It’s that time of week again and, as usual, DON’T BE A FOOL. This post is full of
spoilers, because that is what round-ups are; I’ve you’ve not watched this episode and the surprises, then stop reading this post!
“The House of Black and White’
Having sailed all the way to Braavos and exhausting all other possibilities in her quest for stability, you can forgive Arya Stark for being disillusioned after being informed by an elder black man that no-one by the name of Jaqen H’ghar (the faceless man who gave her the coin) lives in the House of Black and White. After spending the night recounting her Death List Mantra on its doorstep before tossing the coin into the sea, she goes in search for food only to be set upon by three young men who appear to have a penchant for headless pigeon and her skinny sword. Luckily for Arya, the man from the House of Black and White had followed her and comes to her rescue. He takes her back with him and removes his face, revealing himself to be Jaqen H’ghar after all.
Back in Westeros, Brienne and Pod are chowing down on a candlelit dinner for two when Pod spots their target, Sansa Stark, tucked away in a corner of the tavern with Littlefinger and their hareem of armoured guards. Proffering her services in a way only the noble Brienne could – on bended knee – she finds her offer spurned by the elder Stark at Littlefinger’s encouragement. Cue fists, swords and a messy getaway (Pod looses control of his steed yet again, almost to his peril).
Following the arrival of some peculiar viper taxidermy in Kingslanding, after Cersei’s increasingly bitter cajoling, Jamie sets out on a quest to rescue their daughter Marcella (and his slowly eroding manhood) from the clutches of Dorne. Who does he choose as his companion? Why, only Bronn, the least loyal hired hand in the land, of course! With Jamie out of her hair, Cersei attempts to exercise some control in her reformation of the Small Council, though she is fooling next to no one that it is King Tommen’s wishes that she is enforcing. Fending off misogyny, with her Uncle Kevan stating that she ‘is the Queen mother, and nothing more’ before departing in a huff, Cersei deploys Lord Tyrell overseas to the Iron Bank and declares non-Maester Qyburn a new chair on the Small Council (and offends Maester Pycelle in the process, much to her pleasure).
We are treated to another glimpse of Dorne, with its subsequent inhabitants slowly expanding. Ellaria Sands, the lover of Prince Oberin – the Viper – (he whose head exploded, courtesy of The Mountain) demands revenge for his death. Oberin’s brother, Doran Martell, refuses to chop up Marcella to placate the grieving Ellaria’s demands, and she declares him weak. We can only assume that she will take things into her own hands…
Back at the Wall and Stannis offers to name Jon Snow a Stark by law in return for his aid in Stannis’ claiming the North (the Mormont’s of Bear Island, long time allies of the North, refuse to acknowledge any Ward of the North whose name was not Stark). Jon decides to turn down this opportunity to not be a bastard, stating his home and duty belongs at the Wall as a man of the Night’s Watch, which turns out to be apt after he is named the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Count your blessings, eh?
In Meereen, Grey Worm and Daario Narharis capture a Son of the Harpy. The representative of the slave community wants him to be executed, but Ser Barristan manages to convince Daenerys to allow him a trial after recounting a story of her father, the Mad King, and his slow, power-hungry decline. Things don’t stay happy for long however, with the slave representative choosing to take matters into his own hands, murdering the Son of the Harpy. “Myhsa” isn’t happy, and states that the ‘law is the law’, which naturally leads to the slave representative being executed (publicly) too. The Meereen hiss and turn on her, and she and her hands bolt. There is trouble when it comes to being Queen, and it seems Daenerys is learning the hard way. Almost symbolically, Drogon comes home, only to fly off once again, into the distance.
What did you think of Episode 2? Where do you think things will go next?