The North: Jon, Sansa, Tormund, Davos, Melisandre
Jon, with the support of Tormund, convinces the Wildlings to push all in on the Bolton battle. And they mean, all in, as the entirety of their people are now the 5,000 behind the Wall. If they lose, the genocide is complete. As Tormund points out, Jon did die and come back to life over his decision to help the Wildlings. If that’s not a sign of loyalty, nothing is. Wun Wun, naturally, is the deciding vote. With clasped hands, the alliance is sealed.
The Northerners prove far harder to convince. At Bear Island, home of the Lady Lyanna Mormont, a 10 year-old whose mother died fighting for Robb Stark. Jon and Sansa petition her but his bastard status and her relationships with Tyrion and Ramsay undercut their credibility. Fortunately, tight diplomatic spots are where Davos Seaworth excels. He reminds her that her uncle Jeor Mormont chose Jon Snow as his successor and a divided North is doomed against the Night’s King and his army of the dead. While her adviser and maester are clearly skeptical, the sharp-eyed, clear-headed 10-year old commits their 62 men.
House Glover is less forgiving and definitely not enthused that the army will consist primarily of Wildlings. This is Sansa’s chance to play a part, reminding Lord Glover of his Stark allegiance. But after the scarring Greyjoy invasion and Robb’s failure as King in the North, Glover rebukes the bond and seems to permanently severed.
All in all, only three houses including the Mormonts join their rebellion. The small force encamps at the same place Stannis did prior to his defeat last season, which seems impossibly stupid for any number of reasons. But it does put Davos in the same place as Shireen’s murder. Melisandre, who is not seen in this episode, will have some ‘splaining to do.