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Meereen is under siege and the fleet of the masters is attacking the city. Daenerys wants to destroy their cities but Tyrion convinces her to not incur in the same mistake of her father in King's Landing. They schedule a meeting with the masters to discuss the terms of surrender. However the masters misunderstand and believe Daenerys want to surrender. She rides Drogon and together with the two other dragons, they burn part of the fleet. Meanwhile Daario and the Dothraki attack the Sons of the Harpy. Then Yara and Theon team up with Daenerys to accept the independence of the Iron Isles and to overthrow Euron. In Winterfell, Jon Snow, Sansa, Davos and Tormund meet with Ramsay, and Jon Snow proposes a dispute between them instead of sacrificing lives in a battle. Ramsay does not accept and they schedule the battle in the morning. Jon Snow plots a scheme with Davos and Tormund and Sansa warns that Ramsay plays dirty. When both armies are ready to battle, Ramsay brings a surprise that ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This episode reminded me of why I watch this show. After some sluggish episodes, the change in pace was refreshing and warmly welcomed. It's brutal and visceral but still has enough compulsion to get your emotions up in the air.
I fully expected this episode to focus on in the brewing battle at the North, but it surprisingly starts off as a continuation of last week's episode. And this surprise adds even more to the episode. Daenerys is not the best ruler as we all know, but surprisingly she showed that she is wise in this episode by heeding to Tyrion's advice, which adds more complexities to her character. Tyrion-Dany partnership might just work on her favour, and I expect some dynamics between them next season. Not to mention the reunion of her three Dragons was thrilling and was one of the highlight of the episode, it sent down chills down my spine and had me on the edge of my seat. The CGI was epic for a TV show. The storyline also had the first confrontation between the Greyjoy siblings and Dany, which is a good suspenseful bid to pave way for her for the next season when she travels to the West.
Now the battle between the two Bastards (namesake of the episode) was something I had been looking forward to since some episodes ago, and holy! The battle was executed so darn well. It was gritty, yet emotive. At first the battle goes awry for the Starks, but Sansa showed immense wiseness by swallowing her pride. Now don't get me wrong, Sansa has not my favourite character in the series, but the growth she has shown since season one is marvelous and Sophie's portrayal of her character complements it even more. I was not a happy viewer when the writers decided to bring back Jon because as a book reader I wanted Lady Stoneheart (aka Catelyn) to be the one to be back, but I can see why they made that decision. I could see vast glimpse of Lady Stoneheart's coldness in Sansa in this episode, especially at the brutal ending.
The second highlight of the episode was the brutal ending to Ramsay. I could not help but shout with glorious retribution at the way his character met his death. Kudos to the writers! And that cold smile Sansa had, total Lady Stoneheart moment. Inspite of the thrilling, satisfying moment, the episode was not without emotions. I also wept for the horses that died (poor animals!).
Anyway, I can say without a doubt that this has been the best episode this season, and had one of the best battle sequence in TV history. 10/10
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