It was the battle to end all wars. The best part is that Joffrey’s weak death can be forgiven for every ounce of retribution we receive in this episode. It was just that good. I’ve never been so elated by battles the way I was this time around. We have some relief after so much suffering, and not only once, but twice!!
Now that Dany is back in Mereen, and her city is being attacked, Tyrion must explain his recent efforts. It doesn’t look good from where they stand because the city is up in flames, so the contract for seven years of slavery, isn’t something that Tyrion can bring up and justify.
Dany plans to fight back with fire and punishment, but Tyrion is more afraid of Dany becoming like her father. Maybe not with the whole psychosis thing going on, but with her actions creating enemies. He also feared this with Joffrey. Joffrey’s random assignations and allure for torture, was something that he tried to control when Tyrion was the hand of the king. Based on their history, Tyrion knew that being that sort of tyrant, is what joined the lords of Westeros against the mad king.
At that point, all the windows are blown apart. And it’s like, what exactly is she supposed to do? Fold her hands while the masters take over her city?
On top of a pyramid, Dany and Tyrion (plus the squad: Greyworm, Missandei, etc.), have a meeting with the masters that are running the show. The same people that Tyrion made a pact with. They are obnoxiously aware of their current progress, as their ships continue to blow up Mereen in the background, and want Dany to surrender. They want her to surrender and for everyone to go back into slavery (Greyworm and Missandei), and they want to slaughter the Dragons.
Dany makes it clear that the meeting was to give THEM an opportunity to surrender. The men talk their trash the way they usually try to belittle Dany and then Drogon shows up. They didn’t look so valiant with the dragon coming to pick up his mother. Dany ascends into Mereen on Drogon’s back. The two other dragons break free of their pyramid and follow.
Dany uses the dragons to set the ships attacking the bay on fire. The dragons burn up the ships to KFC extra crispy levels.
On land, the Dothraki show up in full battle mode to attack the Harpy’s, who have been killing innocent people.
Back on top of the pyramid, Tyrion passes on Dany’s plans. She would like to kill one of the masters as an example to all who oppose her, but they would have to chose among themselves. Two of the masters point at a third and request he be killed because he’s low born. Greyworm kills the two accusers, instead of the master that was pinpointed.
Tyrion asks that master to share their meeting with whoever he speaks with and to indicate that the mercy was all Dany’s doing. That Tyrion, always the public relations advocate.
Once Dany is sitting calmly at her throne, she is approached by Yara and Theon, who have finally arrived at Mereen. Tyrion has no love for Theon, because he remembers his arrogant ways back in Winterfell, when they first met. He can tell that Theon is a different man, although I don’t know if it’s because he knows what he went through with Ramsey.
Dany doesn’t know what Theon went through and assumes that heis requesting she give him the Iron islands in exchange for the ships they brought. When he points Yara as the deserving ruler of the Iron islands, although the islands have never had a queen, Dany is fascinated. They also warn Dany about Euron and how he hopes to marry her in order to rule the seven kingdoms. Once they gave up his true motives, the many ships that he could provide her, lose their value. Dany loves the woman power movement, and knowing the struggles personally, is willing to give the Iron islands to Yara, if they were to acknowledge her as queen of Westeros.
There is one other thing. Dany doesn’t want the Iron folk to pillage anymore. It was mentioned a few times in the first seasons, but better illustrated in the books, that the Iron born believe in taking what they want. It’s one of the reasons they were never grateful that the Starks took very good care of Theon and dressed him in the best clothes they could find, rather then treat him like a prisoner. In their eyes, luxuries should be taken by force and not given. It’s called paying the Iron price. Theon was a disappointment to the iron folk, because he was adorned with wealth from the Starks and it was paid in gold.
Yara agrees to ceasing pillaging, but I don’t know how the Iron folk will react to the change in their centuries long routine.
Jon Snow and Sansa have a meeting before their battle with Ramsey. Ramsey is aware of the drastic differences in numbers between their armies. He also wants Snow to surrender. A highly unlikely situation, being that they have Rickon, Winterfell, and Ramsey is a complete maniac.
Sansa and Snow have yet another argument. Snow is pushing the battle even though he knows they are outnumbered. He is hoping that they will be the exception that will win against all odds. Sansa is upset that when Snow has his meetings preparing for the war, he doesn’t include her.
Heres the deal: Snow can’t possibly find anything in their world worse then the white walkers, and he’s right. Only the white walkers pose a threat because they are hard to kill, being that they are already dead, and they continue to grow in numbers, because they can create more recruits. But Snow still doesn’t see how a human being could be just as much of a threat. Sansa wants him to understand that Ramsey, although not a white walker, has the ability to be underhanded.
Snow is also focused on Rickon, who Sansa believes will be dead, if he isn’t already. Rickon is a male Stark and has more claim to Winterfell, then Snow the bastard, and Sansa a female. Snow has hope and once again, is forgetting that Sansa lived with Ramsey. She knows how he thinks.
Everyone prepares for the battle the next day. Tormund has a good drink and Davos goes for a walk. He finds remnants of a Baratheon stag, what was left over from the battle Stannis had. Davos keeps it, I’m assuming, as a good luck charm. Only there was no good luck for the last person that had it. Davos and Tormund even have a word about following kings and failing. Both Stannis and Mance Rayder died, even thought they thought they were following great rulers. But Jon Snow is not a king or a ruler, and they both have faith that they will succeed for that reason.
