“Shall we throw him through the Moon Door?”
It’s tough to argue that anyone has had a tougher time over the course of GOT’s run than Sansa Stark. Her direwolf, Lady, is killed, her father beheaded, she’s married first to the sadistic Joffrey, later to the even more psychotic Ramsey. So when she strides into Castle Black with Brienne and Pod in tow, you can’t help but be happy that she’s finally been rewarded with some good tidings. Her embrace with Jon is a welcomed one knowing her past, but in typical GOT fashion, her fortunate standing most likely won’t last too long. It’s refreshing, however, to see Sansa take charge of a situation instead of the whimpering mess she’s been for the last five seasons. She convinces that Ramsey must be stopped. It will be nice to witness her retribution (or she’ll die appallingly).
A battle between Jon and Ramsey seems likely, especially with the latter holding Rickon Stark in his dungeon. Jon and Tormund discuss the number of Wildlings able to fight (not enough); a possible collaboration between Jon and the houses of the North will even out the forces. And Ramsey’s gotta go, and quickly. He unceremoniously stabs Osha (I always liked Osha) in the throat, adding to his kill-list and fuel to the fire of every fan of the show that wants to see the former bastard die horribly.
It takes time and travel to amass an army. Non one epitomizes that more than Daenerys Targaryen who has been on the run since GAME OF THRONES’ inception. We should probably thank her, as her treks have allowed the audience a ticket through most of George R. R. Martin’s universe. Still, she has the tendency to get bogged down in one location from time-to-time, so it’s a refreshing sight to see that her time at the Vaes Dothrak will be a fleeting one.
Dany is brought into the council room in front of all the Khals to decide her fate. Either join the Dosh Khaleen (the widows of the fallen Khals), or be sold for horses to another city. but she has other ideas. In a phenomenal scene, The Mother of Dragons/Breaker of Chains/Queen of Meereen/the Unburnt/Possessor of Many Nicknames grasps the bevy of torches and throws them to the ground, engulfing the building and its former leaders in flames. Daenerys exits unscathed, and nude, proving that she undoubtedly is someone to be reckoned with when she eventually and inevitably takes her ever-growing army to the gates of King’s Landing.
Daenerys represents the most powerful woman in the country, but she’s certainly not alone in her capacity. Cersei, Brienne of Tarth, Olenna and Margaery Tyrell, Arya, all of them personify strength in their own ways. They certainly take a lot of (deserved) flack for the many oppressions faced by various women throughout the series, but Martin and producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss warrant some praise through the female empowerment that’s illustrated as well.
“Book of the Stranger” was a tremendous episode, the best of the season thus far. I applaud the producers for not treading water as much as previous seasons; things seem to be moving at a faster pace. With the end of the entire series in sight (only two more abbreviated seasons at most), the pieces on the board are shifting at a welcomed alarming rate.
• Peter Baelish finally returns, continuing to be the new teat that Robin Arryn now suckles on. With the help of a rare falcon, Baelish cons Robin into getting the Vale army to mount toward Winterfell to battle the Boltons. Littlefinger is always two-steps ahead, so who knows what he has in store, but a reunion with Sansa seems to be in the cards.
• Daario and Jorah’s excellent adventure continues. The banter between the two is excellent, Daario teasing Jorah about his age and how he wouldn’t last in the bedroom with Daenerys. Jorah’s greyscale secret is now out. I’m thinking he goes out in a blaze of glory to defend his love.
• I continue to grow weary of the Sparrow and his followers. It seems week-by-week it’s a different monologue to a different prisoner, this time Margaery. He asks them to repent, everyone’s dirty and emotional. It’s a dumb, vicious circle.
• Tormund giving Brienne the eye. Their kids would be an unstoppable tsunami across Westeros.