Game of Thrones cranked things up a great deal with the fourth episode of season 5!
With some touching character work, excruciating tension, thrilling action scenes and shock moments, “The Sons of the Harpy” continued the upward trend of episodic quality with the best entry in season 5 so far. But with all of the cast entrances and exits, as well as everything else that was going on, this week certainly gave us lots to think about. To try and help you digest the turbulent events, we’ve picked our 5 favorite moments from Game of Thrones latest episode.
“That one should be slow enough.”
One of the unexpected partnerships of Game of Thrones season 5 was that of Jaime Lannister and Bronn. With one of the duo having betrayed Tyrion, and the other having their own trust betrayed by the Imp, they certainly have a lot in common. And if these early signs are anything to go by, this storyline is going to bring us lots of hilarious banter and mad-cap adventures.
Their fight sequence with the Dornish guards wasn’t just some brilliantly choreographed, tense action – it was also one of the funniest moments of the episode. It’s nice to see Jaime slowly getting back to himself by wielding a sword again, even if his victory against the “slowest” guard was more luck than anything else.
Mellisandre trying to seduce a disinterested Jon, before she invokes Ygritte.
“You are the last surviving Stark, he needs you.”
“The Sons of the Harpy” saw Game of Thrones return to one of the most important locations in the show’s first episode – Winterfell’s crypt. But where our first visit saw the King of Westeros and Warden of the North together in peaceful times, Sansa and Littlefinger’s underground conversation came at a very dangerous time for the country.
Their conversation largely consisted of the dangers to come, with Petyr providing a stark (pun intended) warning about the dangers of the Boltons, and how Sansa could secure her future with Stannis. But there was also plenty of time for reminiscing, as Littlefinger told Sansa about her mother and, tantalisingly, her Aunt Lyanna. Are we nearing closer to a reveal regarding her mysterious time in King’s Landing?
“May the father judge him justly.”
The High Septon’s humiliation last week had plenty of sinister undertones, but with this week’s dose of religious extremism, the Sparrows went all out in the crazy stakes. Noticing a unique opportunity to rid herself of Tyrell influence, Cersei enlists the High Sparrow’s dedicated cult of followers to bring their own brand of justice to the people of King’s Landing.
It was a horrifying scene as the branded men smashed bottles, pulled whores around by their hair, and imprisoned the Capital’s gay population (well, Loras was that lucky – the other men in the brothel might not have been so fortunate). This particular sequence was hard to watch, and it doesn’t look like this storyline will get any easier. With King Tommen himself falling foul of the group’s beliefs, we’re worried about the future prospects of the Lannister family…
“You are the Princess Shireen of House Baratheon, and you are my daughter.”
Poor Stannis Baratheon has had an unlucky time in Game of Thrones so far. Despite having a legal claim to the throne, and having attempted to overthrow the Lannisters (unsuccessfully) and Mance Rayder (successfully), the tight-jawed King hasn’t really had his fair share of screen time. And even when he was on screen, most of his time on our TVs wasn’t exactly favourable.
That changed this week, as we got to see a more human side to him. With his daughter Shireen worried her father was ashamed of her, Stannis gave a heart-warming, tear-jerking speech about her difficult childhood. This was a rare, touching moment that left Westerosi enthusiasts weeping.
Most Gruesome Death
The Sand Snakes’ captive, who is nonchalantly dispatched with a casual throw of the spear.
“Sing a song for me.”
Just when it seemed things couldn’t get much worse for Daenerys in Meereen, the Sons of the Harpy brought together the masters and former slaves and launched an all out onslaught on the Mother of Dragons’ regime. At first, their rampages’ victims were largely nameless Unsullied extras. But before long, two of Dany’s most trusted advisers were involved in the fight.
Grey Worm and Barristan Selmy bravely joined the battle against the rebellion. The nail-biting fight scene left us with our hearts in our mouth as, despite defeating all of the Sons of the Harpy, our heroes collapsed on the ground, apparently lifeless. We’re left guessing as to whether or not one or both of the men will survive – and the wait for next week’s episode is going to be a long one…