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.
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!
There is a canon, a pantheon, of nerd trigger phrases. You know the ones I mean. “This was a triumph…” “It’s a trap!” “Yer a lizard, Harry!” When someone quotes Monty Python or Portal or Star Wars, the room is required by Social Law to echo back some white noise – maybe laughter, maybe a followup quote, maybe just shouting that quote back at someone.
On May 22, 2016, “Hold the door!” entered that hallowed codex.