Wow, what an episode. That was some truly epic stuff from start to finish.
So glorious to see the 3 dragons wreak havoc on the Masters' fleet. Greyworm killing those two Masters was so smoothly done. And watching the Dothraki decimate the Sons of the Harpy felt so satisfying.
The meeting with the Greyjoys was great too. Guess Dany is all set to leave for Westeros in the finale!
And now we head to the main course! The battle was superb - that tracking shot had me on the edge of my seat. So grittily shot, so frakking realistic. Gods, I have goosebumps just thinking about the trampling scene.
I got the feeling that Sansa had planned it all out - she deliberately provoked Ramsay by telling him that he would end up dead the next day. That combined with Jon's offer of one-on-one combat provoked him to come out to the battlefield, as he was completely sure that he would win.
This is probably why Sansa withheld the information about the army of the Vale coming to help them. If Ramsay had got any whiff of this through his scouts, he would have stayed within Winterfell fully prepared for a siege. What a gamble, but it paid off in spades.
Ramsay played Jon by killing Rickon in such a ghastly manner right in front of him, but ultimately it was Ramsay who got played by Sansa. Superb!
And that final scene. Felt so good to see Ramsay get a taste of his own medicine. Sophie Turner truly killed it in that scene! Gotta hand it to Iwan Rheon - he's such an amazing actor. I look forward to following his acting career.
Is Davos gonna kill Melisandre in the finale? OMG.
Now Where Was I ? wrote:My only nitpick is Sansa. She had the best lines of the ep and some great moments, but
her strategy cost hundreds of lives, if not thousands. I just don't understand why she didn't tell Jon about the Vale Army, there's some weird thing going on between these two.
I think Sansa
is playing the game of thrones, which involves people dying needlessly because of the personal motivations of others so I'll take it as a commentary on the futility of the game. Plus, she had no idea of knowing if LF would decide to help her after she'd rejected him earlier and hence I think she didn't want to tell Jon about something that could get him to change his battle plans but might not actually happen, and hence potentially end up in failure. I think she clearly trusts Jon to be a Stark but Starks get played and Sansa is much closer to LF, since visually they're in the same shot when the Vale army arrives and she also does not look away when Ramsay bites the dust. She's a changed person. I ultimately don't endorse her choice not to tell Jon, since it ended up helping them win but I don't think it was a given that it would go this way in her mind until LF actually showed up.
Kinda late to the party but yeah, masterful episode, best of the season by far and one of the best of the whole series. Certainly the biggest and greatest battle scene the show has ever done. Sapochnik must come back next year at all costs and possible direct more than two.
I loved the Meeren stuff, probably for the first time it was done superbly. Greatly acted by Clarke and Dinklage. The dragon CGI was spot on, I thought. Glad it's getting better because last year's stuff on Meeren's pit were quite rickety. A very interesting dynamic between Dany and Yara as well. I wonder what part will Euron have from now on.
The battle was extraordinary. Incredibly shot, choreographed and edited. It felt claustrophobic and scary, just like Hardhome. The tracking shot was perfect. Glad that Davos and Tormund survived. Now bring on the Tormund/Brienne romance!
As for Sansa, she couldn't know that LF will come to help for sure. Also, as someone already said, if Ramsey knew about the Knights of the Vale he might have followed a different strategy. She took a difficult decision that cost many lives including her brother's but it was a risk worth taking. Sansa's becoming a really great character and I really enjoy the dynamic between her and Jon.
Next episode should be insane. Some heavy shit will go down in King's Landing. Dany will probably sail to Westeros. Intrigued to see how things will settle in the North, with Jon, Sansa and LF. Also, I feel Davos will kill Melisandre. The Freys will certainly bite the dust and maybe Arya will be a part of it. I'm quite curious to see what Jaime's role will be. And, of course, as the title of the episode suggests, the Whitewalkers will probably bring down the wall and the Winter will arrive.
The battle was brilliant alright. I can't decide whether it was better than Watchers Of The Wall. Still more impressive were some of the characters like Sansa and Ramsay considering they haven't had the best of seasons. This episode is definitely my favorite Ramsay moment. The opposite can be said of Jon. I don't think I've seen a titular character as nonessential and frankly dumb as this one. It almost made it difficult for me to invest in the fight.