Watch The Throne: Game Of Thrones – “Battle Of The Bastards” (Season 6 Episode 9)

BRR! BRR! You know the drill: spoiler time once again, and a couple of biggies this episode. Some bigger than Drogon.

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Going against this season’s tradition of starting every episode up t’North, we find ourselves in Meereen which, at the end of the last episode, was being firebombed by the Master’s fleet of ships. Understandably, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is not impressed; sure it’s been a while since she was spirited away, but it was barely any time in the grand scheme of things. It even served her well, as she acquired an army of Dothraki (read: every tribe) in the process. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) actually looks sheepish as he answers to his queen on the how’s and why’s of the city being bombarded. Together with Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), the pair state their claims: that the Masters broke their agreement with Tyrion and, in attacking Meereen, they are being treacherous. Daenerys frees Rhaegal and Viserion from their prison – the pair are noticeably smaller than Drogon – and together the three destroy the Master’s army (all, somehow, without burning their fleet of ships. Convenient, right?).

The three Masters are informed that one of them is to be a sacrifice, at which two of them push forward the third, who is apparently of lower class. What bastards. As the third knees and begs for forgiveness, Grey Worm steps forward and slits the throats of the other two with one stroke. It is simultaneously hilarious and badass, and Tyrion informs the last Master that he return to whence he came and inform his followers that Daenerys is their queen. Touché.

Finally, the Dothraki army storm into the citadel and trample the Sons of the Harpy under their hooves. It has been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Though it isn’t made clear whether each and every one is killed in the attack, it puts Daenerys in good stead for setting off for Westeros. She has an enormous army and she has ships, which are added to once again when Yara (Gemma Whelan) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) unexpectedly turn up on Dany’s doorstep. They detail the beef with their uncle Euron who – if you recall – murdered their father, contested Yara’s claim to the throne and is now after their heads. Oh, and he intends to marry Daenerys, which rankles her so much that she accepts Yara’s offer to support her claim to the throne (much to Tyrion’s distaste) on the condition that, should Daenerys be successful, the Iron Islands become an independent entity from the Seven Kingdoms. May this be the start of a long and fruitful… bromance? (What’s the female equivalent to “bromance” anyway?)

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This episode is all about female empowerment and – as I’m sure we can all agree – it’s high time we get some of that on Game Of Thrones. But it has to be earned of course.

The main event this episode is obviously the titular Battle of the Bastards. As is customary in Game Of Thrones, episode 9 must always culminate in a stupendous fight sequence. The previous ones have been some of the best TV ever broadcast: the execution of Ned Stark (season 1), the Battle of Blackwater Bay (2), the Red Wedding (3), the Battle of Castle Black (4) and Drogon spiriting Dany away from the Sons of the Harpy (5). Battle of the Bastards is no different. It is spectacularly choreographed and shot, the shoot for which took a reported 25 days, and included 500 extras, 600 crew members and 70 horses. Dare we ask the cost?

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But let’s start at the beginning. In discussion prior to the battle, Jon (Kit Harington) challenges Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) to one-on-one combat, as it should be, to spare their men. Ramsay declines, for he’s heard all about Jon; a full on assault it is. And then there’s Rickon (Art Parkinson): where exactly is he? Ramsay throws forth Shaggydog’s severed head as proof, and Sansa believes he is as good as dead. She and Jon argue over the matter: she knows Ramsay in ways Jon never will, she knows his cunning and love of making others suffer for enjoyment. But Jon is a war hero of course, he knows how to organise a battle in ways that Sansa doesn’t. He thinks it is worth trying to save Rickon. He also thinks that their army is big enough, though given Sansa’s raven to who-could-guess, we can bargain that we know exactly what she thinks of that.

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The armies assemble and Ramsay steps forward – with Rickon, dragged along by a rope. He cuts him free. He tells him to run.

And run the boy does. Jon sees him first and rides forward to meet his younger brother. Ramsay is evidently baiting them both, separating Jon from his army and shooting arrows at the youngest Stark as he desperately tries to reach safety. Ramsay has shown himself a skilled archer time and again; it is clear that he is pretending to miss.

Until he doesn’t.

Rickon is speared through the heart, and dies lying on the ground choking on his own blood. One more Stark gone, and just like his companion Osha, Rickon was ultimately only brought back to die.

