She sets fires
Our weekly look at the women in Game of Thrones
You are entering the spoiler realm. But you knew that.
Let’s start at the end, because how can we not talk about Daenerys Targaryen walking out of yet another conflagration. The Dothraki Khals were debating what to do with her. Should she join the Dosh Khaleen, as is proper for the widows of Khals? Or had she pissed them off enough to be gang raped? Dany, smiling the slightly crazed smile of a woman with a trick up her non-fire retardant sleeve, gave a third option: they would burn.
Over went the torches and the temple of the Dosh Khaleen, the Dothraki’s only permanent structure, went up in flames. D was the only survivor, walking naked out of the still-burning building. It was impressive, a spectacular power move and, my, doesn’t that woman have a flair for the dramatic? But let’s remember resorting to “burn them all, burn everything” tactics has been a long term fault of the Targaryen family. Remember that she’s the daughter of a man referred to as the Mad King.
D wasn’t the only one starting a fire, although hers was the most literal and the only chain of events we saw through to completion. In Castle Black, Brienne of Tarth butted into a conversation with Ser Davos and Melisandre to announce she’d executed Stannis. Awkward times around the refectory table ahead. (Speaking of that particular table, we have to digress and say TORMUND AND BRIENNE. Make it happen. He comes from a culture that actually values fighting women. Of course he fancies her.)
It was a day for strong sisters, with Sansa Stark literally saying that if Jon Snow refused to take back Winterfell and kill Ramsay Bolton, then she would do it for herself. Sansa and Jon’s reunion was really touching though, plus it makes you realise how rare it is for a group of travellers to arrive at the right castle and find the right people in it.
In Kings Landing, Cersei Lannister and Olenna Tyrell put their differences aside to plot the overthrow of the High Sparrow and his followers. The two seemed far more resolute than Hand of the King, Kevan Lannister, and Cersei’s brother Jaime.
Another sister in Kings Landing, Margaery Tyrell, was also showing her mettle, hissing at her beaten and broken brother Loras, that they should resist, they should stay strong. She’s always been intelligent and politically able, so what’s Marg plotting?
Theon Greyjoy’s return to the Iron Islands initially pissed off his sister Yara Greyjoy. Yara’s about to fight her uncle Euron for the chance to rule the Ironborn. Throwing a male heir to the crown into the mix doesn’t initially augur well for a wannabe female ruler. But Theon, broken and jumpy, want to support his sister in her bid for power. Two things here. First off, Yara would be an awesome ruler of the Iron Islands. Secondly, has anyone noticed that she’s not trying to be Queen? Yara’s aiming to be King.
Finally, a moment’s silence for Osha. She’s bravely protected small Rickon Stark all this time and gave killing Ramsay Bolton her best shot. She deserved better than being dispatched in the time it takes to peel an apple. To Osha!