Following the creepy White Walker reveal in the last episode, Game of Thrones returns this week with a coronation, confrontations and several killings. Because a Game of Thrones episode without a murder scene is considered a dull affair (See what I did there?).
Tommen Baratheon’s coronation opened the episode. Throughout the celebration, our boy king could not keep his eyes away from Margaery Tyrell who stands proximate to His Grace as he welcomes his well-wishers. Tommen and Margaery’s flirtatious glances caught the attention of Queen Regent Cersei Lannister who immediately went out to confront the recently-widowed.
In a surprising turn of events, Queen Cersei asked Margaery to help Tommen rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as his wife. But not before giving a speech about loving your first child regardless if he turned out to be a monster like King Joffrey. The showrunners are letting us in Cersei’s head and I cannot help but wonder if showing the Queen Regent’s deepest vulnerabilities is one of their season-long plans.
Going back, Cersei and Margaery’s team-up would have been greatly interesting to witness. Too bad, the alliance will only be ephemeral as George R.R. Martin’s plot to shake things up in King’s Landing is already written in books four and five. Oops, spoiler!
We later see Cersei talking to his father Lord Tywin Lannister about her plans to wed Margaery and Tommen. Tywin reveals that their alliance with the Tyrells is of paramount importance as the Crown is bankrupt and owes a huge amount of debts. The Highgarden has a lot of resources so why not forge an agreement and let them save the Crown? Whatever happened to “A Lannister always pays his debts”?
Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen met with her council about their plan to takeover Westeros while continuing to liberate the entire Slaver’s Bay region. But when Khaleesi learned that the number of her Unsullied is not enough for her plans and that the cities she previously freed experienced a relapse, she decided that she would stay in Essos and rule as its one true Queen. In her words, “I will not let those I have freed slide back to chains. I will not sail for Westeros. I will do what queens do: I will rule.”
On the other side of the realm, Sansa Stark and Lord Petyr Baelish, otherwise known as Littlefinger, arrived at The Vale. In order to conceal Sansa’s real identity from the watchful eyes of King’s Landing’s spies, Littlefinger introduced her as his niece Alayne.
Once inside the Eyrie, Catelyn Stark’s sister Lady Lysa Arryn said that she knew all about Littlefinger’s plan to snatch Sansa from the Lannisters and keep her in The Vale. But that’s not all. Lysa, who appeared to be completely smitten with Littlefinger, revealed that it was Petyr who ordered her to poison her former husband Jon Arryn and asked her to involve the Starks into the fray. In other words, it was actually Littlefinger who triggered all this mayhem. Littlefinger is the real enemy. Littlefinger, you crafty son of a b.
Littlefinger and Lysa married on the spot, making the former the legitimate protector of the Vale (See what the sneaky bastard did? Take note of this, folks. This is a ground for a plot twist waiting to happen in one of the episodes this season. My guess is on the next episode). The day after, we see Lysa getting jealous of the amount of attention and affection Sansa gets from Lord Baelish. The Lady of the Vale confronts her niece while enclosing both her hands on a tight and nervous grip. The intense situation only ended when Sansa repeatedly claimed that she’s still a virgin. Lysa then said that Sansa is to be wed to her cousin Robin Arryn and be the next Lady of the Vale.
The episode also featured secondary story arcs including that which featured Lady Brienne and her squire Podrick Payne who are on their way to keep their vow to rescue Sansa and protect her from harm. Oberyn Martell and Queen Cersei also shared an intimate moment together, with the latter asking the former to tell her daughter she misses her (Quick recap: Tyrion Lannister sent Cersei’s only daughter Myrcella Baratheon to Dorne back in season two). Despite Oberyn’s reassurance that they don’t hurt little children in Dorne, Cersei remains unconvinced and said, “Everywhere in the world, they hurt little girls.” Unfortunately, I think so too, Cersei.
After being absent for a couple of episodes, Arya Stark finally gets her screen time this week. Arya’s heart is still brimming with her desire to avenge her family as she is still reciting the list of people she wants to kill. This list, by the way, includes no less than the Hound, her travel companion since their paths crossed in the third season. Poor Arya, but really, who can blame her?
Finally, Jon Snow’s small team of Night Watch brothers have reached Craster’s Keep. Unbeknownst to Jon, his step brother (or is he?) Bran Stark was being kept hostage inside the Keep along with his travelling companions. When the Crows launched an attack to the mutineers, a member of Jon’s team turned rogue and tried to abduct Bran. Not surprisingly, Bran used Hodor to free himself from the kidnapper and break his neck.
Bran wanted to call Jon but he was advised by Jojen Reed not to because should they see each other, Jon would surely not allow Bran to continue his journey to find the three-eyed raven. Why is it that when the Starks become near to each other, their reunion always do not happen? Damn you, Littlefinger for tearing that family apart!
The episode, however, ended on a positive note by reuniting Jon with his direwolf Ghost, burning Craster’s Keep to the ground, and freeing Caster’s daughter whom he also treated as sex slaves.
MNL Film Club Score: 1.5