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.
Got-DAM that was some good stuffs! Let’s dive in!
First of all, there are some things that are dumb and I will only mention them here: No, Jon didn’t need to offer Jorah Longclaw, and no, the kid who’s never seen snow is not making it back to the Wall by himself with no supplies and no weapons, I don’t care how much rowing Gendry’s done. I’m not sure why the Others are suddenly fast zombies either, but whatever, we’ve got bigger fish to fry!
Beyond the Wall
- I love these dudes. These are good, good dudes. Bickering, banter, and Beric Dondarrion chatting with Jon about coming back from the dead. Good times that of course don’t last. Tormund is a deep thinker, the Hound is not sure how he feels about Tormund’s plan to make giant babies with Brienne, and Gendry trades rowing for running. Joe Dempsie must be in STUPID good shape by now.
- Suddenly, zombie snow bear and Thoros is wounded. It’s kind of fitting that he goes out providing warmth for the rest of the group – Good bye, Thoros. I will miss your jokes, your flaming sword, and your eensy manbun.
- Our dudes are surrounded on a frozen lake, The Hound gets bored and makes a poor decision, and Jon
ravens the tower for immediate evacsends Gendry to send a raven to Dragonstone so Danaerys can airlift them out.
- Just when we get an idea of how to take down ALL the Others and White Walkers, Night’s King shows that he’s got his own secret anti-dragon weapons. What upset me most about this episode was the terrible picture on my hotel tv – I couldn’t tell what color the dragon was that went down. I think it was Viserion, the cream and brownish one.
- Games are being played. At first I was sure that Arya and Sansa were pretending to fall for Petyr’s bullshit trap, but now I’m not so sure.
- HOT TAKE: I’m thinking the real Littlefinger has been dead for a while and Arya’s masquerading as him to feel out which of Sansa’s people are loyal.
- Arya learned the Game of Faces in Braavos, but Sansa learned the Game of Thrones in King’s Landing. They’re equally matched in terms of chicanery.
- I’m not thrilled that Brienne is going south, but I do hope she and Jaime are reunited and he gets back on the Program. The ‘Not Banging Your Sister And Playing Her Mindgames’ program. But I am sad she will probably not be seeing Tormund again any time soon, as it seemed like he was staying in Eastwatch.
- I figured SOMEONE would rescue Jon, but I sure as shit wasn’t expecting Uncle Benjen to show up. It was a great last scene and it made want to have Benjen’s undead babies.
- I think Benjen’s horse must have been undead too, otherwise it wouldn’t have survived in that climate. But yay getting Jon back to the wall! Maybe they all should have undead horses.
- Fun fact: Some jackwagon posted that scene of the Others hauling the dead dragon out of the water and Night’s King rebooting its OS to Snowzombie.exe. So I invite that person, whoever they were, to fornicate themself with a stick. SPOILSPORT!
- Danaerys seemed weirdly serene in that moment when her dragon died. It was an odd emotional beat that felt wrong. This is a woman who has lost one child (way back in season 1, when she was pregnant but her baby was born gross, scaly and dead because of black magic) and to lose another is… well I can’t imagine. Maybe I missed it but she had the same look I get on my face when the long search for my car keys has ended (plot twist- they were in my hand the whole time).
The Loooooooove Boat…
- After fighting for your life, being nearly burned to death, being dunked in a frozen lake, riding horseback dozens of miles in a snowstorm and having your frozen clothes peeled off, you might not feel like doing the horizontal mambo.
- …But then again, you might, and GOSH was there a lot of eye-banging going on in that cabin. Everyone needs someone who looks at them them way Jon Snow looks at Dany. And vice versa.
This week’s episode felt rushed, but DAMN am I ready for next week’s season finale. GOD this has been a hell of a season. Although I love the show, I love the books more and differently, and I will add my voice to the many others crying out for the next book.
Thanks for reading as always, and have a great week!