Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What I’m Watching: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 6 “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (B+)

Who would have thought that Sansa could find another husband as despicable as Joffrey? While Ramsey’s cruelty is more directed at Theon than the entire population of the realm, he’s still pretty awful, and there’s no denying that Sansa is suffering at his hands. With her third engagement of late, she’s back to realizing what being miserable truly feels like. It’s not as if the new wife of the Baratheon king is faring much better, as Cersei has played her big move of revenge against Margaery, who with her grandmother dared to presume that her family was immune to the law. Tricking her into perjuring herself on the stand was low, and Tommen definitely doesn’t have what it takes to defy his mother and decree that she be pardoned despite her clear guilt in this case. The game of many faces was much more fun for Arya back when she was ordering Jaqen to kill at will for her, and now she’s just getting slapped a lot. If any Stark can handle it, it’s her, but the road towards progress is not a short one. Tyrion came extremely close to being killed on the spot and having body parts severed, but leave it to him to talk his way out of any situation and save the bold warrior Jorah Mormont in the process. Jaime and Bronn’s timing wasn’t great, but they may still be able to prevent too much Lannister-focused bloodshed in a land over which they have no decided dominion.

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