This is me having to wait an ENTIRE YEAR for the next season of Game of Thrones.
This episode was the best of the series, and certainly up there with some of the best of all the seasons. This season has been uneven to say the least, and there was that really terrible episode 8 with Arya, UGH, but this is a huge redemption.
This is the Game of Thrones I love!
The Tommen moment above, and many other moments had me yelling at the TV, “I did NOT see that coming!” or “I DID see that coming but NOT in that way!”
This is Benioff and Weiss writing at their best, and Miguel Sapochnik was, again, masterful at his direction, especially the tension building up to the Sept explosion. We knew things were going to happen, the wildfire, possibly Tommen dying, but it’s how they happened that was exciting. They made the predictable compelling, and that’s really, really hard to do. It’s like what they did with the fight between The Red Viper and The Mountain, I knew what the outcome would be, but the build up was so unpredictable, there was a moment when I thought, “Wait, is he NOT going to kill the Red Viper?” But then-
And lest we forget the epic Red Wedding.
That’s why I didn’t understand the predictability of the Battle of the Bastards, because I know what they’re capable of. This time, however, they brought that shit!
I have a few quibbles with this episode, the Tower of Joy was kind of a letdown after being teased with it for the better part of the season, a couple key scenes felt really rushed and deserved to breathe a bit more, or even moved up to earlier episodes, but overall I absolutely loved it. Big moves were finally made, the new power structure is set, lots of confession, lots of revenge. Act II is officially closed, and next season we begin the final Act III.
There’s a lot to cover, and I have a lot of questions. This particular blog has taken me longer than usual because I have so many thoughts, so I apologize if they’re a little jumbled!
The direwolf is back!!!
SEPTPOCALYSPE – THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF HOT MARGAERY
Simple, ominous bell tolls start off the episode, and on that literal note, the music for this episode, especially the first half, was outstanding.
Tommen and Margaery dress separately in what will ultimately be their funeral attire, and the High Sparrow puts on, presumably, his least grimy robe.
Cersie, on the other hand, looks like she’s putting on a uniform, dressing for battle. Her outfit is fucking severe!
Then we see Tommen, sitting there alone, not wanting to go to the trial because he’s scared shitless. He fears the outcome, fears he might have fucked up, and definitely fears his mother. He knows this trail is happening because of him, because of what he did, but mostly because of what he didn’t do.
This is how Tommen got to this point.
When the Faith Militant seized Margaery, his wife and the Queen, Loras, his wife’s brother whom she loved, and his own mother, he did nothing. While they rotted in the cells, he did nothing. When Cersei did her awful, humiliating walk of atonement, he did nothing. He sided with the High Sparrow, who used Tommen’s desperate need for fatherly love to manipulate him, he went along with it.
He wanted to have sex with Margaery again. Yes, I think he was in love with her, as much as a teenager could be in love when he’s blinded by great sex, but he really just wants to get in there again. A LOT. We know Margaery wasn’t giving up the goods (inexplicably) in the marital bed, and Tommen went and whined about it to the High Sparrow. The High Sparrow saw his opportunity to get what he wanted, to get rid of his major enemy, Cersei, all in the guise of being a pious, comforting father figure to love-starved Tommen. And I think it was a guise, at least in part, because I just can’t believe that the High Sparrow was solely this honorable, humble religious man who just wanted to follow his faith, and simply have everyone else saved in that faith as well. Of course he had an end game, because why else would he need the violent Faith Militant, who didn’t carry flowers, but weapons, at his disposal?
Tommen’s thinking, most likely, was that if he did everything the High Sparrow told him to, he’d get Margaery back, and everything would turn out for the best, especially for his mother. He declared his faith to The Seven because of the low-talking, fatherly chirping of the High Sparrow who gave him desperately needed compassion and comfort. He declared there would be no more trial by combat because the High Sparrow probably told him everything would turn out fine, and of course the gods would be merciful and just to his mother, so he had nothing to worry about. Tommen just really wanted to be having sex on the reg with Margaery again, and not have his Mom mad at him anymore.
So here he sits in the bed he made, and now the trial is actually here, it’s actually happening (as a wise person says later on), and now he’s not sure of anything. The great game really is terrifying, and I think Tommen finally feels it’s suffocating weight.
The bell tolls for thee, Tommen.
