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a few thoughts about Game of Thrones S05 E04 (“Sons of the Harpy”) and open thread

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I’m not gonna have time to blog in-depth about the new series of Game of Thrones, but I’m posting a few thoughts after each new episode. Please feel free to talk among yourselves about whatever is happening. (And of course I’ll jump into the comments as much as I’m able.)

Until I say otherwise, take it as a given that I love this show for its complex story and its fascinating characters. That’s the baseline that I’m working from.

Things that popped to mind this episode:

Yay, women warriors!

Loving the depiction of religion as a political tool.

Okay, so everybody knows that Cersei’s kids are the product of incest with her brother Jaime. Ugh. Poor Tommen. He’s gonna learn about who his father is soon, isn’t he?

And Stannis, at least, has doubts about Jon Snow’s supposed parentage.

(Speaking of Jon Snow: Still knows nothing.)

I hope Princess Shireen becomes someone important — she’s too cool not to. (And is Stannis not a bad dad? Interesting.)

I don’t know what to make of Petyr Baelish. Obviously he is using Sansa for his own purposes, but does he truly care about her too? In more than just a creepy-uncle way? Maybe all of these at the same time!

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Damn, I was really waiting for Jaime to say, “I am not lefthanded…”


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  • crowTrobot

    I was gobsmacked when I realized one of the Sand Snakes was the girl from Whale Rider. I’m glad to see her around again.

  • Constable

    Looks like Brienne isn’t alone when it comes to preferring functional attire.

  • I always found the sand snakes, and almost everything Dorn related, confusing, and a tad boring, in the books. Hopefully, the nature, and pacing, of television solves this problem. Their introduction was kind of corny, so we’ll see.

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