The title of this week’s Game of Thrones “Second Sons” is a reference to several people featured in this episode, as well as the obvious reference to the army who is forming to defend Yunkai against Daenerys. Stannis is the second son of the Baratheon household and Tyrion is the second son of Tywinn Lannister. Then there is aslo the less obvious Samwell Tarly, who proves that he can be brave when he has to be and saves the second son that Ginny had with Kraster. I can’t believe he does the classic horror movie mistake and leaves that dagger behind. Whatever that was made out of works amazingly on the White Walkers and he just left it lying there.
One wedding down, two more to go and despite all of Joffrey’s efforts I would say that the marriage of Tyrion and Sansa went rather well. Nothing terrible happened and Tyrion made a point of showing Joffrey that he isn’t afraid of him. Most importantly Tyrion proved to be a gentleman after all. Shea sure seemed happy about that, judging by the smile on her face when she changed the bed sheets. I would imagine Tywinn will remain relentless about Tyrion giving him a grandson but all he can really do is yell. Even though Tyrion and Sansa were the center stage of the marriage, I found Cersei to be the most entertaining. Her conversation with Margery was terrifying. I like how we learned what the words of the Lannister song mean as she explained it Margery, and as if that wasn’t scary enough the way she threatened her was down right vicious. Then, as if that wasn’t a big enough insult to the Tyrells, she rudely blew off Loras as he attempted to make conversation. I cannot wait to see how their wedding will play out, and hopefully we don’t have to wait until next season to see it.
I am extremely happy to not only see Ser Davos learning to read, but that he is also no longer behind bars and back at his rightful place beside Stannis. I’m hoping that he will be able to somehow persuade Stannis to stop Melisandre from sacrificing Gendry. I also really want to know what was going on with those leeches. Stannis seemed to know and Melisandre even mentioned that this was a demonstration for Ser Davos but what exactly was she showing him? As Stannis throws the leeches into the fire he says, “the usurper Robb Stark, the usurper Balon Greyjoy, the usurper Joffrey Baratheon.” Each name appears to be attached to a leech, but the only one of these people we actually see in this episode is Joffrey, and nothing happens to him. I wonder what was supposed to be going on and I’m kind of disappointed we didn’t get to find out right then and there.
I was a little let down that we didn’t get to see some sort of fighting with Daenerys’ unsullied army but I have to admit, the event that took place instead was extremely satisfying. It seemed pretty apparent that the young lieutenant Daario Naharis was immediately infatuated with Daenerys so when he was the one selected to assassinate her I had a feeling he wouldn’t actually go through with it. I did not expect, however, that he kill the other two leaders of the Second Sons. I don’t know what to make of Daario just yet. He reminds me a lot of Jaqen H’ghar, and with the way Jaqen changed his face at the end of last season, maybe it is him. So now Daenerys has her unsullied army, and the army of the Second Sons to help her conquer the city of Yunkai. I can only imagine how impressive her army will be once she frees the slaves inside the city and it sounds as though they have ships that she will be able to use as well. All she has to do is win, and it looks like we only have to wait until next week to finally see her army in action.