Game of Thrones ▼Season V*42*The House of Black & White*April 19*(2015)*Michael Slovis
Arya Stark sails beneath the statue of the Titan into Braavos. The ship's captain steers through the city's bustling canals to a plain building. "The House of Black and White," he explains. "This is where you'll find the man you seek." Arya knocks and asks for Jaqen H'ghar, but the man at the double doors dismisses her. With nowhere else to go, Arya sits outside the House of Black and White, reciting her kill list. Ultimately she gives up, tosses Jaqen’s coin into the water, and wanders the streets. A gang of men threaten her, only to scamper away when the man from the House of Black and White approaches her. Arya follows him back to the temple, and he flips the same coin she tossed away into her hand. "You lost this," he says, changing his face and revealing himself to be Jaqen H'ghar. Arya accuses Jaqen of lying, but he tells Arya he is "no one… and that is who a girl must become." Arya follows him inside.
Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne dine together at an inn, not realizing that Petyr Baelish and Sansa Stark are eating under the same roof. Over their meal, Sansa asks Littlefinger about the scroll he received at Runestone. "My marriage proposal has been accepted," he says.
After Podrick spots Sansa, Brienne instructs him to ready the horses. She approaches Sansa to explain herself and offer her service. Littlefinger notes that Brienne was Catelyn Stark's sworn sword and a member of Renly Baratheon’s Kingsguard. "Why would I want someone with your history of failure guarding Lady Sansa?" he inquires. Sansa rejects Brienne's offer. As Brienne turns to leave, Littlefinger's guards block her path. She fights through, escaping with Pod on horseback. When Pod's poor equestrian skills leave him stranded, Brienne overpowers two assailants to save his life. Pod suggests that Brienne is released from her vow to Catelyn Stark, but Brienne won't give up: Sansa isn't safe with Littlefinger.
Cersei Lannister summons Jaime to show him a box she's received. Inside, a stuffed Red Viper holds Myrcella's necklace in its jaws. Cersei is both unnerved and unsurprised by the threat – Dorne blames the Lannisters for the deaths of Oberyn and Elia Martell. Acknowledging his sister's distress, Jaime makes a promise: "I'm going to Dorne. And I'm bringing our daughter home."
Jaime visits Stokeworth, where he pulls Ser Bronn of the Blackwater away from his fiancé, Lollys. The Kingslayer informs Bronn that his engagement has been dissolved – but promises him a better match after he and Jaime return from "as far south as south goes."
In the Water Gardens of Dorne, Ellaria Sand looks on as Myrcella Baratheon spends time with her fiancé, Trystane Martell. She demands an audience with Prince Doran Martell and calls on Doran to avenge his brother's death. When Doran is unmoved, Ellaria informs him that she has the backing of the Sand Snakes, Oberyn's bastard daughters. She begs him to turn Myrcella over to her but Doran is resolute: "We do not mutilate little girls for vengeance," he tells her.
After Daario Naharis and Grey Worm uncover a Son of the Harpy, Daenerys Targaryen's council debates the man's fate. Barristan pleads for a fair trial while the freed Meereenese slave, Mossador, insists Dany put the man to death. When it comes to the former masters, Mossador asserts, "All they understand is blood."
Dany dismisses her advisors, but Barristan asks for a word – and tells her about her father, the "Mad King." For the first time, Dany learns the truth about the cruelty and chaos of her father's reign. Barristan explains that Aerys "gave his enemies the justice he thought they deserved… until the very end." Dany decides that her only recourse is to give the Son of the Harpy a fair trial.
Mossador defies Dany's order and executes the man. Brought before the queen, he tells her he did it for her, to save her reputation and protect her people. Unwavering, Dany sentences him to death: "The law is the law." A crowd gathers to witness Mossador's execution, and Dany is rushed away by the Unsullied when riots breaks out as both freedmen and masters alike express their displeasure. Crestfallen, Dany retreats to her pyramid. She steps out onto her balcony and finds Drogon. She reaches for her child, but he flies away.
Tyrion Lannister and Varys are traveling to Volantis, en route to Meereen to meet Queen Daenerys. Tyrion is anxious to step outside their covered carriage, but Varys reminds him that Cersei has put a bounty on his head. The men discuss their past positions in the capital, and Tyrion admits that he enjoyed the power he wielded as Hand of the King, which was why he rejected Shae's suggestion that they leave King's Landing. Varys tells his friend that neither of them would be satisfied without authority.
