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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “House of Black and White”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 2 | Aired April 19, 2015

This week on Game of Thrones we finally saw Arya who arrives in Braavos, Stannis tries to get Jon on his side, and Jaime starts his quest to Dorne to get Myrcella back after Cersei receives a sign that their daughter may be in danger. We also see that this danger is real when Ellaria (Oberyn’s partner) wants revenge on the Lannisters for Oberyn’s death.

I loved last nights episode, even better than the premier. Don’t get me wrong, the premier was great. But I think they were trying to get so much information covered in the premier that a lot of it got jumbled up together. I could hardly keep track of what was going on last week and didn’t remember who some of the characters even were.

Last night they jumped around less and were able to focus on a handful of characters and explore their storylines better. I prefer this to trying to cover every character and only seeing each one for about five minutes.

“House of Black and White” started with Arya arriving in Braavos. I was so excited for this and knew as soon as Arya appeared on the screen that it was going to be a good episode. While she wasn’t in the episode for an excessive amount of time, we do see that she has transformed even more since leaving The Hound. When several boys start talking to her in a seemingly threatening manner, Arya doesn’t hesitate to pull Needle on them. She knows that she’s alone there. She doesn’t have her family, her friends, The Hound, or even the people in Braavos to protect her so she’s going to do what she has to to make it, just like she has before. This is easily why Arya is one of my favourite characters on the show.

Valar M

Arya is also present at the very end of the episode when the man who had turned her away at the start shows up again and changes his face to become “no one.” Well, no one suspiciously looks like Jaqen H’ghar. At the end of the episode, Arya enters the House of Black of White.

At The Wall, Stannis is trying to appeal to Jon and get him on his side by offering to make him a legitimate Stark. But Jon decides to refuse and instead is nominated (and chosen) as the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been a little lost on what’s going on at The Wall this season. I don’t know why, but whenever I watch it it’s like I need to watch it again (and maybe even again) for it to sink in.

Just like last week I am left wondering what is going to happen to Jon now. We saw that after his decision to show Mercy to Mance Rayder that Stannis wasn’t pleased. Now Jon’s refused his offer to become Lord of Winterfell and is obviously not going to be leaving The Wall any time soon, I feel like Jon is slowly putting himself in more and more danger.

This episode saw the return of Bron when Jaime recruits him to go on a mission to Dorne and bring Myrcella back to King’s Landing. This is all at Cersei’s request as she fears for her daughter’s life. Now, when Cersei and Jaime were talking about Myrcella, I was thrown for about a split second when Cersei said “our daughter” because for a moment I actually forget the Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen were theirs together. I don’t know if she’s ever said “our daughter” on the show before, but if she has I don’t think it was ever said like that. Before it’s always been whispered like a dirty secret that Jaime was their real father. Last night Cersei was accusing Jaime of never being there for their children.

Jaime Lannister

I am really excited to see where that’s going because I feel like this might be setting it up for everyone else to find out about Cersei and Jaime. I’m wondering if Margaery might find out and use it to her advantage? Like as a way to not have marry Tommen. Who knows, we’ll just have to wait and find out.

Alright, last thing I’m going to talk about is Ellaria, who is part of the reason Jaime is traveling to Dorne. She wants Myrcella dead as vengeance for Oberyn’s death at the indirect hand of the Lannisters. However, Oberyn’s brother refuses her when she asks to kill Myrcella. Evidently she and Oberyn were not on the same page when it came to how they treat little girls in Dorne.

Oberyn

If I’m being honest I don’t remember a whole lot about this girl from last season except for her face when Oberyn died. Last night I was just kind of sitting here going, “wow, you’re a crazy person.” Like, I get that she’s angry about Oberyn and is blaming the Lannisters, but asking to cut up a little girl and send her back to her mother piece by piece seems a little too far.

Ellaria

I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t going to end well and if Ellaria doesn’t die before Jaime gets to Dorne, I have a feeling someone with the last name Lannister (or Bron) might just die.

What did you think of “House of Black and White”? What was your favourite part? What do you think of Ellaria’s threat?

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