“Hearst won’t take long before he honors the rigors of his putrid f*cking nature.. You murdering, thieving, c*cksucker.” Al Swearengen
I loved Deadwood the series which ran on HBO from 2004-2006. Only three seasons but each one was better and richer than the one before. The dialogue was stylized and magnificent, a kind of western Shakespearean poetry that I’d never heard before. Of course, there was a hint of it on NYPD Blue if you watched that show in the 90s. They were both written by the same guy. David Milch.
“Saloon is a sanctuary, every man worth the name knows the value of being unreachable” Al Swearengen
Deadwood ended suddenly after season three and for no good reason. It cost too much? Really? We just watched Game of Thrones which cost $10 million per episode! But 2006 was a long time ago. Things change.
“Before eyes close for good and all I’d once again see my Joanie Stubbs and show here a sign of… loving regret from Calamity Jane to her darling… and too at the grave of Wild Bill.” Calamity Jane
Deadwood the Movie takes place ten years after the events of the last episode in 2006. South Dakota is about to celebrate statehood! George Hearst, now a senator from California, is in town to help commemorate the occasion and to do what he does; buy up land and murder innocent people. He’s a great villain. Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) is still marshall, still married to Martha (Anna Gunn) and with three little kids. Al Swearengen ( Ian McShane) still runs The Gem but he’s feeling poorly. And trouble is a brewing.
“What a grand surprise after such a piece of time.” Charlie Utter
Every actor from the original show, that is still alive, is in this film. Trixie (Paula Malcomson) is as feisty as ever to hr own detriment. Wu (Keone Young) still can’t speak English but his son, Young Wu speaks it fluently. Joanie Stubbs (Kim Dickens) now owns the Bella Union, Doc Cohran (Brad Dourif) is still cranky and EB Farnum (William Sanderson) is still out upon. Even Garret Dillahunt who played two different characters in the original show (both were killed) has an uncredited cameo. None of it feels forced or phony. These actors just slipped into these characters’ skins as effortlessly as putting on their socks. Amazingly everyone gets their moment and it’s very moving.
There was a lot of anticipation for Deadwood The Movie and anticipation often leads to disappointment (see Game Of Thrones). But Deadwood The Movie does not disappoint. David Milch tells a simple story that brings everyone back together one last time. The film is filled with powerful and wistful moments. James riding back to town, riding back for Joanie. Swearengen walking Trixie down the aisle. Bullock seeing Alma again, their eyes filled with love. Jewell and Al singing Waltzing Matilda. It ends, as it should, with AL Swearengen. As he lies in his bed being tended to by Jewel (Geri Jewell) and Trixie, starts reciting The Lord’s Prayer and Al isn’t going to have any of it.
Trixie: Our Father, which art in Heaven…
Al Swearengen: Let him f*cking stay there
If you’ve seen the first two films you’ll sail right into this one as the violence begins immediately and never stops! There are references to breaking the rules, and hurting dogs and gold coins and markers and loads of flowing blood and broken bones.
And if you haven’t seen the first two films you’ll enjoy number three just fine.
The plot is simple. At the end of JW2 our hero broke a major rule. He killed someone in neutral ground, specifically, on the grounds of the safe haven for assassins, The Continental run by Ian McShane. He’s given an hour head start and then a worldwide contract is out our on his head. It seems everyone and their mother is an assassin in this world. JW is on The run with his new dog and trying to survive.
The rest of the movie is just an excuse for some amazing fight sequences sprinkled with healthy amounts of humor and gore. Keanu Reeves is perfect for this part. He doesn’t have to do more than look like his ulcer is flaring up. There are some good cameos by Halle Berry, Angelica Huston and Jerome Flynn (Bronn of Game Of Thrones) and strong support from Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburn, Lance Reddick and Asia Kate Dillon (Billions).
Some of the best bits happen between Reeves and Mark Decascos as a hit man called Zero. Decascos really seems to be having a ball! Directed by Chad Stahelski as he has the previous two, the movie zooms along like a freight train to hell.
The violence was too much for some of the ladies that I watched with and I admit, by the end I felt that I had had my fill. This isn’t a Tarantino film where the violence is plentiful but the dialogue is deliciously good. This is pure popcorn and guts Summer flick. You won’t remember much after but it sure gets your blood moving.
“Blood of my blood. You kept all your promises to me. You killed my enemies in their iron suits. You tore down their stone houses. You gave me the Seven Kingdoms!” – Daenerys to her army, after their victory.
Well, that was that. Amid so much anger from the fans leading up to the finale Game of Thrones came to an end. The finale was filled with some beautiful images and some shocks and surprises. Only one more death! All the Starks survived but went their separate ways. And Drogon disappeared. And we got an Edmure Tully sighting!
“I know a killer when I see one.” Aya about Dany
As Jon, Ser Davos and Tyrion surveyed the wreckage of King’s Landing Tyrion had only one thing in mind; to know if his brother and sister had survived or not. They passed charred bodies and skeletal remains and one man who wanders in a daze with his skin scorched from his body which reminded me of images from Vietnam and the effects of napalm. Tyron makes his way into the Red Keep and down below seeing a pile of rubble. He notices a small hole at the top of the rubble which gives him some hope but then he sees Jamie’s golden hand. He starts to remove the rocks and discovers the bodies of Jamie and Cersei. He’s reduced to tears and so was I. It’s very das, in fact, the whole episode feels very sad and chilling.
Jon comes across Grey Worm in the middle of executing a group of Lannister soldiers. Jon and Davos please with him to stop. “Look around you, friend. We won!”, Davos tells him. It makes no difference. He is following his Queen’s orders. Jon tries to stop it but Davos cautions him to speak to the Queen before another burst of violence breaks out. Grey Worm carries out Dany’s order as Jon and Davos walk away.
The vision of The Unsullied and The Dothraki assembled in force in front of the huge Targaryen banner hanging before them. Dany makes her appearance at the top of the stairs with Drogon behind her, spreading his wings that made it look as if she, herself, had wings. It was a gorgeous shot. This was something right out of Triumph Of The Will and it was scary. Dany gives a speech in Valyrian so Jon may not have understood it when she said the war is not over and that they will free everyone from ‘Winterfell to Dorne’. Tyron understood. He walks up to her and she con fronts him. “You set your brother free.” to which Tyrion responds, “And you destroyed a city’. He then takes his Hand Of The Queen pin off and tosses it down the steps. Dany has him arrested. Ayra watches in disgust and makes her way next to Jon who’s stunned to see her there.
“She’s everyone’s queen now.” – Jon to Arya
“Try telling Sansa that.” – Arya
Jon visits the imprisoned Tyrion who is thankful because “Our queen doesn’t keep prisoners very long”. Tyron makes one last plea for his life and for everyone’s life. Jon still resists but you can see he knows Tyrion and Arya and Sansa are right.
