TV Review: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 10 “The Winds of Winter”

Last Updated on July 31, 2021

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EPISODE 10: The Winds of Winter

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). Let me start by saying this is one of the better finale’s of the series, and not just because huge plot points are finally moving forward, but in general. I knew big things were going to happen tonight, but the events in King’s Landing blew me away (sorry, had to). The High Sparrow wasn’t going to survive the night, I knew that much, but Tommen going out like a pussy? I didn’t see that coming, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. I won’t miss him, he was a bitch to be sure, and the deaths of all Cersei’s children was prophesized, but still…it just felt a little weak. What a night for Cersei though, revenge on all sides, and MAN was she eating it up! And after everything, to see her crowned on the Iron Throne? D-A-M-N. Jaime’s reaction didn’t seem all that positive, but I’m sure he’ll get over it.

The biggest wild card tonight was Arya. Holy hell was that some epic payback. Lord Frey needed to die, and for a while there, I thought Jaime might be the one to do it. I think he wanted to, but ‘politically speaking’ just wasn’t ready to add that death to his tab. Arya being there, for the feast, silently stalking them, then serving up his sons before slitting his throat was bloody horrific, and I couldn’t stop laughing. It was so sweet. I do have a thought though, if she refused the Many Faced God, why in hell was she able to use the face swapping tactic? Last time she pulled that shit, she went blind. This time? No problem. I mean, it’s all well and good that Jaqen has a soft spot for her, and thus didn’t mind her taking off, but that shouldn’t change the Godly rules of the game. I’m not complaining though, it’s good to see nearly three seasons’ worth of training not be for nothing.

The Jon Snow front was epically fantastic tonight, I mean damn, where the hell do I begin? First off, the rallying of all the bannermen was awesome, a recreating of the final episode of the season one. I loved it. But the biggest Jon Snow enigma finally got put to bed tonight—Jon Snow is really Jon Targaryen. How f*cking awesome is that?! No wonder maester Aemon liked him so much. Of course, only Bran knows the truth at this point, wouldn’t that suck to see him die before he gets to tell Jon? On that note, I was a little disappointed that Bran and Benjen didn’t show up in Winterfell. How cool would it have been to have them knocking on the door as everyone was chanting “KING IN THE NORTH”? I would’ve lost it. And then there’s Melisandre. In light of all the action last week, I didn’t touch upon the brooding (sulking) demeanor of hers, but for a chick who brought someone back to life, she isn’t very chipper. Banished though? I mean, I get that Davos is pissed, but I thought they were going to “live and let live” when it came to past transgressions. Guess not. I suppose she’ll meet up with Baric’s crew next season.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6’s finale was as satisfying as a finale can be, especially when it comes to this show. Winter has come, and guess what else is coming? Dany and her dragons…finally. Seeing her fleet raging across the sea was a magnificent sight. I didn’t care for the whole Daario bit at all, but I did enjoy Dany crowning Tyrion “Hand of the Queen”. I was taken off guard by Lady Tyrell’s secret meeting in Dorne, and even more so by the sudden appearance of Varys—he sure does move fast though, jumping from Dorne back to Meereen in time to sail with Dany and the crew. For all Cersei’s glory tonight, she’s amassed quite the number of enemies. Something tells me her reign won’t be a long one. I was expecting some white walker action, but alas there was none to be had. I’m assuming they’ll make their move in next season’s first episode, but that’s so far away…so very far away.

SEX/NUDITY: Not much to see on that front, but that’s okay, it’s not all about boobs ya know.

VIOLENCE: Cersei vaporized a lot of people tonight, like, a lot of people. There was also some throat slashing, some torture, some people pie, pregnancy blood (gross) and a lot of stabbing.

MOST EPIC SCENE: I really enjoyed the cloak and dagger games the children were playing in King’s Landing. Seeing Lancel get it was great, but nothing can top that slimy bastard Pycelle finally getting his due.




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