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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

****WARNING: This review deals with some triggery subjects such as assault, as presented in last night’s episode of Game of Thrones.****

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 6 | Aired May 17, 2015

This episode was… an interesting one. There were several things about this episode that I enjoyed, but, surprisingly, there were also several things I didn’t like. It also seemed to be a very sibling focused episode, with Sansa and Arya having primary storylines, the Lannisters, the Tyrells, even stories of siblings.

I’m a little torn about Arya’s storyline in this episode. I like that she seems to be coming into her own at the House of Black and White, you know? She seemed to be figuring things out and making progress. But I also hated how they made her out to be a whiny child. Arya’s always been strong, in my opinion, one of the strongest characters on the show.

I'm not playing

In season one she rebelled against the things typically expected of her as a young lady, season two and she was surviving horrific situations, season four she survived travelling around with the hound. It’s like now they’ve stuck her in a dress and got her around new people, she’s suddenly a little girl who is angry at how unfair everything is instead of taking that anger and turning it into strength and vengeance. But! I do think that this will change in the next couple episodes. Arya does deserve to take a bit of a breather and I think we’ll probably see her back to being the badass that she is. Hopefully with Needle.

I am Sansa Stark of Wintefell

As for the other Stark sister, I hated what they did to Sansa in this episode. At first I was excited. As she’s talking to the girl who had been planning to marry Ramsay, she tells her, “I’m Sansa Stark of Winterfell. This is my home and you can’t frighten me.” I was cheering, like, “Yes Sansa!” She wasn’t scared, she wasn’t a child anymore, she had grown up and was dealing with her situation in a way that I don’t think she could have a few seasons ago. And then they went and tore it all apart.

You can't frighten me

After Sansa marries Ramsay, he takes her to bed and forces Theon to stand there and watch. First of all, was this scene necessary? Overall I would like to say no, never, absolutely not. There were so many other ways they could have motivated Sansa to either destroy Ramsay and the Boltons or get her to Brienne without adding in what was completely unnecessary violence against her. There are plenty of other ways to spur on Sansa’s vengeance against Ramsay without making him assault her. What makes it even worse is the idea that it was done so as to advance Theon’s character (which we obviously don’t know for sure, it’s just speculation), as presented by Vanity Fair.

“Even worse than the idea of Sansa needing this to motivate her into vengeance is the notion that the Theon character needed to watch her rape in order to snap out of whatever zombie/Reek fugue state he’s been walking around in. I’m afraid that is the show’s interpretation, based on where the camera lingered. But the last thing we needed was to have a powerful young woman brought low in order for a male character to find redemption. No thank you.”
-Vanity Fair

If they had Ramsay assault Sansa just to move Theon’s character along then that is 100% not okay. Sansa was becoming empowered, she was holding her own. She’s survived so many awful situations and come out stronger and that had better be the case here. If they use this to turn Sansa into some of damsel in distress and Theon, now back to being Theon, comes to her rescue, then this show will have reached a point I didn’t think possible.

There are so many different opinions on this and it is such a hard subject to talk about because of that. I think I probably rewrote this about six times, trying to make sure I got it across properly. In my opinion, I don’t think it was necessary. Obviously in a show like this that stuff does happen, but it really seems to happen a lot in this show and in this case I just don’t think it was needed. Was it meant to motivate Sansa against the Boltons? Well, personally, I think the fact that they murdered her family is enough motivation and this was like he camel on the already broken Camel’s back. I don’t know, I don’t know what to say any about this anymore without repeating myself/having it come out as gibberish. I guess now we just have to wait until next week to see where this leads.

I know there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of different opinions on the matter and that’s all this is, an opinion. Some are saying that it was necessary to develop Sansa’s character and motivate her revenge against the Boltons once and for all. This is a hard subject to talk about because you don’t ever want to justify what happened, but also think that if they use this scene as a means to motivate anyone besides Sansa (because, you know, the fact that Boltons murdered her family wasn’t motivation enough) then that’ll make it worse.

Alright, moving on. Baelish told Cersei exactly where Sansa was and what she was doing there. What? What? Baelish what are you doing? I never know when he’s being sneaky versus when he’s being an asshat so I have no idea who’s side he’s on now. I mean, I guess he’s on his own side, as usual, but seriously, is this supposed to benefit Sansa or Cersei? Is there some underlying plan here? I really hope so. I assume so.

Also, after many weeks of talking about her, we finally met this season’s Myrcella. She actually seems quite happy in Dorne with Trystane which would be great if there weren’t a bunch of people there who wanted her dead. Jaime and Bronn find her and try to convince her to come with them just as the Sand Snakes attack. Thankfully, they all make it out of the fight after several guards from Dorne break them apart. Needlessly to say, this isn’t quite how I thought things would go. I didn’t think they’d find her so quickly, or that Myrcella would like Dorne so much, or that none of them would die. Though, there’s still several episodes left so I guess there’s still plenty of time for things to go South.

Can we just take a minute to acknowledge how beautiful everything in Dorne is. They’re so brightly coloured! I never really noticed it before and despite all the completely awful stuff that happened last night, the pinks and yellows and other bright colours were a nice contrast.

Myrcella and Trystane

We also saw a bit of Tyrion Lannister in this episode and he had quite a nice interaction with Jorah. I love both of these characters separately so having them together, with how different they are, is hilarious. Jorah is so serious and focused on his mission. Meanwhile Tyrion is hungry and wants a drink. I’m pretty certain that ever since Jorah kidnapped Tyrion he’s told the Lannister brother to shut up in every episode.

Sidenote, what happened to Varys? Does he know Tyrion was kidnapped? Does he think he just wandered off drunk? Is he still travelling to see Dany? Will he meet Tyrion there? Where is he?

Finally, this episode may have been called “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”, I feel like the Tyrell storyline should have it’s own title of “The Betrayal, The Trial, The Arrest”. Like, that was intense. It seemed like such a relaxed environment, but it turned pretty quickly. Loras is on trial with the High Sparrow for being a ‘Pillow Biter’.

Loras he swears he didn’t do anything and Margaery swears he did nothing wrong (even though both of them know that’s not the case), and for a moment it seems as if everything is going to be okay. And then the doors open and in walks Olivar. Oh my god I was so angry! I liked Olivar. I said in one of my recent reviews that he was only on screen for a few minutes and I’m already attached to him!

Margaery Taken

But he walked in and told them about how he and Olivar had slept together and that Margaery knew because she had walked in on them. This resulted in both Tyrell siblings being arrested. Loras for being a ‘pillow biter’ and Margaery for lying in front of the Gods. I don’t know what I think of all this. I hope Margaery and Loras are released because they’re both amazing. But then this whole thing with Olivar. Did he do just because he could? Did Cersei force him to tell them? Why would he do this? He can’t honestly think he’s going to be declared innocent just because he told them because that’s never how these things work. Did you see Margaery’s grandmother? She is about to flip her lid. The last person who crossed her family choked to death at his own wedding so…

And can I just say, why didn’t Tommen say anything?! He didn’t even get up! Come on Tommen, get it together!

Deep Sigh

This show… I just… I don’t know… I’m always left with so many questions at the end of each episode, but as they usually do, it’ll all come to a head in the last couple episodes and things will explode.

What did you think of last night’s episode? What do you think is going to happen next?

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