‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’ Ends With Sansa’s Horrific Wedding Night
Game of Thrones‘ “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” showed Arya getting further along in her training in “Game of Faces,” while her sister Sansa marries Ramsay Bolton and suffers the horrors of having such a husband.
Game of Thrones Recap
Braavos: Arya (Maisie Williams) washes another dead man, sponging his arms, his hair, and then covering him with a blanket and waiting for him to be taken away. When she tries to follow the body, the other young woman stops her. Arya insists on knowing why she keeps scrubbing the corpses and the woman says she will be informed when she is ready. The girl then tells her that she is from Westeros, a daughter of a lord, like Arya, that her mother died, father remarried and she became a rival to a new daughter. “Was that true or a lie?” the girl asks a dumfounded Arya.
Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) later tests Arya, asking her who she is and where she comes from. She admits that she is Arya, from Westeros and Winterfell. She continues on with her story, telling of her escape from King’s Landing and the deaths in her family. She also tells of her time with The Hound, claiming that she had let him suffer rather than give him mercy because she hated them. At that, Jagen whips her, accusing her of lying. “I’m not playing this stupid game anymore she says!” as he continues to crack the whip.
Later on, Arya is back to work scrubbing the floors in The House of Black and White when a man arrives with his daughter, whom he wants to have peace. Arya comforts the woman he leaves. She tells the girl a tale and then encourages her to drink the deadly water. Jaqen witnessed Arya play the Game of Faces so allows her to see where they take the bodies – the Hall of Faces. There, Arya learns that the dead become identities that the Faceless Men can assume.
Essos: Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) continues to hide his grayscale from Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who tells him that he is the farthest thing from charming and the worst kind of traveling companion. Tyrion, keeping the conversation going, then tells Jorah how he killed his father Tywin because he had tried to have him killed for a crime he didn’t commit – and because he was having sex with the woman he loved. Tyrion then spoke fondly of Jorah’s father, and accidentally broke the news that he died. When pressed about the circumstances, he explains that he was leading an expedition Beyond the Wall during a mutiny and was killed by his own men.
While walking around Essos, Tyrion and Jorah run into slavers. They want to castrate Tyrion, claiming, “a dwarf’s c—k has magic powers.” Tyrion convinces them to keep him alive until he can prove it does have powers, and they agree to wait until they find a merchant specializing in such matters. Tyrion then also convinces them to spare Jorah’s life, telling them that he’s a great fighter who unseated Jamie Lannister. Jorah chimes in that he also killed a Dothraki Blood Rider in single combat, so the slavers decide to sell him to the fighting pits, which should get them on their way to Mereen.
King’s Landing: Peter Baelish aka Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) arrives back in King’s Landing and meets with the Sparrow Brother Lancel. When Lancel tries to stop him, Littlefinger explains he’s there to meet with Cersei (Lena Headey) and is granted passage. In his meeting with Cersei, Littlefinger tells her that he failed to find Arya, but that he found Sansa and learned that she’s living at Winterfell. His source told him that she’s to marry Roose Bolton’s son.
Littlefinger advises an incredulous Cersei to let Stannis and Roose Bolton fight themselves and then attack while the victor still “licks his wounds.” He offers to send his own men to do the fighting. For his loyalty and services, he asks to be named Warden of the North after all is done. Nodding, Cersei advises him to speak with the king, and that she wants Sansa’s head on a spike, but it’s understood it’s a done deal.
After her meeting with Littlefinger, Cersei has to meet with Olenna (Dianna Rigg), who was summoned to King’s Landing by Margaery (Natalie Dormer) because of Loras’ (Finn Jones) imprisonment. Cersei maintains to Olenna that she had nothing to do with Loras’ imprisonment. Olenna, not believing Cersei for a moment, reminds her that the Tyrell support is vital to King’s Landing.
At the inquest later, Loras is questioned about his close relationship with Renly and he vehemently denies any and all accusations of homosexual behavior. Per the laws of a holy inquest, the High Sparrow was then able to question Margaery, who swears on her brother’s behalf that the accusations are false.. Then, Olyvar (Will Tudor) is brought out, and he testifies and confesses to having sex with Loras. He also reveals that Margaery once walked in on them. Putting on a show, Cersei steps in and chastises Olyvar’s testimony – but the High Sparrow has made his mind up. According to him, there’s enough evidence for a trial against both Loras and Margaery. Margaery pleads with Tommen, but he does nothing.
Dorne: Dornish prince Trystane Martell (Toby Sebastian) and Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) walk through the water gardens, talking about the marriage that they’re both looking forward to. She worries that he’s only marrying her because it has been arranged, but he reassures her with a kiss. They’re soon interrupted by Bronn (Jerome Flynn) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who ride in on horses decked out in Dornish guards outfits. When they go to grab Myrcella, the Sand Snakes come out and try to kill them both. One of the Sand Snakes grabs Myrcella and takes off with her, while Jamie and Bronn are captured.
Winterfell: Sansa (Sophie Turner) gets a bath from the lady’s maid/kennel master’s daughter/ Ramsay’s scorned mistress Myranda, who is washing the black out of her hair. She warns her of boring Ramsay (Iwan Rheon), revealing that those whom Ramsay grows tired of are met with abuse. Sansa, realizing that Myranda loves Ramsay and is trying to frighten her, sends her away.
When Theon (Alfie Allen) arrives to escort Sansa to the Godswood for her wedding, he begs her to take his arm, lest he be punished by Ramsay. Considering she believes he killed her brothers, she refuses him. After Theon gives her away to Ramsay, they go to the bedchamber. Ramsay wants to know why she is still a virgin, and warns her against lying to her husband on their wedding day. He then commands her to undress and commands Theon to watch on as they consummate their marriage. Impatient, Ramsay rips the back of her dress, pulls down his pants and rapes her. Theon, standing at the back of the room, watches, silently crying and shaking.
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