Spoiler alert: This post touches on plot developments in Sunday's episode of Game of Thrones. Read on at your own risk.
"Happy Mother's Day, Cersei Lannister!
Love, the High Sparrow
OK, so maybe it didn't go quite that way, but there was a definite Hallmark vibe for a few moments there as the wily prelate (Jonathan Pryce) lectured young King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) about Cersei (who, the High Sparrow insists, still must stand trial):
"Her love for you is more real than anything else in this world, because it doesn't come from this world," he told Tommen.
"It's a great gift. One I never had," he said. "Envy. One more thing for me to atone for."
As for the trial, "It's not what I want. It's what the gods want...A true leader avails himself of the wisest counsel he can. And no one is wiser than the gods."
We see what you did there, High Sparrow. And you and Tommen's mom won't be doing brunch anytime soon.
A few other thoughts about Sunday's episode:
-- Jon Snow (Kit Harington) disappointed Melisandre (Carice van Houten) with the report that he'd seen "nothing at all" while he was dead. Of course he didn't. It's way too dark in Castle Black to see anything.
-- New theory about this year's lighting, which seems reserved for clear views of vomit and hanged men's faces: We're all meant to channel Arya (Maisie Williams). When we learn to answer to "no one," speaking of our previous selves in the third person, we, too, will be granted the gift of sight. No doubt we will then see even more dead people.
-- The Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) is a big tease, always pulling Brandon (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) out of those visions of the past just when things are getting interesting. Notice how much sunnier it was in Westeros of yore?
-- All of you who predicted that Jon would use his second life to declare his watch at an end may take one step closer to the Iron Throne. Take one step back if you thought he'd spare Olly (Brenock O'Connor).
-- Rickon! Shaggydog! Shouldn't direwolves be on Westeros' endangered species list by now?
-- Wise men of the hour: Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), who explained why torture's not as useful as some believe, and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), who gave Jon the kind of pep talk a man just back from the dead most needs to hear, after the not-so-late lord commander complains that he's failed:
"Good. Go fail again."