“Everywhere she goes, evil men die and we cheer her for it. And she grows more sure that she is good and right.” – Tyrion
Jon leaves Tyrion without consenting to what Tyrion is asking of him but he heads straight to The Great Hall where Dany is. We get another gorgeous image when Jon comes across Drogon who’s been napping under a pile of ash and rubble. He emerges from it and shakes it off like a sleepy puppy. He’s nose to nose with Jon and since he knows the dude and his friendly with his mom he lets him pass. Oh, he will have to live with that mistake for the rest of his life.
Meanwhile Dany is reveling in her victory as she walks through the destroyed throne room. It’s exactly like the vision she had in the House Of The Undying in the Season Two finale. She approaches the Iron Throne with lust in her eyes. She touches the steel cold arm but doesn’t sit.
Jon walks and she’s happy to see him. Jon tries to make her see what a terrible thing she has done but she’s not remorseful. She is in such a daze, happy, looking towards the future. She’s so earnest you almost forget what she’s just done as much as she could care less.
“Be with me. Build the new world with me. This is our reason. It has been from the beginning since you were a little boy with a bastard’s name and I was a little girl who couldn’t count to twenty. We do it together. We break the wheel together.” Dany to Jon.
A sad Jon takes her in his arms and it’s just like old times and she’s smiling into his eyes.“You are my queen. Now and always.” – Jon to Dany, and they start kissing, passionately, sweetly and then Jon before stabs her. The look of surprise on her face is so sad. She wanted to believe that he was all in. He lays her down and she dies. Then we hear Drogon circling. Oh boy. he lands and looks at mom. he nudges her with his nose. He looks at Jon. He is pissed. I thought for sure he was going to incinerate Jon but just as you see the fire start forming in the back of Drogon’s throat he turns and shoots his anger at the Iron Throne and melts it into liquid. Dragon picks up Dany in his claw and then flies away to who knows where.
There’s a time jump as we see Tyrion looking more worse for the wear than the last time we saw him but he’s still alive. Grey Worm comes and takes him to The a Dragon Pit where there is a large gathering assembled much like in the Season Seven finale. It seems the heads of all the Seven Kingdoms are there plus a few honorary others (Davos, Sam, Brienne). Sansa wants to know why Jon wasn’t brought out as well. Grey Worm is still sore at him for killing his queen. Let the negotiating begin!
They convince Grey Worm to abide to whatever the knew King or Queen decides. So who steps up to the plate to throw his name in the hat?
The long missing Edmure Tully! I was wondering if he was still wasting away with n a dungeon but no, he looks fit and healthy and as stupid as ever. “Uncle, please sit.” Sansa chides. Sam offers the novel idea that everyone in the Seven Kingdoms should get a vote and he’s quickly laughed back into his seat. Tyrion comes up with the idea to select ‘Bran the Broken’! Bran who has been claiming he doesn’t want at all not even to be ‘Bran Stark’ eagerly accepts the crown and all give their approval…..except Sansa. She loves him but after all that’s happen she stays true to what she’s been fighting for ever since she escaped from Ramsey Bolton and Bran nods his head and grants her her demand.
“The North will remain an independent kingdom, as it has for thousands of years.” – Sansa to Bran.
The assembled Lords and Ladies cheer!
“All hail Bran the Broken! King of the SIX Kingdoms!”
On top of it all, Bran names Tyrion to be his Hand. Tyron admits he wasn’t very good Hand to Dany but Bran is sure. “He’s made many mistakes. He’s going to spend the rest of his life fixing them.” Grey Worm abides to the pardon of Tyrion but not Jon. There needs to be justice.
A cleaned up Tyrion comes to see a straggly looking Jon. He tells him that his punishment will be to return to the Nights Watch. Why is there a Nights Watch anymore? To rebuild that spot where there’s a big home? When Jon asks if Tyrion thought they did the right thing Tyrion responds by saying “Ask me in ten years”. This was a preplanned response from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to all the fans they knew would hate the last few episodes. They were right on both counts.
Jon puts on his IKEA rug once more and says goodbye to his siblings on the docks before he boards that boat North.
“What’s west of Westeros” Arya asks.
“I don’t know” Jon says.
“That’s where I’m going” Which is what she always talked about.
“You have your needle?” and that’s when I started to cry.
“The North is free thanks to you” Jon says to Sansa.
“But they lost their king” Sansa tells him.
Then Jon kneels before Bran.
“Your grace. I’m sorry I wasn’t there when you needed me.” he tells him.
“You were right where you were supposed to be” says Mr. Know it all.
I loved how nervous Tyrion was as he prepared for his first small council as The Hand Of King Bran. He even straightened out the chairs! Sweet. Then in walked in Sam in his maester attire, Bronn as master of coin, Brienne is commander of the King’s Guard and Ser Davos as master builder or perhaps ‘rebuilder’? Sam presents a new history that Archmaester Ebrose has written about the wars after the death of King Robert. . Sam is proud that he helped with the title; A Song Of Fire and Ice, of course. The biggest kick in the seat is that the book makes no mention of Tyrion whatsoever. Don’t worry, Tyrion, King Bran remembers. Ser Pod rolls the King in. Bran remarks that they’re short a master of Whisperers and a couple others. Tyrion’s working on it. No word about where Drogon is do King Bran lets them carry on while he wargs into his ravens and goes to look for Drogon. The small council begin to squabble about building new brothels or new sewage systems as the camera pulls back. Normality is back and I can’t help but thinking how boring things will be now around Westeros.
We see Brienne writing in the Book of Knights. Jamie’s history stopped with him becoming the ‘King Slayer’. Brian fills in what happened since and makes it all sound honorable. The last entry was simply ‘he died protecting his Queen’. Some people thought this was demeaning to Brienne after what Jamie did to her but I found it sweet. She loved him and he loved her as much as he could, he certainly respected her. He had redeemed himself a great deal since pushing that little boy out the window in the very first episode. But his greatest weakness was his love for his sister. He died in her arms, they died wrapped together just as they were in the womb. It was the death he wanted.
The final images followed the Stark children. Aya sailing away on a boat to the far ends of the world just as she always wanted. Sansa is crowned Queen of The North. She became a Queen just as she always wanted. Jon arrives at Castle Black, where only Tormand and a bunch of Wildings reside. And he finally pets and hugs Ghost. He is such a good boy and he looked so happy. He leads the rag tag game of Free Folk through the gates and ride off past The Wall and into the True North. He can finally find peace. And maybe a Wilding woman like Ygritte to settle down with.
I really enjoyed the final episodes. They were all magnificent. We have never seen anything of this scale on the small screen before. Would I have liked an extra episode or two? Sure. Could the transformation of Daenerys been handled better? Sure. But everything happened the way it should have. All things must come to an end and most times it’s not the end we expected or wished for but end they must. A show like this with so many storylines and characters and twists and turns was never going to be able to satisfy everyone in the end. I, for one, am satisfied. I am sad. And it left me feeling lonely. I imagine that all these very very angry people crying about how the show was terrible and they wasted eight years of their lives will look back ten years from now and see it differently. It was an amazing show. I am thankful I got to experience it with my dearest friends year by year, Sunday after Sunday. We should all be thankful. And we will all be secretly hoping for everyone to get back together somewhere down the road and give us a sequel.
