Game of Thrones: Episode 2, “Home,” HBO Sunday, 9 p.m. ET

Home has a different meaning to nearly every character in Westeros, and home is not always a physical place.

Bran Stark returns to the series a very changed young man. Photo: HBO
Bran Stark returns to the series a very changed young man. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, April 30, 2016 – For the first time since the end of Season 4 in 2014, Bran Stark returns to “Game of Thrones” in Sunday’s episode, titled “Home.”

Bran spent all this time developing his skills (some would say magic) as a warg, and a green seer. A warg is someone who can enter the minds of animals. A green seer has greensight, and can interact with visions both from the past beyond his lifespan, and into the future. Guiding him in all this is the most powerful character in the series so far, the “Three Eyed Raven,” played by veteran actor Max Von Sydow.

Now that Bran has learned what to do with his powers, what will he choose to do?

Returning with Bran is his loyal bodyguard Hodor.

Yara Greyjoy returns in Episode 2 of Season 6. Photo: HBO
Yara Greyjoy returns in Episode 2 of Season 6. Photo: HBO

The Greyjoy clan also returns to the series after being absent for several seasons, including Theon’s sister Yara and their father, King Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands. Balon is a ruthless pirate, and more than a little crazy.

See the Episode 2 trailer here.

The rest of the Starks are also finding their way toward an uncertain future. Sansa and Theon now have new hope thanks to Brienne and Podrick. Arya Stark must learn to fight and fend for herself as a blind girl, apparently a part of her training to become No One.

The men of the Night’s Watch are at odds with Jon Snow’s last few loyal friends, including Ser Davos Seaworth. And yes, Jon Snow is still dead. Melisandre hasn’t resurrected him. Perhaps it’s because she’s really, really tired. Being 400 years old will do that to you.

The shocking revelation about Melisandre has yet to be explained. Photo: HBO
The shocking revelation about Melisandre has yet to be explained. Photo: HBO

The Lannisters are struggling to keep it together after Cersei’s release from prison by the High Sparrow, Jaime Lannister’s return from Dorne, and the death of Myrcella, their daughter – just as prophecized when Cersei was a girl. Will King Tommen survive the same prophecy?

Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes are now in control of Dorne after killing Prince Doran, his son Trystane, and the leader of his guards, Areo Hotah.

Tyrion and Varys are trapped in Meereen after all of Danaerys’ ships docked in the harbor were torched and destroyed. They have no idea where Danaerys is. They simply trust she is still alive after flying away on Drogon. But Dany is in the hands of Khal Moro, and although she isn’t going to become their sex slave, she’s going to be exiled to Vaes Dothrak, the only permanent settlement in Dothraki, where the widows of khals live out their days. They are revered and respected, but they are also captive which Danaerys isn’t likely to tolerate. Jorah Mormont and Daario are on her trail, but there’s also a dragon who might be missing his Mhysa (mother).

Ramsey Bolton’s wife is missing and with her, the possibility of bearing an heir before his father Roose’s wife will do so. But Ramsey has to put it aside while he focuses on how to convince everyone to back his plan to storm Castle Black.

Everyone knows the threat from the White Walkers lurks there beyond the Wall; Ramsey better think carefully about putting himself in their way.

No doubt Episode 2 will start or advance several plotlines, setting fans up for big payoffs a few more episodes down. Be patient, GOT fans.

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“Game of Thrones: Season 6, Episode 2 – Home” airs Sunday, May 1 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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