Episode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
In Episode 6 of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, we focus on the Stark sisters. “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” opens with Arya cleansing a corpse in the House of Black and White. Frustrated with her duties and the lack of understanding she has about the Faceless Men’s missions, she lashes out at her fellow worker. The girl responds by telling Arya that she is not ready to learn about the Faceless Men. She then tells Arya a story about her past, claiming that she was the daughter of a Lord in Westeros and pledged her services to the Faceless Men after they killed her wicked stepmother. Arya visibly relaxes as she hears this story but is very confused when the girl asks her if it is the truth or a lie. The girl then orders Arya to get back to work.
Tyrion and Jorah continue their journey towards Meereen. Along the way, Tyrion mentions Jorah’s father’s death. Jorah had not yet heard of the death and is shocked to hear of it. The two begin to come to a more easy relationship as they journey, only to be captured by slavers. Tyrion manages to convince them to bring him and Jorah to Meereen to join the fighting pits, obviously in hopes that Daenerys will intervene when she sees Jorah in chains.
Back in the House of Black and White, Arya is woken by Jaqen H’gar and interrogated about her desire to become “no one”. She is infuriated by his whipping of her and fights back. He leaves, disappointed. Later, she is scrubbing the floors of the chapel when a man walks in with his ailing daughter. She is able to convince the daughter to drink from the water and commit suicide. Jaqen, seeing this, decides that she is ready to see what the Faceless Men are up to. He brings her down into the Hall of Faces — an area with the faces of every person who kills themselves in the House of Black and White. He tells her she is not ready to become no one, but is ready to become someone else.
In Dorne, Jaime and Bronn arrive to rescue Myrcella only to realize that she does not wish to be rescued. As they attempt to take her, the Sand Snakes arrive to put their own kidnapping plot into play. Areo Hotah, Dorian’s bodyguard, arrives before anyone manages to take Myrcella and captures both the Sand Snakes and Jaime. Elia Sand is also captured for her part in the plan.
We return to King’s Landing to find that Olenna Tyrell has arrived to attempt to help Margaery and Loras. Olenna is unable to convince Cersei that trying Loras for his crimes is a terrible idea. They have an inquest, and with the help of the man that ran Petyr’s brothel, are able to prove that Loras has lain with men and that Margaery has lied to save her brother. They are both taken into custody by the High Faith. Petyr arrives to tell Cersei about Ramsay and Sansa’s pledge to marry. He promises to remove the Boltons from the North if Cersei will name him Warden of the North. He does not promise to bring Cersei Sansa’s head, leaving his allegiances as unclear as always.
In the North, Sansa is married to Ramsay. Myranda comes to bathe her before her wedding and tells her of all the girls Ramsay has gotten bored of in the past. Sansa rightly identifies this as jealousy and sends Myranda on her way with some cutting remarks. Reek arrives to bring Sansa to the wedding as Theon Greyjoy. Sansa weds Ramsay in the godswood at Winterfell. They then return to their room to consummate the marriage. In his truly sociopathic way, Ramsay forces Reek to stay and watch as he rapes Sansa. Sansa’s screams and Reek’s horrified face close the 6th episode of season 5.