Is it now tradition to have dramatic deaths every 4th episode? Perhaps the most dramatic 4th episode so far was last season’s Purple Wedding. It was a welcome and, may I say, long overdue character death that made us all squawk like wild happy monkeys. In any case, Sons of the Harpy gave us another dramatic twist (and book deviation) that will be a catalyst for bigger things to unfold in the succeeding episodes.
Here’s my recap:
Stannis Wins My Heart
In a very touching moment between Stannis Baratheon and his daughter Princess Shireen,the man we know to be rigid, complex, and ruthlessly forward showed his deeper side. Here’s a man who doesn’t want the Iron Throne because he wants power, but because it’s his duty. If he didn’t consciously had his brother killed, I would rally over to #TeamStannis. But then again, maybe I will. He simply made me tear up when he said to Shireen, “You didn’t belong halfway across the world with the stonemen. You are the Princess Shireen of the House Baratheon and you are my daughter.” *hugs
You know nothing, Jon Snow
Characters at The Wall are flourishing this season. This time, Jon Snow has to fend off the sneaky advances of Melisandre, a woman who has absolutely no qualms. But true to his honor and to the memory of the dead girl he once loved, Jon Snow is forthright in refusing to make evil shadow babies with the Red Priestess. And then she changes the game when she uttered, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” *cue creepy red priestess theme song*
Lioness vs Sparrow
As the seasons progress, its becoming clearer how Cersei is such a poor forward thinker. First, she demotes the members of the Small Council. She could’ve used their influence and their allegiance to strengthen her hold as Queen Mother. Second, she restarted the Faith Militant and let loose religious zealots on Kingslanding, creating an unstoppable extremist group hellbent on ridding Westeros of sin and decay. Third, she sent her son to converse with the High Sparrow. It only ended with Tommen being branded an “abomination” and in danger of another mob attack. In other words, the more Cersei tries to contradict the prophecy given to her as a child, the more she digs herself deeper in its veracity.
Wardeness of the North
While Cersei may be a very poor player, Littlefinger has proven himself an outstanding manipulator yet again, capable of planning several steps ahead to achieve whatever goals he puts his mind to. It turns out that Petyr Baelish was placing his cards with Stannis Baratheon. But is it right for him to feel confident enough to leave Sansa alone with the Boltons? Why would he bring her all the way to Winterfell only to leave her to a worse fate? My guess is, it’s his own way of avenging Catelyn Stark, his one true love. I still refuse to believe that Dan and DB would change Sansa’s storyline, make her seem like a relevant player in the game of thrones now, but only to pull the rug from under us by subjecting her to the torments of Ramsay.
Barristan the Badass
Jaime Lannister may not care what song is sung about him when he’s dead, but if the dead can hear, then Barristan Selmy would’ve to hear plenty of songs. The last true Kingsguard, as loyal and honorable as a knight can be, Barristan Selmy showed us the true meaning of badass. Coming to the aid of Grey Worm, who’s team of patrolling Unsullied was attacked by the Sons of the Harpy, Barristan the Bold valiantly fought off his attackers even though he was horribly outnumbered. His threat a few seasons ago that he can cut through other Kingsguards like a cake turned out to be true. As a true old school soldier who only wanted to serve a good and just ruler, Barristan Selmy’s death was a noble one. #neverforget
What will happen to Sansa now that she’s left alone with the Boltons? When will Stannis attack Winterfell and will he succeed in taking the Stark’s stronghold? How will Daenerys deal with the death of her loyal advisor and kingsguard? What will happen now that Tyrion and Jorah Mormont are on their way to Meereen? Will they indeed join #TeamDragon?
Let’s find out next week in “Kill the Boy”.