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Game of Thrones Top Five Recap: Ep. 48, “Dance of Dragons”

In a great nod to the book series as well as the book Shireen reads, this week’s episode of Game of Thrones is entitled “Dance of Dragons.” It was a very exciting episode and again made me simultaneously love and hate these characters. This week was not lacking in OMG moments by far and I have chosen five of them to discuss in detail. For good or ill, I hope these were some of your favorites as well.

5. Number five would have to be when Jaime is brought before Prince Doran along with got3Trystane, Myrcella, and Ellaria Sand. It starts out as a cordial meeting between them despite Ellaria’s snide remarks and blatant hatred for the Lannisters. She even goes so far as to pour out her wine rather than toast to King Tommen. Prince Doran asks Jaime if it is Tommen’s wish that Myrcella return to King’s Landing and when Jaime insists that it is, Doran agrees to allow her to return with Jaime – so long and Trystane accompanies them. Doran also insists that Trystane take the place on the small counsel that Oberyn once held. Jaime agrees to these terms and the conversation turns to what should be done with Bronn, who struck Trystane in the jaw last episode. Doran allows Trystane to decide Bronn’s fate and Trystane tells Jaime that he believes in mercy, but that it will come with a price. The guard, Hotah, goes and retrieves Bronn and brings him up to stand before them. Jaime tells Bronn that Trystane has decided on mercy for his actions, on one condition: BAM! Hotah clocks Bronn in the jaw and drops him to the ground. A fairly small price to pay considering Bronn’s life was on the line.

got44. This one edged out number five because it was very suspenseful. Jon has “successfully” gathered the wildlings and is bringing them to the Wall as promised. Although many of them were lost to the White Walker attack last episode, there are still a couple hundred of them left. They get to the Wall and Ser Alliser is seen standing at the top. There is a long moment where no one does anything until Jon steps forth and looks up. Ser Alliser just continues to look down on him and the people he has brought. It seems as though Jon is going to be left out in the cold before Alliser finally gives the command to open the gate. Whew! Jon doesn’t have many friends left in the Night’s Watch and that fact is made even more apparent as he enters Castle Black. All the Night’s Watchmen look on at him with suspicion and anger except, of course, for Sam, who tries to console him. Jon feels as though he has failed the wildlings in not saving all of them, but Sam makes a very valid point that he made a world of difference for each of the ones he did save.

3. This is one of my favorite moments as it is about Arya. She is doing her duty selling oysters got5in the market and today is the day she is to poison the Thin Man. As she approaches him however, she see Mace Tyrell arrive by boat at the docks and with him is none other than Meryn Trant, one of the names on her kill list! The Thin Man calls to her for his daily snack of oysters but Arya completely ignores him and keeps walking to get a better look.  This is a double OMG because not only has she found the man she blames for Syrio’s death, but she is also now disobeying Jaqen H’ghar’s orders to assassinate the Thin Man. Arya follows Trant to a brothel and into one of its back rooms. She watches him continuously turn down each woman brought before him for being “too old.” One of the knight’s accompanying Trant pushes her further into the room to buy some of her clams and oysters and that is when she and Trant lock eyes. It is unclear if he recognizes her or if he is merely intrigued by her obvious youth before she is hurried off by the brothel owner. Arya then has to lie to Jaqen about why she was unable to kill the Thin Man and he tells her to try again tomorrow. It seems that he is aware of her lie, though, per usual, but he does not strike her. Perhaps Arya’s list of those she wishes to kill will get smaller soon.

got62. This scene has several OMG moments and begins with Daenerys hesitantly starting the Great Games with a clap. The first two fighters begin and Daario and Loraq banter about who is the better bet in a fighter. This continues as the first battle ends and the second sets up to begin with both Daenerys and Tyrion also interjecting their opinion that death is already abundant enough in life. The second bout has eight fighters in it and the look on Daenerys’ face when she hears Jorah’s voice is priceless. The man she exiled stands wounded, ready to fight and die for her honor. The battle begins and each of the fighters square off, the numbers dwindling down as each kills their opponent, bringing the number from eight to four. Jorah was successful in his first battle but this second one is proving more difficult. His opponent is much faster and is getting in a lot of slices on Jorah. While they are fighting, the other pair finish their bout and it seems as though Jorah is about to be run through when the other fighter stabs the man Jorah was fighting through the stomach. This leaves a very wounded Jorah to fight the man who essentially just saved him. The two men square off and despite the odds Jorah gets the upper hand and stabs the other fighter in the gut. Jorah then turns to Daenerys, quickly picks up a spear and flings it toward her! The spear hits its intended victim and one of the Sons of the Harpy hits the ground behind Dany, dead. Jorah, of course, saved Daenerys from the attack, as that is what he will always do. Suddenly, we see several Sons of the Harpy emerge in the stands and they begin terrorizing the Great Games by slitting people’s throats and closing in on Daenerys. Jorah helps her down into the ring, followed closely by Daario and try to escape through one of the tunnels. It gets blocked off and Tyrion shows up and slits one of the attacker’s throat, saving Missandei. Loraq has been killed and now Daenerys, Jorah, Daario, Tyrion and Missandei find themselves in the center of the fighting ring, surrounded by the Sons of the Harpy. There are so many of them and Jorah, Daario and Tyrion do their best to fend them off but it looks incredibly hopeless. Suddenly, Drogon flies into the arena spouting fire and takes out several groups of Harpys. He lands and sets several ablaze, despite having spears flung at him. Daenerys gets so angry at the sight of him being speared she goes to him, no longer in fear for her own life like a true Mother of Dragons, and pulls the spears from his neck. She climbs up on his back and they take to the sky in a spectacular flight! Boom! Dragon riding!!!

got21. What could possibly be more OMG-inducing than riding a dragon? How about the fate of Shireen? Stannis’ camp is attacked in the middle of the night and many tents and supplies are set on fire by Ramsay Bolton and his 20 good men. This attack hits Stannis hard as his men were already struggling against the extreme cold that they are not used to and this only further thinned their ranks and supplies. Ser Davos urges they return to Castle Black to recoup but Stannis refuses. Knowing Davos would be an issue with his next plans, Stannis orders him to return to Castle Black to get more troops and supplies. Ser Davos, who has a soft spot for Shireen, asks if she can accompany him on his journey to Castle Black. After all, a siege is no place for a child. Stannis refuses his request and sends Ser Davos on his way. Before he leaves, Davos gives Shireen a wooden stag that he made. Later, it is Stannis who visits Shireen and they talk for a bit about the book she is reading, The Dance of Dragons. Stannis tells Shireen that sometimes a man must make hard decisions, even if he hates them, to fulfill his destiny. Shireen asks him if there is anything she can do and Stannis tells her there is before embracing her and askinggot1 that she forgive him. Shireen is then marched out to Melisandre’s pyre as the Red God demands a sacrifice of king’s blood and Shireen is expendable to Melisandre. Shireen pleads for her father and mother to rescue her, who both go out and watch her being tied to the pyre. Shireen continues to plead and cry and it seems her mother, Selyse, has a very last-minute change of heart. Selyse tries to go to Shireen, but is held back, so she collapses to the ground and watches as Melisandre sets fire to the pyre and Shireen. Although Selyse tried to reach her daughter, she really didn’t try very hard and Stannis only looked on and watched while his daughter was burned alive, all for the sake of winning a battle. This is for certain the OMG moment of the night and it hit me hard.

