Game of Thrones is back in full force now and with every new episode, a little more momentum is built up.
We’re back in Braavos with Arya on her quest to become faceless. Frustration has come over her and she is becoming restless. Jaqen assures her that she is learning by serving. Jaqen appears to be testing Arya’s patience and state of mind. Both of which she must gain full control over if she wants to become a faceless man (or woman.) Arya is a smart girl and although she may not realize this at first, it becomes pretty obvious to her that she is not ready. Arya is able to erase her past by throwing away her clothes and belongings, but cannot bring herself to throw away Needle.
Arya is still trying to find herself and she is not ready to erase such a big part of her past. She may be ready for a future of being a complete badass assassin. However, Needle holds sentimental value for Arya, and with the last few years being as rough as they were, I’m sure Needle helps get her by.
Back in King’s Landing, King Tommen and Margaery have wed and are growing much more fond of each other. Margaery realizes the power she may hold over the King and uses her sexuality to persuade him. Margaery and Cersei have always been “frenemies” since day one. Margaery has the upper hand now with the title of Queen, and is planning to to turn Tommen against Cersei. Cersei realizes this as well. Cersei is beginning to realize she is losing the throne and it is effecting her greatly.
The High Septon is humiliated by a peasant group headed by a man known as the “High Sparrow.” Cersei seeks out the High Sparrow and questions him for his motives. While we were led to believe Cersei would be executing or at least arresting the High Sparrow, it seems she is trying to side with him instead. Knowing how much Cersei hates the poor, I was totally thrown off guard by this. I guess Cersei needs all the help she can get at this point and I’m interested to see where is goes after this.
Up in Winterfell, the Bolton’s are well underway of their rule. Ramsay Bolton is set to wed Sansa, and again Sansa is thrown into a real shitty situation. I’m still waiting for Sansa to think for herself and break free as a character. Every season Sansa is a prisoner being held against her will. While Sansa does show signs of becoming a strong character, they are usually diminished quickly. Sansa does not want to marry Ramsay, but Littlefinger smooth talks her into it (Come on Sansa, you’re a Stark, grow a set!)
Up at the wall, Jon Snow formally denies Stannis the offer to become Jon Stark. While Stannis is dissatisfied, he’s still respectful of Jon. Jon Snow starts issuing titles to the Night’s Watchmen. Alliser is given the title of First Ranger. Although Alliser and Jon have had their differences in the past, this shows how much respect Jon has for Alliser. Janos Slynt, receives the title of Commander of Castle Greyguard. Slynt refuses after being ordered several times. Then Jon snow does something unexpected. Jon has a whining and sniveling slynt dragged outside and beheaded for refusing his order. Fuck yeah John Snow! Jon Snow is Commander of the Night’s Watch and he isn’t taking anyone’s shit! Jon made an example out of Slynt and this grew his already deep character even more.
Meanwhile in Essos, Tyrion and Varys are continuing their long journey to see Daenerys. Daenerys’ popularity is really starting to show throughout Essos. Preachers line the streets and tells stories of her, prostitutes in brothels dress as her to appease the men. I enjoyed this, now we get to see a bigger impact Dany has on Essos, and just how far word has spread. Tyrion attempts to woo a prostitute and succeeds. Just before the fun is about to start, Tyrion refuses, showing that he is still being effected by Shae’s deception from last season. In the end, Tyrion is tied up and kidnapped by Jorah who tells him “I’m taking you to the Queen” (which is where he was going anyway….)
“High Sparrow” Surpassed both episode 1 and 2. I’m really enjoying the way things are unfolding. This season had a slower start than previous ones, but now I’m hooked on the GoT drug again. I like how Jon Snow has grown as a character and is now a no nonsense commander of the Night’s Watch. It’s also nice to see other characters like Cersei treading into unknown waters. This episode felt like a buildup to bigger and better things, and it looks like those things are right on the horizon.