Have we calmed down from last weeks events? Well it doesn’t matter if we are or not as Game of Thrones throws us back into the action.
On the run from the White Walkers, Bran and Meera seem to be on their last legs. Until they are saved by Bran’s Uncle Benjen Stark. I had to quickly try and remember who he was as we haven’t seen him for quite a few seasons. He was the Stark uncle that was in the Night’s Watch and went missing a while back. Turns out he was stabbed by the White Walkers and saved by the Children of the Forrest. It was quite a return for Benjen, killing the White Walkers and saving a stunned Bran and Meera. They need his help now Hordor is gone (Hordor!).
We meet a new House in this episode as Sam and Gilly reach the Tarly home where they are greeted warmly by his mother and sister but have a much colder repsonse from his father. The situation is made even more awkward when Gilly defending Sam (Go Gilly!) lets slip the fact that she’s a wildling. Oops! Sam’s father is not impressed and further berates his son in front of everyone. Later Sam decides to take Gilly and baby Sam with him to the Citadel and steals the ancestral Valyrian steel sword. I was so relieved Sam decided to take them with him, although something bad could still befall them (this is Game of Thrones after all). I was also happy for him to take the sword-they need as many Valyrian steel swords as possible.
In Braavos Arya watches another performance of the play starring Lady Cray. At first she is laughing when Joffrey is murdered (and who could blame her), but Lady Cray’s performance as the heartbroken Cersai touches Arya. She later warns the actress about the hit on her life and then runs away to recover her belongongs and needle. Having failed her mission the waif demands she kills Arya. Jaqen agrees but orders her not to make Arya suffers. While I’m glad Arya didn’t kill the actress and is not prepared to give up who she is, I’m also wondering if this whole plotline was a bit pointless. She’s wasted a lot of time in Braavos when she could have been helping her siblings. But maybe the news skills she’s picked up will come in handy, especially if a fight in the dark is required.
But the biggest disapointment comes in King’s Landing where Jamie and the Tyrell’s army attempt to save Margery and kill the High Sparrow. Unfortuantely Margery has already come up wiht her plan and repented in order to save herself and her brother,not that she ever says this out loud but considering her opinions on the High Sparrow last time it’s a safe bet she’s manipulating the situation. While I think Margery is great I hate the fact the Sparrows are still around. Tommen then forges an alliance with the High Sparrow and it’s Jamie who is removed from the King’s Guard in order to help the Freys. For goodness sake can’t the High Sparrow just die already-he’s so irritating.
Anyway back to the Freys who face trouble from the Blackfish (uncle of Catelyn Stark-I had to spend some more time remembering the Stark/Tully family tree) as he has taken back Riverrun form them. Walder Frey is still as vile as ever and we learn he still has Edmund Tully (the groom from the ill fated Red Wedding and brother of Catelyn Stark). It seems Edmund will be used by the Frey’s to get back Redrun which can’t be good for Edmund. Hopefully Tully will come to a bloody end soon for his part in the Red Wedding.
The episode ends with a short scene of Daenerys finding Drogan the dragan and make another speech, this time to the Dothraki that she will sail across the Seven Seas to conquer Westeros. While I still like Daenerys I’m getting a bit bored of her call to arm speeches. After all she’s gone at liberating a city but not at maintianing peace. And when she says she’s going to burn down the houses in Westeros you have to wonder if she is really the best leader for the Iron Throne. Then again maybe she just needs more guidence from the likes of Tryion and the others in Meereen. It also felt as though the writers didn’t know how to end the episode so just decided to throw in a few minuites of Daeneyrs with her dragon and to have her say a few inspiring words. Nothing we haven’t seen or heard before. Maybe Game of Thrones need to think of some new tricks.
What did you think of the episode? Was Sam right to take Gilly and baby Sam with him? How will the Lannisters get rid of the Sparrows now? Let me know in the comments below.