There were some comical, mysterious, incredible, and heart-breaking moments in this week’s episode. It was not short on action nor on its ability to ignite tremendous feeling in those watching. What are your thoughts on these five moments? Were there others you thought were OMG-worthy that aren’t included here? Next week is the season finale and I cannot wait to see what Daenerys will do now with Drogon and if Arya will get her revenge!

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep. 47, “The Gift”

g3This week’s episode begins with Lord Commander Jon Snow preparing his horses to ride beyond the Wall and enlist the help of the Wildlings. Jon brings Tormund Giantsbane with him, of course, and he must be unshackled if he is expected to ride with them. A majority of the Night’s Watch remain incredibly unhappy with this decision and only Sam is there, ever supportive of his friend, to give Jon the dragonglass dagger he killed the White Walker with, “just in case.”

After Jon’s departure, Sam and Gilly are in visiting Maester Aemon with Little Sam and Maester is delighted by the little baby’s laughter and squeals. Maester Aemon warns Sam to take Gilly far south before it is too late.

At Winterfell, Reek is tasked with bringing breakfast to Sansa who is locked away in her quarters. g11When he enters we see Sansa is in a terrible state: she is sobbing and covered in bruises. She rises and tells Theon that every night since her wedding Ramsay visits her here to have his way and every day she is locked away. Reek tells her it could be much worse and Sansa tells him she does not see how it could be. The look on Reek’s face tells her it absolutely could be and she asks him what Ramsay did to him. Reek refuses to answer, but Sansa insists, never calling him “Reek,” always “Theon.” Reek tells her Theon is no more and she yells at him that he is Theon Greyjoy and from a great family and begs him to help her. Sansa tries desperately to instill confidence in Reek in hopes this will cause him to stand up against Ramsay. She tells Theon that she still has friends in Winterfell and what the old woman told her to do. Sansa gives the candle to Theon and tells him to place it in the tower window for her. Theon screams he is Reek, only Reek, but he does take the candle.

Reek leaves Sansa and heads outside, looking up at the broken tower in the distance and then to the candle. He begins to ascend the tower steps and when he gets to the top we see Ramsay Bolton, enjoying his breakfast. This is not the broken tower; Reek has taken the candle straight to Ramsay. Outside we see Brienne looking to the tower window, void of any light…

g1Sam and Gilly check in on Maester Aemon again when Aemon awakes with a start saying he had a dream he was old. With this, Maester Aemon gives up his last breath. Sam is charged with giving Aemon’s eulogy and it is an amazing one. Sam truly admired the maester. Unfortunately, Sam has almost run out of allies with Maester Aemon now dead and Jon gone.

Sansa is summoned by Ramsay and he has her walk with him through the courtyard. As they walk, Ramsay speaks about Stannis and how his men are not prepared to fight in the extreme cold but these men here in the north are. Ramsay brags about his soldiers being used to the cold and how he will soon be Lord of the North and Sansa will be his Lady, of course. Sansa briefly asks about Ramsay’s yet-to-be-born sibling and what will happen should it be a boy. Ramsay seems almost unaware of what she is referring, so she goes on to clarify that a full blood heir always has more claim than a bastard, which Ramsay is. Ramsay reminds her he was made legitimate by King Tommen, and, of course, Sansa quips back that it came from another bastard. She is getting to him, and Ramsay tells her bastards are having a great year, even Jon Snow: “The Bastard of the North” was made Lord Commander. Sansa is completely taken off guard by this and Ramsay tells her he had almost forgotten why he summoned her. He has her turn around as they have reached their destination to find the old woman who gave Sansa the candle, totally flayed – with Reek standing near her body. Ramsay forces Sansa to look upon the woman (just as she was forced by Joffrey to look upon her father’s decapitated head) and tells her that Reek informed him of her plans. He cannot see why Sansa would want to leave her home and her husband. Ramsay then has her taken back to her quarters as it is far too cold out for a lady.

Ramsay was right about Stannis’ men, unfortunately. Davos must report to Stannis thatg2 their supplies are dwindling, 40 horses froze to death the previous night, and all 500 of the Storm Crows abandoned them in the middle of the night. Stannis instructs him to hire more men, but Davos suggests they go back to Castle Black. Stannis refuses this and states he will not be known as “The King Who Runs.” Davos reluctantly leaves to see what he can do and Melisandre is there to assure Stannis he is right to stay the course. She reminds him that she has already seen visions of his victory and he must believe and make the proper sacrifices to win. Melisandre reminds Stannis that it is by his blood that he will have victory and when Stannis reminds her they have not found the bastard Gendry, Melisandre tells him that they already have his blood here with them in camp. She wants to use Shireen in her rituals to ensure Stannis’ victory, but Stannis is completely against it and denies her. We can only hope he sticks with that decision.

Gilly is doing laundry when she is cornered by two men of the Night’s Watch. She tries to fight them off and things are looking dire for her when Sam comes in to rescue her. He draws his sword and, of course, the other two men treat Sam like a joke. One holds a struggling Gilly while the other beats Sam’s face to a pulp. Even after the severe beating, Sam gets up again and again tells them men he will not allow them to harm Gilly. Gilly tries to save Sam as well by telling him not to try and help her, but the two men are not impressed by either of them. As the men have Gilly pinned against the wall and Sam is trying to be his most intimidating, it is Ghost who comes to their aid. The direwolf comes around the corner into the room, snarling and snapping at the two men who hastily release Gilly and take off. That night, Gilly tends to Sam’s wounds when they both finally do what everyone has been hoping would happen all along. They consummate their relationship in probably the most sweet sexual scene in the entire series.

Tyrion and Jorah are taken to the auction block and the slavers begin with Jorah. He is eventually auctioned off for 20 gold and Tyrion fears he may be left behind or worse and demands to be bought alongside Jorah. Tyrion tells the man that purchased Jorah that they are a team and so must be purchased together. The man looks at Tyrion and inquires what he could possibly want with him. Tyrion tells the man he is also a great fighter and the man has a severe look of doubt so Tyrion quickly dispatches another slave and the man agrees to buy him as well.

Daenerys is in bed with Daario and they are discussing her upcoming marriage. Daario is obviously jealous and suggests she marry him instead. Daenerys tells him she cannot and he tells her that makes her the only person in Meereen who is not free. Daario makes one last request, that she g5gather all the Masters and High Masters of all the great houses and has them slaughtered. Daenerys is appalled by this and states she is their Queen, not a butcher. Daario suggests that “all rulers are either butchers, or meat.”

Lady Olenna goes to visit the High Sparrow on behalf of Margaery and Loras. Olenna offers everything she can think of from money to power to even withholding food from King’s Landing in exchange for the release of her two grandchildren, but the High Sparrow is not having any of it. He truly has no interest in anything she has and only wants to reclaim the city’s morality and rebuild from the reign of sinners. Olenna tells him that he is being used by Cersei, one of the worst of them all.

Cersei is with Tommen and tells him that starving himself will not help Margaery be released. Tommen isg6 very upset and tells Cersei that he loves Margaery and he would go to war with the septon to save her. Cersei suggests that she visit her, make sure she is alright, and see if she can talk to the High Sparrow on his behalf.

Meanwhile in Dorne, Myrcella goes to visit Jaime while he is being held in a rather nice room, and she does not understand why he is even there. Jaime explains that she is in danger and he came to get her and take her home. Myrcella tells him Dorne has been her home for years, and while she did not want to go at first and was told she had to because it was her duty, she now wants to be here. She loves Trystane and cannot wait to marry him. Myrcella makes a very good point that her mother and uncle don’t really know her anymore nor do they know what is best for her. She leaves Jaime with this sting.

