This episode was awkward for me. Some of the moments felt a little forced. I get it, the producers want to create both love and tension between Dany and Jon. Jon has always been a character thrust into a role he didn’t want. Bastard, Steward, Lord Commander, Being Dead, Being Alive Again, King of the North, Warden of the North…on and on. Now they want to add, “Heir to the Iron Throne.” Jon has said “Not me.” A lot of rulers have done that in history and stuck to their word. Jon tends to do what he says. Still, it’s a weird position they have moved his character into so late in the proverbial game. Let’s face it, nothing good comes out of wanting to sit in that damned chair…ask the Baratheon brothers.
They are also forcing Dany into a dark place. She lost a dragon this week to Euron Greyjoy. I guess no one thought to have Bran warg into some crows and do some scouting around Dragonstone or Kings Landing. Again, if you have Bran, use Bran. We all knew Missandei was toast when she appeared on a platform with the Mountain behind her. Nothing good was going to follow that. Honestly, I was expecting a shove, not the blade. Will Dany turn to the dark side and get all Targaryen on their ass? We shall see.
Let’s not forget that Tyrion and Varys have maps and know secret ways into Kings Landing (per the Battle of the Blackwater). Also, the opening credits are critical. They show Winterfell and the crypts and the dungeon under the Iron Throne with passages that lead to the Red Keep. Tyrion used those to kill his father. Arya has been down there too, chasing a cat in season one. I think they are very deliberate in giving us that image in the opening. Those passages play some sort of role in the things to come.
I hate Sansa…have I mentioned that this week? Thanks for selling out Jon. That took what, an hour? For someone that claims she hates Cersei, she’s starting to act a lot like her.
Parts of this felt horribly forced. The Jamie/Brienne scene of undressing needs to be done with 1970’s porno music in the background. Gendry proposing to Arya was, weird to me. There was no build up to that moment – and we deserved that.
Things I loved last week – Bronn showing up was one. He stayed true to character, which I loved and predicted. Bronn’s comments about how mighty houses rise to power was wonderful.
I love Arya and The Hound on the road again to Kings Landing. He’s going to be pissed if she kills The Mountain before he does. I loved the buddy-pairings of this series quite a bit, and these two are a classic. We have seen her kill, now we need to see her become the faceless killer again this season. Picture her wearing Jamie’s face to get to Cersei. I know, it just feels right doesn’t it?
While my crystal ball is totally messed up at this stage, I will say one thing. Someone needs to kill Euron Greyjoy, and I hope Yara plays a role in that. I hate that guy. A friend said, “He’s like the Joker – he just does things on impulse,” but I liked that in the Joker. He is arrogance personified and needs to just die. I would prefer him being toasted…but I will settle for anything painful at this stage.
We have some characters at Kings Landing (or on the way) and some in Winterfell. I sort of feel like to wrap things up, we need everyone in the same place. Will the attack on Kings Landing fail and force a retreat to Winterfell? Will something compel Sansa, Pod, Brienne and the gang to get in the Mystery Mobile and drive down to Kings Landing?
The bigger question – is this the week we wrap up the Lannister storyline once and for all? Or will whatever shit is about to go down leave us hanging until the final episode? Will we see Dany and Jon go at each other? I feel they are forcing this on us, but it feels kind of rushed and not true to character. Sansa…grr…bad girl.
What is the deal with Varys? Not cool dude.