They remembered to save something for the finale
After a breathless four episodes, it seems the folks in the writers’ room over at HBO figured out that they have to give all the people who cancel HBO Now after Game of Thrones wraps up for the season a reason to renew their accounts when the show comes back. So basically this episode was just one big setup for an epic finale.
Which is fine. We did get the long-awaited Tyrion/Jaime reunion, and all the emotional baggage that comes with it. There’s some great acting there between Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (whose name I will never not have to Google). Of course for all the effect the revelations of that conversation had on Jaime, Cersei dismisses Tyrion’s offer, and the news that he didn’t kill Joffrey, with just a smirk and gritted teeth.
I’m curious where her scheming goes from here. We’ve already seen the good Qyburn’s weapon did against Drogon, and the fan theory that the Hand was playing the long game with poison-tipped arrows hasn’t panned out.
Elsewhere, Davos meets up with Gendry. Jorah returns to Dragonstone, and a team is formed with Beric and his merry men. This Fellowship of Expendable Characters, featuring Jon Snow (because you know one or more of them is a goner, and it sure as hell won’t be the King in the North) is going on a mission into White Walker territory.
I can’t help but feel as if they brought back Gendry just to wrap up his story with a heroic death. Or maybe Jorah is the one who goes down, since it’s such a Game of Thrones thing to tearfully reunite two characters only for one of them to die horribly.
Maybe we’ll find out next week, unless there are more pieces the writers need to move into place for the big finale.
- Davos gets line of the night with “No one listen to me, I’ve only lived to a ripe old age.”
- Man, I bet Tyrion is really regretting shifting allegiances from Cersei “I’m willing to burn an entire temple to the ground if it takes out a few of my enemies” Lannister to Daenerys “Bend the knee or my dragon will make you a human s’more” Targaryen.
- Jaime’s redemption arc looks like it’s going to be canceled because you know the life of his (alleged) unborn child is going to come before doing the right thing.
- Oh, Arya – skilled in the ways of combat but not in the ways of detecting totally blatant traps.
- Kudos to the writers for not allowing any “sexposition” to creep into an episode that was entirely exposition for the finale.