Game of Thrones turned into Game of Tug-O-War this week in “High Sparrow,” and a few unfortunate characters found themselves being pulled in two distinctly different directions. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) turns up at Moat Cailin, a literal crossroads, with two options: return home to Winterfell, marry Ramsay Snow, and stop being a bystander, or continue running, hide away in a tower, and fail to live up to her family's name. Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen), as he’s prone to do, tells Sansa exactly what she needs to hear in order for her to do exactly what he wants:
There’s no justice in the world. Not unless we make it. You loved your family; avenge them.
The terrain on Sansa’s path to revenge was always going to be tough, but adding Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) to the equation erects an obstacle that will be difficult to conquer. Speaking of erect, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) officially wed Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer), and the new pair celebrated with an immediate consummation. Despite this, Tommen is still seen as a boy, as evidenced by the way both Margaery and Cersei (Lena Headey) try to control him.
Arya (Maisie Williams) may have finally been granted admission to The House of Black and White, but she won’t learn anything until she can shed her identity and become No One. Yet in spite of all of the awfulness being a Stark has brought upon her, she finds herself unable to don a completely new persona.
Between the voyage across the Narrow Sea and now the journey towards Meereen, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) has experienced the inside of enough boxes for one lifetime, so when he demands to get out and stretch his legs, Varys (Conleth Hill) understandingly obliges – chances of recognition be damned. Perhaps Varys would have been wise to be a bit more cautious, because after a brief trip to the bathroom, Tyrion finds himself not only recognized, but tied up and gagged by none other than the wayward Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen). He tells Tyrion he’s taking his new hostage to the queen, but with so many women in charge, we’re left wondering where exactly he’ll be brought.
On to this week’s Riser of the Week!