The Winds of Winter Review

The Winds of Winter by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Well – if you thought Battle of the Bastards was the best episode we’ve had so far – I think it may have been surpassed rather sooner than we’d have expected. True, there’s no mass battle scenes here (hell – not really a physical fight in the entire episode) – but there’s plenty of murders, shock deaths and plot movements the whole seasons been building towards. This is easily the best finale Game of Thrones has given in 6 seasons – surpassing the excellent Mhysa and The Children with ease.

A quick word to the shows composer, Ramin Djawadi, who knocks it out of the park this week. The shows soundtrack’s always been good, but he kicks it up a gear this week with some great pieces (just brought the S6 SOUNDTRACK and it’s fucking amazing) which are simply beautiful. Also excelling is director Miguel Saponchik, who proves he isn’t just outstanding at battle scenes (take the shot of Jon and Sansa on the walls of Winterfell, or the breathtaking final shot of Daenerys’ fleet). Anyone whose been frustrated with the generally slow pace of episodes 3-8, it WAS SO WORTH IT!!!!!

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS!!!! DO NOT READ BEFORE WATCHING!!!

Well 67 minutes of pure brilliance. Even the quieter scenes like Sam’s arrival at the Citadel and Jaime mocking Walder Frey were a joy. Daenerys’ farewell with Daario was poignant, as was Bran’s with Benjen, who isn’t able to cross the wall due to spells which keep undead out (guessing the wall itself will fall before the end of season 7 then?). And that’s before we get to all the deaths – eight (8!!!!!) major ones in King’s Landing alone!

There’s no real need to analyse the other moments – just listing them shows how awesome they were. The instant Pycelle bit the dust I realised this was shaping up to be massive.

Arya redeems herself from the crap Braavos plotline by murdering the Freys (another villain bites the dust – just Cersei, Euron Greyjoy and the Night’s King left now). Jon gets proclaimed King in the North as Bran’s vision basically confirms R+L=J. Cersei blows up the Great Sept with Wildfire (killing the High Sparrow, his entire militant, but also Lancel and Kevan Lannister and the Tyrells). Tommen commits suicide and Cersei is crowned queen in front of a disapproving Jaime. Sansa rejects Littlefinger. Varys forges an alliance between Dorne, a vengeful Olenna and Daenerys, who FINALLY sets sail with the unsullied, Dothraki and Greyjoys (My season predictions were mostly right this time! Huzzah!!!)

Overall: Brilliant, simply…brilliant!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 (tempted to give it 6!)

I’ll make a post with my season 7 predictions soon (the season can’t come soon enough).

So season 6 is over:

RIP: Doran, Trystane, Areo, Walda Bolton, Shaddydog, The Raven, Summer, Hodor, Rickon, Wun-Wun, Lancel, Kevan and The Tyrells.

Good riddance to Roose, Balon, Olly, Ser Alliser, the Khals, the Waif, the Slavers, Smalljon Umber, Ramsay, Pycelle, the High Sparrow, Tommen and the Freys.

Wow – that was a lot of major characters to die in one season! Please can we have no more Direwolf deaths next time!! It might not have been the best season we’ve had (not close to seasons 3 or 4) but it’s ended on a real high. Bring on the White Walkers!

Season awards:

Best Moment: Knights of the Vale arrival/Daenerys kills the Khals.

Biggest Disappointment: Braavos Storyline/Blackfish dying off screen (unless he isn’t dead, then fine)

Biggest Shock: Ramsay murders Roose Bolton

Best New Character: Lyanna Mormont (Lyanna for iron throne!)

Worst New Character: Randall Tarly (someone kill this dickhead please)

Feel good moment: Arya murders Walder Frey/Sansa feeds the Hounds 🙂

Tearjerker: Hold the Door 😦

 

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