I will start every one of these posts off with this warning about spoilers. There will be plenty of spoilers. Seriously, if you have not watched the episode, do not read this post. I will also be mentioning stuff from the books. These are not straight up recaps of episodes, nor are they reviews. I will just mention the stuff I liked/disliked and probably give some opinions about what could happen next.
The season started off basically where the finale left off: with Jon Snow lying in pool of blood after being stabbed. The episode then does the thing no one really expected. It keeps him dead. When Davos says for the men to get the Red Woman, everyone in the audience assumed she would bring him back. And yet she does not. I wonder if that kind of magic will require a great sacrifice. Maybe she will have to give herself to the flame.
The episode also did a great job of getting us caught up with the rest of the characters. One of the saddest moments was watching the ship come into King’s Landing. Cersei was so excited to see Myrcella and the look on Jaime’s face was actually fairly heart-wrenching. Then you remember that Cersei is a huge bitch and you immediately stop feeling bad for her. It is still sad though when you think about Jaime’s admittance of being Myrcella’s father just before she died.
As with everyone, I love seeing Tyrion and Varys together. It looks like things are pretty bad in Meereen, but come on, we all have faith that these two can get the job done. Although, I kept getting this feeling that Varys was going to be murdered during the scene where they were walking. Maybe because I keep seeing the theories about him being a Targaryen (one of the Blackfyre Targaryens) and thought it would be funny if the show decided to end that by just killing him off.
Daenarys standing up to Khal Moro was great. I loved his very Monty Python-esque “nothing better than a beautiful woman” and then his guys keep pointing out other things, to which he claims that “seeing a beautiful woman naked is one of the five best things in life.” It made me laugh. I wonder if we are getting a preview of something that will be in the next book. Dany traveling to Vaes Dothrak, which will be 600 pages, then she will be stuck there in a hopeless situation for another 500 pages. At least the show will probably make it like one episode total, before Daario and Jorah rescue her. Or Drogon comes and kills a bunch of Dothraki and they bow and worship the dragon, and decide to follow Daenerys Targaryen.
The death of Doran Martell was pretty shocking. For one thing, he is alive and well in the books. In fact, much of the Dorne stuff is quite different, which makes me wonder how important that stuff is to the actual plot of the books. I mean, yes it is important, but I think this just helps prove that Aegon is a fake. Probably a Blackfyre. Everyone is probably a Blackfyre. I was also very upset that Areo Hotah died. I really wanted to see a showdown between him and just about everyone. HE BETTER NOT HAVE SUCH AN UNCEREMONIOUS DEATH IN THE BOOKS!
My favorite moment from the episode though had to be the Sansa subplot. When she and Theon were crossing the river, I really thought something bad would happen to them. And then when they made it across and seemed to maybe have lost Ramsay’s dogs, you hear the barking. Theon then does something that is completely un-Theon-like: he tries to sacrifice himself so Sansa can get away. Just when we think he will die a horrible death, Brienne and Pod show up to save the day. After all the bad shit that has happened to Sansa, she finally accepts Brienne’s protection (and pretty much everyone watching said “why didn’t you just accept this the first time she offered you her sword!??”)