“He’s prettier than both my daughters, but he knows how to fight. He’s young, but he knows how to lead. He didn’t have to come to Hardhome, he came because he needs us. And we need him.” ~ Tormund
Apologies for being a little late with my review, but if it’s any consolation, I regret not watching this episode sooner! I’ll get through some of the stuff that didn’t stand out quite as much as the other stuff first. First up is Arya. While she is finally training, she’s mostly in the “listen and observe” stage, so nothing really fascinating has happened with her as of yet. I’m still looking forward to seeing where Arya’s story ends up, but it’s definitely something that is taking its own sweet-ass time developing, so we’ll just have to wait on that one. And as much as I love, truly love, seeing Cersei suffer, it played just a minor part in Game of Thrones this time around. I did smile when she was brought to her knees to drink water off the ground and I’m still smiling about that, but it really isn’t enough for her to go through. She deserves so much more.
While one queen is locked in a room as her world is falling apart largely due to her own weaknesses despite her perceived strength, another has gotten her hands on probably the best advisor any of these disputing rulers could get. Unfortunately, the first thing Tyrion did was get Jorah banished, but it was a reasonable outcome none-the-less…even if Jorah did go sell himself so he could still fight for his beloved queen. Someone can’t take a hint, can he? Tyrion and Dany had some of the best lines of the night as well. May Tyrion be the advisor he was always meant to be and help Dany break that wheel! And then may she join with Jon Snow to rule the seven kingdoms. Yeah…I have my theories.
While it passed quickly, Sansa’s revelation was great! I’ve been enjoying this stronger side of her this season and the messed up Reek/Theon. (On a side note, Alfie Allen and Sophie Turner are doing brilliantly in their respective roles this season.) Back to the show, Sansa also finally got out of the reeking ass who he had really burned and that, in all possibility, her brothers are still alive! I wonder what she’ll do with the news. Somehow get a message to Brienne and get her to find her brothers? I am curious about what has happened to them since they aren’t part of this season’s story. Bran had some of the coolest tricks up his sleeve. I can’t wait to see him back in action…or in tree..or in beast…or in Hodor!
Speaking of beasts and Starks, the best storyline from “Hardhome” was, by far, that of Jon Snow. While the long battle scene had quite the build-up, I’ll admit there were parts of it that were fairly anti-climatic. I don’t know what it was missing, but it felt like something else needed to happen. This battle definitely had some of the creepiest and best scenes though. Seeing those children all decayed and rotten, all of the dead people, the plummet over the cliff only to rise and fight again, those scenes were all pretty creepy and cool. But while the show has gone into how to kill the White Walkers, how exactly do you kill the dead? Just crush them and chop them up? Stomp on them giant-style? What if you don’t have any giants handy? If you kill all the White Walkers do the dead die, too? There was also a pretty good staring contest at the end between Jon and the White Walker. Pretty sure the Walker won though.
Recap in a Nutshell
Here’s what happened on Game of Thrones: In Meereen, Jorah gave his gift to Dany. She liked it. She kept it. She got rid of Jorah. He imitated a sad puppy and then sold himself to a slaver. Now he can fight for his queen even if she doesn’t want it. Dany intends to break the wheel and Tyrion will advise her on how to do it. While back in King’s Landing, Cersei suffers while imagining making other people suffer. Then she hears some news, refuses to confess, and drinks water off the ground. I smiled. Arya continues her training. She is now a girl. Or a Lola. Or just not currently Arya. Or is she? And will kill someone, because justice.
Meanwhile up north, Sansa was betrayed by a reeking fiend. He did it to protect her. She envisions torturing him. He lets it slip that he didn’t kill her brothers. Hope is restored. Theon is not. While farther north than the North, Jon finds wildlings and convinces a bunch of them to join him. Tormund says he’s pretty. Then White Walkers arrive with creepy, fast formerly living people. A battle ensues. The wildlings and Knight’s Watch barely make it out to sea. Jon has a staring contest with a White Walker. More dead join the Walker’s army. Jon is worried. Winter is coming.
And that’s what you missed on Game of Thrones. Be sure to check out the preview for next week’s “The Dance of the Dragons” and check back for my review!
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