Meereen: Tyrion & Varys
Like with Qyburn, we get to see a little bit how Varys works when he meets with a female Son of the Harpy who recurred last year, named Valla. We get a little insight into how Varys works, how he “makes people happy,” as he puts it. He works his magic on her, using her son and the chance for a new life to entreat instead of threaten her (Ok, maybe light threatening occurred).
Tyrion sits with Grey Worm and Missandei. It’s a painful scene for us and them and I wondered why the writers are so adamant to end the show in the next two years if they don’t mind writing placeholder scenes like this. Because I’d love to watch the Tryion/Grey Worm/Missandei Three’s Company-esque spinoff.
Varys shows up with his answer: the Sons of the Harpy are funded by the slave Masters of Yunkai and Astapor, as suspected. Not sure why this wasn’t the operating theory anyway, but hey, confirmation! With enemies within and without their walls, Tyrion hatches a plan, which we aren’t privy to and has Varys send a message to the Masters.
MISSING THIS WEEK:
Still no Littlefinger, though as the backgroundiest of the main cast, this is understandable. Littlefinger is commonly gone for long stretches. I suspect he’s occupied laughing his ass off that, with Stannis dead, the Boltons are self-destructing, clearing the way for him, in addition to his title as Lord Protector of the Vale, to assume the Warden of the North role and then . . . the Iron Throne?
There was also a lack of Greyjoys after the short return to the Iron Islands last week that finally found Balon Greyjoy biting it at the hands of his long-lost brother Euron, played by Danish actor Pilou Asbaek (in a twist, he replaced Oberyn Martell himself Pedro Pascal in the role of Pontius Pilate in the upcoming Ben-Hur remake). It swiftly and concisely set up the Kingsmoot story arc that will resolve in (my guess) the fifth episode so the back half of the season can transition to the Greyjoy invasion and the turbulence in the Riverlands.
Here’s the synopsis and preview for episode four “Book of the Stranger.”
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) strikes a deal. Jorah (Iain Glen) and Daario (Michiel Huisman) undertake a difficult task. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey) try to improve their situation. Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Dan Sackheim.