We knew it was going to be impossible for the Game of Thrones Season 5 finale to possibly have any hope of topping last week's dragon-fueled episode that saw Daenerys ride Drogon out of Meereen. I mean, you just can't beat something that phenomenal, you guys. However, Sunday night's GoT episode "Mother's Mercy" served as a useful tool to help set up our Mother of Dragons' next big obstacle as we head into Season 6. After Drogon and Dany officially touched down on solid ground again, Dany tried to get Drogon to take her back to save her people. Unfortunately, this dragon was in no mood to listen to his mother's request (teenagers!), so it was only a matter of time until an army stumbled upon Daenerys and her not-so conspicuous dragon. (Not exactly the most subtle traveling companion.)
So who was this army that immediately surrounded our new favorite dynamic duo? If the books are any indication, they are none other than a khalasar Dothraki army, led by Khal Jhaqo, who was a former lieutenant of Drogo's before his untimely death. So, naturally, this is bound to make things a little awkward for all parties involved, given that a Khaleesi is traditionally supposed to live with the crones of the Dosh Khaleen shortly after her Khal dies. Since Dany failed to do so, they may be a little curious (and more than a little upset) if they catch wind of what she's been up to instead. Like the fact that she got married again to a nobleman of Meereen, Hizdahr zo Loraq. (Hence why she dropped her ring out of sight as the army approached her.) Either that or it was to leave a trail of breadcrumbs for Daario and Jorah to find.
As of now, it's unclear what exactly will happen next. Starting now, book readers are in the dark just as much as everyone else. But given that they undoubtedly know who Dany is (that hair and that dragon are two very distinguishable characteristics), I have a feeling they'll try to take her prisoner, at least at first. Drogon looks to be a little tired from his battle against the Sons of the Harpy, so I'm not sure if he'll be up for bailing her out of yet another sticky situation. If he does, then they're all toast. (Literally, extra crispy.) But if not, then they may decide to either kidnap her or welcome her back with open arms on account of her having a friggin' DRAGON on her side.
Either way, though, I think it's safe to say that this former Khaleesi isn't going to be heading back to Meereen anytime soon. And to that I say, THANK THE GODS!
As for the night's biggest cliffhanger —whether or not Jon Snow is really dead — Check out the video below to see why he might not really be a goner:
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