“They say that every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath.”
Dany is going full Mad Queen. Get over it. You knew it was a possibility. Hints have been strewn throughout the 8 seasons. “ A Targaryen alone ids a dangerous thing”. “Its a coin flip”. In the Season Two finale Dany saw a vision in the House of The Undying of The Red Keep destroyed, burned and snow falling through the roof. It wasn’t snow, it was ash.
The loss of Jorah and Missendei and Rhaegal was just too much for her. Plus Jon won’t sleep with her anymore. Come on, Jon! You can’t get it it up to save the Seven Kingdoms?
“She betrayed your trust. This is a victory for her” Dany to Jon about Sansa
Varys is busy sending out ravens telling everyone about who Jon Snow really is. He made his decision. He even approaches Jon about betraying Dany and becoming queen which he absolutley refuses to do. Then Tyrion confesses to Dany that Varys has betrayed her. Dany, looking half mad, already figured out that Jon told Sansa and Sansa told Tryion and Tyrion told Varys. So they are all traitors. Tyron throws himself at her mercy and it works for now. Grey Worm and his soldiers come for Varys. He takes off his rings and places them in a jar. For who? I don’t know. But he knows his time is up. They take him to the beach. Reminds me of when Mellisandre would have beach bon fires with people as sacrifices back in Season One. Tyron and Varys have a solemn and heartfelt farewell and then Dany says “Dracarys”. Drogon looking scarier than ever comes out of the shadows and pulls close to Varys and incinerates him.
Dany chastises Jon about telling Sansa his secret. He again tells her he doesn’t want the throne.
“I don’t have love here. I only have fear.” Dany tells Jon. She again tries to rekindle what love there was between them but Jon just can’t go there. Dany gives up. “Alright then. Let it be fear”
TyrIon begs Dany not to do what she plans. Knowing he can’t change her mind he asks one last thing. If they know that they have lost they will ring the bells and that will mean they surrender. She agrees to stop the attack if she hears the bells. Then she tells Tyrion that they caught Jamie on his way back to Kings Landing. “The next time you fail me will be the last time you fail me.” she tells Tyrion. And that does not bode well for TyrIon
THE NIGHT BEFORE THE BATTLE
“I’m Arya Stark. I’m going to kill Queen Cersei.” Ayra
The Hound and Arya arrive and are stopped by a guard. She is determined to kill Cersei and he is after his brother. They have no time to deal with silly guards. They ride on past him and continue on their quest.
Meanwhile, Tyrion frees Jamie. He has Davos arrange to have a boat ready at the same place he smuggled them into Kings Landing last season. he tells Jamie to get Cersei and sneak out through the Dragon dungeons below the Red Keep. He got to return the favor to Jamie for freeing him at the end of Season Four. But Dany will see this as another betrayal for sure.
THE LAST WAR
“Tens of thousands of innocent lives for one not particularly innocent dwarf. Seems like a fair trade.” Tyrion
Holy Crap!! I guess one dragon was enough after all. The battle starts thrillingly with Dany and Drogon destrying the Iron Fleet and then taking out all the scorpions. We see The Hound and Arya make it inside the gate to The Red Keep before it’s shut. Hundreds of people clamoring to be let in including Jamie. He knows his way though and will find a back way in.
Then Dany and Drogon take out the front gate of the city and starts annihilating the Golden Company. Grey Worm, Jon and Davos lead the armies through the gate and start the slaughter. By the time they come face to face with the Queen’s Guard it’s obvious the battle is over. The Queen’s Guard throw down their swords. Jon looks relieved. You hear people from all over shouting for someone to ring the bells. Ring the bells! Surrender!
Dany and Drogon are perched on a wall. Dany looks around, out of breath. The bells start ringing. That’s it! It’s over! Tyron looks up at Dany. Dany looks to The Red Keep. She almost starts crying. Then she snaps. She takes off and starts burning everything and everyone. Once that starts happening Grey Worm throws his spear at the head of the Queen’s Guard. It becomes a free for all. The worst of what war is. The blood lust is running high. Jon tries to keep his men from fighting and Grey Worm sees that. He’s going to tell!!
The Hound and Arya make it to the map room but he sees how this is going. He tells Arya to go home. Cerise is dead anyway. She still wants to kill her. He says he’s lived with vengeance all his life and look at him. “Do you want to be like me?” he asks her. “If you go with me you’ll die here”. He continues on and she calls after him by his actual name. “Sandor! Thank you.” You can see that he cares for her and she cares for him. But her journey to safety is not an easy one.
Qyburn convinces Cersei to move to a safe place, if there could be one, and as they make their way down the stairwell the building starts collapsing on top of them. The Hound shows up at the bottom of the stairwell. “Hello, big brother”. He quickly dispatched with the small band of soldiers not killed by falling building and The Mountain is ready for him. Cherry orders I’m to stay by her but this is personal. Qyburn tries to get his creation to obey but The Mountain picks him up by the scruff of his neck and tosses him to his death. Cersei, silently, makes his way down the stairs and past the brothers. Very wise decision.
Jamie ends up going the long way around and ends up on the beach. He sees the boat that Davos has left for his and Cerise’s getaway. But before he can enter the red Keep’s basement Euron emerges from the ocean! It’s time to settle this mano a mano. Some people were upset Jamie didn’t use his golden hand to knock Euron around but he did! He also got stabbed twice! Eventually Jamie overpowered Euron and stuck him in the belly and twisted it. As he made his way into the castle Euron kept yelling “I got you! I got you! I’m the man who killed Jamie Lannister!” Idiot. No one else will ever know that.
We finally get Clegane Bowl! It’s beautifully shot. The two brothers fighting on that stairway to nowhere, the sky behind them and Dany and Drogon flying by and breathing fire. It’s apocalyptic. The fight is well cut with Arya trying to make her way threw the streets of Kings Landing. The Hound jams his sword through his brother but he pulls it out like a splinter. The Mountain beats the hell out of him and tries to gouge his eyes out like he did with Oberon. The Hound takes his dagger and keeps stabbing him. “Fucking die!!” he shoves the dagger into his eye and this gets him to let up. He can’t be killed. The Hound decides to pull a kamikaze run and runs at him and off they go from the ramparts and into the fire below. It was the only way this could have ended.
Jamie somehow stays alive long enough to find Cersei in the map room. She’s overjoyed to see him. He leads her down and down into the Dragon lair of the dungeon but the castle has been collapsing and their exit is blocked with rubble. With nowhere to run Jamie accepts his fate but Cersei is a crying mess. “I don’t want to die. Jamie, don’t let me die. I want our baby to live” Jamie takes hold of her and tells her to just look at him. “We’re the only thing that matters. Only us.” They hold each other as the castle comes tumbling down on them. Some were upset that Cersei got to die a romantic death and not killed by Arya or Dany but it certainly wasn’t a pleasant death and it was a fitting death. She died in The Red Keep. She was a great adversary. It took a dragon to beat her.
