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19 Significant Moments From The Second Episode Of "Game Of Thrones" Season 5

My god, this was a complicated episode, but at least the pace is picking up a bit. SPOILERS of course, so don't read if you haven't watched the episode yet.

1. In the opening titles you might have noticed the House of Bolton visible in Winterfell.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Thanks to the readers who noticed this and told us in the comments underneath last week's article.

2. The episode started with Arya arriving at the City of Braavos and giving a statue some serious statue shade.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

#StatueShade

Recap: Arya escaped to the City of Braavos by boat after The Hound was badly injured in a battle with Brienne of Tarth. She got on the boat on the first place by showing a coin given to her by the mysterious Jaqen H'ghar.

3. She then knocked on the door of the House of Black and White with the coin, only to get turned away because there was "no one here by that name" – i.e., the name Jaqen H'ghar.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

The boat she arrived on had gone. She was probably thinking, Bloody hell, that boat could have waited five bleeding minutes to see whether I got inside first.

4. Meanwhile, in what appears to be a fancy café, Podrick spotted Littlefinger chatting at a nearby table.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Brienne then introduced herself to Lady Sansa and Littlefinger, pledging to "give my life to yours if need be". Littlefinger was not convinced, and pointed out that both King Renly and Catelyn Stark died while under her care. Sansa agreed with him.

5. Brienne and Podrick were then attacked and fled on horse. They got separated but were reunited after a few deaths.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Death count in this scene (including a sword through a throat) = 3

Brienne said she was going to keep protecting Sansa, even though Sansa wasn't keen, because of her oath to Catelyn. You have to hand it to her for caring when clearly nobody else does.

6. Meanwhile, Cersei was her old manipulative self, convincing Jaime to go to Dorne to rescue Myrcella.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Recap in case you forgot: Myrcella was shipped to Dorne because of a Lannister marriage pact with House Martell.

7. Jaime then found Bronn, leading to this epic line:

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Jaime asked Bronn to accompany him on his mission to rescue Myrcella and offered him a nicer castle and a more beautiful wife if they returned in one piece.

Recap: Bronn helped teach Jaime how to use a sword again when he lost his hand.

Extra info: You know you've got either a good or a terrible reputation when people use the word "fucking" for your middle name. Just saying.

8. Meanwhile, in Dorne, Prince Doran Martell was being urged to avenge Oberyn's death by hurting Myrcella.

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Remember Oberyn? He was a-m-a-z-i-n-g, just the sex, and died in the worst way possible during the combat trial of Tyrion Lannister at the end of the last season.

9. Then, in Meereen, Daenerys was asked to act a bit more ruthlessly towards a Sons of the Harpy they captured, a person the slaves want executed.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Daenerys was told that she should not be more like her father, Aerys II Targaryen (you know, the Mad King) in terms of her ruthlessness, but she was having none of it, and said she wished the traitor to experience a full trial.

10. Tyrion was on his way to Meereen.

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He was still pissed off (yes), and his beard had grown beautifully (YES).

Tyrion angry with a beard > Tyrion not angry with a beard > Tyrion without a beard.

We also learned that all dwarfs who looked like Tyrion were being killed and taken to Cersei.

11. Cersei was in her manipulative stride, forcing her way into the Small Council by claiming her son was too young to be there instead.

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The others were rather frazzled, but did she give a damn? NOPE. Of course not.

12. Up at The Wall, Gilly was becoming friends with Shireen, the daughter of Stannis Baratheon.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

However she was then warned that this wasn't a good idea, because Gilly was a Wildling and Shireen a Baratheon.

13. Jon Stark was then offered the opportunity to kneel for Stannis in return for being renamed Jon Stark, Lord of Winterfell.

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Jon wanted to refuse, because he had sworn a vow to commit to the Night's Watch. Then, in the next scene, there was an election for Night's Watch Lord Commander.

14. Samwell nominated Jon for Lord Commander.

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The case against him – his close relationship with the Wildings – was discussed. You, meanwhile, were impressed at Samwell's growing confidence and sassiness.

15. And Jon Snow won the election. And he SMILED.

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My word, what a beautiful smile. He should consider doing that more often.

I mean, when there isn't all the death.

16. Back in Braavos, Arya learned that she had actually been speaking to Jaqen H'ghar when she arrived in the city, because he could change how he looked.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Arya was probably thinking, "For goodness' sake, you could have done this days earlier and saved me time being homeless on your bloody porch, but sure, OK."

17. Meanwhile, in Meereen, Mossador killed the Harpy traitor instead of following Daenerys' orders that he have a fair trial.

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Daenerys was angry that she had been disobeyed and ordered Mossador away. We then cut outside.

18. Where she sentenced him to death in public.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Her people, watching the spectacle, really weren't that happy about it. After he was killed, they turned on her for the first time. She managed to escape unharmed, surrounded by loads of shields.

19. That night, one of her dragons, Drogon, returned to her, and they shared a mother/dragon moment.

Game of Thrones / HBO
Game of Thrones / HBO

Drogon, who seemed far more well behaved than the other two dragons held underground (I wonder why), then flew away. She looked pleased and distressed at exactly the same time. It's the same facial expression your parents have when you return to their house from a gap year and ask them if they can do all your washing.

You're now all up to date.

  1. What did you think about the second episode?

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    Absolutely fantastic – I'm positively hooked.
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    It's great – one of the good ones.
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    It's just a little bit average, to be honest.
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    This was just a bit of a letdown, to be honest.

Daenerys was told she should NOT be more like her father, Aerys II Targaryen. An earlier version of this post misstated she was told she should be more like her father. Thanks to those who pointed it out.

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