Written by Christian James
The sixth episode of “Game of Thrones” titled “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” was somewhat of a disappointment for the series thus far. Not that it was a dull episode filled with boring circumstances. In fact, the episode had quite a few moments of intensity. The problem is a lack of character development, instead of characters growing, they dwell within their comfort zones.
After Tyrion Lannister and Jorah Mormont were attacked by the Stone Men, resulting in Jorah becoming infected by one after being touched. He has now removed the shackles from Tyrion’s wrist, finally turning him into a traveling companion, rather than his prisoner. They are both heading to Daenerys Targaryen, but ran into a slave ship on the way. For the past few seasons Tyrion has been tied by the hands, recently he has lied in jail, stuffed in a crate, dragged off by Jorah and now captured by men running a slave ship. It’s beginning to become old, Tyrion is one of the best characters in the show because unlike many characters, he gets things done. Watching him imprisoned has limited his character from growing into the man fans know he can be.
While Tyrion was once again tied up, the Queen of the seven kingdoms, Margaery Tyrell, was also arrested. While she attempted to protect her brother, Loras, who was arrested for breaking the law of having sexual relations with one of the same sex. The court found her lying under oath as she stated that Loras has never done such a thing. They then threw their own queen in jail. The biggest problem with this was that her husband, Tommen Baratheon, who is the king to the seven kingdoms, was sitting right beside her as she was dragged to a cell. He reached his hand out as if he was going to say something, but instead kept his mouth shut. When Tommen was given the golden crown and the iron thrown, he was a character to root for. He was a gentle man who loved his wife and wanted what was best for the people of Westeros. Within the past few episodes he has been shown to be a quiet boy, but still a leader. In the latest episode, Tommen proved to be nothing but a coward who only boasts himself.
Sansa’s character had the most interesting story arc in the episode. Although even there, the character development that fans have hoped for within Sansa only fell. While being forced into marriage with Ramsay Bolton, the son to the man who is behind the killing of her mother, brother and unborn nephew, there was hope that something would keep it from happening. Although if fans have learned anything from the first four-and-a-half seasons of “Game of Thrones,” it’s that they’ll beat up the good characters as much as they can before giving them an ounce of hope. So, the wedding moved forward and Sansa was forced to marry a man much worse than his father. While audiences have seen the devil inside of Ramsay in the past seasons, they saw the worst of him in the latest episode. As he forced Sansa to strip down and consummate their marriage. She cried throughout and Ramsay also forced one of his tortured victims who was once known as Theon Greyjoy to watch. The ending scene to the episode was strong and powerful, truly adding to the terrible things that multiple men have put Sansa through. I had hoped that this would be Sansa’s breaking point, or maybe Theon’s. What a fan wouldn’t give to see Ramsay’s throat get sliced during that scene, it’s unfortunate that more character development between Sansa and Theon could have stopped the horrible tragedy.
With Jon Snow and Daenerys both absent from the episode, the strongest character was Arya Stark. As she fights herself longer and longer from becoming a “nobody.” She wants to join the team of assassins so she can fulfill her long dream of killing those behind the murders of her friends and family. Although the only way for her to join this team is to forget all of the loves and hates she once had. Arya has trouble doing this, she’s proud to be a Stark, and for that she’ll only play the “nobody” game when she wants. Even with this lack of commitment to the assassins, the leader of them, Jaqen H’ghar, sees something in Arya. He allows her into the forbidden room where she is able to see what they do with the dead bodies. Jaqen tells her that while she may not be ready to be a nobody, she is ready to become somebody else.
“Game of Thrones” has always had a step up in the game when compared to other shows, but lately it’s been showing a lack of forte. While a few of the characters remain strong with an interesting plotline. Most of the characters have become dastard, and without that strength throughout a majority of the characters, “Game of Thrones” becomes nothing but a show on television. Hopefully, throughout the final four episodes of the season the show can find its feet to stand tall once again. Instead of peeking into something fans will forget about come next season.