This is a day that should go down in history. Mark your calendars Game of Thrones fans. June 14th, 2015. For this was the day when the show watchers caught up with the books readers, and spoilers were no more.
For four long years, in the summer of 2011, as most of my friends were, for the first time, reading the Red Wedding and marveling at the horrors to come, I was reading A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69: Jon XIII, and wondering how the books had for the third time, pulled the same goddamn trick on me. Fool me once with Ned, shame on you. Fool me twice with the Red Wedding, shame on me. Fool me three times?
Jon: I’m glad the end of the world is working out for someone.
The end of the world isn’t working out for most people. This episode was about as bleak as they come. Nothing went the way it was supposed to. Not for Stannis, not for Sansa, not for Dany, Jaime, Doran or for Jon. Even more minor characters, like Myranda, found themselves coming to a bad end. And when things did go well–in the very few instances where someone succeeded in their end goal–Brienne, Arya, Cersei, Ellaria–the price to pay (or in the case of Dorne, the price that will be paid) is steep.
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You know you want them.
We’ve got some pictures after the jump that tell you nothing, and then at the end we have four that tell you everything.
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With the aftermaths of both “Hardhome” and “The Dance of Dragons” to get through, we’re going to have a tightly packed episode with “Mother’s Mercy.”
Let’s break it all down and figure out what we’re going to be seeing for our final installment of 2015.
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An interesting theory.
One of the things that confounds critics about Game of Thrones is why it’s so popular. The fantasy bubble, after all, has burst. Whatever coattails The Lord of the Rings provided back in the very early aughts long since evaporated, and that’s before Jackson made his ill fated decision to go the Lucas route and do prequels. And yet, somehow Game of Thrones continues to be ridiculously, freakish popular.
Unlike the Marvel movies, which can easily and obviously be traced to the country’s collection psyche working out 9/11, there’s no obvious thing Game of Thrones is helping the general public work out in that way. Unless… could it be climate change?
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This week we’ve got videos from the writers perspective, the producer’s perspective and the actor’s perspective. Let’s dig in.
First up, Benioff and Weiss discuss the terrible fate of Shireen. Then it’s on to Arya’s lies, and Jorah’s and Drogon’s return to Meereen via the fighting pits.
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With the white walkers, the Night’s King and the oncoming storm beyond the Wall still hidden from view from nearly all of our characters this week, this was an episode which found everyone doing their best to play the game to their strengths. In all cases, business got done, and–at least on paper–everyone got what they set out for. Jaime has Myrcella, and will get to take her home. Bronn will go with him, mostly in one piece. Doran got Ellaria to swear loyalty to his rule, in front of her daughters. Though her exchange with Jaime afterwards suggested Doran may have been wrong on that second chances policy. Either way, after Dorne not coming off all that well this season, watching Alexander Siddig lay down the law was a sight to behold.
Tyrion: “You’re an eloquent man. It doesn’t mean you’re wrong. In my experience, eloquent men are right every bit as often as imbeciles.”
Arya may have been one of the very few this week who did not get her end result right away, but that’s not what was missing from her world. The fact is, Arya has had very little direction since she arrived in Braavos. Though she is apprenticed and working at The House of Black and White LLC, it was sort of default place to land, for lack of anything better. Killing thin men she doesn’t care about isn’t what she came here to do. She came with a list.
And though it might have been better for all involved if she had a few assassinations under her belt before the next name on the list happened to get off the boat, this was the first time we’ve seen that fire behind her eyes all season. Arya’s back, baby. As Stannis says,“If a man knows what he is…” Arya got her reminder just in time. Good thing Trant likes them young. I hope you all are ready to see far more of Arya next week than would have been legal these last few seasons.
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With the official Game of Thrones YouTube channel releasing a behind-the-scenes video labeling it as such, I think we can all agree that last Sunday’s epic battle has an official name: “The Massacre at Hardhome.”
I love the groupings of wights from “Super Fresh” to “Mid-Decomps.” These sound like terms one might find while buying their extras in the market place. Speaking of which, the scene featured 220 extras—that’s more than they had at last year’s Battle for Castle Black.