WARNING: This post contains spoilers from Season 6, Episode 6 of Game of Thrones. If you haven't yet seen it, thank the Seven-Faced Gods for this warning and turn back now! If you're all caught up, take a quick look at the teaser below to refresh your memory.
In the midst of all the commotion surrounding Bran's most recent vision, Daenerys Targaryen's continued quest toward Westeros (seriously, will she ever make it there?) and an appearance by a Harry Potter star, new developments were happening between the Lannisters and the Tyrells.
A new alliance on Game of Thrones could spell trouble for the Lannisters and the Tyrells. In "Blood of my Blood," Margaery not only joined forces with the High Sparrow, but managed to convince King Tommen to follow the righteous path, thus putting a kink in Cersei, Jaime and Olenna's plans to rescue Margaery and Loras from the Faith Militants. Let's take a look at the implications this will have for the famous families of King's Landing.
1. A City Of Repentance?
One of the most shocking twists in Game of Thrones happened back in Season 5 when the Faith Militants took Cersei, Margaery and Loras prisoner, setting up a Faith vs. the crown storyline that is still very much alive in the current episodes. As we saw with Cersei's walk of atonement, the Faith make their victims repent, and do so in the light of day with the entire city watching. The High Sparrow often discusses how he does not have the power — the power comes from the Gods. However, despite these claims, the Faith's hold on King's Landing was still somewhat limited, until now. With King Tommen now in their corner, the Faith will likely take more and more people prisoner and ultimately create a city of repentance.
2. What Will Tommen Do?
Tommen is one of the most kindhearted people on Game of Thrones. In fact, he's so nice that it's difficult to believe he was spawned from the same mother who bore Joffrey. I like him, I really do — but he's easily led, and that's never a good thing on this show. Tommen literally stood by and did nothing when the Faith kidnapped his wife, brother-in-law and mother. After weeks of contemplation, he met with the Sparrow and let the Sparrow manipulate him.
Now that Margaery has convinced Tommen to join the Faith, how will this influence the decisions that he makes as king? His first act under the Faith's influence was to remove his uncle (and father) Jaime from the Kingsguard, but as we progress closer to the finale, will Tommen let the Faith abuse his power?
3. Cersei's Trial
When Cersei was released after completing the walk of atonement, she was aware that she would still have to stand trial for her sins. However, we discovered last night that Cersei intends to move for a trial by combat — using the Mountain as her warrior. With the crown and the Faith Militant allegedly united, what implications will such a battle have?
We already saw what the Mountain did to Oberyn, but now that he's been resurrected, there seems to be even less humanity in him than before.
Two things the Lannisters do better than anyone else: Roar and send their regards. I have a feeling Cersei is willing to do both to get what she wants.
4. Will The Tyrell's Retaliate?
Olenna Tyrell has made clear her devotion to her granddaughter several times throughout the series. As it was partly her plan to intervene and stop Margaery's walk of atonement, she reared her head during the proceedings. Unfortunately, Olenna didn't get what she wanted and looked appalled at the idea of Margaery aligning with the High Sparrow. We know what Olenna is capable of, as she was responsible for having Joffrey poisoned. Will she retaliate against the Faith?
5. Is The Alliance A Conspiracy?
I find it difficult to believe that Margaery changed her views on the High Sparrow in such a short span of time. Several episodes ago, Margaery told Loras that the Faith wanted her to turn on him and she promised that she wouldn't — as always, she remains loyal to her brother. Loras pleaded with her to make it all stop as she consoled him and nodded. Perhaps this newfound "faith" in the Faith is nothing more than a plot — if Margaery can convince the Faith that she is truly repentant, then she would be granted absolution.
Moreover, by bringing King Tommen and ultimately the crown into an apparent alliance with the Faith, then perhaps she can crush it from the inside, or at least strike when the Sparrow least expects it. Perhaps it's a plan to protect her brother from any further emotional torture. Maybe it was just me, but Margaery looked more relieved than perturbed when she saw Olenna at the ceremony — if she were truly loyal to the Faith, would she not be appalled at such an incident? Margaery has always been incredibly smart, so perhaps that cunning side of her will rear its pretty face now that she is out of her confines.
Or perhaps it's all nothing more than mere speculation. This is Game of Thrones, after all. Anything can happen and has happened in the past. One things for sure — there is definitely more to this unusual alliance, and whatever the outcome, it will most certainly have lasting effects on the Seven Kingdoms, as well as on the feuding families that live there.
Do you think that Margaery is really in cahoots with the Faith? Or is it all just a conspiracy? Tell me what you think below in the comments!