Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from season six episode six of Game of Thrones.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in a scene from season six episode six of Game of Thrones. Contributed

PREVIEW: Game of Thrones S6E7 The Broken Man

LAST week saw the High Sparrow out-maneuver the Lannisters and Tyrells and the return of Benjen Stark, who rescued his nephew Bran and Meera from the White Walkers.

After their absence from last week's episode, Sansa Stark and her half-brother Jon Snow are also expected to return as they prepare to take on Ramsay Bolton to reclaim Winterfell.

Here are three things to look out for in today's Game of Thrones episode: The Broken Man.

Lannister and Tyrell houses buckle under pressure

 

Jonathan Pryce, Dean-Charles Chapman, Natalie Dormer, Hannah Waddingham and Eugene Simon and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (front) in a scene from season six episode six of Game of Thrones.
Jonathan Pryce, Dean-Charles Chapman, Natalie Dormer, Hannah Waddingham and Eugene Simon and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (front) in a scene from season six episode six of Game of Thrones. Contributed

 

The Lannister and Tyrell houses are on their knees.

After Tommen's turn last week, in which the young King aligned himself with the High Sparrow, the Lannister and Tyrell camps have found themselves truly powerless.

Jaime Lannister was stripped of his role as Commander of the Kingsguard and sent back to the front lines.

It appears the Kingslayer will cross paths again with Bron, who is one of the best swordsmen in the Seven Kingdoms.

Cersei Lannister and Olenna Tyrell are working away in the background, and if anyone in Westeros is capable of cooking up a plan to overthrow the Sparrow, who is chiefly advising Tommen, it is them.

The Starks will rule the North again

 

Sophie Turner, Kit Harington and Ben Crompton in a scene from season six of Game of Thrones.
Sophie Turner, Kit Harington and Ben Crompton in a scene from season six of Game of Thrones. Contributed

 

Sansa Stark is working to reunite the northern houses with the goal of retaking Winterfell.

Since she was reunited with Jon Snow, who was resurrected in the final scene of this year's season-opener, Sansa has put everything into her plan to retake the former Stark stronghold.

She is driven by her hatred of Ramsay Bolton, who now rules Winterfell after killing Roose Bolton.

The two clans will clash later in the season, provided ninth-episode title Battle of the Bastards isn't a bum steer, though Jon Snow's wildling army could be vastly outmatched by Bolton's seasoned warriors.

While Sansa plays diplomat Jon is fighting alongside the wildlings to gain their trust, and ensure they have a force large enough to defeat Bolton.

Is Yara Greyjoy on a hiding to nothing?

 

Gemma Whelan and Alfie Allen in a scene from season six of Game of Thrones.
Gemma Whelan and Alfie Allen in a scene from season six of Game of Thrones. Helen Sloan

 

The death of Balon Greyjoy opened the way for Yara to become the Iron Islands' first Queen, but the returning Euron ensured that plan never came to fruition.

Now, she and Theon Greyjoy are on the run, but it appears there is nowhere for them to go.

The pair, driven by Yara, are planning a way to retake the Iron Islands.

It seems foolhardy given Euron's support from the Ironborn, but Yara is known to not only be a great fighter, but a master tactician.

Game of Thrones airs today at 11am AEST on Foxtel's Showcase channel.



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