After patiently waiting all season, the Sand Snakes have arrived.
In a series inundated with storylines, locations and too many characters to keep track of, Oberyn’s three daughters make their debut in what could only be described as a tease. Meanwhile, there’s some serious “snakery” going on elsewhere in the realm of the Seven Kingdoms.
Jaime and Bronn breach the Dorne shore, looking for Myrcella. Their pilgrimage is smooth sails until they reach dry land and encounter four Dorne guards on horses. A brief fray erupts, and Bronn easily takes out three men, leaving Jaime battling one guard on his own and manages to take him out in a manner I can only describe in pun terms: his iron limb came in handy!
Cersei, still angry at Margaery for marrying her son, has a surreptitious part in having her brother, Loras, arrested. Cersei meets with the High Sparrow and gives the orders for his flock of minions to arrest Loras for homosexuality – along with slaughtering people on the streets, merchants, vendors, men and women at Ser Petyr’s brothel. A few episodes ago, Margaery warned her brother to keep his private life more private for fear of people finding out and possibly using that against him. When Margaery finds out, she’s incensed and immediately goes to Tommen seeking her brother’s release. Tommen then goes to meet the High Sparrow but is intercepted by Sparrow guards. One of the King’s guards asks Tommen if he’d like them to take care of the Sparrows, but he backs down, proving the rumors that he’s too soft to be King. Both Margaery and Cersei are puppeteer masters, working Tommen and the High Sparrow to do their dirty work and have power over one another. The Iron throne then appears to belong to a woman right now.
In the North, Jon is sending out scrolls to possible allies willing to send men to fight with him. He’s a bit uneasy when sending a letter out to Roose Bolton, knowing he killed his brother Robb, but he knows he needs men, so he sends one out reticently. Melisandre decides to stop by and pay Jon a visit to offer words of encouragement and also randomly seduce him. Jon refuses, citing his oath to the Wall and the fact that he’s still in love with Ygritte. Melisandre had some metaphor about life and death, saying she wanted to show Jon life right before de-robing before him, but it seems life means something more to Jon than just carnal desire.
Meanwhile, Stannis shows a paternal side to him that we’ve never seen before – something that can’t be said about his wife, Selyse, who too easily shares her distaste for their daughter. Stannis shared the story of how their daughter got her greyscale, harboring some kind of guilt over it, but also demonstrating he’s not ashamed.
Littlefinger decides it’s time to leave the North, but bids farewell to Sansa. He tells her to be strong and reminds her that in order to get back at her enemy, she needs to get close to them first. Sansa is still not keen on the idea of being around the man who murdered Robb and marrying his demon of a son, but she trusts Littlefinger, wholeheartedly, at this point and seems willing to do whatever he says. He has gotten her out of danger so far and has kept her alive, but let’s not pretend he’s not still kinda creepy – that kiss at the end was a good reminder. His plan is that Stannis will take Winterfell from the Boltons and then Stannis will rescue Sansa and make her Wardeness of the North. That’s pretty clever of Petyr. With Robin King of the Veil – hopefully his sword fighting skills have improved – and Sansa Wardeness of the North that would put him in a very prominent position. Sansa seems like just another pawn on his chess board, but his affection for her seems sincere, albeit creepy. So, perhaps his queen piece is more suiting.
In Dorne, Ellaria returns to the Sand Snakes with news that Prince Doran will not do anything about Oberyn’s death. The girls are outraged and decide to take justice into their own hands. They also discover that Jaime is among their midst, and if that too-short-of-a-scene with them is any indication of their fighting skills, they’re ready to draw Lannister blood.
In Meereen there is much unrest. The citizens are upset with Dany over her putting an end to the slave fights. She refuses to budge on such a barbaric tradition. But something more violent is taking place on the streets below her. The Unsullied are attacked by the Sons of the Harpies, who slay without warning. Grey Worm and Ser Barristan end up in a tunnel, besieged and outnumbered. In the end, they both fought a good fight, but with so many men it seems the Harpies have won this battle, leaving the two ostensibly dead.