REVIEW: Game of Thrones “Valar Morghulis”

Wow, I can’t believe this season has come to an end already! After all the anticipation it’s like you’re done with an amazing vacation and back to work. Blergh, that just double whammied me. Oh dear this season is done at the end of the review I’ll update you with a few tidbits of info I found out for next season, which is awesome, because a few of my concerns from this season are apparently addressed next season. But for now, it is time to say farewell to our band of misfit characters and wait about another year, le sigh. Luckily this is an episode with a needed extra ten minutes.

At first I thought this eye might be Daenerys because I heard the horses, I don’t know I guess I was having a season one moment of nostalgia or something. Yay, Tyrion’s alive, but greatly reduced in power. And the Hand demotion feels just as painful from the book, Tyrion can NOT catch a break.

Only Tywin would ride up on his horse for gods sake, arrogance really runs rampant in that family.

Littlefinger played this all so well, so now that mess of Harrenhall is his, and Varys look of disgust just says it all.

Margaery plays this role so well. It was laughable when she was sweet-talking Joffrey. She is definitely a strong contender against Cersei. I mean she is just brilliant.

The ONLY time I've seen Sansa smile and it is for a good reason.

Sansa looks “so upset”. I love her momentary look of glee upon her face before Littlefinger creepily turned up. Seriously him calling her on her lying desperately needed to be pointed out, if she was going to live there she had better know what she’s doing.

Varys can you please just kill Ros for the sake of the story? I mean come on! Now we have a reason to keep her next season, seriously?! SNL was right there is a 13 year old boy consultant on set somewhere.

Brienne and Jamie I love so much. These scenes next season make me fall in love with Jamie’s character, weirdly. Brienne finally showing off her lethality and Jamie looking on in shock was brilliant.

Good things come to those who wait.

Catelyn’s talk about love was so motherly. But face it Catelyn, Robb is pissed and the last thing he’ll do is take advice from you. Also in the book he got married way back without letting his mom know, so clearly this was going to happen anyway. Wonder how Walder Frey will take this?

Stannis and Melisandre I still have to get used to them since they aren’t pov characters, but I got used to Robb so it’ll be fine. After this scene I definitely am on board with them, because the next part of their plan hopefully works well. Also I am less bitter towards them as you will see at the end of the review. Also what is with the eyeball close-ups this episode? Very strange.

Theon! Missed ya buddy! Look no matter how much of a jerk you think he is, his speech on living such a confused life, nearly had me in tears. This guy just can’t win. And he’s right even if he goes to the Nights Watch he really is gambling. God just don’t make it worse for yourself Theon. Or… you know just don’t listen to me, fine whatever. Love the “end-of-speech” knockout though.

Can't say it wasn't well-deserved

Tyrion, wonder what he’ll do with his stripped rank next season. Power is so fleeting and he literally has none left. Kind of screwed for him next season, but at least you have your nose Tyrion. It could definitely be a lot worse. “You’re terrible at this”.

Well Robb’s married, so does this mean he’ll stop making puppy eyes next season and dive into the action? I hope so.

Daenerys into the House of the Undying. The only exciting plot of her storyline this entire season.

Mentioning of the Faceless Men to Arya. Gotta love how she reluctantly adds in finding Sansa at the end of her list of people to rescue. And that’s the last we’ll see of Jaquen, toodles sir!

Tonks just wave your wand, Avada Kedavra. Sorry I really can’t help myself.

There's something in my eye...

Khal Drogo! And baby Drogo, this scene is so adorable. The fact that she dragged herself away from them, was tough to watch.  And let me just admit I don’t find many things adorable.

Dracarys, that part kind of reminded me of The Lion King and Simba’s roar, don’t ask. I’m chalking it up to lack of sleep.

Not as strong as last season's scene with the dragons, but awesome, no matter what.

Qhorin Halfhands sacrifice, even though I knew it was coming it did not make watching it any less tragic.

Xaro and Doreah?! Wait, what?! Xaro never dies and Doreah died in the dessert out of starvation and Daenerys adored her, weird. And Daenerys is getting a ship? Hmm wonder how this will effect the future storylines…

Only 5 minutes left, what could possibly go wrong?

Finally we have Sam, Dolorous Edd, and Grenn digging for dung. Three blasts, I told you to remember the horn blasts. Yes we finally get to see White Walkers for real and this army complete with zombified horses is terrifying.

This may cause problems next season, just a thought.

Phew these past two episodes finished the season up strong. Can’t wait to see how they divide up the next book. Augh nearly another year until next season? I need to find another show to obsess over in the meantime. Last year I read the books, knew that would catch up to me.

Characters confirmed for next season (From EW):

Mance Rayder: We’ve heard about him for the past 2 seasons. A former member of the Night’s Watch who became the “King Beyond the Wall,” the leader of the Wildlings.

Daario Naharis: A confident and seductive warrior, Daenerys’s side of the world.

Jojen Reed; Meera Reed: A teenage brother and sister duo with special insights. So glad they’re not cut out of the show.

Edmure Tully: A brash young member of the Tully family, Catelyn’s brother.

Ser Brynden Tully (The Blackfish): Catelyn Stark’s uncle. Another character I am so glad they didn’t cut out.

Lady Selyse Florent: Stannis Baratheon’s wife. Yes I’ve been whining about where Selyse and Shireen, have been. But you can’t just cut out his family like that.

Shireen: Stannis’ daughter.

Olenna Redwyne (The Queen of Thorns): Margaery Tyrell’s sharp-witted grandmother. Is Maggie Smith free?

Beric Dondarrion: A skilled knight who is the leader of the outlaw group Brotherhood Without Banners. Oooh he plays a fun role next season.

Thoros of Myr: A red priest who follows the same religion as Melisandre.

Tormund Giantsbane: A Wildling raider.

Rakhee
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