It’s heating up now across the Seven Kingdoms and getting more bloodier by the second.
Cersei is making moves against the Tyrells sending Mace Tyrell off to the Iron Bank, on a trip I suspect Cersei hopes will be a one way journey. She then teams up with the High Sparrow and gives them more power in the city which results in Loras Tyrell being arrested! Needless to say Margery is not happy but Tomas is too spineless to doing anything about it. I’m not exactly sure what Cersei is hoping to achieve. In the short-term she’s put Margery in her place but it can’t be a good idea to make enemies of the Tyrells and the houses loyal to them. Especially as Margery plans to inform her grandmother Olenna, the real head of the Tyrell household, of what Cersei has done. There’s no way this can end well for Cersei. The Sparrows are on a mission to route out all those who they believe are sinful and if Cersei was Mother Theresa that would be fine, however as the queen of incest she’s bound to be targeted by the sparrows eventually.
Over at The Wall the red lady Melisandre tries to entice Jon Snow to join Stannis, and even drops her clothes to persuade him. However Jon, eventually, resists. Melisandre leaves but not before telling him “You know nothing Jon Snow” (!), repeating what Jon’s Wilding lover Yigrette said to him a couple of seasons ago. Way to freak him out! Meanwhile Stannis defies my expectation and has a scene which isn’t completely boring! His conversation with his daughter Shireen about how much he fought to keep her alive when she was ill was quite sweet, although didn’t he still keep her locked away from others for years? Sorry Stannis you’re still far from father of the year.
We’re only given a short scene at Winterfell this week with no Boltons or Theon. Littlefinger has been summoned back to King’s Landing by Cersei (which considering his brothel has been raided twice now should be an interesting conversation), leaving Sansa alone with the Boltons. They plot how Sansa can wrap Ramsey around her little finger yet they have no idea who they are messing with. They part with Littlefinger planting another creepy kiss on Sansa. Poor Sansa can she ever find a suitor whose just normal?
Elsewhere we actually spend some time in Dorne, where Jamie and Bronn try not to draw attention to themselves…by immediately fighting four Dornish guards then having to hide the bodies. Well Bronn has too. I’m loving the partnership between Jamie and Bronn, such as Bronn doubting Jamie’s concern for Myrcella being purely as “her uncle” . They better hope they find Myrcella before Ellaria Sand and Oberyn’s daughters, known as the Sand Snakes, find her. They already know Jamie is in Dorne and they are prepared to go to war to avenge Oberyn’s death. Again I’m not sure this is a smart decision, especially as no one forced Oberyn to take part in the fight. I’m not sure what to make of these new characters yet. The costumes look good, and they have cool weapons but we’ll have to see if they will become classic Thrones characters. At the moment the daughters all seem interchangeable so maybe next week we’ll start seeing their different personalities.
Across the Narrow Sea Jorah informs Tyrion of his plan to take him to Danerys, to which Tryion burst out laughing. He quickly deduces Jorath’s character is trying to get himself back in Danery’s good books. And gets himself a punch from Jorath for his trouble. It looks like Danery’s could really use both Jorath and Tyrion’s help as the Sons of the Harpy attack the Unsullied and now there could be two spaces free on Danerys council. While we have to wait until next week to see if both Greyworm and Barristan have survived, it doesn’t look good, and I think Barristan is defiantly a goner. But what do I know? Like Jon Snow, nothing.
A hell of a cliffhanger to end on (especially for those who watched the first four episodes weeks ago) and there plenty of threats of war. Hopefully they’ll be empty promises. But I’m betting on a big siege at Winterfell around episode 9.
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