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Game of Thrones review: Margaery cougars it up

The ladies in Game of Thrones sure have to go the extra mile in order to keep themselves in the game. Margaery plays at making Tommen a pawn.

Margaery and Olenna stroll in the garden on Game of Thrones

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Where last week’s Game of Thrones left us feeling just plain down, this episode brought us right back up. New games are afoot and old ones are changing tide. The ladies of the show were in the spotlight tonight, reinforcing what we already knew: They should be watched just as closely as the men. As the show has told us multiple times, “We’re all liars here.”

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  • ICYMI last week…
  • Jaime rapes Cersei at the foot of Joffrey’s barely dead body.
  • Sansa escapes King’s Landing thanks to Littlefinger.
  • Sam leaves Gilly and her baby at a brothel because he thinks it will be safer for her.
  • Dani frees her latest city and goes on a justice rampage.

Let’s start with Margaery, who has her eyes on Tommen now that Joffrey is dead. She is, after all, the logical choice for the young king since she and Joffrey didn’t seal the deal. In an effort to pry Tommen even the slightest bit from his loyalty to mommy dearest, Margaery sneaks into Tommen’s chambers. Poor kid didn’t stand a chance against her big blue doe eyes. Pretty priceless. She left him with a kiss on the forehead and the promise of secrets kept between them.

Jaime was probably the biggest surprise this week. He and Cersei (Lena Headey) face each other in a cordial upfront that hides bitter feelings. She’s still on her “kill Tyrion” rampage, while he seems to prefer the events last week at the foot of Joffrey’s dead body never happened. His actions were pretty abhorrent so it kills us that this week he’s so nice and humble to Brienne. We just don’t know which way to go with him. Her, on the other hand, we love. She departs this week to help Jaime keep his oath of protecting Sansa Stark. First, Brienne has to find her though.

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Speaking of Sansa, the oldest Stark daughter uncovers one half of the mystery surrounding Joffrey’s death almost at the same time Margaery puts the other half in place. The long of the short of it is that Littlefinger is working with Olenna. The two together conspired to kill Joffrey. The information is presented as though it’s no big deal. And, I suppose, in looking at the future, the matter of who actually killed Joffrey doesn’t matter at all. As Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) points out, Cersei would still be after his head, and the game would have still shifted in the same manner if someone else were guilty.

Here’s where the show throws us for a loop: The Night Walkers are back, and we finally get a glimpse of what they’ve been doing with Craster’s sons. A Walker carries Craster’s last son. He leaves the baby on an altar of sorts, and then another Walker approaches, picks the baby up and touches his cheek with one finger. That little touch turns the baby’s eyes White Walker blue. What does it mean?!

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Best quotes of the night

“A man with no motive is a man no one suspects,” Littlefinger tells Sansa. He had a hand in Joffrey’s death, but it appears Lady Olenna was the one to actually pull the trigger. Hmm, new friends indeed.

“Sansa’s not a killer. Not yet, anyways,” Tyrion tells Jaime when they discuss who could have killed Joffrey.

“I’ll fight for lady Catelyn… and for you.” Brienne tells Jaime before she embarks on her new quest to find Sansa. Ugh! Can these two just be together already? Talk about the most perfect odd couple ever.

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