It is the cruelty of winter that surrounds Samwell Tarly and Gilly as they make their way towards The Wall. The two find shelter in a Godswood, taking cover in an abandoned cabin. While trying to decide on a name for Gilly's newborn, a massive flock of crows gives way to a towering White Walker, who is hell-bent on capturing Gilly's child.
Tarly tries in earnest to defend Gilly from the White Walker, but proceeds to brushed aside like an errant snowflake. Left with no other line of defense, he reveals the shard of dragonglass he discovered at the Fist of the First Men and plunges it into the White Walker's back. The Walker curls to the ground, crumbling into dust, leaving Tarly and Gilly to flee free of harm.
–Tyrion had a sly shout-out to the Night's Watch when talking with Sansa about whether they will ever have sex, ending the scene with "And so my watch begins." That's part of the oath Rangers take before they stand post on the Wall.
–I thought Cersei's story about the origin about the "The Rains of Castamere" was a cool addition for those who haven't read the books. This show doesn't have time to elaborate on backstories, so it was nice to have the writers sneak some in for a change.
–No new episode next week due to Memorial Day, but just two episodes left in the season. Last season's penultimate episode was the season's dramatic ceiling, so all bets are off for how much we see in two weeks.