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.
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.
Everyone loves Jaqen H’ghar. It’s hard not to; dude’s pretty tight. Arya first meets him in A Clash of Kings; he is a prisoner from the black cells of King’s Landing, bound for a life on the Wall.
Sansa’s arc in Season 5 was without a doubt the most controversial arc in the history of the show. To many, it seemed like a step backwards. Season 4 ends with Sansa taking control of her own life, symbolized by creating a dress for her new identity. In Season 5, she goes to Winterfell…and is promptly reduced to a distressed damsel, held captive by a sadistic, twisted boy-heir. Many people saw it as an exploitative rehash of her story in seasons 1-3, using sexual violence and torture purely for shock value.