‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: A Return to Winterfell

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Season 5 | Episode 3 | “High Sparrow”

Well fans of the book series A Song of Ice and Fire were promised some big time shake ups from the showrunners of Game of Thrones and let’s just say they weren’t lying. “High Sparrow” left many fans – myself included – saying “leave the poor girl alone and give her some lemon cakes!”

Find out what went down in “High Sparrow” below:

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Queen Margaery and the Queen Mother

Margaery Tyrell becomes a Queen for a third time after finally marrying Tommen Baratheon. Cersei Lannister is beaming with so much distain as she watches her baby boy marry Margaery.

Margaery and Tommen waste no time consummating their marriage and Margaery wastes no time planting seeds into Tommen’s head. As long as Cersei is around, she will always treat Tommen as a “lioness guarding her cub.” The following day Tommen starts dropping hints that Cersei may be happier back in Casterly Rock. After her conversation with Tommen, Cersei pays a visit to Margaery. Trying to remain positive, Cersei tried to engage with her new daughter-in-law but things turn sour when Margaery asks if she should refer to Cersei as Queen Mother of Dowager Queen.

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The sparrows take to Littlefingers brothel and find the High Septon. Since the High Septon is clearly a sinner, the sparrows parade him around the streets naked letting everyone know he is a sinner. A very PO’ed High Septon seeks justice from the Small Council. He lets the council know that the High Sparrow is a threat. Cersei takes to the streets to find this “High Sparrow.” She is impressed by him. She is not there to arrest him because, “the faith and the crown are two pillars that hold up the world. We need to do what’s necessary to protect one another.” Back at the castle, Cersei has Qyburn send a raven to Littlefinger. Something or someone (cough, cough, The Mountain) makes a sudden movement under a sheet in Qyburn’s chamber.

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I will avenge King Renly

Still following Sansa and Littlefinger and realizing where the two are traveling to, Brienne and Pod set up camp for the night. Brienne promises Pod she will train him to fight and ride a horse properly. Brienne then shares the story of how she came to serve Renly. Back when she was a girl, her father held a ball. All the other boys were mocking Brienne making her feel as if she was the ugliest girl in all of Westeros. Renly stepped in and saved her from humiliation and asked her to dance. Of course Brienne knew Renly enjoyed the company of men but he saved her. She will never forget that she was unable to save him and she plans on avenging his death by killing Stannis.

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Inside The House of Black and White

Arya has made it into the House of Black and White but does not understand why she is just sweeping the atrium. When she confronts Jaqen H’ghar about her “apprenticeship” he informs her that she must serve and she cannot only serve herself.

Arya is later approached by a waif who is in service at the House of Black and White. The waif starts to question and strike Arya about Arya’s identity. Jaqen H’ghar walks in and stops the waif from striking Arya again but also questions who Arya is because she is surrounded by the belongings of Arya Stark. Arya takes all her belongings to the harbor and tosses them in. After holding Needle and debating on letting go of the sword her brother Jon gifted to her, Arya decides to hide it behind a pile of rocks. Thank you sweet Baby Jesus, I don’t want to lose all of Arya!

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Now dressed like a waif, Arya joins the other waif in washing a corpse. Yep, this place is kind of odd…

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Jon Snow Shows no Mercy This Time…

Jon Snow is chilling in his new Lord Commander chambers – how cute and somewhat ironic is it that Olly is his steward – when grumpy Stannis and Davos pay Jon a visit. Jon of course refuses Stannis’ offer to become Jon Stark. Stannis also informs the new Lord Commander that he will leave for Winterfell in a fortnight. As for the Wildlings, they are Jon’s problem. Grumpy Stannins leaves but Davos stays behind. Davos tells Jon that Stannis sees something in him. Davos also reminds Jon and Olly that the brothers are the “shield that guards the realms of men,” and staying in a frozen castle protects no one.

Lord Commander Snow hands out new assignments from the head table. Much to the room’s surprise, Jon names Ser Alliser as the First Ranger. Though things get testy when Jon give Janos Slynt the assignment of command of Greyguard. Slynt refuses and calls Jon a bastard etc, etc. Jon has Olly go get Longclaw – his sword – and has Slynt taken to the chopping block. In a move I never thought Jon Snow would take, even after Slynt begged for mercy, Jon beheads Slynt. Being a Lord is hard Jon Snow, it isn’t for the weak at heart.

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Of course Tyrion, of course!

To say that Tyrion is having cabin fever would be an understatement.

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Though Varys thinks it is an awful idea to leave the carriage – you know since Tyrion has a price on his head – Tyrion needs to get out. The two go for a walk through the streets of Volantis. They watch a Red Priestess refer to the Dragon Queen as the savior. The two, of course, end up at a brothel. Though Tyrion is unable to go to bed with a whore – is this because of Shae or his marriage? Tyrion heads outside for some air and to pee. A stranger grabs Tyrion and we learn that the stranger is Jorah Mormont and he plans on taking Tyrion to the Queen!

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The North Remembers…

Well, we finally find out where Littlefinger is taking Sansa…home. Yep, Sansa and Littlefinger are returning to Winterfell and just like I called it, Littlefinger has arranged a marriage between Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton! Sansa is in complete horror when Littlefinger reveals his plans but he quickly reminds her,“You loved your family. Avenge them.”

*Sansa Stark’s new storyline will be the main discussion point in this week’s The Word From Westeros but I would like to say my dream would be for Sansa to use everything she learned from Cersei and Littlefinger and kill all the Boltons and take back Winterfell and The North. Though I am sure that won’t happen…

Sansa is greeted warmly once she arrives back at Winterfell. Though she has a high distain for the family that killed her family, she puts on a good show.

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An old woman shows Sansa to her new room, before the old woman leaves she calls Sansa, Lady Stark, and let’s Sansa know that The North remembers.

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It seems like Reek aka Theon also remembers because he is avoiding Sansa.

Meanwhile, Ramsay assures Littlefinger that he will never hurt Sansa – if only that could be true. Roose Bolton confronts Littlefinger about his loyalties after a rider arrived with a message for Littlefinger from Cersei. Both men agree that the Lannisters are no longer powerful since the death of Tywin. Littlefinger – always the politician – reminds Bolton the last time the North and the Vale worked together, “they brought down the greatest dynasty this world had ever known.”

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#SaveSansaStark

Until next week…Valar Morghulis.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO!

Kait Calabrò

Kait Calabrò

Lady Kaitlin Marie Bernadette Calabrò of House Ravenclaw, First of Her Name; Mother of Recaps, Breaker of News, Khaleesi of Wonder Wharf, Queen of Geekdom, and Empress of Anglophiles, is the Managing Editor of AGtM.  By day she is the Marketing Manager of the Philadelphia Film Society, by night she is a serious relationship with her Netflix account. Kait is a proud Temple Owl! And is currently in a celebrity feud with both Samuel L. Jackson and Zachary Levi, unbeknownst to them. She spends her evenings watching the skies waiting for Thor to fly down and take her back to Asgard!
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