Holy Mother of Dragons!
The moment I’ve been waiting for finally happened! Woohoo! 😀 But before I drown you in my lesbian obsessions with Dany, let’s do a quick recap of the “other” players in this game.
One setting at a time, shall we?
Somewhere Down the Road (LOL)
Jaime is losing his touch. 😀 Sorry for the terrible pun. I can’t help it. But seriously, he is now a broken man. What was once his trademark and skill is now taken from him forever. He is crippled, both emotionally and physically. It’s kinda sweet how Brienne is on the lookout for him.Her lecture, “you sound like a bloody woman”, definitely hit the mark. 😀
Tyrion is visiting Varys’s chambers. He tells a somehow riveting tale about how he was “cut”. Conleith Hill shows how splendid an actor he is. I could actually see the trauma, pain, and lust for revenge in his eyes. As to their discussion about revenge and dangerous men, well, the Master of Whisperers is definitely someone to watch out for. It was definitely a macabre revelation. Just look at Tyrion’s face, or if you need more proof, ask the man in the box. 😀
Meanwhile, we find out that shitty little Joff can be an enthusiastic albeit macabre tour guide, ushering Maergery through the tombs of the Targaryens, those of Rhaenyra from the era of Dance of Dragons, Aerion Brightflame who drank the wildfire, and Aegon the Mad King who was, well, mad. *I didn’t Google that, which means that I’m totally nerding out*
Marge proves herself more than capable of taming Joffrey, even convincing him to step out of The Sept to wave at the commoners. I must say, I’m impressed with Jack from-the-Batman-Begins Gleeson. He’s such a young actor but he isn’t even intimidated by the presence of Lena Headey, Diana Rigg, and the sensual Natalie Dormer. *slow clap* *hard slap*
Somewhere in the gardens, Lord Varys seeks out the Queen of Thorns to discuss Sansa. Preceding that, Lady Olenna lectures one of her “hand maidens” about the uselessness of Golden Roses and the appeal of Direwolves, Krakens, and fierce house mottos. Honestly, she can monologue the entire episode and I’ll stay glued. Back to Lady Thorns and Lord Eunuch, they’re strategizing how to outmaneuver Littlefinger. Sansa is the heir to the North, if Robb Stark should die. Margaery promises her marriage to Loras, although by now it’s obvious that Tywin will pull an Aegon on them and dub Loras, the heir of House Martell, a Kingsguard.
We’ll see how the writers play it out.
Deepwood Motte (?)
When Theon was recaptured by Bolton’s men, he was rescued by “the spy”, right? Now, they’re apparently on their way to Deepwood Motte. Along the way, Theon succumbs to confessing his faults and insecurities. What touched me most of all was when he said, “My real father lost his head in Kings Landing. I made a choice, and I chose wrong.” *tears*
But just as he, somehow, redeems himself and recognizes his identity, “spy” flips the switch and reveals that they’re actually back in the original torture chamber. It’s a crazy psychological torture game that should last for at least two seasons(?).
Beyond the Wall
Plots and schemes are circling around the Nights Watch. It’s crazy what hunger and fear can do to a man. You lose your morale, your respect for others, and even logic. All you know is that you’ve got an empty stomach and that you’ve got to fill it. Heck, even burned men will smell like a feast to you.
Craster definitely deserved a more gruesome painful death, but I’ll take his death than not have it at all. He is seriously fucked up. Lord Mormont’s death is quick and pointless though, which is exactly how GRRM wanted it. Goodbye, Old Bear. You will be missed.
Oh, and Gilly doesn’t want Sam’s thimble. I LOLLED! 😀
Somewhere in the West
Thoros and his band of misfits head to the Brotherhood without Banners’ hideout. Here, we meet the new Lord Beric Dondarrion for the first time, fashioning a black eye patch a la The Governor. I’m still on The Hound’s side though. He is merely a soldier, one that follows the orders of his liege. He is completely unlike Gregor Clegane, who rapes, kills, and plunders without thought or purpose. But since I’m not his defence lawyer, LOL, he is sentenced to trial by combat against Lord Beric.
