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TV Review: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 9 "Battle of the Bastards"

06.19.2016

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EPISODE 9: Battle of the Bastards

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). If this season has done one thing right, it’s get the stories moving and the characters finally interacting on a huge level. No episode has done this better than tonight’s. Yes, it’s called ‘Battle of the Bastards’, which promises an epic battle for Winterfell, but we open up with a very different battle, one I wasn’t sure we’d see tonight. The masters feel they’ve won the day, but then we get the one thing we’ve all been waiting for since those damn dragons hatched at the end of season one…a full scale dragon assault with Dany leading atop Drogon. I can’t even begin to describe how epically phenomenal this looked and felt. The scene itself couldn’t have been brought to life any better, it’s exactly what I envisioned, so needless to say, my expectations were met. The Night King has no idea what’s coming for his frosty ass.

But this wasn’t all to come out of Meereen tonight. When we cut back to Dany and Tyrion, they’re talking to Yara and Theon. I didn’t expect Tyrion to be impressed by Theon’s presence, but clearly Dany is impressed by Yara—both would be underdogs oozing with girl power. A pact is made, and it looks like Euron’s reign will be a short one. It’s never quite that easy in Game of Thrones, so I’m sure we’ll encounter a bump or two in the road, but all thing’s considered, it looks like Dany’s en route to Westeros.

The battle for Winterell is both visually and stylistically the best battle we’ve seen on the show thus far. The numbers feel real, the blows feel real, and the scope feels deadly real. Sure, it starts out like with arrows and foot soldiers, but quickly escalates to an all-out Braveheart style bloodbath. Heads are flying, limbs are being torn off every which way, the bodies are literally piling up, so much so, that poor Jon almost gets trampled and buried. The intensity of the battle is obviously high, with Rickon getting smoked—seriously though, that kid didn’t have a damn chance and everyone knew it. I was happy to see Tormund live through it all, and Jon beat the bejesus out of Ramsay, but what a great end to that little shit, feeding him to his own dogs. Now THAT, ladies and gentlemen, will be one of the most re-watched scenes of this series to be sure.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6’s ninth episode is without a doubt the best episode of the season, and I dare say, one of the top five best of the series. There were a lot of stakes and moving parts to this battle. On the one hand, we have Davos, who finds the wooden horse he gave Shireen amidst some burnt rubble. He says nothing about it at first, but he’s clutching it very tightly after the battle, looking at Melisandre with daggers in his eyes. Then we have Littlefinger, who helped win the day (all part of his master plan, I’m sure), and as I said before, I can’t wait to see what he has to say about all this. Seeing the Stark banner on the walls of Winterfell is such a rewarding sight to behold. I just hope that once the dust settles, the untied forces who won Winterfell stay aligned, rather than fall apart. I’m assuming we won’t have to see much more of these storylines next week for the finale, as they feel rather wrapped for the season, which leaves King’s Landing, Arya (maybe) and Bran (hopefully). I’d love to see Bran and Benjen show up at Winterfell, but we may have to wait until next season for that. I can’t believe next week’s the finale, but I sure am excited.

SEX/NUDITY: No time for that tonight, we got Masters and Boltons to kill. Though I’m fairly certain Yara was hitting on Dany…and she didn’t seem to mind.

VIOLENCE: Jesus, there was enough violence in this one episode to put most seasons of violent shows to shame.

MOST EPIC SCENE: Yes, I hate Ramsay. So yes, his end was very gratifying. Yet, I’m a bigger fan of dragons, so seeing Dany and her three dragons unleash hell is the chart topper.

FINAL VERDICT :

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Extra Tidbit: The finale is an extra ten minutes long, and they’ll need it if they plan to outdo tonight’s episode.
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2:23PM on 06/20/2016
Loved this episode. Ramsey quickly grew to become my favorite character, and I'm really going to miss him. At the end of the day, he out thought and our maneuvered Jon. Now the lannisters and the freys should be arriving at winterfell round about the same time as the night king
Loved this episode. Ramsey quickly grew to become my favorite character, and I'm really going to miss him. At the end of the day, he out thought and our maneuvered Jon. Now the lannisters and the freys should be arriving at winterfell round about the same time as the night king
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12:18PM on 06/20/2016

