We’re in the final week of book-writing so we’re still unable to give a full review of anything right now. But this episode was an extremely satisfying emotional stunner that took a lot of us off-guard, it seems. After last week’s table-setting season opener, it didn’t seem like it would be possible for the show to consider another full hour of reunions and emotional talks when the audience by this point just wants them to get on with the Big Battle we’ve been waiting for. But not only did the show force us to be still and listen, it managed to give us so many good reasons to do so. Discussion points:
High point: Ser Brienne of Tarth. Her knighting was one of the most emotionally rewarding scenes in the entire run of the show, underlining just how much Brienne sits apart from everyone else in the cast by being morally pure. Is Jaime in love with her? Possibly, but we tend to think it’s not a sexual thing so much as it is an awe over how good she is and a vulnerability in response to how well she knows him.
Sansa and Dany facing off. Of course Dany, who has had almost no female friends her entire life, pulled the “We’re women so let’s be friends” card. And of course Sansa’s sharp enough to see through that ploy. LOVED Sansa smirking when she informed Dany she was just as dumb as Tyrion to believe Cersei.
Arya and Gendry getting it awn. Didn’t need the titillation factor of seeing her disrobe, but we didn’t have a problem with this coupling. It’s been hinted at since they first met and Arya approached it with full agency and knowledge of what she was doing, which can’t be said of a lot of women in this story. Yes, she’s baby-faced and we watched her grow up, but we honestly didn’t have a problem with this.
Tormund’s story about how he got his surname. A classic.
Sansa’s STUNNING leather dress.
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Jon rather stupidly telling Dany the truth of his heritage just before leaving her and riding into battle. Does he really think she’ll sit quietly with this information and come to a solid and fair conclusion? Targaryan please.
Dany’s reaction to Jon’s news: She’s not exactly in the wrong to be suspicious that Jon’s brother and best friend are the only one who came up with this theory and have no actual support for it.
Bran and Jamie confronting each other. It was satisfying in its own way, even if Bran is incapable of normal emotions. It took a long time for us to get there, but with this episode, Jamie Lannister’s moral realignment and atoning is complete.
Lyanna Fucking Mormont, telling every man to get the fuck out of her way because THE NORTH REMEMBERS.