Here we are at the season finale of Game of Thrones once again. This episode was jam packed with endings for many characters while other storylines left us open ended, thus, making it a long wait until Season 6. The ending left viewers speechless again! Again the writing duo of D & D wrote this particular episode with returning director David Nutter at the helm.
Jamie, Myrcella and Trystane prepare to leave for Kings Landing. Ellaria asks for forgiveness and sends Myrcella off with a kiss. Tyene and Bronn say their goodbyes.
Inside the boat, Jamie and Myrcella have a heart to heart talk. He confesses that he is her father but she tells him that she knew about it all along. They share an embrace as her nose starts to bleed. She collapses in Jamie’s arms.
While on the docks, Ellaria’s nose starts to bleed. Tyene give her anecdote as it revealed that she poisoned the princess as a final act of vengeance.
It was unexpected plot twist for Dorne. One which now Ellaria will face the consequences of her actions. How will Trystane react when he finds out? Better yet, how will Cersei react? It is sad that Jamie finally found some happiness in his life; only for it to end in death.
We find Mervyn Trant with three young girls in the brothel again. He begins to whip them but sends two away and keeps the tallest girl. Arya takes off her mask and then gauges out his eyes. She asks him, “Do you know who I am?” Finally, she slits his throat.
Arya returns to the House of Black and White to replace the face she borrowed. She is caught by Jaqen and the Waif. They confront her about taking the wrong life. The Waif knows that she wasn’t ready. They tell her that she owes a debt to The Many Faced God and that only a death can pay for a life as Jaqen drinks the poison water. Arya screams as his face is changed many times ending with Arya’s face. A new Jaqen reappears explaining that the faces are no one and she is still someone. As Arya looks up she realizes that she can’t see.
It seems that the Many Faced God doesn’t like insubordination at all. Arya has had to struggle with her new identity of becoming no one all season long. The lessons she learned in Westeros have made her a great fighter but the HoBW is really training her to become a more skilled assassin by doing it in a very silent, yet deadly way. Now that she is blind, it ought to be interesting where her journey goes. Nonetheless, a huge twist to this story arc.
Tyrion and company are in shock over Daenery’s departure at the Great Games. They argue over who will look for Dany in the wilderness. It is finally decided that Daario and Jorah will search for her. The sells sword tells Tyrion he will rule in Daenery’s absence along with Missendi. Grey Worm and the Unsullied will keep the peace in Meereen. And as the two men leave the city to find the Queen, Tyrion watches them. A familiar voice reappears. “Hello, Old Friend” as Varys shows up. His advice to Lannister is information is key and learning about your enemies and your friends. Tyrion is relieved to see him.
Somewhere in the wilderness, Dany discovers that she is has been brought to Drogon’s den. She tries to wake up the dragon because she has to go home. The dragon won’t wake as he is healing from his wounds. Dany wonders off into the grassland to figure out where she is. Off in the distance, she hears horses. She quickly takes off her ring as she is surrounded by Dothraki riders.
Things have changed in Meereen. Tyrion is back again ruling as Hand with Varys, at his side. What will Missendi and Grey Worm think about it? Jorah and Daario have a long journey ahead of them. Daenerys has come full circle with the Dorhraki . This is a satisfying conclusion to this season but it opens up so much speculation for what is to come. Tyrion’s wit never wanes, no matter how dire the situation is. Peter Dinklage continues to be awesome as Tyrion Lannister.
The Queen Regent decides it is time to confess. In front of the High Sparrow, she asks for the Mother’s Mercy and absolution. Cersei wants to know if she will be free but according to the Seven; she will be dealt with according to her sins. The Queen Mother confesses to sleeping with her cousin, Lancel Lannister but no other men. And speaking a falsehood before the Gods is a great crime and with the other charges; there will be a trial to prove her innocence.
She is permitted to return to the Red Keep after her atonement. A moment later, Cersei is washed and her hair cut. The Queen is presented outside the Sept where the High Sparrow announces that a great sinner comes before the crowd; committing fornication/falsehood but she has demonstrated forgiveness. Cersei is stripped of her clothing as the Septa begin shouting, “Shame, shame, shame.” As she walks the streets towards the Red Keep, the crowd shouts names and throws things at her. Cersei says nothing but keeps her eyes towards the Red Keep. After a while, with a bloody leg and close to the castle, she begins to cry.
