OMGame of Thrones – High Sparrow

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Game of Thrones continues its streamlined fifth season with another corker or an episode, one which definitely lays the seeds for the future instalments.

Check out our top OMG moments below, in no particular order.

Brienne and Pod share histories

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I never thought I’d enjoy a scene with Brienne and Pod as much as I did this week but them sharing histories was very sweet indeed. Whilst I no longer like Brienne (I just happen to think she has gotten boring, and her TV story no longer matches her book counterpart) this scene was tender and it felt real amidst shots of flayed corpses and people losing their heads. It helped to add some empathy to the show, something which has been missing somewhat of late. Pod is just adorable here. But what pisses me off with Brienne is that her storyline since season 2 has been protecting Arya and Sansa, and now that both Stark girls have refuted her help she continues to drag it out nonetheless. Just move on.

The Bear and the dwarf 

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It’s always exciting when two previously unconnected characters meet, and this week is the turn of Tyrion and Jorah Mormont. Quite what Mormont expects to do with Tyrion remains to be seen, but the last time we saw him he was being exiled by his Queen, and the teaser poster for season five pits Tyrion against Drogon. It wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to suppose that Tyrion is being taken to Dany.

Sansa is betrothed (again)

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My prediction that Sansa was replacing Jeyne Poole was correct, as Sansa is once more betrothed to a bastard… in both senses of the word. If Ramsay lays a finger on her I won’t be a happy bunny because Sansa’s happiness was very short-lived. I’m not sure if I trust Littlefinger anymore… he clearly doesn’t want to protect Sansa that much, otherwise he wouldn’t be leaving her in Ramsay’s clutches.

Hopefully Brienne will be able to rescue her at the end of the season. Maybe that is how Brienne’s storyline will progress. Either way, I think it’s about time Ramsay died. He is worse than Joffrey. At least with Joffrey you loved to hate him. I just hate Ramsay. With a passion.

Trading barbs

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And the award for the most awkward hug ever goes to…

Man, I just LOVE Cersei and Margaery. They hate each other but every scene they share is a delight to watch. Margaery certainly won this week as she says ‘I wish we had some wine for you. It’s a bit early in the day for us’. I laughed out loud at this because it is very true indeed. It’s very rare we get a scene with Cersei in which she isn’t holding a wineglass, and Margaery has evidently picked up on the fact that her mother-in-law is an alcoholic.

But Cersei isn’t one to let things lie, and a meeting with the High Sparrow suggests that she has a plan. The High Sparrow is very important this season, so expect to see him recur throughout.

A lustful King

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‘What is the record? I’m sure we can break it.’

Tommen is certainly going for it, and who can blame him? Margaery is a very attractive queen. But I suspect that it is Margaery who actually holds the cards here – after all, she failed to consummate her last two marriages so surely she’ll have been desperate to affirm her stake as the new Queen. In the war between Queens, it is Margaery who is out on top here… though of course that could change at any moment.

Janos Slynt loses his head 

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Is it just me, book readers, but is Jon’s stuff this season rather rushed? Last week we had his announcement as Lord Commander condensed down to a few minutes, and likewise this week we see Janos be a dick and lose his head in a few minutes too. Because of this, I think his story is hurtling towards the Book 5 conclusion, because what a season cliffhanger that will be…

But back to this week. Janos is a character I have despised for a long time so I was glad to see him lose his head. He won’t be a miss on the show, but I have a feeling his death will have repercussions. Just like Dany last week, who killed a man when she could have spared him, Jon too has now made his men turn on him. Expect fireworks.

Arya throws herself away

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Now this was heartbreaking. In order to become nobody, Arya has to rid herself of everything that belongs to Arya. Including Needle.

Maisie Williams is a brilliant little actress and she gives it her all in this scene. She is so good that we, the viewers, feel emotional that she is contemplating throwing a simple sword away. But Needle is very much a part of Arya now, so I glad that she hid it from Jaqen.

Speaking of Jaqen, he takes Arya into the depths of the House of Black and White where she helps wash a dead body. She asks what happens once they are washed… are you sure you want to know Arya?

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