Aya running for her life amidst the carnage that Dany and Drogon created was amazing. She got trampled on, knocked down and almost set ablaze but she managed to survive. She tried to help the woman and her daughter that helped her but she couldn’t. She would find their charred remains in the street where she left them. It was a gruesome depressing sequence. In the end she finds a white horse standing in the street as if waiting for her. She hops on and rides out of town. A lot of people speculating what the white horse symbolized. I immediately thought of the line from the bible.
“And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.? Revelations
This could mean that Arya is Death and she will kill Dany. It could also mean that Dany is Death and she brought hell to Kings landing. Both could be true.
As for Jon, he had to defend himself but he was dazed to see what his own men were doing. He had to kill one of his own who was trying to rape a young girl. Finally, he and Davos called for everyone to pull back and leave the city.
The dragon fire was setting off the stashes of ‘wildfire’ that was stashed all over the city. I was reminded of the bombing of Dresden in World War II. Dresden was completely demolished by the British even though it was not a military threat. It was revenge pure and simple. The destruction of Kings landing was also revenge. Dany may not have planned to do it but once her blood was up she couldn’t stop.
There is a lot of backlash about Dany turning into the Mad Queen like her father but the clues were there. Perhaps if they had a full ten episode season they could have laid out the case a little better but I am fine with it. It makes sense to me.
Did anyone catch the Aaron Rodgers cameo?
Now that Drogon has done that much killing can he be allowed to survive?
People that were upset about how slow the first two episodes were are probably wishing they could go back to those salad days.
Did you notice how Dany’s attire changed throughout the season? She started out wearing white then red started showing up here and there then full on red dress, finally on the day of the battle she’s in all black. The transformation is complete.
How will Jon or Arya be able to kill Dany when she is surrounded by The Unsullied and Dothraki and Drogon? If Jon does it will be a suicide mission. If Arya does it, she will need a face. The only one Dany trusts now is Grey Worm.
George R R Martin said the end would be bittersweet. It already is.
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
First of all, let us say farewell to the fallen: The Hound, The Mountain, Varys, Qyburn, Euron, Jamie and Cersei.. It was an apocalyptic scene. Amazing that Arya survived.
1 Dany will execute Tyrion
2 Sansa will survive to be Queen of the 7 Kingdoms
3 Jon will have to kill Grey Worm or maybe Arya
4 Jon must kill Dany
5 Arya will go to Storm’s End and be with Gendry
This episode is a roller coaster. We go through many different emotions in this super sized episode. It’s amazing how much happens and how many twists and turns transpire before it’s over. I was leaning forward in my seat for a lot of this and by the time it ended I felt a sense of dread.
“They were the shields that guarded the realms of men, and we shall never see their like again.” Jon
The survivors gather to say their farewells to those who fell. Dany kisses Jorah on the forehead and whispers something to him a la Bill Murray in Lost In Translation. We will never know what it is but we can guess that it was very personal and touching. Sansa also has a private goodbye with Theon, she takes a Stark Wolf pin from her pocket and places it on Theon. He was family. Jon, Dany, Grey Worm, Tormand, Sansa and Sam take torches and light up the funeral pyres representing their respective groups.
There are thousands of bodies on those pyres. More survived than I thought would, however. I was surprised how emotional I got just seeing Jorah and Theon and Lyanna Mormont lying dead on those pyres.
“To Arya Stark! The hero of Winterfell!” Dany toasting Arya
As usual, after a funeral, there is a feast. It’s a pretty somber affair until Dany calls out Gendry who’s only concern is wondering where Arya is. I was nervous at first, was Dany ready to start cleaning house? She calls him out for being the son of Robert Baratheon who wanted her dead. He’s nervous as hell until her tone shifts and she dubs him Gendry Baratheon and tells him that he is now lord of Storm’s End. Everyone cheers and suddenly this funeral dinner has become a victory celebration!
The party is broken up into groups; Davos tells Tyrion about Mellisandre, Bran tells Tyrion he doesn’t want to be lord of Winterfell. Also, someone comes to wheel Bran away and it almost feels like he has no say in the matter. It was a very strange moment. The Hound teases Gendry about wanting to find Arya. Tyron, Jamie, Pod and Brienne get drunk and play Tyrion’s drinking game.
Jon is surrounded by a gaggle of men including Tormand, Davos and the shows producer/writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss disguised as Northerners. Tornado is singing Jon’s praises. Dany looks around and feels isolated. No one surrounding her and praising her. She is surrounded by men, men who look to Jon Snow as the hero. She gets up and leaves the party as Varys watches her with much concern.
Sansa sits with The Hound who is only interested in eating and drinking. “I heard you were broken in rough” The Hound says to her. Sansa tells him that she took care of Ramsey herself. “How?” he asks. “Hounds” she tells him and this actually makes him smile. “You’ve changed, little bird.” he says.
“Without Littlefinger and Ramsay and the rest, I would’ve stayed a little bird all my life.” Sansa tells him.
Gendry finds Arya who is practicing her archery, of course. He kisses her, tell her she’s beautiful and that he loves her and asks her to marry him. It’s very sweet but, damn, man, you only slept with her once! He asks her to be the lady of Storm’s End. Aya kisses him and nicely declines his offer.
“I’m not a Lady, I never have been. That’s not me.” Arya tells him which echoes what she told her father in season one.
Brienne is drunk and laughing as Pod looks on and Tyrion and Jamie play their game. It’s all good and well until Tyrion crosses the line. “You’re a virgin”. Brienne shuts down and tries to leave but is stopped by Tormand. he makes another pass but fails yet again. Brienne leaves and Jamie follows her. Then, it actually happens. And just like that Brienne is no longer a virgin.
Dany comes to Jon’s room. He’s drunk but not too drunk. She tells him that she loves him and asks if that’s alright. They start kissing and it seems for a moment that it will be until Jon suddenly stops and pulls away. She’s absolutely fine with being with a relative , that’s who the Targaryens are. Even though Jon is also a Targaryen he was raised a Stark and that is just not done. Her plan B is for Jon to never tell anyone who he really is. She begs him not to but Jon was raised by Ned Stark and feels he needs to tell Sansa and Arya.
“I owe them the truth.” Jon
“Even if the truth destroys us?” Dany
“You are my Queen, nothing will change that.” Jon
This does not bode well. Her paranoia is going to spike and then she could become The Mad Queen.
“We’re family, the four of us. The last of the Starks.” Ayra to Jon.
With over half their armies gone their plan has to change. Dany wants to start marching to Kings Landing immediately but Sansa suggest allowing some time to recover from the last battle. This makes sense, they must be exhausted. Dany shoots her daggers. Jon backs Dany and says they will do whatever she wants. He’ll march the army to surround King’s Landing. Dany will escort their ships back to Dragonstone and will put up a blockade to keep anything from going in or out of Kings Landing. The idea is starve them out and force the people to turn on Cersei. Before Jon can leave the room Arya stops him and says they need a family meeting.
