'Game of Thrones' Recap: Tricks of the Trade
The Episode "And Now His Watch Has Ended" in a Nutshell:
- Daenerys reveals her true plan for the Unsullied
- The Night's Watch men riot at Craster's Keep
- Lady Olenna and Varys plot Sansa's future
Body count: 1 important; many nonimportant
Nudity count: 0
Dragon sightings: 3
New people and places: Beric Dondarrion, leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners
"What happens when the nonexistent bumps up against the decrepit?" -- Lady Olenna Tweet this
What's the deal with… Varys and his loyalties? What is his agenda (aside from taking down Littlefinger)?
After a lot of catching up, politicking, and maneuvering, Sunday night's episode of "Game of Thrones" finally gives us some action! The volatile situation at Craster's Keep finally explodes, while Daenerys shows that the decision to trade one of her dragons was, in fact, a ruse. In King's Landing, we get to see more of Varys, and an alliance between him and Lady Olenna is one to be feared by all.
King's Landing: The Lannisters, Tyrells, and Councillors
Tyrion drops by to see if Varys and his spies have proof that Cersei tried to have him killed, but Varys doesn't have any. Anyway, he's busy with a rather large package. As he opens the crate, he recounts the story of how he became a eunuch. Long ago, Varys was sold to a sorcerer, who cut off and burned his private parts in a fire. When the crate is finally opened, inside is the sorcerer who mutilated him. Treat yo' self ... with revenge!
Later, Varys chats with Ros, who has deduced Littlefinger plans to sneak Sansa away with him on his ship to the Eyrie. This pushes Varys to seek out Lady Olenna, but why should she care? Well, Littlefinger now has money and lands; all he needs is an army. And if Robb Stark fails in this war, whoever is married to Sansa could be a huge threat. And that's a big problem for the Tyrells. The question is: What is Varys's game? Who exactly is he rooting for?
At least there is an easy solution to the Sansa problem, and Margaery is sent to pose it to the younger girl. Wouldn't she like to marry the very handsome Loras Tyrell? "We would be sisters, you and I. Would you like that?" Marge asks. Tearful and smiling, Sansa nods. Is this girl ever going to be more than a pawn in the grown-ups' game?
Meanwhile, Margaery is still Princess Diana-ing Joffrey, and he's lapping it up. On a tour of the Sept of Baelor, where they will get married, she encourages him to greet the crowds. He's scared at first, and Cersei is terrified, but Joffrey listens to Margaery and not his mother. The couple steps outside to make their royal waves, and Joffrey looks thrilled by the cheers.
Cersei is troubled that she's losing control of Joffrey, so she goes to her father. First, she asks if he's doing everything he can to get Jaime back. "If I would start a war for that lecherous little stump, what do you think I am doing for my eldest son and heir?" Tywin barks. Then, when she complains about how Margaery is manipulating Joffrey, he says, "Good! I wish you knew how to manipulate him." Cersei can't get no respect from Lannister men.
Near Harrenhal: Jaime and Brienne
With his cut-off right hand dangling around his neck, Jaime looks half-dead on his horse. He falls into some mud and is tricked into drinking horse urine. He manages to grab a sword but can only half-heartedly (half-handedly?) try to fight the men before he's overwhelmed.
When they make camp, Jaime looks utterly defeated. Brienne can see he's given up. She encourages him to eat, but he doesn't care anymore. Brienne calls him a coward and tells him to quit whining. "You sound like a bloody woman."