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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S5 Episode 4/ May 3, 2015)


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EPISODE 4: Sons of the Harpy

THE PLOT : The long summer is at an end, winter truly is coming and with it the cold winds of war as five self proclaimed Kings claim dominance over Westeros, but there can be only one winner when you play the game of thrones.

THE LOWDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). And the wait is over, Cersei starts to close in on the Tyrells. Her first few moves are indeed subtle (for Cersei), but I highly doubt Mace Tyrell will make it back from The Iron Bankóif he makes it there at all. Anything can happen in the dungeons of Kingís Landing, so Iím not liking Lorasí chances of survival either. Margaeryís initial reaction was expected, but I donít understand why she didnít accompany Tommen to see the High Sparrow. Sheís clearly the brains of that duo, so Iím sure she could have at least got them in to see him. Poor Tommen. Thatís what makes me scratch my head about Cerseiís approach to all this. Surely she realizes that Tywin was the only thing keeping the wrath of her and Jaimeís little secret at bay. Itís like calling the kettle black at this point. When the crowd starts yelling Ďabominationí without remorse or regard of their well-being, thatís a red flag. Love him or hate him, at least Joffrey wouldíve sliced and diced those mofos and head-piked anyone who said shit.

Bronn and Jaimeís assault of Dorne is a mixed bag for me. Donít get me wrong, I love these two characters, and their pairing is the very definition of epic entertainment, but Iím starting to look outside the box here and canít help but think poor Bronn wonít make it back alive. I know this voyage didnít happen in the books, but itís hard to tell if thatís a good thing or bad. It pains me to see Jaime fighting like a gimpóloved the sword catch though, and maybe it was the specific situation, but Bronn seems to be outshining him for witty comebacks too, and thatís a damn shame, because Jaime is supposed to be the king of smartass comments. I found it interesting that he and Jaime both entertained the ruse of Marcella being Jaimeís Ďnieceí, when itís abundantly clear that not only does Bronn know the truth, Jaime knows that he knows. They better stay on their toes, because Oberynís daughters looks deadly as hell and out for as much blood as Ellaria. I hope to see some cool fight scenes from that group before seasonís end.

You know nothing Jon Snow. What in the name of the Red God did all that mean? Melisandre is by far the coolest wild card character on the show. She has power, influence, and knows how to get her point across. That said, sheís also prone to kidnapping, birthing shadow babies, getting naked at the drop of a dime, and conveniently knowing everything before it happens. Jon Snow doesnít fall for her seduction, but hearing her say those words creeped him the hell out. I canít wait to see whatís in store for her character, because itís one of the biggest mysteries still on the board (in my opinion). I donít think Stannis has a large fan base, but Iím hoping tonight won some people over. The conversation he has with his daughter is beautiful, and the hug was especially nice. Itís good to see the guyís got a heart.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5's fourth episode officially gets the party started. We get a small dose of Tyrion and Jorahís pairingówhich will be awesome Iím sure. How could it not be? Thereís a disturbing goodbye kiss shared between Littlefinger and Sansa, but in all honesty (as I mentioned last week), him heading to Kingís Landing may mean he wonít see Sansa againóespecially now that the Faith Militant are ripping through his brothel. The real highlight tonight was in Meereen. The Sons of the Harpy make a bold move against Grey Worm and his men, leading them into a trap and killing them down to just him and Sir Barristan. Let me just say this, I donít know their fates, but if those two die, my respect for Daenerys dies with them. Iím so mad at how ridiculous sheís acting this season. These Harpy guys should have been dealt by now, swiftly and without mercy. This blood is on her hands, and I hope to God this will be the slap in the face she needs to wake her ass up. Itís time to be Queen or step the hell down.

SEX/NUDITY: Thereís a lot of T&A (wang too) scattered around Littlefingerís brothel when it gets ransacked. And Melisandre goes all Mrs. Robinson on Jon Snow, who bitches out like a pansy.

VIOLENCE: The Faith Militant go ape shit on Littlefingerís brothel and everybody in it. The Sons of the Harpy wreak the same havoc in Meereen, killing at the streets, the brothel and then in their trap.

MOST EPIC SCENE: On the ship, when Jaime asks about the isle in the distance, and the guy replies ĎThe Sapphire Isle.í That moment is a testament to Jaimeís journey as a character. Thereís so much going on in his eyes as he looks out into the sea. Iím curious to see what becomes of him and Brienne, if anything, but it's obvious she means something to him.



Extra Tidbit: So what have the White Walkers been up to lately? Hanging out, and playing Nintendo?



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