Sansa and Arya and Bran meet Jon by the weirwood tree. Sansa and Arya do not trust Dany. Jon then decides he has to tell them but makes them swear not to tell a soul. Then tells Bran to tell them. But we don’t see that scene. Interesting choice.
Jamie decides to stay at Winterfell with Brienne. He’s drinking with Tyrion and Tyrion is asking Jamie for details of his tryst with Brienne when surprise surprise! Look who shows up! Bron of the Blackwater! And he’s holding the cross bow. He tells them that Cersei has promised him Riverrun to assassinate both of them. He doesn’t think Cersei will beat Dany but he wants to make a deal just in case. Tyron offers him High Garden. He accepts their word and slinks off into the night.
The next morning The Hound is leaving Winterfell and Arya joins him. They both have unfinished business in Kings Landing and neither plan on returning to Winterfell. Looks like Clean Bowl is on! Aya plans on killing Cersei or is she? She now knows who Jon really is and I doubt she would be leaving forever without making a plan with Sansa. These two do make a wonderful pair.
“You’re going to leave me to die again if I get hurt?”
Tyron has a talk with Sansa. Sansa does not want Jon to go to Kings Landing. The Starks have a bad history there. He tries to convince Sansa to trust Dany but she cannot. So she breaks her promise to Jon and tells Tyrion the secret. “What if there’s someone else? Someone better?”
Jon and Tormand say their goodbyes. Tornado is head back to Castle Black. Jon tells him to take Ghost with him. Jon says goodbye to Sam and Gilly. He discovers that Gilly is pregnant. Something we all wondered since we first saw Gilly this season. But the big thing that didn’t happen was that Jon did not go over and say goodbye to Ghost! Just go over and pet him for goddsake! What is the matter with you??
“She’s a girl who walked into a fire with three stones and walked out with three dragons. How could she not believe in destiny?” Tyron to Various
Of course, Tyrion tells Varys who Jon really is. Sansa knew he would. Once Varys knows everyone will know.
Then the unthinkable happens. Rhaegal gets shot with a spear, then another and then a third through its throat. It comes crashing down into the sea. That caught me off guard!!! Looks like Qyburn has improved his ‘scorpion’. Euron pulled the trigger but all his ships have them mounted on their bough. Once Dany rode off on Drogon, Euron destroys Dany’s fleet and the survivors wash up on the shore.
Back at the Capital, Cersei is told the good news. She tells them to leave the gates open to let more people in. If Dany comes to burn it all down she will kill thousands of innocents. Cerise tells Euron she’s pregnant and says it’s his. Then we see that they have captured Missendei.
Dany is now determined to attack the Capital with Drogon but Varys yells her point blank that it’s a mistake. Tyrion convinces her to allow them to make one last stab at diplomacy. A hail mary if ever there was one.
Varys has always been concerned about Dany. Varys proposes that perhaps they should back Jon instead. Tyron reminds him that Varys has served many monarchs and his loyalty is questionable. But Varys has made his decision. Tyron still believes in Dany. Things are getting tricky.
Back at Winterfell, Sansa and Brienne receive the terrible news. Jamie walks up and they tell him.
“I always wanted to be there when they execute your sister. Seems I won’t get the chance” Sansa says to him.
Later that night, as Brienne lay asleep in bed, Jamie seeks off and readies his horse. Brienne comes out in her nightgown and begs him not to leave. But his bond with his sister is strong, too strong to stay away. Is he going to her because he loves her, for the sake of the bay or to kill her?
“You’re not a monster, I know this. I know this because I’ve seen it. You’ve always loved your children, more than yourself, more than Jaime, more than anything. I beg you, if not for yourself, then for your child.” Tyrion to Cersei
Cerise stands on top of the city wall. Missendei standing there. The Mountain and Euron behind her. The walls have ‘scorpions’ mounted all along it. Dany was right about the longer she waited to attack the stronger he enemies would be. Cersei has taken advantage very well.
Dany shows up at the city gate with a very small army of Unsullied. Qyburn comes out to parlay with Tyrion. They each ask the other to surrender. But Qyburn has the stronger argument here; they have lost a dragon and the other is vulnerable to their weapons, their armies are depleted and battle weary. Tyron decides to talk directly to Cersei and marches up to the gate. The archers draw and point their arrows but Cersei decides not to kill him. He tries to appeal to her, he tries to reason with her. he says she isn’t a monster because she loved her children and is about to have another. But Tyrion is being naive. She is a monster. And she proves it when she has The Mountain behead Missendei. Her head and her body fall from the platform and on the ground in front of Tyrion. Grey Worm looks away. Dany is filled with rage and grief. But Missendei was given the chance to have her last words. She chose only one.
Dany heard her. And she intends to light up the joint.
I’ve never seen Jon look so happy in the the whole 8 seasons as he does celebrating at the feast. It doesn’t last long though.
“You weigh as much as two fleas fucking” Tormand to Jon
Pod gets lucky at the feast! As does Tormand with a pretty Northern girl! The Hound scares his girl away.
Ok. So someone left a Starbuck’s cup on the set. It happens. I bet the person who left it feels awful!
I feel bad for Dany. She’s done nothing but lose since arriving in Westeros. Even though she helped beat the Night King that wasn’t the war she wanted to fight and she’s lost most of her army, two dragons and her closest friends. It seems so sad to have followed her and rooting for her to see her fail in the end. Or even if she wins what will she have left?
Something tells me that Episode 6 is going to happen after a time jump. I think Episode 5 will be a finale and 6 will be 10 years later.
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 It seems obvious that Arya is planning on killing Cersei bit I think her target is Dany.
2 Jamie will kill Euron but won’t be able to kill Cersei not while she’s carrying their child.
3 I hear talk of a fourth dragon coming out of nowhere but I don’t see how that’s possible. But I think they do make dragon armor for Drogon.
4 Dany will burn down the Red Keep
5 Dany will kill Varys for being disloyal.
I’m not a zealous fan boy of the Marvel movies. I’ve watched many of them and liked most of them but was never overly rabid for each release like say I am with Game Of Thrones, Mad Men or Breaking Bad. But my favorites have been The Avenger films plus The Captain America Civil War installment. These films are incredibly entertaining and the conflicts and consequences are bigger than in the stand alone films.
Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of this chapter of Marvel films that started with Iron Man in 2008. It is filled with cameos from almost everyone that has been in the 22 films to date. How could this possibly be? Two things: It’s over three hours long and time travel. It’s very cleverly done and it’s a thrill to watch. Marvel films always have lots of humor in them but this one is very very funny especially Chris Hemsworth’s Thor who gets the biggest laughs. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner all get moments to shine. Brie Larsen, Scarlet Johansen have big hero moments and Mark Rufaflo is delightful as a whole new and funny version of The Hulk.
Much like the final season episodes of Game Of Thrones, Endgame is filled with great moments and interactions between characters that have never met each other before. The finale is amazing, exciting and everything a fan could hope for. And, I admit, I shed some tears.
