- Oh, Cersei, you mad, mad Lioness. You finally became the Queen. Are you happy now? Does it 'feel good'? Or, is it a hollow victory? For what shall it profit a (wo)man, if (s)he shall gain the whole world, and lose his(her) own soul?
And her soul did die, with Tommen's death. I knew as soon as I saw him looking out that gigantic window, which seemed perfect for his size, that he would jump. Was a brilliant scene. No hype. Just...happens. That scene spoke volumes without a single word.
Cersei always plots to take down others, her plotting is outwards, but she is short-sighted in her contingency planning for the potential ripple effect her plots may have on herself/her own. Every time.
- The Tyrells...oh gosh. That was heartbreaking. The family that sticks together, even in death. The final shot of Margery holding Loras. The father who couldn't take the pain inflicted on his son as the mark of the Seven was being carved on his forehead. They truly brought the heart of the family in the show. Margery was smart enough, and familiar enough with Cersei, to know that if Cersei is not there, AND her beloved son is missing....that something is amiss. Too little, too late. Ultimately, the High Sparrow's own naive ego was his/their downfall. Which is ironic as he kept talking about overcoming one's ego, blah blah....but he was too confident in the power of the Seven, to bring justice to all, that it blindsided him. Hubris killed the humble man. Ha!
- Samwell Tarly getting to the city of the Maesters (no idea what that is called/forgot the name)...omg, that is what a sapiophile looks like, about ready to bust! Sam's face of wonder, and awe, at the library of chains (I'm calling it that!!). Didn't fail to notice that he has his special sword with him. Hilarious little interlude of the Maester updating his book (crossing off the list of Maesters from living to
- Jamie made a very astute point to the Freys. What power do the Freys truly have if they require external help (Lannisters) to help them protect their place, every time?
- Ah, Walder Frey, you got your just desserts, and it was some yummy meat pie. Given how much he likes the taste of his 'own' meat (he marries his own daughters)...I was surprised that he was that grossed out at the prospect of eating his own sons. I would have thought it would be right up his own ally. /harsh
- Arya being the assassin/servant girl was no surprise. As soon as Frey noted that he hadn't seen her before/she was not one of his, it was a dead (heh) give-away. Or, the fact that we knew he would die at her hands....or the fact that, of course, she would travel at lightening speed to get to the Frey's manor from Braavos. I assumed her and the Hound would intersect before getting to the Frey party. Given that her and the Hound were together watching the massacre at Red Wedding 1.0. Ah well. I think they just wanted the plot point to wrap up the Frey loose end and move along quickly. And Arya and Hound crossing path, meeting, coming to the same aims, would need to be more flushed out before a plausible duo can be formed to take revenge on the Frey. Too long of an arch, I guess?
- Dany and Tyrion's exchange. Love, love. Tyrion has finally found his purpose and is getting the acknowledgement for it that he has been craving his whole life. She pinned him! Aww....
- Sansa/Creepyfingers/Jon. Am glad that Jon got the title of the leader, i.e., King of the North, so that it saves Sansa (a tiny bit) from responding to the return of favours Littlefinger keeps highlighting for his help in the Battle of the Bastards. He won't be marrying "the Queen", so should probably look elsewhere/leave her alone.
- Jon's parentage. Obvious plot bunny is obvious. In case you missed it, let us superimpose Jon's face as he becomes King of the North with that of the baby. Hammer, meet head. Just realized, we've only confirmed who his mother was. His father is a prevailing theory but yet to be confirmed, I guess. Anyway....
- Bran's storyline. He found out the BEST KEPT secret of GoT (/sarcasm), finally. It was all a bit ridiculous how little purpose Benjen Stark played, to come back, rescue Bran and then leave off into the cold, winter's night, with a promise they will see him again when the time comes to battle for the humans. I believe he was given a total of 3 minutes of screen-time this whole season. How flimsy.
- The holy Ballsy Trinity: Varys, Head Sand and Lady Oleanna......preparing to take down the Lannisters, and for Dany to arrive...Oh yeah! Love how Oleanna took down the Sand Snakes. Shut your mouth, kids, while the adults talk.
- Chillingly perfect scene. Cersei's revenge on the High Sparrow nun who oversaw her imprisonment. She did finally end up confessing, on her own terms. And pointing out a pivotal human drive. We all do things that 'feel good'. Even the nun and the High Sparrow. Shame! Shame....I shudder to think what the Mountain would do to her. Rape is a likely possibility given how creepily Cersei was feeling that woman up when she was tied; among other tortures at the hands of something that is not even human.
- which leads to the second to last closing shot: very appropriate, of the Greyjoy ships sailing the Unsullied, Dany and Co., West to take over Westeros, while the Dragons fly overhead (I can't remember, but I don't recall seeing the Dothraki and their horses on the ship, but it is assumed that they're also coming, right?)
- and, of course, the last chilling closing shot, of Cersei being crowed Queen, and Jamie arriving just in time to see the Sept burning, and Cersei ascending the throne. I'm sure this is his worst nightmare coming true. How strong is his love, in the face of revisiting the very monster he once gave up his good name/reputation for? The Mad Ruler of a Throne. And this time, it's the woman whom he loves in that role. She is no longer the mother of his children. Just Jamie and Cersei. As they began, here they are, alone, just the two of them, having diverged so far off each other's moral path, yet still bound so tightly to one another. The tension of that tether is palpable. Suffocatingly so. Jamie will likely realize it soon, as well, if not already having the first inklings of it settling in. GoT loves for characters to eat their words. And, Jamie's passionate speech to Edmund Tully about Cersei was foreshadowing of the test of his bond, if there ever was one. And who knows how he will express that suffocation, when it comes to Cersei.