Writing this right before I board, so thoughts are a little brief this week! Thoughts below the cut, as per usual:
Well, if you haven’t gotten your bets in about Lady Stoneheart showing up this season, I think you’ve missed your window, because I think the bookie’s odds are going to change.
- I feel kind of mixed about all of this. I really liked the Brienne and Jaime interactions, Jaime’s scene with Edmure was excellent, but…
- Having the Blackfish refuse to leave and die offscreen is a huge letdown, diminishes the importance of Brienne’s mission, and seems grounded in a failure to understand this character and his relationship with Edmure. The Blackfish of the books wouldn’t refuse Edmure entrance and force a confrontation with his own men, and Edmure wouldn’t order him arrested – he specifically let him escape!
- More conspicuous mentions of Catelyn Stark and the Red Wedding.
- Really did not expect how this one resolved. I figured that the Hound would get some bloody revenge, that’s perfectly fine (although I could have done without the weird homophobic humor scene before he murders everyone), but I didn’t expect him to join the Brotherhood Without Banners.
- On the other hand, it was great to see Beric and Thoros not being monsters, and the idea that the BWB are going to the North to fight the Others is really quite intriguing.
- Apart from the Mountain ripping a dude’s head off, this also felt like marking time, stretching out more time until we finally get Cersei’s trial.
- On the other hand, I thought the twist of banning trials by combat was an interesting one.
- No idea what Qyburn’s spying will reveal.
- Especially with the way that Arya’s wound got reset during the chase, I feel like this entire episode was padding to draw out the confrontation we knew was coming where Arya would kill the Waif with Needle.
- As a result, I think I wasn’t in the right mood when she talked with Jaqen H’ghar about her identity and her plans to go home – that should have been a triumphant moment, but I found myself annoyed that it took so long to get here.
- Given a lot of the discourse online about Tyrion’s treaty being the sane and reasonable solution, I really liked seeing it blow up in his face. No peace with slaveholders.
- Varys to King’s Landing to kill Kevan?
- Dany coming back to Meereen is one way to answer that question.