“I am the gift.” ~ Tyrion Lannister
After last week’s horrendous ending, seeing a glimpse into Sansa’s unexpected new life was not fun. I mean, it is Ramsay, so it could be worse (look at Theon/Reek), but still, not exactly the idillic marriage Sansa once dreamed of in the beginning of the series. Not even close to it. Worse yet is the fact that the one and only person she thought she could trust enough to help her is so damaged that he ran straight to Ramsay, of all people. As a fan of the books, I liked how some of this stuff played out much better than how it is going so far on the show. I am definitely enjoying seeing Sansa’s strength develop, but not like this. With Reek’s betrayal, what will she do now? Not only has Reek left the poor girl on her own, he’s also made Ramsay aware of her plans to some degree. Sadly, the only consolation here is that the old woman Ramsay tortured died before he could get anything out of her, which sucks as far as consolations go. I wonder if Brienne will be able to get her out of this or if Sansa will have to wait for Stannis’ troops to arrive…you know, if they actually manage to survive that long. Speaking of, Stannis wasn’t too happy with Melisandre’s suggestion, but I wonder if he’ll use his daughter anyway. I hope not. In fact, I hope there is more to the little princess than meets the eye, but you never know with Game of Thrones.
I enjoyed seeing Sam stand up to the assholes, too. It is always great to see him take a stand in defense of his Gilly…in defense of anyone really. I just wish he could fight a bit better. That’s not to be expected, but it would be nice. Good thing Ghost showed up when he did! If not, perhaps the Night’s Watch would be attending another funeral. Sam’s funeral…that is… he never has been much of a swordsman after all and if the beginning of that fight was any indication of how it would go, Sam definitely wouldn’t win. No matter how determined he is to protect Gilly. He did get sex thanks to his heroics…so there’s that, at least and I loved seeing Ghost back on screen to threaten people in his direwolfy way. Until Ghost showed up, I hadn’t even realized how much I miss seeing these beasts on the show!
Best part of all in tonight’s episode, however, was the end. Last week’s ending sucked, but this week’s ending was perfect! Cersei is behind bars! Finally! And Little Finger orchestrated it in his own little way. I wonder what his overall plan is… his motives have always been something that have confused me. I don’t think he cares either way for the squabbling and politics between these families, so I wonder what he’s working on. I can’t decide if I’m actually supposed to be rooting for him or hoping he fails, either way, I was rooting for his betrayal of Cersei. I can’t wait to see her in prison and suffer a bit. I guess I’ll just have to… until next week.
And yes, yes, I know I left out the important gifting part…sort of. I mean, Little Finger did give Lady Olenna a gift that got Cersei locked up, but Tyrion has also been mentioned as a gift. It’s been a couple of episodes now leading up to Jorah getting back into his beloved’s good graces by presenting his gift to her. I’m still not entirely sure what he’s planning for her to do with Tyrion, but it must be something good, right? Honestly, I’m just waiting for the fighting pits…as long as they stay true to the books for that scene, it should be pretty awesome!
Recap in a Nutshell
After last week’s terrible, terrible ending, Sansa enlists Theon to help her out of her new life. Theon goes full Reek and runs to his master. Ramsay does Ramsay-like stuff (he tortures people) and shows Sansa where her attempt to escape has led. Theon is ashamed. Reek is okay with it. At the wall, Jon heads farther North than the North to find the wildlings, leaving someone else in charge and Sam loses a close friend and mentor from old age, which must be a first, because, you know, Game of Thrones. Gilly gets attacked, but doesn’t get raped, because Sam saves the day…okay, it was Ghost. Ghost saves the day! While South of wall, but still in the North, Stannis’ men freeze and some run off, so the Red Lady suggests Stannis’ daughter as a suitable sacrifice to win the war. Stannis doesn’t like it.
Back in King’s Landing, Little Finger continues his tricksy games, playing one against the other as beloved Queen Margaery suffers in prison and the not-so-beloved Queen Cersei finds herself on trial thanks to the trickses. Yay! While over in Dorne, Bronn gets to see some pretty boobies, which he likes very much. Until he starts to die and is saved only by saying the owner of the boobies is prettiest of them all. Or something like that. Jaime meets his “niece” who tells him off, decides to continue her marriage plans with Trystane, and stays in Dorne. And in Meereen, Jorah and Tyrion are sold to a slaver. The first fight begins and Queen Dany shows up, so Jorah kicks all the asses, but Dany still doesn’t like him. Then the gift emerges, so Dany agrees to hear him out.
And that’s what you missed on Game of Thrones. Be sure to check out the preview for next week’s “Hardhome” and check back for my review!
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