This week’s episode, features Tormund and Jon Snow discussing wildlings, Theon and Sansa meeting for the first time in years, and Daenerys getting engaged!
JON SNOW, SAM, DAVOS, AND STANNIS
On the wall, the Night’s Watch is still divided over their new Lord Commander. Jon Snow seeks the advice of Maester Aemon, who is lamenting to Sam his inability to help Daenerys, the last of his family. Aemon tells him to “Kill the boy and let the man be born.” In other words, grow up.
You will find little joy in your command. But with luck, you will find the strength to do what needs to be done. Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy, and let the man be born. –Aemon Targaryen, Game of Thrones
Jon then meets with the captured Tormund to ask him to ally the wildings with the Night’s Watch against the White Walkers. Tormund is reluctant, even after Jon offers to let the wildlings through the wall and gift them land to use. Eventually, however, he agrees and tells Jon that the remaining wildlings are in Hardhome. Jon offers to provide him with horses, but Tormund says the Jon must come with them and that they will need ships to transport all the wildlings. The decision to ally with the wildlings does not go over well with the Night’s Watch. Even brothers that had previously supported him like Edd and Olly seem visibly disturbed with the idea.
Meanwhile, Stannis comes across Sam and Gilly in the library discussing Sam’s desire to become a Maester. Stannis asks Sam how he managed to kill a White Walker. Sam tells him that he used a dragonglass dagger. Stannis seems amused by this and informs him that dragonglass is plentiful in his home of Dragonstone. Curious, he asks why dragonglass would work against white walkers. While Sam doesn’t know his books have indicated that dragonglass was used against them by the Children of the Forest. Stannis, believing the white walkers to be a threat thanks to Melisandre’s premonitions, leaves, telling Sam to keep up his research.
Stannis later goes on to meet with Davos who councils him to wait to attack the Boltons until Jon Snow returns with the Wildlings. Stannis refuses, saying that they will leave in the morning. He also tells him that they will be bringing Selyse and Shireen, a prospect that makes Davos uncomfortable.
It is odd that Jon would choose to anger more Night’s Watch members after having just discussed with Aemon his concern about not having the support of his fellow brothers. Leaving The Wall with Tormund may be a mistake while the leadership of the Night’s Watch is still so weak. Someone may attempt to stage a coup while he is gone. Stannis leaving without the help of the wildlings is definitely a mistake. He does not have the support of the northern houses, his troops have dwindled since the Blackwater, and his southern troops are ill-equipped for a long-term siege in the cold winter snow. It will not be surprising if Stannis ends up failing his attack. Considering the last few episodes hints about Melisandre’s plans for Shireen, don’t be surprised to see Shireen get sacrificed very, very soon. Hopefully, Stannis sent a raven concerning shipping dragonglass to The Wall. He might not get another opportunity.
Grey Worm lives! (Yay!) Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Ser Barristan Selmy. Concerned for her safety, Daario suggests the hold up in the pyramid for protection, but Daenerys disagrees. Instead, she orders that all the leaders of the great families of the city be rounded up, including Hizdahr zo Loraq. She brings the leaders down to see Rhaegal and Viserion in the catacombs under the city. She pushes one of the men forward who is then engulfed in fire before being eaten by the dragons. She then pretends to push the horrified Hizdahr to his doom, but stops and has the men led away.
They will eat you, if I tell them to. They may eat you even if I don’t. Children. Some say I should give up on them. But a good mother never gives up on her children. She disciplines them if she must. — Daenerys, Game of Thrones
Meanwhile, Missandei is taking care of the injured Grey Worm. After finding out about Ser Barristan’s death, Grey Worm is overcome with guilt, declaring that he failed his friend and his queen. Missandei reassures him, saying he failed no one. Grey Worm then confesses that when he thought he was going to die, his only fear was that he would never see her again. This pleases her and she kisses him softly.
