The first two episodes of season 5 felt like strategic moves on the chess board, but now that the pawns are out, it’s time to bring out the knights, bishops, and rooks. In true Game of Thrones style, we got a Lord Commander that grew a backbone and made us all swoon, a sneaky young Queen, an up-and-coming assassin, a religious zealot, and a manipulator’s She-Wolf apprentice.
Here’s a recap:
He Who Passes the Sentence
Jon Snow’s new status as Lord Commander of the Nights Watch is tested when Janos Slynt openly defied him right after he commanded the latter to take over Greyguard tower. In one bold stroke, Jon proves that his authority is swift and just. His execution of Janos Slynt, swinging the sword himself, was a nice little tribute to Eddard Stark in season 1. Ned’s lesson #1 to his kids still ring in my ears, “He who passes the sentence must swing the sword.” We might have been doubting Jon’s capacity to rule and command, but now look at him, all grown up and executing people because they defied him. One thing’s clear, our 2 biggest hopefuls for the Iron Throne, Dany and Jon, are growing up fast.
The Cub Becomes a Lion
Well, that is, if you consider marriage consummation a signal to growth. In any case, it’s easy to see that the young lion Tommen Baratheon First of His Name is enamored with his wife, Margaery Tyrell. So easy in fact that the new queen fooled her husband about her maidenhead and already manipulated him into driving Cersei Lannister out of Kingslanding. These two queens, the latter now a Queen Mother, will fight over Tommen and manipulate him every which way they can until they’ve destroyed themselves and the kingdom(?).
A New Chess Piece
Another player will join the Game of Thrones in the form of the High Sparrow. Played by Jonathan Pryce, his addition is certainly a welcome one in Kingslanding and we can’t wait what he does with his newfound influence in the capital. Cersei may be under the impression that she’s got her hands on the Faith Militant, but the High Sparrow definitely has something up his sleeve. Wait, was that a mischievous glint in his eye?
Why Is No One Wearing Arya Stark’s Clothes
Still single-minded on her quest for vengeance, Arya Stark stays at the House of Black and White as a hopeful apprentice for the Faceless Assassins. The overarching theme of vengeance in this episode is nicely played out in Arya’s “letting go” scene. Though she’s forced to disavow her identity and assume the role of “no one”, it breaks our heart when she attempts to let go of Needle but can’t. Here we have a very young girl brought up in comfort and love, taken away from everything she holds dear. Does she weep and whine about her fate? No, she kills people who stand in her way and is hell-bent on avenging the deaths of her father, mother, and brother. Badass, that’s what she is.
Is this Littlefinger’s endgame or is it another stepping stone to his unnameable ambition? Perhaps one of the most clever and cunning, if not the, manipulators in Westeros, Littlefinger continues to take Sansa under his wing and has taken it upon himself to arrange her betrothal to Roose Bolton’s son, Ramsay Bolton. We can’t help but worry for the young Stark. We’ve seen the horrors that befall upon Ramsay’s victims, not even his paramour escaped his crazy. What will happen now that they got rid of the whole Jeyne storyline and used the real Sansa? Will she wheedle and manipulate her way to bring down House Bolton? Or will her fate further humiliate her to the torment of the most sadistic man in Westeros? Welcome to the crazy, Sansa.
P.S. That old lady who whispered, “The North remembers.”? I LOVE HER! #TheNorthRemembers #boutdamntime
What will happen now that Cersei has given a new kind of power to the Sparrows? What role does the High Sparrow play in the overall bid for control over Kingslanding? What kind of fate awaits Sansa now that she’s back home? What are Stannis Baratheon’s plan now that the Nights Watch has a new Lord Commander?
Let’s see what happens next week in “Sons of the Harpy”