Hello and welcome to Game of Thoughts! I’m still alive and carving time out of my busy weeks for some Game of Thrones goodness. These posts WILL contain spoilers. They are nothing more than a recap and chance for GoT fans to have a bit of a natter and react as situations permit. They were inspired by the incredible, in-depth and insightful posts of Patrick Sponaugle, except his are intelligent and mine are just squeeing.
Ready? Then let’s begin.
By now, there is so much going on in each episode that plot points are flying at the face in shotgun blasts. Just the recap of the last season had me shouting ‘OH YEAH’ every four seconds because I had forgotten so much.
I was laughing and clapping and cheering like a fool. Was it telegraphed? Lord yes. Was it a nice use of dramatic tension? Oh my yes. Was it lovely seeing Arya stroll through all those dead Freys? YES Oh god YES.
And it was a nice sendoff to David Bradley, who I am sure gets at least as many people hating him as the kid who played Joffrey, who gave up acting.
Jon and Sansa
- Together again, and making a great team! Sort of! I think it’s interesting that Sansa is less willing to show mercy at this point. Makes sense, given what has happened to her. Jon’s big moment for equality also got me and clearly won him some supporters in the form of Brienne and Lyanna Mormont, who is The Best.
- Littlefinger continues to lurk at Sansa. Brienne is not having it.
- Tormund and Brienne are also The Best. Podrick continues to be awesome. I love them and want them to go on adventures together. I can see it now: Tormund is rambling bullshit about his giant member and his way with the lady bears, a wagon comes down the road and the Westerosi equivalent of the Playboy Mansion Staff is all like ‘Heeeyyyy Poooood!!!’ out the side at him. Cue hilarious double-takes.
Cersei and Jaime
Jaime is finally aware of the magnitude of bat infestation in Cersei’s belfry. She’s lost a lot, but she’s also been hanging on to hatred and bitterness so long she can’t even see the truth anymore, and actually accuses Tommen of betraying her. TOMMEN.
Jaime still tries to maintain order, but he’s an outsider now; for a visual cue, his Kingsguard are wearing black and he’s back to Lannister gold and red. It’s clear during their treat with Euron that Jaime is a non-entity, as Crow’s Eye is wary of Dead Mountain and not Jaime, even throwing shade at him. If Cersei hasn’t made Dead Mountain the head of the Kingsguard by now, she will soon. She might even throw Jaime out of it.
Bran and Meera
Bran seems to have used his greensight for something useful: stalking Edd Tollett. Just like I would.
By opening the gate and immediately bringing Bran and Meera into Castle Black, thus showing the most sense of a Lord Commander yet on the show. YES I SAID IT.
Sam And Gilly
- I don’t know about anyone else but I almost barfed. Congrats HBO, for pushing the boundaries yet again. The prop department outdid themselves with all those turds. *gagging sounds*
- The scene of Sam assisting with an autopsy was a nice callback to another scene a long, long time ago, in season one: Tywin Lannister lecturing Jaime while skinning and dressing a deer. If memory serves, that is a scene from the book that originally had Sam and his militant father, Randyll Tarly, skinning a deer while Lord Tarly calmly explained to Sam his choice.
- I am EXCITE that Sam stepped up and stole the key. And apparently Dragonstone is just a big old heap of dragonglass. Not sure how thrilled Danaerys will be to find her new ancestral home is made up of stuff that can kill her greatest asset.
Clegane and Dondarrion
- I was really expecting the Brotherhood to be like ‘Oh, look at this house, let’s go inside COME ON CLEGANE WHAT ARE YOU SHY?’ and then put him on trial again. I was sure I saw Dondarrion firing up* his sword for what I gather to be another trial by combat – but maybe it wasn’t?
- It was nice Clegane not only tried to redeem himself, but actually got in touch with the real fire god. I guess. Sounds like the Brotherhood are heading north to Eastwatch!
My Big Theory
I was washing dishes when suddenly I was struck by a Theory. It’s a pretty big Theory, and in case it turns out to be right I want internet acclaim for it. I have no time to research if anyone else has already come up with this theory, and maybe I should, but anyway, here it is:
The Wall Will Fall.
If George R.R. Martin has shown us anything, it is that he will meticulously build audience expectations ONLY to shatter them. His ‘there is no protagonist so anyone could die’ is the best example of this.
There’s too much riding on the wall for it NOT to come down. We as viewers have gotten wrapped around the axle by not just the struggle of the 7 Kingdoms, but that of the Night’s Watch too. Everyone thinks ‘Oh, Jon and Danaerys will team up and send the strength of the 7 kingdoms to The Wall and everything will be fine.’ No, it won’t. Do that and there’s no story. But bring the Wall down…. Now you’re cooking with dramatic tension!
I’m not saying it’ll happen this season, but at some point in The Song of Ice and Fire, it will happen. Maybe the White Walkers will find Jormundgandr and blow it down; maybe they’ll pile dead wildlings up and go over it like fireants; maybe they’ll finally break out the giant ice spiders and just cruise over the top. But! If there are magical wards that keep the dead from passing, and the Walkers need the dead to hold Westeros – then guess what’s their main goal.
So that’s it for this week! Join us again next week for more rambling, squeeing, and wild guesses! Have a great week!