Is Game of Thrones treading water?

Warning: spoilers for Game of Thrones season 6, episode 8 “No One” follow…

One of the most satisfying aspects of this season of Game of Thrones has been seeing two of the living Stark children come together, and if the last few episodes are any indication, they all may be headed back to Winterfell. 

Rickon is, of course, already there as a prisoner of the unhinged Ramsey Bolton. Sansa and Jon plan to take back their home. Now that she's decided that she is — and can be no other than — Arya Stark, the would-be-assassin is on her way back and will likely be adding a few new names to her “kill list.” We're not sure if Bran will return, but it seems likely that they'd head South seeking safe place to land right now. It's possible that Bran will now look to connect with his brother Jon.

It appears as if everything's coming up House Stark at this point. That the children of the fallen Ned and Catelyn will join their now formidable forces to fight enemies both mortal and supernatural.

If so, was Arya's time in Braavos and the interlude at Riverrun a way to “park” some characters as other aspects of the story developed? Or was Arya's commitment to her Starkness a crucial aspect of her evolution?

Here, Alan Sepinwall and Roth Cornet talk about the events of “No One” and whether the show has been treading water with some of our most beloved characters.

Take a look in the player above or below and chat with is here or on Twitter.

Alan: @Sepinwall

Roth: @RothCornet