While it wasn’t quite as good as the two episodes that preceded it, “Blood of my Blood” did an excellent job of keeping Game of Thrones’ hot streak alive, delivering another solid hour in what is shaping up to be the show’s best season since the third. This episode’s tighter overall focus means that there isn’t as much to chew on as there has been over the last few weeks, but there were still some exciting moments to ponder over. The most notable development of course was the return of Benjen Stark, but we also got to see a surprisingly lengthy (and cringe-inducing) family reunion on Samwell Tarly’s side, as well as one of Daenerys’s most dramatic speeches to date (it helped that she said the whole thing while mounted atop a dragon). Game of Thrones is setting up some big moments in the coming weeks, and here are the 10 most pressing questions about what’s to come.
As usual, full SPOILERS for the show and books to follow.
10. Did Bran Somehow Influence The Mad King?
“Blood of my Blood” begins with Bran experiencing another one of his visions, which, among other things, briefly shows the Mad King Aerys Targaryen ordering his men to burn King’s Landing. Most of the other flashes we see are of people and events that are more personally significant to Bran, such as his parents and the Tower of Joy, so it’s curious that a vision of the Mad King is thrown into the mix. As we just learned in the previous episode, Bran has the ability to directly influence the past, as he was responsible for Hodor’s mental lapse as a young boy, so it’s possible that Bran’s time travelling could also have had an impact on the Mad King’s own mental instability. It’s definitely a longshot as far as theories go, but we still don’t know the full extent of Bran’s abilities, so it would be wrong to rule out the possibility that Bran is inadvertently responsible for a number of past events.