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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 3 Recap: “High Sparrow”

Contributed by on April 27, 2015 at 12:51 am

I love Littlefinger’s character because while, sure, he has ultimate goals in the game of thrones and it’s definitely got a thick layer of creep fantasy to it, but I don’t think Petyr would see harm done to Sansa.

For the first time in the history of “Game of Thrones, ” a wedding creeped us out not because of horrifying deaths… Compared to Renly, who preferred her brother, and Joffrey, who preferred torture, an inexperienced teenager like Tommen is a cakewalk.

Next, Arya got acquainted with The House of Black and White, the legendary school for assassins, and that, my friends, is some badass training. She never says that though.

And Sansa, who finally seemed to have gained some level of control over her own destiny, has once again become a pawn.

The other person who might help Sansa is Brienne, who has been following Sansa and Littlefinger since that fight at the pub last week.

And she’s certainly doing better than her little brother. (Girl, you better run.). He says there’s no justice unless we make it. “You loved your family”. Baelish assures her that he won’t make her, but suggests she stop being a bystander, stop running away.

THE LOWDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don’t recommend reading this if you haven’t watched this episode). Baelish is helping Sansa avenge her family.

The next day in the story, Jon gives Janos one last chance, telling him to pack up his horses and go. He’s going to try to get back in her good graces by capturing one of her enemies. He was (adorably) still squiring even though he wasn’t technically required to.

What has yet to get explained is what the heck the people inside this strange cult are up to with their willing murder of (I’m guessing) homeless men. Margaery seems to genuinely be taken with him, or at least with his naiveté. Cersei tells Margaery, and it sounds like she means “If there’s anything I can ever do to you”. But aside from cleaning the bodies, she isn’t told what happens next. Maybe he’ll never become Ser Pod, but becoming a great fighter like Brienne isn’t a bad alternative. They swap origin stories, and Brienne’s wins for best tale of woe: “When I was a girl, my father held a ball and invited dozens of young lords”. Stannis Baratheon! Over and over again, Jon opts for the moral decision over the pragmatic one. Gulp. Then Arya goes back to sweeping the floor, when yet another man is being carted into a mysterious room, although the door has been left open. The set design was effectively creepy and otherworldly and Jaqen H’ghar fit right in. That he thinks this should be reassuring (coupled with the way he talks with Ramsay later) doesn’t bode well for Lady Stark, but that’s okay because like Arya, she isn’t ready to let go completely either. “And then she’s also thinking, ‘I’ll also formulate another plan which isn’t quite so friendly.'”. Arya is quick to reach for her sword, but Jaqen interrupts. Mystery Woman starts undressing this man, as Arya helps her do so before they give this man a makeshift sponge bath. Why? Needle, she buries in rocks.

Theon was back! But poor guy looked like a wreck. God, he is the worst. Or not, because he’s foreign this alliance with Ramsay’s dad, Roose.

Yes, the Boltons have taken up residence there as the new Wardens of the North, as per their deal with Tywin when they betrayed Robb Stark. Ramsay needed a bride to solidify House Bolton’s place in the North, and that girl was Sansa!

Standing on a grassy bank, Sansa notices Moat Cailin in the distance. Anyway, everybody was all happy and lovey-dovey at Winterfell, except for Ramsay’s stink-eyed lover, who has been known to hunt anybody who attempts to share his bed. However, Roose wasn’t sure he could trust Littlefinger. Littlefinger promised he was firmly anti-Lannister – for now. Stannis says Jon is as stubborn and honorable as Ned Stark, and that got him killed.

Things are still grim up north for Jon Snow – last week saw him elected as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, and he’s already had a tough situation to navigate. Janos refuses, throwing a blubbering and indignant fit. I get that the hierarchy at The Wall is slack compared to most places, but what in Gods name was Janos thinking? That one cute dude on the Wall dying in the battle for Castle Black wasn’t going to make that big a difference. He wasn’t playing around.

He has the jerk dragged out to the courtyard and takes out his sword. “Mother!” Remember when Cersei wanted to kill Margaery for calling her “sister”?

The horrified look on Tommen’s face when he realizes the truth of that statement, and that his mom is cramping his style, is perfect. Later that night, Tommen and Margaery consummate their union as King Tommen and Queen Margaery. “All day, every day, for the rest of my life”. Cheer up, kid.At least you survived your own wedding…

Show Tommen’s age is kept ambiguous, but actor Dean-Charles Chapman is 17. The first thing that struck me was Snow’s new steward. Knock Cersei back five points; she’s now at zero, but don’t expect her there for long, if her discussion with the High Sparrow, newly introduced here, is any indication. Cue Cersei’s seething. Whatever Cersei is working on, though, it is rapidly being undermined by the much more popular, and now more powerful than ever, Margaery. Plus, in the show’s patented Scene with the Most Passive Aggression of the episode, she’s able to ward off Cersei by getting a few digs in about her role in the kingdom now and how soon she’ll be a grandmother.

Cersei had other matters to attend to.

But the Tyrells and the Lannisters weren’t the only families who had marriage on the lips in “High Sparrow”. The High Sparrow may seem innocent enough, but like all religious factions in Westeros, he too can make waves, especially with an army behind him. Boy, is she stirring up trouble.

Some of the biggest steps this week were taken in King’s Landing. Once she locks eyes on Tyrion, he decides to find the relative privacy of a brothel. And who else was there? We havent seen much on this front, but Im anxiously anticipating the unveiling of The Franken-Mountain.

Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister