Bronn Editorial Game of Thrones Jerome Flynn Season 5

Have we seen the beginning of the end for Bronn?

Warning: Spoilers for Bronn’s story-arc in Game of Thrones Season 5 will be discussed.

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Game of Thrones Episode 506, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” saw Bronn and Jaime Lannister finally arrive at the Water Gardens and attempt to rescue Jaime’s daughter-niece. And they might have managed to escape with Myrcella in tow if not for the intervention of the Sand Snakes. Of course, Oberyn’s daughters weren’t there to save the young princess, but rather to kidnap her so Ellaria Sand could send her back to her mother in pieces. Whatever happened to, “We don’t hurt little girls in Dorne?”

Anyway, during the resulting confrontation, Bronn was cut by Tyene’s dagger, his wound made obvious by the close-up camera angle on the cut. Why would the show make a point to show Bronn being cut by Tyene’s dagger? Well, quite simply, she is her father’s daughter.

Prince Oberyn Martell was known as the Red Viper of Dorne, mainly because of his reputation for using spears tipped with poison in battle. In his youth, Oberyn was caught in the bed of Lord Yronwood’s paramour. The Lord challenged Oberyn to a duel which was supposed to end at first blood. Both men exchanged blows, and the duel ended. However, Lord Yronwood’s wounds festered, and he died painfully. And thus began the legend of the Red Viper. Tyene studied poisons, and like her father before her, has an in-depth knowledge of how to use them.

So, has Bronn been poisoned by Tyene’s dagger? The answer is most likely a resounding “yes,” but of course we won’t know anything until next week, or maybe later. Bronn’s storyline in the books does not mirror the one on the show. In fact, in the books, he has taken up residence in a castle, where he’s happily (happy for Bronn) married and still causing mischief from afar, much to Cersei’s chagrin.

But there may be hope for our Bronn yet. Back in June of 2014, an audition tape showing Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Tyene Sand) reading lines from a scene with Bronn was uploaded to Vimeo. The video has since been removed, but website Oh No They Didn’t! transcribed the audition beforehand. If the transcript can be believed, Bronn will make it out of Dorne alive.

Speaking as a fan of the books, I enjoy having Bronn onscreen instead of only hearing about his adventures secondhand. Jerome Flynn has done a fantastic job of bringing the Westerosi version of the Merc with a Mouth (points for Deadpool reference?) to the small screen, and I would be extremely sad if he dies from a poisoned blade. But hey, this is Game of Thrones, so of course they will probably wrench him from our lives in the most horrible way possible…we should be used to it by now.

14 Comments

  • Worst fight scene they’ve done, looked like it was out of power rangers.

    I hope Bronn doesn’t die this way. Facing of against Areo Hotah would be much better.

  • If they chose to have Bronn die from a little poison wound over a beheading from Areo’s axe, then that’s a pretty dull move. They’ve failed to make the Sand Snakes effective, the least they can do is not ruin Aero’s badass fighting skills.

  • My money’s on Bronn eventually dying by Areo Hotah’s blade. When Hotah stated that he still knew how to use his axe, the next scene went straight to Bronn singing with Jamie. Foreshadowing at it’s finest.

    • I think she’s cute in a tomboyish way. There are not enough though woman in the media right now. Btw. I liked the new Mad Max a lot.

    • But she is Obara Sand, her father is Oberyn Martell the Red Viper of Dorne. When she was a girl he threw a spear at her feet and told her to choose and then she went to court and she is Obara Sand of Dorne, who do you fight for? She is Obara Sand and she is unbowed unbent and unbroken because her father was Prince Oberyn Martell and she will have her vengeance.

  • I think it was a great scene .great episode 2 . I like how they always build the tension off each episode

  • Don’t also forget that Bronn struck the heir to Dorne. As Karl Tanner said at Craster’s Keep – striking a lord means you lose a hand.

    I wonder if Bronn will get the same treatment? Somehow, I doubt it. To the Dornish Bronn is nothing. He WOULD be executed without batting an eye. Jamie is the valuable hostage. Not Bronn. But I suspect Bronn has plot armour, and will survive. Possibly even develop a romance to one of the Sand Sisters, based on the foreshadowing in that leaked transcript.

    • Really? Read the books. That being said things are becoming far too different in the TV show these days

  • After Selmy’s pathetic death to redshirts, the death of Bronn to such a little scratch would be abhorrent. I’d have a hard time refraining myself from hunting down D&D and shoving the whole series right up their rears. And if Brienne kills Stannis this season, I riot. Full blown riot. One man war, I tell you.