Snow goes to see Melisandre for counsel before his battle. Melisandre guided Stannis during his battles and he was hoping that she would have a few words for him. Only Melisandre is not the same red priestess that we once knew. Even after reviving Snow, she second guesses her own interpretations of what the lord of light wants.
She has nothing to say to Snow, except don’t lose. Snow requests that she not revive him if he dies. Melisandre tells him bluntly that she follows the lord of light and can’t agree to his wishes if the lord wants otherwise. If he moves her to revive him, she’s going to do it. She reminds him that she herself has no powers and it is the lord of light that grants these miracles to her for his purpose.
And what is that purpose? They both don’t know. But I’m hoping there will be more talks to get to the bottom of this in the future. I mean, I know why he was revived, but Snow doesn’t know an inkling about his origins.
Battle of the Bastards
Snow heads to the top of his hill and Ramsey awaits on the other side. Behind them both, are their armies. Ramsey takes out Rickon, who is tied up, and brandishes a knife. Snow almost had a coronary, ready to leave his spot in the army, but it was a false alarm. Ramsey uses the knife to cut Rickon’s ropes. Ramsey tells Rickon to run.
This is an example of one of Ramsey’s many games, the reason Sansa warned that things would not be straight forward with Ramsey. Rickon begins to run and Ramsey takes out a bow to shoot arrows as he heads towards Snow. Snow grabs his horse and goes to save his brother, but reaches him a tad late. Rickon takes an arrow to the stomach and dies.
Snow charges forward BY HIMSELF and Ramsey’s army goes forward to meet him. I thought the mass of men going for Snow were going to knock him right out, but the wildlings and such, got there just in time to get in on the fighting.
It was pure chaos. the most beautiful chaotic fighting scene ever to grace Game of Thrones. Horses were colliding, men were fighting to the death, and the piles of bodies were growing around them.
Ramsey stands at a distance directing his bowmen. Ever so often, he would command them to shoot arrows at the fighting scene below. Safe in his distance. Ramsey stands at a distance directing his bowmen. Ever so often, he would command them to shoot arrows at the fighting scene below. Safe in his distance.
Snow’s men began to go down in numbers drastically. So much, that Davos had to drag in the few remaining just to keep the fighting going. Ramsey took his great fleet of remaining un-scuffed men and had them surround the small group that remained.
Wildlings and northmen alike were covered in mud and squeezed into a tight knit. On the sides where no man could stand, were the piles of bodies stopping Snow’s men from escaping. With Snow’s team cornered, Ramsey’s men moved in with spike in hand and shield in front. It caused Snow’s men to huddle closer together. Not even the giant could break apart the men in shields.
Snow almost suffocated below the bodies and live men squirming in the middle. He climbed his way to the top of his men to take in some air and in the distance he saw the banners of men coming to his aid. Baelish showed up with Sansa and the Vale’s army. You could only imagine the relief to see that all was not done. Sansa had sent a raven to Baelish, after all.
Knowing that he Vale had to outnumber the remaining Ramsey men, Snow took notice of Ramsey’s position in the outskirts. Snow, Tormund, and the giant, run after Ramsey as he retreats back to Winterfell. A very fitting place to stage the final battle, since Winterfell is Jon Snow’s real home.
The giant broke down the gates and took a million more hits of arrows from Ramsey’s remaining men. This time, the giant was breathing heavily with the exhaustion of his wounds. Before Snow could tend to the giant, Ramsey shot an arrow right into the overgrown man’s eye.
This is the point when homely Jon Snow has reached his limit in being cordial. Ramsey killed his brother and the giant, and he hurt Sansa. He rushes forward to attack Ramsey with all his fury. Only, Ramsey doesn’t know how to fight. He’s just good at throwing arrows. He points a few at Snow, who deflects them with a shield he picked up. And when Snow finally gets up to Ramsey, Ramsey can barely defend himself. Snow beats Ramsey almost to a bloody pulp and only stops when Sansa comes in.
It gets better.
Snow wasn’t giving mercy to Ramsey, he was simply leaving his life to someone else. After Winterfell is reclaimed by the Starks, the flaming banners of the Bolton/Ramsey family are removed. The Stark banners are hung on every wall and Snow’s team becomes comfy in their new home: Melisandre and Davos included.
Ramsey is tied to a chair in the prisons below Winterfell. Sansa pays him a visit and tells him that no one will remember his words. I do believe that Ramsey will make the history books though. His knack for torture alone is something to talk about.
What Ramsey has not noticed is that the hounds he starved to kill his enemies, were loose with him in the cells. Ramsey assumes they will obey his orders, because he has been their master, but Sansa reminds him that they have been starved for SEVEN days. She watches as the hounds eat away at Ramsey and walks away with a smile on her face.
This scene is powerful in the way it explains how extreme cruelty could never amount to anything good. Anyone who is hurt enough and finds away for revenge, will take it. This is true of Sansa, the hounds, and the people of Mereen. Fear can go but so far for someone in a place of power. Things may not always go well for the good guy, but you can almost bet on a gruesome death for someone with no humanity.
Now comes the fear. We good guys get very little shine on Game of Thrones. Every time there’s a victory there’s hell to pay elsewhere. I wonder what lies ahead.
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