This week we seemed to have a much more concise show. It went much quicker than it had in the past few weeks because it followed fewer story lines. I really enjoy these episodes though because it allows them to spend time developing their characters and storyline. While this episode might have been a slower paced episode, it did do those very things.
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn) are off to rescue Myrcella. There is only one problem however, she does not want to be rescued. She is quite enjoying the company of her future husband and they even talk about marrying sooner rather than later. Oh, and the other problem is that there are extremists there who wants to kill her…there’s that too. This group ends up meeting Jaime and Bronn and they fight it out until they are surrounded my the Dornish army are taken as prisoners.
Tyrion and Mormont
There are a couple things worth mentioning for these two characters. First, some character building. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) casually mentions the passing of Mormont’s father until he realized that Mormont (Iain Glen) had not heard of this. There are two real things to take from this scene. The first is that these two actors work well together (which I had said in last week’s review). The next is that this shows how isolated Mormont is. No one from his past talks to him and the people he hoped was his future has him banished. Now, in his present, he is quite possible going to die from greyscale and his only companion is a dwarf he does not like, this can all build up.
The next important thing is that they get captured by pirates/slavers. This makes it the second time Tyrion has been captured this season (if we don’t count anything that Varys did). Due to some quick thinking by Tyrion, he convinced the pirates to take them to where Daenerys is and enter them into the fighting pits. This does not seem like a good thing but it is the better alternative to being killed and having certain body parts cut off of you.
Little Finger is summoned into King’s Landing. Here he has a run in with the Sparrows. The Sparrows are the religious group who has been weaponized and are now taking names of all those who sin. After words are exchanged, Little Finger and Cersei meet. As things get heated Little Finger expertly re-targets Cersei’s anger toward Sansa as he tells her that she is still alive and in Winterfell marrying Ramsay Bolton (which she does, and it is as terrifying as you would imagine). This scene ends with Cersei making Little Finger promise he would bring her Sansa’s head.
So, the Sparrows arrested Loras Tyrell due to suspicion of sleeping with other men. He and his sister Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer) are called to testify in regards to this. They both deny it. However, the Sparrows have a surpirse witness. If you remember from a previous review/recap, Margaery walked in on her brother with another man once and was very casual about it. This other man was the surprise witness. He testified about what had happened and this was enough to put both Tyrells on trial. The big issue is that if they are both found guilty, this would heavily hurt the alliance between the Lannisters and the Tyrells. All that being said, Cersei just does not care.
While there is not as much to write about this episode, this was still a fairly good one While the trial definitely will drive the show forward, this was mostly about character building as opposed to anything else. I imagine next week’s will have a heavy impact on the future episodes to come.
Tyrion just can’t seem to catch a break…