This week’s episode of Game of Thrones was full of action and emotion, so much so that we wouldn’t blame you if you missed some of the finer points of the show in all the commotion. Just like the books by George R.R. Martin, there’s a lot going on just beneath the surface that many viewers may not have noticed on the first watch.
For that reason, we thought it might be useful to take a closer look at episode five, ‘The Door’, and share some interesting details that came out of it.
New Faces, Familiar Faces
The play Arya watched in Braavos was full of faces that should be familiar to people who watch British television. Hidden under the big beard and robe of Robert Baratheon was prolific actor Richard E. Grant, and the actress playing Cersei (the unfortunate soul Arya is set to kill) is Essie Davis of The Babadook fame. Brass Eye‘s Kevin Eldon rounds out the troupe as a buffoonish Ned Stark.
Of Monsters And Men
The Game of Thrones producers also slipped another subtle cameo into the show. The band accompanying the play was none other than Iceland’s folk rock group Of Monsters and Men. Past musical cameos included fellow Icelanders Sigur Ros (who performed at the Purple Wedding) and American metal band Mastodon (who got to play Wildings at Hardhome), both of whom were favorites of showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. Click here for a more complete breakdown of Game of Thrones cameos.
Come And See
Here’s more evidence that there’s something suspicious about the so-called Bastard Letter that Jon Snow received from Ramsay Bolton. Book readers have long speculated that Ramsay never sent the letter, and a new theory suggests it was sent by Littlefinger to incite war between Jon Snow and the Boltons.
Take a look at the wax seal on Littlefinger’s letter to Sansa Stark above. Now look at the Bastard Letter’s seal below, and compare it to another letter sent by Ramsay Bolton in the past. While there’s nothing conclusive to be gleaned from this, it’s enough to make you go hmmmm.