Meera drags Bran through the snow, and is having a hard time. Bran is still inundated with visions from the Three-Eyed Raven. Meera finally collapses, crying over Bran. “They found us,” Bran says, his eyes now clear. Through the woods, several Deadites rush them. A mystery man, face wrapped in a scarf, rushes in on a horse, and flings a flaming mace on a chain into the fiends. He insists the kids come with them, and the three race away on horseback. When they are finally safe, they sit and rest. The man says the Three-Eyed Raven sent for him, and tells Bran he last saw him as a boy. Their mystery savior reveals himself: Uncle Benjen. He explains that the White Walkers stabbed him in the gut with a sword of ice and left him to die. The Children stopped the magic from taking hold, in the same way they made the White Walkers. Benjen warns Bran to learn to control his new powers before the Night King comes.
Sam and Gilly take a carriage to Horn Hill, Sam’s home. Sam explains his father made him renounce his title and inheritance, but if he believes little Sam is his son, he will take them in. He warns her to avoid telling them she is a wildling. Randyll Tarly hates wildlings. When they arrive, Gilly is...
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