After years of missed connections, this week we finally had two of the Stark children meeting again. Sansa, flanked by Brienne and Pod, arrived at Castle Black to find Jon, and for a brief minute it seemed like all was right in the world.
With Jon being given his P45 from the Night’s Watch, he initially planned on going “Somewhere warm” since his efforts to protect Westeros were futile. But Sansa says they will never be safe until they reclaim their home, and implores him to join her in taking Winterfell back from the Boltons.
What pushes him, though, is a violently-worded letter from said Bolton, as Ramsay declares he has locked Rickon in a dungeon and killed his wolf. He demands Sansa back, or else he will march on the Wall and wipe out his men.
Team Stark crunch the numbers and realise they don’t have the Wildling forces to take out the Bolton’s 5,000-strong army. But Sansa, sick of being used as a pawn, wants to win the alliance of the other Northern houses to their cause.
This storyline is pretty similar to what Stannis does in the fifth book – rallying Northern people to his plan of wiping out the Boltons – and it seems the show took the wise decision to bump Stannis off last season so they could sub in characters we actually care about. Next week should be interesting.