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6.8 No One
The sixth season of Game Of Thrones has been a course correction for the fifth season (and before). There were complaints about violence against women; now women are firmly in charge & the ones doing the violence rather than being on the receiving over of Ramsay Bolton. There were complaints about Theon’s torture; Arya’s similar breaking & rebuild at the hands of the Faceless Men ends up being triumphant, rather than depressing (though khổng lồ be fair, Arya didn’t thua trận any important body parts). There have been lots of dropped characters, & it seems lượt thích they’re all coming bachồng this season for various reasons. Even the stalled Daenerys plot in Essos seems lớn finally be paying off, if only because she’s got her long-promised Dothraki horde.
There are going to lớn be three scenes in this episode that everyone will be talking about. One of them is the resolution of Arya Stark’s adventure in Braavos. In a show where there are routinely massive action sequences (this episode features at least one battle involving dozens of ships), the way Game Of Thrones is able to boil things down khổng lồ a personal màn chơi is remarkable. The episode’s most exciting moment is the clash between Arya and the Waif, who has been tormenting her for months và has now been sent to kill her. It’s a thrilling chase through the streets of Braavos triggered by the death of Arya’s new friend the Lady Crane, & it terminates with a candle being snuffed out courtesy of a skilled slash from Needle. Unlike Reek, we’ve seen enough of Arya’s training to know what she went through, but not so much that it became a snuff film. We’ve sầu seen enough to lớn know that when Arya rolls down a flight of stairs & gets up, leaving a deliberate blood (or blood orange) trail, that the Waif is walking inkhổng lồ a trap. Needle plunging the fight inkhổng lồ darkness is just icing on the cake. Mark Mylod has another great fight scene to his credit; the chase between Arya & Waif was Terminator 2 levels of awesomeness, and it made sure khổng lồ check every chase cliché on the các mục while still being surprisingly brutal (just listen to the landings Arya has & try not to wince).
Arya has learned a valuable lesson. She knows how to lớn be a Water Dancer, & she was good at chasing cats, và she’s now able to combine that skill with the dirty fighting skills taught to her by the Waif và Jaquen thuộc during her time training as a Faceless Man. At her core, she’s still Arya Stark of Winterfell, but now she knows just what to bởi vì when it’s time to lớn stop being chivalrous & start slitting throats in the dark. It’s a lesson that she’s learned well; it’s also a lesson for Pod to lớn learn from Bronn. While the two are on opposite sides of the Riverrun debate, Bronn is willing lớn teach Pod all the things he won’t learn from someone like Brienne, who is one of the most honourable knights in the kingdom despite not being Ser Brienne.
That’s chivalry, albeit in a different way from the type Brienne và Jaime have sầu between one another. Yes, they have fought in the past, & they’re possibly still going to fight since Brienne serves the Starks và Jaime is a Lannister, but throughout the episode, their scenes are wonderful in their interplay. Jaime is nothing if not honourable, và yet he’s also the guy who shoved a child out a window & who has committed terrible atrocities in the name of the only love sầu that means anything to him: his love for Cersei. Brienne might be on Jaime’s good side, & it’s clear that he cares about her on some màn chơi, but as Edmure says, Jaime is still an evil man.
Everyone in Westeros has the capathành phố for evil; even noble Brienne fought dirty to lớn best The Hound. Similarly, everyone in Westeros has the capacity for good. The Hound, for example, has made a complete turn around thanks khổng lồ the good work of Septon Swearengen. Whether you’re good or bad seems lớn depend on who you’re trying lớn kill. If you’re The Hound, cutting off heads và genitals with an axe (this is another scene everyone’s going khổng lồ be talking about), then you’re good because you’re getting revenge on the thugs who killed your friover. If you’re the Brotherhood Without Banners, you can be either good or bad depending on what you do: killing villagers is bad, hanging villager killers operating in your name is good. Cersei is even capable of occasionally doing good things; as Jaime says, her love for her children is her most redeeming feature, and it puts Cersei in the company of Cat Stark, who once freed none other than Jaime Lannister & who started Brienne’s mission to serve the Stark family.
Everything seems to come around in the kết thúc. Everyone seems khổng lồ realise this except for perhaps Cersei Lannister. Her whole defence against the High Sparrow has been predicated on her access lớn Qyburn’s Monster, AKA FrankenMountain, và her plan to lớn have a trial by combat. Unfortunately for her, as usual, she tips her hand và gives away her secret killing machine, và all it took was one ripped-off head in front of cousin Lancel to lớn let the High Sparrow know that a trial by combat against an unstoppable killing machine is a bad idea, và since the Sparrow has King Tommen’s ear, well… Cersei once again chose short-term satisfaction over long-term success. (“I choose violence.” is a delicious line from the pen of Benioff and Weiss, & it’s knocked out of the park by Lena Headey).
Game Of Thrones has set up some interesting conflicts for the next episode; according lớn the pReview images, it’s going lớn be a doozy on par with the other famous ninth episodes. Daenerys & her Long against a fleet of ships? Arriving Greyjoys versus the Masters? The Boltons face Jon Snow và his wildling army? The Hound killing some more people? Some combination of all of these things?
Whatever happens, I’m excited; for all the criticism trò chơi Of Thrones took in the fifth season, it’s clear that the folks behind the scenes have learned and adapted, & the sixth season is all the better for it.
Read Ron’s Review of the previous episode, The Broken Man, here. And read the nine questions we’re pondering from No One, here.
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