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Tales From Westeros – The House of Black and White

Hello again my fantasy friends, I’ve got the latest (though still feels later then I would like) review of GoT, just in time to get your precious minds thinking about what HBO has in store for us this week. This week I will give you my review and bring up some questions that we are all probably thinking. Spoilers included of course.

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Actually, this week’s episode had A LOT in it. It was packed to the brim with information and interactions, so I am sure I will not touch on all of it, but am hoping to have a nice discussion of those parts that I found most thrilling or intriguing.

First we start off with Arya, who has successfully made it to Braavos and to the legendary House of The Black and White. Naturally the door to this church is painted black and white. The scenery as they paddled up was beautiful, leaving me to wonder where it was filmed. So I did some research for you all. The answer: Crotia! I knew I had this country on my bucket list for a reason! In many ways it was more colorful than Venice with the same canal charm. Arya waited on the steps of her sanctuary, listing off her kill list, and you might have noticed it is a lot shorter. I also sadly noticed that The Hound is no longer on her list. Guess that answers our question on whether or not the poor fool died. She also still has The Mountain on her list, even though we are pretty sure he has died from the wounds The Viper inflicted on him. Eventually Arya is bullied by some locals but stands her ground, and is taken back by the same man from the church, who is none other than? Faceless Assassin, that dude’s awesome!!

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Moving on, there was a lot of Brienne in this episode. I was wondering why they showed her and Podrick so briefly last week, but it was probably in anticipation of them playing a much more important role this week. They end up at a bar and see none other than Sansa Stark herself with Peter Baelish. Brienne approaches the young woman and tells her of her pledge to protect her, but Sansa has no interest. She even treats her like crap accusing her of being a Lannister-lover in her own way (what a bitch, never really liked Sansa and she continues to piss me off). I assume Baelish recommended she stay in order to kill her since he is trying to keep Sansa’s whereabouts secret. Thank goodness she (and Podrick) escape, in a stellar show of strength and bravery (let’s face it, Brienne just kicks ass). It made me wonder though, does Sansa like Peter? Does she trust him? What are her goals? Why would she not want someone who admired her mother to befriend her?

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We finally got a glimpse of Dorne this week, and it is beautiful. As are its people. I look forward to seeing how they develop the Prince of Dorne in the coming episodes. But the focus of Dorne was because of the threat that they gave the Lannisters: a statue of a viper holding Cersei’s daughter Marcella’s necklace. I am going to stay optimistic that the people of Dorne mean what they promised in that children will always be safe there. But what was very intriguing about this conversation was the interaction between Jaime and Cersei. I feel like before now Jaime has not acknowledged his parentage of the Baratheon children. But maybe it is because so few of them exist that for the first time that I recall Jaime seemed to accept and almost embrace his fatherly role. He tells Cersei that he will go to Dorne alone to rescue their daughter and bring her back to King’s Landing. I look forward to where that story goes.

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Cersei has more than just dealing with her brother-lover in this episode. She also really embraces her role as Queen, and pretty much takes over the high council. Granted it was always a dictatorship, but it is becoming more and more so with Cersei holding the reins, hoping to remain queen and in power for as long as possible. I just keep hoping that if Arya gets one wish, it is that she personally gets to mark Cersei off her hit-list. Especially with Cersei now employing psycho mad scientists.

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On the Wall there is also a lot of action, with Jon Snow being scolded for his killing Rayder on the pyre, and more importantly him being elected as the new Lord and Commander. Looks like we won’t be getting rid of Jon Snow any time soon…but you never know with Martin. As much as I am not a big fan of Snow, I did smile with pride for him when Aemon Targaryen cast the final vote that broke the tie and gave Jon Snow the position.

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The most action of the episode happened in Myreen with the lovely Daenerys. And it saddens me to say it involved her making more bad decisions. The one thing I noticed and was glad for was that she has placed the man that was the son of the politician from an earlier episode that was unjustly crucified by her. She rewarded the man asking for a proper burial for his father with being on her inner council, which I think is a great idea. Having people with more diverse backgrounds giving you advice is always a good idea. Yet Daenerys made a horrific decision in the episode: she publically executed one of her council members. Granted, she had a reason too. She was taking good advice and giving a criminal a fair trial, trying to prevent herself from falling in to the trap of her ancestors’ bad habits and just making final decisions about criminals’ fates on her own. But it backfired, and the slave-affiliated council member that disagreed with her went and took matters in to his own hands, killing the criminal before he could stand trial. Daenerys was rightfully outraged, but decided to make this man’s punishment a public beheading, rather than offering him a trial. To top it off, as she stood before her followers and asked them if he should be punished, they said NO! Her she was, acting like Pilate, and she didn’t listen to the crowd’s pleas! Instead she has the man’s head chopped off, and she is very lucky that she is not assassinated in that very moment when the crowds rally up against her, hissing and throwing stones, killing some of the other guards at the scene.

This scene left me thinking about an earlier conversation that Varys and Tyrion were having: they love power, they love to rule, but due to physical appearances people find them repulsive, so they must find other ways to fulfill their desire to rule. Again, I think the perfect way for HBO to fix this is to have Tyrion become Daenerys’ right hand man: she needs advice from a good leader badly. Who better than Tyrion?

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The episode ended on a happy note to me: despite Daenerys feeling shamed and helpless, her favorite dragon Drogon greets her on the roof. Maybe he can help her release his siblings and restore some control to her situation.

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Posted on April 24, 2015, in Geekology, Tales from Westeros, TV and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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