“What kind of God would have a pecker that small?”
Let’s talk about duty. If nothing else GAME OF THRONES hits hard on obligation. You span the lands and oceans of the seven kingdoms and seemingly every character has pledged or promised their time or life to another. Melisandre has dedicated her life to the teachings of the God of Light. She saw a future bathed in fire for Stannis. With his death (offscreen though. I’ll believe it when I see a head), the Melisandre moved on to Jon Snow, but then he got offed too. The Red Woman doesn’t have the greatest track record. I look forward to the episode when she seduces Podrick and tells him of her visions of grandeur. Most interesting is an exchange between she and Jon regarding his miraculous resurrection:
“Where did you go, what did you see?”
“Nothing. There was nothing at all.”
Melisandre’s confidence was already shaken after the murder of Snow. With his revelation that that is nothing after death, only darkness (literally the antithesis of light), will this completely break her loyalty to a God she has believed in for hundreds of years, or will Jon’s return only act to reestablish her lifelong devotion?
And after the hanging of Thorne and Olly, Jon rids himself of his furs, and his lifelong vow to the Night’s Watch, walking out into the wilderness. Bu where’s he going? Brienne, Sansa and co. are currently heading his way, as is Ramsey Bolton and his northern clans. What are the chances Jon is gone, but Sansa and Ramsey have a reunion? GOT always does an exceptional job of not giving the oldest Stark daughter a break.
The High Sparrow defies the odds, dictating the ways of Kings Landing. Tommen finally mans up and demands an audience with the religious leader, but nothing gets accomplished other than the Sparrow resting his knees and once more spitting in the face of the crown. How long can the old man avoid disaster? Maybe sooner rather than later as the Lannisters–never ones to follow anyone but their own kin–are plotting a trial by combat, pitting their champion, Zombie Mountain, against one of the scarred Sparrows. Actually, I’ve changed my mind. The Lannisters believe in wine. Lots of wine. Between Cersei and Tyrion, they’re going to have to start shipping it from the other side of the Narrow Sea to accommodate.
Arya’s commitment to the Many-Face God continues to evolve. After disguising her face and finally ridding herself of Meryn Trant–the first on her kill-list–she was punished for abusing the powers, losing her eyesight in the process. She spent all of this season begging for change and getting pummeled by the waif, she’s either totally bought into the teachings of Jaqen H’ghar, or she just flat out gave up and has nothing else to lose. She certainly looked defeated, sitting on the stoop, but Jaqen gives her many outs, yet she refuses to call herself by name, answering only as “the girl.” Eventually she drinks from the magic death pond, and voila! instead eyesight. I’m happy that Arya has her sight back, and I’m looking forward to her switching faces and dispatching evil, but does anyone else think she got off easy? I’m no way advocating for the continued punishment of a young girl, but if that’s all it takes to get back on the God’s good side, perhaps Jaquen et al. are not as powerful as originally deemed.
The most powerful scene this week came from Bran. He travels once more in the past–a little further ahead than last time–and sees his father, Ned, Howland Reed (Meera’s father), and others, approach a tower housing his sister, Lyanna. Guarding Lyanna is Arthur Dayne, the reputed best sword fighter in the kingdom, and he does not disappoint. Outmanned six-to-one, Dayne dispatches Ned’s troupe one by one, and is about to slay Ned, before Reed stabs Dayne in the back–a no no wherever you live. Then as Ned ascends the steps to rescue his sister, Bran calls out causing Ned to turn his head, or was it the wind? These flashbacks are inevitably leading us to reveal something important. Most likely the long-awaited ancestry of one Jon Snow.