If I could lighten the mood with 'a mountain and a viper walk into a bar' joke, I totally would.
Towards the end of the second act, Arya and the Hound get to the Bloody Gate looking for Lysa Arryn. When they're told of Lady Arryn's untimely death, Arya bursts into manic peals of laughter. For her, it's the only sensible reaction to their current state of affairs. Yet after watching 'The Mountain and the Viper', I can relate completely.
Mole’s Town: We hardly knew ye
It's hard for me to mourn the local malcontents and ne'er do wells that inhabited Mole's Town but I am relieved that Gilly and her bebe likely made it. Honestly, her mama bear attitude with the drunk bargirl made me root for her all the more. That and her 'street smart' know-how that sh*t was about to go down--no, it was not just an owl. (Love when Sam's bros point out that quietly, she has been a bad ass all along!) As always, it was good to see Ygritte. And, frankly, seeing Ygritte showing mercy is a win/win.
Castle Black: Déjà vu
You guys, I don't know. Am I imagining that the same scene is basically playing out from slightly different angles this season a la Castle Black? Am I also missing that there's some kind of plan they are masterminding? Because all I'm getting is a lot of moping around and no real plans being made for the impending attack. Is there something here that refers back to the line that Ramsay says about traditions being important whereby the "tradition" of the Night's Watch feels, at best, antiquated and at worst totally inefficient?
The Great Pyramid
Oh, young love. What I loved so much about Grey Worm's apology to Miss Andy (forgive me my nature that I have to rebel against Martin's elaborate names somewhere. I promise I know the real spelling of her name!) was that despite it not being clear whether he was physically interested in her, what was on the surface was an intimate exchange about the gift of being seen. They are after all, two people who aren't commonly used to being regarded as whole separate individuals.
The Taking of Moat Cailin 1 2 3
Theon seemed so comfortable as his original self that for a second there, I almost thought Reek was a ruse. Watching him get coached up by Ramsay was, in some ways, more twisted than all the other sadistic sh*t Ramsay's done to him in the past. After Cailin was 'won' all I could think was, "Yeah! You are now the proud owners of a moat and loads of people with one foot in the grave!" Apparently the victory was worth much more as Ramsay gets the (dubious?) honor of now being a Bolton.
Eyrie and tha Vale
I am sorry but I am totally shipping Sansa and Baelish. Game of Thrones, you have won. My moral compass is officially demagnetized (I mean). It's mostly because I want to see what Sansa's plan is! And I can't imagine it would be less fun getting further entangled with the Master of Coin. The way she took the room to another level when she 'confessed' who she really was and what Baelish's 'role' has been in her life, well, is it too much to say I was cheering out loud? She just became so psychologically interesting that even a spectacular physical transformation was mere icing on the cake. (I feel the need to disclose that I have loved Aiden Gillen since Queer as Folk and would probably ship him with a wall.)
And Robin Arryn: You in danger, boy. Petyr practically tells him he's going to die an extremely mundane (read: accidental) death. And soon.
The Great Pyramid: Part Deux
I'm sorry but I have also (quietly) shipped Dany and Jorah since Season 1 so I guess that fantasy dies with him now so coolly sent away. I feel like her reaction was way harsh. I must admit I don't completely understand the weight of his betrayal against all of his actions that have proved his fealty but I also can't deny that her anger was so tangible that she couldn't even look at him. And as for my hate/love of Tywin and his brand of evil, well score one for him knowing exactly how to get the reaction he intended with just one pointed letter.
King’s Landing: The
Okay, let's start with the puzzling profound scene in Tyrion's cell with Jaime before the trial by combat. Per the writers' intention, I'm sure, I have been turning over the beetle monologue meaning again and again. Yes, it works as insight into a character's psyche who is potentially facing death for a crime he did not commit. Yes, it works in a meta context about the Game of Thrones author(s) who prefer to show violence and cruelty as both proclivity and happenstance. But you know what it didn't prepare me for? The final scene and Oberyn's horrific death. A death, enacted in a single moment of time, that reminds us how utterly corporeal we are. The kind of real that all the confidence and swagger on the planet cannot save us from falling victim to. I was speechless after the scene. And still kind of am. And while my morality is corrupted, before this episode, I hadn't yet developed an attachment disorder. But now? Well, time will tell. I will miss Oberyn very much. He just took awesome to a new level.
Grumpkins and Snarks
*The Stark family being in proximity is practically a Scoody-Doo trope/screwball comedy/French farce at this point. The one where a characters will just miss meeting up with another character when s/he leans against the wall and it spins and send them into another room. Also done with a hallway of doors where characters are walking in one door and out another but missing each other by an instant.
*Were Dany and Miss Andy braiding each others hair and talking about boys?!?
*The shot of the Bolton time-honored tradition of flaying gave this Hannibal a run for its money.
*Speaking of shots, the one of Jorah riding away from Meereen was really sad.
*Does Ser Barristan have any stake in Jorah being gone?
*The ironborn mantra: "What is dead, may never die" is so hardcore and I love it.
*Cersei and Tywin are dead inside. Their lack of reaction during the fight was staggering. And I am NOT counting Cersei's joy whenever Oberyn was down as a reaction to disprove this theory!
*Last but not least, that fight scene was OUTSTANDING. The choreography/direction/stunt work was second to none.
Dany: “When the slavers castrate the boys, do they take all of it? The pillar and the stones?”
Ramsay: “Remember what you are and what you’re not.”
Lord Royce: “You’ve been licking Tywin Lannister’s boots so long it’s a wonder your tongue’s not black.”
Baelish: "My lady wasn't meant for a world as brutal as ours." (no kidding)
Baelish: “Sickly little boys sometimes become powerful men.”
Dany: “Don't ever presume to touch me or speak my name again.”
Baelish: "Best to gamble on the man you know than the strangers you don't?"
Baelish: “Take charge of your life… for as long as it lasts.”
The Hound: “So you’re sad because you didn’t get to kill Joffrey yourself. Is that it?"
Arya: “At least I could’ve been there to watch. I wanted to see the look in his eyes when he knew it was over."
The Hound: “Aye, nothing in the world beats that look."
Tyrion: “Laughing at another person’s misery was the only thing that made me feel like everyone else.”
Tyrion: "You could at least wear a helmet."
Oberyn: “Size does not matter when you are flat on your back.”
Tyrion: “Thank the gods.”
Ellaria: “Don’t leave me alone in this world.”
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