GRAND HYPOCRITE PYCELL
First of all, gross. Second, that prostitute needs to learn the phrase “pay for play.” No pay. No play! I wonder who runs the brothels now that Littlefinger’s gone? Or, since the Faith Militant destroyed the brothels, where did Pycell find this girl? Anyhoo, the poor girl never got her money, and lord knows she earned it.
Cersei’s hated Pycell for a long time, and though he’s pretty easy to keep in check, she’s on a mission, and she’s finishing this chess match of her against everyone. No more strategic moves, no more waiting, she’s going to win by simply destroying the entire board. Everybody has to go.
One of Qyburn’s little birds whispers into Pycell’s ear, which will take him on a deadly detour from the Sept. Qyburn’s little birds have certainly become very well-trained, and fucking scary!
As far as Qyburn’s new team of little birds, those Dornish candied plums he bribed them with a few episodes ago must be the best fucking candied plums ever made EVER, because those little fuckers are stone, cold assassins. Everything was timed perfectly (a little too perfectly, but I’m letting that little quibble go), and it just made things super creepy by having kids do some of the killing and dirty work, kids who sold their soul for Dornish candied plums.
Back at the Sept, the highly perceptive Margaery is a little suspicious that Tommen and Cersei aren’t there yet, as they bring in poor Loras. The High Sparrow has never looked so pleased with himself.
I expect, as many have, that Margaery has a plan, because the ladies of Highgarden always have a plan, and are masters at the long game. Margaery certainly gave Loras full instructions when she saw him in his cell. The first step was that Loras would admit to everything: his penchant for the D, perjury, arrogance and profligacy. I was hoping that “profligacy” was some gay, rough trade, power sex move I never heard of, but alas, it just means reckless extravagance. He will join the Faith Militant, which means he has give up his name and all his titles, lordship and claims on Highgarden. In that moment, he left Highgarden with no heir and summarily ended their family lineage and name, much to the horror of his father. Oh, poor Mace. Poor sweet, doofus Mace.
This at minimum keeps Loras alive, which I think was Margaery’s only goal for now, until she could get Tommen back to his senses, with dat ass, and get rid of the High Sparrow and all his bullshit. The thing is, that could have happened if Tommen had just let Jaime and the Tyrell army destroy the Faith Militant a few episodes ago. Yet another Tommen fuck up.
WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT THE MOUNTAIN
Begin the perfect, soft piano score, and the brilliant ratcheting up of suspense.
-They realize Cersei is NOT on her way to the trial.
-Cersei calmly pours a glass of wine.
-The Mountain comes calling on Tommen, which I did not expect.
-Prick Lancel leaves to find Cersei, gets lured by a creepy, little bird.
-Pycell ends up in Qyburn’s man cave.
Qyburn tells Pycell he “bears him no ill will, please forgive me if you can.” Jesus, I hate to know what he does to people to whom he does wish “ill will.”
Qyburn is “pained” that Pycell will “die alone in such a cold, dark place. But sometimes before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest.” The thing about that, however, is that both Cersei and Qyburn are also the “old.” The “new” is happening all around them and they don’t even know it.
A knife unsheathes, and Pycell turns to see the Children of the Dorne (-ish candied plums). Oh, come on. I tried!!
Cue the creepy solo aria and cello along with the piano which marks the beginning of the brilliant intercutting of Lancel, Pycell, Cersei, and the Sept.
YE OLD SPINAL TAP
Lancel is led deep under the Sept. Then-
Wow. That little kid must have practiced on many a corpse to learn how to cut someone’s spinal cord that fast and efficiently, rendering Lancel paralyzed. What a baller move.
The light from his torch gives us the first glimpse of the barrels of wildfire with just a touch of green around the edges. So perfect. Lancel slowly realizes what he’s seeing, and his panic builds, just like this entire amazing sequence.
Back at the Sept, Margaery’s panic slowly builds as well as she realizes how wrong the whole situation is. She snaps back to “real” Margaery. Yay, real Margaery!
Soon to be REALLY hot Margaery: Forget about the bloody gods and listen to what I’m telling you! Cersei understand the consequences of her absence and she’s absent anyway. Which means she does not intend to suffer those consequences. The trial can wait, we all need to leave.
The High Sparrow scoffs. Oh the self-righteousness of that scoff. The hubris of that scoff. The High Sparrow thinks he knows what the gods want. He thinks he’s humble, but claiming to know what the gods want is the height of arrogance.
