There appears to be a character in the Game of Thrones universe that is not only growing in popularity and influence, but is becoming more powerful as well. His name is the Lord of Light, and it’s almost mind boggling that, for the amount of time spent talking about him in this episode, Melisandre, The Red Woman, remained absent.
Until last week the only mention of the Lord of Light we had ever experienced was either from Melisandre’s lips or at the very least in her presence. Now, we have The Brotherhood Without Banners who also appears to worship him, and is always repeating that iconic phrase of “The night is dark, and full of terrors.” Melisandre seems to be capable of doing all kinds of extraordinary things with the power of the Lord of Light but now we know that there is at least one other person who can also do the impossible. Thoros was able to bring Beric back to life, only moments after the Hound had killed him. Later, through a conversation with Arya, we learn that that was the sixth time Thoros had called upon the Lord of Light to bring Beric back to life. Beric claims that every time he returns, pieces of him are left behind and I think that right now it is kind of hard to tell what exactly he means by that. I believe that Beric has perhaps sacrificed his body to the Lord of Light in some way. Not only does he appear to be able to come back to life, but he also set his sword ablaze using his blood as some sort of oil or fuel to hold the flames. What also kind of amazed me, was that the hound seemed completely lethargic to the fact that Beric not only set his sword on fire with his blood but then proceeded to not die when Sir Clegane had just practically cut him in half. I feel like Melisandre will eventually meet the Brotherhood Without Banners but I wonder how she plans to persuade them to join Stannis’ cause.
It appears as though Stannis’ wife is completely insane. She was completely aware of what happened between Stannis and Melisandre and the son that was produced as well. I can’t remember if we have ever heard of Stannis’ daughter before this episode but this is most certainly the first time we have seen her. It was pretty easy to assume that there was something wrong with her, the way she was kept hidden away. She is clearly a very sweet and innocent girl and her relationship with the Onion Knight is heartbreaking. I can only hope that Stannis and the Onion find a way to make peace between themselves. I don’t want to see the Onion suffer anymore than he already has and I hope that no matter what happens, though all of this, Stannis’ daughter will remain safe.
Finally, the inevitable happened. Ygritte and Jon Snow got it on. Other than that, nothing really happened for Jon Snow and his campaign, which was kind of disappointing. The same can be said for Daenerys and her storyline this week. Sir Jorah Mormont and Sir Barristan are beginning to bicker now but I feel that that was pretty much inevitable as well. It will be interesting to see what becomes of their relationship, however. I feel as though Daenerys is going to need both of them in the long run so I hope the two of them are able to stay with her as she makes her attempt to reclaim the throne.
Jaime Lannister continues to make himself more human to us every week, as well as add depth to the relationship between himself and Brienne. Their conversation in the bath started as being more awkward than anything else, but as Jaime begin to tell his story about the Mad King it was easy to forget the uncomfortableness of the situation. We don’t really know that much about Jaime’s relationship with Cersei, other than the fact that it existed and had no doutly been going on for quite some time, but I would imagine Brienne is probably the first person Jaime has ever opened himself up to. He showed a side of himself that never would have seemed possible until only a few weeks ago. I loved the way he says to Brienne “my name is Jaime” after she calls him the King Slayer. It was a perfect ending to that surprisingly intimate scene between the two of them.
I do have to say, that for all the terrible qualities Tywin Lannister seems to possess, he is really good about not playing favorites with his children. We have seen him belittle Cersei and Tyrion on seperate occasions in the same room. This week, we get to see him be awful to both of them in the same room, at the same time! He has made up his mind that Cersei will marry Loras Tyrell, and Tyrion will marry Sansa Stark. Tywin is pretty serious about this matter as well and it appears as though Tyrion and Cersei have no choice in the matter. I would imagine that both of them will make a serious effort to get out of this situation they have found themselves in but odds appear to be against them. I guess we will just have to wait and see as we move forward in the season.