Last night brought us another genius episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones and it set a lot of plots in motion. From the Wall all the way across the Narrow Sea, what an exciting time in Westeros! But while it’s great for some, it’s really bad for others. Let’s review, shall we?
I posted all the details around Jon Snow and the Watch last night, but I do need to mention that final scene one last time. We received two major deaths, ones that we’ve been waiting for for quite some time. Alliser Thorne and Olly are finally dead, and while they were certainly satisfying deaths, there was kind of a sadness there. And we have none other than Kit to thank for that.
Seriously. Just look at his face! And before he swung his sword, he just looks at Olly. His hand is trembling. He doesn’t want to do this, but he has no other choice and he absolutely hates it. I honestly think it’s that moment where Jon decides once and for all that he can’t stay. His watch ended with the men that he hanged. And there’s something really poetic about that. Seriously, round of applause for the HBO team and for Kit Harington. So beautifully done.
We didn’t see too much of Ramsay this episode, but what we did see was way too much. It looks like absolutely no Stark is getting off easy in this show. Lord Umber has switched sides, now ready to fight with the Boltons. He thinks that Jon Snow and the Wildlings will be coming down south (he’s not wrong really), and he knows he can’t fight them alone. And in return, he’s brought Ramsay a gift. And what is this gift? No other than Osha and Rickon Stark. Of course, why wouldn’t it be!? And not to mention we have another direwolf down. What is it with this show? LEAVE THE DIREWOLVES ALONE!
For anyone who’s keeping score, there’s only Ghost and Summer left alive. Possibly Nymeria, but we aren’t sure. So that’s 2/6, 3/6 if we’re lucky. Awesome.
And it looks like the Starks are still far away from their happy endings, but who knows? If Jon’s heading down south, maybe he’ll run into Sansa! Maybe they’ll rescue Rickon after defeating the Boltons! Who knows!?
We finally see Sam and Gilly again! He isn’t taking her and little Sam to Oldtown, the Citadel doesn’t allow women in, and as Sam points out, he doesn’t have a Jon Snow to help him bend the rules there. He’s instead taking them to Hornhill, his old home. Which means that in the next couple of episodes, we’ll be seeing Samwell Tarly’s family! Including his infamous father and brother. Are you excited? You should probably be scared. Considering Sam’s father told him to go to the wall or he’d kill him himself, I don’t think he’s going to take so well to seeing his son again.
But despite this, Gilly and Sam are still going strong. Gilly trusts Sam, and when he says that he wished she would just throw something at him and storm out, she responds, “I’d never do that to the father of my son.”
Well, at least one ship is going strong in this show.
BEYOND THE WALL:
Damn you, HBO. Damn you. You make us think that we are finally getting the truth, but we didn’t get that far. Honestly, I didn’t think they’d pull such a big reveal this early. But the hint was enough.
We finally meet Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning. And he really is as magnificent as we’ve heard.
He is a force to be reckoned with, and unlike any other we’ve seen yet. His power and talent is undeniable, and Ned, as much as we love him, stands no chance. Also, how spot on was young Ned!? Talk about amazing casting.
This fight is one of the most intense we’ve seen on the show, and it’s so beautifully choreographed. And even though we know Ned survives this, there’s still that suspense! It’s such an incredible scene, and we learn the truth of how the Sword of the Morning died. Ned did not beat him, Howland Reed stabs Dayne in the back, and Ned finishes the job. Bran sounds and looks shocked. But let’s think about this. We all know Ned Stark was nothing if not an honorable man. He would not allow this kind of behavior stand for anything, except for family. If his family, namely his sister Lyanna was in danger, is there anything Ned Stark wouldn’t do? Why did he lie to his son then? Because he promised his sister that he would keep the truth secret. This cannot be in debate, isn’t it obvious that Lyanna is in the tower? And not only that, but she’s giving birth? That’s why she’s screaming, she’s going into labor, and Jon (Targaryen) is about to enter the world. While we haven’t seen it yet, it’s coming. And I can’t wait.
Everyone’s finally starting to realize that Bran Stark is one of the most important characters on the show, and honestly, I’m surprised it took this long. He is a part of the most magical plot of the show, something so big and so important that we cannot begin to understand. He can see the past, present, and future. Bran Stark may yet save us all. I have to say, that’d be a fantastic ending.
We see some of Varys’ little birds, and now that Qyburn is the Master of Whispers, he needs to gain their trust. It turns out that sweets will do the trick.
Cersei tells Qyburn that she wants those little birds everywhere. Not just King’s Landing, but in Dorne, in Highgarden, and in the North. She wants to know who plans on taking advantage of their current situation. “If someone is laughing at the queen who walked naked through the streets covered in shit, I want to know.” Maybe Cersei isn’t as put out as she seemed. Maybe she’s just biding her time, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. But there’s no question much of her power is gone. Kevan Lannister, the current Hand of the King, won’t have any of her nonsense, and refuses to include her in the Small Council. Lady Olenna is as sassy as ever, reminding Cersei that she is not the Queen, but Margaery is. Cersei’s power is not yet completely extinguished, but she doesn’t have as much as she did.
The King himself seems to have made peace with the High Sparrow? And for the sake of peace, I think that may be necessary. These new allies could determine the salvation or destruction of the capital. Are they allies? Or still enemies? I think Margaery and Cersei’s fate will determine the truth of it. But as always, no one is safe in Westeros.
Arya has her sight back! All book readers knew this was coming, but it’s nice that it happened so soon. She’s growing strong, learning. After getting beat up for days, perhaps weeks, she finally begins blocking the waif’s blows, even landing one herself. And she finally admits the truth about the Hound! Did she want him dead? She did and she did not. Arya Stark was confused.
Jaqen knows she is ready. She is being honest and learning how to use her abilities. And when he lets her drink from the pool, and her sight returns, he asks again, “Who are you?” Arya responds, straight-faced, “No one.” And she truly seems to mean it this time. Did losing her sight give her the push she needed to let Arya Stark go? I think the true telling of that will be when she gets rid of Needle. Until then, she’s still a Stark in my eyes.
So things aren’t looking so good for everyone. Dany has been taken to the Dosh Khaleen, but since she went into the world before joining them, she broke the rules, as it were. That is forbidden, and her fate is no longer up to them. It is up to the Khalasars that have gathered for Khalar Vezhven. They decide what cities to sack and such, and they will decide the fate of Khal Drogo’s silver haired Khaleesi. But in the preview for next week’s episode, we see Ser Jorah fighting. Will he find her and help get her out? Please! Hopefully, when she gets out of this, it will make her realize that her place is not in Meereen, but in Westeros. If she wants the Iron Throne, she needs to take it.
And finally, Varys has finally gotten to the truth of the Sons of the Harpy, and who funds them. It was incredible to watch Varys at work. While he makes threats, they are subtle, and he really just reasons with his little birds. It’s fantastic.
Valla reveals that the Masters of Astapor and Yunkai, with help from Volantis are responsible. The knowledge is good, but the big problem is what to do with that knowledge. The council in Meereen seems a little disconnected right now. We see the tension and awkwardness between Tyrion, Missandei and Grey Worm. Will this band of misfits be able to work together to bring down three of the most powerful cities across the Narrow Sea? If there’s one thing this show has taught us, it’s that Tyrion can talk his way out of anything. I don’t know how, but I think they’re safe. I hope so, at least.
And that’s all for now! What will come next? War for Meereen? Revenge for Cersei? Jon’s parents? Whatever the case, it’s going to be absolutely brilliant. Sunday can’t come soon enough.