“Why is it called the dance of dragons?” “It seems poetic.”
Well, this episode took the power of story telling and plot twists to a completely new level.
After the 9th and the second last episode of this season was aired, there were only two types of reaction from the viewers. Some loved it, while the majority despised it.
The secret attack made on Stannis’ army by Psycho Ramsay and his ‘20 good men’ was so perfect (even for his insane levels) that his presence was not even required. But the spy attack was more than enough to push the morally conflicted and almost nice Stannis’ developing character off the cliff as he agrees to sacrifice his own flesh, his beloved daughter Shireen. The one religious fanatic mother who hated her for not being a boy, broke down when she realized what monstrosity she was a part of, while the one who protected her, her father whom she loved the most witnessed the scene without batting an eye and the only person who could have saved her was sent away for political purposes.
Pride is indeed pure evil.
Even though, this is wishful thinking, the books contain one of the sacrificial burnings as an illusion, and the episode’s reference to literature’s Agamemnon, one can just hope that this burning was an illusion too. Sadly, hope doesn’t work in the case of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Moving to Dorne, the uneventful plot finally comes to an end with Jaime and Bronn being pardoned for their acts by Prince Doran in the hope to keep peace with the Lannisters and poor Bronn getting his teeth broken. Doran is supposed to be a crafty man who hates the Lannisters as much as Ellaria does with her fabulous hair. But with his supposedly elaborate plans foiled by the Sand Snakes, he slips back to wait for a better opportunity.
The first mission in Bravos gets delayed as the Pigeon-Beheader gets distracted by a new arrival, the King’s Guard, Meryn Trant (now identified as Pedophile). Just like Arya could not throw away her sword, she cannot throw away her true identity and as one of the members of her hit-list shows up, you can almost predict what is going to happen next.
Alliser Thorne is almost human and Jon Snow has a kind heart. A kind heart that grieves for the lost lives at Hardhome, a kind heart that wants the safety of everyone from the terror of the White Walkers, a kind heart that supports his friends even in grave times and a kind heart to forgive and validate his young steward Olly who put an arrow through his girlfriend. There is unrest and doubt among the crows, but let us hope that Jon Snow’s kind heart does not get him killed.
We saw the ice and now we see the fire when Drogon arrives to save his mother from danger. When her difficult decision to open the fighting pits backfires and her politically appropriate husband stabbed to death, as Epic Jorah and Boyfriend Daario protect their queen, Missandei and Daeneryes have a moment and she is seen accepting her fate, which turns out to be the role of a true Targaryen, that is playing her part as Mother of Dragons. We see the rise and fall of the Sons of Harpy and the Young Queen who is proving to be the right heir to the Iron Throne.
The episode ends with great intensity and with the episode meeting the standards of HBO’s storytelling, that is going down the drain, some decent literature references, motherly love blossoming and some average CGI here and there, you will enjoy a bit of everything.
Why did Stannis not follow with the leech blood sacrifice from Shireen?
How bad is the Unsullied’s security to not being able to detect such a great amount of Sons of Harpy’s presence?
Jorah has Grayscale and he touched Dany, do you know what might happen now?