Okay the season is over now and I have to say if you haven't been watching... you should be because wow. Just wow. I think this might just be the best season yet. I felt like nearly every episode had this wow moment. No, it wasn't like in every episode there was a big reveal... only 2. But there are these moments. Little things that GOT is just getting right. You need to be watching this.
So I'm going to give my reactions for both episodes The Battle of Bastards and The Winds of Winter. If you've not watched either episode, don't read ahead unless you like spoiling everything for yourself. Some of you do. Oh and I have to warn you this post is GIFy. I found all these amazing gifs and I plan to use them.
The Battle of Bastards
If you've been watching so far you'll know this has to be Jon and Ramsay because they are the two "bastards" which are rather prevalent in this season and really the series.
But first we visit Dany's story in which she meets with the Master's who wanted some form of slavery and are now betraying the pact that made with Tyrion. They want Dany to surrender but she tells them they are mistaken as they are the ones who are going to surrender which becomes apparent when Drogon appears to make them mess their pants. *evil laugh* And then Dany boards flight turn and burn and we see her set fire to the Master's ships, which she could have used for her army but this is easier when the goal is defeat.
Daario (I love him in Orphan Black and miss him there) arrives with the Dothraki who stop the Slavers in their tracks by killing them all. (I feel only mildly sick that I loved this.) And when the two Master's turn on the guy who wasn't born into their ranks... they die not the new guy at Grey Worm's hand. Go Grey Worm.
We also see the Greyjoys trying to convince Dany to let them join their cause. They are there mostly to regain what is theirs and probably thinking they can outwit Dany but she's not inclined to fall for flattery and promises. Dany wants the Greyjoys to stop their raiding, reaving, pillaging, and raping but Yara is a little stunned because that is just what they do. But Dany wants to leave the world a better place than their parents did. And you'll play by her rules or you are Dragon food. So there. But here I think Yara is actually intrigued by more than Dany's looks. She's a powerful woman and Yara gets it.
Meanwhile in the North; Jon, Sansa and company meet Ramsay before the battle so he can offer them terms of surrender which are basically Ramsay taunting them with his superior force and lack of soul. He tells them he has Rickon but they want proof which comes in the form of Rickon's direwolves head. What is that like all of them? Well Ghost is alive and I think Arya's direwolf is out there somewhere right? I can't remember. Oh it is Arya and Jon's which are left though we have no clue where Arya's wolf is. Anyways, Jon offers to fight Ramsay one on one for the win but Ramsay isn't willing.
We see Davos and Tormund discussing the men they've served in the past and I think they pretty much agree that they have been serving the wrong man... ie why haven't they been serving Jon all along because he's like the man.
On the battlefield, Ramsay sends Rickon running towards Jon, and we all knew this wouldn't end well because Ramsay is a crazy SOB. And sure enough he starts shooting arrows at Rickon as the young man runs towards his brother. Jon is galloping frantically towards Rickon hoping to save him but at the last moment he is too late and Rickon dies.
Jon now stands in the middle of the battlefield and his anger is overflowing. He will not let this stand. He lets his emotions take him which is something he warned everyone about, I believe. Tormund and Davos know Jon and they rid in so Jon isn't alone facing this army.
But now their element of surprise is gone and everything starts going to hell. The Stark army is surrounded and pushed into a horseshoe which pushes them up against a large mound of dead bodies. Ramsay's men are moving in slowly, killing as they go and even the giant on Jon's side isn't making much of a difference to the overwhelming forces. Jon nearly suffocating here under all these bodies is terrifying and quite the imagery. Remember Jon was only recently raised from the dead. He quite literally rising out of the dead here. Wow. But alas, all seems lost....
Until Sansa appears with Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale. They cut down Ramsay's forces and wipe that dumbass smile off his face. Little coward runs back to Winterfell where he hopes to keep Jon at bay. But here is the thing. Jon's got a giant on his side and Wun Wun breaks down Winterfell's gates but is rather wounded though he looks like he could survive until Ramsay shoots him through the eye. SOMEONE KILL HIM ALREADY! But guess what, now Ramsay wants a one on one which he gets and doesn't do well at even a little.
Ramsay is then packed away as a prisoner. Sansa later goes to visit Ramsay who tries to mess with her but it is revealed that Ramsay is in with his hounds which he doesn't believe will harm him but Sansa reminds him about the fact that Ramsay hasn't feed his hounds in a week and they decided he's as good as anything. And boy does Sansa look pleased with herself.
Frankly, I'm not even slightly upset with the way Ramsay actually does die. And I was all but jumping for joy to see Littlefinger again. I mean I don't really like the man but I loved that Sansa went and brought the Knights of the Vale to back up Jon. Amazing. And seeing the Bolton banner dropped and the Stark one take it's place and Winterfell again. AMAZING! I like how Jon and Sansa seem united in all this though even at this point I was wondering if she wouldn't suddenly decide she wants the power.
The Winds of Winter
Epic episode if I've ever seen one. Everything in this season seems to come to a conclusion if not a final one.
Walder Frey is y eating dinner and wondering where his sons are is just a ominous scene. The entire time he's asking the serving girl, I was dreading the answer and sure enough the answer is in his pie. *wretches* Arya is the serving girl and she reveals herself and tells Frey she killed his sons and cooked them into his pie. *cookies tossed* But then she kills him and I'm for her doing away with some of these baddies but I don't know... something about all of it doesn't sit right with me.
