Game Of Thrones Season 5 Episode 3: The Top Five Most Intriguing Scenes

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Game Of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 3 “High Sparrow”

Heads are rolling fast and furious in as many episodes. And there was a wedding that the writers deftly glossed over. “High Sparrow” does a good job at moving certain story lines along, giving characters a new sense of purpose in ways that we haven’t seen from them so far. The best example of that is in Sansa’s choice to avenge her family by getting in cahoots with the enemy. Littlefinger has a way of making things appear like a choice when it’s really him pulling the strings. Littlefinger does care for Sansa is his own twisted way. If there was an award for Best Creepy Character that leaves you wanting to take a shower every time they are on screen it’s the way Littlefinger always stands so close to Sansa.

Okay, let’s discuss the top five best storylines of this episode.

#5. Brienne The Beauty

The writers have bypassed a season of Brienne and Pod wandering around the country side aimlessly by finding Sansa very quickly last episode. I get a sense that Brienne and Pod are headed in a specific, purposeful direction even if I’m not exactly sure where their story will end up, I mean what will happen when they get to Winterfell and beyond.

Brienne’s back story about Renly is one that would have been helpful back in Season 2 to explain why she was so loyal and smitten with a man she barely had any scenes with. By sharing her story at this point, it seems to suggest that avenging Renly is on her mind and that her storyline will eventually intertwine with Stannis who’s also in the North.

#4. Jorah Kidnaps Tyrion

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The show does a great job at consistently changing up the character pairings. Tyrion with Jorah could be very fun to watch. Tyrion with a cardboard cut out would be entertaining, the writing is always on point with Tyrion no matter who he’s paired up with. It’s interesting that Tyrion is changing in ways that are surprising even to him in the brothel. Both Jorah and Tyrion have lost the things that they cared the most about, in particular Jorah reeks of a man of desperation. 

Jorah says “I’m taking you to the queen.” I think it’s pretty clear which queen he’s referring to. By fast tracking certain story lines, it suggests the writers know which are the most important plot points to the overall end game.  At the same time, the show runs a risk of creating small plot holes when putting characters on a certain trajectory such as when  Brienne didn’t tell Sansa that Arya is alive.

#3. Cersei Vs Margaery

The back and forth maneuvering between Cersei and Margeary is off to a great start.  I loved how Margeary delivered her barbs at Cersei with sweetness and smiles.  It would have been funny to hear Cersei’s inner thoughts while Margeary was basically saying “Hey grandma, I’m banging your teenage son nightly. Don’t let the door hit your old drunk face on the way out.”  

However, Margaery is poking at the lioness. We’ve seen Cersei consolidate her power in the small council but arming the High Sparrows is sort of like playing with wildfire because their leader is a man of principles, he won’t be manipulated or controlled.  It’s a risky power play that we can understand she’s taking because of the prophecy shown in the season premiere.

#2. Lord Snow Vs Slynt

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Unlike Dany, Jon got his position by election not conquest. Jon may have been a reluctant nominee for the Lord Commander at first but he’s refused Stannis’ proposal and is coming into his own as a leader.  There are obvious parallels between Jon beheading Slynt and when Dany ordered Mossadors execution last week. There are differences too which I won’t go into details.  There was no bluff to be called, Jon was decisive and rightly so about beheading Slynt from the moment he called for his sword. Perhaps there was a brief hint of hesitation but he was already past the point of no return and couldn’t afford to show weakness. It’s also nice that Ned’s influence is still being felt on the show when Jon did what he was taught the Stark way.

#1. Arya And Needle

Of the many great storylines, Arya’s is one that I’m most emotionally invested in. When she held Needle in her hand above the water, there didn’t need to be any dialogue because we could feel the weight of her decision. I cheered when she didn’t throw away Needle. In many ways her identity is tied to Needle, something that she’ll come back to when she is ready. One of the things that Needle and Arya’s apprenticeship represents to me is a means for vengeance. It’s interesting though that The House Of Black and White see giving death as a gift.