And so he refuses to listen to Margaery.
Now, here’s my problem, why do the Faith Militant block everyone from leaving? Lancel has been tried, Margaery is not on trial nor are any of the spectators. So there’s no reason to hold them captive. That bugged me a little, but I can let that go of that as well because of the brilliance of all the rest of it.
Back under the Sept, Lancel arrives to the VERY perfectly-timed candles.
I really didn’t expect Margaery to die, but I get why she did. Margaery was playing the long game against an opponent who was already finished playing, and she lost.
Now we’ve also confirmed that Bran can see the future. Does Bran know he can see the future?
To the victor..
Let’s hope that terrible Carol Brady hair is gone next season!
Bottom line, Cersei simply hated Margaery and was jealous of her from the very beginning. Bye forever Margaery!
Cersei goes to her next victim, Septa Unella, and gives the most amazing confession of all confessions.
Cersei: “I do things because they feel good. I drink because it feels good. I killed my husband because it felt good to be rid of him. I fuck my brother because it feels good to feel him inside me. I lie about fucking my brother, because it feels good to keep our sons safe from hateful hypocrites. I killed your High Sparrow and all his little Sparrow… because it felt good to watch them burn. It felt good to imagine their shock and their pain. No thought has ever given me greater joy. Even confessing feels good under the right circumstances.”
Now Cersei is “clean.” It’s all out there. She’s not hiding any part of herself any more because fuck everybody.
Then she calls in Ser Gregor. I believe it’s the first time since his “transition” that he’s been called Ser Gregor Clegane.
“You’ve always been quiet. This is Ser Gregor Clegane. He’s quiet too.”
Poor Unella. You shamed the wrong woman.
Cersei sure does know how to nail an exit.
ANOTHER SON FALLS FROM A WINDOW BUT THIS ONE ACTUALLY DIES AND ALSO DOESN’T BECOME THE MOST POWERFUL BEING IN THE WORLD. THAT’S SOME FULL CIRCLE, KARMIC SHIT RIGHT THERE.
For all the reasons I stated above, plus losing Margaery, and in addition to realizing what his mother is capable of, Tommen jumps. It’s silent, horrible, and awesome. Poor kid was never meant to be a lion, he was always a Ser Pounce at heart.
Jaime is over Walder Frey, Walder Frey’s kids are over Walder Frey, and we’re over Walder Frey.
Jaime is also over himself and his life as it is currently, whoever and whatever that is. I don’t think he knows who he is any more, nor does he like who he is any more. These petty skirmishes, fighting other people’s fights, the thrill of battle, of winning the game, it no longer appeals to him. This puts him in a vulnerable state, which is the worst state to be in right now when going back to Cersei.
We come back to Walder eating alone, he’s being his usual gross self, when a servant girl brings him his meat pie. Walder wants to know where his sons are, and are they “trimming their cunt hairs.” Classic Walder! Anyway, what’s wrong with a little manscaping?
I’ll admit I was really confused when the servant girl kept saying his sons were “here, my Lord.” “They’re already here, my Lord. HERE, my Lord.” And I’m all, “WHERE, where are they servant girl because I don’t see shit!”
Then she took off the face, and here’s what I wrote in my notes:
OH MY FUCKING GOD AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I’M LOSING MY SHIT AND SHITTING MY PANTS AT THE SAME TIME!!!
I was completely taken by surprise, jumped up, yelled out loud, scared the cat, then had to call my friend who already watched to talk it through because I had sensory overload.
“My name is Arya stark. I want you to know that. The last thing you’re ever going to see is a Stark smiling down on you as you die.”
Arya just out Sweeny Todd-ed Sweeny Todd.
As much as I loved this necessary and incredible revenge, and lost my shit over it, I had some issues with the surrounding circumstances.
First, Arya apparently teleported from Braavos to the Riverlands, which I imagine would take at least a month’s journey? When Brienne and Pod still aren’t back from Riverrun? But then timelines can get a little confusing on this show, especially as of late.
Second, she chopped up TWO GROWN MEN, Black Walder and Lothar (of the Hill People). How did she do this with no one knowing? In a kitchen full of servants? Do they have a giant food processor? Or a Fargo-esque wood chipper?
