After five seasons, Tyrion and Daenerys are now in the same show! Our heads are spinning. I know many of you are frustrated with the lack of progress in this season so far, and while I think that season five has done an exceptional job of getting the pieces into place for what I hope is an epic conclusion, "The Gift" is certainly worthy of that particular criticism. “Thank you for bringing them whatever justice they deserve,” she tells him. While Davos reports to Stannis that their army's supplies are dwindling, their horses are freezing to death, and their sellswords are abandoning them, Lady Melisandre encourages Stannis to stay the course. HBO. Not even Stannis is that cold. Meanwhile, Gilly, Sam, and Little Sam pay a visit to the dying Maester Aemon, who soon passes away and is set aflame by the men of the Night's Watch. But Stannis gave up during season 2’s Battle of the Blackwater. He also advises her to kill all the former slave masters. 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Cersei turns to leave—and she is blocked by some creepy septas, who throw her into a cell. Nice moment for the fans, but narratively speaking, a more interesting story is happening just south of the Wall. How did they get there? Frankly, Cersei’s got nothing on Olenna. The Thrones showrunners titled this episode “The Gift” and that seems appropriate—this is a gift for fans. Theon takes the candle to Ramsay instead. But the one thing Olenna did not offer him is the one thing I think he secretly does want: more power. Look at my face. And that's about all we see from him this hour. For anyone who missed their past machinations together, this episode should have cleared that up a bit. It was broadcast on Sunday at 9:00 pm in the United States, consisting of 10 episodes, each running approximately 50–60 minutes. But seeing the trio act like sisters instead of militant warriors just felt more convincing. Sansa is further emotionally brutalized when she witnesses her secret ally flayed and put on display for all to see, a stark (ha!) — Olenna and the High Sparrow: The Queen of Thorns tries everything she can to get the High Sparrow to release her grandkids: bribes, threats. The shocking final moments of "The Gift" see Cersei seized by the religious commoners and thrown into the Black Cell, for a crime to be named later. Tonight's hour has a relatively weak theme of altruism running throughout, but that potentially interesting narrative slant is overwhelmed by the relentless shuffling of characters. Jaime: "And more hands. If he retreats again, he’ll forever be known as Stannis the Retreater. Cersei looks so pleased with herself. The High Sparrow trots out Lancel, who knows all about Cersei killing King Robert, among her other sins. “Am I hurting you?” she asks, in a reversal of what Tommen said to Margaery a few weeks back. There’s Cersei, Margaery and Loras all awaiting punishment. Not two weeks in a row! Sansa tries to convince Theon to help, but it’s difficult to get somebody to risk their life for you when he won’t even admit his own name. Usually such bold departures from the show’s source material are the subject of some controversy, but putting Dany and Tyrion together seems to be enjoying rare unanimous support (judging by early reaction online). Let's see where they all ended up. Gilly is safe. May 25, 2015 8:11 am @@katiewalshstx. Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 7 recap: "The Gift" New, 11 comments. She only offers up the antidote to Bronn when he admits that she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen; it helps that she takes her clothes off for pretty much no reason. Daenerys: "I am a Queen, not a butcher." He tells the men to get their damn hands off her. May 25, 2015 8:11 am @@katiewalshstx. Author of "The Science of Breaking Bad" from MIT Press | Twitch Affiliate: | Co-host of the Saturday Mourning Cartoons podcast | Community manager for Ironface Studios | Former science freelance writer for | Former Animation editor, Streaming Content editor for | Founder of ATL S.T.E.A.M. Lady Olenna: "You should stand when speaking to a Lady." Davos wants to retreat. ", Sam: "He was the blood of the dragon, until his fire burned out. Her former allies in prison, a religious cult given power over the royal family, her own son’s rule destabilized. As noted above, this is a move that even the show’s biggest critics will find tough to argue. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. Cersei always reminds us how she does everything for her children. Instead, she confirms that the impending trial of Loras and Margaery will end in the stripping away of the Tyrells' wealth. And what will happen to the prisoners? He’s furious at how ineffectual he is. Let's hope the tempo picks up in the final three episodes. It’s a moment that Thrones fans have only dreamed of: Dany and Tyrion, face to face. “You can never understand what we’re about,” he says. ", Tyrion: "It's a pleasure to meet you, your Grace. But Melisandre wants Stannis to sacrifice his innocent young daughter Shireen. Tyene starts to mess with Bronn’s head, teasing him and showing her boobs.