What are your top scenes from this episode? Who made the best power move or decision in this episode?

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Posted on April 27, 2015, in Game of Thrones, Television and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Another good episode and a great recap!
    Jon beheading Slynt was a great moment. It showed that while Jon is young and somewhat inexperienced, he can make the tough decisions and follow through with them. When Slynt yelled out “I’ve always been afraid” it seemed even more justifiable that Jon followed through. Also, his decision to make Thorne First Ranger was a good one. Will help him garner respect from those who were on the fence about him.
    I almost teared up when Arya was deciding what to do with Needle. So happy she hid it rather than tossed it in the water.
    Interesting scene when Tyrion was watching the red priestess that she was saying Dany is the great leader while Melisandre says Stannis is the one. Unless I misunderstood that scene, thought the two viewpoints compelling.
    Agree that it would have been nice to hear Brienne and Renly’s back-story in season 2. Would have made her devotion much more understandable.
    Littlefinger really is a slime-ball. Promising Sansa to Ramsey was shocking and horrible. LF played it off as a cause for revenge for Sansa but his self-serving way is despicable. Will be intriguing to see how this match up plays out the rest of the season. Can’t imagine Ramsey suddenly becoming kind and compassionate, and to a Stark no less.
    Good stuff overall. As always, leaves the viewer wanting more.

    • So great when Jon took off Slynt’s head! I think he earned some respect from Stannis and maybe even Thorne when he did that. Half of the Night’s Watch didn’t vote for him, so Jon needs to be extra thoughtful about his decision making. It’s a good move to make Thorne as his First Ranger and it’s a very popular decision among the Night’s Watch. It’s interesting that while Cersei is ridding people from her small council, Jon is keeping them close.

      Awww, it was an emotional scene with Arya & Needle wasn’t it. I didn’t almost tear up but my heart was with her. I found the red priestess scene a little distracting because I recognized the actress from Wolverine movie and Arrow but they used another person’s voice. Yes, you’re totally right about the two different viewpoints. I think the person who might be the reborn savior will be an important point moving forward.

      I’m fearful for Sansa because she’s going into a dangerous situation that as much as she’s progressed, is in over her head. The Boltons are deadly dangerous. The conversation between LF and Roose should be enough for LF to realize that the Bolton’s aren’t going to be easily out maneuvered. Plus I’m sure they saw the flayed bodies that were hanging. Tywin made LF the Lord of Harrenhal. Then he married Lysa and became Lord of the Eyrie. Now he’s has the North in his clutches. A self-serving slimeball is a great way to describe him haha.

      Thanks so much, can’t wait for more GOT!

  2. Cool recap man, you seem to have highlighted all of the most important aspects of the episode. Like you I was most invested in Arya’s story, seems like she’ll have a lot to deal with and learn to overcome if she wishes to be a Faceless Man. Those people aren’t really sharers and come accross as quite vacant and emotionless. That girl when she was taunting Arya, I just wanted Arya to stab her, the cheeky bitch. Anyways, I was gutted to see Arya basically through away her memories and indentity away in the ocean, that was some emotional stuff, I was totally like “NO! Don’t get rid of Needle, you can’t.” So glad she hid it away where it can later be obtained.

    As for the other stuff, firstly seeing Cersei and Margaery butt heads was fun, I can see Margaery’s is enjoying her new position of power and is taking sarcastic jabs at Cersei in a fabulous fashion. That being said I am worried for her, you don’t taunt someone like Cersei and not have any repercussions, I can tell she’s gonna try something. Secondly I was happy to see more time given to Brienne and Pod. I love how loyal and kind-hearted Pod is and I’m glad he finally got an apology from Brienne, that meanie. Although I still like Brienne, and the backstory on her really gave her character more depth and made me understand why she is like she is; loyal but cold. I can’t wait to see her train Pod and have them being able to cover each other’s backs.

