This review is dark and full of spoilers.
After last weeks ‘slower’ episode, this time round we get lots of returns and awesome scenes. Lets take a look at some of the best moments from the episode.
The return of the Hound:
The Hound is definitely up there for one of my favourite characters from the book or the show, he seems to have a battle with his conscience all the time and lets be honest, he’s just hilarious. Well, after two seasons, the rumours have been satisfied because we see Sandor Clegane with a group of people that seem very relaxed and quiet. At first it was kind of weird to see Sandor in this setting, wearing this clothes and with these kind of people, Ian McShane’s characters Ray picks up on this and discusses with Sandor that there is another way of doing things. Ray is wearing a necklace with a seven pointed star on it, showing that he’s a septon but he isn’t a normal septon because it seems like he doesn’t know what he believes in but he uses the Gods as a focal point to grab peoples attention. At the end of the episode, we see the Hound again and he hears some cries and rushes back to his group which have been killed by the Brotherhood without banners. Sandor looks at Ray’s dead body and you can see that he is sad because he had deep respect for him and kind of admired him, he then turns to go pick up an axe and walks off.
I’m one hundred percent down to watch the Hound go round slicing and dicing people with an axe. It seems like the Hound will head in the direction I predicted, he will still kill people but he will do it for the right reasons. Maybe this will make Sandor more of a ‘man of God’ and therefore lead him to Kings Landing to fight his brother in a trial by combat. I’d love to see that.
Jaime and the Blackfish:
In some scenes ripped exactly from book four of the series, Jamie Lannister arrives at Riverrun with eight thousand and tries to get the Blackfish to surrender. We get a cameo from Bronn, it was nice to see him but I just don’t feel the chemistry is there between him and Jaime, I feel it’s a bit forced and trying to be funny too much. Anyway, Jaime asks for an in person meeting with the Blackfish to discuss his surrender. They meet and the Blackfish just ruins him, Jaime thought he could walk all over him but Blackfish just says how he has all the provisions, he doesn’t care if Edmure is hanged and that he is disappointed in Jaime, that he expected more. Jaime’s face after this confrontation was fantastic, he knew that he just got f*cked up and that it isn’t going to be a simple task to take be this castle and get back to Cersie.
I really hope that when Brienne turns up at Riverrun next week that Jaime starts to go on a bit of a redemptive arc, just like he does in the books at this point. I don’t like Jaime being portrayed as villain because he has a lot of great qualities and is a really interesting person overall.
The Waif stabs Arya:
Toward the end of the episode, we see Arya securing passage back to Westeros, we don’t know where she intends to go but we do know she is definitely going back. It seems like it’s a very nice scene for Arya as she looks out at the Titan of Bravos for one of the last times; however an old lady comes over to her and then out of nowhere slices his stomach and stabs Arya repeatedly. I really didn’t expect that to happen that quickly and I don’t quite know how Arya is up and walking after it. I was shocked to see her stabbed a lot but it was obvious that it was the Waif coming to kill her. There is a really interesting theory that the Waif is actually the part of Arya’s conscience that wants to become no one and she is trying to drag her back, this is supported by the fact that the only people to ever see the Waif have been Arya and Jaqen. Even a few episodes ago when the Waif was beating up Arya in the streets, it was strange to see no one help a poor blind girl, maybe no one else can see her? It’s a very cool theory and I wouldn’t be surprised if it were true.
By the end of the season I really want Arya to be at least on her way back to Westeros. She has been in Bravos for two seasons and now it’s time to bring her back in to the big picture. Hopefully she gets rid of this Waif quickly.
Other Important moments:
- Margery is pretending to be a completely changed woman and it seems like everyone is falling for it, including the High Sparrow. I have no idea what Margery plans to do but I’m pretty sure it’ll involve destroying the Faith Militant.
- We learn that Yara and Theon are going to head towards Mereen and try to make a deal with Daenerys. If Tyrion doesn’t make a joke about Theon and Varys both not having a d*ck I’ll be disappointed.
Episode rating: 8.5
The Hound’s return rating: 100
I can’t believe we are down to the last three episodes of the season already, it’s gone by so fast and I’m definitely going to need to re-watch it after the finale. Things are going to go crazy in the next few episodes and I’m excited to see some blood, shocks and highly intensive moments.
Thanks for reading guys.