In the prison cells, the Sand Snakes are in a cell across from Bronn and he is singing the day away. Tyene claps when he finishes his g4song and she and Bronn banter about beautiful women. She entices him into admitting she is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen by removing pretty much all her clothes. As he is still reluctant to admit it, she asks him how his head is. He gets woozy and she explains her dagger was poisoned when she cut him as they fought and he will soon die. The only antidote is in her necklace and she will only give it to Bronn if he admits she is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. Bronn does, of course, and she tosses the antidote to him.

Lady Olenna meets secretly with Littlefinger in one of his torn apart brothels. She is still lividly upset and he tells her he was summoned back to King’s Landing by Cersei for information he could not keep from her. Olenna tells Littlefinger that should anything happen to her or her House she would have no problem spilling the beans about their joint involvement in killing Joffrey. Littlefinger tells Olenna what he told Cersei and offers up even more information that he did not give to Cersei. He has a plan, as usual.

Jorah and Tyrion are in the waiting area of the lower pits. They and the other slaves will be dueling todayg7 to win a chance to compete in the main fighting pits. The fighters are taken out leaving Jorah and Tyrion to wait their turn. As they are, Daenerys and her soon-to-be-husband arrive. Hizdahr explains that it is tradition for the Queen to visit each of the lower pits to show her support. The men chant that they fight and die for her honor and Jorah hears this from where he and Tyrion are waiting. Jorah goes to the other end and can see Daenerys watching the fighting and as the men fight and ultimately kill each other she becomes more and more distressed. Jorah can see he must make a move now and so grabs a helmet and runs outside. He quickly takes down the other fighters just as Daenerys was about to leave. Once he is the last one standing, he removes his helmet. Daenerys is pissed at the sight of him and orders him removed. Jorah pleads with her, telling her he has brought a gift. Just then Tyrion walks out and proclaims he is her gift, Tyrion Lannister.

g8Cersei kinda does what she told Tommen she would and goes to visit Margaery. She bring Margaery some food and pretends to sympathize with the terrible conditions of the cell Margaery is being held in. Margaery is not stupid though and screams at Cersei to leave her, throwing the food across the room. When Cersei leaves, she is taken to see the High Sparrow. Cersei first confirms that the Tyrells would be destroyed by the upcoming trial and can barely contain her pleasure with what she has accomplished. The High Sparrow then talks with her about removing the gilded gold and decoration from the city and its individuals to see what is underneath. At the end of their chat, the High Sparrow makes mention of a man that came to them who needed to be stripped of many things. He was stripped of his pride, his name, his sins, and he had much to say about Cersei. In walks Lancel Lannister and, after trying in vain to leave, Cersei is taken into custody, tossed into her very own filthy prison cell, her crimes to be named later.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep. 46, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

g2Arya has spent weeks now diligently cleaning the bodies of the dead and when one is taken away and the door left open, she thinks it is her chance to see what they do with the bodies. Arya makes her way to the door but when she is about to open it, the waif pushes it closed and locks it. Arya is pissed and demands to know what happens to the bodies but the waif tells her she is not ready. Arya asks when she can play the game and is told she has already failed several times. The girl asks Arya who she is and when Arya replies, “No one,” the waif just smirks. Arya then asks the waif who she is and she begins to tell Arya a story. The waif says she was from a noble house and, after her mother died, her new stepmother birthed a girl and didn’t want anyone standing in the way of her daughter inheriting everything, so her stepmother tried to have the waif poisoned. The waif found out and sought help from the Faceless Men and her father was widowed once more. Arya, who appeared to enjoy the girl’s tale of revenge, similar as it was to her own, is confused when the waif asks Arya if the story was the truth or a lie.

That night, Arya awakes to Jaqen H’ghar asking her who she is. She tells him she is Arya and then begins to tell the story of who she is. Each time she lies, he hits her with a whip. She continues the story and is whipped again on her next lie. Arya tells how she left the Hound to die in the mountains because she hates him and wanted him to suffer, and Jaqen whips her. Arya screams that it is not a lie and she does hate the Hound and is whipped again. Jaqen tells her she cannot be no one if she lies even to herself. Arya fumes, saying she does not want to play the game anymore, but Jaqen tells her they are always playing.

Jorah and Tyrion continue to bicker when Jorah finally asks Tyrion why he is in Volantis. Tyrion eg2xplains that he had to flee since he killed his father, Tywin. Tyrion tells Jorah at least he had a good father, having met him when he was up at the Wall. Tyrion recites what the Night’s Watch said about Jeor Mormont when he died and only then realizes Jorah didn’t know his father had died. Jorah asks how it happened and Tyrion reluctantly tells him Jeor’s own brothers rose up in mutiny against him when he was on a mission north of the Wall, which Jorah accepts without comment.

Arya is back to work scrubbing floors when a man brings a young girl in and sets her down. He claims to Arya that he has taken the girl to every healer in Braavos and just wants her suffering to end. Seeming to decide to handle this one on her own instead of fetching someone, Arya goes to the girl and begins to tell her a story. Arya tells the girl she was sick like her and her father brought her here to pray to the Many-Faced God, and that by drinking the water, she was healed. Arya then fills a cup with water from the fountain and gives it to the girl to drink. Next we see Arya, preparing the girl’s body as she has done with all the other bodies. Jaqen appears and takes Arya down a passageway to a room filled with pillars covered in faces. Jaqen asks if the girl is ready to give up her ears, nose and tongue, her hopes and dreams, all that make up a girl. Then he answers for her, saying no, the girl is not ready to become no one, but she is ready to become someone else.

Tyrion and Jorah talk politics and Jorah explains why he is no longer a cynic after having seen Daenerys walk into fire with three stone eggs and emerge unharmed with baby dragons. As they walk, Jorah sees a slaver’s ship and they duck behind some  rocks. Not fast enough, though, as the slavers come up behind them and take them captive. Tyrion uses his quick wit and gift of gab to convince their captors not to cut off his magical dwarf penis just yet and to keep Jorah alive to fight in the pits in Meereen.

Littlefinger arrives in King’s Landing and is met by the Sparrows. Mouthpiece Brother Lancel explains they have cleansed the city and are not going to let him pass when Littlefinger tells them he is here on orders from the Queen Mother. They let him pass but warn that they will not allow him to get up to his old tricks.

When he makes it to her chambers, Littlefinger questions Cersei’s decision to imprison Loras and Cersei says Loras should have been more careful about who he got into bed with. Littlefinger takes the obvious jab at Cersei about unwise bedding choices and Cersei changes the subject, asking Littlefinger if the Vale will come to the aid of the crown. Littlefinger tells her Robyn always heeds his advice and he always advises on the side of the crown. He tells Cersei he was disappointed he could not locate Arya for her as she had asked of him, and reveals that he has located Sansa who has returned home to Winterfell. Cersei is delighted with this information and asks what it is Littlefinger wants in return. Littlefinger advises to let Stannis Baratheon and the Boltons battle for control of the North, and then to take the armies from the Vale that he is offering up to take out whomever won. In return, he wants to be named Warden of the North. Cersei agrees, but warns that she will only believe his loyalty when he brings her Sansa’s head on a spike.

g3Trystane puts a flower in Myrcella’s hair and tells her that he’s going to ask for them to be married tomorrow. She questions his motives, but Trystane silences her with a kiss. Myrcella says they can’t yet, but he says they’re betrothed and so it’s okay for them to walk the gardens together. Doran remarks to Areo Hotah that the two make a good, but dangerous, couple and tells Areo that he hopes he remembers how to use his ax as they may need it soon.

