Game of Thrones: ‘High Sparrow’ Review


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Littlefinger: “There’s no justice in the world, not unless we make it. You loved your family. Avenge them.”

This week, it was all about vengeance…well at least planning for vengeance. Sansa and Littlefinger arrive at Moat Cailin’. Arya wants revenge for those responsible for killing her family. Jon Snow serves up some justice of his own. And an old friend returns, much to Tyrion’s dismay. Oh, and of course the High Sparrow’s arrival in King’s Landing will be extremely important going forward. Very cool watching this all come to life on screen!

High Sparrow, Game of Thrones 3rd episode, had some great interactions between some awesome characters. Cersei and Margaery, as well as her conversation with the High Sparrow, was put together perfectly and it appears that Margaery has a plan in motion to potentially rid King’s Landing of Cersei. And not to mention that there is a whole lot going on at Moat Cailin with many characters all showing up for what should be a showdown of epic proportions.

There is A LOT of characters and stories happening all at once and we didn’t even get to check in on Dany or Dorne. No dragons this week, but at least it’s a nice day in King’s Landing. Enjoy the review!

I thought winter was coming.

Brooms Up

Our episode begins in Braavos at the House of Black and White with Arya sweeping the floors and hating every second of it. Chores suck! That said, Jaqen is one helluva interesting character and I’m glad he was brought back into the mix. Very curious to see where these shape shifters fit in to all of the other insanity that’s going on.

this-aint-hogwarts

The House of Black and White is just plain creepy in my books. Jaqen starts rambling about being no one and how all men must serve, which probably explains the broom.

all-men-must-serve

And some dude is on the ground and it looks like he may have got into the wrong stuff…

Too Many Mushrooms

Arya wants to know where they’re taking the dude but she is ignored. Later on, Arya is approached by a random woman who starts smacking her around unexpectedly which leads to Arya reaching for Needle.

Arya getting smacked around

They’re interrupted by Jaquen and Arya, in frustration, demands that she’s ready to be a faceless man and to be no one. But first, she must dump all of her belongings. Cept Needle though which she hides in the rocks.

Hidden Stash

She goes back to sweeping the floor when Jaqen interrupts yet again and leads her down some stairs where there is a body on a table. The girl who Arya got in a fight with earlier is also there and she begins washing the body. No idea what’s going on here so hopefully we get some answers sooner than later but the bigger question remains as to who these Faceless Men are and how Arya will fit into the bigger picture back in Westeros.

Bath Time

The Sweetest King Who Ever Lived

happy-ending

Over in King’s Landing, the people are calling Margaery’s name with an angry looking Cersei not looking very impressed. Oh, and the big news out of King’s Landing…we finally have a SUCCESSFUL wedding, with no deaths. Also, Tommen being a teenager still is obviously sex obsessed and who can blame him. He’s got Margaery as a wife now and I’m loving where this is heading. Margaery is obviously trying to get rid of Cersei and she’s going to have to use Tommen to make this happen.

It’s also worth noting that Olenna Tyrell, the Queen of Thorns and the one responsible for Joffrey’s death, has gone back to Highgarden. This leaves Margaery and her brother Loras in King’s Landing and it appears that they are setting up a showdown between Cersei and Margaery.

Margaery has quickly set her plan in motion and it’s been fun to watch because we don’t really know what the end game is here. First, she starts with Tommen by questioning him about his mother’s happiness in King’s Landing. She also mentions that Cersei is a lioness guarding her cub and I guarantee this is not going to sit well with young Tommen. The last thing any teenager wants is to be looked at as a mama’s boy and I think Margaery’s first step is to drive a wedge between Cersei and Tommen. And remember, Tommen is the King so he has all the power 😉

The Kings Landed

MOARRRRR

How we go from Joffrey, who enjoyed shooting prostitutes with a cross bow, to Tommen who is just happy to be getting laid. These two brothers clearly had nothing in common and it’s great to see a new King who isn’t a complete dick.

Later on, Cersei and Tommen have a chat and it appears that Margaery’s words had a significant impact on Tommen. He basically asks Cersei if she misses the Rock and it appears Tommen might be wanting to send his mother away.

Mama's Boy

Meanwhile, Margaery and her handmaidens are gossiping about how Tommen is a little go-getter in the bedroom when they are interrupted by Cersei. And this entire conversation has ‘fake’ written all over it.