Third, did she take a commemorative souvenir suitcase full of faces when she left the House of Black and White? I don’t understand the Faceless Man rules. She reclaimed her name as Arya Stark, so is definitely SOMEONE, and a person has to be “no one” in order to be a Faceless Man. I don’t think she’s cold-blooded enough to kill come random girl on the journey and take her face, so we have to assume she has that face and certainly others from the House of B & W. Also, there’s definitely some magic involved to use a face, which I’d really like to know about. Did Jaqen give her a few “goodbye and good luck out there” faces? Was that Jaqen’s plan the whole time? Train her even though he knew she’d always be Arya, but she still get’s to do the faceless stuff? The whole thing hasn’t been explained well at all.
I forgot that Uncle “The Tool” Edmure is locked in the dungeons, maybe she releases him? Or not? Who cares? No one. It turns out Edmure is No One.
Oh, and this reunion WILL happen because in the books Nymeria is running around with a wolf pack in the Riverlands. Arya is in the Riverlands. They WILL reunite and Nymeria will NOT die!
THIS JUST IN – JON’S STILL SUPER BORING AND EMO
Do the writers think Jon Snow is interesting? Does anyone? The circumstances around him are, but his character is just so boring lately.
Jon laments about having to sit at the bastard kid’s table, and Melisandre tells him to check his privilege. Jon’s so whiny!
Davos confirms that Melisandre was responsible for burning Shireen. It’s sweet how much he loved her, like his own daughter. We all loved Shrieen. She was the only one who brought out any perceptible humanity from Stannis, well, until he burned her alive and whatnot.
Jon won’t kill Melisandre because, you know, she brought him back from the dead and all, so he sends her south. Which is just as well because she’s become super dull as well.
I think Melisandre will run into the the Brotherhood Without Banners and Arya, since she did tell Arya they would meet again. I’m not sure what will come of this, and I really have no guesses as to what role she’ll play from here on out. Maybe her and the other Red Witch will fight it out about who the Prince That Was Promised is.
OK. I really don’t understand what Sansa or Jon wants.
The conversation between Sansa and Jon on the battlement, where Sansa gave Jon a lame “I’m sorry” for not telling him about the Knights of the Vale, Jon says he’s having the Lord’s room that was their mother and father’s, prepared for her. (Are there still servants?) She doesn’t want it and tells Jon that he should take it, she sees Jon as a legitimate Stark, which we now know is somewhat true, but Jon doesn’t seem to want it either.
He tells her they need to trust each other, and he’s right. There’s no reason for Sansa to NOT trust Jon, so why doesn’t she? It seems like she doesn’t. This is what’s been annoying me. What is Sansa thinking? She said she doesn’t trust Littlefinger, but why does she have this weird look all the time like she doesn’t trust Jon? If the writers are setting up a conflict between them, I’m going to be so pissed because it will have zero basis in any story thus far, and will just be to force some conflict. Sansa doesn’t have anyone else, and it make no sense that she wouldn’t trust Jon.
But this made me happy.
Ned sure as shit said it enough! And Ned will always be Jon’s father.
Pervy Littlefinger creeps up on Sansa sitting in front of a gorgeous weirwood tree, and he confesses his plan.
He wants the Iron Throne, and he wants her. It’s really skeevy and pedo. He knew her when she was a little girl. Does Littlefinger really love her? Or does he love the Catelyn he sees in her? Either way, ew. He tries to convince her that the North is hers to rule as the rightful heir, and not a bastard. To have Sansa rule the North works best for him, if it’s Jon, Littlefinger needs another plan.
Can we just kill this guy already?
JUST MAKE LADY MORMONT QUEEN OF THE NORTH AND GET IT OVER WITH
I love Little Lady Mormont!! I stated before that it’s that actress’s first role, Bella Ramsey, and she’s slaying it, is a huge fan favorite, and it must be so exciting for her.
She gives all those other “men” a sound tongue lashing about how they all “refused the call” to come help house Stark in its time of need. Then she gets to say the iconic line, “The North remembers.”
She basically legitimizes Jon herself, that even though he’s a bastard, he still has Ned Stark’s blood running through his veins. Which genetically is true. With the way the show is going, though, it seems a little odd they didn’t hail Sansa as the Queen of the North, a true heir of Ned Stark, who, by the fucking way, saved ALL THEIR ASSES by being smart enough to bring in the Knights of the Vale.
Maybe the North, at this point, still needs that dick to rally around. It bothers me that Jon didn’t chime in and say, “Sansa deserves this. She saved all of us and she’s Ned’s rightful heir.” It bothers me mostly because Jon is a TERRIBLE ruler and is woefully unaware of it. He swings a good sword, but he’s really lame at everything else.
I’m trying to figure out how Sansa feels about this, and I think she’s OK with it.
I think she knows that the North will better rally around a man, and she still is Lady of Winterfell. I believe she will soon be Queen of the North when they find out Jon’s true lineage. I’m interested to see how this affects not only Jon, but Sansa and Arya. I mean, it’s a pretty big deal to have Targaryen blood in your veins, good or bad.
Either way, Jon is still half Stark, and the White Wolf has arrived.
UGH DORNE – OH WAIT, IT’S LADY OLENNA! NEVER MIND!
Finally we know how to make Dorne interesting, send in Lady Olenna. There’s another issue here with lightning-fast time travel, I mean, her entire family was just wiped out. But I forgave that when Lady O shuts down “Barbaro” with “You look like an angry little boy, don’t presume to tell me what I need.” To the other two, “You, shut up. Anything from you? Good, let the grown women speak.” It’s great because NO ONE cares what their names are or is interested in what they have to say.
I think Lady Olenna would LOVE Lady Bear Cub Mormont. I think she should adopt her.
I’m perplexed with Ellaria sitting so comfortably in the Dorne ruler’s seat. I guess the Dornish are pretty laid back, go with the flow, eat their candied plums, kind of people, because everything seems to be fine in Dorne after bastard Ellaria killed the the Prince of Dorne, Doran Martell, and his only male heir, Trystane. She isn’t even a bastard of House Dorne, she’s of House Uller. She wasn’t even married to Prince Oberyn, the Red Viper, she was just his paramour. Her bastard kids are Oberyn’s, so at minimum they have half Martell/royal blood, but Ellaira has literally no claim to anything. So her sitting confidently in power is confusing.
I feel so bad for Lady Olenna. She has no one left. No one to carry on her name. Her House is officially dead. However, she still has her considerable army and considerable money, I presume, and now she has nothing more to lose, no reason to follow any rules, and nothing but all the time in the world for revenge, and I guarantee she’s going to be great at it.
Then Varys walks in offering “Fire and Blood,” the Targaryen house slogan. All this was so rushed, and it’s one of the scenes I wanted just a little bit more from. Varys and Lady Olenna are so good together, I wanted a little conversation. Does Lady Olenna know that Dany exists? That her dragons exist? I wanted to actually see her get this incredible information from Varys. I know it was a long episode, but I felt a little shorted here.
SAM AND THE CITADEL (a scene that could have been in an earlier episode)
Sam arrives at the Citadel just in time to see them release hundreds of white ravens to signify that winter is coming.
And this will not be a typical winter, this winter brings the Long Night.
- “Thousands of years ago, there came a night that lasted a generation. Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts; and women smothered their babies rather than see them starve, and wept, and felt the tears freeze on their cheeks… In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds.“
- ―Old Nan to Bran Stark
This winter will bring the next Long Night.
Sam meets the bitchy, front desk Citadel guy.
Bitchy finally agrees to go see what to do about Sam, and probably sort him into Hufflepuff, because Sam is the MOST Hufflepuff.
Bitchy lets Sam into the storied Citadel library, which contains everything about everything, and certainly has the best stuff hidden, which I know Sam will find.
I give you Sam’s Beauty and the Beast moment.
I’m so excited to find out what Sam learns. He’ll learn about the dark, forbidden magic Qyburn and some of the more rebellious Maesters learned, and were kicked out of the Citadel for. He’ll learn how magic was suppressed after the first Long Night. He’ll learn about how Valyrian steel is forged and the magic necessary. He’ll learn how dragonglass is made. He’ll possibly learn how to kill the Night’s King and might just turn out to be the greatest hero in Westeros, and then he can tell his dad to, “Suck it. Oh, AND I took your sword, asshole!!”
Also, I noticed that the graphics in the opening sequence match exactly the hanging fixtures in the library.
This is no accident. I think the Citadel somehow sees and knows everything that happens everywhere, and is possibly even involved in manipulating how history plays out. At the very least, it’s THE headquarters of the most powerful magic anywhere, and certainly it’s where the magic was created that was built into The Wall, and there’s definitely some nefarious shit going on there. Sam’s going to discover some BIG things.
