In this week's Game of Thrones episode, "High Sparrow," two queens face off in a battle for Tommen's love, and my favorite queen is absent.
In the tamest wedding we've seen on Game of Thrones, Margaery Tyrell and Tommen Baratheon are married. Margaery officially becomes the queen, and Tommen is very taken with her. They consummate the marriage, and even though it didn't last long (unsurprisingly, Tommen is young and Margaery is extremely attractive), Margaery expertly plays the part of adoring wife.
The scene of them in bed together stood out because the characters were sweet, no one was trying to kill anyone, and no one insulted anyone. This is OOW (Out of World) scene works so well because Margaery reveals her intentions to the audience of getting Cersei to move back to Casterly Rock. She proves she can play the game of thrones, especially when it comes to manipulating young boys who want to touch her boobs.
Cersei is extremely tame in this episode, but she sets good foreshadowing when meeting the High Sparrow. Readers of the series know what the High Sparrow does, and I'm ecstatic to see how Cersei reacts.
Arya goes through some delicious inner turmoil in the House of Black and White. She's conflicted between starting her new life as a Faceless Man apprentice, but she has to give up "Arya Stark" to become no one. I want a whole book-series-turned-tv-show spin-off with the House of Black and White. This story line as all the potential, especially in a world where your last name has a lot of influence over your life. What would the theme music be for the spin-off?
Poor Sansa. That's an awful match. 10 out of 10 would not recommend marrying Ramsay Bolton, but this could be the crutch she needs to gain character development and plot progression. But where is this plot line going? Readers are in the dark because Petyr arranges for Sansa to marry someone entirely different in the books, but David Benioff and D. B. Weiss made a great move putting her back in the North. Another marriage is in the snowfall. I wonder which relatives of Sansa's Roose Bolton will kill this time. I'm really excited to see how she fits into the North and Winterfell again.
She still continues to be a pawn, though, letting other people control her life. No other character in the series is like that and I like how George R. R. Martin wrote her. It's very realistic of a young girl whose almost entire family was slain. She's lost and scared.
Brienne and Podrick come to an understanding and remind viewers of the Battle of the Five Kings. It was a sweet, human, and emotional moment that's probably setting up for a fantastic arc for Brienne.
Tyrion finally does something besides drink, and leaves the carriage. Jorah Mormont makes his return into Tyrion's life in a kidnappy-way involving rope, but can he make his return into Daenerys' life? Women usually like chocolate, but maybe a dwarf will suffice.
No news on Dorne or dragons, sadly.
I always want more to happen in the show. Although this is how George R. R. Martin writes, with character development, inside feelings, inner monologues, through free indirect discourse. He doesn't write too many action scenes, just the aftermath of those actions. I think it's a great writing move, because writing action scenes is extremely challenging, but I'm often left wanting when it comes to the show. If you count every time a character actually does something, not just talk, it's actually a very little amount. The showrunners still do an excellent job with plot progression and action/battle scenes.