Episode: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (Season 5, Episode 6)
Original Air Date: May 17, 2015
Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Plot (via HBO)
Arya trains. Jorah and Tyrion run into slavers. Trystane and Myrcella make plans. Jaime and Bronn reach their destination. The Sand Snakes attack.
Best Moment: Sansa Stark is married to Ramsay Bolton
Obviously, this is not considered a good moment, but it’s perhaps the most controversial in the history of Game of Thrones. The wedding itself was actually a beautiful scene with a quiet ceremony in a snowy Winterfell, but afterwords, Ramsay forces Sansa to consummate the marriage in a distressing end to the episode. As explained on the “Inside The Episode”, the marriage ceremony was a merging of the “Old North” (the Starks) and the “New North” (the Boltons), but the loyal Northerners did not want it to happen because the Boltons were traitors from the Red Wedding. Similar to the massacre of the Stark army, this moment is so heartbreaking that it makes it one of the most memorable of the series.
“That explains the golden hand.” – Bronn when Jaime Lannister says he likes to improvise
Trivia (via IMDb)
The first time that the derogatory nickname of Olenna Tyrell (“Queen of Thorns”) is mentioned on-screen.
Back in King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister is not on to Littlefinger’s real plans to play her and the Boltons against each other, and she had no idea he set up the marriage between Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton. With everyone—Sansa, the Boltons, Cersei—thinking Littlefinger is on their side, he is putting himself in a position to come out on top no matter what happens, as he continues to show he might be the best at “the game” in Westeros.
#ForTheThrone Moment: The Tyrells are imprisoned
Littlefinger’s cunning moves—playing both sides by promising Cersei Lannister the Knights of the Vale if they are needed in exchange for being named Warden of the North while also marrying Sansa Stark off to the Boltons—was also a noteworthy #ForTheThrone moment as the self-made man looked to work his way up to the Iron Throne. However, Cersei basically setting things in motion for an inquest of Loras Tyrell led to both the heir to High Garden and his sister Margaery, the Queen, getting thrown into cells. This was obviously good for Cersei as she looked to keep control of King Tommen, but empowering the High Sparrow would eventually backfire on her.
Inside The Episode