Only one more episode to go! If you haven’t seen the latest episode and are trying to avoid spoilers, don’t read below the fold because there are massive spoilers in the original post, and there undoubtedly will be in comments too. Feel free to discuss other topics as well — open thread!
So, from my cursory visit to the Twitters and elsewhere, I get the overwhelming impression that people are angry as hell about this episode. Glen Weldon at NPR has a decent recap and commentary here.
I disagree with one of his speculations — that Euron Greyjoy will end up being not-dead. He got a sword twisted into his guts and was clearly bleeding out! (Good riddance, BTW).
Weldon assumes Cersei and Jaime are dead, and certainly having tons of masonry rain down on the couple implies that they were crushed. But why foreclose the possibility of one or both of that incestuous pair’s surprise resurrection if you think Euron can bounce back from an evisceration? I think all three are well and truly dead.
Anyhoo, I’m not thrilled with the Mad Queen angle the series finale is taking, but I’m not as outraged as most folks seem to be. There was plenty of criticism for Arya’s sudden decision to listen to the Hound and abandon her quest for revenge, but I enjoyed this scene so much:
Sandor! She gave him his name at long last. RIP, Sandor.
The cinematography was pretty amazing, particularly when Arya was stumbling around in the smoke and ashes as the dragon strafed the city.
Many of the hot takes I saw said this episode ruined the whole series. That’s nuts, IMO. Plot holes? Yes, there were gaping plot holes. Etc. But we’ve seen this before with the series, and it still manages to be first-rate TV, IMO.
My only qualms involve the fact that we’ve only got 80 or so minutes to wrap it up, so I do wonder if the writers can stick the landing in that timeframe. We shall see. What did you think?