(Why the boy didn’t veer to the right or the left, we’ll never know.)

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The Bolton army storms forward, the Northern-Wildling conglomerate does too and the fight is truly begun. Swords clash, limbs flail, spears tangle and horses collide is a fury and frenzy that is disorienting. Jon is luckier than the majority, for time and again an arrow hits an ally or a horse dispatches a foe. Tormund (Kritofer Hivju) and his wildlings run forth with gusto, yet after so long it is clear that the Bolton army is purely larger. They circle what is left of Jon’s army, trapping them against the (mostly) dead bodies of their own soldiers. Shields and spears barricade them in, and not even the lone giant can break through their wall.

Just as it looks as though all is lost, who is to appear upon the crest of the hill by Sansa and Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen). The Knights of the Vale storm down and break through the Bolton defences, reinvigorating the fight once again. Jon would do well to trust his sister it seems; she was right about the army, and she was right about what Ramsay would do to Rickon. Yet it is Littlefinger who we have to watch from hereon in. Somehow, in all of this mess that he helped to construct, he has emerged favourably and smelling of roses, having successfully absconded from the Lannisters in Kings Landing to a new Northern ruler. And let’s remember, Sansa will (or should be, for Jon is a bastard) queen of Winterfell, and presumably she will need a king. Let’s hope that is neither Littlefinger, or the whelp he is manipulating, Robin Arryn.

The Bolton army is decimated and Jon and the Northern-Wildlings storm into Winterfell, drop the Stark banners and take Ramsay, who Jon takes great relish in deploying his anger upon. He stops short of the mark when Sansa walks in. This is her revenge.

They tie Ramsay in the dungeons, bleeding and bruised but still intact and feed him to his starving dogs. The hounds  rip off his face, before setting into his gut.

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So where do we go from here? Chips are being set into place for season 7 (yipes). Let’s recap:

Daenerys has an army, a fleet, two Greyjoys, three (presumably) obedient dragons and no impending enemies. Will she finally set sail for Westeros? Ramsay Bolton is finally dead, and Sansa is (also presumably) Queen of Winterfell. Out of the Starks, only she, Jon, Arya and Bran survive. Will they encounter the other two in the next season? Also, Littlefinger is now in Sansa’s favour, but will Jon agree on the sentiment? What is Littlefinger set to gain? He clearly wants power, but what will he do next to get it?

Next week is a big one, too. Cersei finally has her trial, we have yet to hear of Bran, Meera and Benjen and Arya is set to leave Braavos. Episode 10 is on its way; who can believe it’s almost over for another year already?

(Also a sad goodbye to Iwan Rheon, who – in his portrayal of Ramsay Bolton – successfully became the most loathed bastard on TV.)

PS: I’m conducting a survey on Twitter on why we bond over TV violence (can apply to GoT, Peaky Blinders, American Horror Story etc). Would appreciate any takers: up until Sunday!

Watch The Throne: Game Of Thrones – “No One” (Season 6 Episode 8)

Spoiler-bound, but no fear! This was a (relatively) quiet episode.

This week is Arya’s week, which I’m rather glad about. Her entire story has been on the back burner since last season, when she arrived in Braavos and opted to spend her days being bashed with sticks. So far this season, she has learnt some valuable lessons, such as not victimising others for personal gain, humility and perseverance. She definitely missed the memo on obedience, but this is Arya Stark. We have always loved the rebel in her.

Last week, she escaped the Waif by throwing herself off a bridge after being stabbed. She scrambles out of the water and makes her way to the only “friend” she has left in Braavos; Lady Crane, who takes her in and patches her up. The Lady invites her once again to join the travelling troupe of actors, but Arya (Maisie Williams) refuses. She intends to go far away to Essos, or even west of Westeros. She needs to escape. She needs to feel safe. The question is will she ever be? Definitely not today, for her sanctuary is short-lived. The Waif sneaks into Lady Crane’s chambers, murders her, and chases Arya through the streets. (NOTE: This is so ridiculously implaughible – Arya throws herself off a balcony and runs hours – at most, days – after being stabbed!) It’s tense (have you seen the muderous zeal on the Waif’s face!?) and Arya starts to bleed again, but she keeps going, luring the Waif away from the crowds and to a secluded chamber. Arya pulls out Needle and snuffs the light. All of that blind sparring may have paid off after all.

