The unifying idea that ran under all the stories in “The Spoils of War” was the return of magic – including both literal magic, like voodoo and dragons, and the magic of the story, as scattered plot threads are stitched back together like Beric Dondarrion’s flesh and bone.
“DRAGONSTONE” felt very much like exactly what it was: the beginning of the end. The pieces are moving, the old plot threads are coming home to roost.
Overall, I liked this episode. I did. It set up the remaining six episodes of the season, it had some memorable scenes, and generally moved pretty smoothly.
Here’s what I really liked.
spoilers below the cut. also I feel like I should say – every week I do these. And they’re pretty much my first impressions. usually a week later i’ve changed my mind on some stuff.
Melisandre would have you believe that if an onion (or a show) is all bad, you should throw it out entirely. Samwell Tarly, though is perfectly happy to chop off the rot and enjoy the good bits of the onion. Let’s be more like Sam, when we talk about Game of Thrones. It’s not The Ultimate Television Show, but it also isn’t The Ultimate Betrayal. We move from one incredible scene to one baffling scene; great decision to questionable decision. And it’s those strong scenes that make the weak ones weaker. When you know how good this show can be -writing, directing, production – seeing it not be that good is even more disappointing/frustrating/whatever.
Alright, I think that’s enough of a spoiler shield. SPOILERS!
After the vortex of Establishing in the first two episodes, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Episode 3. Overall? Felt pretty good, coming out of this one. There were definitely weaker points, but I also want to highlight some of the stuff that I thought worked ultragoodlywell. (Strap in, folks, this might be a long one).
Alright, my spoiler-blocking paragraph is done…spoilers follow below the fold.
Fair warning: this post will contain some pretty heavy spoilers for both A Song of Ice and Fire and the latest episodes of Game of Thrones Season 6. If you have a weak stomach/athsma/serious spoiler aversion, this is your last warning. Turn back!
THAT MEANS YOU!
Fun fact: today, it’s two weeks until my birthday! I’ll be turning 23. Which means I am only three years older than A Game of Thrones. The series has been out for nearly 20 years – 20 years this August, in fact.
Tonight was a pretty big night in that 20-year-run.
Spoilers below the cut! Read at your peril! Filler text! Lorem…