"Well, here we are... back in the box again!"~ Tyrion and Varys, haha. I really like Varys. I'm glad we're finally getting to hear what he REALLY thought for all those seasons.
Cersei, man. Cersie has just not changed. I understand her better, but she's so different than me, and so negative and caustic and paranoid and suspicious and vengeful and... well. I just don't really like her. Yet she serves a purpose in the dynamics.
I'm glad to see that Bronn is back, and I'm glad that Arya *finally* has something going for her.
You either adhere to the law you're setting down... or you adjust in the moment to try to negotiate a pathway. I guess the question is, could she have given the crowd what they wanted in a way that did not seem as a compromise of her own values or made her look weak? Daenerys still thinks in terms of absolute ethics, as if there is a moral code that exists outside of her; but the reality is that she actually is the moral code (and thus has some flex room). She is the mother to these people. What could she have done in a way that would allow her to remain their mother?
I liked him. I don't know he came off in the book, but yes I could identify with his reasoning and his approach. He obviously loved his brother and was very aware of everyone and who they were (relationally), but isn't letting his own grief rule his emotions and feels the need to be as fair as possible... including not abusing the innocent regardless. Great scene... and I'm happy to see him again, I haven't seen Saddig really, since I watched Deep Space Nine so many years back. I like seeing him outside of that role. Of course he's much older now.And what are your thoughts about Doran Martell? Probably not enough information for most of you, but in the book he came off like an INTP. I thought that scene was really interesting, for some reason.
Mixed feelings. I think she is picking the evil she knows, which she established last season. Brienne is an unknown quantity. I love Brienne, but I don't operate like her. She is an idealist and has a hard time adjusting to changes in a situation; her values are absolute, versus being able to adjust to fit the parameters of the situation. IOW, she's not very flexible.What do you think about the stuff concerning Sansa?
Then again, she's still badass with a sword, and we see again what Valerian steel can do -- she shattered that one blade like it was nothing.
That was beautiful. I'm not that fond of Sam (although he means well), but there he actually managed to eloquently cut someone down in a way that didn't seem repulsive... and he stuck up for his friend in the process. It was a beautiful bit of a speech there.My favorite part of last night's episode, though, was Sam roasting Janos Slynt. That was perfect.
The whole deal with Jon Snow, too -- getting the offer from Stannis. It had never crossed my mind, and the possibilities took my breath away. (Damn, is there SOMETHING good that can happen here, that GRRM might NOT tear away from us???) Yet I can't fault Jon's decision either, he's totally right. It just hurt for something like that to come across the table and to know it probably can't be... or at least not right now.