Two men bring Cersei Lannister the head of a dwarf. She's disappointed it's not her brother, but donates the head to Qyburn's lab. Cersei presides over the Small Council and doles out new titles on Tommen's behalf: Qyburn is named Master of Whisperers, and Mace Tyrell takes on the additional title of Master of Coin. When Cersei appoints her uncle Kevan as Master of War, he rejects the offer. "I did not return to the capital to serve as your puppet," he says, emphasizing that Tommen should attend the meetings himself. Kevan reminds Cersei she's nothing more than Queen Mother, and he decides to return to Casterly Rock.
Princess Shireen Baratheon joins Samwell Tarly and Gilly in the Castle Black library to offer reading lessons to the wildling. Shireen reveals she learned to read at a young age – her greyscale kept her inside. Gilly's sisters also suffered from the disease: "They were covered with it," she recalls, "They acted like animals." Selyse Baratheon breaks up the group and warns her daughter to stay away from Gilly.
Jon Snow stands before King Stannis Baratheon to defend his act of defiance; no matter how Mance died, the wildlings will only ever follow one of their own. Stannis admits the Northerners have also proved resistant. With that in mind, Stannis makes Jon an offer: if Jon will agree to help Stannis win the North, Stannis will legitimize him as Jon Stark, Lord of Winterfell. Jon confides to Sam that the proposal is something he once dreamed of… but he will refuse it.
The Night's Watch holds its 998th election. Janos Slynt speaks for Alliser Thorne, who’s running against the elderly Denys Mallister. Just as voting is about to commence, Sam surprises everyone by speaking for Jon Snow. Confidence shaken, Thorne brings up Jon's loyalty to the wildlings. Ballots are cast, and with Aemon serving as the deciding vote, Jon is named Lord Commander.
Arya arrives in Braavos and is accepted into the House of Black and White. Cersei sends Jaime to Dorne to bring back Myrcella; Jaime recruits Bronn and relieves him of his betrothal to Lollys. Podrick Payne recognises Littlefinger and Sansa inside an inn where they are resting; Brienne of Tarth tries to convince Sansa of her vow of allegiance to Catelyn Stark but is rebuffed. Brienne tries to leave, when ensues a confrontation where Brienne kills some of Baelish's men. Jon Snow is promised legitimacy and Winterfell if he bends the knee to Stannis; Samwell forced Snow's hand by nominating him as candidate, and Snow is elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch on the casting vote of Maester Aemon. Daenerys is faced with a riot after she decides to execute a former slave who has murdered a captured member of the Son of Harpy before he has been given the chance of a fair trial; she has to be evacuated by her Unsullied. Drogon reappears when Dany is atop her citadel overlooking the city of Meereen.
Arya arrives in Braavos and is accepted into the "House of Black and White" by H'ghar, who calls himself and his colleagues "no one". Jaime tells Cersei he is going to Dorne to sneak out Myrcella, who is promised to Prince Doran's son, and recruits Bronn to assist him; Podrick recognises Baelish and Sansa in a tavern; Brienne offers Sansa her protection, but is rebuffed. Baelish demands her to stay with them, but she refuses and escapes with Podrick. However, she decides to follow Sansa secretly. Stannis offers Snow legitimacy and lordship of Winterfell if he leaves the Night's Watch to help him, but Snow declines; Tarly nominates him as a candidate for Lord Commander, and he is elected by the casting vote of Aemon. Daenerys faces a riot after she decides to execute a former slave who murdered a captured member of the Sons of the Harpy before he could be tried. Drogon reappears to her, but leaves again.
