Lord, anyone else feeling many, many emotions after last night's Game of Thrones? I was touched, shocked, scared, heart-warmed, and displeased all in the course of one hour! Four episodes in and this season feels more like the second season, when plotting and scheming built to key, deeply effecting moments throughout the ten episode run. I'm into it, although I'm also terrified for what's still to come.
I would be remiss to start anywhere but with Jaime, because he is *~*flawless*~*. He and Bronn are great, and I love that Bronn is not here for any nonsense. Jaime seems to thrive with people who are willing to meet him where he is and not expect more or less, like Brienne and Tyrion. The little moment of tension when Bronn asks, "Your niece?" made my heart skip a beat. Then Jaime's refusal to any rowing or digging, even though both were part of his plan and Bronn didn't want to do either of them, made me fall even deeper in love with him. Perfection.
What was not perfection was the Faith Militant. I am into that story line -- it's one of my favorites from the books -- but I'm still beyond creeped out by them. The whole carving symbols into foreheads thing is never a harbinger of good things to come, and I had to peek through my fingers while they were tearing apart the brothel. I was 10000% sure they were going to be torturing Loras, and I am so glad I was wrong at least for the time being.
Although Tommen is obvi in a bad place as a sweet kid stuck between two women he cares about deeply and who both want to actually eat each other's faces, he is forever my favorite. Stannis may be king by rights (I will get into a fist fight to defend Stannis' honor) but Tommen is on a whole other level. Good people famously don't last long on the show, let alone in King's Landing, but my deepest hope is that Tommen remains safe and nice and not horribly murdered in any way. How can you not love him?
But speaking of the One True King of My Heart, Stannis #blessed us with some actual feels this week! I love his relationship with Shireen in the books, and I'm happy to see some more Stannis-Shireen bonding on the show. Although we don't get much in the books, Stannis' insistence that Shireen be his heir is one of those moments that makes me cheer. I love that the second generation of leaders on the show have so many women with claims to power -- it's a huge contrast to the War of the Five Kings. Of course, it looks like one of the women with a claim to the throne is being sidelined this season, *coughMyrcellacough*, but we can pretend.
Succession rules to the side, we did get one really great moment this week when the Sand Snakes and Ellaria were allowed to talk for MULTIPLE MINUTES without showing a single boob! Obara even got several lines in a row without being topless! I honestly didn't even know that was possible in Game of Thrones. Can we make that little snippet hugely popular, like watch it over and over again to send the message that we can stay interested without boobies?
And finally, Dany's top knight -- I couldn't believe it when the massacre happened. I was expecting the Sons of the Harpy to storm the throne room, but laying out Grey Worm and Ser Barristan is pretty shocking. I'm still processing, to be honest. Still haven't wrapped my brain around it. Based on the preview, it looks like Barristan is RIP, but fingers crossed that Grey Worm pulls through.
Next week's episode has me very, very nervous. It sounds like we're going to get a little Ramsay action, which is the opposite of what I want in my life. Why is Littlefinger leaving?! Why, you guys?! Ugh, and why do we have to wait a whole six days to see what happens?
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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