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TV Review: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 8 "No One"

06.12.2016

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EPISODE 8: No One

THE PLOT : Winter is coming, and with it, the white walkers. If those still standing don't band together soon, the iron throne may become a throne of ice.

THE LOWDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). Tonight’s episode has not only left me a tad perplexed, but rather unfulfilled. Let’s start with Riverrun shall we? What in the name of sweet f*ckballs happened there?! One second, the Blackfish is all, “We can last for two years bitches, what’chu got?” Then they let Edmure back in, who tells them to surrender, and they’re like, “You got it, boss!” Poor Brienne. That was one long ass waste of trip. Yes, I rather enjoyed the playful moment between Pod and Bronn (albeit it being a sad attempt at giving either character something to do), and I’m very happy to see Jaime and Brienne’s friendship remain intact, but seriously, what the hell was all that, besides a colossal waste of time?

What seemed like a promising night in King’s Landing, also took a quick turn for the worse. The Mountain destroying that dude was hilarious, but pointless at the same time. If you’d believed the trailers, this felt like a pivotal moment for Cersei, and with the whole “I choose violence” line, I was certainly hoping it was. Alas, it was not. I don’t think that action directly fueled the King’s ‘no more trials by combat’ bomb, but I have to say I didn’t see that one coming. This news may also upset many a fan who thought this trial would pit The Mountain against The Hound. We may very well still see that fight, but not the way people are expecting.

The most ridiculous of letdowns would have to be the events in Meereen. Now unlike some critics, I’ve read the books, and I understand the fact that most of these characters only have so much story to tell, but Christ almighty, having Tyrion, Grey Worm and Missandei sitting around sipping wine and telling jokes is terrible, mostly because it’s like the third time these three have been setup that way. C’mon guys, that’s just poor writing. And then what, an attack by the masters? Where the hell did they get a fleet? I thought no one had ships. If the masters had ships all this time, why the hell didn’t Dany take them? Because…well…you know…SHIPS ARE WHAT SHE’S NEEDED ALL ALONG! Oh, and nice of Drogon to drop Dany on the roof and leave mid siege (bad dragon!), you’d think he could have smoked a few of the bad guys before flying off to god knows where.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6’s eighth episode should have had much more going on than it did, which leaves me with Arya. I love Arya, she’s my girl, but for the love of god and all that’s holy, she’d better truly be done with The Many Faced God now. Last week I wasn’t sure what to make of her plight, then I convinced myself that it wasn’t her because she didn’t have needle with her (and man, did the internet go wild with conspiracy theories), but we were all wrong. It was her, and despite being stabbed nearly to death, she took out the waif chick and told Jaqen H’ghar she’s done with this joint. And what did he do? Smiled and nodded. Well damn, that was easy. The Hound gets his revenge and meets up with Baric and his crew (who coincidentally had nothing to do with the murders). Where that’s going I have no idea, but sorry internet, it’s not leading us to Lady Stoneheart. Hopefully next week gives us something to really cheer about and a battle of truly epic proportions.

SEX/NUDITY: We get a glimpse of The Hound’s sword as he’s taking a leak, and there’s some mostly nude dudes in a steam room that Arya runs through.

VIOLENCE: The Hound sure knows how to hack men to pieces, and The Mountain can tear a man’s head off like it’s no one’s business. Not sure if they’ll end up fighting, but damn would that be one messy battle.

MOST EPIC SCENE: I loved the scene with Jaime and Edmure. It was real talk, the kind of hard truth Jaime doesn’t hear very often. Hearing Jaime say the line “the things do for love” made me grin, but the whole thing was a throwback to when he was the prisoner in Rob’s camp. It was definitely a cool scene.

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: Jon vs. Ramsay. Are you ready for it? I know I am.
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:52PM on 06/15/2016

Stabbed in the Stomach?!

Aria is stabbed several times in the stomach… This would've easily been fatal. I won't even bother going into what happens physically and medically when you are shot or stabbed in the stomach… DId the writers even think this through?! Then she's running around, jumping, etc… I'm sorry, but even in this world, my suspension of disbelief was broken big time. This was so unbelievable and frustrating. Poorly done… poorly executed.
Aria is stabbed several times in the stomach… This would've easily been fatal. I won't even bother going into what happens physically and medically when you are shot or stabbed in the stomach… DId the writers even think this through?! Then she's running around, jumping, etc… I'm sorry, but even in this world, my suspension of disbelief was broken big time. This was so unbelievable and frustrating. Poorly done… poorly executed.
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7:13AM on 06/14/2016

Yeah, what the hell with Brienne???

I mean, why the hell didn't Jaime make the deal with Edmure that he was trying to make with Blackfish? With Edmure's surrender, he should've been packing up his army and heading OUT and to the north to fight for Sansa with Brienne at his side. WTF was her whole "sneaking off" bit?

