On Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Gift,” viewers learned that gifts often come at a price.
In the North, Stannis learned from Melisandre that the gift of kingship from her god would cost him his daughter’s life. Jon left Castle Black to visit the free folk with an offer of a gift without realizing that his actions have consequences. His leaving almost resulted in Sam dying and far worse. Sam was gifted protections as assistant to Maester Aemon, but Aemon passed away leaving Sam, Gilly and young Sam defenseless. After men attacked Gilly and Sam took a beating, Ghost protected them but future protection isn’t guaranteed. Gilly then gifted Sam with her body and love. At Winterfell, Sansa gave Theon an opportunity to prove himself loyal, but her gift ended with Ramsay giving her the flayed body of the old woman who told her about Brienne.
In King’s Landing, Cercei’s gift of the city to the High Sparrow resulted in her being thrown in a cell. Lady Olenna threatened to take away the Tyrell’s food donations unless her grandchildren were freed, but the High Sparrow ignored her.
In Dorne, Myrcella rejected Jaime’s attempt to give her a new life, while Bronn readily accepted a gift of anti-venom from Tyene. That was shocking for the who watch at Amen Clinics.