Bronn sings as he and Jaime travel through Dorne, having donned the clothing from the guards they killed last episode. They come upon a party traveling to the Water Gardens and blend in with them. Ellaria meets with the Sand Snakes and tells them it is time to take Myrcella. Jaime and Bronn enter the Gardens and Myrcella recognizes her uncle and asks what he is doing here. He tells her they must speak privately and Trystane notices the blood stained on their clothing. Bronn warns Trystane not to do anything stupid, but he does and attempts to pull his sword, prompting Bronn to knock him over the head. As they are about to flee, the Sand Snakes descend upon them and one begins to take Myrcella off as the others fight Jaime, Bronn and Trystane. Areo arrives after a show of skill all around and surrounds everyone. He has his guards take all of them into custody. Likewise, guards descend on Ellaria and take her into custody.

Olena arrives in King’s Landing and tells Margaery they won’t be able to keep Loras g1imprisoned if she has anything to do with it. Olena meets with Cersei and demands she release Loras, but Cersei tells her it is not she who has imprisoned him but those of the faith, and that it will not be a trial, but a holy inquisition. A little too coolly, Cersei assures Olena that once the inquest is done, Loras will be freed.

The High Sparrow leads the inquest and questions Loras about his previous relations with Renly. Loras claims to only have been Renly’s friend, saying Renly was his king. Loras states he was wrong to have followed Renly and Joffrey already forgave him. The High Sparrow dismisses Loras who returns to his seat, only to call on Margaery for testimony. She is appalled at g4being called as she is the Queen, but the High Sparrow states not even the crown is protected against a holy inquest. She takes her seat and he asks her to swear before the gods regarding any knowledge of Loras being with another man. Margaery tells the High Sparrow that she has no such knowledge and the rumors are lies so he dismisses her. That is when the High Sparrow calls in Loras’ squire, Olyvar. Olyvar tells everyone he did, in fact, have relations with Loras, adding that Margaery even walked in on them once. Cersei feigns outrage and questions why they should believe a squire over their own queen. Olyvar tells the High Sparrow that Loras has a birthmark high on on his thigh. The High Sparrow then has Loras and Margaery officially arrested.

There is a knock at Sansa’s door and it’s Miranda. Miranda tells Sansa she was sent by Ramsay to draw her bath. As Miranda washes Sansa’s hair, she begins to tell her about Ramsay and his boredom with the other girls he has been with, culminating with how Ramsay allowed her to come along on one of “the hunts.” Miranda asks Sansa if she ever saw a person after they were torn apart by hounds. Sansa, not idly accepting the taunts, asks Miranda how long she has loved Ramsay. In her shock Miranda says nothing, and Sansa tells her Winterfell is her home and Miranda does not frighten her. Miranda asks Sansa if she is done with her bath and Sansa tells Miranda she can finish on her own.

Sansa is dressed in white for her wedding when Reek finds her in her room. He asks if she will take his arm so he can escortg5 her and Sansa tells him she would never. Reek is upset and tells Sansa that Ramsay will punish him if she doesn’t, but Sansa tells him she doesn’t care. Sansa is escorted to the godswood where her wedding ceremony is to take place. Miranda watches tearfully as Reek chokes out that he is Theon Greyjoy, former ward to Eddard Stark, there to give Sansa Stark away. Ramsay looks pleased as Sansa winces out the words that she will be his bride. Ramsay and Sansa go to the bedroom afterward, escorted again by Reek. Ramsay tells Sansa he heard she was a virgin and she tells him that yes, she is. Ramsay tells her he would hate to find out she is lying to him on their wedding night then commands her to strip. Reek turns to leave but Ramsay orders him to stay and watch. Ramsay turns to Sansa again, saying he does not want to have to tell her to strip twice, so Sansa turns around and tearfully begins to undress. Ramsay tears open the back of Sansa’s dress and pushes her face into the bed as he takes her and Reek watches, also crying.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep 45, “Kill the Boy”

g4Missandei is at Grey Worm’s bedside as he recovers from his serious injuries from last week’s battle in the alley. Ser Barristan, however, didn’t make it and is laid out in the throne room. Daenerys is angry about how he died and Daario suggests they pull back their troops to the pyramid district and then attack outwardly. Daenerys is so incredibly mad she hastily decides to round up the heads of all the great houses of Meereen, including frequent attempted advisor, Hizdahr zo Loraq. She has them taken down to her dragons’ lair and they are inched closer and closer to them as she taunts them, saying her dragons will eat them. One of the men is thrown to the floor in front of the others and Rhaegal emerges from the dark and roasts him. Viserion joins in and they rip him in two to eat him. She then threatens to feed another of the heads of the houses to the dragons tomorrow because she “doesn’t want to overfeed them” and the men are removed from the lair.

Sam and Maester Aemon talk of Daenarys when Jon Snow comes in and asks to speak with the Maester alone. He needs advice and worries what he must do will divide the Night’s Watch, causing half the men to hate him. Maester Aemon tells him to do it anyway g6without even knowing what it is since half of the Night’s watch already hates Jon. Aemon tells Jon it is time to kill the boy within and let the man take over. So Jon meets with Tormund and questions him, asking where the rest of the wildlings are and who they follow. Tormund knows, so Jon requests that Tormund go north of the Wall and bring them through the gates where Jon promises to find them land if, in return, they help him and his brother’s fight the upcoming battle. Tormund tells Jon he will not do this for him, and Jon calls him a coward. Tormund spits back that it’s easy to call a man a coward who is in chains, so Jon releases him, calling Tormund’s bluff. Jon tells him the white walkers are coming and will hit Tormund’s people first and he needs to convince them to come down. Tormund agrees so long as Jon goes with him to Hardhome, a seaside settlement just north of the Wall to prove to his people it is not a trap. Jon announces his plans to the rest of the Night’s Watch and none are happy with it. Even Ollie is upset as the wildlings killed his whole family and burned his village. None of the Night’s Watch trust the wildlings due to the historic raids and fighting between them.

Podrick and Brienne have caught up to Sansa in Winterfell. Podrick suggests that maybe Sansa is better off here in her home, but Brienne reminds him the Boltons murdered Sansa’s mother and brother. Brienne tells one of the old inn workers that she knows who is up in the castle and she swore to Lady Caitlin that she would look after her daughters. The old man is surprised she knows of Sansa being there but agrees to deliver a message to her.

Miranda is upset that Ramsay is going to be marrying Sansa and pouts about it in her jealousy. Ramsay tells her “jealousy is boring” and reminds her what happens to people who bore him. Miranda bites his lip, drawing blood to prove she is not boring and they continue their sexual encounter.

Sansa is visited by an old woman to fill her wash basin who tells Sansa that she still has friends in the North. Should she find herself in trouble, she needs to light a candle and place it in the highest window of the broken tower. Sansa visits the broken tower, the same one Bran was pushed from, when Miranda comes upon her. She makes small talk about Sansa’s dress and its lovely stitching. Miranda asks who taught her to sew and Sansa tells her it was her mother. Miranda tells her it is a lovely gift that Sansa can remember her mother every time she wears something she has sewn and Sansa says indignantly that she would rather have her mother. Miranda says there is another way for her to remember her mother and takes her to an iron gate. It is the kennels and Miranda tells Sansa there’s a surprise for her at the end of the row. Sansa proceeds past the kennels, the hounds barking and snapping at her the whole way, to find Reek in the last kennel. She calls him Theon and he recoils from the name, saying she shouldn’t be there. Sansa turns and leaves, furious and disgusted by this sight.

