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Episode 7 - The Gift

31 May 2015

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Synopsis: Jon leaves Castle Black as Aemon passes away. Sam and Gilly are attacked by two black brothers but are saved by Ghost. Stannis' army are suffering in the snow but he insists they push on. Melissandre suggests that they use Shireen's blood. Sansa asks Reek to light the candle for her but he informs Ramsay who flays the old woman who set up the signal. Olenna goes to see Baelish after the High Sparrow refuses her entreaty. Cersei tells Tommen that she will talk to the High Sparrow but crows over Margaery instead. Instead the Sparrow has her thrown in a cell on Lancel's testimony. Myrcella doesn't want to leave with Jaime. Bronn seems to find the antidote to his poison. Jorah and Tyrion are sold to the same man whose fighting pit is visited by Dany. Daario asks Dany to marry him, suggests she slaughters the old masters and that she marry him.

The Good: Olenna is such a breath of fresh air. Sometimes guilded dialogue and veiled threats can be tremendous. But when someone cuts through the b.s. particularly in a plot that's not so great it makes you cheer them on.

Maester Aemon has been one of the shows best minor characters so I appreciated giving him some attention in his final moments. He's always seemed wise so perhaps Gilly should heed his advice and head south.

The Bad: As with last seasons Jaime/Cersei rape scene it's clear from the follow up that Benioff and Weiss are not self aware at all. I could just about accept Sansa's unpleasant wedding night as part of her sad life. But to then tell us that she's a prisoner in her room and suffers nightly attacks is pointless sadism. All it adds to the story is a sense that she is foolish for not asking Baelish more questions when he suggested this plan. I pointed that out at the time and it seems so cruel and unnecessary to present the story this way. If Ramsay were allowing her to walk freely about Winterfell that would at least allow her some dignity. But instead she's going through a less horrendous version of Theon's story and it's not needed or wanted.

The tone deaf show runners then used rape again to create drama at the Wall as poor Sam and Gilly are set upon. Why did we need that threat to show them in danger? It might be realistic given the situation but was it necessary? No! It would have been easy to have Sam beaten up in a scuffle and just suggest the danger Gilly is in (now that Jon has left). As it was their sex scene was utterly unenjoyable because I was so soured by again having to confront one of the ugliest acts in the human repetoire for no good reason.

Last week I pointed out that Cersei's story had a major hole in not showing us what she planned to do to reign the Sparrows in. It is a vital question because what's to stop them attacking and imprisoning all sorts of important people who Cersei would not want thrown in jail. If the answer is that she believes the Kings Guard and City Watch will step in at her command then seeing her thrown in a cell is a meaningless cliff hanger. Because why wouldn't the troops just come and bust her out as soon as they hear what's happened? The sense that Tommen is too weak to give the order is a bit of a weak story in itself. One of the Kings Guards or Qyburn or whoever would surely step in and advise him to put a stop to this before it goes too far. The guards could beat the Sparrows out of the way before the "many" could be mobilised to stop them.

Another problem was not elaborating on what the punishment would be for buggery or purjory. If the penance is bearable then it gives the Tyrells a potential way to serve some humiliating time before regaining their freedom. But if justice demands blood then Cersei or Tommen must have a plan to stop it. I don't buy either of them not thinking this through. It is very similar to Tyrion's trial last season where the silence about important questions ruined the drama of the story.

The addiction to dramatic twists is hurting the show. Or perhaps dramatic reveals, always grim, is a better way of putting it. It generates a familiar, unpleasant tension. For every brilliant moment there now seem to be predictable and implausible ones to counter them. Ramsay gives a long speech before leading Sansa to the flayed woman. Then the Sparrow gives a long speech, seemingly about something else, but of course really just building the "tension" before imprisoning Cersei. Whether this is a true reflection of the books or not I don't know. But the show runners are become hackneyed and don't seem to understand the damage of constant degredation and disappointment.

Jorah and Tyrion's story was full of contrivance and convenience. Tyrion's ability to overpower his jailor was only sort of believable. The fact that Jorah was not chained up and could break through the doors unchecked felt silly.

Bronn and the Sand Snakes seemed to be both fan service and sexposition wrapped into one scene. Of course I'm assuming that really was the antedote which if it wasn't will be another downer.

As I pointed out long ago Shireen is now the necessary sacrifice for Stannis to enter Winterfell. Either she dies or Sansa is raped for a lifetime. Great, what a choice.

