Game of Thrones Recap by AsimovLives
Season 5 – Episode 6
Hello. AsimovLives here and I’m a regular sci-fi contributor to this website. But I also love Game of Thrones! So this is my series of recap articles about the episodes of the season 5 of HBO’s television series Game of Thrones, for your pleasure.
Game of Info:
Series: Game of Thrones
Created by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Based on the fantasy novel series A Song of Fire and Ice by author George R.R. Martin
Episode title: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
Written by Bryan Cogman
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Original Air Date: May 17 2015
Game of Synopsis:
Beware, spoilers ahead
The episode opens with the Dyson sphere globe of the world of Westeros showing the locations of King’s Landing, Winterfell, The Wall, Braavos, Meereen and Dorne, where the action takes place.
Arya’s training at the House of Black and White takes a step further when she finds herself giving the gift of death to a dying child. A Man takes her to a huge room with columns displaying many face masks, and tells her she is not ready to be a Faceless Man but is to be a Many Faces Man.
The Queen of Thorns arrives to King’s Landing to deal with the situation of her grandson Loras. At the meeting with Cercei, the latter tries to pull a Tywin by feigning working. This doesn’t fool the old lady. The meeting ends in an impasse.
Littlefinger arrives at the capital. On his way to meet Cercei he is accosted by Lancel, who tries to intimidate him by telling of his Sparrows brotherhood’s sin cleansing antics. Littlefinger is not intimidated and calls out Lancel’s newfound lust for zealotry.
Littlefinger reveals to Cercei that Sansa is alive and at Winterfell, to be wed to Bolton’s heir. Cercei takes the news badly. Littlefinger advises to wait out for a moment, for the Boltons will soon face Stannis’ forces in battle, and whomever wins will be too weakened to deal with another army, Littlefinger’s own from The Vale he commands. For all this, he asks to be named Warden of the North. Cercei agrees.
At the hearing of Loras’ presumed lecherous activities, he denies all charges. Margaery is called to testify, she also denies any wrongdoings by her brother. The High Septon then calls a surprise witness, Olyvar, who promptly bears witness to Loras’ sexual activities with him, with the full knowledge of his sister. Loras and Margaery are arrested, the latter pleas with King Tommen for help. But Tommen just looks god smacked at his Queen being arrested in front of him and does nothing. Cercei smiles at her victory over the Tyrells.
Somewhere in Essos:
Tyrion tells Jorah he once knew his father, former Lord Commander at The Wall and what a dedicated leader he was to his men. Tyrion says that Jeor Mormont knew all of the names of his men and facts about their lives previous to joining the Night’s Watch. Tyrion also mentions the news of Jeor’s death. This catches Jorah by surprise and he is disturbed by the news.
Walking along the coastline, Tyrion and Jorah debate their views of the world, namely Jorah’s dedication to his Queen who wants him dead. Jorah replies he was once a cynic like Tyrion but after he saw Daenerys rise from a pyre holding baby dragons, he began to believe in a higher purpose for himself. Their peripatetic dissertations are cut short when they spy a pirate ship. Their attempt at hiding proves fruitless as the pirates, who had gone ashore, capture them.
Jorah is roughed up for his fierce spirit. Tyrion is to be castrated since a dwarf’s genitals fetch a good price among the apothecaries of Essos. Tyrion talks himself and Jorah out of the situation by pointing out the pirates will not be able to prove his genitals are from a dwarf without living proof, and Jorah is a great warrior good for the fighting pits of Meereen. Tyrion tells that Jorah once won a tournament against the likes of Jaime Lannister. Jorah plays along with Tyrion’s scheme and recounts how he once killed a Dothraki warrior from the tribe of Khal Drogo in a fight. The pirate is impressed and spares both.
Doran Martell reminds his captain of the Water Guard that Myrcella is under sacred hospitality and should be protected. Myrcella herself is oblivious to all this events and she spends all of her attention on her betrothed Prince Trystane. They are both in love with each other.
Jaime and Bronn arrive and infiltrate the palace’s gardens to rescue Myrcella. At the same time the Sand Snakes go on their mission to murder her. The two teams meet up with Myrcella and fight, but are interrupted and arrested by the Water Guard. Ellaria, the instigator of the Snakes, is also arrested.
While bathing Sansa, Myranda attempts to intimidate her by telling the deadly fate of all the women who “bored” Ramsey. Sansa calls her out by saying she is not afraid, as Winterfell is her home. But when the latter leaves, she is shaken.
A cleaned Reek, looking a parody of his former self and yet more dignified than Theon ever was, arrives to take Sansa to her wedding. Sansa refuses to take his arm. Reek begs her to do so or else he will be punished. She replies she doesn’t care. She does believe Theon killed her younger brothers!
Sansa is taken to a parody of a fairy tale wedding that is to be hers. Afterwards, Ramsey drops whatever remained of his pretense of sanity and forces himself on her. He orders Reek to stay and watch while he rapes Sansa. Reek watches. Theon weeps.
Game of Opinion:
And the award for the most unlucky and abused character goes to: Sansa Stark!
Since episode 5 this season has been harsher and crueler to some of my favorite characters. Last episode was Jorah, this was Sansa. The episode couldn’t have ended on a sadder note.
I was hoping that given Sansa’s growth in the last seasons, we would witness her moment of awesome by manipulating Ramsey to her will. Ramsey is psychotic and even his father has trouble controlling him. So imagine how awesome for Sansa if she managed to do what nobody had before. Instead, Sansa continues to be the scared child she always was. What’s troubling is that she has proved to be smart and, let’s be frank, she is the second tallest women in the show after Brienne and towers over most of the men in the show. It would be believable if she put up an effective fight, and she has both Tully and Stark blood, two families known for spirited women. Alas!
My open letter to the show runner: Please, pretty please with sugar on top, will you finally have Sansa fight back and kick ass? Whatever way might that be, just let her give back in kind what the world has done to her, with interests. And if you do not listen, the hell with you!
We learned this episode that Jorah once won a tournament defeating even the likes of Jaime Lannister. I know Jorah is badass, one of the best in the show, but knowing that is so sweet! Again the scenes with Jorah and Tyrion prove to be some of the best writing in the show. It was great to see Tyrion again talking his way out of an imminent danger. This time he has a partner who is able to be as quick on his feet as him and play along and improve on the plan.
The scene where Tyrion tells about Jorah’s father reminded me that Jeor Mormont, former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, is his father. You can tell here Jorah’s intelligence, badassery, sense of honor and compassion comes from. For all the things that separated them in life, they are indeed kin. I miss Jeor.
Littlefinger is one of the shadiest characters in this show and this episode does not dilute that, but I loved when he told off Lancel the Ass. It says a lot when Littlefinger comes off as the one you root for.
King Tommen is probably the most ineffectual king in the whole history of Westeros.
Game of Predictions:
- Unless the show runners have some wicked twist planned for Sansa, I’m about to give up on her as a player after her wimpiness in this episode. That she has returned to be a redhead might be an indication that Sansa will always be the perpetual victim till the end.
- Jorah will die in the Fight Pits in an attempt to regain some of his past glory when he won that tournament in his youth.
- Keen eyes might notice that Bronn was lightly wounded in the fight with the Snakes. They are the Red Viper’s daughters. Uh-oh!
Game of Final Thoughts:
Again a great episode. Made remarkable for having one of the darkest and most heartbreaking endings since the Red Wedding. It is that sad.
As always, thank you for reading. See you at next week’s episode The Gift.
This is AsimovLives, signing off. Have a better one.