Another quieter, yet a jam paced episode that had a lot of treachery, humility, darkness/chilling overtones throughout it. Many characters face gruesome truths while others’ journeys have just started. And if you are Littlefinger, power and greed is your only motivation. Again, this installment was written by Bryan Coogman and directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
For weeks, Arya has been cleaning dead bodies but she now curious where they are taken to. As she tries to sneak through the door, the waif appears telling her to get back to work. Arya is not impressed, she wants to play the game of lies. The Waif tells her a story her own life as a Lord’s daughter until his father remarried and fathered another child. She got rid her stepmom, thanks to the Faceless Men whom she now serves. Again, Arya is caught off guard with her story ( a lie) and told to go back to work again.
Jaqen comes to her during the night to ask her who she is. Arya tells him her story with lies. He swats her repeatedly; knowing when she fibs. Arya is getting sick of the game but her mentor tells her the no one ever stops playing the game.
Later on, a man enters the lobby with his sick daughter. He has no money and there is no cure for her sickness. Arya calms the girl as she gives her the gift of death with a drink of special water. Jaqen watches behind one of the columns. A short while later, after finishing the body preparation, he appears at the door. She follows him into a large chamber of thousands of faces. Jaqen asks her if she is ready to give up her life as she knows it. Arya is ready to become someone.
Arya is being tested viciously by Jaqen and the waif to see if she can give up her old life to become faceless. And that’s why they are the Faceless which makes these killers unique. It was a frightening segment watching Arya learn this valuable lesson. Who she becomes next has our curiosity peaked. The set decorum is outstanding as it encapsulates the darkness around her.
Somewhere in wasteland, Tyrion and Jorah are still travelling together. Tyrion is grouchy because he hasn’t eaten a good meal in a while trying to make the best of a bad situation. Jorah doesn’t care at this point. Lannister explains to his companion why he is there. He also informs Mormont that his father is dead. It comes as a huge surprise for the ex-slaver.
As they begin to travel again, Tyrion questions why Mormont is so loyal to Daenerys. All Jorah can tell him is that he stopped being a cynic when he saw her step out of the fire with three dragons. Unfortunately, they run into slavers who beat up Jorah and want to kill Tyrion for his parts. As luck would have it, Tyrion talks his way out being killed. Both find out that that the traders are heading to Voltanis and that the Fighting Pits are now open but to free men. Tyrion makes a deal with the slavers to go to Meereen instead because Jorah’s fighting prowess will prove his worth and a lot of money in return.
Tyrion’s quick witted tongue helps him escape death at the worst possible moment as well as saving Jorah. It’s one of those priceless moments to remember from this season. It seems as these two characters have found an even ground to forge some kind of bromance. What will Dany think? Iain Glen really showcased another side of Mormont that we haven’t seen, and it’s nice revelation for his character. His body language spoke volumes.
Trystane and Myrcella wander together through the Water Gardens. He confesses his love for her and then he intends to marry her soon. Doran watches from up top of a nearby balcony. He advises Hotah that marriage between a Lannister and Martell is a dangerous thing; so they must be protected and use his axe, if need be.
Just outside the palace, Jaime and Broon have finally arrived. Bronn sings The Dornishman’s Wife as they stroll into a caravan headed to the same destination. At the same time, Ellaria and the Sand Snakes recite House Martell’s words, “Unbowed, Unbent and Unbroken” as a tribute to Oberyn. They begin their capture of Myrcella.
Inside the Gardens, Jaime spots Myrcella and tells her to come with him. Trystane intercedes but he is knocked out by Bronn. The Sand Snakes appear with their whips to try to take the Lannister girl. A fight ensues between the Sand Snakes and Jaime/Bronn. Hotah appears to put an end to the fight. Obara says she fights for Dorne but in the end, everyone gives up. Ellaria is surrounded by palace guards and the kidnapping is over.
Both plans to kidnap Myrcella are over with neither side getting what they wanted. It seems that the poor girl is an innocent pawn. The only person has her best interest at heart is Doran as he knew something was going to happen. This rather short segment was too fast and the fight scene, not enough action. It felt like filler in between the other parts of the episode. Things should begin to unravel in Dorne as Jaime figures out the truth of his mission.
Littlfinger arrives in Kings Landing, only to find that the Faith have now taken over the city. He bumps into Lancel Lannister who is now a full-fledged brother of the militant. As he is stopped, he kindly reminds them, he has business with the Queen Mother.
As Baelish meets with the Queen Regent, he advises her that holding the Tyrell heir is not in the Crown’s best interest but Cersei is having none of that. He confesses he knows that Sansa is still alive and preparing to marry the Bolton boy. He also informs her that Stannis is the North, getting reading to march towards Kings Landing but first he must take the North. He also advises her to be patient as a war in the North is eminent. Cersei knows that the Lannisters won’t back up anyone in the North. All the Queen is concerned about is whether the Vale will fight for the King and deliver Sansa’s head on a stake. Littlefinger assures her, the Vale will serve if he becomes the official Warden of the North.
Later that day, Lady Olenna arrives back in Kings Landing to deal with her grandson’s imprisonment. First she sees her granddaughter, Queen Margery. The Queen knows that her mother in law is behind it all. Olenna assures Margery, she’ll meet with Cersei, herself to negotiate Loras’ release. Cersei says it’s isn’t her doing but what is a Queen Mother to do? There will be an inquest first.
As the inquest takes place, both Margery and Loras are questioned by the High Sparrow about Loras’ sexual preferences. Both deny any knowledge until Olyvar testifies against them with carnal knowledge of Loras. Margery and Loras arrested by the Faith. King Tommen merely stands by and says nothing. Olenna gives Cersei, a harsh cold look.
Littlefinger is all about his own power and greed. It’s evident in his acquisition of becoming Warden of the North throwing Sansa and the Boltons under the bus. With Olenna back in KL, he’ll pit the Tyrells against Cersei. His main mission is to create chaos in order to gain control. Cersei may think she has the upper hand in Margery’s and Loras’ arrests but things can turn quickly. She is making some bad decisions based upon her own agenda which might not be advantageous. Her main goal is really to protect her son but, she hasn’t really accomplished that. King Tommen is merely a pawn in her game as well. It’s great to have the Queen of Thorns back in KL, her wit and spunk was missed.
Myranda comes to draw Sansa’s bath. She suggests that Ramsay gets bored easily by telling Sansa of Ramsay’s adventures of other woman; especially the hunts. Sansa puts Myranda in her place as she dismisses her. Theon comes to take her to the wedding. She refuses to be escorted by the arm.
Sansa and Ramsay marry in front of the Godswood. The wedding night arrives, with Reek escorting the newlyweds to their room. Ramsay questions Sansa’s virginity. He makes Reek stay and watch as he throws Sansa down on the bed brutally. It fades to black as Reek is in tears watching with Sansa crying in the background.
This was horrific ending to this particular episode. Ramsay’s true colors are apparent in the last scene. It wouldn’t be long for his personality to emerge. It seems that Sansa has gone from bad to worse for the moment as she had no clue what to expect from this Bolton. So the question really is, did Littlefinger know about Ramsay or didn’t he? He placed her in a very dangerous situation. Will Jon find out that Sansa is still alive? Will Brienne rescue her? Will Sansa escape? Will Theon return with honor?
Here is the preview for Episode 7: