Well, that was exhausting. Spoilers ahead!
I’m not even sure where to begin. I liked this battle scene more than the last one – probably because I could see! So who to begin with?
Let’s start with Tyrion. Has a main character ever been so wrong? Poor Varys. His last words to Tyrion were, “I hope I deserve this, I truly do.” Given what happened, he didn’t deserve it.
Then Tyrion goes and commits treason by setting Jamie free. His acceptance of his death for this act speaks of his desperation – of how he no longer trusts Daenerys. (The scene between Jamie and Tyrion was perfect. Yep, I cried.)
I’m guessing Tyrion no longer supports his queen. Not sure where this will lead us in the finale. Will Tyrion switch allegiances and now be Team Jon? Or will he, yet again, try to counsel Daenerys? I’m not sure, but given that he’s been wrong so much this season (Cersei sending her army to fight the Night King, appealing to Cersei’s humanity outside the wall of King’s Landing, seeing traits in Daenerys that don’t exist – even though Sansa warned him) I’m not getting my hopes up.
Also, I thought the favor Tyrion asks Davos for was helping Jamie get inside the Red Keep, but now I’m not so sure. Davos will be smuggling something. Any guesses? Or was it Jamie?
Daenerys: Whoo boy! We got ourselves the Mad Queen. This is where this season is rushed. Granted, Daenerys’ “bad ruler” arc has been building for many seasons. She’s always been solely focused on the throne, and no one, who watched what happened in Meereen, should be surprised by her actions. She’s been on this path for quite a while.
However, using Missandei’s death, Jon’s rejection and her not being loved by “the people” as reasons for wiping out thousands of people was weak. It works for Grey Worm, since Missandei was all that really mattered to him, but not for Daenerys. In my opinion, they did her character a disservice, by making her rampage the result of Jon rejecting her, Missandei’s death and her not being loved. “Let it be fear then,” she says to Jon. I just wanted more from her character’s story – and it explains why many people are losing their minds right now.
Her destroying the entire city and pretty much everyone in it only makes sense if we accept she’s insane and must not be allowed to sit on the throne. So the final episode will be stopping Daenerys from taking the throne or that Westeros will have another mad ruler? Will she kill Jon? Maybe. I mean, why not?
Arya: In this episode, Arya is our eyes. Through her we see the devastation Daenerys creates. And, boy, it’s brutal.
She also abandons her quest to kill Cersei, by listening to The Hound. She’s changed course before – reclaiming her name while killing Meryn Trant. Will our little assassin kill Daenerys?
Jon: I’m not even sure where to go with him. Obviously, Sansa’s and Arya’s warnings took root, and we see Daenerys’ carnage through his eyes as well. What he’ll do about it is anyone’s guess.
Cersei: Hats off to Lena Headey. It takes a great actress to make me feel some kind of way over Cersei’s death. She has brought so much to this role. I had envisioned a very different death for her, but in the end she dies with Jamie. That seemed right. It brings us full circle. Not much has really changed since season one.
Cleganebowl: That was really satisfying. From start (Qyburn’s death and Cersei quietly excusing herself) to finish (The Hound sacrificing himself to kill his brother) was pitch perfect.
I want to get this post up so you guys can share your thoughts, so I’ll stop writing. Now!