Series: Game of Thrones

Director: Jack Bender

Cast: Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Aidan Gillen, Alfie Allen and Max Von Sydow.

Rating: ****1/2

“Does death only come for the wicked, and leave the decent behind?”

Arya Stark is faced with that question, as she contemplates her latest assignment at the school of hard knocks.

The viewers, however, are left pondering over that cruel question even more as the episode ends in the worst way possible, finally revealing what went wrong with Hodor.

His cries will reverberate in your mind for hours after watching the latest instalment of the love-it-or-hate-it but-cant-miss-it TV show GOT.

Time travel and its severe repercussions are showcased in a brutal manner, as due to a lack of options Bran is forced to take matter into his own hands as he plunges into the past to save his present.

Surprises are plenty, with not a single scene from King&’s Landing and its power-hungry inhabitants but that works quite well as the Night&’s King finally makes his season debut.

And he exudes menace from his very first frame, terrifyingly swift as Bran&’s save haven is found out by the horde of the White Walkers. Their lack of presence on the show had been suspicious, as one wondered what they they would be cooking up.

Very much in force, with a massive army of the undead who literally will stop at nothing, such is their fanaticism.

A power-packed episode, the best of the season by far and probably one of the best since the inception of the series “The Door” is one episode that sees you cringe with pain and yet get excited about what next is to come.

Sansa finally confronts Petyr Baelish aka Littlefinger and she proves that she isn’t about brawn, smartly making her point across and yet gaining vital information that will help her fledgling cause in the wars to come.

The Iron Islands is arguably the most unforgiving place in the Seven Kingdoms, and its simple yet barbarous crowning of Euron Greyjoy as their king gives a fascinating insight into those hardy and cruel folk.

Yara and Theon have escaped with quite a considerable fleet, but where will they be fleeing to? Surely they will add considerable might to any faction they align with, or will they take their chances and go alone?

The Game of Thrones is a game that brings either unlimited rewards or an unseemly doom, as almost all characters are well aware of by now.

Lord Varys takes negotiations into his own hands with Melisandre 2.0 aka the High Priestess of Volantis boldly proclaims Daenerys as the Lord of Light&’s chosen one. How crucial that (un)holy alliance will be in the coming days,

The Dragon queen has a tender moment of her own, as Jorah Mormont finally speaks his heart, and while his liege doesn’t quite say it back, her emotional last request proves that she is very fond of him.

Almost everyone is in mortal danger, even if they don’t know it yet, as Westeros hurtles towards yet another massive conflict.