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Ladies and Sers of the Wall, welcome to the final installment of this year’s unabated, Unsullied recap, compliments of yours truly.
The Finale may have given us what we hoped for in terms of discussion, but left us hanging in more ways that we might have once imagined (no pun intended).
Join me for one final romp. It’s time for atonement…
Let’s jump right in and we will discuss more at the bottom and in the comments.
May the information overload commence!
The Shireen Factor seems to have been effective judging by the melting snow and the icicles, along with a deserving shoulder swipe to Velvet’s face.
But the somewhat unexpected side of the Shireen Factor offset the positive. Half of the Stannis army has disappeared into the night, Selyse apparently committed suicide or was hung by the deserters, and Mel decides to get the fuck out of dodge to boot.
But in true Stannis “no looking back” fashion, he stubbornly marches on without waiting to see if Davos brings him any assistance from the Wall.
Let the body count begin…
At least I got something partially correct.
Jon finally gets an ear to tell about the slaughter at Hardhome. Sam asks permission to take Gilly and Baby Boo to the Citadel where he can study to become a Maester. This resolution solves the safety issue for Sam’s fam for the time being and is justified due to the Wall needing a replacement Maester.
But let’s be honest… if what came to Hardhome is eventually coming for the Wall, how plausible is it for Sam to go graduate from the Citadel and make it back to be of any help to his fellow Crows?
Jon knew this as well, but agrees that Sam and the Fam would likely all die should they remain at Castle Black.
Of course, none of this would bode well for Jon.
Stannis Meets His Brienned, Maybe…
The numbers don’t lie, and when what’s left of Stannis and Co. are surrounded by the Bolton Battalion by aerial view, defeat looks to be eminent.
Somehow, Stannis is able to persevere longer than the majority of his army only to be confronted by the Lady from Tarth. Brienne asks for any final last words before finishing the daughter-killer off, but the scene cuts to uncertainty before the deed is completed.
Is this to be continued? Who the hell knows? Ambiguous death scenes drive a man nutso, especially when dealing with roles of prominence. Logic points to Stannis being dead, especially as the scene cuts to Ramsay killing someone else. But still, why cut away?
The body count continues…
Sansa Finds Theon
Sansa breaks out of her room while the Boltons are busy in prep and makes it to the tower to put the candle in the window, just in time for Brienne to turn her back to go find Stan.
In her attempt to get back to her room before Ramsay returns, Sansa is confronted by Myranda who stands ready to put an arrow in any part of her unneeded for child bearing. But Reek rips open his shirt to reveal that Theon still lives. As a result, Myranda goes head to head with a stone floor from 50 feet or so, and loses.
As Ramsay returns, Sansa and Theon literally take a snowy leap of faith. Pretty ballsy considering a lot of snow has melted due to Velvet’s sacrifice, but worth the risk considering the sadistic alternative.
And the body count continues…
Someone, and the Demise of No One
Good Lord… if anyone deserves to get what is coming to him worse than Stannis, it is Meryn F. Trant, Esquire: child abuser and assumed rapist.
In the event we could see developing a mile away, one of the abused girls is No One, except she is still someone. And killing someone as someone that is supposed to be no one is, in fact, a violation of the Many Faced Gods Tech Code of Ethics. Especially if someone you killed was supposed to be someone else. Arya confused again?
If not, then what transpires with Arya at the end of her scene leaves plenty of confusion and room for speculation. The many faces of whoever the dead person is; the disappearing assistant; the loss of her sight. And now what?
Apparently, punishment. And the emphasized understanding that the faces are to be used by no one.
The body count continues…
The Waiting Game and Drogon’s Nest
Daario, Tyrion and Jorah wait for the return of Dany but to no avail. Grey Worm reemerges as a plan is put into place for Jorah and Daario to find Dany while Tyrion and Worm oversee the chaos of Meereen.
Coincidentally, Varys reappears just as the search party rides into the sunset. Tyrion was unhappy with Daario’s decision for him to stay put, but in the end seems to once again feel relevant thanks to his new assignment (and the words of his old friend).
Meanwhile, Dany and Drogon sit perched on a hill going nowhere due to the injuries Drogon sustained at the Pit. I guess I was somewhat surprised that the spear injuries would have such a dramatic effect on a dragon. But it shows that dragons in this world are far from invincible creatures, a detail that we should not soon forget.
Dany decides to go for a stroll looking for food and is surrounded by what appeared to be a horde of Dothraki.
Dany finds herself in a volatile situation leading us to believe that once again, she is no closer to heading to Westeros than she was this time last year. But at least with Tyrion and Varys, the dynamic has been altered.
