Jaime assembles Lannister troops to confront the High Sparrow, only to have his plans hampered by an unexpected wrinkle. Arya gets into some trouble with the Many-Faced God, and Sam and Gilly deal with the cruel Randyll Tarly. Meanwhile, Bran and Meera escape the Night's King and his horde of wights and encounter a mysterious man with knowledge they didn't know they needed.
It's clear that the showrunners are building towards something incredible, but the journey there has been... interesting, to say the least. Luckily, this is the first filler episode of the season, which is both a good and a bad thing. It's good because it means every episode released thus far has functioned as an engaging piece of a larger puzzle, and it's bad because there's rarely any reason to throw filler episodes at people who've stuck with you for half a decade. The series has reached a point where there's so much for these characters to say and do that it's frustrating when they sit around and spew out dialogue that's neither welcome nor needed.
On a lighter note, Blood of my Blood offers up some fun answers to a handful of questions that fans have been asking for years. The list of remaining Starks is far longer than many in Westeros realize, adding new depth and mystery to the widely-held notion that there are few of them left. The Starks have been drawing the shortest straws since Eddard Stark got his lead lopped off the first season, so it's nice to see them making a slow but steady comeback.
At the end of the day, Blood of My Blood falls short of expectations and fails to engage and enthral viewers. However, next week's episode, titled The Broken Man, promises more excitement. It'll air next Monday on Sky Atlantic.