After three slow burn episodes things picked up last night with Cersei re-instating the Faith Militant and Grey Worm and Ser Barristan bearing the brunt of the Sons of Harpy’s uprising.
However, even with Jaime and Bronn back in action, it still feels like we’re waiting for something to happen, four episodes in the pieces are still being manouvered – perhaps for the mid-season shocker everyone’s been talking about?
Until then, here are five talking points from last night's episode, the aptly titled 'Sons of Harpy'.
1 | Meereen could do with a bit of Jorah Mormont
After four and a bit seasons of looking moody and scowling at people, it was about time something happened to shake up Daenerys' storyline. The titular Sons of Harpy made their Game Of Thrones debut last week, hinting at a violent confrontation, which spilled over into the streets of Meereen in this episode.
Without her dragons to protect her, it was up to Grey Worm and the Unsullied to protect their queen and quash rebellion in the streets. Grey Worm, of course, made the mistake of sharing an intimate moment with Missandei just before heading out to the fight, while Ser Barristan shared a similarly tender moment with Dany – sure-fire indicators that neither men would make it back alive. It didn’t look good for either of them at the end of the episode but our money is on Grey Worm surviving the ordeal while Ser Barristan goes to the Kingsguard in the sky. Either way, with Jorah Mormont inbound a position needs to open up in Daenerys' entourage.
2 | Jaime and Bronn are in the middle of a western
Last night was our first introduction to (at least some of) The Sand Snakes, Oberyn Martell’s illegitimate daughters. There was the moody one, the one with the whip and the one with the spear, all egged on by Oberyn’s former paramour Ellaria Sand. As the Tyroshi captain buried up to his neck proved, the Sand Snakes are just as lethal as their father.
Which doesn’t bode well for our latest GoT double act Jaime and Bronn, currently blundering about Dorne like Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. With Jaime's combat skills almost laughable (extra points to Qyburn for building Jaime's metal hand/shield back in season 4) it looks like they’re very much a one-man army. If re-enforcements don’t arrive soon, Dorne might well be their last stand. If Bronn makes it to the end of season 5, we’ll be very surprised.
3 | Stannis might actually be our man
Maybe it’s the fact we’ve been constantly battered with politics in the non-Game of Thrones universe (or ‘real life’) this week, but we’re suddenly feeling up for getting behind a grim-faced leader devoid of character, especially when he’s the kingdom’s only hope against the forces of evil.
We’re talking about Stannis Baratheon, of course, who this week hinted his middle name might not be ‘miserable bastard’ after all by sharing a moment with his daughter, stressing how he scoured the Seven Kingdoms for the best maesters around to cure her of her horrible, horrible Greyscale. Just a thought, but it’s usually after such a proclamation of love that someone kicks the bucket. Could Stannis’ decision to march on Winterfell spell the end of Shireen?
4 | Littlefinger might save the North
The North remembers Sansa, but apparently no one has a clue how much of a shit Littlefinger has been. He does, however, slightly redeem himself by admitting to Sansa in the crypts beneath Winterfell that he’s hoping to ally with Stannis once the Boltons have been crushed under the boots of the Baratheon's sellsword/Wildling army. Great news for Sansa then, especially considering Ned Stark was the one who clued Stannis in to his claim to the throne. But, this is Game Of Thrones, and all signs point to the Stannis Vs Roose Bolton fight not going exactly to plan. Expect at least one flayed daughter.
5 | Cersei might be sealing her own fate
After sending away almost all of the Small Council and alienating her new daughter-in-law further by having her brother arrested, Cersei’s certainly closing herself off from her enemies, as well as her allies.
Rumours ahead of the show have suggested a shorn-headed Queen Mother being marched naked through King’s Landing as penance for her sins. Could the re-organised Faith Militant perhaps be the ones with the shears? This episode demonstrated King Tommen’s inability to stand up to them, and even Ser Loras – apparently one of the best knights in the kingdom – was taken prisoner without a fight. At this rate, Stannis and Daenerys might be marching on an empty capital. Then again, maybe that’s the point…
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