No one is surprised to see that Arya is the one standing in the House of Black and White whilst the Waif’s face is smeared bloodily on the wall, least of all Jaqen. Apparently, a girl has succeeded: she is now no one. Whoop-de-do! But in her quest to be “no one” Arya has realised that she very much needs to be someone. She is going back to Winterfell, and one can only assume that her kill list is at the forefront of her mind.

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There is a lot of movement this week as the chess pieces are being shaken up. Varys (Conleth Hill) leaves Meereen for starters, though for where and for why is currently unclear. This leaves Tyrion (Perter Dinklage) with Greyworm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel), who are hardly the liveliest pair, though they do painfully try to share some jokez, for after all, in the new peace of Meereen, it would be uncouth to not indulge a little, right? Their lighthearted bonding session is soon interrupted however by loud noises and an enormous fleet of ships heading into the bay. It appears that The Masters have gone back on their word and are back to take what is theirs. There seems to be little that they can do, other than assemble the Unsullied and barricade themselves into the pyramid. But just as they are about to go down fighting, there is a crash on the roof. The doors to the balcony open and who is there but everyone’s favourite Mother Of Dragons? Daenerys (Emilia Clarke)  does not look best pleased – and who can blame her? She’s been gone for all of five minutes and both her city and authority is under siege. It will be interesting to see if The Masters reconsider now that they can see how large Drogon has gotten.

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Talking of large things, man-mountain The Hound (Rory McCann) is on the hunt for those bandits that slaughtered the Septon and his camp and, in doing so, killed perhaps the only friends that he had ever had. It doesn’t take him long to find four of them, though he dispatches them quickly as they prove unhelpful. Soon afterwards, he happens upon the Brotherhood Without Banners and their continually resurrected leader, Beric Dondarrion. It appears that they have already captured those bandits, in fact they are so far along that they are about to hang them. The Hound wants to finish them off instead (Dondarrion gives him two) and the bandits flail as they swing whilst those around them make small talk. Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr – the red priest who resurrects him – intend to go north, where the “cold winds are blowing”. Apparantly, they are looking to recruit good men to accompany them. The Hound umms and ahhs yet doesn’t commit. Perhaps he intends to go south…

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That’s what we all hope anyway, but we’ll get to that in a minute. In this episode, we finally get to see exactly what The Mountain – er, Ser Robert Strong – is capable of in his present un/dead state. Lacel Lannister, the cousin of Cersei and Jamie who you may recall from Cersei’s bed in Season 2 before he refashioned himself as a Sparrow, has come to collect the Mother of the King and deliver her to the High Sparrow, who wishes to speak with her. She states that if he wishes to do so, he will have to visit her in the Red Keep. Lancel warns that should she persist, that there will be violence. “I choose violence” states Cersei (Lena Headey) – and why not? She has the Mountain at her shoulder after all, and her confidence is justified. He proceeds to rip the head off an unfortunate Sparrow (with his bare hands) as a warning to the others, who back off. Naturally.

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You almost begin to root for Cersei, but it is a short-lived victory, however. Later, she visits the throne room where King Tommen is about to make an announcement. As it transpires, it is not one she wishes to hear. Under the guidance of the High Sparrow, he proceeds to abolish trial by combat. There goes Cersei’s (and Loras Tyrell’s) chances of innocence it seems. (More importantly, there goes Cleganebowl.) As Cersei internally crumbles once again, Qyburn whispers into her ear. Apparently, his little birds have reported something that could be to both of their likings.

“Is it a rumour,” asks Cersei. “Or something more?”

“More,” says Qyburn. “Much more.”

Is Cersei about to fulfil her wish to burn Kingslanding to the ground? It’s the first thing that comes to mind, though we will have to wait and see.

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The last visit to be made this week is a return jaunt to Rivrrun, where Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is still holding it out with The Blackfish (Clive Russell). Both are still refusing to budge, it seems, when Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Pod arrive in the camp on behalf of Sansa to converse with her uncle. She tells Jamie that she intends to convince The Blackfish to go with her up north in order to aid his eldest niece in taking Winterfell from the Boltons. She also tries to return to him his sword as she has now completed her promise to Catelyn Stark to rescue her daughter (everyone believes that Arya is dead). Jamie refuses, and the Blackfish doesn’t bite. The honourable Brienne doesn’t take failure well.