Monster In-Laws

Margaery and Cersei clearly have a hate on for each other and it’s going to be quite the ride watching these two cats fight it out. Again, Margaery drops some word bombs on Cersei, first regarding Cersei’s status as ‘Queen Mother’ and second, about how she expects Tommen to knock her up and give Cersei a grandchild. I mean, just look at this face which has unimpressed written all over it:

bitch-please

So it looks like Margaery’s plan is working like a charm so far. She is planting seeds that will eventually grow to the point where Cersei and Tommen will begin to act on their feelings. It’s an exciting plot that has me smiling because I feel as though this could be the beginning of the end of Cersei. And any time a Lannister falls down, Mikey is going to be there to point and laugh. Hopefully you will join me.

Also going on in King’s Landing, we have the High Septon partaking in some leisurely activities:

Sinner or WInner

He ends up getting arrested by Lancel Lannister for having some fun with some hookers and has to take a walk of shame for his debauchery, led by the sparrows who appear to be taking over King’s Landing…

The Walk of Shame

…and the High Septon attempts to defend himself by demanding justice and that the High Sparrow be executed. Cersei ends up paying the High Sparrow a visit and it didn’t appear to look pleasant.

Cersei and the High Sparrow have a conversation about why he has arrived in King’s Landing and about the controversy surrounding the High Septon’s visit to the brothel. Cersei ends up agreeing with the Sparrow and lets him know that the Septon is chillin’ in the dungeons for his actions. Not really sure how this is going to play out and, to be honest, it was all very confusing in the books as well, but I’m curious to see what role the High Sparrow will play, especially in regards to Cersei.

the-high-sparrow

Oh, and this happened:

The Mountain is back!

The Mountain!!! And he appears to be alive in the most creepy way imaginable. Go Qyburn…who apparently be slangin’ his dark magic to bring the Mountain back from the dead. I get the feeling we haven’t seen the last of him…or his brother 😉

A Game of Chess

I have been waiting for this. Both in the books and on the show! I cannot freakin’ wait for this to play out on screen because it’s going to be epic, folks! We finally arrive back at Moat Cailin’ to check in on some of the most hated characters in the show. Roose Bolton and Ramsay have been flaying up a storm and even Theon/Reek is back.

KFC

And look, he brought a chicken! Always up for a little Moat Cailin’ Fried Chicken! But seriously, it appears things are setting up nicely just like a game of chess. We have Sansa, Brienne, Podrick, Roose, Ramsay, Theon, Sansa, Littlefinger and now Stannis on his way and one can only wonder who is going to survive.

As we already learned previously, Stannis is now at the Wall and looking to take back the North from the Bolton’s so it may only be a matter of time before we see the war in the North take place, starting with Winterfell.

Ramsay and Roose have a nice family dinner and it’s…well…disturbing. I probably should have expected this but basically they have a conversation about how Ramsay flayed an entire family. He flayed some lord, and did it while the guy was living and also flayed his wife and brother. Oh and I almost forgot to mention that he made the son watch. Ramsay be one sadistic, crazy mofo!

Flayin at Moat Cailin

But more importantly, Roose wants to ensure that the Bolton’s are in control and with Tywin’s death, he had to come up with a new plan. So Roose announces that Ramsay will be hitching up with Sansa Stark. As if her luck can get any worse than it already is, Littlefinger and Sansa arrive at Moat Cailin and Sansa is in big trouble yet again. Not sure how Littlefinger fits into all of this but I can’t wait to find out. The pep talk he gives to Sansa was absolutely fantastic though and really makes you want to see Sansa turn into a bad ass and avenge her family for all the tragedy the Bolton’s have caused her.

Avenge Them

To spice things up a bit, Podrick and Brienne show up at the Moat as well. I have no idea what role these two are going to play in all of this, but hopefully they can get Sansa the hell outta there. I gotta admit, Podrick and Brienne are hilarious together. And it appears that Brienne is going to start training Podrick. But not before she gives us her life story about the days when the boys used to call her Brienne the Beauty…but it was a big joke and Brienne has been effected by this her whole life. At least she can kick some ass now! Andddd we can add Brienne to the list of people who are in the process of avenging someone. These two are certainly going to be wildcards though as none of this happened in the books. Who knows what awaits these two at the Moat.