This is a very well written (Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely) action film and all the actors deliver. I especially was impressed with the opening and closing sequences. The more opens with Hawkeye and his family having a picnic, a very personal, quiet moment. It closes with another quiet, personal sequence that was very unexpected and emotionally satisfying. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have done a wonderful job bringing this part of the series to a spectacular conclusion.
We’ve all heard of the term ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. It’s a psychiatric theory that posits that hostages may bond with their kidnappers due to the point of taking their side and defending them under extreme circumstances. Well Stockholm, the film, is the story about the incident the that this theory derived from.
In 1973, parolee Lars Nystrom (Ethan Hawke), enters a bank, not to rob it but to force the release of his friend Gunner Sorensen (Mark Strong). He allows almost everyone to leave except two women and one man. What follows is unbelievable if it weren’t true. He obviously had no idea what he’s doing and he forms a strong bond with one of the women hostages, Bianca (Noomi Rapace). Tensions rise the longer they hold out and the authorities work their way in.
There is plenty of stupidity on both sides. The cops are truly befuddled by the actions not only of the kidnappers but the hostages. The siege lasts 5 days and would have been over sooner if the hostages did not sympathize with their captors and decided to help them make their escape.
It is really an entertaining film that is mostly comical and good natured. It ends rather abruptly though and not altogether satisfactory but the all out performances by Hawke and Rapace propel Stockholm into a nice surprise of a movie.
Jordan Peele has crafted a pure horror film that’s creepy and still has a sense of humor much like Get Out but without the clear political dimension. The end reminded me of an M Night Shymalan ending and that isn’t a knock. I’m a Shymalan fan. People may have questions about various things, the rabbits, why do they talk weird, etc., but while other films might need to explain things, a horror film does not. The unknown is part of the horror. People can theorize on their own, that’s part of the fun.
Us is a straight up horror film. The film opens with a young couple and their young daughter enjoying the Santa Cruz beach amusement park. The girl wanders off and ends up in the ‘Fun House’, the hall of crazy mirrors. What happens there is the linchpin for the film.
In the present day the little girl, all grown up into the lovely Lupita Nyong’o, and her family wind up vacationing in Santa Cruz and are visited by a very unwelcome group that look just like them only much scarier. And I’ll be honest, I did not see that ending coming!
It makes sense that Peele has resurrected The Twilight Zone series once more because Us plays like a longer version of a Zone episode (Think the hour long episodes that made up the fourth season). The photography is beautiful and there are good supporting performances from Winston Duke (Black panther), Elisabeth Moss and the two child actors Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex but it’s Nyong’o’s go for broke performance that ignites the film into another level.
“Everything you did brought you to where you are now. Where you belong. Home” Bran to Theon
Well, I guessed it right! Aya killed The Night King! It was a good guess but an educated one. It would have been too obvious for Jon and Dany to have done it and Arya has been training to be an assassin for many years now. But what really tipped me off was rewetting the show and seeing the episode in Season Three when Mellisandre took Gendry and Arya confronted her. She said, There is much darkness in you. I see eyes staring back at me, brown eyes, green eyes, blue eyes. Eyes that you will shut forever. We’ll meet again” Sure enough they did and Mellisandre said the same line to her, Arya knew what she had to do. What she was destined to do.
This was a great episode! It had me on the edge of my seat and screaming at the screen! Sure it was dark. It was the dead of night! How could anyone have survived? Impossible but so what? If episode 3 was this good what how good will the next three episodes be?
The episode opens slowly, everyone doing their last minute prep. We see Theon and the iron born escorting Bran to the godswoods. Alice Carstark is with them so I am assuming she dies in the battle along with all these people including brave Theon. I was surprised Sam joined the battle. I thought he would be in the Crypt but good for him1 Jon and Dany fly up on the hill so they could overlook the battlefield like the generals they are. And then we see Mellisandre. Wow. That was a surprise. She has Jorah instruct the Dothraki to lift their swords and Mellisabdre does an incantation and sets them all on fire. Jonah and Ghost lead the charge and the Dothraki follow. They disappear in the horizon but when they come face to face with the horde of dead you could see the fear on their faces. The Dothraki are scared! The others watch as all those burning swords dance around like fireflies until one by one they are all extinguished. Wonderful scene. A few horses return along with some Dothraki on foot and Jorah. No Ghost. We don’t see him die but probably so.
“There’s no need to execute me Ser Davos. I’ll be dead before the dawn” Meliisandre tells Davos.
Then the whole dead army attack. It is so overwhelming. Aya tells Sansa to go to the Crpt and hands her a dragon glass dagger. Dany breaks with the plan and gets on Drogon to start helping and Jon gets on Rhaegal. They start carpet bombing the dead but there are so many it barely makes a dent. Jon has an idea and heads straight for the White Walkers on horseback but before he can take them out the storm comes and we know The Night King has arrived.
We see all out heroes fighting valiantly and we get our first death. Dolorous Edd. He saves Sam and gets it in the back. Sam watches in horror and then turns and runs! Sansa enters the Crupt and everyone looks at her as if saying “How’s it going up there?”. She looks at Tryion and by the look on her face he knows it’s bad and starts drinking.
The troops retreat to the castle. The Unsullied protect the retreat, Jon and Dany crash into each other up in the sky unable to see through the ice storm. Some of the Unsullied make it in but Grey Worm has to make a call and yells for the trench to be lit. He collapses the bridge condemning the rest of the Unsullied to sure death. The trench doesn’t light. Dany was supposed to do it but she’s still flying blind. Good thing Mellisandre is there! She starts praying but it the fire doesn’t start. It takes a long time! Wrong incantation? Finally, it works! The wood in the trenches are set ablaze. The dead, eerily just stop and wait for further orders.
“It’s the most heroic thing to do now, look the truth in the face.” Sansa
Then NK sends the command and the wights start falling into the trench making a pathway for the others to follow. “Man the walls!” Our heroes take positions on the wall and do the best they can but they get swamped. It’s great to see Jamie and Brienne saving each other and fighting side by side. We also get to see Arya kicking some serious ass while her theme music plays and Davos watches in wonder. Then the giant busted through the gate. Little Lyanna Mormont gets swatted away like toy. She is a warrior though. She picks up a weapon and gives her battle cry and attacks . The giant picks her and starts crushing her and with her last breath she stabs it in the eye! They both come crashing down in a heap. I’ll admit, this got to me. Tears were shed.
The Hound starts to give up. “We’re fighting death. You can’t beat death” But when he sees Arya in trouble he springs into action and Beric follows. Aya finds herself in a pickle in the library. The dead are just roaming around like they’re looking for a good read. She manages to get out of that room but soon finds herself being chased through the hallways. The Hound and Beric come to her rescue. Beric is mortally wounded but manages to stay with them to momentary safety. He dies as Arya looks on compassionately. Waiting for them, it seemed, was Mellisandre. She said they’d meet again and they have. She reminds Arya of what she saw in her eyes al those years ago. Arya knows what she has to do.
