Warning: This review is intend for those who have read the novels, and those who do not mind some spoilers from the show.
Book of the Stranger
This episodes gives me two things I have been wanting for a while. Daenerys’ story gets a little interesting [as in something actually happens to her], and there is a reunion.
The highlight of this episode was definitely that at least 2 of the Stark children have been reunited. Jon Snow, although a bastard, was raised along with his brothers and sisters; only when Royalty came along was he not allowed to sit at the table with his siblings and father. Since they left Winterfell, there has been nothing but bad news for them, one way or the other.
It made me a little warm and fuzzy when Jon and Sansa see each other for the first time in years. They both look shocked to see the other, although Sansa expected to see Jon. If she arrived a few days earlier he would have been dead. And then, when they finally hug, all I can think is, “Thank God! Finally two of them at least get to meet again.”
Of course, Sansa is going there to ask Jon’s help in taking back Winterfell, but Jon doesn’t want to fight and he doesn’t have enough men to try. Then they receive a letter from Ramsay saying that he wants Sansa back and that he has Rickon. This seals the decision, only they don’t know yet that the Vale is planning to march to their aid since Little Finger has convinced Robin Arryn to join them.
After last week’s episode some fans thought there was some hope that Osha would be part of some deal to kill Ramsay. Unfortunately, they forgot that Theon had told Ramsay everything in his broken state. For a short moment their theories are entertained until Ramsay tells Osha that Theon told him that she helped Bran and Rickon escape and then he stabs her in the neck and kills her. This sorta pisses me off, not because I liked Osha or anything but because they bring her back and kill her off after only two scenes and we don’t even get to see Rickon in this episode.
Speaking of missing people, we don’t see Bran, Arya nor Sam in this episode.
In the Vale we finally get to see what Little Finger is up to now that she tricked Sansa into marrying Ramsay. Ser Royce contront him about how he said he would take Sansa to his home but then she ends up in Winterfell and getting married. Petyr accuses Ser Royce of divulging the details of his travel and claims that he was ambushed and Sansa taken from him. Some lie, considering that he’s alive to even tell it. However for now Little Finger keep Ser Royce alive since he will need him to led the war to take back Winterfell [it would seem]. And the Vale will have finally joined the wars.
In King’s Landing, the High Sparrow let’s Margaery speak to Loras. She tries to tell him to be strong but it seems Loras as given up. Margaery believes that this is exactly what the High Sparrow wants. Tommen tells his mother that the High Sparrow intends that Margaery take a walk of shame was well. Cersei, knowing she doesn’t have as much power as before, teams up with Lady Olenna and Ser Kevan to go to war against the High Sparrow. Of course, this doesn’t happen this way in this books, although I have no idea if they actually get to take about killing the High Sparrow. As I’ve said Margaery is released by this time in the books.
That aside, I believe the High Sparrow knows that Cersei has not changed and is doing this to bring down all of them and their lies. I mean, he explicitly told Tommen he would do this and told him to keep it a secret. I’m sure he knew Tommen would go and tell someone, like his mother.
In Meereen, Tyrion foolishly makes a deal with the Slavers. Missandei, Grey Worm and Varys are quiet unhappy with what he’s been up to and one can only hope that he has something more planned and don’t actually believe that the Masters will stand down. Aside from that, when Daenerys gets back she’ll be mighty upset that he is undoing what she’s been trying to achieve [or so it seems].
In Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys is set to meet with the Khals where they will decide her faith. Will she be allowed to join the Dosh Khaleen or will they kill her for not coming straight to Vaes Dothrak after Khal Drogo’s death. Jorah and Daario Naharis come to her rescue but she tells them she has a plan and sends them away.
Later she meets with the Khals who suggest all sort of horrible things to be done to her. She insults them and tells them they will all die and then she throws down all the fires around the room and burns them all, then exists the temple naked from the fire [which burned away her clothes]. All the Dothraki bow to her. So yes, something has finally happened in Dany’s story which was a bit stagnant for a while.
However, this fireproof nonsense is really nonscene because George RR Martin has already said that Dany isn’t fireproof and that the Targaryens can burn just like everyone else, so the show making her resistant to fire is just a bit stupid but I guess it works to bring some element of an actual story line to Daenerys’ arc.
I’m looking forward to a possible death to Ramsay and some more White Walkers. Whatever happened to them, eh?