- Margaery to Cersei: ‘I wish we had some wine for you. It’s a bit early in the day for us.’ I supposed in some ways the Lannister line is on the ropes so Margaery could throw some shots at Cersei, however Cersei holds grudges; careful Margaery!
- If Stannis cannot get the Wildlings as troops, I think he will make a pact with Little Finger to use troops from the Eyrie to try and overtake Winterfell and secure the North. As Robin has pointed out, Baelish probably wants revenge on Roose for killing Catelyn, so he would go for this. Little Finger also probably put Sansa there to keep her safe and for simultaneously watching how the Boltons implement their plans and also to help implement his own plans for revenge of Catelyn (and to also maneuver without Sansa checking his every move.) Roose doesn’t trust him, so if Little Finger has plans for securing the North he has is going to have to find a way to get his messages out other than raven for his true plans. He will probably use his songbirds.
- Interesting…The faceless men serve the ‘many-faced god’; their faceless quality is the epitome of who they worship. (I will add this to the religious thread in the forums to keep track of it.)
- Arya was willing to throw away her possessions except for Needle (she hid it), so she still wants to be Arya Stark in some ways. I think it reminds her of Jon Snow. I wonder if she also has to throw away her death list because that too is a possession of Arya Stark?
- How old is Tommen supposed to be at the time of his wedding? He has to be a young teenager.
- I am dying to see how Theon and Sansa react to meeting each other.
- Apparently if a marriage isn’t consummated then it’s not legal? Little Finger did say to Roose that this was the case by the Law of the Land. Roose seemed to acknowledge that is the case stating he believed Little Fingers statement about Sansa’s virtue.
Essential to this religion is losing one’s personal identity because everyone is part of the greater one true god.
Since everyone can behave differently then all behavior or actions performed selflessly have the same weight; killing and saving someone can be done with the same purpose to serve the one true god or to do favor for another.
This I believe is the black and white nature (the balance) of the faceless men.
Killing isn’t done because a faceless man wants to kill that person, the faceless men do it because they must serve (ie they have been asked as a favor to do it.) (Think back to the episodes where Arya asked Jaqen H’ghar to kill for her because she did him a favor by letting him out of his imprisonment.)
I am going to guess here that in order to hire a faceless man to kill for you, you have to perform some selfless act to assist the faceless men first.
The Faceless men of Braavos. The closest modern equivalent is Agnostic Theism. The belief that all gods really boil to down to one true god with many different appearances. Whatever actions they do are only as servants for their god and for others because they are truly selfless.
Possibly the people of Braavos as well. They all use Valar Morghulis (All Men must die) Valar Dhaeris (All men must serve).
The thieves backing off of Arya in S5E3 reveal that people serve their own needs in Braavos, however if a holy man (faceless man) is in their path they back off (either because it’s religiously blasphemous or because they risk certain death if someone is protected by a faceless man.)
- Janos Slynt meets his end! There hasn’t been a more worthy death for a snobby elitist coward in the show. I felt a weird mixture of satisfaction and pity seeing him executed. Jon got to lay down the bitter law as commander. Stannis looked on admirably in the background. I truly think he sees Jon as a leader.
- Little Finger’s argument to Sansa was brilliant and true. Sansa has been running and she has to face up to her demons and stop being a victim. ‘There’s no justice in the world unless we make it…You loved your family. Avenge them’.
He’s training her to be like him; perhaps to be with him as a life partner.
The maiden at Winterfell told Sansa ‘Welcome home Lady Stark. The North remembers. The arranged marriage works two fold. It solidifies the Bolton’s hold over the North and it also puts Sansa (and the Starks) back where she (and they) belong (in the North). Of course she appears to be going (with the exception of Tyrion) from one psycho to the next. Robin’s right about the narrative. This positions her to avenge her Mother and Brother’s deaths somewhere down the line, which is something both her and Little Finger want. She did put on a pleasant face so she’s learning Little Finger’s ways.
- Podrick can fight as we saw at the Battle of the Black water so Brienne offering to mentor him to eventually become a knight is a welcome change from the buffoonery we have been given full mouthfuls for a few seasons.
I thought most of this episode was superb. The scene between Sansa and Little Finger needed a bit more ways of showing Sansa struggle with becoming a Bolton; then again that is very minor. Sansa has been through far worse so I can see her having a thick skin; especially if she is to be a Little Finger in training.
- The faceless man gave a man a cup of what appears to be water to drink and then the man fell down seconds later (apparently dead or is he?) Did the faceless man poison him? Is the water a potion that transforms a dying person? I wonder why the faceless men wash the bodies of the dead? This is Game of Thrones so my mind did venture into a few dark places. Could you imagine if they eat the dead to get their power of shape shifting?
- Will Arya truly stop being Arya Stark and become one of the Faceless men? She most certainly will have to give up needle and her death list right? Those things serve her and certainly aren’t the quality of one who serves selflessly to the many faced god right?
- It’s pretty clear to me Tormund is the next logical leader for the Wildlings. He has more fire and angst towards the Men of the Nights Watch and Stannis then Mance had, however I think he has respect for Jon Snow which may act to temper his past hatreds.
- The faceless man talking to Arya stated “no man knows the gift (of the faceless god)’. What is this gift?
- How much time has elapsed since Tommen was made King and his wedding to Margaery? Is he trying to get rid of his mother in King’s Landing so he can feel more like a man? It appears Margaery is playing that psychology on Tommen by saying that Cersei treats him like her ‘cub’ and that to her he will always be her baby boy. Perhaps to push Cersei out of King’s Landing? (Cersei isn’t going to go willingly.)
- What use is the High Sparrow to Cersei?
- Will the Wildlings help Stannis with Jon’s help? I don’t think so.
My prediction (as it was in Season 4) is that the Wildings will work on the Wall helping to defend it from White Walkers. They could easily man all the existing abandoned castles along the wall; rebuild them and take on watch duty all along the wall. I am not so sure they would work with Stannis (especially after he burned their King at the Stake and took them all prisoner.)
- The massive thing under the cloth next to Qyburn in his chambers no doubt is the Mountain (in some feral form). When will his horrible repaired magnificence be unveiled?
- What will happen when the Lannisters find out Sansa has been married off to the Boltons? Will they think that King Joffrey was killed by the Bolton’s to secure Sansa as Ramsay’s bride and secure the North for themselves? Is this why Roose is keeping such a tight watch on Baelish’s communiqués with Cersei?
- Who’s eyes and ears were that of the Red Priestess at Volantis glaring at Tyrion?
- Will Ser Jorah meet his end before delivering Tyrion to the queen? As Robin Pierson has pointed out, which queen? Is it Cersei or Dany? He is kind of on the outs with both of them. Dany threatened decapitation (if he ever returned), so the more receptive would be Cersei for sure. I hope it’s Dany for Tyrion’s sake. I would rather see Jorah go over Tyrion. Tyrion is my favorite character.
- Tommen wanting Cersei to go back to Casterly Rock doesn’t sound like a King who has appointed his mother Hand of the King right? Does he know she’s Hand of the King? How many more years does Cersei rule for him until he comes of age? Margaery didn’t know whether to call Cersei Dowager Queen; that was an admittance to her power as well as a slight.