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Endgame

Don’t Fight, Kids–You’re Family!

 

There’s a scent of inevitability in the “Game of Thrones” air, isn’t there? The longed-for meeting of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. Yet another Stark family reunion. One more harbinger of the end: “Epigramish” seems to have displaced the Common Tongue as the main language on this show, not always for the better.

Cersei may have settled a ton of Lannister business in last night’s episode, “The Queen’s Justice,” but the GoT audience knows that such relief is usually transitory at best. Whipping up a batch of Dorne Killer Lip Balm, Cersei’s favorite apothecary provided the means for his boss’ squaring accounts with Ellaria Sand. In an excruciating scene, Cersei gets her revenge for the murder of daughter Myrcella by not only assuring a slow, painful death for Ellaria’s daughter, but forcing her mother to witness it and live with her rotting corpse, all the while chained to a dungeon wall. The Sand Snakes were not among my favorites, but that’s somewhat beyond the pale, even for Cersei. While GoT periodically tries to remind us that Cersei’s one redeeming feature is her love for her children, it’s hard to keep that in mind in the face of how she spends the rest of her waking hours.

On the bright side, the Targaryen/Snow confab was really a master class in the subtleties of diplomacy, as conducted by Tyrion and Ser Davos. How both strived to keep the dialogue going in the face of mutual refusals by their leaders to acknowledge the other’s sovereignty made for instructive viewing (Washington, take note). At least good intentions were displayed on both sides: Dany apologized for her mad father’s burning Jon’s grandfather and uncle to death, and he acknowledged Ned Stark’s breaking faith with the centuries-old alliance between the Houses Stark and Targaryan. Their interests are similar to the extent that both want Cersei’s head on a spike, but who gets to rule the schoolyard Seven Kingdoms?

At least both houses came away with something they wanted, unlike Varys, who received a very unwelcome prophesy from Melisandre. Evidently dying in Dragonstone is not what he envisioned—for the first time in ages, he looked afraid. On the other hand, Littlefinger not only remained in character, he somewhat upped the ante. The man loves to speak in riddles, but the advice (?) he gave to Sansa was so obscure, I still need a translation. Speaking of Sansa and riddles, I loved the expression on her face when she walked away from her conversation with Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven: It screamed “My brother is a weirdo!” Ah, siblings.

I’m going to miss Diana Rigg’s presence on this show. What a tough old bird Olenna Tyrell was, and how right she’ll be about Cersei’s eventually being the death of Jamie. Cersei may be queen, but it’s not a good idea to have your waiting woman catch you in the sack with your brother. That kind of behavior usually has a tendency to make you vulnerable to wannabes, no? (Hello, Euron Greyjoy!) Olenna’s pre-death conversation with Jamie was a refreshingly civilized bookend to Cersei’s dispatch of Ellaria Sand. One thing about Jamie—unlike his sister, honor means a great deal to him (See “Edmure Tully, Defeat of”). However, Olenna’s needling confession about Joffrey’s murder confused me. Didn’t she have a collaborator in Tywin Lannister? I’m surprised she didn’t skewer Cersei further by dropping that bit of information.

So…Will Dany’s dragons carry the day and destroy Euron Greyjoy’s fleet? Will the newly-cured Jorah Mormont arrive in time to help? Will Theon ever stop being a wimp?

Only five episodes left in the season.

I Hope Not!
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4 thoughts on “Endgame

  1. I thought Littlefinger’s words felt like a warning (about himself) to Sansa.
    Have been with Arya from the beginning about the need to remove Cersei from existence, but hope it comes from Jamie, who has already removed a mad king, so why not a mad queen?
    Will totally miss Olenna, and am sorry Ser Davos won’t have a shot at the red witch.
    Overjoyed that Ser Jorah is well and on his way back to his beloved Khaleesi, thanks to sweet Samwell. (Love Iain Glen as Jack Taylor on Netflix.)
    Missandei’s union with Greyworm has me worried, when the showrunners deliver such treats we always forget they bring us pain later.
    Can’t wait to see the new and improved Hound meet up with Arya again somewhere down the road. And Brienne! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the input! I’m always happy to read your comments.

      The only thing I don’t agree with is your take on Littlefinger’s advice to Sansa. Aside from Cersei and other obvious enemies, if he has anyone else specifically in mind, it’s Jon. Littlefinger’s endgame is to rule the Seven Kingdoms through Sansa on the Iron Throne. At this point Jon is an obstacle.

      ITA agree with you about Arya–I’ve been a fan from the start (I even bought an Arya action figure). I can’t wait for her reunions with Sansa, Brienne and especially the Hound. Speaking of whom, I expect he’ll go head-to-head in a death match with his brother. And I’ll be very disappointed if this show ends without our seeing what the Mountain looks like out of Darth Vader gear.

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