[Warning: The following contains spoilers from the Game of Thrones episode "The House of Black and White." Read at your own risk!]
Daenerys probably won't be getting a World's Best Mom mug on Mother's Day.
On Sunday's Game of Thrones, Daenerys found it difficult to live up to her many names, including Mother of Dragons and Breaker of Chains. In contrast, Jon Snow and that other blonde, Cersei, have received a show of support. How have these events shifted the power in Westeros and beyond? TVGuide.com breaks down the latest moves below:
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) The Khaleesi got hooked by her own hypocrisy after her Unsullied adviser Mossador (Reece Noi) decided to kill their Sons of the Harpy prisoner, who was awaiting trial. Instead of then putting Mossador on trial, she went against her own blather about mercy and had him publicly beheaded as all of Meereen watched in horror, pleading for his life. Um, if you're just going to make a unilateral decision to kill a guy who works for you, maybe he's not so much a subject but a slave? Think on that, Mhysa. And as if to demonstrate his deep disappointment, Drogon flew in shortly afterward and wouldn't even let mom pet him. Knife to the heart.
Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) The Stark girls really, really don't trust Brienne. After running into the lady knight at the Inn of the Crossroads, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) not only refused Brienne's protection but even ordered her to leave. Also, it's clear that despite his loyalty and the ability to clean armor, Pod (Daniel Portman) really needs to learn how to fight if he's going to be of any use to Brienne. Throwing a rock (poorly might we add) is no defense against a trained swordsman.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) Has any prankster every poured a stream of yellow liquid from between the Titan of Braavos' legs? No? We can't believe we're alone in thinking of that. Anyway, Arya passed underneath the Titan without incident, and despite being turned away from the House of Black and White from a Star Wars reject, that person later changed his face into that of her old assassin friend Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) and then invited her inside the temple. At least she made it across the Narrow Sea alive.
Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) Ah, we finally arrived in sunny, sunny Dorne, where vengeance is carefully nurtured, and foreign princesses may be mutilated. While we can't blame Ellaria for being upset with Obyern's death last season, we're not really seeing how it's not his own fault since he willingly entered into trial by combat against a guy built like an elephant linebacker.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington) Despite Stannis' (Stephen Dillane) very tempting offer, Jon Snow passed on becoming the legitimate Lord of Winterfell and instead was elected Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, which is a relief since "You know nothing, Jon Stark," just doesn't have the same ring to it. Good on Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) nominating him and blind Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan) for casting the deciding vote. But if that's the case, that means almost half of the Night's Watch did not vote for him. That could be a challenge.
Cersei Baratheon (Lena Headey) Like any proper Mean Girl, the Queen Mother and self-proclaimed provisional Hand of the King has gathered her sycophants around her, granting Small Council titles to various lords and Qyburn (Anton Lesser), the creepy mad scientist lapdog who wants decapitated dwarf heads for his experiments. That's definitely one guy you want on your side.
Jaime Lannister & Bronn (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Jerome Flynn) At last, Jaime is off on a mission worthy of his better nature — to save his daughter by incest from the angry Dornishmen. This has the added benefit of getting him away from Cersei's toxic codependency. We're even more psyched that he decided to bring Bronn with him, who is not only hilarious but was saved from marrying a very sweet but vacuous person.
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen) The manipulator extraordinaire's influence over Sansa was complete after she very publicly chose his smarmy influence over Brienne's attempt to "save" her. Not only that, but he undermined Brienne's credibility and sicced his men on her. All in a day's work for one of the most unsavory and yet diabolically clever man in Westeros.
"Why do men love ale? Does it give you courage?" - Sansa to Littlefinger
Jaime: "I'm going to make things better."
Cersei: "You never made anything better."
"Meanness comes around. People like your sister will get what's coming to them eventually, one way or another." — Bronn to his betrothed
Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig): "We do not mutilate little girls for vengeance. Not here, not while I rule."
Ellaria Sand: "And how long will that be?"
"He may be young, but he's the commander we turned to when the night was darkest." — Samwell about Jon Snow
Jaqen: "A man is not Jaqen H'ghar."
Arya: "Who are you then?"
Jaquen: "No one, and that is what a girl must become."
What did you think of the episode? Can Jaime succeed in saving Myrcella? Should Arya run away from the Faceless Man? Should Dany just quit Meereen and move on to Westeros?
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.
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