Game of Thrones Ep. 5 recap: blood, justice, and revenge

Prince Oberyn and Cersei Lannister walk and talk in the gardens.
Prince Oberyn and Cersei Lannister walk and talk in the gardens. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, May 4, 2014 – Blood flowed through Episode 5 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” on many levels. There is the blood of family ties and what we owe to our family name; and the literal spilling of blood to right wrongs, settle a score, and exact revenge.

King Tommen has been crowned and is now on the Iron Throne. His grandfather, Tywin, and his mother, Cersei, are playing puppet masters, determining how to position Tommen to solidify their control over King’s Landing. Margaery Tyrell wants to worm her way into those plans by rejoining the family as Tommen’s Queen. Though Cersei is against it, Tywin tells her the family is in hock to the Iron Bank of Braavos, dead broke. The Tyrells are rich and would help the Lannisters pay their debts.

Cersei agrees, but it doesn’t mean that Cersei much likes it. Nor does it matter that she doesn’t want to marry Margaery’s brother Loras. But she asks for a few more weeks after a mourning period for Joffrey.

Margaery continues to work her feminine wiles on Tommen, and when Cersei sees her in action, the pair have a little girl talk. It’s all elegant claws, but Margaery is more than a match for Cersei and she lets her know she won’t go quietly.

Tywin Lannister is broke, imagine that.
Tywin Lannister is broke, imagine that. Photo: HBO

But this isn’t a priority just yet. Tywin and Cersei must turn their attention to the trial of Tyrion for the death of King Joffrey as two of the three judges at his upcoming tribunal. Cersei has a little talk with the third judge, Prince Oberyn of Dorne. It seems Cersei has something in common now with the Red Viper – someone dear to them both has been murdered. For a fleeting moment, we see the abused little girl behind Cersei’s hard exterior. Cersei asked Oberyn for a ship, and he agrees.

Sansa (Stark) Lannister and LIttlefinger reach the Eyrie safely, greeted by Lysa and her son, Robert Arryn. Lysa is eager to marry Littlefinger right away, and he agrees. Sansa will be passed off as Littlefinger’s niece Alayne Stone for her safety (a change from the novels, where Alayne is his “daughter”). Lysa lets Sansa know she is eager to have her marry son Robert, who is a sickly, spoiled little boy, Sansa is appalled but keeps her thoughts to herself for now. Lysa is still all kinds of crazy.

Sansa’s brother Bran, the Reeds and Hodor are being held captive at Craster’s Keep by the Night’s Watch mutineers. Jon Snow and his rescue party arrive, and safely take back the Keep. This scene include what has to the single most vicious killing in the entire series to date as Jon Snow runs a sword through the back of Karl’s head and out his mouth, aided by one of Craster’s former wives. It’s a fitting bit of revenge for the women he raped and abused.

As the rescue is underway, Mallador Locke threatens to rape Meera Reed and kill Jojen Reed. In the nick of time, Bran worgs into Hodor, who breaks free and kills Locke, saving – well, himself. Hodor Hodor Hodor!

Bran sees his brother Jon, but Jojen tells him that he must decide between family and his greater mission. Bran knows what he must do, and the group resumes their journey, which we now know from Jojen Reed is to find a weirwood tree north of the wall that Bran saw in his vision. Jon Snow never sees his little brother. This storyline now seems to be resolving back along the lines of the novels.

Our odd couples are both on the road. Brienne and Podrick Payne are learning more about each other. Podrick has a lot to learn. Arya has a lot to learn too. The lessons The Hound has to teach her are harsh, but they may save her life someday. No, despite the previews, Arya does not stab The Hound with her sword.

Danaerys Targaryen decides to put off her return to King’s Landing so that she can sit on the throne in Meereen and establish order. She’s troubled by the mess she left behind in Astapor and Yunkai after freeing the slaves there; she doesn’t want it to happen again. Her advisors Jorah Mormont, Barristan Selmy, and Daario Naharis are jockeying for position. Who has the best interests of Danaerys at heart, rather than his own?

Most shocking of all – we are already halfway through Season 4. Five more episodes remain, with no episode during Memorial Day weekend.

Game of Thrones returns with Episode 6 of Season 4, “The Laws of Gods and Men,” on Sunday, May 11, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode through the evening.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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