• This was the worst episode I have seen in Season 5 thus far.
• There were a bunch of things that I had been wondering how they would come to pass that did so finally, however I felt the way they were blocked and written they came off as feeling very uneventful to me (SEE the Bad).
• I don’t like the way they are treating Sansa’s character, however the scene we saw with Theon is what I was expecting last episode after the wedding. The subtext that was laid down after the wedding was that Sansa would have to endure brutal mistreatment every day after that and we got that. They showed her curled up in a ball in her bed; crying with bruises all over; locked up in her room. This is all they needed to show at the end of S5E6 and I would have gotten it. (Therefore the rape scene for me was still unnecessary last episode.)
• The lack of clarity of Cersei’s intentions to the viewers either make her seem like a total idiot that does or doesn’t believe fate applies to her or someone willing to fight fate; playing their own game of manipulation and finds after the fact that regardless; fate is inevitable (SEE the Bad and also my post podcast comments for Season 5 Episode 6).
• How can Cersei blindly empower the Faith Militant after her cousin is presented as a Sparrow and has brought up her indiscretions without any fear of divine retribution when it’s been said by High Sparrow ‘We are all equal in the eyes of the Seven’?
• How can Cersei not fear her own incarceration (with her own track record of incest) after Queen Margaery (a more powerful figure than her) is incarcerated just for lying?
• After being flung onto a dungeon floor how could Cersei be that blind and stupid to the uselessness of hurling a threat to the nun: ‘Look at me. Look at my face. It’s the last thing you will see before you die.’
• Sansa planting the seeds of doubt in Ramsay’s mind about his inheritance. She could have went a step further pointing out that she wasn’t aware that Jon Snow was a Lord Commander and she was proud of him; however lineage means nothing in the Men of The Night’s watch. It’s purely based on deeds not blood. That would have been sticking it good to Ramsay.
• Sansa grabs a weapon.
• Lady Olenna’s scenes with the High Sparrow and Little Finger. He made her realize that the people have power over their rulers now.
• ‘Whoever you are…sooner or later, you will come face to Face with something that cannot be controlled. The events that cannot be predicted or prevented…You cannot blame yourself for Fate.’ Either ironic words of one who wants to manipulate another who doesn’t believe in fate or someone who is toying with fate or one who believes in fate and is blind to how their actions influence fate. (SEE The bad)
• Margaery’s scene with Cersei was great. I love how Margaery saw right through her and we get a better sense of Cersei trying to appear sympathetic while she gloats.
• From the man with two Brains (Cersei being thrown into a cell) ’Into the mud scum queen!’
• They keep trying to give Sansa’s power to Theon. We never had a scene where we saw Sansa watch Theon cry for her as she was being raped so then we know she thinks Theon Greyjoy is inside him somewhere. Instead we have a desperate Sansa trying to convince Theon he is Theon and to help her. Why after pushing Theon away for a couple of episodes is she now trusting and asking Theon to help her? He certainly didn’t help her when she was being raped on her wedding night so why would he act on her behalf now?
• Dolorous Edd has commanded the Men of the Night’s Watch during the Wildling attack and is an ally of Jon Snow. He would have made a more trusted person to watch over the Men of The Night’s Watch then Ser Alliser. Ser Alliser may have the most experience; however he’s also the most tropic of choices. It wouldn’t surprise me if Jon came back and Ser Alliser mutinied against Jon and Sam and Gilly were forced to flee (or he goes to the Citadel to learn to become a Maester) before that happens.
• Melisandre said the real fight was at the wall and Stannis says winter can last for years, so why is he going after Winterfell and not staying at the Wall? If he wins Winterfell he will be there for years before he can get back to the Wall right? I know Winterfell is relatively close to the Wall, however if Winter is that bad that may not be possible.
• Cersei visits the High Sparrow without the King’s Guard? What happened to the guards she had when she first visited the High Sparrow?
• Which version of Cersei is supposed to be Cersei?
1. She doesn’t believe in Fate (the witch’s prophecies) and thinks she’s clever and makes poor decisions that result in the opposite of what she wants (like reinstalling the Faith Militant that ends up throwing her in a dungeon) and ironically says wise things like ‘You cannot blame yourself for Fate’ to control Tommen (so he doesn’t wage war on the Faith Militant)?
2. She does believe in Fate (the witch’s prophecies), but tries to get her way (by reinstalling the Faith Militant and when she can’t change things she resolves that as Fate (after the fact) and also arrogantly makes poor decisions?
• There were a list of things that could have been done better that I have been waiting for that came off as uneventful in their delivery for me:
1. Samwell’s loss of his virginity to Gilly. (Reward for his reckless bravery.)
2. Cersei being thrown into a dungeon for indiscretions with Lancel without so much as a hearing beforehand.
3. Brother Aemon’s final moments. I thought he would reveal something important to the plot before passing. He always seemed to me to be someone who had secrets from the past that could be brought into the current story. I guess it was not to be…
4. Bronn surviving the poisonous wound. He was in danger mere minutes before he was humbled to allow for an antidote to be quickly thrown to him. That was kind of an uneventful sexposition.
5. Talk of sacrificing Shireen. Conditions aren’t that desperate yet, so I was expecting Melisandre to bring this up later than sooner.
• Why is this episode called the Gift? Is that were Stannis is with his men?
• What was that Sansa grabbed while Ramsay wasn’t looking?
• Why wasn’t Little Finger more upset about his business losses?
• Why didn’t Stannis feed his men with the 40 lost horses? He has done similar things in the past holding out in a siege.
• Does Dario truly believe Hizdahr is the King of the Sons of Harpy?
• Is Ser Jaime in a fancy jail cell while Bronn is incarcerated or does the ‘Prince recognizing his concern for his niece’ absolve him from wrong doing and that’s a normal room he’s been held in the palace?
• How much has Lancel told the High Sparrow? How much trouble is Cersei in now? Is it for incest just with Lancel or is it incest with Ser Jaime and for producing children of incest with him? Will she also get in trouble for drugging the King’s wine through Lancel? How much can be proven in court of all of this? I don’t think they have DNA paternity testing in Westeros.
• What is the relationship between Lancel and Baelish? Baelish told Lady Olenna he had a handsome man for her that he also used with Cersei. If it is Lancel, I don’t understand how Baelish is able to control anything Lancel does at this point. If anything Baelish has to walk lightly around Lancel.