Preview ‘The High Sparrow’ – Game of Thrones Season 5, Ep. 3

Watch for new faces as power continues to shift in Westeros.

Welcome to the House of Black and White, Arya. Photo: HBO
Welcome to the House of Black and White, Arya. Photo: HBO

SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2015 – Shakespeare’s King Henry IV said “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” More than one character in the series “Game of Thrones” knows exactly what King Henry meant.

People are restless in Meereen. They were unhappy when Daenerys Targaryen denied them their entertainment by refusing to reopen the fighting pits, and then she enraged them by killing a freed slave, Mossador, who took justice into his own hands by killing the Meereen version of an insurgent.

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Note: this incident doesn’t occur in the books; the producers seem to be accelerating the conflict going on in Meereen for the TV version of the story, a smart move.

Also accelerating is a meeting between Dany and Tyrion Lannister, spurred on by GOT’s own Machiavelli, Varys. Tyrion’s managed to keep his head on his shoulder, but just barely since his sister Cersei wants his head delivered to her for the death of their father, Tywin.

Those second marriages can be tricky: Tommen and Margaery. Photo: HBO
Those second marriages can be tricky: Tommen and Margaery. Photo: HBO

Cersei is moving human chess pieces around, trying to consolidate control by the quickly dwindling Lannister clan over King’s Landing. It involves some unsavory decisions, including what looks like an inevitable wedding between her youngest son, King Tommen, and the widow of Tommen’s dead brother Joffrey, the conniving Margaery Tyrell.

And you think you have mother-in-law problems?

Meanwhile, Cersei’s beloved daughter Myrcella is at the mercy of the Martell family, who want revenge for the death of Prince Oberyn thanks to Cersei’s champion, the knight known as The Mountain. His widow, Ellaria Sand, wants people dead; his brother, Prince Doran, is doing more of a slow burn, and that’s scary.

Jaime Lannister intends to rescue his daughter… ahem, his niece… and is heading to Dorne, another departure in the series from the books that fans should welcome.

Observing it all keenly is the High Sparrow, King’s Landing’s top religious leader. His following is growing, and so is his influence.

The High Sparrow and Cersei cross paths in this week’s episode, and it is sure to be fascinating. British actor Jonathan Pryce plays the High Sparrow.

Jon Snow is the newly elected leader of the Night’s Watch, by the narrowest of margins. He needs to consolidate his influence, and fast. He has a new advantage in dealing with Stannis Baratheon, who would like Jon and his men to ally themselves with him and take back the Iron Throne.

But Jon will need to watch his back, because Ser Allister Thorne won’t be too happy about losing the election to Jon.

Sansa Stark has tied her fate to LIttlefinger's ambitions. Photo: HBO
Sansa Stark has tied her fate to LIttlefinger’s ambitions. Photo: HBO

Jon’s sisters are finding their way too. Sansa Stark chose to stick with Littlefinger rather than allow Brienne of Tarth to take her back to King’s Landing. Did she choose the devil she knows? Keeping her enemies close but her friends closer?

Sansa Stark might have a backbone after all. Her storyline shows a lot of promise.

Sister Arya Stark has been admitted by the Faceless Men into the House Of Black & White, where she expects her training as an assassin to begin. How will this secret organization welcome Arya into their fold?

Guess who’s back in Winterfell: Theon Greyjoy, now known as Reek, joining the Boltons as they settle into Theon/Reek’s old stomping grounds. Theon is a mess, physically and mentally abused. But he is still useful to the Boltons.

We know it’s hard to keep track of everything going on, whether or not you’ve read the novels.

Communities Digital News hosts a live fan chat for every show to share observations while crossing our fingers that a favorite character doesn’t get killed off.

“Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 3, “The High Sparrow,” airs Sunday, April 26, at 9 p.m. on HBO (with numerous repeats of the episodes throughout the week). Join Communities Digital News Fan Chat, 9pm EST.

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. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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