Game of Thrones has always been up front about the type of show it is – happy endings are nowhere to be found. “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” the sixth episode of Season 5, continues this mantra right up to the very end, leaving me with such a feeling of revulsion that I needed some time to cool down before tuning into the Mad Men series finale. (Takes a gulp of Coke...)
The episode’s title is derived from the words of House Martell and are representative of the Martells refusal to bend the knee when the Targaryens conquered Westeros atop their dragons many years ago. However, in this episode, it seems no one was able to live up to these words.
Arya (Maisie Williams) continues to struggle with shedding her identity. In order to fully become No One, Arya must learn to lie convincingly, but her inability to do so leaves her bloody. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jorah (Iain Glen) wander blindly into a menacing gang of pirates — led by Lost’s Mr. Eko, Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje! Thankfully, and due to a little bit of luck and a whole lot of Tyrion, the pirates are going to fast-track the duo's trip to Meereen in hopes of cashing in on Jorah by forcing him to enter the newly-reopened fighting pits.
Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) returns for a bout with Cersei (Lena Headey), armed with all the wit and sarcasm we’ve missed, but it was Cersei who had the last laugh, as Olenna watched both Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and Loras (Finn Jones) get dragged off by the Faith Militant after a farce of an inquest.
Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn) waltz into Dorne’s Water Gardens and right up to Princess Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) in an attempt to bring her back to King’s Landing. But the Sand Snakes, who clearly inherited their father’s love for a good monologue, arrive at the same time, looking to kill Myrcella as payback for Oberyn’s death. A sluggish battle ensues, briefly, before Areo Hotah (DeObia Oparei) shows up and ends it, but not before Bronn is slashed by one of the Sand Snake’s blades. We all know how much Oberyn loved to poison his weapons, so I’m afraid that Bronn may have just been dealt his final blow. Hopefully he can fit in a few more insults before his time ends.
In the second episode of Game of Thrones, Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) direwolf, Lady, is killed. Since then, it’s been one slow, torturous trip to hell for her, and her circle of allies has all but shriveled up. Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) wastes no time in reneging on his promise to Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) to not hurt Sansa, as he not only rapes her on their wedding night, but also forces Reek (Alfie Allen) to watch. This is hardly the first time that we’ve seen Sansa violated, but this is the first time where I have faith that she’ll get stronger. Sansa may have been forced to bow, and forced to bend, but she’ll no longer remain broken. Stay resilient, Sansa. The North remembers.
[Onto this week’s riser…]