- The Hound is back, no surprise.....his 1 episode arch, from re-introduction, towards redemption and humanity, and then, back to taking up the
sword axe....was a bit artificial.
- Margery is still a Rose, which is no surprise. I love how strong that family's bond is to one another. Had a feeling Margery did the ol' switch-e-roo initially, to buy time, and figure out how to get her brother out. Now, she's also worried about her granny. They're so tight-knit in this dysfunctional world. I love it.
- Yay! Finally an episode without Dany,her Dragons and her "I am a dragon lady, hear me roar," speech; refreshing.
- Really enjoyed the conversation (take-down) between Oleanna & Cersei. Cersei's character arch has been one of the most solid ones, as has been Jamie's, her lover's/brother's. Which makes me anxious. It's like just when a character is getting to a point where they are realizing certain things about themselves, the rug inevitably gets pulled from underneath. I feel like this is leading to a big climax, for Cersei.
- along the lines of Cersei, Jamie is off to get back the castle for her, and really intent on his purpose, but he meets Blackfish, who delivers a stinging line, "I wanted to meet you to get the measure of you, and I am disappointed." Blackfish is one of the Ole G's, and I think, for some reason, Blackfish's statement hit a nerve with Jamie. Add to that, the inevitable meet-up with Brienne, Jamie's Jiminy Cricket, and I don't know how strong Jamie's conviction to support his sister's plan will be, as time and events pass. He might put up a good fight in the beginning, but I have a feeling, eventually, he'll see reason, and align with the Northern formation that's brewing.
- Speaking of the Northern formation, Lyanna Mormont. Hilarious. Davoos, the Kid Whisperer. 62 men. Liked the brief levity that scene provided.
- And, if the Ironside heirs meet up with Dany and her team, that's another Northern-Dany alliance formed, via, Theon. Theon had met Tyrion in one of the earlier episodes, if I can recall, and he came off as a bit of a shit-head. Will be a surprise for Tyrion to see the change in Theon, and what he did for Sansa (who Tyrion has a soft-spot for, as his previous 'wife'), and likely leading to solidifying that alliance. Theon and his sister at the brothel. Ouch, what an insensitive, but effective wake-up call for Theon. I can't remember what Ramsey did to him? Did he cut off his penis? Or castrate him? Or both?
- Speaking of Tyrion, lacking from this episode, but it made me realize that he is now the only character, it seems, who has dipped his foot in all the 'worlds', save a direct face-to-face rendezvous with a Whitewalker. But he's heard about them, when he was at Castle Black, even though he initially thought the worst of the North's threat was Wildlings. He knows, or has had, interactions with all the key players thus far, and knows their motivations/potential, pretty well: Dorne, Highgarden, and all the King's Landing players. He knows Littlefinger/Castle Eyrie. He has met Theon. Davoos has seen what Tyrion can do (epic Battle of Blackwater). He knows the Stark children, and notably, has seen who Jon Snow was becoming up at the Wall. He is connected to Varys and Dany and the dragons, now. Spent time with Jorah (another Northern House), and travelled through the wasteland and its dangers of Old Valyria. Came face to face with Stonemen and the disease. Has seen the Fire God cult and met a Red Priestress. Only SL he is left out of, is the Children of the Forest and the Whitewalkers. Thus far. Will be interesting to see what his role will be in coverging all these key elements together in the final moments.
- Ah, Arya, never trust a sweet little granny when you know you have a bounty on your head. Idiot! Of course she will survive. But, it was humbling to see her walk through the streets of Braavos, injured, bleeding on the streets, amongst strangers, who looked on, without offering any help, any mercy. Kind of like what she did to the Hound. Hmm...karma? I'm glad she is learning all these great lessons through her time in Braavos. I didn't want her to become an impersonal, cold-blooded assassin. Glad her arch went the way it did.
Cant wait for....
- Cersei and her Mountain. He's been hanging around for far too long, need to see his unleashed potential, especially now that his brother is back on screen, as well.
- What will happen to Arya?
- Jamie's Blackfish dilemma.
- What came of Sansa's raven message? (Did she reach out to Blackfish? Likely)