Warning: This blog contains spoilers for anyone who has not yet watched the featured or preceding Game of Thrones episodes. I am writing from the perspective of someone who has not yet read the George R.R. Martin books on which the HBO series is based. If making comments, please refrain from pointing out discrepancies between the novels and the series or revealing anything which might come in the series based on book knowledge.
The most disturbing development as the Game of Thrones entered the second half of its fifth season May 17 was Sansa Stark actually becoming the bride of the psychopathic sadist Ramsay Bolton.
Watching Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken, I envisioned several ways by which Sansa might have been spared the brutal wedding night deflowering by Ramsay: In descending order of probability – Brienne of Tarth bursting through the door and cutting Ramsay in half with Oathkeeper; Theon “Reek” Greyjoy regaining a microscopic shred of his manhood and slitting Ramsay’s throat from behind; or Sansa producing a well-hidden dagger and doing the deed herself. I have high hopes that Ramsay will still meet the lingering and painful death he so richly deserves sometime in the remaining four episodes of the season.
Meanwhile, still on the road to Meereen, Tyrion Lannister’s perpetually wagging tongue, for once, proved useful. I was surprised that the slavers took the Imp’s word that the body part they thought to be the most marketable was not proportional to his stature. How long before they find out that his severed head would fetch a better price?
Down in Dorne, I was not surprised that Jaime Lannister and Bronn – despite their fiendishly clever, impenetrable disguises as Dorne guards – quickly failed in their attempt to rescue Myrcella Baratheon, Jaime’s “niece” (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more, say no more). Bronn’s initial reaction to squaring off against the Sand Snakes, Dorne’s elite, all-female fighting force, and his off-handed compliment at the end of the skirmish were both funny.
A major story arc apparently “on hold” this episode was that of aspiring Seven Kingdoms Queen Daenerys Targaryen, who appears to be unwilling to leave Meereen before she has established a permanent, slavemaster-free society. The Unsullied have proven ineffective in urban pacification efforts, and Dany seems to have reconsidered feeding all the Meereen family heads (not to mention all of their attached body parts) to her dragons.
Her latest plan to marry one of the family heads seems to be yet another example of her inability to make effective decisions as a royal ruler. Why, in the Names of the Seven Gods, would she do that?
Has Dany become so bogged down in the Meereen power struggle that she has lost her way? Does she plan to settle down in the Meereen ‘burbs, raise a family and teach her dragons a repertoire of cute parlor tricks to amuse party guests; or does she still plan to take the Iron Throne?
She needs someone who does more than her bidding — leaving her no choice but to take Jorah Mormont back, whether she forgives him or not. Of course, Jorah’s capture by the slavers and his greyscale contraction pose obstacles to Jorah regaining his position as Dany’s advisor.