Ramsay forces Reek to tell him that Lady Sansa saw him so Reek explains that she came to the kennels after Ramsay asks if there is something Reek was keeping from him. Ramsay makes Reek get on his knees and tells him he must not keep secrets from him. Ramsay takes Reeks hand and, instead of flaying his hand further as he usually would, places his own hand on top, telling Reek that he forgives him.

g3The Boltons and Sansa have dinner together and Ramsay makes a toast to their upcoming wedding and Sansa doesn’t drink to it. Ramsay calls for more wine and Reek emerges to bring it. Ramsay tells Sansa that he had heard they had met and asks Sansa if she is still upset with Reek for what he’s done. Ramsay explains that Reek has been punished for it and is no longer Ironborn and no longer Theon Greyjoy; Theon’s new name is Reek and Reek is very sorry. Ramsay makes Reek apologize to Sansa for murdering her two brothers and look her in the eye when he does it. Sansa has a stray tear fall down her cheek as Reek turns to leave, but not before Ramsay stops him. Unable to resist humiliating everyone in his life, Ramsay boldly states that since Reek is the nearest kin to Sansa, he will be charged with giving away the bride at the wedding. Roose announces he and his wife Walda have some exciting news as well and Walda tells them she is pregnant. Roose states that, according to the maester, from the way Walda is carrying, the baby is a boy. This greatly upsets Ramsay as his position is now threatened if it is a boy.

Ramsay confronts Roose after dinner about it all and Roose brings up that Ramsay has never asked him about his mother. Roose tells Ramsay that his mother was a peasant girl who had married without consent so he had her husband hanged and then raped her under the tree as her dead husband swing above them. A year later, she brought baby Ramsay to him and Roose nearly had her and the baby killed as well until he saw him, and he knew it was his son. Roose tells Ramsay that Stannis has an army up at the Wall and if he helps him march against Stannis, it will secure his position regardless of the new baby.

Gilly questions Sam about books and he reveals he wanted to be a maester when he was a boy. g2Stannis comes in and sends Gilly off as she laments her lack of knowledge about much of the world. Stannis asks Sam how he killed the white walker and Sam tells him it was with dragon glass. He says Melisandre told him that “death marches on the wall” and wants Sam to keep researching why dragon glass killed the white walker. Stannis tells Davos that it is time to go. Davos suggests they wait until Jon goes and returns with the wildlings to strengthen their army, but Stannis says that there is no time to wait, they must go now. Stannis packs everyone up as Jon also prepares for his journey to collect the wildlings. Jon wishes Stannis a safe journey before catching the annoyed look from Melisandre who is apparently still a little miffed at her rejection from last week.

g5Grey Worm wakes and Missandei is there still with him. He asks about Ser Barristan and Missandei shakes her head. Grey Worm feels he has failed Ser Barristan and feels ashamed. She tells him that he shouldn’t feel that way he had done his best. He reveals his shame is not because he was wounded in battle and lost, but because when he was sure he was going to die he was afraid he would never see her again. She embraces him as he finally returns her feelings.

Daenerys tells Missandei that Ser Barristan counseled mercy until he died and Daario counseled war and oppression. Daenerys asks what Missandei thinks she should do and Missandei tells her she has seen her listen to her counselors, but has also seen her ignore her counselors. Sometimes there is a choice only Daenerys can see. With this advice, Daenerys goes down and tells Hizdahr zo Loraq that she was wrong and he was right about tradition bringing the city together, so she will reopen the fighting pits, but to free men only. Daenerys tells Loraq that in order to form a tighter bond with the people of Meereen, she will marry the leader of one of its great houses – him.

Tyrion wakes and tells Jorah that he apologizes for all he said before, his mouth often runs away from him. He g1suggests that they will be spending a long time together on the way to Meereen and that some wine could help pass the time. After Jorah makes it clear that there will be no wine, Tyrion notices they are going to travel through Valyria.They drift through the ruins from the Doom of Valyria and Tyrion begins to recite a poem about Valyria that Jorah finishes. Tyrion suggests he would clap, but his hands are still tied together. Just then they both stare in awe as they see Drogon sail high above their heads into the city. He has found his mother’s home on animal instinct alone. It is not often that Tyrion is left speechless, but this is one of those times. Because they are both so focused on watching Drogon, neither notices one of the stone men slip from the rocks and into the river. Tyrion and Jorah quickly turn towards the noise but it is too late. Soon, other stone men begin attacking the small vessel and Jorah yells to Tyrion to not let them touch him. They fight them off but the stone men keep coming endlessly, and Tyrion ends up backed to the tip of the small boat by one of them before he falls into the river. Under water, he struggles to free his hands, but one of the stone men come from below and begins to drag him down into the depths. Everything goes black for an uncomfortably long amount of time before we see Jorah waking Tyrion up on a beach. Jorah asks if Tyrion had been touched, which he hasn’t, and Tyrion asks the same of Jorah, who also says “no.” But as Jorah walks away from Tyrion for a moment, he pulls up his left sleeve revealing a small but growing patch of greyscale…

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep. 44, “Sons of the Harpy”

This week opens with Jorah knocking out a fisherman in order to take his boat. He needs transportation to take Tyrion to the Queen and this little boat will do well. He makes sure to leave some coin for the fisherman because he is Jorah, after all.

Jamie and Bronn head towards Dorn when Bronn questions Jamie’s motives. He asks why he is doing this himself rather than sending an army, or at least someone in his place seeing as how he only has one hand and easily one of the most recognizable faces in all of Westeros. Jamie claims he has to be the one to do it.

Cersei, meanwhile, is gettig6ng all her pawns into place for the version of the Game of Thrones. First is Mace Tyrell, who she sends to Braavos to negotiate with the Iron Bank and eagerly sends Meryn Trant to be his escort. Trant is ruthless and has never had a problem carrying out some terrible dirty task for the crown. Mace is oblivious, of course, and agrees to go. Next up is to form her own army of loyal followers and that is accomplished by assigning the High Sparrow to be the next High Septon. In her meeting with him, she convinces him they need to go back to the times when the Faith Militant passed judgment over the people. The Sparrows quickly take to their new duties and begin trashing the brothels, killing those that stand in their way, and taking Sir Loras into custody for his sins. Lancel is a fully initiated Sparrow with his new faith symbol carved into his head, and is the one to take Loras into custody.

Queen Margaery is lividly upset that her brother was taken to jail and demands an oblivious Tommen free him. Tommen goes to speak with Cersei about it, but she easily dissuades him, saying she has had nothing to do with it and that he needs to speak with the high Sparrow. Tommen goes to see the High Sparrow, but his path is blocked by the Sparrows because they will not allow the High Sparrow to be disturbed while he prays. There is a standoff between the Sparrows and the King’s Guard, but Tommen backs down when the surrounding crowd begin shouting “bastard” and “abomination” at him. He meekly reports back to Margaery that he was unable to free Loras, so Margaery informs him she must go visit with her grandmother.

g4At the Wall, Jon must sign papers to accept men from Roose Bolton and he is very reluctant to work with those that killed his brother. Sam informs him it is his only option to regain their numbers. After Sam leaves, Melisandre enters to request he ride with them to Winterfell. When he declines stating the Wall is his home now, she makes it clear she wants a lot more from him than just that. He not-as-quickly turns her down on that offer, as well.

Elsewhere at the Wall, Stannis is visited by Shireen who says she is glad they brought her with them, even though her mother didn’t want to. She asks if he is ashamed of her, and he tells her the tale of her early life. When she was a baby, he bought a wooden doll off a merchant and she was so happy when he gave her the doll, she held it against her cheek. It was the source of her Greyscale infection and when everyone said to send her away to die he refused, and brought in every healer, maester, and apothecary he could find until someone managed to stop the infection. He affirms that she is the Princess Shireen, and his daughter.

