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People Are Disappointed In "Game Of Thrones" This Week

Hype: denied. Contains spoilers!

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Game of Thrones fans have been hoping (and HYPING) that two popular theories would happen this season, but with one episode the creators seem to have crushed those dreams.

Two disappointments in tonight's #GameofThrones episode. No #CleganeBowl and no Lady Stoneheart. 👎🏻👎🏻😡😡👎🏻👎🏻

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It's almost as if #GameOfThrones filmed a alternate episode to intentionally kill all hype that last week brought

TOMMEN, BB, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

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But all this could be setting up for an even more intense fan theory to come true: Cersei Lannister, the Mad Queen.

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Cersei is now facing a trial judged by the Faith of the Seven, which she knows she will almost certainly lose. There is no way Cersei will let it come to that – as she's threatened repeatedly (and Jaime mentioned again this week), she'll burn cities to the ground before letting her enemies win. The "rumour" Qyburn said he'd been investigating for Cersei could have been the wildfire stashed around the city. The idea that she'll set King's Landing on fire – and Jaime will show up just in time to kill her – is looking more and more likely. GET HYPE (and read more about this theory here).

And, OK, the Hound IS back for a reason, so Cleganebowl may still happen at a later stage. But at the moment, that reason seems to have more to do with the Brotherhood Without Banners — which brings us to the other denied fan theory this week: Lady Stoneheart.

In the books, Beric Dondarrion gives his Lord of the Light-granted life to Catelyn Stark, who becomes Lady Stoneheart and leads the Brotherhood Without Banners on a revenge mission. The many mentions of the Brotherhood AND Catelyn this season – even in THIS EPISODE – caused a lot of people to think she would finally be brought into the show.

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But sadly for Stoneheart fans, Beric Dondarrion is still very much alive and in charge of the Brotherhood.

It turns out those guys who slaughtered Brother Ray's village had just gone rogue, and the Brotherhood Without Banners is actually still the "for the people" band of brothers we know and love.

But in reality it seems the return of the Brotherhood and the Hound has nothing to do with the HYPED theories, and more to do with what's happening in the North.

Beric has apparently caught wind of the White Walkers, and is ready to lead the Brotherhood (and the Hound) north for the REAL fight.

There have been multiple hints about the Hound's importance to the bigger picture, so it looks likely that, rather than fighting his brother, he's going to be fighting a much bigger evil.

He will probably play a key part in the war to come. And there's a good chance he'll also reunite with one – or both – of the Stark girls he not-so-secretly cares about. If that isn't enough to GET HYPE, I don't know what is...

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