Back in Kings Landing at the Red Keep, the High Sparrow has brought Ser Loras before all to confess his crimes or be tried which he chooses to confess and become one of the Faith Militant which I didn't love. And it would seem Cersei has no intention of joining the people at the Red Keep and she won't let Tommen go either. Should have been my first clue. The High Sparrow has Lancel go bring Cersei to the Red Keep. But as Lancel goes out he sees a small child that lures him away into the area below the Sept. Meanwhile, back at the palace, Pycelle is lured off by a small child and then is surrounded and stabbed to death by them. Um... okay no. I do not like killer children at all. One of the very good reasons I will never again watch Pet Cemetery. I can't stand the idea of an evil or murderous child. Ick.
Margaery is not stupid but does seem sincere about this whole religion thing. But when she realizes there must be a reason for Cersei's absence she tells the High Sparrow but no one is allowed to leave the Red Keep. But that isn't all. Lancel is stab by a child also and then he notices notices the cache of wildfire which seems to have little candles which are about to burned down to the wildfire but he doesn't make it and boom. There goes everyone in the neighborhood.
Tommen knows Margaery is at the Red Keep and in his moment of grief decides to jump out the window to his death. Again, Cersei's actions cause her child's death though Tommen is so at fault. I find such actions pointless. Before Cersei knows about her last child, she's down in the dungeons with Septa Unella confessing all her crimes and leaving her to Ser Gregor who is going to torture her. Nice touch with the whole "shame" thing but how I hate seeing Cersei win even a little. We then cut to Cersei standing over her son's remains. She wishes to have him burned and buried at the remains of the Red Keep.
Jaime and Bronn arriving to see the ruin of the Red Keep and the surrounding area. Wow. You can almost tell that Jaime is thinking, "now what has my sister done?" And then he makes it just in time to see Cersei crowned Queen. Seven Kingdoms are doomed.
So when we see Sam and Gilly at Oldtown and all the white ravens are released, had no idea what that meant but apparently the arrival of winter. Someone who had read the books tell me the significance of this? I mean do they do this every time winter comes around? I loved Sam going into the Citadel's Library where he is just in awe. And, of course, my first thought is Beauty (from Beauty and the Beast) got cheated.
So I thought Benjen was one of the dead but the scene with Bran confirms it. He leaves Bran at the weirwood heart tree and tells him that the dead cannot cross the wall because of it's magic. To me this means there is a big obsticale in the way of the White Walkers but maybe I'm mistaken?? And I'm curious how Benjen is dead but not a WW?
But this is the moment our minds are truly blown. Bran touches the weirwood tree and goes back into the vision of the events at the Tower of Joy when Ned went to save Lyanna. He hears her scream and before we are led to believe that means she's being raped or tortured but instead we learn she's had a child, Rhaegar Targaryen's son and that is none other than Jon Snow! BAMM! I know right? Crazy town. So Jon is really Dany's nephew (I believe) and he's got and definitely claim on the Iron Throne and he's not a bastard of anyone and while technically he's a Stark he's also a Targaryen which means he could be like Dany and control Dragon's or Fire????? Is that even possible? And could this all have something to do with his resurrection or does it play into that moment when Jon killed the White Walker with the Valerian sword which .... total clue. Holy crap this is getting good and I can't wait until next season when Bran returns and tells Jon the truth. Can you imagine the reunion with Dany????!!!! Me wants.
Back at Winterfell, Melisandre is confronted about murdering Shireen which she totally did and then sent away and told not to return to the North or she'll be put to death. So deserved that. I don't like the Red Woman and I especially hate that she could consider burning a child at the stake.
Jon and Sansa have this moment where Jon is taking care of her by putting her up in the "master suite" essentially but she doesn't think she should have her parents room. Jon kind of insists and then Sansa apologizes for not telling Jon about the Knights of the Vale. Jon and Sansa discuss Littlefinger and how she doesn't trust him and Jon tell her they need to trust each other because they have too many enemies. To right.
And then, of course, Littlefinger must show up and kind of tells Sansa he's got a thing for her. Eww. He then does what he does best which is try to sow the seeds of doubt but talking about how she should be who the North rally behind not a bastard fromt he South. You know I've always kind of disliked Littlefinger. I mean not out right hated but now... I really don't like him.
Another favorite moment when Lyanna Mormont stands up and basically calls out all the Northern Lords who didn't come to the Stark's aid when they were sworn to. She also adds that she knows the King of the North is a Stark and she doesn't much care if he's a bastard or not. The Lords confess their mistake in not coming to Jon and Sansa's aid but then all declare for the White Wolf, Jon Snow, King of the North. YAY!!!! But if it is ture he's a Targaryen then technically he's not really though he probably could be as Lyanna's son.... hmmm.
And Littlefinger gives Sansa this look which wipes the smile from her face. Damn him.
Then we get to see Ellaria meeting iwth Olenna Tyrell and they are plotting against the Lannister which I like but I don't like Ellaria.
Now, back in Meereen, Dany is breaking up with Daario which is so sad but I get it. She can't have a boy toy if she might make a marriage alliance. But come on Dany don't get rid on cutie. Dany wants Daario to stay in Meereen and keep the peace with teh Second Sons.
Then in another truly great moment for the season Dany gives Tyron a pin she had made for him: the brooch of the Hand of the Queen. Tyrion gets emotional and kneels in front of her. He truly does believe in Dany.
And in the end we see Dany, the Dothraki, the Ironborn, Donishmen and Unullied on the Ironborn ships heading to Westeros with Danys dragons flying above them. I love that Yara and Theon get to see these Dragons. They looked a little stunned.