TV Trial: Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 3

Posted April 28, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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High Sparrow

I’m super happy about two things in this episode. Only Arya’s story seems to be going in the same general direction. Jon’s is very similar and Tyrion’s has just jumped half way into his story and missed, what I consider, crucial detail.

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Summary and Comparison

There were some story-lines that stayed true to the novels, some that were changed a bit and some that were fast forwarded.

Jon Snow rejects Stannis’ offer to become Jon Stark. However, while some of his story is fast forward, the same essence remains. He takes charge as Lord Commander and he assigns duties to the men including his enemies, Janos Slynt and Allister Thorne. Slynt refuses and Jon has the opportunity to send a message to all his enemies in the Night’s Watch. He decapitates Slynt in the square at Castle Black.

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Tommen and Margaery get married and consummate their marriage. Margaery tries to manipulate Tommen to get his mother to return to Casterly Rock. Margaery and Cersei have an awkward conversation about appreciation for each other but it’s clear to see that neither is as honest with their words as it seems.

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Tyrion and Varys arrive in Volantis. While there, Tyrion begs to go outside the palaquin so help his sanity. They visit a brothel but Tyrion finds that he cannot go with the prostitute he has chosen. We also see Ser Jorah having a drink. Later on, when Tyrion is drunk and relieving himself, Jorah captures him and tells him he’s taking him to the queen.

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In Braavos, Arya starts her practice towards becoming a faceless man. A part of this, is letting go of who she is. She must become no one. She eventually get’s rid of everything she has, except Needle, the sword that Jon had made for her. Instead of throwing it in the water, she hides it.

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Brienne and Pod’s story-line has changed but she does share with him the reason why she supported Renly Baratheon.

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Sansa and Littlefinger travel to Winterfell, where she will be marrying Ramsay Bolton. At first, Sansa is appalled that Littlefinger would make such a proposal, however he tells her that she will always be running and this is the best way to get revenge for her family.

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There is only one thing in this episode that really upsets me and that is the fast forwarding of Tyrion’s story. I know that they are trying to cut back on characters but this change would really change the power-play dynamics of the story. Overall though, I think it’s a good direction for the show.

The Verdict

4 Stars

4 Stars

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