Cersei chose violence, a showdown at Riverrun, and a girl finally became who she was alway meant to be in the thrilling eighth episode of Game of Thrones season 6: “No One.” Let’s see what the critics had to say!
Since this episode contained moments from the book series and the past, some authors are noted as Sullied or Unsullied. Be sure to still exercise caution when reading some reviews for book spoilers.
Myles McNutt, A.V. Club (Sullied) – McNutt struggles with the execution of the “No One” theme in Braavos.
Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post (Sullied) – Rosenberg reviews the ways the episode portrayed what our characters do for love.
Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone – Collins explores how the episode brought our characters full circle through Jaime, Arya, and The Hound.
Rob Bricken, io9 – Disappointed by Arya’s lack of payoff, Bricken evaluates the unexpected events in “No One.”
James Hibberd, Entertainment Weekly – Hibberd relishes the character driven moments of Jaime and Arya.
Sarah Hughes, The Guardian (Sullied) – Hughes had conflicting thoughts for the episode, saying “parts of No One were up there with my favourites, although it was ultimately let down by some clunky contrivances.”
Neil Miller, Film School Rejects (Sullied) – Miller empathizes with his fellow book readers as two highly anticipated events were snuffed out in “No One.”
David Crow, Den of Geek – Crow rejoices over the end of The House of Black and White storyline (thankful that it’s over) and what’s next for Arya Stark.
Laura Hudson, Wired – Hudson cheers for the “hell yes” moments of this episode including Arya’s escape and The Hound’s revenge.
Alan Sepinwall, Hitfix – Sepinwall laments for what he calls the “least memorable” episode of season 6.
Brandon Norwalk, A.V. Club (Unsullied) – Like his A.V. Club counterpart, Norwalk also struggles with the “point” of Arya’s time in Braavos now that it has come to an end.
Jen Chaney, Vulture – In contrast with Norwalk, Chaney calls Arya’s Braavosi end “absurdly satisfying.”
David Malitz, The Washington Post (Unsullied) – Agreeing with the majority, Malitz also found Arya’s Braavos storyline too long and unsatisfying writing. “There was probably a more direct, less painful, more logical and certainly less time-consuming path to rediscovering her commitment to family.”
Laura Bogart, Salon – Bogart analyzes the theme of identity through Cersei, Jaime, and of course, Arya.
Laura Stone, Hey, Don’t Judge Me (Unsullied) – Stone reflects on Cersei’s new position and Arya’s confrontation with No One.
David Rosenblatt, Squinty Over Analyzes Things (Sullied) – Rosenblatt takes a total analysis approach to “No One” through the Kingslayer himself: Jaime Lannister.
Laura Byrne-Cristiano, Hypable – Bryne-Cristiano focuses on the characters reevaluating themselves and their destinies through Arya and The Hound.
Alicia Lutes, Nerdist – Our newest addition to the round-up, welcome Alicia Lutes! She is beyond enthusiastic for Arya Stark and the conclusion of her journey to No One.
Stay tuned for Bex’s video recap round-up later this week!
It looks like most critics weren’t pleased with the way Arya’s story in Braavos ended but still enjoyed other parts of “No One.” What are your thoughts? Let us know below!