The Unknown: Dario's insistence that Hizdahr is behind the Harpy's suggests that he probably is. On TV logic that's either true or Dario is lying and he's behind the Harpy's which would be weird. Again the lack of true characterisation means we have to assume no line is spoken that doesn't inform the plot somehow. I was momentarily intrigued by his proposal. I wondered if he'd now ruined their casual relationship by insisting on something more (which she can't reasonably fulfill). But I doubt this was a character moment. It seems more likely that its laying the seeds for the opening of the main fighting pit. Presumably the Harpies will attack Dany and a mass slaughter will ensue. The masters are still buying slaves so they clearly aren't interested in her new society.

I will cut the show slack in one sense. Cersei's taunting of Margaery and then comfort of Tommen did hint at fleshing out her plan. She does genuinely love Tommen but it looks like she was hoping to humiliate Margaery and bring her under her control. While simultaneously making it clear to Tommen that he owed her freedom to his mother who he should continue listening to. It's a poor plan from Cersei, she clearly doesn't understand how Margaery's mind works (she would work even harder after this to get rid of her mother-in-law). But at least it's a plan. Still it depends on her believing that the city's soldiers will do her bidding and cow the Sparrows. Which means they should be busting her out right about now.

When Baelish mentioned the "handsome young man" he was giving as a gift did he mean Lancel? Because he was hardly responsible for him. Or did he mean something else? He also says he gave Cersei the same gift which I assume was Olyvar.

Best Moment: Lady Olenna talking to the High Sparrow or Baelish. Take your pick.

Conclusion: I once read someone dismiss Game of Thrones as a well dressed soap opera. I bridled at that suggestion. Surely this carefully crafted tale of another world was a high quality drama up there with the character focussed efforts of Mad Men or Breaking Bad. My doubts about that are growing. The show is becoming almost a parody of itself at times with its twists and unasked questions and rape and nudity and sadness. There's so much more to life than those beats. There's so much more to great television than pulling the rug out from under people. My anticipation for the Battle of Winterfell is starting to dwindle. I don't want to start feeling that way toward the whole show.  



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    Wow! I loved this podcast. You guys hit it on the head with what’s wrong with Cersei and the High Sparrow scenes. There’s no series of feedback scenes from the populace interacting with the High Sparrow, Sparrows and the Faith Militant, so there are a lot of missing elements and I agree their actions are also moving too fast so there isn’t the impact or weight behind their actions that there should be. (This also would better help define the consequences of Cersei’s actions; more on that later). All the repetitive activities and screen time that were thrown at other characters (spanning seasons four and five) should have been used for this. The extent of their power and influence over the populace is unknown and I agree; had it been known then the High Sparrows speech and words to both Lady Olenna and Cersei would have been way more powerful because he would be speaking for the people and not for himself. (That is something that gnaws away at me. Is this man the High Sparrow truly doing the work of the people or is there some sort of ruthless power hungry agenda to his character?)
    Since the City Watch Guards have not intervened I get the impression that by some unknown royal (Cersei through Tommen) decree the Faith militant are more powerful than the City Watch, but not as powerful as the King’s Guard. (I base the King’s guard part solely on the scene where they ask Tommen if he would like them to run the Faith Militant through a few episodes ago).
    Everything @Syrio is pointing out below would have made everything a lot clearer and would have been wonderful to see. They could have even introduced that back story after the Red Wedding (beginning of Season Four) after we saw the Freys and the Boltons busy killing Stark sympathizers in the Riverlands.
    The lack of not knowing how powerful the Faith Militant are also affects the strength of the consequences that result from decisions Cersei has made on behalf of the King and the results of toying with other people’s fates. For all we know the Faith Militant are so powerful now they could easily imprison Tommen as well as Cersei right? There is a lot of directions this could go because we don’t really have a feel for how much power Tommen has or the extent of the Faith Militant’s power at this point. How many are there of each? We have never seen Tommen lift a finger to decree anything other than absolving himself from the proceedings of Tyrion’s trial, so we really don’t know how he’s capable of ruling and making decisions (especially when it involves using soldiers.) It appears Cersei has made most of the decisions for him and as you guys pointed out the small council is really small (especially if Mace has gone overboard.)
    I am still thrown off by the lack of clarity with Cersei’s intentions that I feel take away a load of depth in her character. I guess everything she told Tommen was just lies (that are laced with irony) and that she truly thinks she knows what she’s doing when she doesn’t or how it affects her fate. I suppose she doesn’t believe in fate until she’s tried every which way to change the destiny of things (for herself and others) and when she finds she can’t then, she accepts that as fate.
    Now here’s something really funny. I just realized *now* after watching the show several times that the gift (even though he says he’s the gift) is Tyrion to Dany! I think it’s because I was so distracted by a lot of other things going on in this episode and the way that Tyrion and Jorah’s scenes felt like they were thrown together after the fact and quickly presented when they were. Perhaps it was a combination of all the points I mentioned earlier with other characters, the way those scenes were shot and their editing. I can’t quite put my finger on it, however that’s how uneventful Tyrion being the Gift was for me. I guess you could put him as #6 in my bad comments for expected uneventful reveals.