And could Danearys's return have been more "meh"? Sheesh.

And NOBODY in the world, even if you rushed them to the hospital, is gonna survive the stabbing and knife twisting Arya took. Then she's all like
I mean, why the hell didn't Jaime make the deal with Edmure that he was trying to make with Blackfish? With Edmure's surrender, he should've been packing up his army and heading OUT and to the north to fight for Sansa with Brienne at his side. WTF was her whole "sneaking off" bit?

And could Danearys's return have been more "meh"? Sheesh.

And NOBODY in the world, even if you rushed them to the hospital, is gonna survive the stabbing and knife twisting Arya took. Then she's all like "an actress cured me". Right! And she was up and SPRINTING within what looked like days. God damn, that was so fucking FRUSTRATING. What we should've seen was some kind of weird "face/off" situation where Arya wasn't really the victim. But the hand-waving "healing" was for shit. The ONLY thing that made sense in Arya's whole story line was this : She refused to throw Needle away when she began her training as a Faceless Man. As such, we have long seen it coming that she would return to the sword and either become Arya Stark, or throw it in the bay. The first seemed 99% likely so Kudos for proper foreshadowing.
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1:03PM on 06/14/2016
I posted this as a reply to someone else already, but I think a lot of people overlooked something key in Arya's story:

I think The Waif was Arya's alter ego (think Tyler Durden). By killing her other self, she completed her training with the Faceless Men is and now No One.
I posted this as a reply to someone else already, but I think a lot of people overlooked something key in Arya's story:

I think The Waif was Arya's alter ego (think Tyler Durden). By killing her other self, she completed her training with the Faceless Men is and now No One.
10:08PM on 06/13/2016
7 out of 10??? How? This episode was a 3. Maybe 4. The episode showed that Arya's story line had no payoff after many episodes now. And the slow boil of Cersei and other characters has made me think that other stories may not have payoffs either, and they're just a waste. Characters are now killed off screen too, apparently. Someone should let David Benioff and D.B. Weiss know they're getting ripped off financially. Where is the money going? So incredibly disappointing... a few episodes now. We
7 out of 10??? How? This episode was a 3. Maybe 4. The episode showed that Arya's story line had no payoff after many episodes now. And the slow boil of Cersei and other characters has made me think that other stories may not have payoffs either, and they're just a waste. Characters are now killed off screen too, apparently. Someone should let David Benioff and D.B. Weiss know they're getting ripped off financially. Where is the money going? So incredibly disappointing... a few episodes now. We only get 10. If 3 suck, that's a C grade season.
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2:15PM on 06/13/2016

Filler

Since these episodes are being done before the book is finished could this well be the reason so much seems out of sorts? It just seems they are treading water until the final battle between Ramsey and Jon to finish the season and give us a boat load of cliffhangers.
Since these episodes are being done before the book is finished could this well be the reason so much seems out of sorts? It just seems they are treading water until the final battle between Ramsey and Jon to finish the season and give us a boat load of cliffhangers.
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10:31AM on 06/13/2016

Cersei will kill Tommen

I'm thinking Cersei will fulfill the prophecy and have the mountain, or herself, kill Tommen. He's become such a little bitch... and basically just sentenced his mother to death. As much as she loves her son, if it's her or him, I think she'll be the one that walks away from it all.

That, or Marjorey finally lets Tommen in on whatever plan she's been scheming up.
I'm thinking Cersei will fulfill the prophecy and have the mountain, or herself, kill Tommen. He's become such a little bitch... and basically just sentenced his mother to death. As much as she loves her son, if it's her or him, I think she'll be the one that walks away from it all.

That, or Marjorey finally lets Tommen in on whatever plan she's been scheming up.
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1:23PM on 06/13/2016
I completely disagree. Cersei could end up being responsible for Tommen's death, but I don't believe under any circumstance that she would intentionally have him killed. She's his mother and has a mother's love for him. We've seen that. We know how much she loves her children.

I do believe that he's going do die and probably due to something she's responsible for, just not that she intended that to happen.
I completely disagree. Cersei could end up being responsible for Tommen's death, but I don't believe under any circumstance that she would intentionally have him killed. She's his mother and has a mother's love for him. We've seen that. We know how much she loves her children.

I do believe that he's going do die and probably due to something she's responsible for, just not that she intended that to happen.
4:45PM on 06/13/2016
I hear what you're saying... and they've definitely shown that she's a very caring/protective mother, but I think something changed the moment he wouldn't face her
I hear what you're saying... and they've definitely shown that she's a very caring/protective mother, but I think something changed the moment he wouldn't face her
9:52AM on 06/13/2016
I didn't find this episode to be completely useless. I think it served better to move people into position for the next big story development on the show.

