This week’s episode picks up back in Meereen. The slaves are pondering the possibility of freedom following Daenerys. They’re understandably hesitant to take on their masters who earlier nailed 100+ children to stakes on the road in order to make a point. After some choice words from Grey Worm, well choice words and swords, the slaves overthrow their masters and Daenerys takes the city. Daenerys continues to prove herself a more brutal conqueror when she retaliates by having the former masters pinned alive in the same way. Jorah advises her against it and it looks like he might be starting to become concerned by Daenerys’ behavior.
Back on the main land, Jaime is still training with Bronn. During a break, Bronn convinces Jaime to go see Tyrion and tells him that Tyrion believed in Jaime so much that he had named him as his champion back at the Eyrie. It’s funny that Bronn of all people seems to be guilt tripping Jaime in to going to see his own brother. All of the conversations between Jaime and Tyrion are great on screen. They can always find a way to make even the direst situations a little lighter with their speech. My favorite line from this particular exchange was Tyrion’s, “The King Slayer Brothers, what do you think of that?”. The whole conversation was also a rehashing of where we stand as far as finding out the true identity of the killer. No one (aside from Cersei and Tywin) seem to believe that Tyrion is responsible and Tyrion seems certain that Sansa wasn’t responsible.
Meanwhile, Sansa is still with Little Finger who’s taking her to his wedding with her aunt. Sansa directly accuses him of killing Joffrey. Baelish pretty much confesses to being a part of plot to kill Joffrey, but informs Sansa that there is a larger game being played. Despite being given lots by the Lannisters, Baelish says that he was never really after that. He has higher aspirations and a new “circle of friends”. He doesn’t let on who they are but he does tell Sansa that Joffrey’s death was a gift that his new friends very much wanted. He also lets her know that there were other reliable allies assisting him. At that point, we are cut back to Margaery and Olenna Tyrell. Olenna is prepping Margaery for what’s to come and pretty much admits to having a hand in Joffrey’s death.
This isn’t a huge surprise as it’s clear that Olenna never really held an actual affinity for the Lannisters. She was even less likely to sit by and let her granddaughter actually suffer at the mercy of Joffery. Of course, Baelish and the Tyrell’s are in the perfect position to not be on the Lannister’s radar of potential suspects. Instead of following other leads Cersei tries to get Jaime to go hunt down Sansa. You know, because the most pressing thing for them to talk about now is her revenge and not the apparent rape that happened under her dead son. I’ve got to think that this is an indication that what we saw last week may have actually been intended to be consensual and just ended up sending mixed signals. Although, given how crazy Cersei tends to be and how common rape is in this society, it’s completely possible that it’s something she’d just roll with.
While this is happening Margaery’s basically started working to seduce Tommen. Admittedly, this is extremely inappropriate, but in the world of GoT it’s at least relatively tasteful. I was really afraid that I was gonna see statutory rape happen about half way through the episode. Thankfully, they took the high road. Jaime also takes a somewhat high road by commissioning Brienne to go after the Stark girls and get them somewhere safe. He gives Brienne is sword (which she names Oathkeeper) and a new suit of armor as gifts. In a particular adorable scene, Jaime and Bronn send her off with Podrick. We know that Brienne’s got the hots for Jaime, but it’s never really been completely clear how Jaime views her. That being said, this scene clearly showed that he didn’t want to send her away. It’s likely that, like with Tyrion and Podrick, he’s concerned of what might happen to her if she remains near him.
Back on the Wall, Jon Snow is still working to find a way to help prepare the Night’s Watch to fight the Wildlings. His efforts are met by interruption and general dickishness from Alliser Thorne, who is the acting Master Commander of the Night’s Watch. Instead of letting him continue to undermine them, Thorne decides to let Jon lead a small group of his “brothers” north of the Wall, to Craster’s Keep, where they can avenge the death of the previous Master Commander, Jeor Mormont. Their hope is that Snow will be killed during the expedition.
To be completely honest, it’s been a while since we’ve really visited the area where Mormont was betrayed and I don’t really have a great memory of every detail of what happened there. We finally get back there to see that Rast and Karl, the guys who betrayed Joer, is still there (and so is Jon’s wolf, Ghost). These two were members of the Night’s Watch who betrayed Craster and their own side to gain control of Craster’s Keep. We also see that the baby that was such a big deal is alive and is apparently important to the “gods”. It seems that the “gods” that are being referred to are actually the White Walkers. Rast takes the baby out into the forest and leaves it there for the Walkers to find.
At the same time, we see that Bran’s band has made it north of the wall and they’re actually very close to Craster’s Keep. When Bran takes control of a wolf he runs it into a trap. Right before he does, he sees that they also have Ghost. So, of course, they decide they need to go save the wolves and end up getting themselves caught. At this point Bran is really starting to feel like the “stupid girl” in an action movie. It feels like there’s only a flimsy excuse to have him around and all he really seems to do is to get into trouble that other characters are going to have to deal with. I really hope that he’s worth it to have around, because I’ve yet to see any real evidence of that.
At the very end of the episode we see the White Walkers actually claim the baby. They take the baby into a remote location and set him on an ice alter. Then one of them picks the baby up and touches its face turning its eyes dark blue, presumably making it a White Walker. I feel like this was probably a big reveal for the series. Showing us that White Walker is made of people and all would’ve probably been a really big shock if the White Walkers had been on screen more to this point. I know that they’re a looming presence but so far no one outside of the Night’s Watch and Tywin seem to have even acknowledged their existence. Maybe this will have a big impact on me later but, for now, I care more about how things are going on in Meereen and King’s Landing.