Game of Thrones: "A Man With No Motives Is a Man No One Suspects."
Last night's episode was named "Oathkeeper," because GoT show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are all about subtlety. Discussions ranged from Jaime and Brienne's respective oaths to the late Catelyn Stark (#1 was Jaime's returning Catelyn's daughters to her, #2 was Brienne returning Jaime to Kings Landing so he could complete #1). The men of the Night's Watch make an extended appearance, and the subject of their own vows comes up as they decide what to do about the traitors at Craster's Keep.
"Nail 'em up, I say!"
More on that later, because yeesh.
This was also the episode where we realized Benioff and Weiss aren't just abbreviating certain storylines, but look to be excising large expository (which is a nice was of saying "boring") sections in order to impel the narrative. The question is, can they avoid repulsing viewers long enough to see it through?
Locations (* = new): Kings Landing, Dragonstone, The Dreadfort, Winterfell, The Wall, Meereen - and so it's been for the entire season. Look for the Vale to make an appearance starting next week.
Ser(s) Not Appearing In This Episode: Stannis Baratheon, Melisandre, Davos Seaworth, Arya, The Hound, Tywin Lannister, Roose Bolton, Ramsay Snow, Reek
In Essos, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) takes some reading lessons from Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) before the two share pre-slave memories. Well, Missandei does. Grey Worm seems content to "kill the masters." By which he means *all* them mafuckas. School's out early, however, as he and a squad of (presumably) olfactory challenged Unsullied sneak into Meereen through the sewers to lead a slave revolt. That's one way to avoid a siege.
And an easy one, as it turns out. Against Barristan's (Ian McElhinney) advice, Danaerys (Emilia Clarke) answers Meereen's child crucifying in kind: 163 masters on the cross, one for every kid they passed. Justice? Who cares. The slavers are essentially GoT's Nazis: nobody's going to create an outrage Tumblr for *them*.
Back in Kings Landing, Jaime's (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) left-handed fighting lessons with Bronn (Jerome Flynn) are going well. So well, in fact, that the Kingslayer even asks Bronn his opinion of Tyrion's guilt, a question the sellsword throws back rather elegantly. And so, Jaime [finally] pays his incarcerated bro a visit. They discuss many things; the comedic prospect of the "Kingslayer Brothers," Tyrion's (Peter Dinklage) innocence, and the culpability of Sansa Stark, who Cersei is -- shall we say -- keen on tracking down.
Speaking of: Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) tells Sansa (Sophie Turner) they're going to the Vale, where he's to wed Lysa Arryn. He also admits Tyrion is innocent, and confirms what screencapping enthusiasts have suspected for weeks: Sansa's necklace was the source of the poison that killed Joffrey, and also that he's a man of rare ambition ("What do you want?" "Everything.").
Littlefinger's remarks about his "new friends" lead us to Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). With Joffrey gone, Margaery is likely getting engaged to his younger brother Tommen. The Queen of Thorns also conveniently confesses her involvement in the murder, thus eliminating any ambiguity that might have plagued viewers for, like, a whole month.
Olenna remarks she'll be returning to Highgarden soon, and that is a real shame. The beefing up of Rigg's presence has been one book diversion that's really worked. I hope we get at least a few more verbal duels between her and Tywin before all is said and done.