As with most seasons, the second episode is the one that really sets everything up on Game of Thrones.
-They seem to be setting up this season as the one where Arya manages to let go and starts to heal and grow. She’s on her way to meet family after abandoning her plan for revenge and she said goodbye to Nymeria when she realized her old pet had a life of her own. It was great to see both the pack and Hotpie and I have a feeling it won’t be the last time in either case.
-Jon was on fire this episode. He proclaimed Sansa ruler in his stead and shoved Bealish up against a wall. It’s like he’s working through my ASoIaF wishlist for me, bless his grumpy brought back to the living soul.
-Missandei and Grey Worm finally got a scene together and it was beautiful. Kudos to Jacob Anderson for his vulnerable portrayal. I still wish we were given more of both their relationship and their character development.
-The mistranslation in one of the biggest prophesies in the series gives me so much joy. I got Missandei providing the info, Melisandre being hilariously tragically wrong once more, and a gender-neutral prophesy all for the price of one.
-The editors really seem to be having fun this season, what with all the cuts from disgusting scenes straight into food and vice versa, and the Hitchcockian cut to a hand between books right after Grey Worm and Missandei’s love scene. (It is slightly unfortunate that there were two scenes back to back where people undressed cause I was half-expecting Sam to take off his Medieval scrubs)
-Billy Bones is here and he brought his massive arms! (Hello and good evening to the five people who got that)
-I’m going to be honest and say I was hoping for zombie dragons rather than a giant ballista, but I guess they had to go with boring things like practical realism. (I’m hoping the Others will give me the zombie dragons I long for)
-The final battle scene. Money was spent on those burning ships, so the writers ended up solving one of their biggest mistakes (the Sand Snakes’ everything) in a very expensive, but ultimately cheap way. For accomplished warriors all three women who went up against Euron did not last long. Ashe in particular should have been shown to present more of a challenge and not ultimately used to show Theon’s state of mind. The show’s history of brutal misogyny will not let me let this go.
-The political intrigue in both Dragonstone and King’s Landing -if you can even call it that- is beyond boring. There is no subtlety or intense machinations, just people shouting and arguing very openly and that is not the kind of court drama I like (not that the Good Wife is any good). I’m well excited about Casterly Rock though.
I have a terrible feeling about Varys’ being blinded at some point in the near future. They sure were keen on mentioning eye-related turns of phrase.