Jamie has one trump card it seems: Edmure. He cajoles the Tully and convinces him to return to the castle and order his men to lay down their arms, in order to save his child whom he has never met. Both comply, and the Lannisters move in, but the Blackfish would rather go down fighting than surrender to the Lannisters. He ships Brienne and Pod upstream before meeting an honourable end, and as the pair row north in escape, Jamie spots them and waves. It is an odd relationship, that of Jamie and Brienne, one that is of mutual fondness and respect, yet seems doomed to end sombrely.

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So yes, I slow week, but a vital one. Sometimes misguided – e.g. Arya’s epic healing skills, her total 180° and The Blackfish being snuffed (he’s still living in the books, hell, he wasn’t even at the Red Wedding!).

Where Arya go now that a girl is someone again? Will Daenerys end her conflict with the Masters once and for all? And where is the Hound headed?

Over and out for now!

 

Watch The Throne: Game Of Thrones – ‘The Broken Man’ (Season 6 Episode 7)

Spoiler spoiler everywhere, be wise or you’ll be in for a scare!

What’s that coming over the hill, chop-chop-chopping wood as he goes? It’s not… can it be… The Hound!? It’s a bold first shot for this week’s episode (can you believe that we’re on week seven already!? Where is the time going?), but depending on how much of a social media denizen you are, you may or may not have already seen some compromising theories pertaining to such over the peat week or two. I’ll link the Cleganebowl theory HERE should you be as much of a speculative and nosy and self-spoiling obsessive as I.

It transpires that The Hound (Rory McCann) has been living the simple life with septon Ian McShane and his travelling band of merry followers, who keep themselves to themselves and peacefully tend to the land. Having happened across a dying Sandor Clegane after Arya left him for dead back in season 4, McShane’s septon took him in and nursed him back to health, with the hope of enlightening the former knight along the way. How well that went down is left for us to guess, as the Hound is still far more suspicious and sceptical than the company he currently keeps, and who can blame him? He’s spent years of his life in Kingslanding, after all. So when three armoured horsemen of the Brotherhood Without Banners trot into their camp, he is more than a bit wary, especially when they declare that “The night is dark and full of terrors”.

The Hound’s penchant for chopping wood goes to fare him well however, as upon returning to the camp following their cries he finds every men, woman and child slaughtered and the septon hanged. He grabs a hatchet and marches hot on their trail; perhaps Clegane is not so reformed after all.

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And talking of reformed individuals, Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) is spreading her newfound enlightenment for all to share, her current victim of choice being her grandmother. Following a conversation with the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), he convinces the queen that the Queen of Thorns needs to repent. Margaery pays her a visit – along with the delightful Septa Unella – but as can be presumed, Olenna (Diana Rigg) is hardly amused by her show of religious devotion. Grabbing her by the hand, Margaery begs her grandmother reconsider… and slips her a note. It appears our slippery queen hasn’t completely lost her gall after all, and when Olenna opens it later, she finds a drawing of a rose, the symbol of House Tyrell. Hopefully, Margaery intends to play the High Sparrow at his own game.

Complying with her granddaughter’s wishes, Olenna packs for High Garden, but not before one last visit by the king’s mother. It seems Cersei (Lena Headey) is feeling the pinch; her allies are either being dispatched elsewhere or dropping like flies. It’s a good job that she has the Mountain to look after her. Olenna bluntly admonishes her by stating that the mess they all currently find themselves in is one solely of Cersei’s making and that the only satisfaction she gets from it is watching the Lannister suffer.

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Following the brief return of Walder Frey in last week’s episode, we return to the Riverlands to find some of his many sons brandishing their hostage Edmure Tulley – aka: the groom of the Red Wedding – at the battlements of Riverrun where his uncle, The Blackfish (Clive Russell), has taken the longstanding Tulley castle from the sly Frey’s. Apparantly, Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is the most suitable candidate to sort this mess out, alongside everyone’s favourite unallied knight Bronn (Jerome Flynn). The pair ride through the camp and take control of the Fray army before Jamie goes to parlay with the Blackfish. Not that it goes well, for for all Jamie’s talk, the Blackfish declares himself “disappointed” in finally meeting the Kingslayer, and who can really blame him. Jamie is hardly commanding the situation here. He seems to be perpetually cursed by being a trier, but ultimately leaving a lot to be desired when the pivotal moment comes.

