In King’s Landing, fewer and fewer men can find a place at the small council table. Cersei sends Margaery’s father away to deal with the Iron Bank, who has called in 10 percent of the Crown’s debt. (Apparently Cersei isn’t familiar with the Lannister custom of always paying your debts). In other more exciting news, she wants the High Sparrow to become High Septon and she even gives him an army, the Faith Militant. Apparently she has a burning desire to antagonize both Littlefinger and Margaery, as the Faith Militant destroy one of Lord Baelish’s brothels and capture Loras, who is considered a sinner for enjoying the company of men over that of women.
Of course, upon finding out that her brother was imprisoned, Margaery turns to the King. Furious at first, she eventually manages to control herself and manipulate Tommen into freeing his brother in law. He tries to, but he gets blown off by both his mother and the Sparrows at the sept, proving just how inexperienced a ruler he truly is. Obviously disappointed, Margaery decides she should be around family in times like these. Is this her way of suggesting they take a break? All in all, Cersei wins this battle. It remains to be seen who will win the war.
Over at Castle Black, Jon Snow must deal with plenty of Lord Commander stuff, which also means asking other lords for men to fight at the Wall and defend Westeros. He even has to reach out to Roose Bolton via a letter, which doesn’t sit well with him at all. Bolton did murder most of his family after all. With great power comes great responsibility though.
Snow then gets a visit from Melisandre, who isn’t shy at all when it comes to seducing the men she wants. She’s unsuccessful this time – partly because Snow took a vow and partly because he is still in love with Ygritte. Aww. When Melisandre leaves the room, she says the iconic phrase “You know nothing Jon Snow,” which was both unexpected and utterly creepy. As a side note, although Snow currently seems OK with the decision not to follow Stannis, he might be tempted to stretch the limits of his vows in order to protect the wall, currently lacking both men and resources.
(We also get a touching and heartwarming scene between Stannis and his daughter, in which he reminds her that she’s a princess and she’s loved. Aww again.)
Over in Winterfell, Littlefinger tells Sansa he decided to return to King’s Landing and leave her behind. She takes the news rather well, especially after Lord Baelish lays down the two possible scenarios that may play out after his departure: either Stannis conquers Winterfell and makes Sansa Wardeness of the North, or she marries Ramsay and manages to manipulate him into doing whatever she wants. As he sees it, she wins either way.
Meanwhile, things heat up in Dorne. Jamie and Bronn bro out and then kill a few guys who were neither polite nor welcoming. Ellaria meets up with the Sand Snakes, Oberyn’s daughters, and they decide they’re ready to avenge their father by killing Myrcella, which will likely lead to a war. They also find out that Jamie is now in the picture, so they must hurry to get to her before he does. The Sand Snakes are awesome so far, and very skilled with weapons apparently, so seeing them in action will likely be a blast. We can’t wait.
Finally, across the Narrow Sea, Tyrion and Ser Jorah are on a boat on their way to Dany. Tyrion is surprised to find out his kidnapper is taking him to Daenerys instead of Cersei, and then channels his inner Sherlock Holmes to figure out both his identity and intentions. Tyrion even points out how idiotic this whole plan is, something even Jorah can’t deny. However, he seems set in his ways and hopeful that his queen will forgive him. We’re curious about how his plan will eventually work out.
Dany keeps dismissing Hizhdar zo Loraq and his wish to reopen the fight pits, but she has bigger problems to worry about. The episode ends with a bloodbath, as the Sons of Harpy attack a group of Unsullied and manage to do some serious damage. Ser Barristan, who also joins in the fight, gets seriously injured, as does Grey Worm. We’ll hopefully find out next week if they survived the massacre, but chances currently look slim. Maybe they’re a bit better for Grey Worm, who’s ongoing flirtation with Missandei would be seriously missed.
All in all, another great Game of Thrones instalment that left us craving for more. The episode featured a lot of talk about Rhaegar, the Mad King’s son and Dany’s brother, and Sansa’s aunt Lyanna. This was a bit out of place and sudden, so we expect the subject to be further explored in the future.
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