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Boudin rouge

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
Edit: Should've been 5x7. Oops.

Of course in the "Previously On" scenes they emphasize Bronn getting sliced. Not good for Bronn. Before they were Game of Thrones stars, the actor who plays Bronn was a singer so they had him sing while in jail. The Sand Snakes kept asking him how the wound was and he kept playing it off. One of the Sand Snakes showed him her boobs right before he got blurred vision and dropped down. She threw him the antidote so I think Bronn will be ok. Phew.

If you thought Sansa getting raped on her wedding night was bad, you will be relieved to discover she is getting raped every night since. She begs Teon "Reek" Greyjoy to go light the candle on the tallest tower because there's friends of Sansa who have told her they will come to her aide if she was ever in trouble. Reek goes up the tower with the candle to find Ramsey chillin up there. D'oh! Later on, Ramsey takes Sansa to where he has flayed the poor old lady who was going to help her. Doom and gloom for Sansa. Briene and Pod are still outside of Winterfell, though. It has began to snow and Davos is telling Stannis they should head back to Castle Black because the horses are dying and they are running out of food. Stannis refuses because he already ran away from Kings Landing once and he won't be a coward again. Melisandre tells Stannis he has to sacrifice royal blood. He reminds her they don't have Robert Baratheon's bastard any more, but she meant Stannis' daughter. Does he still doubt her after Robb Stark and Joffrey died just like she told him they would? He tells her to get out of his sight (for now).

Kit Snow left with the Wildlings to convince the other tribes to move below the wall. The cool Maester who is also a Targaryn passed away and the former Lord Commander reminds Samwell he is running low on friends. Because this show promotes a rape culture, 2 Night's Watch guys try to rape Gilly. Samwell tries to stand up to them and they beat the shit out of him. Apparently, everyone follows all the Night's Watch vows to the T except the one where you can't have sex. Before they were able to rape Gilly, Samwell stood up and was ready to take them on again before Jon Snow's direwolf Ghost came out scare them away. After that, Gilly has sex with Samwell because having sex even after taking the sacred vows is OK.

Ser Jorah and Tyrion are sold as slaves. Daenarys is sleeping with Daarios who seems a little jealous Danny is going to marry that one guy she almost killed last episode. He tells her to gather all the elders at the Fighting Pit and kill them all. Eh? She goes with the guy to see the low end fighting and Jorah was so trilled he went out and killed everyone before taking his helmet off thinking Danny will be impressed. She tells the guards to get him out of her sight. That didn't go as planned. He tells Danny he brought a her a gift, and Tyrion comes out to introduce himself.

Tommen is tripping because his Queen is in jail and there's nothing he can do about it. He wants to start a war but Cercei reminds him that the first person to suffer will be Margaery. Cercei promises to go talk to the High Sparrow for him. Right. Margaery wasn't buying her half hearted visit to her in the cell. Before Cercei could leave, though, the High Sparrow drops the knowledge that Brother Lancel told him everything before he became a member of the Sparrows so Cercei is thrown in jail. She warns the ladies who threw her in jail to look at her face, because that will be the last thing they see before they die.

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I wasn't sure if Theon went to the broken tower to light the candle and Ramsey just happened to be there or if Theon went straight to Ramsey's chambers. Did Theon intentionally sell out Sansa (and the old lady) or was he caught off guard by Ramsey being there? Seemed like the chambers that Ramsey was in were fairly nice for being the broken tower.

I don't think Jorah killed anyone in the battle, he just beat everyone up and disarmed them. Looked like Jorah saw the disgust on Dany's face from seeing the slaughter so he thought better about doing anymore killing since he's still not exactly on her good side.

Littlefinger and Lady Olenna had a good scene in the brothel (that sounds bad) where LF said he knew someone to talk to. Was that LF going to Brother Lancel to coerce him into ratting out Cercei? Or did the High Sparrow know the entire time that Cercei did what she did with Lancel and he was just biding his time?

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.36
Theon is beyond redemption. He sold Sansa out. Stannis if he does what 75% right Melisandra suggests, he is done as well. I am sure in pure Game of Thrones style, his daughter will die, Davros will die or fail in the rescue and most of his army will think he is batshit crazy and bail. Because that is what should happen.

Minus that bullshit, this was a good episode. Joran and Tyrion were both bad asses in their own way. Diana Riggs and Johnathan Pryce were awesome in their discussion. Tommen channeling his brother was nice to see. Cercei getting burnt by her own plan was a nice touch.

Bronn getting out of getting poison was weird, but I am not going to complain on how he got it. Littlefinger did give the High Sparrow the info on Cercei's boy toy. I do hope they actually show Tommen raising an army against the Sparrows instead of letting him arrest everyone. If he doesn't then there is a major problem there.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.69
    Originally posted by oudom

    Before they were able to rape Gilly, Samwell stood up and was ready to take them on again before Jon Snow's direwolf Ghost came out scare them away.

So here's the problem with amount of 'sexual assault as plot device' on this show - I should have cheered Sam, because it was an awesome scene as the plucky underdog stands up to the bullies defending the girl he loves even when he's getting the shit kicked out of him. And when all seems lost, in walks the dire wolf to save the day. It was a terrific scene - and it cements the idea that Jon's role as leader isn't as firm as it might seem.

And yet it had almost zero emotional impact because we've seen some variation of this scene time and again so personally, I just wanted Sam to win so I didn't have to sit through yet another 'scene'.

    Originally posted by oudom

    He tells Danny he brought a her a gift, and Tyrion comes out to introduce himself.

And here's where the show shines - as it literally removed almost an entire book's worth of seemingly endless exposition behind Tyrion's travels that go on FOREVER and lead absolutely nowhere except hints and near misses of Tyrion meeting Daenerys. Instead, it's a short detour with some twists and turns and adventures, yet resolving with a very dramatic moment.

So yeah, it's a very frustrating show.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by oudom
    Before they were Game of Thrones stars, the actor who plays Bronn was a singer so they had him sing while in jail.

Not just a singer, but half of one of the most successful musical acts of the 90s in the UK, Robson & Jerome. They never made it in the US, but they had three number one singles and two number one albums in the UK.
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