Game of Thrones Episode 10: “The Winds of Winter”
A recap and review of Game of Thrones Episode 10: “The Winds of Winter”
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Sullywood Rating: 10/10
What We Learned:
- The people gather in the Sept of Baelor for the trials of Loras and Cersei. Loras is first where he confesses his crimes and pledges his life to the Faith Militant
- Cersei is next, but she has other plans. Tommen, about to leave for the trial, is intercepted by the Mountain and not allowed to attend. After not seeing Cersei at the trial, Margaery becomes suspicious and pleads with the High Sparrow that something isn’t right
- Margaery is correct, Cersei has planted wildfire underneath the Sept and blows up the entire area. With the explosion, the High Sparrow, Margaery, Mace and Loras Tyrell, and Lancel and Kevan Lannister are killed
- Numb from the events, Tommen jumps from his balcony to his death
- Later, we see Cersei take the position of Queen of Westeros as Jaime, who just returned, watches on
- Davos confronts Melisandre over the burning of Shireen. After listening to both, Jon sends Melisandre away and Davos promises to execute her himself if they ever cross paths again
- Littlefinger meets with Sansa where he reveals his dream of sitting on the iron throne with her at his side, but first he believes she is the one that needs to lead the North
- Jon calls a meeting with the surviving Houses of the North where each pledge their loyalty to him and declare him the new King in the North
- Walder Frey holds a banquet in celebration of re-taking Riverrun. He attempts to compare himself to Jaime who scoffs at this idea and leaves the banquet
- Later, Walder is attended to by a woman who appears to be new. She gives Frey another piece of pie and then reveals that his sons are in it, literally, meaning he’s been eating them this whole meal. The woman removes her face and is revealed to be Arya who murders Walder Frey and can cross him off her list
- Sam and Gilly reach the Citadel in Oldtown where they are surprised to learn of the leadership changes at Castle Black
- Nevertheless, they take Sam in, and let him wait in the library where Sam finds his personal heaven
- Olenna Tyrell meets with the Martells, who requested her presence. With the help of Varys, they agree upon an alliance against Cersei
Beyond the Wall:
- Bran finally gets his wish and sees the full vision of what happened with his father and the Tower of Joy
- We see that Ned climbs the tower and finds his sister, Lyanna, dying
- She whispers something into his ear and makes him promise to take her newborn son as his bastard, thus revealing Lyanna as Jon Snow’s true mother, and that Ned is not his father
- Daenerys makes Tyrion her Hand of the Queen
- Daenerys finally sets sail for Westeros, accompanied by Tyrion, Varys, the unsullied, the Greyjoys, the Dothraki, the Dornish, and the Tyrell armies, along with her dragons
Wow, once again Game of Thrones has outdone itself, and back to back weeks no less. As much as I loved and thought that last week’s episode was this show’s best, “The Winds of Winter” takes the crown from it like Cersei after a wildfire blast. I was tempted to surpass “ludicrous speed” and give this episode the mystical “11/10”, but I’ve decided to spare you all from me “going to plaid”.
Let’s start with that opening segment. Where each character is prepping for what is going to be a hard day for all. Cersei, Maergary, Tommen, and even the High Sparrow seem to put on their Sunday’s best before the trial. But kudos to the director, Miguel Sapochnik, on a brilliant opening to “The Winds of Winter” that set the tone for this show’s best episode yet. The simple piano music playing in the background provided an creepily perfect touch.
So how about that trial eh? You’re not gonna see that conclusion on Judge Joe Brown. As I mentioned previously, I believed Cersei was going to do what she did in this episode, but Tommen was the wild card. Cersei, as evil as she is, is a loving mother and I just couldn’t see her murdering Tommen with everyone else. But alas, I didn’t realize that Tommen would skip the opening act (Loras), like I do at country concerts and therefore sparing Tommen’s life where he could now rule freely without the High Sparrow….oh wait. With Tommen’s suicide, it truly appears that Cersei’s prophecy was inevitable for her children. Now that her children are all gone though, this means that Cersei might now have the capacity to become the equivalent of Super Shredder in TMNT.
So I guess every single person seemed to get this one detail wrong in “The Winds of Winter”……”Ah well, it looks like Arya is done for the season”. But like a good Borat joke, a girl was NOT done and she thankfully took care of one of the slimiest and most grotesque figures in all of Westeros. I have to say, the two people I wanted dead more than any, and I’m sure I’m not alone, were Ramsay Bolton and Walder Frey….well all, Christmas came early.
Which leads me to my next thought: Where did this Game of Thrones come from? I mean the one that gives you everything you ever wanted. This show has never given it’s viewers complete satisfaction and fairy tale dreams. In fact, it seems that these stories have gone out of their way to piss you off and give you nothing like Spalding at the caddyshack food stop. But this whole season has been so generous to us fans…keep it up show!
I brought it up in previous weeks, but the women are cleaning up in Westeros. It’s amazing the transformation from weekly rapings, nudity, and walks of shame to damn near every woman being in a position of power. What I love about this though is that it’s completely believable. There isn’t one woman that is now in charge that I wouldn’t trust with my life if they were leading me. (Although Sansa would probably bring up the rear)
Quick thought: It’s funny how the past two seasons have seem to show that the families of the past were losing their grip on Westeros. Yet after “The Winds of Winter”, we find the Lannisters, Starks, and Targaryens all at the top of the power rankings once again.
Lastly, it was great to finally see the full vision of what happened at the Tower of Joy in “The Winds of Winter”. I have no idea how this will impact the series or Jon Snow’s power. After all, as Lyanna Mormont pointed out, they don’t really care that he’s a bastard. But if this gets out, what impact will it also have on Daenerys? At this point now, it seems that Jon Snow is either Daenerys’s nephew or possibly her half-brother if the Mad King was actually the father. This is getting crazy!
Thanks for reading this season and I can’t believe we have to wait basically 10 months now!
What impact will the Tower of Joy events have on the rest of the series?
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