Once she is back in the Red keep, she is greeted by Kevan Lannister and Maester Pycelle. Qyburn covers her up as he presents the newest member of the Kingsguard, a huge warrior, who has taken a vow of silence until all His graces’ enemies are dead.
The Walk of Shame was a pivotal moment for Cersei. It’s really her love of Tommen that drove her to confess. Will this experience change her? If anything, Cersei will take vengeance against the Faith somehow. And with Kevan Lannister back at KL, things are going to change. Lena Heady was remarkable as Cersei, the Dowager Queen. And the haunting background music of “The Rains of Castamere” gave the scene more intensity.
Melisandre assures her King of victory at Winterfell as she notices that the ice is melting. Stannis is informed that many of the sellswords and their horses deserted the camp before dawn. Mel’s demeanor suddenly transforms as she witnesses the devastation at the camp. Unfortunately, Stannis discovers Selyse hung herself and requests that she be cut down. Finally, he is told that Melisandre was seen riding out of the camp. He commands that the remaining men march into formation onto Winterfell.
Inside the castle, the Bolton men are preparing themselves for the war. Sansa, cloaked, escapes her room with the help of a lock pick. She wanders into the yard, making her way to the tower.
Somewhere in the woods, Pod is gathering food for Brienne. He sees the Baratheon troops marching towards the castle and informs Brienne, but she is still waiting for a signal.
Stannis’s men arrive outside the castle to begin their assault on Winterfell at sunrise. There isn’t going to be a siege as the Bolton army surrounds him and his remaining men. He readies his soldiers for a fight. The attack begins. Sansa lights a candle in the broken tower as a signal.
A defeated and wounded Stannis makes his way into the woods but is attacked by another Bolton soldier whom he kills. As he lays on the ground unable to move, Brienne finds him. She announces herself and sentences him to death for killing his brother, Renly. As she asks for any last words, Stannis can only reply, “go on, do your duty.” Brienne swings her sword.
Ramsay is delighted over the victory over Stannis. He wants to see his wife to celebrate. Back at Winterfell, Myranda finds Sansa leaving the tower. Just in the nick of time, Reek also appears as the servant girls taunts her lady. As Myranda threatens to shoot Sansa, Reek pushes her off the balcony. They hear the gates of the castle open. Sansa and Theon/Reek decide to escape by leaping over one of the walls.
Brienne finally enacted the revenge she wanted on a dying Stannis. Melisandre abandoned her King in his time of need because she knew she made a mistake. Stannis lost everything, his daughter, his wife and most of all his fight to reclaim the Iron Throne. For Sansa and Theon/Reek, they have escaped their torture at Winterfell but for how long? And where will they go? Stephane Dillane gave us a brilliant performance as Stannis Baratheon.
Sam and Jon discuss the events at Hardhome. They have no dragonglass and not enough Valyrian steel to fight the WW. Sam has something to ask him. He wants to go to the Citadel to become a Maester because the Night’s Watch needs one. He’ll take Gilly and the baby to Oldstown with him. Jon gives Sam his blessing. Sam, Gilly and the baby leave Castle Black.
Next, Davos argues with Jon that Stannis needs the Wildings to fight for him but Jon tells him that it’s not their fight. All of sudden, Melisandre comes through the gate. Davos questions her about Stannis, and Shireen. Mel says nothing but looks down at the ground. Davos knows it’s not good news.
Later that night, Olly comes into the Lord Commander’s quarters saying there news about Benjen Stark. As he lead to the grounds, a cross with the words, “traitor” is revealed while Jon realizes this is a trap. Thorne and Bowen Marsh stab Snow saying, “For the watch”. Lastly, Olly gives him the final stab. Jon lies dead in the snow as blood flows from him.
A shocking ending for Jon and the rest of us as Episode 10 ends. Is he really dead? Were Jon’s decisions the right ones for both the Wildings and the Watch. What will Mel do now that she is at the Wall? And Davos? This storyline has been one of the frontrunners this season and it didn’t disappoint.
Now the wait until Season 6 is on!!!!