After last week’s “Breaker of Chains” (and that very controversial rape scene), we needed honor to take the front seat for awhile. Though that likely made things low-key on the Fantasy Fantasy League front, Game of Thrones really brought the drama in this week’s episode, “Oathkeeper.” Outside of Dany’s sacking of Meereen (at the hands of the slaves that built it), there was very little bloodshed.
But that doesn’t mean there was any lack of excitement or drama — in fact, I daresay this episode managed to bring a bit of a game changer. At this point, it’s clear that we’re gearing up for a far bigger war than anyone in Westeros (or TV watchers, or book readers) may have anticipated, especially if those last few minutes have anything to say about it.
Over on the S.S. Littlefinger…
Sansa Stark is sure to grow up fast now that she’s hanging out with that weasely Littlefinger. Though he saved her from certain death at the hands of Cersei, there’s little doubt that Petyr has something super-nefarious planned for gingerStark. They may be sailing to the Vale for him to marry Lysa Arryn (Sansa’s aunt, her mother Catelyn’s sister), but I doubt that things will be all easy-peasy for her over there. Oh, Sansa.
North of The Wall…
Let’s start at the end and dive right into the big stuff: Were those in-charge White Walkers with horns The Others? Dressed all in black, hanging out on some terrifying icy expanse, surrounded by hulking mountains marked by a sort of Icehenge? We’ve heard believers of the Old Gods curse their wretches and other bad-doers to the Others — could that have been them? We’re not sure in the least, but something serious is clearly going on there, and no one has the faintest idea what’s going on… which is very exciting. How crazy was it to see the last of Craster’s sons turned into a tiny, baby White Walker with ice blue eyes at the touch of a scraggly nail? We’re fairly certain they are going to bring a far more terrifying threat to the Realm — if only people would stop obsessing over power and just listen for once.
Elsewhere in the North, several members of the Nights’ Watch were preparing to head up to Craster’s Keep after volunteering to help Jon Snow to take down the mutineers (the Brothers who killed Lord Commander Mormont and then decided to stay rather than follow their oaths. JERKS!). Those that stayed behind with all of Craster’s wives and food, in particular Karl and Rast, don’t look to be existing in an environment all that copacetic, though. Tensions ran high between the two for a bit — each one peacocking for the others to see — but that all changed once Bran, Jojen, Meera, and Hodor stumbled within striking distance, ultimately leading to their capture. Here’s hoping Jon Snow gets there in time to save them (and keep them from Locke, who’s trying to take them back to Roose Bolton).
Over in Meereen…
The episode started off with Dany, making us hope that we’d get a bit more of her, but the battle for Meereen was a short one. After infiltrating the city and supplying swords to the slaves, the masters were killed, and that was basically that. Everyone lived happily ever after! Ha, ha, just kidding: all the slave masters were brought out to the street and nailed up like the young children on the road to Meereen. That was what Dany called answering “injustice with justice.” Yikes! Somebody‘s awoken the dragon, eh? Still, the Targaryen banner flies high over Meereen for now, and we’re still left wondering when we’re going to see a bit more of actual action with Dany and Co.
Down at The Red Keep…
I deserve a pat on the back for not making this entire recap all about Ser Pounce. Because: Oh, my gosh, Ser Pounce! Isn’t Ser Pounce the best? He’s the best. The royal cat of soon-to-be-king, Tommen, is a purrfect (I know, I know) name for a royal feline. But I suppose we should talk about the rest of the show.
Like the most polarizing man of the evening: the far from perfect (I mean, clearly) Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Jaime Lannister. Our gold-handed boy did look to be getting a bit better with his swordplay, but all that focus on his fighting skills hasn’t exactly made him a king in the social department. Turns out he had yet to visit Tyrion in the dungeons before Bronn forced his hand on that. Tsk, tsk! It was nice to see the boys have a laugh over the fact that their sister Cersei wanted Tyrion killed at Jaime’s hand, even if we’d would have much preferred it if Jaime had tried to help his brother escape, sisterlover be damned.
Which: Only Game of Thrones could have someone look like such a monster in one episode and then immediately change that perception in the next. (Working in shades of grey, this deftly is impressive.) This week showed — almost exclusively — the softer side of Ser Jaime, whose affections for Brienne of Tarth resulted in his bestowing upon her on a few parting gifts, like his Valyrian steel sword, which she names Oathkeeper, and some sporty new armor to keep her safe during her travels to fetch and protect Sansa Stark. (Cersei ain’t gonna like that! Not one bit.) And with her brand new squire, Podrick Payne, under her guard, this unlikely duo was set off for what’s sure to be a bevy of weird and wonderful adventures.
Elsewhere in the capitol, Margaery has amped up her queen game, taking a page from the Lady Olenna playbook in order to weasel her way into Tommen’s heart and therefore ensure that she’ll finally — finally — be the queen for real. She really knows how to work people, doesn’t she?
That sort of tomfoolery must be genetic, because no one seems as adept at the art as her grandmother. Not that she used those tricks when she was killing Joffrey. They don’t call her the Queen of Thorns for nothing! The admission threw Marg for a bit of a loop: she was not expecting Granny T to have been the one to off Joff. And she did it, not just because it’s fun to watch a sociopathic, psychopathic, unhinged, torture-happy monster die; but because he would’ve never been a good king for Westeros, or a good husband to Margaery. Getting him out of the way allowed Margaery a chance at queendom with a better, kinder Lannister. Two birds, one poisonous gemstone.
Thoughts, Theories, and Other Things:
– Aww, the Grey Worm/Missandei relationship is just so sweet. Will the eunuch and Dany’s right-hand lady be able to make it work?
– Cersei and her wine, going the distance. Icy and formal as fuck with Jaime. The dynamic has changed, that much is certain.
– Jojen Reed looked AWFUL — what’s wrong with him? Did he get sick and I forgot? Yikes.
– They REALLY need to leave poor Hodor alone. Hodor!
– Locke (Roose Bolton’s sellsword, new/fake recruit for the Nights’ Watch) is so shifty.
– Why can’t these direwolves destroy the wooden cages they’re kept in? First Grey Wind, now Summer?
– SERIOUSLY, THOUGH, WHAT WAS UP WITH THOSE EXTRA-SCARY WALKERS?!
UPDATED: Game of Thrones Fantasy Fantasy rankings
(Editor’s note: we’ll do our best to get these figures out to you in a timely fashion, but as many of you are finding out, there’s a ton of characters! These are calculated by game creator Andrew Nielson. Some of you have slightly different counts in the comments, but any disputes should be resolved by Small Council or your local Game Maester.)
Week 4 – “Oathkeeper.”
Grey Worm: +2
All other characters received a net score of zero points. We will do our best to have these scores calculated for you the day following the original episode’s run.
What’d you think of “Oathbreaker”? Have any theories on those last few minutes? Let us know in the comments!