Game of Thrones S05E04 Recap and review: 'Sons of the Harpy'
Art imitates life in this week's episode of Game of Thrones. This is the recap and review for Game of Thrones S05E04, 'Sons of the Harpy'.
Game of thrones S05E04 recap: 'Sons of the Harpy'
Welcome back, Dire Wolf fans! Here you’ll find the recap and review of Game of Thrones S05E04, titled “Sons of the Harpy”. Spoiler alert, funny enough.
Tyrion Lannister took a piss in Medieval Reno and met Ser Jorah Mormont, who said he’ll take The Imp to see Daenerys Targaryen, despite being persona non grata himself. Jon Snow is taking his new gig very seriously. Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne are tooling up to rescue Sansa Stark, who is in deeper shit than ever. Jaime Lannister and Bronn are on a mission to rescue Jaime’s daughter/niece from Dorne, before Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes get their fangs into her. It’s mind-blowing, hey.
Also, Tommen got laid, the High Septon got played, and a bunch of people at Moat Cailin got flayed. Tonight’s episode title suggests a bit more of a Team Dragon Mama focus, which is fine by me, especially if they don’t spend, like, six weeks getting Tyrion into a conference room with Dani.
Okay, let’s get into it.
Grand Theft Auto: Volantis
A predawn beach. Some fisherman wades ashore with a dollar-store laundry basket full of fish and promptly gets knocked out by Ser Jorah Mormont, who somehow snuck up on him. That basket of fish must have been very distracting.
Jorah leaves a few coins on the fisherman’s inert form, then hauls his laptop bag and a tied-up Tyrion Lannister aboard. They’re off to Mereen.
The one that got away
On a larger and less-stolen ship, Jaime Lannister is en route to Dorne, and what will surely be an easy and uneventful rescue mission in which nothing goes wrong. The ship passes Tarth, that emerald isle, and Jaime allows himself a moment to pine for Brienne of the Aforementioned Island.
Below decks, Jaime fills Bronn in on the plan: sail aboard this merchant vessel most of the way, then secretly row ashore to Sunspear. Bronn stereotypes, “The Dornish are crazy. All they wanna do is fight and f*ck.” It’s unclear how that differentiates the Dornish from everyone else in these crazy-ass kingdoms.
At any rate, Bronn reckons that they’ll be doing a lot of fighting. Oh, and only now did Jaime tell Bronn exactly whom they were going to abduct/rescue. Bronn doesn’t understand why, then, Jaime himself –– who’s Tom Cruise-famous in Westeros –– is coming along; instead of, say, more sellswords. Bronn works out that Jaime set Tyrion free, and is trying to somehow make intrafamilial amends.
Jaime then drops the bomb: if he ever sees Tyrion again, he’ll kill him for the murder of Tywin Lannister (Do you really believe that? I don't).
Money never sleeps
Cersei Lannister is getting some bad news from chief accountant Mace Tyrell: Braavos is calling in a tenth of King’s Landing’s debt, which is approximately... a shit-ton of money. Alas, King’s Landing is in the same financial situation as Greece, so, uh, that’s gonna be tough. Tyrell suggests floating a loan from his own family, with Margaery’s say-so. Cersei is like,
Instead, Cersei suggests a sit-down with the Iron Bank of Braavos. Citing King Tommen’s fictitious concern for Mace’s safety, she assigns Ser Meryn Trant. His resume highlights include “chasing Arya Stark and fighting Syrio” and “slapping Sansa Stark in the face because Joffrey told him to”. So, yeah, totally the guy with whom you want to be alone at sea.
Grand Maester Pycelle notes, “The Small Council grows smaller and smaller.” “Not small enough,” retorts Cersei as she swans out of the room. (Mace Tyrell, dad-jokes notwithstanding, is a pretty important guy: nominal head of House Tyrell. He negotiated the marriage of Margaery to Tommen in exchange for an earlier loan to King’s Landing. The Cersei-Loras wedding is on deck, but TMZ says no date has been set.)
Cersei goes straight into a meeting with His Self-Righteousness, the High Sparrow... aka the new High Septon! This guy doesn’t even drink, but only because he doesn’t like the taste of wine.