    Posted by Fluids, 29/05/2015 3:16pm (3 years ago)

  • @Syrio Thank you! You know I had a sense this was explained in the books, but it's been so long since I read book 4 that I had forgotten this important fact. This context would go a long way into explaining the circumstances that lead to Cersei's apprehension.

    Posted by Roberto, 29/05/2015 1:27pm (3 years ago)

  • Great commens guys.
    @Syrio thank you for the information, that does sound better and entirely plausible.
    @David only problem with that is that Tyrion might have died if kept in the box that long :-)

    Posted by The TV Critic, 29/05/2015 9:38am (3 years ago)

  • I really object to Roberto implying that the weakness in this episode is due to the weakness in the source material. When in fact almost all of the weakness comes from straying from the source material. For example, the only 2 scenes this episode that can be said to have a mirroring counterpart from the books are Aemon's death scene and Cersei's arrest scene.

    And Robin considered Aemon's death scene a highlight and almost all of his complaints about the Cersei scene were actually addressed in the books.

    In the books, which featured a POV character whose chapters some readers superficially brush off as "boring", we actually see the the gradual rise of the sparrow moment that is needed to set up their rise culminating in Cersei's arrest. In those chapters we saw a countryside devastated by warfare and war deserters who have formed into outlaw bands that the common villager has no protection against. All social order has broken down in the riverlands and the nobility that would normally be expect to provide protection to the smallfolk are either dead from the war or summon away to fight.

    The only institution providing any aid to the smallfolk are the septs and the clergy, providing food, medicine and serving as a place refuge. But often even this sanctuary is being violated by the bandits and many septs have been sacked and burned, the septons and septas murdered and raped along with those seeking protection there.

    Against this backdrop and the failure of the Crown to defend the septs, there begin a popular outcry for the Faith to have its own protectors and the return of the Faith Militant. The reader witnesses all this, including the eventual High Sparrow before he become called as such and before his arrival in King's Landing, we see how he seek the redress of these grievances of the desperate smallfolk that led to his movement's ascension. All of this is not seen from the Cersei's POV chapters because she has no interest in the smallfolk, but we as the reader do see it, and when it happened Cersei is shocked and the reader share in her shock, but the reader looking back sees that it was building toward this moment.

    The fact of the matter is that Martin meticulously set up this eventuality and the show did not. I agree with Robin that the show has been too focused on shock and surprise instead of good storytelling, but it's not because of the source material. I believe the showrunners have only managed to adapt Martin's style without adapting Martin's substance. The books do have shocking moments, but they are all meticulously planned as part of the story, it never abandons logic or character development. The show wants to set up shock for the sake of shock, and has often waved away plot holes and inconsistent characterization just so they can get to the shock. That's why Martin's shocks feels earned for the reader but the show has lately had "shockers" that feels cheap and unearned.

    Viewer score: 70 / 100

    Posted by Syrio, 29/05/2015 12:31am (3 years ago)

  • I agree with Robin on a lot of the negative comments about this episode. I think it is probably the low point of the entire Series so far for me, although I think this whole three episode stretch as a whole gives it competition, and perhaps this whole Season.

    I think one of the reasons might have been a necessary period of geographical overstretch, where characters needed to be in transit and apart from each other even more than normally. I'm hoping at least that this will be remedied partially now that Tyrion and Jorah are in Mereen. But it's getting to the point that every time a character sets out on a journey, I sigh, because I know it will lead to even more broken-up episodes, rushed plots and skimmed-over character. I think the show is stretching the definition of what can make compelling and unified television. Think how Mad Men often wobbles a bit (arguably) when just one character goes to California for a few episodes, away from the main hub. After 5 seasons, I'm finding it wearying, in a way I don't with the books.

