We’re finally back with Jon and Ygritte! But first, Jon and the Wildling party are preparing to cross the Wall. Jon says a sad goodbye to Ghost, who won’t be able to come (hopefully, this is only a temporary parting!). Jon is forced to share more information about the Watch, all the while feeling guiltier and guiltier about his betrayal. Yet, he knows if he’s caught lying they will kill him and Ygritte and still attack the Wall. He thinks about his father a lot during this chapter.
We don’t get to see Jon and Ygritte’s first night together except through flashbacks which are highly guilt ridden from Jon’s perspective. But what we do know is that Jon likes the lady loving – his body and mind have completely betrayed his vows and he’s beginning to question at least the no-women aspect of them. Jon and Ygritte get up to much more bedroom acrobatics – in a sex cave no less!! Love it. Can’t wait to see how they film the cave scene – and they better film it!
I spoke way too soon about her parts being boring. This last chapter was overflowing with badassery. She decides to buy ALL the Unsullied army, plus the future boys waiting to become the Unsullied. Essentially, she’s wiping out most of the slave trade. Of course, this comes at a cost and she sells her goods, her ships, and Drogon the dragon. Oh My.
When she goes to make the exchange, she commands her new army telling them they are hers. The head slaver dude gets all pissy because Drogon doesn’t want to go with him. Dany is like – well, duh – he’s no effing slave and then has Drogon char the slaver’s head and whatnot. Dany uses her men and the Unsullied to destroy the remaining slavers. Wowsy. Go Dany. I do wonder how she’ll be received with a slave army though – on Westeros slaving is a big no-no. Just ask Jorah. Also, she has a new handmaiden – a former female slave who she freed, but the girl decides to stick around. I would too.
Will be amazing on television as long as they have the budget for it.
Sansa finally has her new dress and is super excited to try it on for the first time. Cersei is with her and Sansa feels like a beautiful woman. Poor dear. When they bring in the maiden cloak of House Stark to pin it to her shoulders, she realizes something is awfully amiss. This is wedding garb. That’s when they break the news to her that this is actually her wedding dress and she is now on her way to the Sept to marry Tyrion. Que freak out of the century.
Eventually, Sansa bows to her duties, knowing she is trapped and goes peacefully to her wedding. Tyrion offers to let her marry Lancel instead, but Sansa is nothing if not obedient and marries Tyrion. He promised to be good to her. What a mess.
The wedding feast is a gay affair for everyone but the happy couple. Sansa wants so much to enjoy her wedding, but Tyrion won’t even dance with her. Instead, she dances with nearly everyone else and Joff promises to make her his whore. Good times. Sansa notices how the Tyrells have completely ditched her. Fickle friends, that lot.
When it comes time for the bedding ceremonies, Tyrion cancels them by pretending to be much drunker than he is and manhandling Sansa back to the wedding quarters. All for show. He yet again assures Sansa he’ll be good to her, but they must consummate the marriage whether either one of them wants to or not. Sansa, like a wounded puppy, disrobes and stands before him shaking. Despite his best efforts, Tyrion is drowning in desire. This is one of the hardest scenes I’ve had to read. Both naked, they climb into bed – Tyrion tries to reassure Sansa, but he knows she detests the way he looks. Eventually, he sits back and tells her they won’t lie together – that he’ll wait until she desires him. Sansa pretty much lets him know that will never happen. Tyrion is very, very wounded.
Heartbreaking. With the actress who plays Sansa so young, I doubt this scene will involve any nudity on screen. But it has the potential to be devastatingly amazing.
Still nothing happening. The weird little band find themselves at a sizable town where they stop at the friendly local brothel. Arya is scrubbed clean again and put in lace. I find a lot of humor in these moments. Gendry is acting a bit strange towards her – I think he has a crush, but I’ve been wrong before.
At the end of the chapter, a group of men arrive with a captive they pronounce as a Lannister. People think it’s Jaime, but when Arya sees him she knows it’s not the Kingslayer, but the man’s identity makes her wickedly happy. We’ll find out next chapter.
Nothing too exciting. They are trying to go over the wall. Several men fall to their deaths, but eventually the rest make it to the top, including Jon and Ygritte. Ygritte cries because they apparently wakened all those white walkers looking for some magical horn to bring down the Wall, never found it, and so now have loosed evil on the world for naught. She hates the bloody wall.
Should film well. I miss Ghost. You know, they’ll probably try to put Jon in some kind of peril for these scenes. Up the tension factor a bit.