So Tommen declared no more trials by combat, surely a move orchestrated by the High Sparrow. And it pretty much fucks over Cersei's plans. So what is she to do now? I'm assuming she'll unleash the Mountain and the streets will run red with the Faith Militants' blood. But what would be the point of that? Well for Cersei it's about
I didn't find this episode to be completely useless. I think it served better to move people into position for the next big story development on the show.

So Tommen declared no more trials by combat, surely a move orchestrated by the High Sparrow. And it pretty much fucks over Cersei's plans. So what is she to do now? I'm assuming she'll unleash the Mountain and the streets will run red with the Faith Militants' blood. But what would be the point of that? Well for Cersei it's about revenge against the High Sparrow. But I think it will also move Tommen into a position where he'll be killed, perhaps sacrificing himself for his mom, and thus fulfilling the prophecy.

The Hound, I'm just interested to see where it goes. Joining up with Baric's men, I remember in the books there were rumors floating around that The Hound joined up with them. But I'm not sure if it was ever confirmed that he did. And even still, I'm just curious to see what the point of this development will be. How will it factor into the greater story beyond bringing us back The Hound on a regular basis.

I agree that the scenes in Mereen just felt really uneven. I think the story with Tyrion has been treading water all season long, especially considering he's only been in a handful of scenes over 8 episodes now. I'm curious to see what will happen with Dany now that she's back. Does this mean we can finally advance her plot and have her return to Westeros to battle for the throne? I feel that it will play out with her Dothraki army showing up, taking out the masters. Whatever masters are left will tell Dany that Tyrion promised them however many years to phase out slavery. Dany will be like, "fuck it, I'm done trying to change this place." She'll let them go back to slaving and have control of Mereen. But she'll take all of their ships, as well as Yara's when she shows up, and leave with her entire Unsullied Army, Dothraki Army, and any slaves that want to come with her. Basically decimating Mereen and finally setting sails for Westeros.

With Arya, I'm very confused over her storyline. While it's been cool to see her train to become a crazy assassin, there's no arguing that the Faceless Men would have been a pretty fucked up way to live the rest of her life. So kudos on getting out of that nonsense. But besides having to kill the waif, there's really no other consequences to wanting to leave. Jaqen H'Gar seemed alright with it, probably because he got his face for the wall in the Waif. But what was the point of this storyline? So far it's had nothing to do to contribute to the overall story, it's so far removed from everything else that there is no tangential connection to main stories that have been going on since season 2. If the purpose was to simply have her trained to fight so she can go back to Westeros ready to kick some ass, well they didn't really have train for very long to pick up any threatening skills. I feel like somehow she'll get tied up with Dany or Yara in trying to get back to Westeros.


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10:20AM on 06/13/2016
I think The Waif was Arya's alter ego (think Tyler Durden). By killing her other self, she is now No One
I think The Waif was Arya's alter ego (think Tyler Durden). By killing her other self, she is now No One
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4:35AM on 06/13/2016
The Many Faced Gods stuff feels like a subplot to put Arya in neutral for a couple of seasons. I don't think it mattered much.
The Many Faced Gods stuff feels like a subplot to put Arya in neutral for a couple of seasons. I don't think it mattered much.
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1:26PM on 06/13/2016
Agree, sadly. Arya could have had a much better storyline that that borefest that came to pretty much nothing.
Agree, sadly. Arya could have had a much better storyline that that borefest that came to pretty much nothing.
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1:06AM on 06/13/2016

Meh....

I liked Arya's little showdown, I loved The Hound getting back to being a badass, I enjoyed FINALLY seeing someone show the Faith Millitant that they are anything but invincible, I liked the way the "battle" played out (because it showed Jamie really is a force to be reckoned with), and I liked the scene with Tyrion (that they kept brief as a way to set up the invasion).

My guess is that next week we're either going to see three dragons go medieval on the Masters, or they're about to meet
I liked Arya's little showdown, I loved The Hound getting back to being a badass, I enjoyed FINALLY seeing someone show the Faith Millitant that they are anything but invincible, I liked the way the "battle" played out (because it showed Jamie really is a force to be reckoned with), and I liked the scene with Tyrion (that they kept brief as a way to set up the invasion).

My guess is that next week we're either going to see three dragons go medieval on the Masters, or they're about to meet Dany's new army. I think The Hound is going to be convinced to join up. I think Jamie is going to let the soldiers in the castle who don't want to be there go as a favor to Brienne. Finally, I think Cersei has had enough waiting around and I think we're about to see a lot of dead religious fanatics showing up all over the city.

Not much happened, but numerous plots were moved to the point of something serious happening. We have two episodes left and I suspect we're going to see a lot of stuff now that they've got the setup out of the way. Even if they don't, I still found the episode satisfying. . . . I just wish it was 15 episodes in a season so these pauses didn't feel like we're about to get stalled until next year.
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