Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 3 – High Sparrow

<–S5E2 – The House of Black and White                S5E4 – Sons of the Harpy–>

Welcome back to my unexpected but still enjoyable analyses of this season of GoT.  I’m kind of wishing I could write these on Monday or Tuesday, because while marinating is nice, forgetting is not.  Thankfully, I do take notes and have a fairly good idea of what I’d like to say.  That…generally changes and evolves as I go along, but onward and upward.

First I have to say that episode three has been the best one so far.  Two was better than one; three was better than two.  Hopefully Benioff and Weiss keep up this trend.

Smirking Margaery demands it

Again one of the theorists I follow, Bar de Porto, was the first one to come out with an analysis (she really must just record them right away, because they’re up by Monday morning).  This one is spoilerific btw (see the red dot).

I would also recommend watching this one from her, too.  It’s not an episode video, but rather an analysis of Tyrion and Greyscale in the Sorrows.

Note: I did try to embed the videos, but for some reason they kept showing up as links, so plan B it is.

Honestly, after watching that, all I could think about was drowning.  The end of T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock kept running through my head; I thought about the Drowned God of course; and kept visualizing Aeris’s “burial scene” in FFVII.

“What is dead may never die,
But rises again, harder and stronger.”

Chilling words considering they come from a story about ice zombies.

So in this rambling installment I shall discuss Cutting Cruel in King’s Landing, The Sansa Theories Were True, How Do You Face a Faceless Man, Walled Off Ambitions, and Tyrion’s Troubles With Whores.


Cutting Cruel in King’s Landing

Well this is a game changer and a half.  There is a HUGE plot based on the fact that Tommen and Margaery don’t have a consummated marriage (with an implied yet) in the books.  Margaery is supposed to still be a virgin even though she was married to Renly Baratheon (who was gay) and Joffrey Baratheon (who died during the wedding feast).  Huh…just noticed that.  Margaery has been married to three “Baratheons” of sorts.  We, the readers/viewers, know that neither Joff nor Tom are really Baratheons, but they have the name (in theory), and that name entitles them to the throne.

Anyway, the huge plot with Margaery involves this trio of brothers, the Kettleblacks.  Both Tyrion and Cersei incorrectly believe the Kettleblacks are working for them, when in reality they are Littlefinger’s creatures.  Cersei tries to besmirch Margaery’s virtue by accusing her of sleeping with one or more of them in addition to numerous other people.  The funny thing is Cersei actually was fucking the Kettleblacks after her cousin Lancel turned to religion.  One thing you can say about the Lannisters; they do love their family.

Now that Margaery and Tommen have consummated the marriage, there’s a whole different game to play.  This act also serves to really illustrate the difference in age between Show Tommen and Book Tommen.  Book Tommen was only eight or nine.

He was often described as being plump and quiet, and he loved his kittens Ser Pounce, Lady Whiskers, and Boots.  He is a sweet, kindhearted child, the utter antithesis to Joffrey.  His and Myrcella’s sweetness call into question the idea of Joffrey being monstrous by nurture rather than nature, although I stand by my idea that Cersei’s eldest had the inclination, and she did nothing to quell it.

I actually really like Tommen in both the books and the show.  In the latter he seems more outspoken (though still manipulated), and his conversation with his mother is making a decent case for her going back to Casterly Rock as suspected.  I don’t want to see Tommen go the way of his older brother, and I’m wondering if there’s any other way to interpret Cersei’s prophecy.  I’m not seeing Tommen becoming hated by the people any time soon, and while I’m not sure of Margaery’s end game, I can’t imagine she’d want him dead…at least not until she bears him a son.

Just thought about this.  How do you all pronounce “Tommen?”  I’ve heard it said “TOE-min,” but I say it “TOM-in,” since I think the double “m” cancels out the following “e’s” action to lengthen the vowel of the “o.”  If it were spelled “Tomen,” then I could see the first pronunciation.  I…really didn’t notice how they said it on the show.  They honestly flip flop with pronunciation quite a bit, something that’s been pointed out in this clever entry by Patrick Sponaugle Arya Sure That’s How It’s Pronounced? I feel like doing a poll.

Not that kind of “pole!”

I have a distinct feeling that Cersei is going to accuse Margaery of fucking her brother Loras (and maybe even of conceiving a child by him!), because that would be hilariously ironic on two levels.  One, Cersei and Jaime have been having sex since they were children so hypocrite much?  And two, Loras is gay. I do agree with the gripe of some of my favorite theorists, too.  I really wish they hadn’t painted him as a whore.  It kind of upholds a negative and false stereotype.  While I see how they wanted to make it more blatant than the books’ extremely subtle hinting, they could’ve done it in a better way.

I also loved how the snark was completely alive in this episode.  It was like the Seven Kingdoms’ version of Mean Girls.  I really hope Marge knows what she’s doing, because Lannisters do not like to be laughed at.  Ugh, I really, really wish that had shown that scene with Lord Tywin’s terrible smile.  It would’ve made that scene where Cersei stopped to the laughter that much more powerful.

That side eye though.

Of the eponymous “high” sparrow, I greatly approve.

He has that definite Jesus vibe about him where he “does unto others,” and I love his explanation and dismissal of the name “high sparrow.”  The irony of GoT is so delicious, because Cersei is setting up her own downfall, but isn’t that always the way of it?  You climb to high, you reach too far, and the wax will melt off your wings.

My final thought about King’s Landing is Qyburn related, because holy fuck was that disturbing.  What is so off putting about Qyburn is that he looks like an old kindly man (!!!).