    And the obvious victim of this this Season is Dorne. I'm starting to think there must have been a better way to do this. Maybe Jamie and Bronn's mission didn't have to be 'secret'? They could have gone along to the Dornish Court openly, to see Myrcella, and only had us become aware of a secret plot to liberate her later. Maybe this would have allowed other characters to join them (Mace Tyrrell? Qyburn? Kevan Lannister?) I don't know. But it certainly would have allowed more nuanced introduction of the Dornish characters, more interactions with Prince Doran, a more feasible Myrcella plot based on observing her actual movements perhaps? It could have been that Jamie was in charge of delivering Prince Oberyn's body home, perhaps? Needed a rethink, anyway.

    For similar reasons, despite the world-building in their travel (and I did like seeing Valyria!) I think maybe the show should have departed even further from the books, and just had Tyrion exit his crate at the end of Episode 1 in front of Daenerys' court (I've expressed this before). Would it not have been more dramatic watching Tyrion work out who Daenerys was, whether he should back her, and what his attitude was to her, based on actual interactions with her? And with Varys present too??

    I just think this Season has bitten off more than it can chew. The amalgamation at Winterfell has been OK, but even there it feels like opportunities have been missed. Could we not have seen Walder Frey again there, feasibly?? Sigh. I'm turning from a moderate book purist into a hardcore 'change the books more!" campaigner! That's what a below-par season will do to you.....

    Viewer score: 51 / 100

    Posted by David F, 28/05/2015 9:47am (3 years ago)

  • I agree with Robin's low score this time. The episode just seemed plodding and devoid of any spark. I truly believe that the show runners have lost their way a bit. I don't even mean just by pulling wide of the books (I've read up to book 3) as I'm not a book evangelist but the series seems to be more about cheap shocks than substance at the moment.

    I mentioned last week that I felt some of the other characters should've been checked in with by now and while I accept Roberto's responses in the pod I am actually getting a little bored of seeing the same old tired faces week-in, week-out, rehashing similar scenes. Jon frowns, Gilly squawks, Dany wanders about like a cardboard cutout, Brienne devotes her life to protecting somebody else etc Yeah it's getting a bit dull.

    The fighting pits were, frankly, pathetic. I expected a huge Roman coliseum. And what's with the free men only rule? A slave owner brings out slaves to fight and nothing is said? Hizdar is the perfect match for Dany. He's as wooden as she is - they'll do splendidly together.

    How have "The Faith" managed to get so powerful with nobody checking them? It seems they are controlling the dungeons, the sept, almost all of the power in King's Landing now. It's time Tommen said "Screw the laws of the Seven, King's Guard, go and run them all through". Majory looks rough. How long has she been down there? If it's a long time then why is Olenna only confronting the Sparrow now? Are we watching this all in a staggered time loop or is the timescale linear?

    That scene was a high point. Quality verbal sparring between two great veteran actors. Olenna has been well-matched this season, first by Cersei and now the Sparrow. Not quite the lyrical gangsta of last season.

    The only thing that can save this season is Roose and Stannis duking it out at Winterfell and the White Walkers appearing for a ruck of their own. Other than that, Game of Thrones has lost it's edge for me. And I don't just want action, action, action either. I love the political nuances and intrigue but even that has become stale. Dorne is just dire. Sorry for so much negativity but it's a complete waste of time and the Sand Snakes are indeed more like the Bland Snakes. I don't care if all the main players in Dorne get wiped out in one go. Any chance of shipping the Army of the Dead down that far?

    Viewer score: 38 / 100

    Posted by peter, 27/05/2015 11:56am (3 years ago)

  • Correction that should be Samwell and Gilly (not Cersei) although that would be really funny if that happened!

    Posted by Fluids, 26/05/2015 11:57pm (3 years ago)

  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    • This was the worst episode I have seen in Season 5 thus far.

    • There were a bunch of things that I had been wondering how they would come to pass that did so finally, however I felt the way they were blocked and written they came off as feeling very uneventful to me (SEE the Bad).

    • I don’t like the way they are treating Sansa’s character, however the scene we saw with Theon is what I was expecting last episode after the wedding. The subtext that was laid down after the wedding was that Sansa would have to endure brutal mistreatment every day after that and we got that. They showed her curled up in a ball in her bed; crying with bruises all over; locked up in her room. This is all they needed to show at the end of S5E6 and I would have gotten it. (Therefore the rape scene for me was still unnecessary last episode.)

