Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Game of Thrones - Beyond the Wall

The worst plan ever backfires on Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his companions. Shocker! An indeterminate distance above the wall the attempt to capture a single undead soldier gets the entire group surrounded by White Walkers and their undead enemy. On an island, separated by the harsh arctic water, the group stills themselves for when the water re-freezes and the undead army can march once more. Despite the risk to herself, and the loss of one of her dragons to the enemy (okay, how cool was that last scene?), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) rides to the rescues getting the remainder of the fellowship, other than Snow, out alive. There's plenty of action here (although the show once again plays very loose with things like time and distance). Snow's survival is also a bit unbelievable given the chain of events.

Less interesting, but foreshadowing trouble in Winterfell to come, is the machinations of Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) playing out as he drives a wedge between the two sisters based on Sansa the Bland's (Sophie Turner) actions leading up to their father's death. Arya (Maisie Williams) is forced to go a bit over-the-top murder-crazy to drive home the point, but a break between the two might open up the younger Stark sister for more interesting, and murdery, subplots.

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