We’re in uncharted territory on Game of Thrones. There are no books to work from — even George R.R. Martin might be surprised with what’s happening on the HBO series — and things could get confusing. To help you out, after every new episode, our Thrones experts will answer your six most pressing questions.
1. When was the last time we saw Jon and Sansa together?
Josh: Bobby Draper was an afterthought on Mad Men. Same with Henry Jennings on The Americans. But at least they occasionally shared a scene with their on-screen siblings. It’s been a long time since Sansa Stark and Jon Snow appeared in the same shot. In fact, it’s only happened once, in the pilot.
Sophie Turner told Entertainment Weekly that Kit Harington is “one of my best mates and we had just one scene together in the pilot, where we’re waiting on the king. It’s like working with an older brother. I’ve watched his work over the past four years and I think he’s amazing.” Sansa and Jon’s reunion was a happy scene in a season (series?) otherwise defined by misery. She admits to being horrible to her half-brother, and even apologizes to him. They had nothing in common then — he was a bastard, she had dreams of marrying the prince; he was cold and moody (the North), she was warm and radiant (the South) — but now they do: wanting to kill Ramsay and reclaim Winterfell. Also, I appreciated how the reconciliation wasn’t stretched out, as I uselessly predicted. It happened within the first five minutes of the episode. Oops.
Ryan: After spending a couple of seasons with the terrible twosome that is Joffrey and Ramsay, it’s not surprising Sansa was quick to embrace Jon — heck, she even gave Theon hugs and absolution before his departure, too. Sansa, having been pushed around the board as a pawn for seemingly forever, has started to snap up allies wherever she can get them with the ambitious goal of retaking the north. It’s interesting to see her making the moves while Jon Snow continues to struggle with the nihilism that comes with being brought back from the black void of death. He better get his head back in the game fast, however. Ramsay was a dangerous and unpredictable foe when Roose had him on a leash, and now he’s got no one curbing his mad dog tendencies. That could be his downfall, though. Revealing in a letter that there’s a trueborn Stark alive in the dungeons of Winterfell? Threatening to murder every Wildling that was let past the Wall? As threatening as it sounded, Ramsay’s piece of parchment is going to rally the North against him. Roose would be rolling in his grave (if he hadn’t been fed to the dogs).