Wild Cards at the Moat

Sansa also arrives at the Moat and is greeted by Roose Bolton who introduces her to Ramsay, who gives everyone everywhere the chills. The guy is a psychotic creep and I have no idea how Sansa is going to find her way out of this one. If you thought Joffrey was bad hun, well, I got news for you cus Ramsay is badder.

Koodies!

Ramsay tells Littlefinger that he would never harm Sansa but we all know he’s completely full of shit. Sansa better have a plan. Roose gives Littlefinger a message from Cersei who thinks he’s still at the Eyrie. He also mentions something about the Eyrie joining forces with the North but I feel as though this is more of a trap being set up by Littlefinger. If Stannis ends up taking his army to Winterfell, I’m not sure how the Bolton’s are going to survive given that Sansa is out to avenge her family and Brienne and Podrick are also close by. Could this be the beginning of the end for the Bolton boys?

Diplomatic Immunity

Head Games

Back at the Wall, Jon tells Stannis that he will not be leaving the Night’s Watch which is obviously going to annoy Stannis since everything annoys him. And even though Stannis may have no personality, he does have Melisandre and Davos so I have no choice but to cheer for these guys, especially with the announcement that they are going to take back Winterfell! Davos makes a great point as well when he says to Jon that the North will suffer so long as the Bolton’s are in power. It’s hard not to like Stannis at this point and he’s got mad respect for Jon too.

Respect

Oh and then things get crazy. Stannis tells Jon to send Alliser Thorne to Eastwatch. So Jon ‘I Know Nothing’ Snow decides to make Alliser first ranger and send Janos Slynt to Greyguard, a ruin of a place. Janos is pissed at this news and lashes out at Jon. Not a good idea. Snow basically tells him to shut the fuck up and Janos is still pissed and makes a scene. Oh Janos, this is not going to end well for you.

So after completely ignoring Jon’s orders, they take Janos outside where Jon does the unthinkable! Shouldn’t have been playing those head games because well…

Janos-Beheading

…now you have no head! Janos gets axed with Jon’s sword and finally we don’t have to listen to his annoying voice any more. I won’t miss you Janos. I vividly remember this scene from the book and it was epic but seeing Janos plead for his life on screen before Jon beheads him was even better than I expected. Jon is trying to get the respect of his troops and if chopping off someone’s head for betraying his command isn’t going to do it, nothing will! And now his watch is ended.

A Friendly Face

I had to save the best for last. The ending was a refreshing shocker and the return of a major character who most of us will remember from being in the friend zone. So far though, Tyrion’s entire story has changed significantly from the books. Now, I don’t know if they plan on including the Griff’s in the story but I hope they do because it added an entire element to the story that was both unexpected and shocking. Maybe they will open the doors to this story in the next season.

That said, I was pleasantly happy with the very end of the episode when Tyrion gets kidnapped by an old friend of ours. But before that happens, Varys and Tyrion are now in Volantis, where they come across a red priestess, similar to what Melisandre is involved with, and she mentions the Stone Men. Again, they keep bringing this up for a reason and we will soon see why.

So this is where whores go

Tyrion and Varys head to a local whorehouse, and Tyrion being Tyrion tries to hook up with a random girl. Not before he needs to use the bathroom though. And while going #1, our favorite dwarf is kidnapped by none other than than…

You princess is in another castle

…JORAH MORMONT! HE’S BACK! After being exiled from Dany’s crew, it appears as though he’s making plans on getting back in her good graces. But is this plan really a good one? Sure, Tyrion is a Lannister and we all know how Dany feels about the Lannister’s. But I have a feeling that this entire plan is going to blow up in Jorah’s face. I can’t imagine Dany is just going to take out Tyrion when they arrive back in Meereen. Also, there are rumors abound that Tyrion is, in fact, a Targaryen. Wouldn’t that be a plot twist for the ages? Jorah is taking Tyrion to Dany and it’s about time. I have been waiting to see how Dany is going to interact with some of our favorite characters and I’m hoping we’ll get to see these two fan favorites meet face to face this season!

Next Week

Next week, we are in for a shocker! It appears as though Dany and her crew will be center stage, taking on the Sons of the Harpy! And it looks as though the Sand Snakes will be making their first appearance in Dorne. Check out the preview below:

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