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To the great comments below from everyone who loved this episode. This is my favorite season so far and this ep definitely in my top 2-3 of the entire series. I can't wait to watch this one again!
To the great comments below from everyone who loved this episode. This is my favorite season so far and this ep definitely in my top 2-3 of the entire series. I can't wait to watch this one again!
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12:04PM on 06/20/2016
Jon beats the holy hell out of Ramsay and Sansa feeds him to the hounds. The dragons scare the shit out of the masters, grey worm has a two for one kill, and Tyrion deals out terms like a badass. Not much to complain about here. You have to appreciate episodes like this when it comes to this show because there's almost a hundred percent chance that more heartbreak is around the corner.
Jon beats the holy hell out of Ramsay and Sansa feeds him to the hounds. The dragons scare the shit out of the masters, grey worm has a two for one kill, and Tyrion deals out terms like a badass. Not much to complain about here. You have to appreciate episodes like this when it comes to this show because there's almost a hundred percent chance that more heartbreak is around the corner.
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2:13PM on 06/20/2016

I only complain about this show slowly coming to an end.


I only complain about this show slowly coming to an end.

9:55AM on 06/20/2016

Questions

I enjoyed the episode overall, but I had some questions at the end that have been bugging the hell out of me... maybe someone can answer them...
- Where the hell was Ghost the entire episode?? Should've shown him hanging back to protect Sansa and/or given Ramsay to him at the end
- Why not use Wun Wun (the giant) to his full advantage when you are already so outnumbered? Give that guy a tree to swing around and take out 20 dudes at a time - goodbye problem with being closed in by shields
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I enjoyed the episode overall, but I had some questions at the end that have been bugging the hell out of me... maybe someone can answer them...
- Where the hell was Ghost the entire episode?? Should've shown him hanging back to protect Sansa and/or given Ramsay to him at the end
- Why not use Wun Wun (the giant) to his full advantage when you are already so outnumbered? Give that guy a tree to swing around and take out 20 dudes at a time - goodbye problem with being closed in by shields
- Why in the hell would Sansa be so vague about "waiting for more men" - why would she just not tell Jon that she sent a letter to Littlefinger and he might be coming to help - what did she have to lose by telling Jon that he might be coming?
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12:50AM on 06/21/2016
Ghost: I don't know, there have been so many episodes where I wondered where the hell Ghost is at. And then he shows up again for like, 20 seconds and I go "OK, so Ghost is still alive." Or other times I'd think "Oh yeah, there's Ghost. Cool!" I write it off as Jon Snow letting Ghost "be himself" and do his own thing. Even in the books that's kind of the case; often times, the Stark's wolves go on long treks on their own. Sometimes, a couple/few of the Starks have "visions" of where the wolf is
Ghost: I don't know, there have been so many episodes where I wondered where the hell Ghost is at. And then he shows up again for like, 20 seconds and I go "OK, so Ghost is still alive." Or other times I'd think "Oh yeah, there's Ghost. Cool!" I write it off as Jon Snow letting Ghost "be himself" and do his own thing. Even in the books that's kind of the case; often times, the Stark's wolves go on long treks on their own. Sometimes, a couple/few of the Starks have "visions" of where the wolf is at as well.
I figure that most of the time, Jon Snow kind of knows instinctively where Ghost is, and what he's doing.
So, Ghost was probably a dozen miles away hunting oversized pheasant.

WunWun: I was talking to a friend about that as well. He asked almost the exact same thing. He said "why didn't he have a huge fucking club and just swipe out ten guys at once?" I had no answer except "Well, maybe he did but Jon Snow got so mad so quickly that he didn't have time to retrieve it once the battle started."