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Up in the North and Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Jon (Kit Harington) have their own mess to sort, for whilst Jon and Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) convince the Wildling army to support Jon and Sansa’s venture to take back Winterfell their army is quite a bit smaller than required – by a lot. They head to visit the Northern houses that have not pledged allegiance to the Boltons, starting with the Mormonts of Bear Island. After all, who can argue with a declaration as strong as “Bear Island knows no king but the King in the North, whose name is Stark”.

One would presume it be a home run, but upon being admitted to an audience with Lyanna Mormont (actress Bella Ramsey STEALS the show!),the trio – joined by Ser Davos – are a bit taken aback. The young leader – a mere ten years old – is frosty and tough; she doesn’t want to lose more men following an ill-advised Stark then the Mormonts did when they followed Robb south previously. She boldly questions whether Sansa can even claim to be Stark, having been married to both a Lannister and a Bolton. Ultimately, it is left to Davos to save the day, placating the situation and convincing young Lyanna to back their cause. Not that there are many men to spare; they are pledged a mere 62, and whilst Jon seems hasty to head to Winterfell with what they have, that is by no means enough for Sansa. She sneaks off and pens a letter to an unrevealed recipient and seals it with the Stark seal. One can only assume it is intended for Littlefinger and his Knights of the Vale…

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We only get a brief flit to Braavos this week, which is all very well following Arya’s (Maisie Williams) rediscovery that a girl is far better being someone in this world than being a no-one that answers subserviently to a god that also cannot decide who or what it wants to be. Her reclamation of Needle was a good start, but it hardly seems like she is on the down low, and definitely not when she struts about town throwing her pick-pocketed cash at merchants for board on their ship.

Perhaps Arya actually wants the attention. She knows Jaqen well enough that she is always being watched, so what if she wants to play them at their own game? As she is soaking in some sun on a bridge, she is approached by an old woman, and before we know it the Waif is plunging a dagger into her abdomen over and over and over again. Somehow, she escapes the wretched Waif’s clutches, throwing herself over the bridge and into the canal below. For a few moments you begin to question whether that is really the end of the bullheaded Stark, yet she reemerges downstream and somehow drags herself from the water, dripping blood as she goes on a quest for help.

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If the Waif thinks Arya is dead then will Jaqen? Will Sansa get the raven that she is hoping for, or will it be intercepted by Ramsay on the way to the Vale? What is Margaery’s game, and are the cogs of Cleganebowl in motion?

Meet you on the other side.

PS. I am so ready for Lyanna Mormont memes. Ready.

Watch The Throne: Game Of Thrones – “Blood Of My Blood” (Season 6 Episode 6)

Spoilers if you are lagging behind: beware. Or if you’ve given up on a spoiler-free existence, come right on through!

One week later and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) is still dragging Branflake (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) through the snow. Just in case you’d forgotten the trauma of last week, Bran lingered too long in a dream/memory that ultimately led the Night’s King and his entire army to the home of the Three Eyed Raven, resulting in carnage for literally everyone bar the girl dragging the lanky, disabled teen through the snow. Hodor held his door, not that you would know that anyone is bothered by his demise given the total lack of recognition in this week’s episode. You’d think that, having subject us all to that momental heartache, the characters would at least have the decency to partake in such too.

To make matters worse, Bran is still dreaming. Literally. He’s taking this lazy teen stereotype to new levels here. It’s one thing to sleep through your mother’s calls to get your ass down for breakfast, but another entirely to sleep through a slaughter. But just as Meera is coming to terms with their fates, he wakes up. They embrace and wait to be killed and…

Aren’t.

They are saved by a mysterious hooded figure swinging a ball of fire. He fights off the undead and drags the pair onto his horse, galloping them away to safety. But who is this hooded creature? Well, as was proved last week, nothing in Game Of Thrones is accidental and the same goes for characters. There is a reason Ned Stark has a brother, and it appears we are about to find out why (finally), for after 54 episodes Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle) has made his return. Yes, we thought he was dead. They all thought he was dead. Actually, he was dead, yet not undead (this is becoming a theme), having been resurrected by the Children of the Forest to combat the White Walkers.