Sansa is in the tombs of Winterfell, lighting the memorial candles for Lyanna Stark’s likeness when Littlefinger finds her. g3He tells the story of when he first met Lyanna and the tournament in which Rhaegar Tagaryen beat Barristan Selmy and rode past his wife to lay a bouquet of flowers in Lyanna’s lap. He notes that this act of choosing her, the woman who belonged to Robert Baratheon led to such a large rebellion, and appears to want to say more, but stops. Sansa notices he is dressed for riding, and he tells her he must report to King’s Landing as Cersei has called for him. She doesn’t like the idea of being left with the Boltons, but he assures her Stannis will be riding against them soon and when he does he will defeat the Boltons and she will become the Wardeness of the North. Should Stannis fail, she will marry Ramsey and since he is already in love with her she will still be able to outmaneuver him and the North will be hers either way.

g2Jamie and Bronn reach the shores of Dorne and, after camping out for the night, Jamie awakes to find Bronn standing over him with his sword. He throws it next to Jamie’s head and kills a sand snake that was about to bite him. They head out but are immediately met by four Dornish soldiers on the approach. Jamie and Bronn attempt to hide but fail miserably and fail even harder at their cover story. They have no other choice but to fight and win, but just barely. If Jamie hadn’t discovered a new use for his gold hand in battle, he’d be dead meat.

Elsewhere in Dorne, Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes meet up and she tells them her plan to hurt Cersei by hurting Myrcella. Myrcella is to be used to start a war if Ellaria has any say in it. Obara then reveals a man, buried to his neck in sand with scorpions crawling over him, who they tortured information out of. He admitted to smuggling Jamie Lannister into Dorne and it is clear the Sand Snakes must act quickly to get to Myrcella before Jamie does.

Jorah is well on his way when Tyrion notices they are g5headed the wrong direction. He mentions to Jorah that they are headed East, rather than West, which is where Cersei, the Queen, is. Jorah informs him he is not heading to Westeros but to take him to the true Queen, Daenerys. Tyrion laughs and tells him he wasted a good abduction as he was already headed to see her. He also figures out who Jorah is and why he is no longer with Daenerys, and with that Jorah goes over and hits Tyrion, knocking him out.

Barristan Selmy tells Daenerys about her older brother’s love of song and how he would sing to the people in the streets. It is qg1uite a lovely story but when business calls and she must leave to hear the pleas of her people. She send Selmy out to the streets to sing for her and she hears Hizdahr zo Loraq once again beg for the return of the fighting pits as it is their tradition. Outside, the Sons of the Harpy set in motion an annihilation of her Unsullied army as they are tricked into an ambush. Grey Worm fights hard and takes out several Sons but is stabbed in the side in the process. He is outnumbered when Selmy happens upon them and helps dispatch the Sons. He is nearly killed by one when Grey Worm manages to save him from having his throat cut, but he takes a spear to the chest instead. The episode ends in bloodshed as Selmy and Grey Worm lie on the ground wounded or possibly dead amongst the dead Sons of the Harpy.

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NerdyBound: Game of Thrones

I don’t have to convince anyone that Game of Thrones is one of the best shows out there. This season started off slow for me, but I don’t mind that at all. There has been some important character development that I was excited to see. Also, for everyone who caught last week’s episode, how proud are you of our boy Jon Snow?! I can’t wait for tonight’s episode and I can’t wait to see the fashion that’s featured! Game of Thrones has the most beautiful costume designs and every time I watch the show I see such gorgeous clothing, each piece more intricate than the last. One of my missions in life is to commission every piece and dress every day like I’m about to sit on the Iron Throne. Until then, we have the brilliance that is everyday cosplay. This week, I’m featuring my favorite style influences from the show and I decided to do a special “Game of Thrones Fan” NerdyBound since there’s so many awesome retailers out there offering cute fashion themed around Game of Thrones. So, enjoy being a nerd, enjoy the show tonight and dress like the Khaleesi I know you are.

 

 

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep. 43, “High Sparrow”

Arya is now in the House of Black and White and she is being made to sweep the floors amongst the statues of gods from many faiths. She confronts Jaqen H’ghar and tells him she did not come to sweep floors, she wants to train, but he dismisses her saying that all men must serve. She must serve the Many-Faced God, but she does not see him anywhere among the statues. She watches a man who appears to be dead being taken away, but no one will tell her where they are taking him.

Cersei is traveling to the wedding of Margaery and Tommen and all the people are shouting “Queen g6Margaery,” which thrills Cersei, I’m sure. Margaery and Tommen marry and are very quick to consummate the marriage, which is something Tommen takes great pleasure in. Tommen admits that he doesn’t feel any guilt that he is married to Margaery and is now the King all because his brother died. Margaery beings to manipulate young Tommen about Cersei and how motherly she is and protective over him. The next day, Tommen is walking with his mother and with Margaery’s words swiming in his head asks Cersei if she would be happier going back to Casterly Rock. Cersei pays a visit to Margaery and a lot of pleasantries are exchanged but all have an underlying bite and tease to them (at Cersei’s expense).

At Winterfell, Reek appears sad to see a flayed couple being hoisted up and put on display. The Boltons discuss their inability to hold the north against the other houses now that Tywin is dead and their pact dissolved. Roose Bolton tells Ramsay that the best way to create strength among houses is marriage, not always flaying, and he has just the girl in mind.

Sansa and Littlefinger are traveling and when Sansa recognizes the area and asks Littlefinger where he is taking g2her. He’s taking her home to Winterfell and tells her that the marriage proposal was not for himself, it was for her. Sansa, of course, protests citing all the damage the Boltons have done to her family, specifically to her brother and mother, and their alliance with the Lannisters. Littlefinger says he would never make her do anything, but nonetheless tries to convince her that the marriage would be to her benefit and allow her to avenge her family. It works and she gets back on her horse and rides once again towards Winterfell.

Podrick and Brienne are still following Littlefinger and Sansa, but must take another route. Podrick says they will lose sight of Sansa and Littlefinger, but Brienne knows where they are heading. Podrick tells the tale of how he became a squire for Tyrion and says that he is proud to be Brienne’s squire. She feels a pang of regret for snapping at him all he time, and so decides to teach him how to be a knight. Brienne shares her story of how she began serving Renly Baratheon on his King’s Guard. She tells Pod that she knows it was Stannis who killed Renly and has vowed to avenge him.

At The Wall, Jon visits with Stannis and once again turns down becoming Jon Stark and commander of the Night’s Watch. Stannis calls him stubborn and honorable like Ned, and doesn’t mean it as praise. Stannis says honor got Ned killed. Jon asks Stannis how long he plans on staying and he tells him he will be marching on Winterfell in a couple days.

g3Arya is confronted by a girl at the House of Black and White who asks who she is with a coin she didn’t earn and whose value she doesn’t respect. Jaqen H’ghar interrupts just before Arya can pull her sword on the girl and he tells her she is not ready because she is still surrounded by Arya Stark’s things. Arya takes all her clothes, money, and things, wraps them up and dumps them in the sea. She is left with only Needle and cries because she cannot bear to toss it into the drink with the rest of her treasures, so she hides it underneath a pile of rocks nearby. She is inside sweeping again when Jaqen H’ghar leads her into a room and down a staircase she had previously been unallowed to visit. At the bottom the girl from before is inside a room with a dead man who is lying on a table. Arya begins helping the girl take off the man’s top and wash him. The girl will not answer any of her questions, and so they clean him in silence.