Sansa being vague: Well, I talk about this shit in my long-ass redbar post below. Ultimately, I think it was just bad writing. If Sansa knew of ANY chance of reinforcements coming, she would have told Jon. Jon would have waited. I don't think Jon would discard such a potential boon to his battle plans. Also, he would have explained his battle plan during the tent scene with additional rocks on the table to represent more soldiers. So, I think the writers merely wanted to force the audience into thinking that A) Jon Snow got angry and did the exact attack plan that we were told would be the WORST idea, and B) we were supposed to think that all hope was lost... and then comes the cavalry.
6:40AM on 06/20/2016
There was not one single "surprise" during this episode. I hated HATED the deus ex machina pulled out during the Jon Snow battle. Daeny's dragons didn't do much - again. They get to burn a boat - one boat, and one dragon, one time - and fly around. Again.... Sansa is being written as someone that's "learned the world" and "toughened up", but unfortunately all her moments to shine were dull. Ramsay always felt like a Joffrey Lite, and really, I think Sansa's smile at the end just was like
There was not one single "surprise" during this episode. I hated HATED the deus ex machina pulled out during the Jon Snow battle. Daeny's dragons didn't do much - again. They get to burn a boat - one boat, and one dragon, one time - and fly around. Again.... Sansa is being written as someone that's "learned the world" and "toughened up", but unfortunately all her moments to shine were dull. Ramsay always felt like a Joffrey Lite, and really, I think Sansa's smile at the end just was like another layer of shit icing on top of a pile of turd. Ugh. I could to a 20-page rant about all that I think was wrong with this episode. I am very close to quitting altogether on this series.
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8:18AM on 06/20/2016
If you didn't like that you should quit. I couldn't agree less with all of this, literally everything. My highlight though, is how you failed to realize that the dragons only destroyed one ship because they want to use the rest. Not rocket science for most of us. Good luck never enjoying anything
If you didn't like that you should quit. I couldn't agree less with all of this, literally everything. My highlight though, is how you failed to realize that the dragons only destroyed one ship because they want to use the rest. Not rocket science for most of us. Good luck never enjoying anything
11:44AM on 06/20/2016
Seriously though, if you hated an episode of GOT that had this much happening why the fuck are you wasting your life watching it?
Seriously though, if you hated an episode of GOT that had this much happening why the fuck are you wasting your life watching it?
11:49AM on 06/20/2016
I agree with RobKong 100%
I agree with RobKong 100%
7:12PM on 06/20/2016
My dragon comment is more a response to the review: "...seeing Dany and her three dragons unleash hell is the chart topper". I don't consider two dragons breaking through a wall and flying - doing nothing else - and one more dragon flying and burning a single ship - is considered "three dragons [unleashing] hell". LoL
As for the rest of the episode... heck, this SEASON didn't really have much happen, if you think about it. Where were these characters (really THINK about it) at the
My dragon comment is more a response to the review: "...seeing Dany and her three dragons unleash hell is the chart topper". I don't consider two dragons breaking through a wall and flying - doing nothing else - and one more dragon flying and burning a single ship - is considered "three dragons [unleashing] hell". LoL
As for the rest of the episode... heck, this SEASON didn't really have much happen, if you think about it. Where were these characters (really THINK about it) at the middle-to-end of season 5, and where are they at episode 9 of season 6? Most of them are still stuck in just about the same situation(s), and/or ended up reverting BACK to where they were when the season began. So, there's that.
I think all of us knew there was a supporting army behind Jon Snow... what I disliked the most was that Snow was planning the battle as if there was no backup; Sansa must have known, but talked to Snow like there was no backup; Ramsay's killing of Rickon went on WAY TOO long and we all knew he was dead anyway; I think even Snow knew Rickon was dead, so I don't think he'd be stupid enough to do a full-on frontal attack because of his anger. Also, Sansa warned Jon not to lose his shit with Ramsay because (another forced attempt to "age" Sansa and make her more "street smart") she knows him. She knows he likes to play games. Jon kind of tosses aside her comment, but then acts surprised when that exact thing happens with Rickon.
Once again, I think Jon would be smart enough to not sacrifice EVERYTHING because of witnessing Rickon's death. This means that perhaps he did the full-on attack as a way of purposefully luring Ramsay into thinking Jon fell for the trap. But then, there's the needless sacrifice of his own soldiers, and even HIS OWN LIFE. Is that why he asked Melissandre to not bring him back? Because he knew his plan would be too risky to survive? Either way, if that WAS his plan, then it's a fucking stupid plan. Since that means he would have known the Vale army was right around the corner - HAD to be that close because Sansa was riding with them - and therefore he would have sacrificed all his 3000 men for a really cheap and suicidal plan.... for one battle. That also means that he wasn't thinking of the long game, of surviving to take the fucking throne (one can also argue that Jon isn't expecting to take the crown, but I'm trying to keep the "plan - within another plan within another plan" tree at a minimum right now). So that, again, is a drastic mistake on his part if he actually KNEW Littlefinger had a whole army just behind the hill....
I liked the "in the thick of it" moments with the clashing horses, etc... but then it started to get predictably boring fast, and once they are encircled and it looks like the end for Snow and the Northerners... there's more of them dying and suffering... and then I guess you're supposed to think "NOW they're going to die!" and then YAY Littlefinger comes to save the day!!!
I know Ramsay is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he's smart enough to know when he might not win a battle. That's all the reason he had the conversation with Jon before battle, and why he turned down a one-on-one fight. He knew he had the superior numbers. How did he know this? Well, because it's hard to miss an army near your castle. I'm sure he sent out scouts. With Ramsay's history of violence, I'm sure the scouts would do a damn fine job.... so WHY the FUCK would they not see an ENTIRE FUCKING ARMY of horsemen just around the FUCKING corner? Oh, I know why: because they need to save the day. Also, it seems Sansa and crew were trying to kill all the Northerners before they came to kill Ramsay. Fine, I can see that might be their agenda.... but they were taking a big risk on Jon Snow's safety by doing so.
So perhaps the Vale were on their way the whole time and didn't show up until the last minute right in the nick of time. They may have ridden long and hard (hehe) and so scouts wouldn't catch the army, but the evidence of that many people traveling for so long would NOT go unnoticed. I am sure that Ramsay would have caught wind of it somehow. But let's assume not, and luck was completely on their side.... I still don't see how Jon's plan to be suckered into Ramsay's "trap" and letting his own men die so quickly was a sane idea. Meaning that he lost his shit; which additionally means that I don't think he's that stupid. Round and round it goes lol
I could also accept the fact that the scouts were paid or coerced to not reveal to Ramsay of another army. But then that would mean the battle plans in the tent - with Snow's four most trusted associates as the only witnesses - still intended to have no backup army. This may mean that Jon suspects one of them may be a spy, and/or (most likely) the scene was written with this "fake plan" laid out so the audience would think this is an all-or-nothing battle with no potential for recovery. I think that's the most likely option, because well... the series has lost its subtlety around the beginning of season 5.

