“Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode 7 “The Broken Man” can be considered a campaign for House Stark visiting northern houses asking for their support. With three of the most powerful northern houses, The Boltons, The Karstarks, and the Umbers as their enemies, they will need all the help they can get.
Aside from the return of The Hound Sandor Clegane and the short-lived appearance of Ian McShane, “Game of Thrones”episode 7 prominently featured Sansa Stark and Jon Snow visiting northern houses that have yet to declare for the Boltons.
After Jon convinced the Free Folk to join their cause, they proceeded to seek help from House Stark’s most loyal vassals the Mormonts of Bear Island and the Glovers of Deepwood Motte.
Lyanna Mormont at 10 years of age already displayed great political prowess in her response to Stannis Baratheon from “Game of Thrones” season 5, she once again put them to use on Sansa Stark and Jon Snow.
If not for the convincing words of Ser Davos Seaworth, they would not have secured the full force of House Mormont: 62 fighting men.
Next was House Glover where they were met by Robett Glover, who was among the army Robb Stark lead south during the War of Five Kings. Lord Glover, however, resents the Starks after the Red Wedding and “abandoning” them during the Greyjoy invasion.
After recapturing their seat of Deepwood Motte with help from the Boltons, House Glover no longer sees House Stark as worthy of their service. The other houses who joined them barely supplied enough men and with the bulk of the Stark army made up of wildlings, occasional conflicts are bound to erupt.
Despite Sansa asking for more time to rally other northern houses to their cause, Jon Snow insists that they must fight with the current forces they have. Desperate, she sees a raven and proceeds to write a message sealed with the sigil of House Stark.
Although the contents of the message are barely shown, the letter’s recipient can only be Littlefinger. Seeing their dire situation, Sansa Stark is taking up Peter Baelish’s offer to help them with the Knights of the Vale.
Despite the hatred she harbors for Littlefinger, she believes she must do what is necessary to win, echoing her words on survival. With the knights of the Vale and the possibility of House Tully’s aid, the House Stark will be able to fight on even terms come ‘Bastard Bowl’ in ‘Game of Thrones’ episode 8.