Game of Thrones Review: S5.E4 “Sons of the Harpy”

Another bloody episode with dire consequences.

[Note: Full Spoilers!]

The theme of the episode focused around the effects of fanaticism.

Cersei allowing the Sparrows to arm themselves will ultimately backfire in her face. We see how people who turn to extreme religious views and act upon those views create problems. Although the showrunners rushed storyline with the montages, the Sparrows are conducting heinous killings in the name of the Seven Gods.

I would like to see more on why people join the causes, and whether or not more of Westeros join the Sparrows movement. We got the easy answer from Lancel Lannister, but we need to see the bigger reason.

Over in Mereen we see a different kind of fanaticism by the Sons of the Harpy. They attack against Daenerys and her troops because they feel they’ve lost their culture. Daeny eliminating the master-slave system, as well as the fighting pits has pushed them to attack. Hopefully she can find a more positive resolution to deal with the Sons of the Harpy.  (To be clear, I don’t condone slavery, the fighting pits, or what the Sons of the Harpy stand for. This review should be only taken within the context and events of the show.)

Also, it was a bit unfortunate to see the Sons of the Harpy beat the Unsullied easily (save for Greyworm). The Unsullied are supposed to be unstoppable warriors. I just wished they had dispatched a lot more of the Harpies instead before dying.

In addition, Ser Barristan finally got it. He wasn’t an important character but I hate to see him go since he’s giving Daeny sage advice about ruling a kingdom.

As for Greyworm, he’s critically injured and may not possibly make it. I hope they don’t kill them off as  I’d like to see his character continue to grow on the show.

Finally we have Melisandre talking about the importance of the Fire God. We don’t know what she’s up yet. But I’m glad Jon resisted her advances which reinforces his traditional hero archetype.

As a side note, it’s kind of odd to be rooting for Stannis now. He’s unlikable because of his intense personality and his strict honor code. But his actions in recent events appear to make us viewers like him.

Overall I think it’s another decent episode during the transition year in which the show deviates from the books.

What did you think of the episode? Leave your comments below.


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