Arya who finally arrives in Braavos and stares in awe at the behemoth Titan statue guarding the city. Her benefactor drops her off at the House of Black and White, a huge stone structure that has one black door and one white door. She knocks on the black door and a man answers but tells her that no one by the name of Jaqen H'ghar is there and seems unimpressed by the pendant that he gave her. So she sits on the steps with nowhere else to go, reciting her revenge list ("Cersei, Walder Frey, The Mountain, Meryn Trant") for a day or two in the rain and shine. She then stands, tosses the pendant into the water and heads to the city. There she kills a pigeon for food and soon after some older boys stop her. She draws her sword and is ready to take on all three until the man from the B/W house appears out of nowhere and scares them away. He takes her back to the B/W house and flips her her pendant which she threw in the canaland says she lost something. Suddenly the man's face changes into the Jaqen Hghar that she knew. She is confused. He says there is no man by that name. She asks who he is and he says no one, which is what she must become, and he invites her in. By coincidence this foursome all decide to stop at the same saloon at the same time for a bite to eat and drink. While Pod is busy ogling the ale girl he sees Sansa and Littlefinger and alerts Brienne. Brienne, of course, throws caution to the wind and goes right up to them explaining her whole deal about being Catelyn Stark's sworn sword and her vow to save Sansa. Littlefinger says her track record isnt very good since both Renly and Catelyn died on her watch and she was accused of killing Renly to boot. She explains about the whole "Stannis shadow monster" thing but that only garners giggles from Littlefinger's group of knights. He says she is a stranger and he is family to Sansa now, her uncle since marrying Lyssa Arryn, and they don't want or need her around. Brienne tries to beseech Sansa but Sansa has nothing but disdain since she saw Brienne kneel before Joffrey. Brienne points out that nobody really wanted to do that but you know, hey, he was king and sheand others there like Sansadidn't have a choice. Sansa says she does now and agrees with Littlefinger that she should bugger off. They clearly mean to detain her, however and Brienne is too smart for that. She busts some skulls and then takes off, slicing up a few others for good measure as she Pod ride off. They are pursued by three of Littlefinger's men. Pod's horse goes rogue and dumps him in the water while Brienne gives the pursuers the slip. When Pod heads back to the road a man comes at him but Brienne saves his life and then handily dispatches with the two others. She tells Pod she saw which way Littlefinger's caravan was going and they will follow. Pod notes that since both Stark girls refused her service maybe she is released from her vows. She asks Pod if she thinks Sansa is safe with Littlefinger. He begrudgingly agrees she is not and they head off to follow the trail. Tyrion and Varys the dynamic duo are also on the road in a fancy stagecoach which Tyrion is grumpy about. He wants to take a walk. Varys notes that Cersei has offered a lordship for his head. Varys starts in again about their need to find a good ruler. Tyrion says everywhere already has a ruler. Varys compliments the great promise Tyrion himself showed as a ruler when he was the Hand of the King-- in addition to killing people. Tyrion says he was a servant. He notes Shae begged him to leave King's Landing and he wouldnt because he liked it, even as a servant. They discuss how the upper classes, the servants, and lower classes all despise each other. Tyrion reiterates his desire to simply take a walk. Varys notes the bounty again. Tyrion wonders if she's just going to kill all the dwarves that walk the land. We get the answer, a resounding yes, when we smash cut to the head of dwarf being slammed on a table in front of Cersei and Qyburn back in King's Landing. "Not him," she sniffs. Creepy Qyburn asks to keep the head. Cersei and Jaime unwrap a most unpleasant present from Dorne. Hanging in the jaws of a fearsome snake sculpture is a necklace that Cersei gave to Myrcella, who you may remember they sent off to Dorne to marry the Prince's son. They both recognize it as a threat against their daughter. They know the people of Dorne blame Oberyn Martell's death on them. After a whole bunch of sniping at Jaime about how worthless he has been, Jaime swears he will go to Dorne and spirit Myrcella away. She says that would be an act of war. Jaime says he will do it on the QT. She scoffs at the idea that a one-handed man is going to rescue their daughter alone. He notes he never said he was going alone and heads off to enlist Bronn to help him, promising him a better girl to marry and a better castle to live in when he gets back from Dorne. In Dorne, Cersei was right, Oberyn's lady friend Ellaria Sand is hopping mad. She goes to the Prince, Oberyn's brother, who looks like he may be in a wheelchair, and demands justice and says the Sand Snakes are with her. The Prince notes that it was a trial by combat so it doesn't count as murder so he will bury and mourn his brother but he isn't seeking vengeance. She is enraged and sees Mycella Baratheon (but really Lannister) making kissy face with her boyfriend, the future king and says she wants to send her back to Cersei piece by piece. The prince notes that he is not having that and they don't not mutilate little girls for vengeance while he is charge. She wonders aloud how long that will be, which does not escape the notice of the Prince's guard. Back in King's Landing, after dismissing the wrong dwarf head, Cersei convenes a meeting of the small council who are aghast when she--a WOMAN--sits in the seat meant for the Hand of the King. She says she won't be serving as Hand, just helping run