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I hope you did not give up on this series after the last episode, because then you’d be missing on what I assume is one of the best episode of this season so far.
I enjoyed every bit of this episode. No excessive dragging, no unnecessary gore, it did pull the game up a notch and you can tell that the last three episodes are going to be very interesting.
We see Reek bringing food for Sansa who is being held like a prisoner. The conversation between the two tells us, that some time has passed and Sansa is still suffering the marital rape and torture which relates to the scary reality of real life, an understandable reason why people averted from this show. Even an opportunity of redemption from his current status didn’t affect the high brainwashing of Theon, who is still lost in his Reek and relays Sansa’s request to Ramsay which obviously would result in something horrid. This time, it was the gift of the old Northerner lady’s life who wanted to help Sansa, ended up flayed.
All the major characters are seen. Brienne is still waiting for the signal to rescue the tortured wife of the bastard son, but Sansa at the same time has shown that such pains do not break her but instead is making her brave and strong so much so as to contradict Ramsay’s words and remind him that he is a bastard. Bold move! But I’m afraid what is going to happen next.
Staying in the North, we see Jon Snow ready to take his journey to rescue the Wildlings with the brotherhood not so happy about it. Aemon Targaryen dies his natural death, which was not as emotional as it should have been, and crafty Sir Alliser Throne gets the ball in his court for now. Aemon’s request to take Gilly and Little Sam to the South is proven apt as the episode continues and also shows that the series can’t move forward without some harassment or rape for the matter, as Gilly gets harassed by 2 of the knights. To her rescue, Sam stands up to her which leads to the long awaited appearance of Ghost, who saves the day and Sam gets a little gift. Btw, why is Ghost not with Jon Snow? Maybe it means that it is the Wall where his help would actually be needed.
Somewhere between the Wall and Winterfell, the Baratheon army suffers the growing winter. The current notion in Stannis’ head is that Davos is wrong and Melisandre is bonkers, as she suggests using his daughter, Shireen as the royal sacrifice. After all the character development we come to know that his daughter is the only one he actually cares about and I’m scared they are going to take that away too.
In Dorne, Jamie Lannister meets his niece in a posh prison which shows why love struck teenagers are not everybody’s favorite. We were proven right about Bronn being poisoned (but not in a posh prison) and him receiving the gift of life from the Sand Sisters. No one knows why the scene was made that way. Maybe bweebs !
In King’s Landing, the verbal conflict from Cersei moves to the High Sparrow and the Queen of Thorns realizes that it is time to retreat and plan her next move with her partner of previous endeavor, Littlefinger where it is confirmed that he lives to serve only himself.
Cersei and Tommen have their mother and son moment where he is promised that she will do anything to make him happy, but in this game of thrones, it is her own happiness that matter. Her own happiness when she mock Margaery and her own happiness when she thanks the High Sparrow for providing the required service. But with Littlefinger’s gift of information about the Cersei’s bedroom secrets not being secrets anymore, her cousin does confess and she too is captured and kept in a cell for future trial. The High Sparrow is evil and just adds to this world which is already filled with evil.
And lastly, in the disconnected lands of Meereen, Tyrion uses his mouth and surprisingly, his strength well and even this time, manages to escape the slaves’ auction and goes on with Jorah into the fighting pits. Daenerys on the other hand has to go about being a Queen and not a Butcher (courtesy of the pillow talk with her boyfriend Daario Naharis), as she visits the lower fighting pits and as a coincidence, she visits the one where the duo are to fight just like the other coincidences where Tyrion happens to enter the same brothel as Jorah or the same coincidence when they are caught by the slaves going to Meereen. Lots of coincidences, which finally led to Jorah seeing his beloved Khaleesi and gifting her Tyrion Lannister and as the two of the most loved characters, are seen together in one scene, we see the two poles of the story coming together, the major events are set for motion.
Finally all this buildup has paid off and we can anticipate what will happen in the remaining three episodes.