So excited for this!
UNCLE BENJEN IS THE WORST UBER DRIVER EVER
Uncle Bejen unceremoniously dumps Bran off near The Wall, on the frozen ground and leaves him with no horse, and it looks like not even his little sled. Poor Meera’s gonna have to piggyback him the rest of the way. I hope she didn’t skip leg day.
Non-book readers learn that The Wall has ancient spells built into it, and very strong magic to keep out what lies beyond. This means that Benjen, since he’s dead, the wights, the White Walkers, and Night’s King can’t pass through to the other side.
Here’s the thing. Doesn’t Benjen know that Bran is marked by the Night’s King? Bran certainly knows if he goes through The Wall, he will cancel out the magic, and the White Walkers will come through. He must know this, right, because of how his mark broke the magic that was keeping the 3-eyed Raven’s lair protected? And plus he’s the 3-Eyed Raven 2.0 and knows the entire history of the world?
However, he can’t stay beyond The Wall forever because he will die, but why not just let him die? Why does the 3-eyed raven have to exist? If Bran dies the White Walkers can never pass into the world of men because the magic will stay intact. I know they don’t do flashbacks, but I wouldn’t mind a little one showing us a bit of the building of The Wall, and Bran the Builder, and who put the magic into it and what that magic is. I hope that we get very, very good reasons why Bran will choose to pass through the wall, because he will. Maybe he knows who the Prince That Was Promised is, ie: Azor Ahai, and he needs to make that happen.
At some point next season, the entire Wall will come crashing down, which will be spectacular. The Wall is the very first shot of the entire series, and despite the inner squabblings for the Iron Throne, everything is about not letting what’s beyond The Wall pass into the world of men. Who knows if other things live in the Wall?
And finally, we get the somewhat lame conclusion to the Tower of Joy.
TOWER OF JOY-ISH AND THE BULLSHIT WHISPERING
Bran pops back to the Tower as young Ned bursts into the room where his sister Lyanna lies in bed in a giant pool of blood. It’s weird that he doesn’t ask, “What happened?” “Why are you bleeding?” Also, “What happened!!??!”
WHY THE FUCKING WHISPERING??!??!!?? I’m so pissed about this. We’ve been blue balled basically the entire season with this reveal, then half of it gets whispered? Even though I knew who Jon’s parents were, there’s still a little more information she’s giving. NOT COOL. NOT. FUCKING. COOL.
Now, the reason Robert Baratheon went to overthrow the Mad King in the first place is because he heard his son, Rhaegar Targaryen, kidnapped his true love and betrothed, Lyanna Stark. I don’t think he kidnapped her, I think Rhaegar and Lyanna were really in love. At the time, Rhaegar was officially married to Oberyn Martell’s older sister Elia, but he got his true love, Lyanna, pregnant on the side.
I think at some point Rhaegar secretly married Lyanna so their baby would be legitimate. Long ago the Targaryen’s practiced polygamy, so this could be a possibility, but who is alive to prove it? Does Varys know? He was there back then. Or maybe that information is held under lock and key at the Citadel?
I’d guess Jon is the legitimate Targaryen heir, because there were Kingsguard guarding the Tower when Ned and Howland Reed arrived to save Lyanna. The Kingsguard would never guard a bastard, they only guard royalty. This would make Jon the legitimate Targaryen heir as Aerys II’s grandson, with Daenerys as his aunt.
Some say Jon and Dany will marry, and even though the Targaryens marry within their own family, I don’t think this will happen. It doesn’t seem like Dany would marry her nephew, nor Jon would be into marrying his aunt, but I bet Dany would be thrilled to find out she has another living relative who’s nothing like incestuous, abusive Viserys.
This will all probably have to also be confirmed by Howland Reed, Meera’s dad, because who’s going to believe the tree-toucher Bran? Also, Howland can confirm Jon’s parents, but not a secret wedding.
What does this mean for the throne? How will this affect or change Jon when he finds out? I’m not sure. Dany wants the throne, and she learned lesson upon lesson about how to rule, and now knows that it requires a combination of strength and benevolence. Jon’s a shitty ruler, and there’s no indication that he wants the Iron Throne let alone be King of the North.
