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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: “The House of Black and White”

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Arya Stark

Arya has arrived at Braavos, where she is taken to the House of Black and White, a gigantic stone building whose doors are painted — you guessed it — black and white. She tries offering Jaqen’s coin to the man who answers the door, but he dismisses her. Arya hangs out on the steps of the house all night, chanting the names on her Shit List, then leaves.

Eventually she runs into the man again out in the city after he saves her from a mugging. The man reveals himself to be Jaquen — or rather, No One, which is what he’s going to teach Arya to become.

Brienne and Pod

Once again, Brienne and Pod are within a mile radius of Sansa Stark, this time having stopped at the same tavern at the same time. If Brienne doesn’t find her this time, I may actually die of frustration. Pod to the rescue! He informs Brienne that Sansa and her new hair color are hanging out with Littlefinger across the way. Brienne offers her aid to Sansa, but both Petyr and Sansa turn her down, and Brienne and Pod are forced to run.

Even though she’s been rejected again, the encounter with Sansa and ensuing battle with Petyr’s soldiers seems to have revitalized Brienne. She announces that they are going to follow Sansa and protect her from afar.

Cersei and Jaime Lannister

Dorne has sent Cersei a “gift” in the form of a dead snake wrapped in the necklace Cersei gave to her daughter Myrcella. It’s a threat, obviously; the Martells blame the Lannisters for what happened to Elia and Oberyn. Jaime decides to go to Dorne to bring Myrcella back (only after Cersei yells at him enough to spur him into action, though, pointing out that he’s never been a good enough protector and father to their incest babies). Jaime goes to fetch Bronn to join his quest. It’s the Lannister/Bronn dream team all over again!

Cersei appoints herself the temporary Hand of the King until Tommen grows of age. The old white men on the council are all appalled. Cersei shuts down their protests expertly and with the hugest smirk on her face, which really makes me want to give her a high five. I mean, she’s kind of awful, but at least she’s a boss at it.

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Ellaria and the Sand Snakes

Ellaria Sand is filled with anger after her lover Oberyn’s death, wanting to use Myrcella to send a message to Cersei. She and Oberyn’s daughters, the Sand Snakes, plan to avenge Oberyn even if his brother, the Prince, will not. “We do not mutilate little girls for vengeance. Not here, not while I rule.”

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion seriously is trying to drink himself to death on the way to Meereen. It’s very very sad, but the biting way Tyrion says “did I misrepresent my intentions” is hilarious. He and Varys discuss the nature of prisons and rule. Varys warns Tyrion against showing his face too much, since Cersei has a bounty out on his head, to which Tyrion replies “How many dwarves are there in the world? Is Cersei going to kill them all?” (Cut to Cersei trying to kill all the dwarves in the world, because of fucking course she would.)

Castle Black

Shireen and Sam are teaching Gilly how to read. They share a conversation about Shireen’s greyscale and Gilly’s sisters before Shireen’s mother comes in and warns her daughter to stay away from Gilly.

Elsewhere on the Wall, Jon is getting a stern talking to by Stannis for his actions last episode. Seems Jon isn’t going to be punished, though — instead he’s given an opportunity to join Stannis and help him reclaim the North. In return, Stannis will make him Jon Stark, Lord of Winterfell.

Even though it’s all Jon’s ever wanted, he tells Sam that he plans to turn Stannis down. As the Night’s Watch vote to elect a Lord Commander, Sam makes a speech and puts Jon’s name in the running, and unsurprisingly Jon wins.

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Daenerys Targaryen

Daario offers his aid to the Unsullied in finding the origins of the Sons of the Harpy using his Second Sons. Together they track down one of its members. Dany holds a council meeting for advice on what to do, and her growing appetite for a more violent brand of justice leads Ser Barristan to warn her about her father’s madness and actions before he died. Dany decides to give the Harpy a fair trial.

Too bad some of Dany’s followers don’t have the same idea. The Harpy’s dead body is found nailed to a door with “kill the masters” painted in blood next to him. Mossador, the man who led the attack, is brought before Dany to explain himself. Dany has Mossador publicly executed, which starts a riot between the city’s nobles and the ex-slaves.

As Dany holes up in the palace to hide from her subjects, her dragon returns to her — only to fly away again.


  • I cheered when Jaqen/No One made his reappearance, and I’m not gonna lie, a lot of the reason why was because I get to look at his pretty face again. I am also excited for what it means for Arya’s storyline, though. I’m not only shallow, just mostly.
  • Was kinda hoping the Sand Snakes would make an actual appearance this episode, but I’ll make do with the shoutout for now. Ellaria looks fantastic as ever, though Oberyn really would not have approved of her “cut off the fingers of a young girl” plan. I hope whatever she and the Snakes come up with next, it doesn’t involve innocents; if you want revenge, strike against the ones who actually had something to do it.
  • I reread Chris Haigh‘s (spoiler-y) Game of Thrones theory post recently and it’s making me oh so worried for Shireen. Poor, sweet, Shireen.
  • Time for the Nudity Corner! Whoa, no naked times in this episode. Consider me shocked.
    Boob Count: 0

    Butt Count: 0
    Chest Count: 0
    Penis Count: 0
    Vagina Count: 0