trials by combat. Does this mean that the Mountain is fired? Qyburn then tells Cersei that his little birds may have discovered a piece of information that will be very useful to her. But what could this be? Meanwhile Meereen is at peace and Tyrion wants to celebrate. Missandei and Greyworm don't want to join him, but then after one sip of wine they start giggling, telling jokes, and it's adorable. The fun doesn't last long, as it is at this point that the Masters begin their attack on Meereen. The attack continues long into the night and Tyrion realises that he's made a grave mistake. Enter Daenerys, and she does not look happy with the situation at hand.

The Hound comes across the Brotherhood without Banners and the rest of their men, whom they're preparing to hang for betraying them and destroying Septon Ray's village. The Hound's dialogue is on top form this episode, as he negotiates with the Brotherhood as to how many of their men he can kill, saying: "Tougher girls than you have tried to kill me." He is then asked to join the Brotherhood. Arya seems to be recovering as Lady Crane comes in to check on her, but not a moment later the Lady is killed by the Waif. The chase begins, as Arya flees from the Waif and they run through Braavos. They eventually find themselves in Arya's chamber, where she finally produces Needle. Cut to the House of Black and White, where Jaq'en comes to a face in the hall, the Waif. He says to her: "Finally a girl is no one," to which she replies: "A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I'm going home." She had to become no one, in order to find herself again. What did you think of Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode 8?

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