After all the trash talk about all the book deviations, Weiss and Benioff were just apparently smirking in a corner whispering, “Y’all ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”. And true enough, we haven’t seen anything that epic or visceral in TV history. Last season’s “Watchers on the Wall” was surpassed in fact, once again proving that Game of Thrones is television epicness like never before.
Confessions and Compromise
Last week, we saw Cersei Lannister thrown into a prison cell of her own making by way of the High Sparrow and his ilk. Now, she must confess to accusations of regicide, incest, and fornication (which she’s actually guilty of) or risk a far worse punishment. It’s nice to see Septa Unella make her debut as Cersei’s tormentor, leaving the latter slurping water off the floor. It’s not enough retribution for the Starks, but it’s a start. More spoon slapping please!
Just Two Farm Boys
At Winterfell, Sansa sparks a heated conversation with “Reek” and finds out that her brothers Brandon and Rickon are still alive. Perhaps this ignites some newfound hope in her; that she’s still got something to live for. After all, she only just found out that Jon Snow is the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. You’ve still got your family, Sansa. Don’t give in to Ramsay’s crazy.
The Thin Man
Speaking of the Starks, the one completely hellbent on exacting vengeance is on a direct path towards becoming an official assassin, disguised as Lana, an orphan girl selling oysters. Her first assignment? A gambling man that offers insurance policy in a sort of twisted way: sailors betting money in the event that if the voyage goes south, the family of the sailor gets the winning pot money. But do they? Lana/Arya will collect retribution in the name of the bereaved families.
Lion and Dragon Form An Alliance
The meeting of Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen is a moment that, for obvious reasons, is an obvious game changer. Quoting Tyrion, “Two terrible children of two terrible fathers”, this alliance might just be the partnership Westeros needs, that is if Dany ever makes up her mind and crosses the Narrow Sea. Remember, these two are actually leaders who care for the people they rule and they have the noble blood and lineage to back their claim. I’m definitely all for #TeamDragonxLion. Now, will Tyrion become the interim ruler once Dany fulfills her “arc” in episode 9? We’ll see.
Winter is FUCKING Here
Nothing strikes fear in a man’s heart more than the prospect of death, but in Game of Thrones, death is a far better fate than ending up as one of the White Walker’s reanimated corpse puppets. Despite Jon and Tormund’s attempt to sway the Wildlings to leave Hardhome, half of them remained just in time for the White Walkers to descend on them. That snow fog, by the way, was a thing of beauty.
Everything in the sequence was epic. From the way the dogs were becoming frantic, the howl of the wind, something happening in the ground you can’t see, the gentle descent of the fog, the screams of trapped Wildlings, then silence. And then BOOM! spastic, crazy, vicious undead armies attacking the living. All of that was given a great build up and it’s just too awesome.
It’s obvious that Jon Snow has been given a better material to work with this season, despite his slightly lackluster chapters in the books. He’s growing into a wiser diplomat and a fearless leader. Debating whether or not he should turn his back from the mad slaughter was a nice touch.
Those White Walkers watching from atop the cliff? That was pretty scary, you guys. Even more amazing was Jon Snow’s single combat with another White Walker, the former eventually gaining the upperhand when he uses Longclaw. I’ve long suspected that Valyrian steel could kill White Walkers so this is a “woohooo” moment for me.
Oh man, and that stare down scene between Jon Snow and the Night’s King—who slowly raised his arms as a signal for the newly-dead people to rise—gave me major goosebumps.
This episode single handedly saved Season 5 from being sedate, neutralizing everybody who was saying that the show sucks because this and that. No other TV show has done this magnitude of storytelling before. If episode 8 is this AMAZING, what will become of us when we see the always-epic penultimate episode 9 which happens to be titled “A Dance of Dragons”? Will we slip into a blissful coma? 😀
- Jorah Mormont escaped the friendzone only to venture into stonezone territory.
- I f**king hate Thenns.
- Hi, Rattleshirt. Bye, Rattleshirt.
- Where’s Varys? Will we see him again?
- Are they really getting rid of the Aegon “Young Griff” storyline?