Old characters are coming back at almost the same rate as new characters are killed off and at this point I’m just enjoying this carousel of murder.
-We finally see baby Lyanna Mormont and I won’t say she’s the most precious ruler we’ve seen so far because I don’t think she’d appreciate it, but she is certainly one of the most level-headed. The ache of loss from never seeing the rest of the Mormont women remains keenly felt.
-Sansa and Davos’ indirect bickering is something I could watch all day, especially since the miserable conduit to their sniping is Jon.
-The Blackfish facing down Jaime almost makes up for the blandness of the Lannisters this season, as does seeing Jaime in Tywin’s armor.
-Jaime still doesn’t know about Lancel. I’m going to grow old and wrinkly waiting for him to find out.
-Since when do professional assassins fall for the old falling into a body of water trick? I am ecstatic that Arya made it (even though I never doubted her chances of doing so), but I feel we would have been better served with a longer, Hitchcockian version of her attempted murder and escape instead of seeing her get beaten up for half the season.
-Sandor’s return from his sabbatical of penance would have been better received by this reviewer if it wasn’t accompanied by a swift erasure of his progress towards inner peace. I don’t like or understand writers’ frequent inability to produce a compelling and original resistance-to-violence narrative that doesn’t end in tragedy.
-Why would anyone in their right mind kill off Ian McShane after a single episode? He brought a brilliant gravitas and presence to a character that would most certainly have been forgotten otherwise. I would have liked to see a bit more on his take on religion especially if it was juxtaposed with the followers of R’hllor and the High Septon’s radicalism.
The Place of Eternal Ambivalence
-I loved finding out that Asha is apparently attracted to women. I would have preferred how she exhibited her sexuality to have been handled far differently. If I had wanted a new and improved version of Bronn I would have asked for it. Although I did love the costuming choice for her partner cause the skirt made her look like a mermaid.
-On the topic of Asha and the Ironborn: I’m glad she’s trying to help her brother, but her way of helping is less than ideal.
-Davos is one of my favorite characters, yet every second I see him involved in Northern politics I grind my teeth harder than his former boss. His moment with Lyanna was adorable, nevertheless I’d rather the Starks handle Stark business.
-Sansa making a very difficult decision and contacting Littlefinger means that the likelihood of them demolishing the Boltons is high, however it also has the rather unpleasant side-effect of bringing Baelish back into the fold.
-I don’t know what to make of a Tully who risks a family member’s life. I guess we can assume he thought the Freys didn’t have it in them (they didn’t), but still.