Trying to deliver a “Red Wedding” shock factor, Benioff and Weiss once more take us into uncharted Game of Thrones territory, further deviating from the books and, as a result, end with a disturbing scene that lingers even after the credits have stopped rolling.
For an episode that supposedly highlights House Martell, their storyline is by far the least interesting in the series. Thematically speaking, this episode was all over the place, but perhaps only because it was necessary to devote key scenes to characters and settings we haven’t particularly invested much time into. The sandsnakes, for example, who’ve had to use screenplay that only reads good in the books but sound completely ridiculous onscreen. And the inconsistent accents? I’m not digging it. The choreography was pretty lame too. I was looking forward to seeing Areoh Hotah in action but was disappointed.
Game of Many Faces
Having to streamline so many characters and settings and cramming 500-page arcs into 10 episodes, it’s understandable that they’re fast tracking Arya’s training in the House of Black and White. Perhaps the only takeaway from her scenes is the magnificent Hall of Faces. That place was a thing of beauty, but perhaps it’s a wee bit early for little Arya No-One Stark to be faceless?
High Sparrow, King of Westeros
Back in Kingslanding, the High Sparrow subjects the Tyrell duo, Margaery and Loras, into an informal trial regarding the latter’s pillow-biter indiscretions. Lady Olenna is a welcome sight, more so when she puts Cersei in her place by indirectly calling her a stupid fool. Perhaps it’s Cersei’s drinking, but she’s becoming more and more complacent of the kind of power she’s giving the High Sparrow and his faith militant. If anything is less of a secret than Loras’ predilections, it’s Cersei’s. When will she realize that her own scheming may backfire on her soon?
Littlefinger, Warden of the North
As he continues to hop from one allegiance to another, Littlefinger arrives back in Kingslanding to reveal that Sansa is in the hands of the Boltons at Winterfell. Once more, Littlefinger arranges it so that the biggest Houses fighter each other until one of them is left for him to destroy. This time, we see him urging Cersei to let Baratheons fight the Boltons before the Lannisters intervene. It’s a clever little ploy that, ultimately, results in having Petyr Baelish have less rivals for power.
HOLY FUCK WHAT DID THEY DO?
With the obvious intention of giving us another shocking “Red Wedding” thing to talk about, Sansa Stark, whom we watched get tortured and humiliated for most seasons, gets the big cherry on top: Ramsay raping her. It’s a disturbing scene not because we know it’s Ramsay, but because Sansa is the character that we’ve seen go through so much, endure so much pain. Season 5 gave us hope that maybe, just maybe, she’s going to make the Boltons pay for the death of her mother and brother, by way of Littlefinger’s Revenge and Plotting 101. But no, she gets fucked. Literally. #goodbyehymen #neverforget
This episode was a low blow for me, you guys. 😦 I’m not going to forget Sansa’s lingering cries or Theon’s tears anytime soon. I’m going to write another post about all the deviations from the books so far, because I just can’t handle it. I hope in episode 7 we see Brienne charging to the rescue and cutting Ramsay’s balls off to feed to his bitches.