But he’s a complete monster, the story’s resident Frankenstein, but far, far more deranged.  At least Victor’s faults were due to cowardice and not utter disregard for life and psycopathy.  Book Qyburn is (so far) worse than Show Qyburn (if that can be believed).  Cersei gives him Falyse Stokeworth, and there is an extremely disturbing theory about Qyburn and what he could potentially be doing with his female victims.  I’ll just leave it here, and tell you you have been warned.  Falyse dies screaming, but she may have been one of the lucky ones *shudders*

Enough of that, now let’s more onto…

 The Sansa Theories Were True

I’m trying to recall whom I heard the theories about Sansa marrying Ramsay from.  I want to say James and LaDonna and I want to say Tony Teflon, and oh shit son, James is currently streaming the review of episode 3 live!

I may or may not have this playing right now.  I have to pause it though because I can’t concentrate and listen to these geniuses at the same time.

So, wow…okay lots and lots of changes.  Right now in the books, according to the latest chapter Martin released, Sansa is still in the Eyrie with Sweetrobin and Petyr.  There’s to be a tourney to decide who will be in Sweetrobin’s “kingsguard,” where he’ll have eight instead of Tommen’s seven.  Either way, Sansa or should I say Alayne is nowhere near Winterfell nor does the plot for her to have it involve Ramsay Snow/Bolton in any way.  The show’s story is simpler, which may be why that’s what’s occurring, but Ramsay actually marries Jeyne Poole, one of Sansa’s old friends, who is posing as Arya. There is some serious fucked up-ness involving Ramsay forcing Theon/Reek to “make her ready” on their wedding night, and I sincerely, sincerely hope they do not do that with Sansa and Theon D:  Unfortunately…I’ve heard rumors that Sansa is not going to have a good time this season (or any season really.  I mean come on.  When has poor Sansa ever had a good time??).

What I did like in this part was the old woman who showed Sansa to her room and her promise that “The north remembers.”  The northern plot is one of my favorite phenomena in the books.  I have no idea how it’s going to come to fruition, but I can’t wait to see how it does.  The fact that it’s being mentioned in the show makes me very happy.  I feel like that line is a rallying cry, a message, a prayer, almost like “valar morghulis” or the words of the Drowned Men, or an answer to “winter is coming.”  “Winter is coming…but the north remembers.”

And keeping with memory we must ask ourselves…

How Do You Face a Faceless Man?

You must become one yourself.

The atmosphere in the House of Black and White remains every ominous and ever eerie.  I love it.  I heard some complaints of how the waif was characterized, but even in the book, Arya soon realizes that the waif isn’t really a waif at all; that’s just one of her false faces, and I think Arya’s realization is the awakening of her ability to see beneath the seams.  The scene with Needle was done beautifully.  Arya can’t do it.  She can’t throw away that last piece of herself.  It’s all she has left.  It’s all she can cling to.  This slim shiver of home.  It’s Jon; it’s Winterfell; it’s Mycah; it’s the north; it’s even Gendry and the Hound.  She’s had that sword since she left her home and never went back again.  She can’t throw it away, because even if she becomes faceless, she’ll need to one day again be herself.

Walled Off Ambitions

I never thought I would ever have cause to be attracted to Jon Snow.  He’s really not my type, but that scene in season 4 when he killed Karl Clubfoot by stabbing him in the back of the head and just his general bad-assery with a sword made him the hottest thing since Targaryen fires I’d ever seen.  There’s just something so sexy about a guy that’s good at killing.  If I knew what was wrong with me, I’d still probably not try to fix it, but yeah, when Jon Snow kills people his hotness level just goes through the roof, so him decapitating Janos Slynt was pretty swoon worthy.  Plus, that guy was a dick who needed to go.

The biggest gripe people have with that scene was the fact the showrunners cut out the fan iconic line of Jon saying, “Edd, fetch me a block.”  Initially, Janos was going to hang, but Jon realized that was wrong and stopped the execution.  Slynt thought that the young Lord Commander didn’t have the stomach to kill him, but he couldn’t have been more than wrong.  No…Jon just remembered that his “father” Lord Eddard had always said, “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword,” and he knew that if he wanted Janos dead, he best do it himself.  A man can’t be afraid to get blood on him hands, mmmm, k I’m back.

There’s just something about a bloody sword…

Finally let’s end on a lighter note with…

Tyrion’s Troubles with Whores

I am painfully curious about why Tyrion was unable to “seal the deal” with that prostitute.  It looked he took her hand, looked at her wrist, and something there stopped him.  I’ve heard speculation that she looked too much like Shae, but wouldn’t that have come into effect earlier in their conversation?  It was almost like she was wearing a piece of just noticed jewelry that reminded him of something, and that stilled his, um, hand.

It does seem as though we are not going to get “Faegon” in the show, which makes me wonder about the importance of that plot in the books.  It seems pretty damn important to me, but what do I know?

Seeing as Tyrion was with Aegon, Jon Connington, and their motley crew in the Sorrows before running into Jorah, and now he’s run into Jorah, my supposition is his situation with the Stone Men also doesn’t happen. This streamlines things, but it really takes the bite out of Jorah’s threat to “bring him to the queen.”  In the book, I really thought that Mormont meant Cersei until I realized he would only consider one woman his queen, but then again Mormont’s modis operandi has been to get a royal pardon, and prior to Daenerys he didn’t care whence came that grace.  The question after Tyrion’s abduction was up in the air of where his loyalties lay.  Were they still with Daenerys even after her cold dismissal or would he be willing to throw his lot back in with those who hold the Iron Throne?  Since this image has been floating around…

Red herring?

…we can make some pretty solid assumptions.

Well there you have it, my winding analysis of episode 3.  I hope you enjoyed this at least a little.  I almost didn’t finish tonight, but because I love you all I pushed on.  Now just four days until next episode where even us books readers wait with bated breath to see what will unfold.

Valar morghulis…

<–S5E2 – The House of Black and White


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