8:45pm PT by Aaron Couch
'Game of Thrones' Wedding Leads to Cruel Fate for Sansa
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken."]
Weddings continue to be bad news on Game of Thrones.
Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) wed Sansa (Sophie Turner) in Sunday's episode, humiliating her by forcing Theon/Reek (Alfie Allen) to walk her down the aisle. Sansa despises Theon for betraying the Starks and seizing Winterfell in season two. Things went from bad to worse in a disturbing scene in which Ramsay forced Sansa to consummate their marriage in front of Theon.
It was ultimately Sansa's choice to marry Ramsay, with Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) pitching it as her chance to go from pawn to player in the game of thrones. But when she agreed to the plan, she had no idea how depraved Ramsay was.
Sansa has already survived a brief betrothal to Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), but Joffrey had Tywin (Charles Dance) and Cersei (Lena Headey) to temper him. Ramsay only has his father, Roose (Michael McElhatton), to theoretically keep him in check, but Roose has proven to be a cruel man in his own right. The Sansa/Ramsay storyline diverges from George R.R. Martin's books, which saw Ramsay marry a girl impersonating Arya (Maisie Williams), so no one knows how bad things could get for Sansa.
"He is a horrible human being. He's capable of anything, really," Rheon told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the episode. "Because of who she is, I don't think Roose Bolton will stand for too much slapping around. I think the mental side of it will be horrendous. That's going to be the difficult bit."
Is there hope? Littlefinger's plan hinges on Stannis (Stephen Dillane) coming to take Winterfell. If Stannis is victorious over the Boltons, Littlefinger believes he would name Sansa as Wardeness of the North in gratitude, and that seems like a likely scenario.
While that battle is still to come, here's a look at the other big moves of this week's episode:
The queen is going on trial. In an expert move, Cersei arranged to have her daughter-in-law Margaery (Natalie Dormer) caught lying to the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) during the inquiry into her brother Loras' (Finn Jones) sex life. Loras' squire Olyvar (Will Tudor), who had a sexual relationship with Loras, testified that Margaery had walked in on them, while Margaery denied ever seeing such a thing. Lying before the gods is among the worst crimes, so now brother and sister will be on trial.
Four of our heroes are captured. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jorah (Iain Glen) were taken by slavers who — thanks to some fast talking on Tyrion's part — will take them to Meereen so Jorah can fight in the pits. Jorah and Tyrion are secretly hoping they can get Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) attention once they reach the city.
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In Dorne, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn) fail to rescue Jaime's daughter/niece Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free) after getting into a brawl with the Sand Snakes. Their capture has some serious diplomatic implications, as the leaders of Dorne will not be happy that the Lannisters tried to steal back their princess.
Is Arya ready to change faces? Arya has finally given up her identity, convincingly telling a girl a fake backstory about being sick and then healed by the water of the House of the Undying. Her teacher Jaqen H'ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) is impressed, but asks if she is ready to take the next step of the Faceless Men — giving up her own face and assuming the face of anther person. So far, Arya does not seem ready.
What do you make of the episode's big moves? Share your theories in the comments.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.