Thanks to some nimble CGI, we see what she sees: The Titan of Braavos — easily TV’s most compelling broken, oversize statue since this one — and surely a welcome sight after an untold number of days at sea. “Perhaps you should ask Ser Davos how much mercy I show to lawbreakers,” Stannis says. The assembled crowd of former masters is jubilant. She also wants her uncle Kevan to be Master of War. When he is informed that all of Dorne demands blood, he demurs: “We are lucky the whole country does not decide.” Ruling, in other words, requires not being popular but being right. It’s not never follow a Clegane to a second location — especially if that location is a fighting arena? He inadvertantly got Tywin killed. After a stirring bit of counsel from Ser Barristan, reminding her of the Targaryen penchant for abusing authority — “The Mad King gave his enemies the justice he thought they deserved. Brienne is only one fighter with no resources and Sansa is a fugitive wanted for the murder of the king. More ‘GoT’ Season 5. And it’s indicative of a fresh energy that’s not limited to a single corner of the map. They provided a high-flying show with weight, specificity, and context. He’s skilled at survival and has the resources to protect her. But I haven’t acquried an army, a gaint pyramid and three dragons, so what do I know? Lady embezzle?) It looks very pretty and like it requires a lot of gardeners. HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. “You have everywhere else to go!” was the reply. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. In a way, that’s another near miss. And now we have our first Major Characters Meeting Who Do Not Meet in the Books scene of season 5. Andy Greenwald is a staff writer for Grantland. Committed to her path, Daenerys has Daario behead the freed slave in front of the entire city. In the city, Arya initially likes what she sees—ordinary working folk; no soldiers. Note on these recaps: I have not read the books, and I have no immediate intention to do so. Meereen, this is why you can’t have nice things. The vote is a tie. Local bullies try to take her sword. Which is precisely what made “The House of Black and White” such a richly satisfying hour. Mossador begs for Dany’s forgiveness. Lucky for her, Littlefinger would rather kill her later, out of sight, because that’s his style. And Jon … well, that one’s a tougher call. Weiss, David Benioff, Game of Thrones recap, Game of Thrones Season 5, George R.R. Ask the Maester: Dragons, Human Sacrifice, and More Dragons ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: ‘The Dance of Dragons’ Ask the Maester: The Origin of the Night’s King, the Wights, and Dragonglass; Episode 8 Recap: 'Hardhome’ Episode 7 Recap: 'The Gift' Episode 6 Recap: ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’ As Daenerys just found out, a big audience hissing at you can be really creepy. We also have a Q&A interview with Jaqen H’ghar himself, actor Tom Wlaschiha, who talks about returning to the show and provides a little helpful background about The House of Black and White, plus tells us how often fans say “Valar Morghulis” to him. A slide would be rad. But again checking in Martin’s books, the author notes that Meereen’s Great Pyramid indeed has staircases. He’s not qualified, but she trusts him, and loyalty is the only qualification that matters to her. On the surface, this is yet another devastating defeat for Brienne. Bowing, Brienne offered her life and her sword to a goth teenager who can’t imagine a reason to accept either. In episode 2 of the new season, Arya meets her master, Jon Snow gets a new gig, and Daenerys starts a riot. And it’s right here! Littlefinger may be a sleezy killer, but his affection for Sansa seems real enough. By Mike Hoga n He didn’t save Joffrey. When Drogon returns at the end for a brief tickle, is it because he appreciates blind justice more than sizzled mutton? It was intoxicating. I certainly felt nothing but glee at the sight of Bronn strolling by the lakeside with his highborn lady love. And, as with everything involving Daenerys, the initial action is always far easier than the hand-wringing that follows. In Episode 2 of 'Game of Thrones' Season 5, Jon Snow chooses life on the wall over a tempting proposal and Dany makes a controversial decision. I know book-readers love him. C’mon Dany, he’s not a corgi. Either way, a road trip with Jaime and Bronn seems like a sparkling idea to me. Her confidence facing off with them shows how much she’s grown. There were three major story lines this week dealing with the heavy burden of wearing the crown. OK, so maybe the high life is causing Bronn’s head to swim. Weiss, as well as actor Ciarán Hinds, but the best they can do is take us inside of Mance’s tents. Follow me on Twitter for ongoing Thrones and TV scoop. She has journeyed across the Narrow Sea to come to the House of Black and White. Episode 9 The Dance of Dragons He really should just ditch Brienne and get a safe and secure job at the tavern. Oh, and Arya returned, Brienne met Sansa, Jon Snow got a promotion—sort of—and much more in EW’s recap of the second episode of Game of Thrones season 5, “The House of Black and White.” He didn’t save Robert. A freed slave breaks into the dungeon and crucifies the terrorist. All respect due to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Entertainment Weekly may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. School is back in session, with Stannis’ adorable-and-disfigured daughter now helping Gilly learn the letter “S.” We’re told her face was scarred by a deadly leprosy-like communicable disease that’s called Greyscale (great name, GRRM). Braavos: I don’t know about you, but this man is ready for Arya to return. But here he was, enjoying his spoils and … what’s this? “Let me send her to Cersei one finger at a time.” But Doran is not easily swayed by the wisdom of crowds — or concubines. We got Sansa Stark over here!”) Regardless of Baelish’s fairly accurate performance review — both of Brienne’s sworn charges are, you know, dead — what struck me most was how old-fashioned her chivalry seemed. His reasoning is as sound as his actions are barbaric. I haven’t read the novels upon which Game of Thrones is based — no trolling, just the truth. Sansa is taking a very Mance Rayder path here, though hopefully with a different ending awaiting her. Arya is rescued by that odd-looking hooded man. Or let’s turn that around and look at it another way: None of this would have happened if King Robert had given Cersei the love and attention she says she wanted. This threat goes straight to pierce Cersei’s two-sizes-too-small heart. Also, even knowing Littlefinger and Brienne the way we do, there is an argument to be made that, at this point in the story, Lord Baelish is Sansa’s better option. But he decides he can go and try to rescue Myrcella from Dorne.