'Game of Thrones' Recap: 'The Gift'

Two icons meet, Sansa suffers and Cersei's luck changes


Initial thoughts

Maester Aemon had the most shocking death yet on Thrones: Natural causes! No gushing blood or swords or eye gouging. Just a peaceful death from old age (but I half expected the next scene to be Jon Snow walking into Aemon s office and going, “Hey Aemon, I wanted to ask you who my real mom is – Aemon?”).

Sam lost his virginity after defending Gilly from being attacked. Our heads are spinning. Last week Sansa thought she was going to lose her virginity to her new husband, then got brutally raped. Now Gilly thought she was going to get gang-raped, yet helps Sam lose his virginity instead.

How angry did Sansa’s bruises make you? How much do we hate Ramsay at this point? Did everybody come back this week despite their anger? Show us on the doll where Game of Thrones hurt you.

Cersei’s scheming has now backfired spectacularly, and deservedly. So who’s running King’s Landing now?

This is the first scene with the Sand Snakes that really seemed to have some real spark (or perhaps like Bronn I was just boob-hypnotized).

Continue reading the full recap of the seventh episode of Game of Thrones season 5 at EW.com.

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Game of Thrones airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on HBO.

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