Beware, readers, for this article is dark and full of spoilers. Seriously, if you haven't watched this episode I'd highly advise reading no further. With that being said, this episode was great, again. Not the most eventful of episodes, but it certainly had its epic moments and definitely left us anticipating next week's episode. From the first time we see Jon Snow alive post-resurrection to Arya getting her sight back and everything in between, here's what I've thought about it.
Jon Snow being resurrected was something the majority of viewers and readers alike were expecting and it was definitely great to see it happen (finish the book already, G.R.R.M.) and see how Jon reacts to being resurrected and how that has changed him. When he takes his "first" breaths of life, he's seriously overwhelmed and disoriented, but who wouldn't be in that scenario? Kit did great again, portraying Jon's confusion and almost guilt or disgust even. Feeling his fatal wounds and remembering being murdered really screwed with him, the last thing he remembered was taking a knife to his heart, then nothingness, pure oblivion. Poor Melisandre didn't get enough screentime or credit, in my opinion. She's arguably the cause for his resurrection and didn't get to do much else besides ask Jon what he saw post-mortem, to which he replied, "nothing." Davos promptly shooed her away afterwards for a moment to speak with Jon in private, and tell him how it was "...f****** mad." that he was dead and now alive, whilst trying to cheer him up a bit, in a sense. After he comes to his senses and gets to walk out into Castle Black, he's viewed as a "god" by the wildlings, or at least that's what Tormund tells him before poking some fun at the situation, then they embrace as friends, or brothers, which is a nice thing to see given their former oppositions that have spanned multiple generations. We're then led to a particularly emotional reunion between Jon and Edd in which Edd has to ask multiple times "Is that really you in there?" I guess only time will tell how that question is answered in whole.
Next up we had another flashback between Bran and The Three-Eyed Raven. It takes us back to young Ned Stark fighting off some Targaryens near the Tower of Joy. It's our first time seeing this scene on screen and the first opportunity to finally confirm the popular R+L=J theory (don't look that up if you're uninformed of it and want to remain spoiler free). We were promptly blue-balled and received a proper buzzkill thanks to the writers, though. It's a safe bet to say we will return to that scene soon, though, as The Three-Eyed Raven alluded to them coming back. Some interesting things to note with this scene was that especially epic sword battle where Ned Stark and some accompanying soldiers squared off against Ser Arthur Dayne and his fellow swordsman. This was Game of Thrones sword fighting at its finest. Ser Arthur Dayne is one hell of a swordsman, Ned referring to him as "... the best he's ever seen" certainly was warranted when we're watching him take on five enemies with a sword in each hand, only to end in his demise by a stab in the back. Bran was surely left with a little disappointment there but was able to gain some interesting inquisition when he called out to his father, and he heard him. We don't really have any idea what that means, maybe Bran could alter history through flashbacks? Who knows, I'm certainly liking these flashbacks and the backstory they provide, though.
We then got a rather uneventful scene with Daenerys and the Dothraki surrounding her. She was promptly stripped of her clothes and of her dignity upon meeting all these Dothraki widows who were once married to Khals. Her story arc so far this season has bored me, to be honest. It's too reminiscent of season 1 and 2 Daenerys, trying to act prideful (and reiterating her ~10 names) amidst her being treated as if she was worthless. I'm hoping her story picks up soon, from the looks of it, it will. Daario and Jorah will pull through at the end of the day, in my eyes.
Tyrion and co. provided us with our next scene, which was introduced by Varys being as philosophical and witty as ever, in order to further their investigation as to who is/are behind The Sons of the Harpy. We get most of our comedy in this episode thanks to Tyrion (not surprisingly) and his ever so prevalent alcoholism and charismatic personality. The "conversation" between him, Grey Worm, and Missandrei was pretty entertaining but short-lived thanks to Varys filling them in on what he had just learned moments ago. Overall, this scene was alright, I personally preferred the scene with Tyrion and the dragons, I hope we see more of them together.
Kings Landing took the spotlight next and brought the official confirmation of Cersei's giant protector, indeed being an undead Gregor Clegane, though we still don't know what was done to him or what he's like under the armor. Beyond that, Jaime mentioned a certain trial by combat between this undead "mountain" and a combatant of the High Sparrow's choice. If you're familiar with the "Cleganebowl" theory, (again, don't look it up if you want to remain unaware) then the scenes in Kings Landing probably got you pretty hyped, since they're just continuing to hint at and get closer and closer to this theory being proven true. We got to see a little bit of Tommen attempting (and failing) to reason with the High Sparrow to let his mother off the hook after what she's been through already. Who knows exactly how all this will play out, I myself see a good amount of bloodshed coming, though.
Blind Arya getting beat up again? Who would've guessed it! In all seriousness, this was the best Arya scene of the season, so far, in my opinion. She finally gets the hang of fighting without vision which obviously left her opponent pretty peeved, it was nice to see her on the receiving end of it for once. What was also nice, was the mentioning of The Hound, after not hearing anything about him for quite a few seasons, only raises further suspicions of future events to play out. At the end of the day, she actually got her vision back (hopefully it's to stay) and it's nice to see her getting a bit of redemption, after all. I'm looking forward to seeing who will be her next victim, hopefully, it's someone off that list of hers.
We head to Winterfell to visit Ramsay again, and he had some "gifts" from the Umbers. Rickon Stark and Osha, (yes I had to look her name up) the question is, what is this Umber and Ramsay planning. Personally, being a little out there, I'd like to see it being a ruse and this being a part of the Umber's plan and Rickon and Osha are playing along, and hopefully, Shaggydog is still alive as well. One way or another, we'll be seeing Ramsay march to Castle Black, it'll be interesting to see how that goes.
Now onto this finale. It was pretty freaking awesome. We're taken back to Castle Black to see Jon again, this time with his murderers hanging by nooses. We get to hear their last words, Thorne essentially saying "I'd do it again." and Olly deciding to shut his mouth for once. Jon seemed a little hesitant at first, but followed through with their execution and we were left with a grim view of that aftermath. In my opinion, the next bit was the best of the episode. Jon took off his Lord Commander's robe and handed it to his good friend Edd. Edd was pretty flabbergasted with this and was left with the question "What am I supposed to do with this?" To which Jon essentially replies, do whatever you want, "... my watch is over." as he walks away looking just about as epic and rebellious as could be. A total "mic drop" moment. I'm looking forward to seeing where his journey takes him next, considering there are a few options at play.
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