Hey 3.5 readers. BQB here.
This episode is one that fans have been waiting to see for years.
First, there was the long awaited reunion of the Stark children. They were babies when the show started, young adults now. Any one of the actors/actresses could have gotten too big for their britches and abandoned the show. Sophie Turner in particular has landed some big roles like Jean Gray in the X Men films. But they all stuck with their first gig and remained loyal to the fans so this day could come.
Second, how long have we all been waiting for a big time dragon warfare scene? Pretty awesome. Pretty devastating. It would truly suck to be on the business end of a fiery dragon hole, let me tell you.
Want a sign that the writing on this show is fabulous? It’s that you simultaneously root for all the characters to win. As Sir Bronn of the Blackwater goes for that big ass anti-dragon crossbow, you simultaneously root for him to blow that dragon out of the sky and also for the dragon to sit Bronn on fire so Khaleesi can survive.
It’s all in the backstory. We’ve seen Bronn go from rags to riches so we want him to hang in there. But we’ve seen Khalessi do the same so we want her to stick around too.
We cheer for Khaleesi’s dragons to burn up the Lannister army yet we also cheer Jamie on as he fends off the Dothraki. What a show that can make us feel for both sides.
Seriously. The standard for most fantasy fare is one side is so absurdly evil that you can’t wait for them to die at the hands of the good guys who are unwaveringly good. Here, you get the backstory. We understand why the Lannisters have done what they have done, just as we understand Khaleesi’s motivations.
Ultimately, it looks like Khaleesi would do the best as Queen of Westeros, but we feel for Bronn and Jamie. We know how they ended up on that battlefield. We know under different circumstances they might have chosen better sides. We don’t want them to become dragon chow.
Plus, when Tyrion says, “You fucking idiot.” Who is he talking about? Khaleesi for landing her dragon right in the middle of the battlefield to tend to his wound or Jamie, for charging in the general direction of a damn dragon? It’s certainly open ended.
Oh and how long have we waited for the Dothraki invasion? Khaleesi’s loyal army of foreign, wild card warrior rapists have been cooling their heels for a long ass time now and are ready for action. Also rape. Not gonna lie. They’re probably gonna do a lot of raping. That’s what Dothraki do. I mean, I don’t want to engage in harmful stereotypes, but always wear a cast iron chastity belt when you’re around a Dothraki. It’s just common sense, really.
By the way, is it me or have all the rules about how fast armies can travel in this massive continent suspended? I feel like in the beginning it would take armies half the season to move anywhere. Now you’ve got Euron Greyjoy taking down Khaleesi’s fleet right away and Khaleesi and dragons and Dothraki make it from Dragonstone to High Garden within the span of an episode.
Oh well. The writers on this show are suffering some mild senioritis. I suppose we can overlook travel time rules for more awesome dragon scenes.