Wow – what an episode! It wasn’t necessarily crazy intense but so many things happened and from start to finish, it was just non-stop. I’m getting the idea that the theme this season is just that; non-stop action, the plot developing at a clipping pace, hang on to your couch because each episode just throws even more at you. I decided to go with the pros and cons approach again this week – because I liked how that turned out last time….so, away we go!
Pro – We open on Grey Worm being taught to read/speak the common tongue of Westeros by Missandei and it’s all very sweet; he’s inching his hand ever closer to hers on the table but she realizes it and pulls her hand away at the last minute…
Con – You feel bad for Grey Worm because 1) that name: I know he chose it because it was the name he had the day Daenerys liberated he and the rest of his Unsullied buddies, but still. His name is Grey Worm. 2) It’s hard to hit on the ladies when you’re a eunuch…bless him. He’s cute though. 3) Missandei asked him where he came from, before he was an Unsullied and he tells her “Once you’re Unsullied, you have always been Unsullied.” That’s sad guys.
Pro – Daenerys comes in; it’s time to put a hurting on some Meereenese!
Pro/Con – Grey Worm and several of his Unsullied pals infiltrate the city….via the sewers (that water was a disturbing shade of brown…) and join a large group of slaves that are meeting under the city. They’ve revolted before and it’s gone badly because they have no training or weapons. Grey Worm and company provide them with weapons and….
|Preach the truth Grey Worm – rally the troops.|
Pro – We cut to Daenerys walking among the liberated Meereenese slaves, all throwing their slave collars at her feet and heralding her as “Mhysa” (mother in high valyrian). Ser Barristan encourages her to answer injustice with mercy, but she utters that line we all saw a hundred times in the trailer (You didn’t see the trailer a hundred times? That was just me? Oh well…) “I will answer injustice with justice”….cue the chills. She takes 163 slave masters and each one gets crucified in much the same manner as the 163 children who pointed the way to Meereen for Daenerys – but the masters point the way to something much different: Daenerys, who has moved into the top floor of the Pyramid of Meereen. Nice!
|Daenerys atop the Pyramid of Meereen…that Targaryen sigil looks menacing, does it not?|
|You should be ashamed Jaime – go see your brother in the dungeons!|
Pro – Sansa is safe on board Littlefinger’s ship; granted, that’s a somewhat questionable definition of safe but she’s certainly better off than she was in King’s Landing. She’s also slowly but surely becoming much more adept at deciphering motives and playing this game – the all important game.
Pro/Con – Littlefinger questions Sansa about incidents surrounding King Joffrey’s death; she knows that Dontos would never really be allowed to play too large a part because he’s a drunk and a fool….and Littlefinger would never trust a drunken fool. Point – Sansa! Once he admits he plays a part in killing Joffrey, she wonders why Littlefinger would work against the Lannisters since they’ve been so kind to him; to which he tells her that “a man with no motive is a man no one suspects..” He lets her know “”If they don’t know who you are or what you want, they cant know what you plan to do next.” And when Sansa asks him what he does want…I know the answer before he says it: everything.
Con – Littlefinger isn’t short on ambition and he’s got plenty of brain power; he’s good at playing the game and tells Sansa that they’re en route to the Vale where her Aunt Lysa lives. Petyr (that’s Littlefinger’s name, by the way – Petyr Baelish) is going to marry her and get himself another title…and strengthen a new alliance he made with…
|Hey Sansa…you look a lot like your Mother…did you know that?|
Pro – The Tyrells! Lady Olenna and Margaery are walking through the gardens (seriously – they are always in those gardens; Lordy, I know they’re house sigil is a rose but that’s about enough) and through some elaborating on her past, Lady Olenna lets Margaery know that she helped put an end to beloved King Joffrey. Margaery seems surprised and her grandmother admonishes her, asking if she really thought she’d let her granddaughter marry such an awful beast? She tells her she has to find a way to make Tommen hers; Cersei will get her claws into her younger son and Margaery must find a way to endear the boy to her first…and we’ll get back to that…but first, a breakdown of the poisoning from Entertainment Weekly.