Littlefinger and Sansa arrive at Winterfell where the Boltons stand to greet her. She plays her part, bowing politely. It is odd for her to be home again, but her helper maid welcomes her, stating the North remembers.

At the Wall, Jon appoints someone the captain of building a new latrine pit and Sir Alliser is appointed First g4Ranger. Not everyone is pleased with the duties they are given, though; Lord Janos does not want to rebuild some ruins. He tells Jon he will not do as he says, so, after giving him a chance to reconsider obedience, Jon swiftly puts him in his place and has Janos taken outside where Jon beheads him while Stannis looks on. Jon is not playing around in his new position.

In Littlefinger’s brothel in King’s Landing, the Sparrows break in and drag a the High Septon out into the street to be punished. They whip him naked down the streets hissing “sinner” at him and then beat him some. When his ordeal is over he appeals to the King’s council about how he was treated by the g5Sparrows. He claims he was ministering to the prostitutes and demands they execute the High Sparrow. Cersei goes to find the High Sparrow and comes across him doling out soup to the hungry. He defends the Sparrows’ actions against the High Septom and Cersei agrees, telling him that he is now in the dungeons of the Red Keep. Cersei has Qyburn send a message sent to Littlefinger and we see he has a person under a cloth who gives an awful shudder, presumably a result of Qyburn’s “work.”

Ramsay tells Littlefinger he is thankful for the match and would never hurt Sansa before he is dismissed by his father. Roose and Littlefinger talk of the repercussions of bringing Sansa to Winterfell and he questions his allegiance to the Lannisters, especially since he just received a raven from Cersei for Littlefinger.

Tyrion and Varys are still traveling in their box and Tyrion is going stir crazy. Against advice, Tyrion stops the caravan needing to get out and see a face that doesn’t belong to Varys. Varys accompanies him and they listen to a priestess speak of the Savior, born of flames. She spots Tyrion and, feeling like he is too exposed, they head off to find a brothel. Once inside, they spot a prostitute dressed as “the Mother of Dragons” (haha). Also in the brothel is Sir Jorah. Tyrion goes to find some “company,” but when she stands to take him back with her, he admits he cannot accompany her. Has Tyrion grown up or is he feeling guilty about murdering the last prostitute he got close to? Jorah comes up behind Tyrion while he is peeing and wraps a rope around his neck, places a gag in his mouth and tells him that he is taking him to the Queen.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Ep. 42, “The House of Black and White”

g1 This week we find Arya on her way to Braavos after having used the coin  Jaqen H’ghar gave her after trying to convince her to join the Faceless Men. She is brought to The House of Black and White and told what she seeks lies within. She is left alone and after knocking several times the door is answered. She makes several attempts to gain access inside, using the coin and the “Valar Morgulis” phrase to no avail. She is turned away by the priest. She waits there, on the steps repeating her kill list through the night, despite it being stormy, and into the next day. She finally gives up and tosses the coin into the sea and leaves.

Brienne and Podrick arrive at a tavern where Sansa and Littlefingerg6 happen to also be resting. Podrick notices Sansa first and alerts Brienne who tells him to ready the horses. This is difficult as they only have one horse, so Brienne tells him to find more. Brienne introduces herself and offers her allegiance to Sansa, stating she promised her mother before he died. Littlefinger questions her loyalty and ability to keep anyone safe as everyone she has been sworn to protect has died, and Sansa is also suspicious of her having seen her kneel to Joffrey at his wedding. At this, Brienne pushes past Littlefinger’s knights and steals a horse as Podrick is readying the other. The knights give chase and Podrick and Brienne are separated but Brienne quickly loses the men following her and heads back to find Podrick. It is then that she spots Sansa and Littlefinger with the rest of his men heading east on horseback. Podrick’s horse dumps him in a river and Brienne shows up just in time to save him from one of his pursuers. She declares they will follow Sansa and Podrick suggests Brienne is technically released from her vow since both Stark girls have now rejected her. She does not believe Sansa is safe with Littlefinger and so cannot just give up.

g4Back in King’s Landing, Cersei is upset over a package she’s received: a necklace belonging to Myrcella in the mouth of a snake poised to spring. She sees the package as a threat from Dorne thinks Myrcella is not safe. She and Jaime argue over his lack of involvement with their children’s lives, but Jaime assures her he will go to Dorne and get Myrcella back.

In Dorne, Ellaria Sand watches Myrcella and Trystane Martell flirting, then storms off to find Prince Doran, brother to the late
Elia and Oberyn and father to Trystane, to seek vengeance for her husband Oberyn by sending Myrcella piece by piece to Cersei. Prince Doran is disgusted and refuses, saying that dismembering young girls for vengeance will never happen while he rules. Ellaria leaves, but warns Doran that he might not keep ruling for long.

Sir Bronn and Lollys are on the beach at Castle Stokeworth and she is chatting on about their g2wedding while Bronn happily ignores much of what she is saying. They soon notice Jaime Lannister waiting for them further up the beach. Once there, Bronn dismisses Lollys and Jaime asks him to accompany him to Dorne to get Myrcella and in return he will get him a much better wife and castle.

Over in Meereen, Daario Naharis and Grey Worm investigate a suspected Sons of the Harpy hideout but find it empty. Daario asks Grey Worm if he is afraid, and Grey Worm replies that Unsullied do not fear. Daario points out that that is their problem as those who have forgotten fear have forgotten how to hide. He pulls his knife out and stabs a wall, making it crumble and revealing a man hiding behind it. The Unsullied take him captive, and Grey Worm discovers blades and gold masks at in the hiding place, revealing the man to be a Son of the Harpy. Daenerys’ small council gathers to discuss the captive. A former slave wants to execute him, while Ser Barristan advises restraint, as he may have valuable information, but Daario says he has already been interrogated. Ser Barristan suggests to give the captive a fair trial, but the former slave says that the people of Meereen do not know mercy and a fair trial will mean nothing to them. After Daenerys dismisses them, Ser Barristan tells her the truth about the Mad King Aerys, and uses this to remind Daenerys that till the very end, Aerys was convinced that he was right and just in spite of the atrocities he committed. Daenerys decides to hold a fair trial for the Son of the Harpy.

Tyrion is drinking his way to Volantis with Varys and learns there is a bounty on his head of an entire kingdom, placed there by Cersei.

In King’s Landing, the head of a dwarf is brought to Cersei and she states it is “not him.” It appears she is willing to have every dwarf in the world killed to find Tyrion. Qyburn is quick to ask for the head, saying that it might be useful to his work. Cersei attends the small council, taking up the Hand’s chair that her father used to occupy. When her uncle Kevan Lannister challenges her right to the chair she replies that she is advising her son until he comes of age. Mace Tyrell offers to be the King’s Hand, but Cersei cuts him off by telling him that the King has appointed him Master of Coin instead. Grand Maester Pycelle offers as well, but Cersei snubs him by saying that Qyburn has been named Master of Whisperers and will prove better than any eunuch. She cuts off Pycelle’s protests by addressing Kevan, saying that the King has named him Master of War. Her uncle refuses her and states that he would like to hear it from the King himself. He gets quite angry about not being addressed by the King and says that if the King needed him, he could find him at Casterly Rock.

