Episode 4 - The Spoils of War
17 August 2017
I absolutely┬áloved this until the final couple of minutes.
I had goosebumps twice during this episode. First, obviously, with the reunion of Arya and Sansa. I loved the way that was constructed. Initially I was disappointed that their hug wasn't more expressive. But then they stood back and acknowledged each other as women for the first time. They've both grown so much since they were last together and their mature conversation felt like them both shedding the childhood bickering that characterised their past relationship. Once that was over they embraced again and I applauded.
Everything at Winterfell was excellent. Bran's transformation becomes clearer and it seems likely that he will instigate the end of Little Finger's career. It was nice to see Brienne fulfil her promise and for Arya to demonstrate that she has become the warrior she told her father she wanted to be.
Over at Dragonstone I really enjoyed all the Dany-Jon stuff. After all the suffering we've been threw I'll take all the candlelit cave schmaltz I can get. The idea of the cave painting was good and I really liked Jon standing up for a change to the status quo of misery. My second set of goosebumps came in seeing Jon and Theon reunited. Not nearly so emotional of course but by now I am highly responsive to reunions of those who last saw each other in Season One.
The Lannister-Dothraki battle was wonderful. It was as spectacular looking as anything we're likely to see on television. And there was genuine emotion as Tyrion watched his brother face down impossible odds.
I have a slight issue with Bronn deciding to face down a dragon. It seems like it would be more in-character for him to run. Particularly after seeing half his army fleeing or on fire. But I'll let it go because it created tremendous tension over whether Jaime or Dany was about to suffer some serious consequences. And that inevitably brings me to my disappointment with the cliff-hanger ending. Before you post your hate-comments, I'm not saying this ruined everything. It's just that I'm in this game for emotional payoff. I don't want Jaime to end up as a pile of ash (and what a beautiful/horrific image that was) but if he's going to charge down Drogon then I think he should. If he is Dany's prisoner next episode that will make up for it a little. But if he manages to swim out of this one it will feel like a cop out.
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