    • The lack of clarity of Cersei’s intentions to the viewers either make her seem like a total idiot that does or doesn’t believe fate applies to her or someone willing to fight fate; playing their own game of manipulation and finds after the fact that regardless; fate is inevitable (SEE the Bad and also my post podcast comments for Season 5 Episode 6).

    • How can Cersei blindly empower the Faith Militant after her cousin is presented as a Sparrow and has brought up her indiscretions without any fear of divine retribution when it’s been said by High Sparrow ‘We are all equal in the eyes of the Seven’?

    • How can Cersei not fear her own incarceration (with her own track record of incest) after Queen Margaery (a more powerful figure than her) is incarcerated just for lying?

    • After being flung onto a dungeon floor how could Cersei be that blind and stupid to the uselessness of hurling a threat to the nun: ‘Look at me. Look at my face. It’s the last thing you will see before you die.’


    • Sansa planting the seeds of doubt in Ramsay’s mind about his inheritance. She could have went a step further pointing out that she wasn’t aware that Jon Snow was a Lord Commander and she was proud of him; however lineage means nothing in the Men of The Night’s watch. It’s purely based on deeds not blood. That would have been sticking it good to Ramsay.

    • Sansa grabs a weapon.

    • Lady Olenna’s scenes with the High Sparrow and Little Finger. He made her realize that the people have power over their rulers now.

    • ‘Whoever you are…sooner or later, you will come face to Face with something that cannot be controlled. The events that cannot be predicted or prevented...You cannot blame yourself for Fate.’ Either ironic words of one who wants to manipulate another who doesn’t believe in fate or someone who is toying with fate or one who believes in fate and is blind to how their actions influence fate. (SEE The bad)

    • Margaery’s scene with Cersei was great. I love how Margaery saw right through her and we get a better sense of Cersei trying to appear sympathetic while she gloats.

    • From the man with two Brains (Cersei being thrown into a cell) ’Into the mud scum queen!’


    • They keep trying to give Sansa’s power to Theon. We never had a scene where we saw Sansa watch Theon cry for her as she was being raped so then we know she thinks Theon Greyjoy is inside him somewhere. Instead we have a desperate Sansa trying to convince Theon he is Theon and to help her. Why after pushing Theon away for a couple of episodes is she now trusting and asking Theon to help her? He certainly didn’t help her when she was being raped on her wedding night so why would he act on her behalf now?

    • Dolorous Edd has commanded the Men of the Night’s Watch during the Wildling attack and is an ally of Jon Snow. He would have made a more trusted person to watch over the Men of The Night’s Watch then Ser Alliser. Ser Alliser may have the most experience; however he’s also the most tropic of choices. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jon came back and Ser Alliser mutinied against Jon and Sam and Gilly were forced to flee (or he goes to the Citadel to learn to become a Maester) before that happens.

    • Melisandre said the real fight was at the wall and Stannis says winter can last for years, so why is he going after Winterfell and not staying at the Wall? If he wins Winterfell he will be there for years before he can get back to the Wall right? I know Winterfell is relatively close to the Wall, however if Winter is that bad that may not be possible.

    • Cersei visits the High Sparrow without the King’s Guard? What happened to the guards she had when she first visited the High Sparrow?

    • Which version of Cersei is supposed to be Cersei?
    1. She doesn’t believe in Fate (the witch’s prophecies) and thinks she’s clever and makes poor decisions that result in the opposite of what she wants (like reinstalling the Faith Militant that ends up throwing her in a dungeon) and ironically says wise things like ‘You cannot blame yourself for Fate’ to control Tommen (so he doesn’t wage war on the Faith Militant)?
    2. She does believe in Fate (the witch’s prophecies), but tries to get her way (by reinstalling the Faith Militant and when she can’t change things she resolves that as Fate (after the fact) and also arrogantly makes poor decisions?

    • There were a list of things that could have been done better that I have been waiting for that came off as uneventful in their delivery for me:

    1. Samwell’s loss of his virginity to Cersei. (Reward for his reckless bravery.)
    2. Cersei being thrown into a dungeon for indiscretions with Lancel without so much as a hearing beforehand.
    3. Brother Aemon’s final moments. I thought he would reveal something important to the plot before passing. He always seemed to me to be someone who had secrets from the past that could be brought into the current story. I guess it was not to be…
    4. Bronn surviving the poisonous wound. He was in danger mere minutes before he was humbled to allow for an antidote to be quickly thrown to him. That was kind of an uneventful sexposition.
    5. Talk of sacrificing Shireen. Conditions aren’t that desperate yet, so I was expecting Melisandre to bring this up later than sooner.