We’ll see what happens next week…
Here we go. *excited* 😀
Daenerys faces the Slave Masters of Astapor to make the trade: one dragon for more than 8000 castrated killing machines. We hear more Valyrian here, which sounds to me like a mix of Aramaic, German, Latin, and Spanish. I need to learn this NOW. 😀
Dany releases Drogon and hands the leash over to Not-Ben-Kingsley mo Nakloz. He hands her “the whip” and claims that “it is done”. Khaleesi steps forward, assumes authority and bearing, and gives a command, “Dovaogēdys! Naejot memēbātās! Kelītīs” | “Unsullied! Forward march! Halt!”The Unsullied kinda resemble the Spartans in 300, indestructible, disciplined, ruthless. The faces of Missandei, Jorah, and Barristan are amusing though. They’re like, “WTF!”
Then, Not-Ben-Kingsley stupidly commanded, “Ivetra j’aspo zya dyni do majis.”, | “Tell the bitch her beast won’t come.”, to which Dany replied, “Zaldrīzes buzdari iksos daor.” | “A dragon is not a slave.
“Nyke Daenerys Jelmāzmo hen Targārio Lentrot, hen Valyrio Uēpo ānogar iksan. Valyrio muño ēngos ñuhys issa.” | “I am Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, of the blood of Old Valyria. Valyrian is my mother tongue.”
“Dovaogēdys! Āeksia ossēnātās, menti ossēnātās, qilōni pilos lue vale tolvie ossēnātās, yn riñe dōre ōdrikātās. Urnet luo buzdaro tolvio belma pryjātās!” | “Unsullied! Slay the masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who holds a whip, but harm no child. Strike the chains off every slave you see!”
Chaos. Chaos everywhere.
Screams. Screams everywhere.
“Dracarys”, which means, “BURN YOU MOFO!” Go, baby Drogon!
Fire. Fire everywhere.
Awesomeness. Awesomeness everywhere.
Then, a black screen. We return to Astapor, all black smoke, silence, and a brooding Dany. She rides a white mare, faces her new army of killing machines, and delivers a terrific monologue. *slow clap*
“Jevo glaesoti rȳ buzdari istiat. Kesy tubi jemot dāervi tepan.” | “You have been slaves all your life. Today I give you freedom.”
“Henujagon jaelza lua vala mirre henujagon kostas, se daorys ziry ōdrikilza. Jemot kivio ñuhe tepan.” | “Any man who wishes to leave may leave, and no one will harm him. I give you my word.”
“Yne sytivīlībilāt? Hae dāero valoti?” | “Will you fight for me? As free men?” Her killing machines, now free men, gave her a Pepsi-We-Will-Rock-You kind of salute! OH YEAH! 😀
Last scene: she exits the Ghiscari gate, with 8000+ Unsullied behind her, her Dothraki, her Queensguard, and her three dragons looming above. EPICNESS IS EVERYWHERE!
Kudos to Emilia Clarke for delivering such a convincing performance. Her Valyrian lines were spot on, I’m sure David Peterson will agree. More CGI dragon please! On an additional note, the background music for the entire Astapor scene is spectacular. It set the mood just right. Good job, directors!
All in all, what a mindblowing episode! I found myself air fisting, jumping, cheering for Drogon, and yelling for the Mother of Dragons while watching. Seriously, I replayed this part like 12 times already but I’m still not bored. Obviously, it’s a 10 out of 10.
Here’s a little something I read from one of the comments sections at uproxx.com:
Game of Thrones is operating at a completely different level than any TV show…ever. The power of the actors, storytelling, and magnitude of epic scenes is shitting all over your favorite TV series (unless that series is GoT, then its shitting all over its own shit, and that shit does not stink [rereads last statement, nods in approval, takes sip of coffee].
Tell me what you think of “And Now His Watch is Ended”?