The first episode of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” was a slow burn. By keeping fan-favorite Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) off the table, the show left out one of its big, secret weapons. But with Arya’s return this week, plus a few other huge surprises — if you think you know what’s going to happen from the books, think again — things are quite literally heating up.
Here are all the biggest, most shocking moments from “The House Of Black And White:”
1. I Wanna See You Be Braavos
In case you missed our girl Arya, her face is the very first shot of the episode, as she enters Braavos, a fishing village.
2. Brienne’s Sense Of Sansa
How many times have characters missed each other on this show that when Brienne and Sansa showed up in the same pub, I fully expected they would just pass each other by.
3. Jaime’s Big Adventure
Speaking of book changes, things officially go off the rails here. Bronn is following his book path pretty much to the T — marrying a plain girl to secure his new, legitimate place in the world — up until Jaime recruits him to go rescue Mycerlla in Dorne.