the meetings at the behest of her son while he comes of age. (She also notes Jaime is off on a sensitive diplomatic mission.) She quickly gives everyone at the table a promotion-- Lord Tyrell will be master of ships and coin, her creepy ex-Maester buddy Qyburn will be master of whispers, much to the chagrin of Pycelle, and she makes Uncle Kevan master of war. Kevan says he doesn't take orders from the Queen Mother and when King Tommen calls for him to convey his wishes he will be ready, but until then he's going back to Casterley Rock because he's not going to be her puppet. Stannis's daughter Shireen is very sweetly teaching Gilly to read in the library at Castle Black as Sam sits in another corner and reads. They discuss Shireen's grayscale disfigurement. Two of Gilly's sisters had it and it turned them rabid and she wonders how Shireen was cured. She isn't sure but knows many people tried. Her mother arrives and dismisses Sam and Gilly and tells Shireen to stay away from them because they could try to strike at Stannis by hurting her. Shireen can't picture the two most docile people at the Wall hurting her but her mother doesn't want to hear it. Stannis is mad at Jon Snow for showing mercy to Mance Rayder noting that if you show too much kindness, people won't fear you and then they won't follow you. Jon says it doesn't really matter since the free folk won't follow Stannis anyway after what he did to Mance. Stannis wonders if they'd follow Jon Snow and he says they would only follow one of their own. Stannis share a note from from Bear Island for whom he asked for help and they said there is only one king and his name is Stark. Jon smirks a bit at this and then apologizes and says northerners can be like free folk, difficult to control and only loyal to their own. Stannis notes there will be a vote that night for a new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch and since Alliser Thorne is going to win Jon's life will probably be terrible going forward. Jon agrees but says he swore an oath. Stannis says Jon showed bravery and that made Alliser look weak and he would never punish a man for bravery. And then Stannis offers him something he's always wanted. He says Jon Snow can give him the north. Jon says he can't since he is a bastard, a Snow. Stannis says if he kneels before him and swears his fealty he will rise Jon Stark, lord of Winterfell. Later when he tells Sam, Sam is thrilled for him. Jon says it's the first thing he can remember wanting. But, Jon says he will refuse because it he can't take his own vows to the Night's Watch seriously how could he be noble enough to be a lord? They are in the common area and all of the crows are there, it's time for the vote for the 998th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. One man rises and speaks for Alliser. Another speaks for someone named Dennis. And just as the nominations are about to close, Sam bursts out with a nomination for Jon--busting on Lord Janus for hiding during the battle in the process. He eloquently speaks of Jon's accomplishments and says he was the commander they turned too when the night was darkest. Alliser notes that Jon Snow loved a wildling and his allegiances might not be true. The vote is taken. When Maester Aemon is told it is a tie, he breaks the tie in Jon's favor and many of the men cheer and chant Snow! Snow! Snow! He is gobsmacked. In search of the man who killed the member of the Unsullied in the premiere, Daario leads Grey Worm around the bowels of the city. He notes the Unsullied are too conspicuous and don't blend in like Second Sons because they don't drink, whore, or fight. They enter an apartment that appears to be empty but then Daario stabs into the wall and they find the man, calling him Son of Harpy. Dany meets with her council, including Daario, Barristan, Grey Worm, Missandei, a former slave, and a man from the former ruling class. They all argue for different ways of dealing with the man, killing him outright versus a fair trial. She listens to their various passionate arguments and dismisses them. Barristan hangs back and says he wants to talk to her about her dad. He was there when the Mad King truly went mad and set towns and castles aflame and burned men alive with wildfire and laughed as they screamed. Barristan says these methods sowed seeds of revolution that killed every Targaryen except two, Dany and her brother. She says she's not her father. He agrees and thanks the gods. He says the Mad King meted out the justice he thought people deserved and each time it made him feel powerful and right. She agrees that what the Son of Harpy deserves is a fair trial. But the former slave on her council takes matters into his own hands and kills the Son of Harpy and displays his body in public with the masks they use. Dany calls him before her. He says he knew her hands were tied so he did what she could not. Dany knows that she cannot let this stand and orders him to death. She walks the streets of Meereen as former slaves call out "Mhysa" (Mother) to her. The former slave owners stand on the other side, glowering. She addresses the crowd, saying she promised them freedom and justice and notes one cannot exist without the other. She brings the killer down and says he killed a man who was awaiting a fair trial and the punishment is death. He pleads for mercy as do the other former slaves. She gives the nod. Daario does the job, beheading him. The former slaves begin hissing at her. She is taken aback. One throws a rock at the former masters and fighting breaks out. They hustle her away. The Unsullied try to hold the line but the fighting continues. Later that night in her quarters, all of her guys say they will guard her this night. She asks them to leave. She hears a noise and goes to look outside. Her errant dragon has returned! She goes to touch his nose. But before she can he flies off again.