Will Jon ride a dragon? We’ll see. Will Jon and Dany be on the same side? I don’t see why they wouldn’t. Is Jon even his real name? Probably not. I’d guess that it’s Aemon or possibly Aerys III after his grandfather, the Mad King. That would be cool. Also, again, all this information could be at the Citadel, as pretty much all information about everything is somewhere at the Citadel.
Ned Stark, the most honorable man ever, gave up his honor by letting his wife think he fucked a whore and got her pregnant while he was away at war, because he promised his sister on her death bed. That sacrifice made him the most honorable man in this entire story, which is also what got him killed. However, I don’t get why he couldn’t tell Catelyn, who seems to me is also honorable, and probably loved Lyanna, and would have protected Jon also, and then she wouldn’t have treated him like shit his whole life.
In the end, Jon is very much his Uncle’s son, so very honorable, which makes me a little afraid for him.
Ned carried a second sword into the chamber. It’s Ser Arthur Dayne’s sword, the Kingsguard who they just killed.
Arthur Dayne is called the “Sword of the Morning,” and his sword is named Dawn, which was forged from the metal of a fallen star. This sword is possibly thousands of years old and the oldest sword in existence. It’s too much to go into now, but there’s a reason for this very pointed close-up. Look up Azor Ahai, ie: the Prince That Was Promised, and Lightbringer. Dawn will have to be reforged with special magic, and I think Gendry might be the person who will do that, and I think Melisandre will find him and help him with the magic, I won’t say how, but it will be pretty epic.
Maybe the reason Jon Snow is so lame is because he’s blocked, like his soul is blocked. His true self can’t come out until the right sword, Lightbringer, is placed into his hand and he finally becomes the Prince That Was Promised.
OH FUCK HERE’S BORING DAARIO
Thank goodness we’re rid of Daario, who unattractively whines for Daenerys to keep him as her mistress, or man-stress. And even though Daario pledged his life and sword to her, it’s a little unbelievable that he and the Second Sons can and will keep the peace in Meereen. The Second Sons are sellswords, they fight for pay. They’re not a peacekeeping military. If he’s not gone for good, we’ll see him again fighting against her because the price was right. He was never loyal or appropriately in awe of her like Jorah was, or even now like Tyrion.
Here’s some consolation for my hetero lady friends and gay male friends because I love you.
Anyway, smell you later Daario! Now Daenerys can get some of that good Yara loving!
OH HOW I LOVE THIS TYRION AND DAENERYS SCENE
First, the fact they are sitting on the same step like regular people, as equals and as friends, is a beautiful sight to see. I don’t think we’ve ever seen her this unguarded in front of anyone up to this point. It just shows how much Daenerys trusts, appreciates, and loves him. She knows he is an invaluable advisor, better than anyone anywhere, and she knows she needs him as much as her army and dragons as they enter the great game.
“How about the fact that this is actually happening?…Are you afraid?”
She nods. I also don’t think she’s ever admitted fear before, another example of how much she trusts Tyrion, and how much she’s matured from that little girl that married Khal Drogo way back when. Only a fool wouldn’t be scared, and Daenerys is no longer the arrogant fool she could be in the past.
Then this moment! The fact that, with everything happening, Dany still took the time to get that pin made for Tyrion, well, it’s just amazing.
This is the first honor Tyrion’s earned without his father, without having to throw around his name, or without having to throw around his money. He earned it by being exactly who he is, and I think he’s probably a little in love with Dany too. Who wouldn’t be? Bitch has dragons!!!
I still think Daeneys is barren, and honestly I don’t see her marrying, but she does need an heir to keep the Targaryen rule going. So IF she can still bear children, and she did marry again, perhaps it would be to Tyrion? I don’t think she loves him that way now, but if there’s a happy ending for Tyrion, it’s that he finds true love, real love without having to pay for it, and what greater prize than the Mother of Dragons? The catch of the millennia! It’s all Tyrion ever wanted, to be loved and accepted and honored for who he is, by his family, by a woman, by anyone. It’s also still possible that Tyrion, based on his ability to talk to the dragons, that he could be half Targaryen, and maybe it ends up that Dany isn’t barren, and they have an heir. I’d love that for Tyrion!
MAGGY THE FROG’S PROPHECY IS FULFILLED – ALMOST
When Cersei sees Tommen’s body, she has nothing left. Her soul is empty, and there’s no coming back.