It's shit like THIS that pisses me off about the show now. I used to love every minute, thrive on the intrigue and deception, the heartbreaking unrequited romances and double-crossings... but now people are saying that "an epic battle dur dur" is the best of what GoT has to offer. I myself actually enjoyed most the more intimate scenes, in which wonderful actors weaved subtle tapestries of lies and deception to their opponent, with veiled threats and claims of superiority while on the surface they are discussing a different topic entirely. That shit's gone now. An epic battle here and there used to just be the sugar added as an additional topping to the tasty treats that came before.
Now, we have pointless street chases from an opponent we know nothing about - therefore don't care if Arya kills her or not - with motivations that have no sense of purpose presented to the audience. There is Samwell.... a year later and he's "still on his way to the citadel to become a Maester", Arya has decided to turn down her pointless training that taught her JUST about nothing and left just about when she was going to learn something useful... most likely to poison and murder the rest of her strangely-shortened kill list (starting with the Freys, of course. Episode ten, I'm calling it). Bran has learned how to warg better, but he already could do that in season 4 and 5, so not much has changed there. Maybe he can be the ultimate God Machine and retcon Ned's death, saving the entire realm! The High Sparrow storyline is just frustrating, since that political "intrigue" is a pale reflection of what used to be.
Ehhhhh.... like I said, I could go 20 pages about what I think the show has failed to do versus what it used to be, but I'll just stop here.
7:35PM on 06/20/2016
Have to argue one of your points here lady. pants Why on earth would Daeny order the dragons to burn every ship down since she needs the fleet?
Have to argue one of your points here lady. pants Why on earth would Daeny order the dragons to burn every ship down since she needs the fleet?
7:43PM on 06/20/2016
I myself didn't think it would be smart to burn a fleet of ships, since she WANTS the ships to sail away.
My argument about burning down ONE SHIP is based on JA Hamilton's (the reviewer's) "MOST EPIC SCENE"... I didn't think a dragon burning a ship, and two other dragons flying around doing nothing was "badass" lol
I myself didn't think it would be smart to burn a fleet of ships, since she WANTS the ships to sail away.
My argument about burning down ONE SHIP is based on JA Hamilton's (the reviewer's) "MOST EPIC SCENE"... I didn't think a dragon burning a ship, and two other dragons flying around doing nothing was "badass" lol
8:40PM on 06/20/2016
I think something can only be a deus ex machina plot device if it literally came out of nowhere, but the knights of the vale were established as an option well before this episode and while not surprising, it made sense that they might show up.
I think something can only be a deus ex machina plot device if it literally came out of nowhere, but the knights of the vale were established as an option well before this episode and while not surprising, it made sense that they might show up.
9:19PM on 06/20/2016
psycheoutsteve: "I think something can only be a deus ex machina plot device if it literally came out of nowhere, but the knights of the vale were established as an option well before this episode and while not surprising, it made sense that they might show up."

