Warning: Spoilers ahead!
This week’s episode Oathbreaker is another episode filled with surprises and revelations as the quest for the Iron Throne continues. With plots fully underway (and fans are satisfied that Jon Snow is still alive), I have never been more excited for each coming episode, and Oathbreaker is another one that I know won’t disappoint.
Castle Black/The Wall
Of course, the episode has to start off with Jon Snow. As Davos accompanies Jon, he asks him what he remembers with Snow saying that he recalls getting stabbed by Alliser Thorne and Olly. Jon then greets and embraces Tormund and Eddison. Later that day, Jon executes Marsh, Yarwyck, Thorne and Olly in a public hanging. Afterwards, Jon takes off his cloak and hands it to Edd saying that he is the new Lord Commander and that his watch has ended. While I was happy that both Olly and Thorne were executed, I couldn’t help feeling a sense of sympathy for Olly. As a boy whose parents were killed by Wildlings, it is understandable that he would have hard feelings against Jon but to have life ended at such a young age was distressing to see.
Danerys is stripped by the bloodriders and gives her a robe in which the dosh khaleen wear. Danerys tells the High priestess that she will regret imprisoning her as she is the Queen of Meereen and Mother of Dragons. The high priestess laughs at her and lectures her about the dosh khaleen and how Danerys was supposed to return to Vaes Dothrak immediately after Khal Drogo’s death. She also explains how the khalasars decide which cities will be enslaved or sacked and also how they will decide what to do with Danerys for not coming to the dosh Khaleen after Khal Drogo’s death. While, it does seem the High Priestess and the Khalasars are in control, it seems as if they underestimate the power of Danerys. After all that Danerys has been through, I really believe she will get out of here really soon and just prove to the Dothraki who she really is.
Varys is holding court with Vala – a prostitute who worked for the Sons of the Harpy. Vala admits that she opposes the new system set out by the Unsullied and eventually a deal is agreed upon with Varys, in which she is offered a safe passage to Pentos with her son to start a new life and in return Varys will have information on who funds the Sons of the Harpy. At the same time, Tyrion is drinking and having some awkward small talk with Missandei and Grey Worm. Luckily for him, Varys arrives in the room to inform them that the Volantis, the Yunkai and Astapor have been funding the Sons of the Harpy. Tyrion tells Varys to send all three cities a message.
Arya continues her training with the Waif and Jaqen. The Waif interviews Arya about her list of wanted people dead. Satisfied that Arya has grasped that art of blind sparring, Jaqen tests Arya for her name in which she replies “no one.” Jaqen hands her a bowl of water in which she drinks and immediately, her eyesight is restored. Again, Jaqen asks who she is and Arya replies that she is no one.
Beyond the Wall
Again, Bran has a vision of his father at the Tower of Joy in Dorne. Howland Reed (Meera’s father), Ned Stark and a couple of his companions make their way to the Tower, only to be blocked by Ser Arthur Dayne and Lord Commander Gerold Hightower. Both sides draw their swords and clash with each other. Eventually, with the others dead, Ser Arthur goes on a one on one duel with Ned Stark. Ned eventually delivers the killing blow to Ser Arthur. Shocked, Bran follows Eddard up to the tower, where a woman is screaming, in order to discover what is happening. Just before he steps foot onto the tower steps, the Three Eyed Raven halts Bran in his tracks and forces him out of the dream and back into reality. Clearly disappointed, the Three Eyed Raven tells Bran he must learn everything before he can leave the cave.
Jaime Lannister and Ser Gregor Clegane accompanies Cersei as she meets with Qyburn who wants him to gather information from Dorne, Highgarden and the North and their plots to attack their family. Next, the trio meet up and question the intentions of the Small Council. Finally, King Tommen questions the High Sparrow about the parading of his mother through Kings Landing after she had atoned for her sins. I can really see the weak holes in the Lannisters. Like a bar of soap, the Lannisters are struggling to grip onto their power when they should just relax and trust their support of the small council. It’s come to a point where if they lose their power, there is no one else to blame but themselves.
Smalljon and the Umbers come to meet Ramsay. Ramsay lies to Smalljon that his enemies poisoned his father but Smalljon does not believe him. Well just as we thought Sansa and Theon had escaped from Ramsay’s hell, in comes another Stark! This time, Rickon Stark and Osha the wildling are captured and handed to Ramsay as a gift from Smalljon. Clearly satisfied, Ramsay sarcastically welcomes “Lord Stark.” Gosh, can the directors just please stop terrorising the poor Starks…..
Again, we have some very interesting new schemes coming through especially at Winterfell, Castle Black and at the Dothraki Sea. To be honest, nothing has really happened this episode to really shock viewers and as such, it hasn’t been as thrilling as the last number of episodes. The tension is gradually building and sooner or later, I know all the plots will explode and I hopefully I’ll be in for a treat in the next couple of episodes. Game of Thrones can’t always be gripping but when it is, it’s mind-bogglingly spectacular.
- Directors won’t leave the Starks alone. There are always going to be tensions with the Starks heh?
- Solid coverage of almost every area of the realm, which is something they rarely do in each episode.
- The baddies at Castle Black (Thorne and Olly) are dead.
- Where is Littlefinger?? I miss his accent and I’ve yet to see him this whole season.
- Episode was quite bland. Plots were slowly building up but nothing really exciting was revealed.
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– Written by Peter Hoang