Cersei thought if she loved her children hard enough, albeit in her own fucked-up way, she could outrun the prophecy. A prophecy that’s haunted her every day since she gave birth to Joffrey. The one redeeming quality about Cersei, the one thing in which we could always find sympathy, is that she loved her kids with every fiber of her being, with everything she had. Now that Tommen is dead, that’s buried with him too.
Her three children died before her, but the entire prophecy is not yet fulfilled.
Cersei: I will be queen, though?
Maggy: Aye. Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
Cersie always assumed this was Margaery, when actually I think it’s Daenerys.
Cersei: Will the king and I have children?
Maggy: Oh, aye. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds, she said. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.
I stated before that “valonqar” is High Valyrian for “little brother.” This could be either Jaime, who is the younger twin, or Tyrion. Cersei’s always assumes it was Tyrion. I think it’ll be Jaime.
HOWEVER, this popped into my head as I was falling asleep. What if it’s Arya disguised as Jaime? Cersei is still high on her list, probably number one now, and I wonder if instead of going to Winterfell, she meets up with the Bros Without Banners, and the Hound, and heads with them towards King’s Landing? The fact that she stopped to kill Walder Frey instead of going straight home, shows how important her revenge mission is to her. Also, the Hound going back to King’s Landing would allow him to finally battle his brother, The Mountain, and kill him once and for all.
Cersei, dressed in her Vera Wang death/vengeance black outfit, walks down the aisle in the throne room, in what looks more like a funeral procession than a coronation ceremony. Cersei lost everything, and in a cruel twist, it gave her the one thing besides her children and Jaime that she’s always wanted, the Iron Throne.
She’s declared First of her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, and is crowned by Qyburn.
On one hand, it’s really cool to see the first woman finally sit on the Iron Throne. On the other hand, we know this won’t last long. Her claim is tenuous, she only has it because she killed any remaining royalty who could challenge her. The crowd isn’t into it, and honestly, Jaime has more of a claim, but he’s never wanted the Throne.
The look between Jaime and Cersei, yikes! If it’s not Arya that kills her, Jaime will be a Queenslayer because Cersei is definitely now the Mad Queen.
Long live the Queen!
DAENERYS IS STACKED AND ON THE MOVE
Wow. How great is it to see those Targaryen sails fly! The Sunspear of Dorne! The Golden Rose of the Tyrells! The Greyjoy Kraken! I imagine they gave a few to the Dothraki, who are vomiting and shitting their brains out on their ships.
The great game is happening!
RANDOM FINAL THOUGHTS
– Will Cersei marry? Will she try to marry Jaime and he shoots her down? Can Cersei still have kids?
– You know who I think will marry Cersei? Littlefinger. It was really stupid of Cersei to kill Margaery and lose the support of House Tyrell, who was responsible for all the food coming into King’s Landing. The Lannisters have no money.
– Or possibly she could marry Euron.
– I wonder when Daenerys finally arrives, she finds there is no Iron Throne per se.
– I think the battle for the Iron Throne might be over before she even gets there, and she and everyone else will realize where the real battle lies.
– Did Jon tell the Northern Houses about the White Walkers and the Nights King? Did they believe him? This is a conversation I would have like to hear, and how they reacted because that’s some pretty big fucking information to receive.
– Danerys has the entire Dothraki Horde, at least half of the Greyjoy warriors and ships, presumably all of Dorne, and they fight dirty and with poison, the Tyrell army AND Lady Olenna, and 3 dragons. What does Cersei have? It seems like a very lopsided battle is about to happen, which is why I think the battle for the throne might be over before she gets there.
– Eurion Greyjoy is still out there, but again, to build a thousand ships would take decades.
-Will Daenerys meet Euron on the high seas? If that happens, she can just have her dragons burn his ships.
– Unless somehow Euron can control a dragon. Possible spoilers, but look up “dragonhorn” if you want to know more.
– Who are the human enemies? Cersei? Euron? Doesn’t seem like they can win.
– Note that all the leading ladies, Cersei, Sansa, Daenerys, Yara, Lady O, Ellaria are all dressed in black.
– I don’t want any dragons to die!
– I also don’t want Ghost or Nymeria to die!
– I’m so bummed I have to wait another year!!!
The Sept and everything leading up to it: 10/10
Jon and Sansa: 8.5/10
Lady Mormont: 10/10 (always)
Dorne: 9.8/10 (only because it was way too rushed)
Dany and Tyrion: 10/10
Tower of Joy: 8.0/10