    Seeing Tyrion now is interesting, he’s changed a lot and realises that certain aspects of his life have changed and affected his behaviour, oh and seeing him get kidnapped by Jorah was random. I like it though. This guy’s been down and out for ages and to see him steal Tyrion just screams of desperation to get back in the good graces of Daenerys. I wonder how she’ll take it. And finally fuck yeah Jon Snow being a badass. I like how he’s becoming a leader of men, delegating tasks and not holding back when it comes to enforcing his rules. When Slynt spoke against Jon I was like “Oh shit dude, you done fucked up.” Then Slynt begs for mercy but nope, off goes his head and it was kick ass. Stannis was clearly impressed from what I could tell.

    Anyways great to see you talking about GoT again, I would have commented last week but work was really busy. At least we have another show to talk about again lol.

    • Howdy! Great to know you’ve been keeping up with GoT. I can totally relate to being busy with work and stuff. Yeah, GOT is an awesome show that we can talk about, so much stuff going on!

      The House Of B&W is mysterious and even when they explain a little bit it’s very cryptic. One of my favorite lines is when Arya fired back, “You’re about to find out!” after being smacked and asked who are you for the second time haha. The actress playing Arya just stole my heart in that scene by the water, I was also saying “No, keep Needle!”

      Margaery had her moment to rub it in Cersei’s face for a moment but like you said Cersei isn’t going down without pulling a major move. Payback’s a b*tch! In my draft write up I had a little paragraph about Pod & Brienne that I deleted. I think Brienne feels like a failure, she’s failed at ever oath she’s taken so far. And she’s been taking out her emotions on poor Pod. I’m glad that she recognized how snappy she was at him and that she’s going to play nice now and train him. Whatever mission she’s on, she can’t do it alone. She’s kind of needs Pod as her wingman.

      I’m not sure now Dany is going to react when Jorah comes back with Tyrion, I mean she was clear she didn’t ever want to see him again. Is Dany becoming dark? Tyrion could offer useful advice about King’s Landing, dragons, etc to Dany even if she might not care for the Lannisters since they betrayed her family. In the past couple of seasons the Wall storyline wasn’t that consistent for me, but I think Jon’s storyline is pretty strong right now. Slynt is a character that I think every viewer is satisfied in seeing him get his just deserts, he was a baby killer after all. Great to get your thoughts on the ep, looking forward to more GOT!

  3. Great choices! The scene with Arya and Needle was definitely my favorite this week as well, but Jon’s move against Slynt was close behind. As far as other scenes, I really dug the one between Jon and Davos (not sure why, but this one really stuck with me after watching) and the one you mentioned with Brienne talking about her history with Renly. I’m not sure I like the direction they are going with Sansa, but I will wait and see what happens first.

    • I didn’t include Sansa’s storyline in my top choices although I’m kind of interested in seeing what will happen. I hope Sansa keeps her wits about her … as the saying goes “we’ve come to a very dangerous place.” It’s good that Davos isn’t being forgotten. It doesn’t look like they will be following his story line in the books since Lord Manderly isn’t in the show and they are looking to converge storylines instead of branching off new ones. Great to hear Arya and Needle is your favorite of the week, such a great moment! Thanks!

  4. I am finally caught up and back in the game (whoop!) I LOVED Margery’s interactions with Cersei. Those two are so cut from the same cloth. They’re both power players stunted by their gender and forced to get what they want through manipulating the weaker men the are supposedly in control. What’s different about them is that Cersei wears her bitch on her sleeve where Margery is much more skilled at presenting an acceptably gentle, feminine front… probably because her grandmother taught her so well.

    • Awesome you’re back in the game! Haha, now that you’re caught up it’s back to the week long wait between eps. 😦 What’s so fascinating is that Cersei and Margery are the biggest power players in Kings Landing, they’re running the show, but because of their gender don’t officially hold the authority. Yeah, Margaery takes after her grandmother, the Tyrell men aren’t the power players in the family.

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