'Game Of Thrones' Recap: Dany Takes Mereen; Littlefinger Tells Sansa His Plans; Bran Is Captured
Game of Thrones “Oathkeeper” begins outside the slave city of Mereen, where Dany (Emilia Clarke) interrupts Missandei (Nathanlie Emmanuel) giving Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) language lessons so that he can lead the troops through the sewers and into the city to spark the slave rebellion.
Game of Thrones Recap
Grey Worm, with dozens of other soldiers at his heels, manages to find his way to a congregation of Mereen’s slaves, who were, incidentally, in the middle of a conversation about Dany. The slaves fear that they have too few weapons at their disposal to revolt, despite the fact that they outnumber their owners. It’s then revealed that the sacks the soldiers were carrying held swords and daggers.
The following day, the slaves have taken over the city and Dany and her people walk into Mereen unscathed, urged on by the cheers of the now free slaves. Dany wants to know how many slave children had been nailed to the stakes pointing her to the city. Now, she will nail nearly two hundred of the Mereen elite to their own stakes, ignoring the advice of Ser Barristan (Ian McElhinney) who suggested that mercy might be a better course than revenge.
In King’s Landing, Bronn (Jerome Flynn) is still trying to help Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) hone his left-hand sword fighting skills. Jamie is looking better, but still a shade of what he had been. At the conclusion of the lesson, Bronn admits to Jamie that he doesn’t think there’s any way that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was responsible for Joffrey’s death and ultimately convinces him to pay his little brother a visit in his cell.
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Once in the cell, Jamie apologizes to Tyrion for failing to visit him sooner. Tyrion, making no effort to conceal his awareness that Jamie was Joffrey’s father, asks Jamie to help him break out. Tyrion, looking more defeated then ever, becomes even more concerned when he learns that not only has Cersei (Lena Headey) asked Jamie to kill him, but that she’s also putting a reward out for Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) head.
Sansa, meanwhile, is sailing the seas with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen). From him, she learns that they’re heading to the Eyrie, where he intends to marry her Aunt Lysa. He wants power, all the power that he can accumulate. In order to do so, he needs to do unexpected things, things for which a motive isn’t always clear. One of those motive-less actions was having Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) killed. He had the poison placed into a jewel on her necklace and that jewel later found its way into Joffrey’s drink.
Joffrey’s widow Margaery (Natalie Dormer), who’s now lost her second husband, walks through the gardens of King’s Landing with her sage grandmother Olenna (Diana Rigg). Olenna is now leaving King’s Landing. But, before she goes, she wants Margaery to hear her own story of becoming a wife. It’s a call to arms for the Tyrell hope to slide into her new circumstances and make the most of them. Olenna also lets Margaery know that she played her own part in Joffrey's death, taking the stone from Sansa's necklace and slipping it into his drink. She couldn't have her married to that monster.
Later on, in the middle of the night, Margaery sneaks into Tommen’s (Dean-Charles Chapman) bedroom. The young boy fears what his mother would say, as he’s not supposed to have visitors so late. Putting on her best charm, Margaery informs him that as they’re to become man and wife that they’re bound to have secrets from his mother, and that this would be one of them.
Cersei, meanwhile, is getting drunk off wine when Jamie comes to the door, responding to her summoning. She wants to know how many knights are guarding her only remaining son. She also wants to know what made Catelyn Stark set him free. Jamie reveals that he’d promised to do what he could to return her daughters to safety, a promise that Cersei hopes he’s never felt bound to honor. She’s not done there, though, as she then presses him about paying Tyrion a visit. Jamie admits to it and admits he doesn’t think Tyrion had anything to do with Joffrey’s death. Disgusted, Cersei dismisses him, calling him Lord Commander.
To the woman who brings out the honorable in him, Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Jamie offers the Valeryian steel sword gilded from Ned Stark’s great sword. With it, he tells her to go and try to find Sansa. Naming the sword Oathkeeper, Brienne vows to do what she can for the memory of Catelyn. Jamie then sees her off, with Podrick Payne as her squire, wearing the new armor he had fitted for her.
Castle Black & North Of The Wall
At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) has set about trying to train some more men how to fight, but is soon interrupted by Ser Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale). After Ser Allister dismisses him as a traitorous steward, Janos Slynt warns him that Snow, who is well-liked, could have a decent chance of getting elected as the Commander at the choosing. The best way to deal with Jon Snow would be to have him killed in battle.
After calming Sam (John Bradley) down about Gilly in Molestown, Jon Snow addresses the men in the hopes of recruiting some of them to join him in heading to Craster’s Keep where the mutineers remain holed up. He believes they need to get to them before the Wildlings do, as they can give them information that would ruin the Night’s Watch. It’s a surprise to Allister to see so many men, including Locke (Noah Taylor), align with Jon Snow’s dangerous mission.
At Craster’s Keep, the head mutineer Karl is drinking out of Lord Mormont’s skull and men all about are raping Craster’s surviving wives/daughters. When it’s revealed that one of the girls gave birth to a boy from Craster, it’s made clear that it must be sacrificed to the Gods aka to the White Walkers. One of the mutineers is given the task and walks out into the cold to place the baby down in the snow.
The following day, Bran, Hodor (Kristian Nairn), Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sanster) and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) are captured by the mutineers and brought into Craster’s Keep. Fearing that his two friends will be murdered, Bran reveals that he’s the son of Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Jon Snow’s half-brother. Meanwhile, a White Walker has collected the baby and placed him on an icy altar. Another White Walker approaches the infant, touches his cheek with a long, gray nail as the boy’s eyes turn an icy blue.
– Chelsea Regan
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