You're right, and this is a valid argument. I think they were setting up a "savior" army between the Vale, or perhaps with the re-introduction of the Brotherhood, they could have had a subtle backup plan in the making, or one of the
psycheoutsteve: "I think something can only be a deus ex machina plot device if it literally came out of nowhere, but the knights of the vale were established as an option well before this episode and while not surprising, it made sense that they might show up."

You're right, and this is a valid argument. I think they were setting up a "savior" army between the Vale, or perhaps with the re-introduction of the Brotherhood, they could have had a subtle backup plan in the making, or one of the houses that refused to assist when Jon and Arya asked the first time may have changed their mind(s) and could have been the saving army... I knew it was COMING when the goal was to make it seem like it would be just a little too late to matter. So I guess you'd say that yes, there were several of Chekhov's Guns placed on the wall; it was just hard to guess which gun would be picked. :D
However, I still consider it a Deus Ex Machina because Jon Snow and his army didn't know. They fully planned to go at it alone, and so for THEM it was "out of nowhere". I think of all people, Sansa should have known - I'm sure she DID know - and she didn't tell Jon. She didn't tell him to wait half a day or anything. Haha that would be messed up!
In the end, I think the decisions leading up to the last-minute saving of Jon Snow is based on really weak writing. They wanted to have "an epic battle" and they also wanted "The Vale to come in at the last minute, just when all hope was lost" but failed to write a sequence of events that made sense for the characters, or for the story as a whole. IMHO, and I feel that in this circumstance, I'm the only one on the planet with this opinion ROFL. :p
5:52PM on 06/21/2016
I don't think you're the only one with that opinion hehe. I suppose that if I did have one complaint with this episode it's that the knights of the vale plot device was a little too safe or predictable for this show, given what's come before. Half of me thought it might be cooler if Jaime showed up to the rescue to redeem himself some more and find peace with the Starks.
I don't think you're the only one with that opinion hehe. I suppose that if I did have one complaint with this episode it's that the knights of the vale plot device was a little too safe or predictable for this show, given what's come before. Half of me thought it might be cooler if Jaime showed up to the rescue to redeem himself some more and find peace with the Starks.
10:58AM on 06/27/2016
Go ahead and quit this series bud, it seems too complicated for you. Go watch some Into The Blue instead.
Go ahead and quit this series bud, it seems too complicated for you. Go watch some Into The Blue instead.
6:39AM on 06/20/2016

B+

As cool as the battle was and the Dragons the leads are just dumb. Jon was warned by Sansa that Ramsey would play him and he did just that, getting Jon to put his army at a tactical disadvantage. The boy could have just dodged a time or two and would have been missed. Jon let his emotions almost destroy his army. Second how on earth do the Masters come a shore having to know there be dragons afoot. To put themselves in the open in front of the Dragon Mother was epic in it's silliness. We'll see
As cool as the battle was and the Dragons the leads are just dumb. Jon was warned by Sansa that Ramsey would play him and he did just that, getting Jon to put his army at a tactical disadvantage. The boy could have just dodged a time or two and would have been missed. Jon let his emotions almost destroy his army. Second how on earth do the Masters come a shore having to know there be dragons afoot. To put themselves in the open in front of the Dragon Mother was epic in it's silliness. We'll see how the last episode goes.
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12:24PM on 06/20/2016
To me this made the events you speak of with Jon and Rickon more realistic and believable. No matter what Sansa told Jon, he couldn't possibly imagine just how bad Ramsey could be. Second, Jon's human - I can only imagine when you've just seen your very young brother murdered before your eyes, by a man who tortured your sister, you could possibly be drawn in to let emotions take over.
To me this made the events you speak of with Jon and Rickon more realistic and believable. No matter what Sansa told Jon, he couldn't possibly imagine just how bad Ramsey could be. Second, Jon's human - I can only imagine when you've just seen your very young brother murdered before your eyes, by a man who tortured your sister, you could possibly be drawn in to let emotions take over.
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4:12AM on 06/20/2016