Later, Daenerys goes to speak with Missandei. She asks the young translator for advice on opening the fighting pits. This is a nice moment that really demonstrates that Daenerys values Missandei’s intellect. Missandei appears surprised, and tells the young queen that she is not fit to give her opinion. She goes on to tell Daenerys that she always seems to find the right answer, even if no one else can see it.
I can only tell you what I have seen, Your Grace. I have seen you listen to your counselors. I have seen you lean on their experience when your own was lacking and weigh the choices they put before you. And I have seen you ignore your counselors, because there was a better choice. One that only you could see. — Missandei, Game of Thrones
Daenerys then heads down to the dungeon where Hizdahr zo Loraq is being held. The noble man drops to his knees to beg for his life, saying that while he didn’t want to die a coward, he would rather not die at all. She seems pleased, telling him it takes courage to admit to being afraid or to making a mistake. She goes on to say that she made a mistake by not respecting Meereen’s traditions and announces that she will be reopening the fighting pits for free men. She also tells him that she plans to bring peace by marrying a member of a great house, and that luckily a suitor is already on his knees, indicating Hizdahr.
Daenerys makes a smart political move by engaging herself to Hizdahr zo Loraq. As she is still unsure who leads the Sons of the Harpy, however, it may or may not have the desired effect. With Barristan dead, it is unlikely that Daenerys will have an adviser with a link to her family’s past unless Varys can manage to get to Meereen and get into her good graces. Varys was initially brought to court by the paranoid King Aerys, Daenerys’s father. It is possible that Tyrion may server this purpose when and if he makes it to her, but he had no experience with King Aerys reign, having been young still. Any information he could provide would mostly come from books and stories, not from first-hand experience, making them much less useful.
SANSA, THEON, AND BRIENNE
At an inn outside of Winterfell, Brienne asks an old man to help her get a message to Sansa. He scoffs and asks who she is and where her allegiance lies, to which she replies Catelyn Stark. The message seems to make it, however, as later in the episode a servant tells Sansa she still has friends in the North and to light a candle in the tower if she needs help. Sansa initially balks at her, but seems to later consider the idea.
Meanwhile, Myranda confides to Ramsey her jealousy over Sansa, complaining that he had promised to marry her. Ramsey tells her that he will still have plenty of time for her, and to not bore him with her jealousy. He tells her to remember what happens to people who bores him, and asks if she is going to bore him. She replies by kissing him and biting his lip until she draws blood. She then smiles and tells him that she will never bore him. He smiles and they have sex.
Myranda later goes to Sansa’s room, introduces herself. Myranda compliments her stitching and Sansa tells her she learned from her mother. Myranda expresses her sympathy over Catelyn’s untimely death. She tells Sansa that at least she can always look at her sewing and remember her mother. Sansa replies that she would rather just have her mother. Tired of trying to win Sansa over, Myranda decides to enact the true purpose of her visit by telling her she has something to show her that will help her remember her family. She then leads her to where Theon is sleeping in the dog kennels. Horrified, Sansa flees.
At dinner that night, Ramsey parades Theon in front of her. She is visibly upset, but Ramsey tells her that he punished Theon for his crimes against the Starks and that he is no longer an ironborn, but Reek. He then orders Theon to apologize to Sansa for slaying her brothers. After an initial hesitation, Theon obeys, apologizing for killing Bran and Rickon. Pleased with his little game, Ramsey then announces that as Theon has known Sansa the longest that he should be the one to give her away at the wedding. Clearly irritated with his son’s antics, Roose put an end to it by announcing that Walda is pregnant and it is likely a boy.
