Game of Thrones Recap: “Sons of the Harpy” (Season 5, Episode 4)
Although big things are happening around Westeros and Essos, it still feels like the calm before the storm, which might have started to arrive during this episode.
After last season, we knew it would take some time to move the characters into position to set up the instant drama, but four episodes in, we still haven’t seen the worst (or best) of what’s to come.
Even with so much still on the table, Game of Thrones killed it again with another great episode. To me, it just gets better every week. They’ve really narrowed down the proper way to tell the story to keep the audience interested from start to finish.
It’s the best show on TV right now, and it’s not even close! Let’s get of the episode!
Jaime and Bronn
It’s nice to see the old knight has still got it. Of course, I’m referring to Jaime Lannister, who is now on a secret, special mission to save his daughter niece daughter in Dorne.
After reaching the shore, Jaime and Bronn run into trouble with some Dornish rangers on horseback. Apparently, the Dornish don’t exactly trust those from King’s Landing, and for good reason. A fight breaks out, and it’s clear Bronn is much more skilled than any of the Dornish with their spears. And, it’s pretty awesome to see him go Barry Bonds on a horse’s stomach.
Jaime, though, is forced to defend himself from an attacker. It’s the first time we’ve seen him fight for real without a hand, and it’s one of the more pathetic displays of fighting we’ve seen in the show. Samwell Tarly might even laugh in his face.
At the last moment, Jaime raises his gold hand and catches the sword in it, which gives him just enough time to stab the attacker.
Not pretty, but functional! Jaime and Bronn live to fight another day, but they’ll have company now!
Before we move on, can we talk about how Jaime needs a hook or a sword on his gold hand. There’s so many cool weapons he could have, but he decides to rock a gold, stiff, useless hand. Pathetic.
The Sand Snakes
Finally, we get to meet some of the most ruthless warriors in Dorne, Prince Oberyn’s daughters known as the Sand Snakes. It’s only a short meet-and-greet; however in the short amount of time, we learn so much about each of the three Sand Snakes, Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene.
The only thing we need to know is they want to avenge their father’s death, and they know Jaime is in Dorne. That’s bad news for Jaime and Bronn.
Poor King Tommen
With nowhere to turn and very few allies, Cersei made a huge mistake by giving an army to the High Sparrow, who now have taken it upon themselves to rid King’s Landing of sin. Thank the gods!
Obviously, we can see what Cersei is playing at by giving power to a certain group of people who she thinks are doing her bidding. It sends a huge message to Margaery when the Sparrows arrest her brother Loras for breaking “the laws of the gods and men.”
And, it’s the little King Tommen that has to deal with all of this, and neither of the two women in his life are giving him any help at all. He’s like 14 years old. Come on, guys! Help the poor man out!
I can’t say I’m thrilled with the storyline about religion and all of that. It just doesn’t really interest me as much as some of the more political stuff that’s going on all around Westeros and Essos. I guess religion is a huge part of that political scape, but it just seems like this is setting up another war. Could that be the war that officially beats the Lannisters? We shall see…
Just when the dynamic couldn’t get any weirder at the Wall, Melisandre tries to seduce Jon Snow into making another shadow like she did with Stannis. It looked like it was going to happen. I was sure it was going to happen.
At the last second, Jon Snow backs out because he still loves Ygritte, which is strange because Jon has been declining his role in Stannis’ army because it’s against his vows. Now, he’s given in to Melisandre’s sexual advances, but he ignores his vows, quickly. It’s a weird back and forth that happens often with Jon, trying to choose the Night’s Watch over what he wants as a person.
While he held off this attack from Melisandre, what will happen the next time? When Melisandre hits Jon with the “You know nothing, Jon Snow” at the end of the scene, there’s shock in Jon’s face, but now Jon has to find out how she knew it, which could open THAT door.
In a weird twist, Jorah Mormont is actually taking Tyrion to Daenerys and not to Cersei, which is awesome because that’s exactly where Tyrion is trying to go. Better yet, Jorah was actually working with Varys, the person who is escorting Tyrion to Daenerys. Instead of Jorah turning around and heading back for Varys, he keeps going and punches Tyrion in the face.
This is not going to go well for Tyrion.
With Petyr Baelish headed to the capital, Sansa is all alone at Winterfell.
Again, we don’t get a lot from Sansa in the episode. Petyr is left to dictate the scene and what is said in the scene; however, Sansa now has the tools and the plan.
She’s waiting for Stannis to ride from the Wall down to take back Winterfell. At that time, the North should rise up with Sansa once the Boltons have taken the castle. When that happens, I assume Petyr is coming back for Sansa, like to marry her and unite the North and the Vail.
This is Game of Thrones, though. Expect nothing.
And, to the worst part of the episode!
The episode is called “Sons of the Harpy” for a reason, huh?
On the traditional start date of the fighting in the Fighting Pits, the Sons of the Harpy launch an all-out assault on the Unsullied and Daenerys guards around the city.
In the ruckus, Grey Worm and Barriston Selmy get caught in the middle of it, and both of them fall because of their injuries. The episode ends just before we find out whether they are actually dead or not.
Based on the trailer for the next episode, it appears at least one has died… I guess we’ll find out soon enough!
See you next week after Game of Thrones!