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That’s all we’re given in the North this week (yes, a week minus Sansa or Jon). The closest in proximity that we get is Sam (John Bradley-West) delivering Gilly (Hannah Murray) and Little Sam to his family in the hope that they take them in for safekeeping. Except he’s failed to mention one little stickler: his father – Randyll Tarly – despises Wildlings, so despite the warm welcome from his mother and sister, it’s only a matter of time until things end badly. And they do, with Randyll screeching that Sam “dishonours” them and marvelling – furiously – that he still be alive. Despite Gilly sticking up to Randyll in Sam’s honour, he agrees to take the “Wildling Whore” in in the agreement that she work in the kitchens, to which Sam agrees. Yet when we have just given in all hope at Sam having cajones, he whisks Gilly and Little Sam away because they are a family, and families stay together. Not before he also whisks Randyll’s valyrian steel sword from the mantelpiece; it may come in handy soon after all.

 

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Down in Kingslanding and it’s time for Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) to repent for her sins by following in Cersei’s footsteps, though if you recall, her grandmother Olenna (Diana Rigg) has a different idea. The Queen of Kingslanding will not be paraded through the streets like some common whore on her watch, and the Lannisters agree. When the Sparrows bring her out onto the steps of the Sept they find a shiny Lannister-Tyrell coalition waiting to greet them, headed by Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Margaery’s face is a picture of bewilderment (though one that could be later construed as horror) when she sees the army sent to rescue her; she has reawakened in the light of the Seven and has seen the error of her ways – and so has King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). The young king states the importance of the union of the faith and the crown, though we can hazard a guess it is more the importance of the retrieval of his wife for, er, less noble machinations. The smug look on the High Sparrow’s(Jonathan Pryce) face at this turn of events is a sight to behold, and one can only wonder that had quick witted Margaery been privy to her would-be saviours notions, this whole debacle could have taken a turn for the better instead of a whole lot worse.

Once again Jamie and Cersei (Lena Headey) reinstate their intention to make everyone pay for how they have suffered, which is apt, as Jamie has been stripped of his Kingsguard status by Tommen for his opposing the crown and it appears that Cersei is to be left all alone. He is being shipped to Riverrun to see the Blackfish (Catelyn Stark’s uncle – a Tully – if you recall); he has reclaimed The Twins from the sly Fray’s following their betrayal at the Red Wedding, so natually, as a Lannister and Fray ally it is Jamie’s job to sort out the mess (or try to). The prospect of Jamie leaving her on her own in Kingslanding’s pit of snakes softens Cersei for a brief moment and as he departs you can’t help but wonder what will be of her now the High Sparrow has Tommen in the palm of his hand.

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Over in Braavos and Arya (Maisie Williams) is back watching am-dram (extra kudos if you spot Richard E. Grant who returns in his cameo of last week – portraying Tywin Lannister’s death on the bog), except this time its a tad more sinister with Jaqen giving her the task to assassinate Lady Crane by poisoning her wine. With her wily ways, it looks like a girl is set to succeed, until she is rumbled by her would-be victim just as she is about to leave. The two bond in the space of a three minute conversation and Arya has a change of heart; she storms back into the changing room and knocks the glass from the actress’ hand just as she is set to take a sip. It seems a girl prefers being someone after all and it’s a good job that she retrieves Needle from the docks, for her spiteful sparring partner has just been given Jaqen’s blessing to off the young Stark. He requests that she does not make Arya suffer, though the look on the Waif’s face suggests otherwise.

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Finally, we are treated to a brief visit to everyone’s favourite Mother Of Dragons. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Daario (Michiel Huisman) are traversing the desert with their new, enormously large army of Dothraki. For all her spiel at Vaes Dothrak, she has yet to prove on her claims – other than walking through fire, of course. Cue the return of Drogon. Dany literally sniffs out the beast – who has grown, exponentially. Her favourite baby seems a tad more compliant than the last time we saw him, yet if he hadn’t dumped her in the middle of nowhere at the end of last season, Daenerys would be minus one very large army. It appears everything happens for a reason, and the Dothraki appear suitably impressed by the silver haired queen on the back of a giant flying lizard. As you would be.

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It’s been a quiet one this week, hasn’t it? It will be interesting to see where the return of Benjen goes. It will be interesting to see if Arya makes it out of Braavos alive. And what of Sam and Gilly now? 

Onto the next!