    • Why is this episode called the Gift? Is that were Stannis is with his men?

    • What was that Sansa grabbed while Ramsay wasn’t looking?

    • Why wasn’t Little Finger more upset about his business losses?

    • Why didn’t Stannis feed his men with the 40 lost horses? He has done similar things in the past holding out in a siege.

    • Does Dario truly believe Hizdahr is the King of the Sons of Harpy?
    • Is Ser Jaime in a fancy jail cell while Bronn is incarcerated or does the ‘Prince recognizing his concern for his niece’ absolve him from wrong doing and that’s a normal room he’s been held in the palace?

    • How much has Lancel told the High Sparrow? How much trouble is Cersei in now? Is it for incest just with Lancel or is it incest with Ser Jaime and for producing children of incest with him? Will she also get in trouble for drugging the King’s wine through Lancel? How much can be proven in court of all of this? I don’t think they have DNA paternity testing in Westeros.

    • What is the relationship between Lancel and Baelish? Baelish told Lady Olenna he had a handsome man for her that he also used with Cersei. If it is Lancel, I don’t understand how Baelish is able to control anything Lancel does at this point. If anything Baelish has to walk lightly around Lancel.

    Viewer score: 52 / 100

    Posted by Fluids, 26/05/2015 2:32pm (3 years ago)

  • If that was indeed the antidote that Bronn got, then I don't get the point of that little storythread at all. Why put it in if you immediately resolve it without any further consequences? Except of course the point was to get boobs on the screen, then, sure, that screentime was well spent.

    The High Sparrow brings up an interesting point about the few not caring about the many and that maybe the power dynamic might be shifting now. But if the many are represented by this group of religious fanatics who are against everything, then he can question the Tyrells all he want, I'd still rather root for them than for his new justice.

    Under different circumstances I could have really liked Sam and Gilly sleeping together. But with the attempted rape before it, it plays a little as if Gilly is Sam's "prize" for not being a horrible human being and defending her, instead of a sweet moment which we've seen plenty of between them so far.

    Posted by Mareike, 26/05/2015 1:55pm (3 years ago)

  • My thoughts mostly echo Robin & Robert's and I've come to view GoT as the McMansion of high quality TV drama, however I don't believe this episode was worse than episode six.

    Maester Ameon proves that it's possible to live a full natural life in Westeros, and Sam gave a touching farewell speech.

    Unlike most people I was somewhat okay with the Dorne scene. Sure it made no sense, had gratuitous nudity, and contributed to the unmitigated disaster that is Dorne. But I love Jerome Flynn's singing and despite the gratuitous nature it was somewhat refreshing to see a female character have complete agency over her sexuality.

    Ghost ex machina strikes again.... Why isn't he with Jon?

    Why did Littlefinger even need to deposit Sansa in Winterfell? He could have easily just hid her in the Vale and told Cersei she was in Winterfell and achieved the same result of getting permission to use the Vale army against the winner at Winterfell.

    Is Stannis in the North to fight Roose or the White Walkers? Obviously he's headed to Winterfell, but the whole reason he went north in the first place was to protect the Nights Watch and the realm from the "real battle". Now he refuses to return to the Wall because it would force him to winter there, but doesn't that mean that if he captures Winterfell he'd have to winter there and be unable to assist the Wall in the winter?

    When watching Maester Ameon's funeral pyre I couldn't help but find it bizarre that the show, Mel, & Stannis, completely ignored him as a potential sacrifice back when they were at the wall. Ameon was on his deathbed when they were there and if Gendry was seen as a high value sacrifice then surely the former heir apparent and a full blood Targ would be as well. Aemon would be a great-uncle to Stannis so I don't think it can be explained away that they didn't know.

    With Cersei locked up, will Littlefinger hang around to advise Tommen or will he head back to the Vale to get the army ready to head north?

    With Kevan in Casterly Rock and Mace in Bravvos, Tommen's advisers consist of Pycelle, Qyburn, probably Olenna, and maybe Littlefinger which setups an interesting dynamic. Given recent history it's expected that Qyburn would support Cersei, but who knows his actual motivations seeing how he formerly served Roose Bolten. Cersei has been slighting Pycelle for quite awhile and pretty much threatened his life earlier this season so I don't expect him to be on team Cersei. That also goes without saying for Olenna.

    Viewer score: 60 / 100

    Posted by Ryan Ford, 26/05/2015 4:11am (3 years ago)

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