Later, Ramsey and Roose discuss his status an an heir. Ramsey is clearly bitter, stating:
My position is quite clear. I’m your son until a better alternative comes along. — Ramsey Bolton, Game of Thrones
Roose seems exhausted with his son’s games and moodiness, and begins telling Ramsey the story of his mother. As it turns out, she was a peasant that got married without his permission. Long ago, lords practiced the Right of the First Night. This allowed them to sleep with new brides on their wedding night. While the right was outlawed generations ago, Roose has been known at least in the books to partake in it, much to the disgust of the Starks. In the show, it appears that he partook of this practice with Ramsey’s mother. Because they married without permission, Roose slayed the husband and raped the bride under the tree where her beloved was hanged. A year later, the girl showed up at the Dreadfort with a baby in her arms, claiming it to be Roose’s son. Roose nearly killed them both, but chose instead to recognize Ramsey as his blood. After conveying this story, Roose tells Ramsey that he is his son and asks him for his help defeating Stannis. Ramsey is visably disturbed at his father’s story, but agrees to help slay Stannis.
Wow. Like father, like son, eh? It is unlikely that Ramsey will allow Walda to give birth to a boy, so expect an accident to happen to her or the baby. Myranda seems to be letting her jealousy eat at her, even with Ramsey’s warning. It is possible that she will end up trying to attack Sansa at some point to stop the wedding. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of interactions Sansa and Theon will have now that she is aware of him. Will he tell her her brothers are alive? Will he help her escape?
TYRION AND JORAH
Tyrion attempts to create a civil relationship with Jorah as the two continue their journey to Daenerys near the ruins of Old Valyria. Jorah’s logic is the the route is shorter and that less pirates tread these waters. They discuss the beauty of the old kingdom, and Tyrion jokes about the dark rumors the surround it.
The Smoking Sea. How many centuries before we learn how to build cities like this again? Thousands of years the Valyrians were the best in the world at almost everything. And then they weren’t. – Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones
Their discussion, however, is interrupted as they spy Drogon flying above. They are both stunned by the beasts’s sudden appearance. Tyrion has waited his whole life for the seemingly impossible chance to see a dragon, whereas Jorah as been away from Daenerys and her dragons for so long that he is shocked at Drogon’s size. They are so distracted by the dragon that they fail to realize when their boat is attacked by stone men, crazed lepers driven mad by greyscale. Jorah screams at Tyrion to not let the stone men touch him. With his hands still bound, Tyrion ends up falling off the ship into the murky water below.
Later, Tyrion wakes up, having been saved from both the stone men and drowning by Jorah. They confirm to each other that they were not touched, and Tyrion thanks Jorah for saving his life, noting that he wouldn’t have needed it had Jorah not kidnapped him in the first place. They decide to go on foot in hopes to find a fishing vessel to take them to Meereen. As Tyrion turns away, Jorah pulls up his sleeve to reveal he has been infected with greyscale.
The greyscale seemed to be incredibly fast acting, already taking up a sizable patch on Jorah’s arm. This seems unlikely considering that not much time has passed between now and the attack, but not much is really known about greyscale. When Stannis mentioned the greyscale leper colonies in Valyria earlier in the season, it seemed more likely that the influx of people to Meereen would unwittingly bring it to the city. It is more surprising to see it infect a character as important as Jorah. Seeing as how Shireen seems to have been cured from her greyscale (while she carries its mark, it has not spread), maybe Jorah can find a way to stop it before it spreads too far. It would be unfortunate if he was t get back into Daenerys good graces only to infect her advisers or start a plague in her city.
Shireen is still going to get burned by Melisandre. Sansa is in danger from not just Ramsey, war, and Littlefinger’s schemes, but from the rather jealous Myranda. Cersei and the Tyrells were noticeably absent in this episode, so expect a King’s Landing-heavy episode next week. Loras has been captured, Olenna is making her return, and there is tension between Cersei, Margaery, and Tommen. Arya has not shown up in a while either. Maybe we will see more of her training next time.
As always, keep in mind that our speculations involve what has been shown in the show with as little involvement from the books as possible. With so many changes being made between the books and the shows, we feel that it is unfair to make predictions on one based on the other at this point… especially after last season.
With that in mind…
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