At The Wall, Princess Shireen teaches Gilly how to read in the library while Sam researches on the history of Lord Commanders. Shireen and Gilly open up to each other and talk about Shireen’s greyscale and Gilly’s sisters, a few of whom were also afflicted by it. Queen Selyse interrupts them and orders them to leave, before warning Shireen to stay away from Gilly as she’s a wildling, and that the wildlings could strike at Stannis by striking at Shireen.

g7Jon Snow and Stannis discuss the wildlings and who they would be likely to follow now that Mance is dead. Stannis shows Jon a reply to his request for allegiance from Lyanna Mormont, the 10-year-old Lady of Bear Island. The message reads: “Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is Stark.” Jon smirks and remarks that the people of the North are largely loyal to their own and are like the Wildlings in this way. They then discuss the upcoming election for Lord Commander, and Stannis offers to anoint Jon as a Stark if he supports his cause, making Jon the Lord of Winterfell. Sam and Jon discuss this offer, and Sam says that Jon deserves this but Jon says that he’ll refuse, as he needs to keep his vows. The election begins and Alliser Thorne and Denys Mallister are nominated. Sam then hesitantly nominates Jon Snow, even though he is being made fun of. He points out the Jon is the one that has saved each of them time and again and notes that Mormont specifically chose Jon to be his steward. After Aemon stacks the voting tokens, it seems that there is a tie between Alliser and Jon, until Aemon produces a token for Jon from his sleeve, breaking the tie and confirming Jon Snow as the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

Arya is on the streets of Braavos when she is accosted by by three young men who wish to take her sword. They flee after seeing the priest from the House of Black and White behind her. The priest takes her back to the House and tosses her the coin she had tossed into the ocean. She asks who he is and he transforms into Jaqen H’ghar, but tells her no man is Jaqen H’ghar, that this man is no one, which is what this girl, Arya, must become. They both enter the House.

The former slave in Meereen finds the captive Son of the Harpy, who calls him a traitor and says that Daenerys will never be his Mhysa. Next we see the same Son of the Harpy, bloodied and dead on display for everyone in Meereen to see, and then the former slave in chains in front of Daenerys. He tells her that he killed him for her, and that she is no longer required to have a fair trial for the Harpies since he shouldered the burden for her. She orders her guards to take him out to be executed. On one side of the g5execution stage stand the former masters, and on the other stand the freed slaves. The slaves cry for mercy for the man, but Daenerys stands firm and Daario executes him by chopping off his head. The former slaves hiss at Daenerys, and one picks up a stone to throw at her, but misses and hits the former masters. This causes a brawl to break out between the two groups and Daenerys is hurried back to her palace protected by her guards. Back in her quarters that night, she is told someone will be standing guard for her and she then dismisses everyone from her room. She then hears a noise from outside and walks out to her balcony to find the wayward Drogon perched on her roof. She is very happy to see him and reaches out for him. He climbs down closer to her to sniff her hand, but then flies away, leaving Daenerys shocked and hurt.

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Game of Thrones: EP 41: Wars to Come

got10Games of Thrones is back!!! Let’s get right into it with the recap of this week’s episode. It opens with 2 teenage girls sneaking through the woods on their way to an unknown destination. The brunette is very wary of them sneaking out however the blonde is confident things will be fine because her father owns the land. They come to a small shack and venture inside, to find a woman sleeping. They accidentally awaken the woman who yells for them to leave, but the blonde demands that she tell her her future since she is a witch. The witch eventually concedes and after taking a sampling of the girl’s blonde, tells her she gets three questions. The girl asks her three questions, but does not like the answers she receives regarding her short time as a queen and the children she will have. The brunette girl begs to leave and it is at this point we learn that the blonde girl is Cersei Lannister.

It cuts away from this flashback to see Cersei, heading into the viewing chamber of her now got6deceased father. She requests to visit him alone, and that everyone else can wait. Once she is inside, Jaime is also in the chamber with Tywin. Cersei is incredibly upset with him for having released Tyrion and blames Jaime for their father’s death just as much as she does Tyrion. Jaime has always been their father’s favorite according to her, and he couldn’t even honor him by being the man he expected of him. Jaime warns that she doesn’t need to look for the monsters in the family, but rather the ones right outside, waiting for their turn to get their hands into the Lannister family power. At Tywin’s funeral she is met by Lancel, her former lover/cousin who has now converted to a fanatical religious follower. Seems he has found the light, but in doing so will he expose the any secrets he keeps for Cersei?

With the passing of Tywin we also see that Ser Loras Tyrell is wasting no time in flaunting his desires for his brothel-running boyfriend and is certain he will not be forced to marry Cersei any longer. Margaery warns him to still be cautious, but also states she has something up her sleeve in regards to Cersei.

got9We first glimpse Pentos from the air holes in the crate used to transport Tyrion. When he is finally released he looks wretched and asks Varys why he had to stay in there once they had left the port and were sailing. Varys knocks it up to precaution, but it’s obvious it gave him some pleasure to make Tyrion suffer a little more. It isn’t long before Varys starts hounding Tyrion about a new ruler for Westeros but Tyrion is having none of that. It takes a bit of time before Varys finds Tyrion again and basically gives him the ultimatum of staying in Pentos and drinking himself to death, or going with him to meet up with Daenerys and help her come to power. He eventually concedes, as long as he can keep drinking.

Speaking of Daenerys, we are taken to Mareen where their god statue is got5 being ripped down as she continues her rule there. One of the Unsullied takes to the brothel for some comfort and by comfort I mean cuddles. He isn’t equipped for much else after all and it seems he comes there often for this. Whilst he is enjoying his comfort, his throat is slit by one of the Sons of the Harpy. Guess they didn’t like their statue being torn down. Daenerys learns of this and states he will have an honorable burial and that she is not intimidated by the Sons of the Harpys. Eventually a consensus is met between the newly freed slaves and the previous slavers to work together but with some stipulations. They want to bring back the fighting pits but Daenerys can’t stand the idea of them. Later, while in bed together, Daario manages to sway her decision on the matter, stating he himself used money made in the fighting pits to gain his freedom. He tells her that she is more powerful than she is allowing herself to be, she is not the “Mother of the Unsullied” she is the “Mother of Dragons” and maybe it’s time she use this to her advantage. With this you see she attempts to visit her little bundles of joy and they are not very happy with mommy dearest for having locked them up.

got3Up in The Eyrie Robyn Aaryn is “learning” to sword fight, but it is going terribly. There are a lot of remarks on the hopelessness of his succeeding between Littlefinger and Royce before he tells Royce he and Sansa will be heading to the Fingers. Once in the carriage Sansa notices they are actually heading West, and Littlefinger tells her they are going somewhere even Cersei won’t be able to get to her. The carriage passes by two familiar people camped out, it is Brienne and Podrick. Brienne has just finished telling Podrick to basically get lost whilst she sharpens her sword and he unrolls her bedroll anyway, reminding her he will be there to help her in her search for Sansa. Well, timing is not on her side huh.

Finally we come to The Wall. Melissandre was sent to fetch Jon and bring got8him up to the top to meet up with Stannis and Lord Davos. Stannis gives Jon the task of getting Mance Rayder to swear allegiance to him and bring the Wildlings to be a part of his army. Should Mance decline, he will be burned. Alive. With this Jon goes down to where they are holding Mance and gives him the bad news. He tries everything he can to get him to agree because he doesn’t want to see him burn either as he is fairly fond of him. In the end, Mance is stubborn and is taken out and tied to the stake. Melissandre gives a lengthy speech about true good and evil, yadda yadda and sets the fire to the wood beneath Mance. As he starts to burn, Jon takes off because he doesn’t want to watch him burn any longer. The flames begin to lap at his legs and he cannot hold in his yelps anymore just as an arrow, fired by Jon Snow, meets his heart, putting him out of his misery. Whaaaaaat!!?? Oh Jon, you’re so impulsive. Can’t wait to see what happens next week!

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