(love the dragons)
(love the dragons)
Having finished re-watching Game of Thrones, Season 6 can be can be summed up with:
“The Women of GoT: Doin’ it for Themselves“
This male-dominated story has done a 180, placing the Game of Thrones women at the top of the Game – as they shed the “skins” originally given them: bartered bride, butch lesbian, damsel in distress, bi-sexual mistress, crotchety dowager, evil queen, warrior girl, tomboy, brawn hilda, and hot witch.
Let’s start with Episode 9: Battle of the Bastards
Episode 10: Winds of Winter – season ender
Whatever the situation is between Jon Snow & Sansa Stark may divide House Stark; and House Greyjoy remains in turmoil due to the outright civil war between Euron & Yara. Three Houses are technically headed by men but none are in any position to lead: Edmure Tully (House Tully), captive at Riverrun; Robin Arryn (House Arryn), Littlefinger’s puppet child-boy; and whatever is left of House Frey.
Olenna (Diana Rigg), “Queen of Thorns”, is the matriarch and real power behind House Tyrell (Olenna is considered to be Tywin Lannister’s female counterpoint). Shortly after the trial of Loras at the Great Sept of Baelor, which is attended by Margaery and Mace Tyrell, the Sept is destroyed in a plot orchestrated by Cersei Baratheon/Lannister. Everyone, including Margaery, Loras, and Mace are burned alive by wildfire – leaving Olenna the sole survivor of House Tyrell.
Olenna travels to Dorne to meet with Ellaria – who insists that they must work together now, as Queen Cersei has declared war on both of them. Ellaria summons Varys to the meeting. They promise vengeance for Olenna by offering her “fire and blood” (signifying that Ellaria has declared for Daenerys Targaryen, after hearing of her recent alliance with Theon and Yara Greyjoy). Olenna agrees to an alliance with House Martell to exact revenge against Cersei and the Lannisters; and pledges to reinstate the Targaryen dynasty to the Iron Throne (some of House Tyrell’s ships are later seen alongside Martell, Greyjoy, and Daenerys’ own Targaryen ships).
As he is physically barred from leaving his chambers in the Red Keep, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) watches in horror as the Great Sept explodes, killing everyone inside (including Margaery, her brother, and their father, Mace Tyrell) – as well as hundreds in the surrounding district. Unable to cope with his wife’s death, as well the knowledge that his own mother was responsible for the deaths of so many, he lays down his crown and commits suicide by jumping from his window.
After watching the death of her enemies by her own “hands”, Cersei visits a captured Septa Unella she was protecting her last living child, Tommen. However, Cersei once again proves what a poor parent she is by not going immediately to Tommen after his wife is killed in the explosion (and preventing his suicide), as she was too preoccupied with paying back the Septa for imprisoning and humiliating her.
The final scene is Cersei’s coronation.
Qyburn: “I now proclaim Cersei of the House Lannister, First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms. Long may She reign.”
Audience in the Great Hall: “Long may She reign.”
Although not leading any of the Great Houses that make-up the Seven Kingdoms, these ladies deserve mentioning:
– and the one main female character who wielded more power than most of the lords right from the start – lost her faith, her way, and finally her Persona as a Woman of Strength, Purpose, and Power: Melisandre “Red Priestess” “The Red Woman” (Carice van Houten)
Let’s hope she gets it back.
I’ve been re-watching the entire 6 seasons as a recap to Season 7 (which begins in April). To be sure, I couldn’t watch some scenes of serial-killer Ramsay Snow/Bolton in action (actor Iwan Rheon portrays Ramsay with just a hint of boyish charm – until that impishly evil grin appears) and the horrific death of Princess Shireen Baratheon in Season 5 was heart-wrenching, but I forgot about “The Door” (Season 6, Episode 5) until about 15 minutes into it…and really didn’t want to go there again.
Let me stop here and say that I don’t care for zombies (which is really what the wights are). Seeing hordes, thousands of them, makes my skin crawl:
We deal with wights in “The Door”: Summer (Bran’s direwolf) is torn-apart by wights, and Hodor’s death is heart-breaking as he bravely “holds the door” against them, alowing Bran and Meera to escape. His death being underscored with the sad, haunting melody of Hodor’s Death (Hold the door!).
I couldn’t watch.
Although I admit to being a bit choked-up when Tyrion morphed into the dragon-whisperer and recounted how he’d always wanted a dragon of his own (Season 6, Episode 2 “Home”), “The Door” was the only episode (out of 60!) that left me in tears.
(start video @ 3:13)
I love my sigil.
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT
Game of Thrones – Season 6
Game of Thrones has been a much-needed diversion for me, given current events (more on that later). Having just watched Episode 9, “Battle of the Bastards”, I’m almost caught-up (one more episode to go).
If I thought Season 5’s “Hardhome” was intense – I mean intense – it paled by comparison.
All three dragons (Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion) were finally reunited. God, Drogon is HUGE!!! There are still shots out there of this one particular scene with Daenerys and Drogon. To actually “see” Drogon’s head wrapping around her body – that was something. I’m not a big fan of CGI, but I’ve nothing but praise for the GoT “dragon-masters”.
No surprise here: both “Hardhome” and “Battle of the Bastards” were directed by the same person: Miguel Sapochnik.
Not one to engage in commentary with characters on-screen, I was exchanging dialogue (albeit one-sided) like mad. I just couldn’t help myself… ;>