'Game of Thrones' Recap: Beauty and the Beast
The episode "Second Sons" in a nutshell
- Tyrion and Sansa get married
- Daenerys offers a deal to the Second Sons mercenary company
- Melisandre demonstrates the power of king's blood
Body count: 2
Nudity count: 3
Dragon sightings: 0
New people and places: Second Sons lieutenant Daario Naharis and captains Mero and Prendahl na Ghezn
Best line: "But your brother will become your father-in-law, that much is beyond dispute." — Olenna to Margaery
What's the deal with ... Daario Naharis's loyalties? Is he truly on Daenerys's side?
This "Game of Thrones" wedding day is not the happiest day in a girl's life. Sansa Stark is just 14, had to watch her father be beheaded, has been kept prisoner for months, and now is wed to a "half-man" more than twice her age. But her situation is pretty good compared to that of Gendry, who is lulled by luxurious surroundings and sex with Melisandre into thinking that she will use his king's blood in a painless way.
"Second Sons" is an episode filled with couples. Sansa and Tyrion, Gendry and Melisandre, Arya and the Hound, Sam and Gilly, Daenerys and Daario. One needs something from the other; the question is, what price will the other have to pay in the bargain?
Near the Twins: Arya and the Hound
When she wakes in the morning, Arya realizes she has a chance — grab a rock and smash the Hound's head in. Well, he's a little smarter than that, and warns her that if she fails, he'll break both her hands. Wisely, Arya decides not to even try.
As they ride together, he notes that she's a lot better off with him than alone. After all, he saved Sansa from getting raped. Then, Arya learns a pleasant bit of news: The Hound isn't taking her back to Joffrey. No, he's taking her to the Twins — where her mother and brother are going for Edmure's wedding! Wow, the Hound is kind of a hero?
Dragonstone: Gendry, Melisandre, Stannis, and Davos
Melisandre brings her hostage to meet Stannis, who is puzzled by why the priestess is sending Gendry off to bathe and get changed. "If the lamb sees the knife, she panics," Mel says, and the meat spoils. In the same way, they need to go gently with Gendry.
In the dungeons, Davos is practicing his reading when Stannis stops by to chat about his new visitor. Davos is horrified; Gendry is his nephew! Stannis shrugs it off and then offers to free Davos if he promises not to threaten Melisandre. Whatever her methods, the Red God is real. In the flames, he saw a great battle in the snow. "I never believed, but when you see the truth, when it's right there in front of you, as real as these iron bars, how can you deny her god is real?" he says.
In his chamber, an awed Gendry seems afraid to sit on the fancy furniture. Mel comes in and pours him wine, though he's suspicious of it. After convincing him it's not poison, she starts flirting with him and takes off her clothes! Apparently, they can "stop the darkness" with sex. Even though it seems too good to be true, Gendry gets, uh, pretty excited.
But things take a turn for the worse when Mel ties him up — and no, she's not into S&M. Instead, she puts three leeches on his body. After they suck his king's blood, she gives them to Stannis to prove to Davos just how powerful the stuff is. He puts the leeches into the fire, murmuring the names of Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, and Joffrey Baratheon — the other claimants to the throne.
Theon. Gendry. I wonder which character on next week's game of Game of Thrones is going to have something awful happen to his penis.— Kieran Frail (@fuzzybritches) May 20, 2013
King's Landing: Tyrion, Sansa, the Lannisters, and Tyrells
Oh not joy — it's Sansa's wedding day! Before the ceremony, Tyrion tries to make her feel better by saying she won't be a prisoner anymore. Though their marriage is "a different kind of prison." At least, he says, he can promise not to ever hurt her.
Their ceremony is as awkward and strained as we could ever have imagined. That brat Joffrey first gives her away since he, you know, killed her own father, then takes away his uncle's step stool. The crowd snickers when Tyrion has to drape a cape over the much-taller Sansa's shoulders.
I wish I was a Game Of Thrones character so I could kill Joffrey with my bear hands. That SOB deserves a slow and painful death.— Souleiman Saouli (@SouleimanS) May 20, 2013
At the reception, Tyrion gets soused, while Sansa looks resigned. Olenna is trying to work out all their new family connections — after their own weddings, Loras will be Margaery's brother and father-in-law. So weird.