“What do we say to the god of Death? Not today”
The wights start attacking the godswoods and Theon and his men battle while up in the sky we have a dragon battle. NK falls of Visierion. Jon crash lands and rolls off Rhaegal. Rhaegal may not be dead but sure looks injured. Dany targets NK and lights him up but it turns out NK cannot be killed b y dragon fire. If he is a Targaryen that would make sense, with NK on the ground Jon sets his sights on him but before he can reach him. NK does what he did at the end of Hardhome. He lifts his hands and brings all the newly dead back. Jon is surrounded. NK heads for Bran and all the White Walkers enter the castle,
Dany comes to Jon’s rescue and allows him to try to get to Bran but Drogon gets attacked by wights and Dany falls off while Drogon takes flight to try and shake them all off. Good thing Jorah always knows where she is and he comes to protect her. Things start looking really bad for everyone and to top it all off, as we suspected, the dead Starks in the Crypt start bursting out of their coffins, All hell breaks loose down there.
Cue the sad music. We start to think they’ve lost. Jon cannot reach Bran. Viserion has blocked the way. Bran, who had warned into his crows at the start of the battle finally returns to his body to tell Theon that he’s a ‘good man’ and to thank him before Theon makes his suicide run at NK. Then, one of the white walkers feels a rush of air, his long stringy hair russles a little. NK approaches Bran in slo mo and just as he reaches back for his spear we see a figure appear in the top of the frame. It’s Arya, flying through the air, Valerian steel dagger in her hand. NK quickly turns and catches her by the throat but Arya drops the dagger and catches it with her right hand and stabs NK right in the spot where he was stabbed thousands of years ago when he was turned into NK. He immediately shatters into a millions pieces! The White Walkers dissolve in an explosion of ice! Viserion crumbles in a mess of dead flesh! All the wights immediately collapse in a heap of death. It’s over! The living have won! But perhaps the biggest loss of all was being mourned on the battlefield. Jonah dies in Dany’s arms. He died doing the only thing he wanted to do for the woman he loved. he protected her to his last breath. Dany wails over his body as Drogon flies in and wraps himself around them and also mourns with his momma.
The last scene was interesting. The Hound and Mellisandre exit the castle and into the quiet. She walks out of the castle and past piles and piles of bodies. Davos appears ready to strike her down but he doesn’t. He watches her walk out into the new dawn, removing her magical necklace, throwing off her coat. She starts to revert to her actual form, her long red hair changes to white and she crumbles to the ground. The final death of The Long Night.
I loved Sansa and Tyrion’s interactions in the Crypt. he always admired her and she him.
“Maybe we should have stayed married” Tyrion
“You were the best of them” Sansa
“What a terrifying thought!” Tyrion
The looks they gave each other when they thought they were goners were touching. Maybe they have a future.
Jon Snow has never been much of a tactician. Sansa saved his ass in the Battle of the Bastards and here Arya saves his ass by taking out NK. Maybe he can take out Cersei?
Look, I’m happy that our heroes didn’t suffer as many losses as we all feared but how in the world did Sam and Davos survive?
How many troops do Jon and Dany have left? Even with two surviving dragons they definitely do not have enough of an army to take King’s Landing. Dany may now want to burn it all down with the dragons and Jon is going to be against it.
Also, Sansa will be against sending any ’Northerners’ South to fight for Dany. why should she? The North is now safe, Cersei should be forced to march North if she wants.
I love that my friend Charlotte, once the war was won, immediately thought about the clean up job that was going to be needed. What are you going to do with all those dead bodies?? Winter fell will definitely need a paint job!
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Cersei will die in child birth.
2 Yara will kill Euron.
3 The Hound kills The Mountain.
4 Arya and Gentry are going to take things to the next level.
5 Theories going around that Arya could be Azor Ahia, I don’t think so. I think it’s still Jon.
“The things we do for love”
If this was your last night on Earth what would you do and who would you spend it with? Things are moving fast even though the army of the dead does not. There is no time to waste in these last six episodes and Episode 2 is the calm before the storm but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any fireworks.
Jamie stands before Dany, Jon and Sansa. Dany wants to punish him for killing her father. Jamie tells them that Cersei is not sending her army to help and has brought in the Golden Company to fight for her should any of them survive. Dany is not only furious with Jamie but also with Tyrion. It looks like Sansa agrees with Dany until Brienne steps up and vouches for Jamie. Sansa is persuaded to let him stay and Dany looks at her with such venom! When she turns to “the warden of the North” Jon simply says “We need every man we can get”. So Dany reluctantly agrees to allow him to stay but she dresses down Tyrion and alludes to changing Hands and looks at Jorah. In private, Jorah defends Tyrion and advises she forgive him his mistakes. He also advises her to reach out to Lady Sansa. They need to be on the same team.
SANSA AND DANY
“He never should have trusted Cersei.” Dany
“You shouldn’t have either.” Sansa
Dany does a good job of finding common ground with her and assuring her that she loves Jon and even though her main desire is to win the Iron Throne here she was, in the North fighting Jon’s war. Sansa seems to accept Dany’s sincerity but she doesn’t lose sight of what she desire. “What happens afterwards?” she asks. Her desire is that the North be free and independent. “What about the North”
Dany turns cold and doesn’t asnswer but we know the answer. She must have complete control of the Seven Kingdoms. Their little talk gets interrupted when Theon Greyjoy arrives. He bends the knee to Dany but asks Sansa’s permission to fight for Winterfell. Sansa starts crying and rushes to hug Theon. Dany watches and you can see that she is threatened. Sansa is the one that people love and will follow not her.
BRAN AND JAMIE
“How do you know there is an afterwards?” Bran
Jamie apologizes to Bran but Bran isn’t Bran anymore so he’s not angry. But what should we make of Bran’s quote? Is he saying that Jamie won’t survive the battle or that none of them do.
TYRION AND JAMIE
”So, I’m going to die at Winterfell” Tyrion
The brothers reunited! Jamie confirms that Cersei is pregnant. Tyron says something interesting. He says “Maybe once I’m dead I’ll return to King’s Landing and rip Her (Cersei) apart”. In the prophesy, Cersei is told that she will be killed by the Valonqar which means ‘little brother’. Nothing is said without a reason.
JAMIE AND BRIENNE
“I’m not the fighter I used to be” Jamie
Jamie goes to Brienne and asks if she would allow him to fight with her on the left flank. She agrees. So much is said between them with just their eyes. So much has passed between them and I think she loves him and if not love, he deeply admires and respects her.
THE LAST ARRIVALS
“Whoever is not here now is with them” Tormand
Tornado, Beric and Edd arrive at Winterfell but before Jon can hit Edd he’s tackled by Tormand. “My little crow”, Tormand calls him affectionately. Tornado tells Jon that the Night King is on the way and that they found House Umber destroyed and they all now fight for the dead, They have only until morning before the dead arrive.
