If you are not a Game of Thrones viewer, you have no idea what I’m talking about.
If you are a Game of Thrones viewer, you may understand why I’m still awake at this hour. I am still awake, I am drunk, I am exhausted, and I just uploaded ~200 screenshots (not even exaggerating) to Google Drive.
If you’re a Jaime/Brienne enthusiast, and you haven’t already seen the episode: get ready, because it is fucking LIT.
Was that a spoiler? Not really, I don’t think. Just take my word for it: this episode is fabulous and amazing for those of us who appreciate the magical perfection that is J/B.
And the rest of the Riverlands Reunion was, while perhaps not exactly logical, exactly what I need in my life these days.
We heard, within the last possible minutes, about Thoros coming back, but I don’t think most of us heard about Beric Dondarrion, did we?
Now that he’s back, I’m so happy to see him.
Just as much as I’m happy to hear the undeniable echoes of Rory McCann’s perfectly huggable Scottish accent as he plays the not-dead Sandor Clegane.
(We Americans are weird about accents. And while McCann does a good job of doing his vowels like an undifferentiated Englishman, I can still find the Scottish inflection, and I love it. Keep talking like that, big guy. Americans are seriously fucked up and we need more of this.)
I just uploaded, literally, 3-figures’ worth of screenshots to my Google Drive account, from this episode alone. That doesn’t even begin to count the preview images we got before the episode aired. I enjoyed this episode far, far more than I should have done.
What I got from the Brotherhood Without Banners part is that, basically, the people who massacred that village full of nice smallfolk were acting insubordinately to the Brotherhood’s mission, and Beric is still around and active with Thoros. With that in mind, Beric and Thoros have taken the rebellious Brotherhood guys, analogous to the ones who attack Brienne and Podrick in the books, and let Sandor help them execute those sorry fuckers.
One might get the impression that Lady Stoneheart’s mission of vengeance against the Lannisters and Freys is not that important to the endgame of the series. This is my Sorry Not Sorry face. Oh and also, Sandor will not be going back to the capital for Cersei’s trial by combat. For one, he’s going north with the Brotherhood. For another, Cersei isn’t allowed a trial by combat.
Which is not to say Cersei won’t still fuck shit up in King’s Landing. I’m sure she’ll find a way. But she’ll have to go through different channels to do it.
So…my impression of the series thus far is that this is the year when the writers have given up trying to be dignified…and I love it. I am wallowing in this episode. It is perfect in every way, including its imperfection. Let me rub my face on it.