Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “Breaker of Chains,” was a bit slower than the previous two. It was pretty light on the shocking moment, compared to previous episodes, and instead took some time to deepen the intrigue of the plot threads that were set into motion at the beginning of the season. That said, it still raised some questions for fans to ponder. Here are five of them.
What are Littlefinger’s plans for Sansa?
In “Breaker of Chains,” we had one lingering question left over from “The Lion and the Rose” answered immediately. It turns out that Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish orchestrated Ser Dontos’ rescue of Sansa from King’s Landing. Now that Sansa is in Littlefinger’s company, what is Lord Baelish’s plan for the girl? If Cersei should find out he had a hand in Sansa’s escape, Littlefinger will have made a powerful enemy. Last we heard of Littlefinger, he was being sent the Vale to deal with Lysa Arryn, Sansa’s aunt. Maybe that’s where he plans to bring Sansa.
Will Jaime aid Tyrion?
Jamie Lannister is being torn apart by his siblings. Cersei, whom he loves and lusts for, wants Jaime to kill Tyrion for, presumably, murdering their son Joffrey. But Jaime is the only Lannister who actually cares for Tyrion. Tyrion, meanwhile, seems to think Jaime may be the only ally he has left and has sent Podrick to request that Jaime pay a visit to Tyrion’s cell. Will Jaime come to his brother’s aid, or will he fulfill Cersei’s wish?
Where does Margaery Tyrell stand?
Margaery Tyrell is in awkward position. She technically married the king, but the union was never consummated. That leaves her claim to royalty and power a little murky at best. As Olenna Martell points out, the Tyrells are still a vital ally to the Lannisters. How the Lannisters chose to repay their debt, in this instance, remains to be seen.
How will Tommen rule?
While Cersei weeps over the corpse of her son, Tywin seems more upset that anyone would be so bold as to kill a Lannister in broad daylight than over the loss of his grandson. What Tywin wants in a young king is an obedient puppet, and it seems he may have found one in Joffrey’s younger brother. Tywin has immediately taken to teaching the young boy what it means to be a king, and Tommen seems much more eager to please his grandfather than Joffrey ever was to please anyone. Kind of makes you wonder why Tywin didn’t think about killing Joffrey off himself in the first place…
What does Davos have planned and how does it involve the Iron Bank of Braavos?
On Dragonstone, Davos is running out of time. Stannis needs an army if he’s ever going to make his claim to the Iron Throne stick, but his bannermen have abandoned him. Davos suggested hiring mercenaries to shore up Stannis’ ranks, but Stannis has neither the inclination nor the coin. Davos then has an idea involving the Iron Bank of Braavos. He doesn’t give the details, but could he be taking a loan from the Braavosi? How the Iron Bank chooses to respond to a letter claiming to be from the one true king of Westeros could have major implications. If the Iron Bank lends money to Stannis, it means they recognize his claim as legitimate. Why would they do that? Well, as Littlefinger and Tyrion have both noted as Masters of Coin, Westeros is in some seriously deep debt to the Iron Bank, and the Iron Bank always gets what is owed to them, often by sifting through the rubble of cities who didn’t pay. If the Iron Bank has decided that they have a better chance of seeing their coin returned to them by backing Stannis, it could shift the balance of power in Westeros drastically.
Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9 PM ET on HBO.