Ser Davos is serving up soup and instructing as many able bodied people as possible to arms themselves and ready for the battle. A little girl comes up to him, half her face covered with scars and says that her brothers were fighters and that she wants to fight. Gill comes along and says she and her son will ne in the Crypt and they’d feel much safer if she were there to protect them. The little girl agrees to protect the Crypt. Davos clearly sees Shireen in this little girl.
Grey Worm tells Missendei that after Dany is on the Iron Throne he will take her where she wants to go which is back to her homeland. She wants to see the beach again.
THE WAR COUNCIL
“An endless night” what Bran says the Night King wants
Jon’s plan is to kill the Night King (Duh!) and the rest of the army of the dead should fall. But how to get close to him? Bran offers to be bait. The Night King has marked him and has tried to kill him and other Three Eyed Ravens before. He wants to destroy this world and by killing the Three Eyed raven he destroys all the knowledge of the past with him.
“That’s what death is, forgetting and being forgotten” Sam
Then offers to stay with Bran to protect him along with the iron born that came with him. Jon tells everyone to get some rest and as everyone shuffles off he simply addresses Dany with a short “Your grace” and leaves. Dany is confused but she won’t be for long.
When the room clears Tyrion pulls up a chair and asks Bran to tell him his story. I wonder if he told him anything that could be useful later?
Jon, Edd and Sam and Ghiost meet up on the Winterfell ramparts and think about those brothers they lost and how they are the only ones left. Jon tells Sam he should go to the Crypts with Gilly and littlle Sam, to protect them. Sam reminds them he was the first to kill a white walker.
“Samwell Tarly. Slayer of White Walkers. Lover of ladies. As if we needed any more reason to know the world is ending.” Edd
ARYA AND GENDRY
Who would have guessed that there would be so much heat generated between Arya and Gentry! She watches him at work as steam literally fills up the screen. She wants to know if he’s made her weapon but he hasn’t. She then proceeds to demonstrate her talent for tossing dragon glass knives like darts perfectly spaced which impresses Gentry.
“I’ll get right on it” Gendry hops to.
Arya finds the Hound and questions why he’s there. “When was the last time you fought for anyone but yourself?” she asks. “I fought for you, didn’t I?” he answers. Look they care for each other, no question. I hope they both make it through the battle. I’d like to see them both acknowledge it. Brice shows up and spoils the mood. Aya decides she has better things to do and somebody else she’d like to spend her final hours with.
Later in the episode, Gentry is seen lurking about while Arya practices her archery. He has brought her the weapon she wanted, a spear with dragon glass point.
“We’re going to die soon . I want to know what it’s like before that happens.” Ayra
Before Gendry can say a word Arya kisses him and before you know it they are frantically taking each other’s clothes off. Aya shoves him onto some sacks of rice or something and tells him to take his pants off. She takes off her shirt and Gendry sees the large scars she has across her back and stomach, thanks to The Waif, mainly. Then they get down to business. Totally surprised but happy for both of them. It’s about time Arya enjoyed something other than revenge and killing plus what else should you do on what may be your last night on Earh.
“I killed a giant when I was ten then I climbed right into bed with his wife. When she woke up do You know what she did? Suckled me at her teat for three month’s. She thought I was a baby. That’s how I so strong. Giant’s milk.” Tormand
Oh my God! I never laughed so hard, especially watching Game of Thrones!
This little gathering started with just Tyrion and Jamie drinking by the fire then are joined by Brienne and Pod. See Davos and Tormand quickly follow. Davos is just looking to warm up by the fire and Tormand brought his own horn of whatever it is he drinks, spoiled goat’s milk? He tried to impress Brienne with that story about the giant and then downs some of what was in his horn, the rest dribbles down his beard.
Tyrion says he thinks they’ll all survive which makes Davos laugh but Tyrion has a point. They’ve all survived great battles in the past, why not another? The fact that Brienne is not a knight is brought up which shocks Tormand. Women aren’t allowed to be knights because of tradition. “Fuck tradition” he says. Then Jamie says you don’t need a king to make you a knight, another knight can do it. He draws his sword and calls Brienne over. At first, she chuckles but Jamie persists. She then gets up, goes over to Jamie and kneels. Jamie says the words and touches her shoulder with his sword and makes the decree.
“Arise, Brienne of Tarth, a Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” – Jaime
The others start applauding and Brienne staynds before them and flashes a huge smile. I can hardly remember her smiling before and if so, never this wide. It was a wonderful, touching moment. It makes me worry about her safety in the next episode
Outside Sam tentatively approaches as Jorah and Lyanna Mormont arguing. He wants her to go to safety in the Crypt but she refuses. She wants to fight. He has to acquiesce to her decision. “I wish you good fortune, cousin” she turns and says to him. Sam approaches Jorah and presents him with Heartsbane, the Tarley family sword.
“You still have a family” Jorah tells him.
But Sam knows it would do mote good in the hands of a warrior. It’s another touching moment in an episode overflowing with them.
JON AND DANY
“If that were true, it would make you the last male heir of House Targaryen. You’d have claim to the Iron Throne.” – Dany to Jon
After having avoided her all episode Dany finally had Jon cornered in the Crypt as Jon stood in front of the statue of his mother, Lyanna Stark. Dany recalls how she was always told that her brother Rhaegar was a kind man who loved to sing and give money to poor kids but yet still rsaped Lyanna. Jon corrects her. “He didn’t. He loved her.” Jon proceeds to tell her the story, his story. “My name, my real name is Agon Targaryen.” Dany, visibly shaken, moves away from him. She questions how this could be possible and that the information has been provided by his brother and best friend. But Jon is convinced that it’s true. Dany knows what this means. There is no talk about them, their relationship, their love, none of that. She’s thinking he is going to keep me from sitting on the Iron Throne. Before anything more can be said, the horns starting blaring. They meet Tyrion on the ramparts and know that the time has come. The dead are here. We see the white walkers lined up across the snowy landscape as they eye the only source of light in the distance. Winter fell
“We’re all going to die but I’ll least we’ll die together” Tormand says as he looks lovingly at Brienne. I’m worried about how this battle is going to go. This whole episode is so moving and tender and filled with melancholy. I fear they weill lose this battle. But I don’t know how they stop the dead if they lose at Winterfell. This would mean that the Night King will make his way to King’s Landing and another battle would occur there. The only way out would be to kill The Night King somehow.
“I’m not spending my final hours with you two miserable shits” Arya to The Hound and Beric.
“Is the big woman still here?” Tormand
Grey Worm and Missendei kiss goodbye. Gulp.
The song that Pod sings and is heard through the closing credits is Jenny Of Oldstones. It’s performed by Florence and The Machine in the closing credits.
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Grey Worm is going to die. Never make plans for the future before a big battle.
2 Daenerys is turning into the Mad Queen
3 Arya will kill The Night King
4 Ghost will sacrifice himself to save Jon
5 Many will die in the next episode. Grey Worm, Beric Donderrion, Tormand, Theon, Lyanna Mormont, Ser Vavos to name a few.