Revue of Game of Thrones S06E08
“A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I’m going home”
So finally, Arya finds herself. Not that we are surprised. We had never expected the outspoken, headstrong Arya to become a faceless assassin. After treating us to a Marvel Universe worthy chase through the streets of Braavos, she theatrically allows herself to be backed into a corner, and douses the candle, leaving us in the dark until she puts Waif’s face up in the House of Black and White. Bravo! (Pun intended). And Jaqen expects us to believe that (a) He had planned the assignment as Arya’s final test all along, and (b) He is happy that his prize pupil is leaving his establishment. I am unconvinced. Meanwhile, someone should have shown the Waif that epic clip from “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” – When you have to shoot, shoot; don’t talk.
In truth, GoT is getting maybe too theatrical. Tyrion, Grey Worm and Missandei are holed upon under siege in the pyramid, and Danaerys returns with Drogon. How terribly fortuitous!
Well, at least Danaerys is back. Hopefully she can use Drogon (and maybe her other fire-breathing kids) to smite the slave masters. With Tyrion’s truce having come to an end nothing should stand in the way of disposing of them once and for all. Finally, we will have some action to cheer, rather than be distracted by Tyrion’s vaguely amusing encounters with Grey Worm and Missandei.
And thus the Blackfish perished. Poor man. His nephew’s capitulation was just too much to bear. Jamie, on the other hand, proves himself entirely capable of conducting a siege without shedding blood. After his, erm… tender reunion with Brienne, we maybe should have expected that.
Poor Cersei (again). Tommen’s declaration outlawing Trial by Combat shows how easy he is to manipulate. I can almost find it within me to pity Cersei for having birthed such a spineless, witless, excuse for a Lannister (yes, I said it). We are now left to wonder how Cersei will escape being condemned at her approaching trial.
Now to the Cleganes, who satisfy our bloodlust with some good old GoT gore. First the Hound wields the axe with vengeful grace, and then his brother the Mountain rips off a man’s head and spine. It was admittedly stupid for the overzealous inmate to attack him. One must consider however, that his defence of Cersie was the final clincher, convincing to High Sparrow to deny her the use of the Mountain as her champion during her trial.
Well, that’s is it for Episode 8. We are left with two more episodes for the season and sincerely hope we can have that battle we have been anticipating. We may just however get to the threshold of the Promised Land, and have the season end just as the armies have gathered and are about to engage each other. Who knows?
And that’s all folks.
Review Contribution by Noel Orji (the GoT maestro)