Holy crap, 3.5 readers. What an episode! SPOILERS!
Well, here are my thoughts:
#1 – It’s hard to complain because it was riveting, edge of your seat and really grabbed your attention.
#2 – But I’ll complain anyway. The complaint I keep seeing is wasted character development. Khaleesi has spent 7 seasons being good only to go berserk at the last second. True, I suppose the capacity to snap is in all of us. Her second dragon and best friend were just killed.
Still, the set off of her snap was Varys’ treachery? I don’t know. Seems weak. Then again, I suppose there have been inklings throughout that she might flip out. Her father did flip out and there was always a fear that she might flip too.
Also on character development, Varys was long portrayed as the realm’s top spymaster, like an old fashioned CIA chief. Ergo, it’s hard to believe that he would just walk right up to Jon Snow and tell him what’s what. If Varys wanted Khaleesi out, he wouldn’t have told her boyfriend. He would have orchestrated some kind of intricately detailed behind the scenes coup that left him 20 steps away from it all. He would have had a servant poison the Khaleesi’s soup or something then would have been all like, “What treachery is this? Oh, shit. Our beloved Khaleesi is dead. Oh well, Jon Snow, hate to say it but you’re up now, buddy.”
#3 – I think we have to be honest that the show always promises A then delivers not even B but Z. So we should have never really expected a happy ending where Khaleesi farts rainbows out of her butt.
#4 – There were some payoffs that longtime fans have been waiting for, from the Cleganes finally duking it out, to the wildfire deposits getting burned up to Arya looking to check Cersei off her list.
#5 – In true form for the show, they managed to make you feel bad for Cersei. She’s done some bad things over the years and yet, in her final moments you’re like, “Well, maybe her ass shouldn’t be ate the hell up by a damn dragon.”
Snow, Tyrion and Davos all look sad at the side they chose. And there’s still a few episodes left so where this goes next will be interesting.