Fantastic

Fantastic episode, gave us an epic battle.
Fantastic episode, gave us an epic battle.
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2:27AM on 06/20/2016
As satisfying as everything was, and it felt very, very satisfying, my one problem with this season has been that it's kind of fallen off of Game of Thrones style a bit. Since it stopped following the novels, it feels like things have started getting tied up a little too neatly. Most of the season has been somewhat predictable, with a lot of 'Hollywood saves' coming to put things to an end neatly and in favor of our favorite characters. And nothing in this episode really came across as
As satisfying as everything was, and it felt very, very satisfying, my one problem with this season has been that it's kind of fallen off of Game of Thrones style a bit. Since it stopped following the novels, it feels like things have started getting tied up a little too neatly. Most of the season has been somewhat predictable, with a lot of 'Hollywood saves' coming to put things to an end neatly and in favor of our favorite characters. And nothing in this episode really came across as surprising. This all leads me to say that Littlefinger's triumphant return was a little too convenient for my taste. It was too Hollywood for my taste, with him being the miraculous hero just when Jon and Sansa needed a savior the most. Even Rickon's death was very predictable and felt far less powerful than I think it should have.

But, like I said before, the entire thing felt very satisfying, despite my feelings that it doesn't feel like it bears the previous seasons tragic nature or unpredictability. I cannot state enough how much I enjoyed seeing that little bastard Ramsay get what was coming to him or finally witnessing the dragons in all their fire breathing glory. Even with Tyrion's misstep last week, his scene with the masters was fantastic. Overall, I agree that this has been one of the shows best episode purely for delivering on so much of what we have waited to see since the end of season 1.
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11:48AM on 06/20/2016
You have to consider that with only 2 seasons left the long wait for resolutions is FINALLY coming to pass with this series. If people had to sit through another wasted season with nothing happening (IE. the entire Arya story over the last 2 seasons) people would have stopped watching.
You have to consider that with only 2 seasons left the long wait for resolutions is FINALLY coming to pass with this series. If people had to sit through another wasted season with nothing happening (IE. the entire Arya story over the last 2 seasons) people would have stopped watching.
7:31PM on 06/20/2016
Arya's story ark was designed to make her into an absolute badass.....mission accomplished. How is that a waste? She's a young lady, not much for her to do in a world full of war, rape and dragons. She was trained up the last couple years.
Arya's story ark was designed to make her into an absolute badass.....mission accomplished. How is that a waste? She's a young lady, not much for her to do in a world full of war, rape and dragons. She was trained up the last couple years.
1:20AM on 06/20/2016
The best episode of the season. I really need to get through the last 2 books. Feast for the Crows is just so damn boring.
The best episode of the season. I really need to get through the last 2 books. Feast for the Crows is just so damn boring.
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12:29AM on 06/20/2016

Yes, Yes, and HELL YEAH!!!

What a truly great episode. It had tons of loss (that felt real and painful). Easily the worst was the giant finally falling, his presence will truly be missed on this show. It felt like at any moment every character was in real mortal danger (other than the ones in Mereen), which made it amazingly suspenseful.

Obviously Littlefinger was going to come in and save the day, although the writers did it well enough to start making you wonder if this was going to go the other way in an
What a truly great episode. It had tons of loss (that felt real and painful). Easily the worst was the giant finally falling, his presence will truly be missed on this show. It felt like at any moment every character was in real mortal danger (other than the ones in Mereen), which made it amazingly suspenseful.

Obviously Littlefinger was going to come in and save the day, although the writers did it well enough to start making you wonder if this was going to go the other way in an unthinkable loss. Everything happening in Mereen was perfect. We got to see the dragons burn, Grey Worm pull a cool killing move, Dany really taking charge, and her new army smoke the last remnants of The Masters' hired murderers. I loved how Tyrion looked like he'd been caught taking the car by mom and dad when Dany came back. Dinklage can literally sell anything. Oh yeah....and now the Dragon Queen has her fleet. Westeros is going to fall next season!

Now I'm just curious how they're going to wrap it up with something impressive enough to not make the finale seem like a letdown. Maybe it's Cersei's turn to get her revenge and for the fanatics to finally go away. Absolutely worth every down minute of this season setting up this episode.
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