Whoa. Did ‘Game of Thrones’ just kill off two major characters? After that intense final scene on the May 3 episode, that’s definitely up for debate.
Well, Game of Thrones is back to being Game of Thrones. After a few tame weeks, the show upped the ante on the May 3 episode. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn) made it to Dorne, the Sand Snakes made their long-awaited debut, Melisandre (Carice van Houten) put Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in a compromising position and a bloody battle in Meereen left two fan favorites in jeopardy!
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Off To Dorne
Jorah was showing no mercy towards Tyrion. He had bound and gagged him and stolen a boat to set off for Meereen. I do admire his determination, though. Tyrion was clearly freaked by this total stranger. A few answers would have been nice.
Meanwhile, Jaime and Bronn were on another boat headed for Dorne. Bronn didn’t think Jaime was ready for what he would encounter in Dorne. “The Dornish are crazy,” Bronn said. “All they want to do is f–k and fight. Fight and f–k.” Let’s be honest, that sounds like Jaime’s kind of gig. Bronn and Jaime were going to be doing a lot of fighting, and likely not the other thing, especially after they kidnapped Dorne’s princess. Jaime scoffed that she wasn’t their princess, he was trying to rescue his niece. Bronn gave him the ultimate side-eye when he said “niece.”
Bronn wanted to know why Jaime was going to such shady lengths to rescue Myrcella. “It has to be me,” Jaime said, still under Cersei’s spell. Bronn believed this was Jaime’s opportunity to make up for setting Tyrion free. He knew Jaime had let him go, even though he wouldn’t admit it. However, Jaime had turned over a new Cersei-colored leaf about Tyrion. “If I ever see him again, I’ll split him in two,” he said.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: A World Of Sinners & No Saints
Cersei sent Lord Tyrell off to the Iron Bank with Ser Meryn to get him out of her hair. She met with the High Sparrow to throw a certain so-called “sinner” under the bus. This person was “shielded by gold and privilege,” and from the look on Cersei’s face, I thought she’s talking about Margaery. Well, not quite. She went for Margaery’s jugular — Loras! The Sparrows went after him and locked him away. (If they kill my Finn Jones, I swear I will riot!)
Margaery was furious and went straight to Tommen. Through her nearly perfect persuasion, she got Tommen to go to Mommie Dearest to demand that Loras be freed. Being crafty, Cersei didn’t have Loras arrested on her own account, it was the High Sparrow. Gulp. So off King Tommen went. After encountering the Sparrows and hearing words like “abomination” and “bastard” thrown at him, he fled. Boy, Margaery didn’t like that.
Jon Snow was taking to his new role as Lord Commander quite nicely. However, as he was signing his signature in an attempt to get more members of the Night’s Watch, he came across Roose Bolton. He almost refused to sign because, you know, Roose killed his brother. But after a nice pep talk from Sam, protecting the wall was more important than Jon’s pride.
It didn’t take long for Melisandre to try and convince Jon to partake in Stannis’ war for the North. I have to give it to her, she really tried. She basically stripped fully nude in front of Jon. However, Jon’s love for Ygritte (!!!) prevailed. “The dead don’t need lovers, only the living,” Melisandre purred. “I know. But I still love her,” Jon said.
As she left, Melisandre turned around to Jon and said, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” MIC DROP.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: *SAND SNAKES*
Littlefinger found Sansa in Winterfell by the statue of Lyanna Stark. (The girl was probably hiding from the nightmare that is Ramsay.) Cue the awesome history lesson from Littlefinger. He told Sansa the story of when he first saw Lyanna and how Rhaegar Targaryen rode right past his wife — Elia Martell — and laid a crown of winter roses on Lyanna’s lap after a fight. This was the moment that changed everything. Rhaegar chose Lyanna and eventually *kidnapped* her. Thousands of men died and the course of history changed all because of Rhaegar’s wandering eye and Robert Baratheon’s pride.
Afterwards, Littlefinger admitted that he was leaving Sansa for King’s Landing. Sansa pleaded with him not to go, but Littlefinger assured her that she would be out of this bind soon. Stannis would have to take Winterfell from the Boltons before heading to King’s Landing and would name Sansa Warden-ness of the North. Littlefinger knew Sansa would be strong without him and left her with a kiss.
Bronn and Jaime made it to Dorne, but they soon encountered major trouble in the form of Dornish guards. Bronn, being a total badass, flung his knife into one of the guards on horseback. What a boss. Though a little shaky, Jaime took on a sword-wielding guard. When it looked like he was going to lose, Jaime’s golden hand saved the day.
Over in another part of Dorne, Ellaria came for her beloved Sand Snakes — Obara, Tyene and Nymeria! You guys, they are finally here! Ellaria asked the girls if they were willing to avenge Oberyn’s death against the Lannisters. When it came time for Obara’s decision, she proved to be the ultimate badass. She remembered how Oberyn inspired her when she was just a child. She tossed a spear into the man’s head who had smuggled Jaime into Dorne.
I am currently on my floor bowing down to these beauties.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Send Help For [SPOILER]
After some annoying persistence, Jorah finally let Tyrion speak after kidnapping him. Always being the smartest guy in the room (or boat), Tyrion realized that Jorah was the Jorah he knew about.
Daenerys still wasn’t taking to the idea of the fighting pits. Regardless of her thoughts, blood was going to be shed in Meereen. The Sons of the Harpy initiated a brutal, bloody battle in the city. These guys just won’t quit! Grey Worm heroically fought them off but began to lose the fight. Barristan stepped in to help, but they were simply outnumbered. The final seconds of the show featured Grey Worm and Barristan lying helpless among dead Harpy members. Did they meet a cruel fate, too?
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s Game of Thrones? Are you obsessing over the Sand Snakes? Are Barristan and Grey Worm dead? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson