Major spoilers from Game of Thrones are all over this article. If you haven’t caught this weekend’s episode of Game of Thrones, “Book of the Stranger,” we suggest you turn back now.
We know everyone has been rooting for Dany to reunite with her posse and we know in our heart of hearts that everyone would love to see a Hound/Arya team-up at some point in the future. However, this weekend’s episode of Game of Thrones featured a reunion of another sort: One between Jon Snow and Sansa Stark, two half-siblings who were both displaced from their home at Winterfell. They tried their hands in King’s Landing and on The Wall and those didn’t take. Now, they have a future together, should they want it.
Interestingly, after Jon Snow runs into Sansa Stark he seems more befuddled than ever, musing that neither of them have a place on The Wall. He's concerned about where they will go. However, it’s Sansa who is the strong and forthright one in this episode. She hasn’t really had the chance to take on this role yet, but her comments to Jon Snow are firm and full of conviction. She feels it is her destiny—and Jon’s—to take back Winterfell from the Boltons. Jon Snow, like many people in the audience, wonders how they two of them could possibly take over a castle guarded by a veritable army. It’s a tough question, but it’s one Sansa has an answer for. It’s the Wildlings that could help them.
Then, when Jon Snow wonders why they would risk their very lives to take back a home—a very nice castle at that, but still only a stronghold--Sansa is ready with another answer. It’s a compelling one, especially when spoken in dramatic tones by Sophie Turner. Here’s the gist of what she has to say. (Gotta love that throwaway “wherever they are, but Sansa was privy to Theon’s news that her brothers weren’t killed.)
Winterfell is our home. It’s ours. And Arya’s, and Bran’s and Rickon’s wherever they are. It belongs to our family, we have to fight for it.
If Sansa's comments weren't enough to convince Jon Snow he has another fight ahead of him, Ramsay sends a letter taunting Jon Snow. He mentions Rickon is in the dungeon and talks about how he will rape Jon Snow's sister. This is a total Ramsay Bolton move, but it does achieve what he wants: lighting a fire under Jon Snow's rear. Unfortunately, Ramsay has 5,000 men to the Wildling's 2,000. That is, for now.
There’s not a lot of time for idle moments in the world of Game of Thrones. However, “Book of the Stranger” does feature some more uplifting moments for fans. When Sansa hugs Jon Snow the first time she sees him, you can see the fact they haven’t seen anyone near or dear to them in a long, long while in the hug. A few moments later, we even get to hear a story about kidney pies they used to eat as children. Sure, it was a small moment--and a sentimental one--but it's nice to see both Jon Snow and Sansa Stark get a brief respite from the troubles that weigh upon them. It's even nicer to see them have that moment together. As far as reunions on the HBO show have gone, this one is tops.
If you'd like to know what else is coming on Game of Thrones, check out what we know about Season 6.