Gwendoline Christie in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones.
Gwendoline Christie in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones. Contributed

PREVIEW: Game of Thrones S6E8 No One

TENSIONS are set to boil over in several key storylines in today's new episode of Game of Thrones.

Episode eight of the current sixth season, titled No One, will see Queen Mother Cersei Lannister clash with the Faith Militant in Kings Landing.

Her brother Jaime meanwhile, will potentially have to fight his friend Brienne of Tarth if the Black Fish doesn't surrender House Tully's stronghold of Riverrun.

The internet is also swirling with theories that it wasn't Arya Stark who was stabbed in last week's episode but instead one of the Faceless Men, even potentially her mentor Jaqen H'ghar, posing as the Westerosi noblewoman.

 

"I choose violence"

 

Hafpor Julius Bjornsson and Lena Headey in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones.
Hafpor Julius Bjornsson and Lena Headey in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones. Helen Sloan

 

Cersei's powerful declaration was included in every trailer before the season started, and viewers have waited for the moment she and the undead Mountain stood side-by-side.

This will be the week we get to see it.

Cersei Lannister's running battle with the High Sparrow and the Septons has formed the basis of King's Landing's story this season.

After King Tommen and Margaery seemingly sided with the Sparrow two weeks ago, Cersei and Olenna Tyrell worked to develop a plan to stop the Faith Militant.

Margaery slipped Olenna a note last week to convince her to leave King's Landing, though Cersei's plan appears more direct.

Flanked by the resurrected Mountain, Cersei faces off against Faith Militant members.

Is Cersei's plan to retake control solely driven by violence or is this a red herring?
 

Brienne meets Jaime again

 

Daniel Portman and Gwendoline Christie in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones.
Daniel Portman and Gwendoline Christie in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones. Contributed

 

Jaime was unceremoniously stripped of his position as Commander of the Kingsguard after Tommen pledged allegiance to the Faith of the Seven two weeks ago.

He was sent to Riverrun to deal with the Blackfish Brynden Tully, the late Catelyn Stark's uncle, but the siege has not had any effect.

The Blackfish confronted Jaime and denounced the siege (and the Kingslayer), declaring they had provisions to last years.

Brienne happens to be on her way to House Tully as part of Jon Snow and Sansa Stark's plan to reunite the North and retake Winterfell.

While she and Jaime obviously share a bond, she tells the Lannister honour dictates they may have to fight.

Fans of the books are excited as it could mark another important character's return, though we have no clue if the Lady will appear.
 

Arya's in a spot of bother, or is she?

 

Faye Marsay as Waif in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones.
Faye Marsay as Waif in a scene from season six episode eight of Game of Thrones. Contributed

 

The only glimpse we have of Arya and the Waif is a Bourne Identity-esque chase sequence through Braavos.

The Waif ended last episode by stabbing the young Stark in the stomach several times, leaving Arya on the run.

While we clearly saw a wounded Arya stumble through the city, numerous theories about whether or not it was actually Arya have done the rounds.

Jaqen H'ghar and the Faceless Men are mysterious assassins that boast expertise in not only killing, but manipulation, deception, and disguise.

The theory is based on the Arya's sudden possession of a bag full of coins, and the lack of Needle, her trusty sword.

While it is entirely possible the coins were hidden with her sword, Game of Thrones is known for its swerves.

Perhaps now we will learn who was wounded: Arya, a disguised Waif or Jaqen, or was it simply No One?



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