...As many of you guessed last week, the poison was hidden in one of the gems in Sansa’s necklace. Littlefinger gave the necklace to Dontos, who gave it to Sansa, who wore it at the wedding. The Queen of Thorns “adjusted” it while talking to Sansa, secretly removed one stone, then presumably dropped it into Joffrey’s drink while his back was turned…..
Pro – Jon Snow is training men at Castle Black; Alliser Thorne interrupts him and reminds him he’s only a steward and needs to go empty a chamber pot and quit wandering around like he has any business training anyone. Thorne is cautioned by Janos Slynt to be careful; everyone seems to like Jon and while Thorne may be in charge for a time, they will end up having a choosing to elect a new Lord Commander and he surely doesn’t want to be taking orders from Jon Snow for the rest of his days.
|Look out Jon – if you play your cards right, you might be the Lord Commander of the crows…|
Pro – Jaime goes to see Cersei…who is maybe a goblet away from being completely drunk. She knows he’s been to see Tyrion and Jaime pleads with her, telling her their little brother didn’t do it. Cersei lashes out at him for this thought and further accuses him by asking why Catelyn Stark let him go – she had nothing to gain as Cersei sees it, but she freed him. Why? Jaime tells her he swore by oath that he’d return her daughters to her but that’s of no matter now because Catelyn Stark is dead. Cersei wants Jaime to go now and find Sansa Stark and bring her head back…but when Jaime will not commit, she tells him to put four guards outside Tommen’s room and dismisses him with “That will be all Lord Commander…”
*Their relationship is fraying fast and that’s a good thing…but I’m kind of fascinated that nothing at all was mentioned about last week. I guess it will forever be exactly what it was: a poor choice made by the directors that can’t be undone. Oh well…moving on…*
Pro – Tommen is having trouble sleeping and sees that someone is coming into his room. He’s terrified for a hot second until he realizes who is coming into his room…and then he’s feeling a whole different kind of terror. It’s Margaery! She’s come to visit her soon-to-be third husband and tells him that since they will soon be man and wife, they should have some secrets that are only theirs – AKA, don’t tell your Mom about this – and Tommen is so enchanted by having a full grown woman sitting on his bed that he gulps and agrees: seriously…he’s all of 14, I’m fairly certain he’s died and gone to heaven. Margaery pulls a fake out, going in for a kiss and then planting one on her little king’s forehead before sashaying out of his room with a promise to return again. Sneaky, sneaky…
|Every 14 year old boy’s dream come true….right? Margaery knows how to play this game.|
Pro – So much pro from this next scene, mostly because Nikolaj Coster-Waldau & Gwendoline Christie just kill it. Jaime presents Brienne with three gifts and they speak volumes: the first being the Valyrian steel sword that Jaime’s father game him in the premiere episode. He gives her the sword as well as custom made armor and charges her with finding Sansa Stark and getting her to safety – and this is where we see the changes that have been wrought in Jaime – he is effectively choosing Brienne and his honor over his family, and even his sister. He also tells her that since the sword he’s bestowing on her was made from Ned Stark’s old sword, she will be defending Ned Stark’s daughter with Ned Stark’s steel. The last gift? Well that would be Tyrion’s squire Podrick: he needs to get out of town and she needs a squire…and y’all he is too excited to go on an adventure. I love it.
|And to you, my bestest friend…I give this fancy sword.|
Con – Because Game of Thrones likes to jolt you around, we jump from heroics and heraldry to Craster’s Keep; which if you don’t remember is the fortress north of the Wall where Craster lived with all his daughter-wives and sacrificed his baby boys to the White Walkers. It was already a delightful place, but now that Craster has been murdered and the keep has been overtaken by Karl and his band of Night’s Watch deserters, it’s just downright horrific. Karl is drinking wine out of the very deceased Lord Commander Mormont’s skull (ick…so much ick) while his buddies gorge themselves on wine, food…and well, women. It’s depressing and unsettling and I would be fine if we never went back to Craster’s Keep.
|He only looks comfy by the fire…|
|Not even a week old & you’re already recruited to an army of undead frozen people…sigh…|