Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 3 Guide

Episode 3: High Sparrow

In the third episode of season five of Game of Thrones, Margaery once again marries into the Baratheon/Lannister family. The High Sparrow opens with the marriage of Margaery Tyrell and Tommen Lannister. Margaery also manages to consummate her third marriage, making her role as Queen irreversible. This, of course, terrifies Cersei, who cannot face the idea that she will not be the most powerful influence in her son and the king’s life. Both women are aware of Margaery’s power over the young Tommen.

Cersei visits the Sparrows, a religious group, after they terrorize Littlefinger’s brothel. She throws the High Septon in jail to try to create a bond between herself and the Sparrows. We also discover that Qyburn is up to some sort of unsavory work in the dungeons.

In Braavos, Arya begins to learn more about the Faceless Men. She learns that people come to this place to die. Jaqen tells her that she is not ready to be one of the Faceless Men, asking her why ‘no one’ still possesses all of Arya Stark’s things. Arya then throws away most of her belongings — except Needle.

In the North, Sansa and Petyr journey to Winterfell. She will be married to Ramsay Snow, which Littlefinger claims is an opportunity to take control of her life and revenge her family. Brienne and Pod continue to track Sansa, while becoming closer. Brienne begins to train Pod to use a sword. At the Wall, Jon decides to refuse Stannis’s offer of Winterfell. Janos Slynt refuses to take Jon’s orders. Jon then brings Janos to a chopping block for execution. Once Janos realizes that Jon is not bluffing, he breaks and begs for mercy. A Stark through and through, Jon takes Janos’s head, just as Eddard Stark would have.

Tyrion and Lord Varys arrive in Volantis. Tyrion is allowed to explore the streets, where he meets a priestess of the Lord of the Light, speaking of Daenerys as a savior chosen by the Lord. He also finds a brothel, where he is kidnapped by Jorah Mormont. Jorah tells him that he will be taken to the Queen, although it is uncertain whether Jorah means Daenerys or Cersei.

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