Game of Thrones – The Red Woman
After a long off-season rife with speculation and anticipation, Game of Thrones is back and yes, Jon Snow is dead. For now at least. The episode begins at Castle Black where Ser Davos, Eddison Tollett, and a few other brothers loyal to Jon discover his body in the snow. Right away Davos sees the traitor grave marker, and he knows a coup has taken place. The small band brings Jon’s corpse up to Davos’ room and plan their next move. Naturally they free Ghost and Davos sends Tollett out to ask for Tormund Giantsbane’s help, since he is the last person sworn to Jon with an actual army. Furthermore, the action at the Wall was the only bit of story to receive more than one scene of attention. Yet that was at the end of the episode, everything in between was a careful game of set up.
After Sansa and Theon’s leap of faith, we catch up with them running away from Ramsey’s hounds and not doing a very good job of it. After wading through a raging river to mask their scent the hounds still catch up to them. When all hope seems lost, Brienne finally comes in for the save she should have come in for a season ago. It is a satisfying rescue and watching Sansa give Brienne the honor of her accepting her sword to her service was a moment many had been hoping would come in time last season. On the other end the other Stark girl has no one to protect her.
After having her sight taken away by her faceless master, known to her as Jaqen H’ghar, Arya is now a blind beggar in the streets of Bravos. Yet, the next phase of her training begins when her nameless rival from The Black and White house comes to beat her to a pulp, with a stick. She gives Arya her own staff to protect herself, but Arya can barely walk straight without her sight to guide her. After Arya is thoroughly beaten her friend tells her she’ll be back at the same time everyday, so she better adjust fast. Also on Arya’s side of the narrow sea Tyrion and Varys find themselves in charge of a Meereen without its Queen, in a state of violence, and they witness the burning of their fleet. Meanwhile Danerys is a slave in a Dothoraki horde, but she reveals her identity at the last possible moment. More importantly, she reveals herself as the widow of Khal Drogo. It is a very regal moment for Dany, but it also puts her in a tough position when her Khal captor decides she belongs in Vaes Dothrak, where the widow’s of Khals live out their years.
Now for the Lannister side of things. Cersei opening up to Jamie about how Myrcella was so unlike her, and she loved her for that. It has been a brilliant move on the shows part as of late, making the audience actually feel bad for Cersei. After so long of begging for Cersi’s comeuppance now it’s a little gut wrenching to watch a mother lose all her children, the rest who aren’t Joffery that is. Jamie promises that they’ll take back everything their enemies took from them, but their enemies are starting to outnumber them greatly.
For instance Dorne is now completely outside of the Lannister influence. In a rushed coup Ellaria and the sandsnakes killed Prince Doran Martell and his son. Dorne has been a weak spot on the show as of late, since they have rushed through so much story there. Furthermore, events there just do not seem as an important as anyone where else. Instead of coming off as a viable threat, they feel more like a nuisance that is slightly interesting. In a show with so many moving parts, this is perhaps one not needed.
Finally the episode ends back at the wall where the treacherous Ser Allister gives Davos an ultimatum. Either he gives up Jon’s body and leaves by sundown or him and his men will kill him. Davos is no fool and knows they’re dead either way, thus his plan is to somehow enlist the power of the red woman to aid their escape. Unfortunately, Melisandre is down in the dumps after her failure with Shireen and Stannis. Then she looks at herself naked in the mirror which reveals to us that she is actually an old crone, and not the young-looking priestess we have come to know. It’s fitting that she is seemingly being punished for burning a child, but this can only put a major wrench into Davos’ plan.
Game of Thrones episodes reviewed on TV Eskimo:
5.10 Mother’s Mercy
5.9 The Dance of Dragons
5.7 The Gift
5.6 Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken
5.5 Kill the Boy
5.4 Sons of the Harpy
5.3 High Sparrow
5.2 The House of Black and White
5.1 The Wars to Come
Characters and cast of Game of Thrones The Red Woman include:
Tyrion Lannister – Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Low Down, Elf, Nip/Tuck, Underdog)
Jaime Lannister – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Oblivion, Mama, Kingdom of Heaven, Wimbledon, Headhunters)
Cersei Lannister – Lena Headey (300, 300 Rise of an Empire, Low Down, The Purge, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Ripley’s Game, Possession)
Jon Snow – Kit Harrington (Pompeii, How to Train Your Dragon 2)
Daenerys Targaryen – Emilia Clarke (Dom Hemingway, Spike Island)
Davos Seaworth – Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans, Safe House, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Harry Brown)
Lord Varys – Conleth Hill (The Shore, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Suits)
Melisandre – Carice van Houten (Black Book, Valkyrie, Repo Men, The Fifth Estate, Black Death)
Margery Tyrell – Natalie Dormer (Rush, Captain American: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games: Mockingly – Part 1, The Forest, Elementary, The Tudors)
Ellaria Sand – Indira Varma (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Anna, Luther, Rome)
Sansa Stark – Sophie Turner (Alone, Another Me, Barely Lethal)
Arya Stark – Maisie Williams (Cyberbully, The Falling, Gold, Doctor Who)
Theon Greyjoy – Alfie Allen (John Wick, Atonement, Pandemic, Close to the Enemy, Elizabeth)
Brienne of Tarth – Gwendolyn Christie (The Hunger Games: Mockingly – Part 2, The Zero Theorem, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens)
High Sparrow – Jonathan Pryce (Wolf Hall, Woman in Gold, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The New World, De-Lovely, Ronin, Evita)
Daario Nahars – Michiel Huismen (The Age of Adeline, Wild, World War Z, Orphan Black, Nashville, Treme)
Roose Bolton – Michael McElhatton (Albert Nobbs, The Hallow, Spin the Bottle, Ripper Street, The Tiger’s Tail)
Ramsay Bolton – Iwan Rheon (Wild Bill, Misfits, Residue)
Jorah Mormont – Iain Glen (The Iron Lady, Downton Abbey, Harry Brown, Kingdom of Heaven, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Extinction)
Eddison Tollett – Ben Crompton (Before I Go to Sleep, Kill List, 102 Dalmatians)
Allister Thorne – Owen Teale (The Last Legion, The Fifteen Streets, River)
Doran Martell – Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Kingdom of Heaven, The Fifth Estate, 24, Syrian, Clash of the Titans)
Podrick Payne – Daniel Portman (Outcast, The Angels’ Share)
Khan Moro – Joseph Naufahu