Goodbye Dorne, For Now
Just when you thought it was going down without a hitch, Ellaria gives you a goodbye kiss. Props to Ozzette who caught the potential poison immediately.
Game of Thrones gave us the sure-fire kiss of death by depicting a heartfelt moment between two characters. This edition featured Jaime and Myrcella, with Myrcella getting the worst of it.
As if the Lannisters didn’t have enough to deal with, there will most certainly be a continuing conflict considering Trystane is still on the boat and headed for KL assuming they don’t turn the ship around. And surely Doran will want him back.
Of course, all of this is based on the assumption that Myrcella did in fact die. But even if she didn’t, the attempt on her life leaves conflict regardless.
Ambiguous death, take two.
For what it’s worth, I’m thankful we didn’t lose Jaime or Bronn.
And the body count continues…
Cersei finally caves to that sweet Septa and confesses to the High Sparrow (at least, in part) to her Lancel Sandwich indulgences.
And what follows was brutal.
Cersei’s atonement was a long walk through town, naked, covered in shit and blood with Flea Bottom tallywhackers flopping at every corner.
The “Rains” playing as she crossed the bridge to the Keep made me contemplate how far the Lannisters have fallen in such a short period of time. After all the foul proceedings that Cersei has instigated, I almost felt sorry for her; a testament to the acting of Lena Headey and the writing of the scene itself.
Religion can be scary as hell.
Yet at the end of the walk stood a glimmer of hope. Kevan, Pycelle, and Qyburn were waiting, along with whatever the hell this is…
IT. IS. ALIVE.
The Benjen Trick
Oh, damn those “previously on” clips.
Davos pleads with Jon to send help to Stannis when for some unknown reason, Velvet arrives back at the Wall seemingly confused as to why her visions were horribly incorrect. It appears they not only mislead her, but cost Stannis everything he had and led him into a monumental defeat.
Later, Olly runs in stating that one of the Wildlings knew Benjen and that he was alive and knew where to find him.
But Jon was tricked as much as we were, and met his end at the hands of many of the Crows perturbed by his dealings with the Wildlings.
Ambiguous death 3? No. Jon definitely appeared to be dead.
But Velvet is there. And the Lord of Light can bring them back. And Velvet is a fan of the Snow. Perhaps her visions including that of the burning Bolton banners involved the wrong person. Perhaps.
The other concept that is difficult to grasp is that the publicly loved hero would go down in such a lackluster fashion. This is not mentioned to discredit the scene; a scene that by all merits was foreseeable and justified. But I always envisioned that if Jon were to go out, it would be in a blaze of glory.
Perhaps, he still will.
The body count ends. Yet, we still don’t know what that body count is.
Episode 510 Personal Awards
Favorite Action Sequence: Tough call, but the aerial view of the Boltons surrounding Stannis’ men was pretty stunning, even though we didn’t see much of the battle.
Favorite Quotes: “Speak up. Can’t be worse than mutiny.”-Stannis
“How’s it feel to be friends with the most hated man at Castle Black?” –Jon
“Go on, do your duty.” –Stannis
“Only death can pay for life.” –Jaqen
“If I ever kill you, your eyes will be wide open.” –Jorah
“The birds sing in the west, the birds sing in the east, if you know how to listen.” -Varys
“For the Watch.”
Ow, That Shit Hurts Award: Plenty of choices, but damn, that Myranda fall compliments of Reek… nasty.
Jackass Award: Meryn Trant. May you rot.
Overall Thoughts: In Looking Forward for the Finale, a man had asked for content that would make us think and give us discussion plot points that would last us another nine and a half months through the cold, dark GoT-less winter months.
Someone forgot to tell me to be careful what you wish for.
Like many of you, I have more questions than answers, and that is never a good feeling at the end of a finale. Yet, it’s not an uncommon feeling to bear as it relates to GoT.
Seeing Tommen, Margaery, Loras, or even Roose would have been nice. But this episode was jam-packed as it was. Makes you wonder why some of this wasn’t distributed a little more evenly throughout the duration of the season.
Regardless, the finale was solid and left plenty of discussionables on the table. As it pertains to this journey, it’s the probably the best we could hope for.
And the more I consider where it’s all leading, the more I come to the conclusion that Jon may not be who we think Jon is. And if that speculation is at least somewhat valid, then my belief is that there is more to the story relating to Jon and yet another indication that he may not be dead… at least, not forever.
And it could just be wishful thinking.
But worry not… we’ve only got nine and a half months to talk about it.
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