Game Of Thrones Recap: No One

Game Of Thrones muses on honour, duty, love sầu và home while spilling its cast's blood. Business as usual then...

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By Ron Hogan | June 13, năm 2016 | | Comments count:0
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This Reviews contains spoilers.

6.8 No One

The sixth season of trò chơi Of Thrones has been a course correction for the fifth season (và before). There were complaints about violence against women; now women are firmly in charge và the ones doing the violence rather than being on the receiving end of Ramsay Bolton. There were complaints about Theon’s torture; Arya’s similar breaking và rebuild at the hands of the Faceless Men ends up being triumphant, rather than depressing (though khổng lồ be fair, Arya didn’t lose any important body parts). There have sầu been lots of dropped characters, and it seems lượt thích they’re all coming back this season for various reasons. Even the stalled Daenerys plot in Essos seems khổng lồ finally be paying off, if only because she’s got her long-promised Dothraki horde.


There are going khổng lồ be three scenes in this episode that everyone will be talking about. One of them is the resolution of Arya Stark’s adventure in Braavos. In a show where there are routinely massive action sequences (this episode features at least one battle involving dozens of ships), the way trò chơi Of Thrones is able lớn boil things down to a personal level is remarkable. The episode’s most exciting moment is the clash between Arya & the Waif, who has been tormenting her for months & has now been sent to kill her. It’s a thrilling chase through the streets of Braavos triggered by the death of Arya’s new frikết thúc the Lady Crane, and it terminates with a candle being snuffed out courtesy of a skilled slash from Needle. Unlượt thích Reek, we’ve seen enough of Arya’s training khổng lồ know what she went through, but not so much that it became a snuff film. We’ve seen enough lớn know that when Arya rolls down a flight of stairs và gets up, leaving a deliberate blood (or blood orange) trail, that the Waif is walking inlớn a trap. Needle plunging the fight into lớn darkness is just icing on the cake. Mark Mylod has another great fight scene khổng lồ his credit; the chase between Arya và Waif was Terminator 2 levels of awesomeness, and it made sure to kiểm tra every chase cliché on the list while still being surprisingly brutal (just listen lớn the landings Arya has và try not to lớn wince).


Arya has learned a valuable lesson. She knows how to lớn be a Water Dancer, và she was good at chasing cats, và she’s now able to combine that skill with the dirty fighting skills taught to her by the Waif and Jaquen thuộc during her time training as a Faceless Man. At her core, she’s still Arya Stark of Winterfell, but now she knows just what khổng lồ bởi vì when it’s time lớn stop being chivalrous and start slitting throats in the dark. It’s a lesson that she’s learned well; it’s also a lesson for Pod khổng lồ learn from Bronn. While the two are on opposite sides of the Riverrun debate, Bronn is willing lớn teach Pod all the things he won’t learn from someone lượt thích Brienne, who is one of the most honourable knights in the kingdom despite not being Ser Brienne.

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That’s chivalry, albeit in a different way from the type Brienne & Jaime have sầu between one another. Yes, they have fought in the past, & they’re possibly still going to lớn fight since Brienne serves the Starks và Jaime is a Lannister, but throughout the episode, their scenes are wonderful in their interplay. Jaime is nothing if not honourable, & yet he’s also the guy who shoved a child out a window và who has committed terrible atrocities in the name of the only love sầu that means anything lớn him: his love sầu for Cersei. Brienne might be on Jaime’s good side, and it’s clear that he cares about her on some màn chơi, but as Edmure says, Jaime is still an evil man.

Everyone in Westeros has the capađô thị for evil; even noble Brienne fought dirty to lớn best The Hound. Similarly, everyone in Westeros has the capađô thị for good. The Hound, for example, has made a complete turn around thanks to lớn the good work of Septon Swearenren. Whether you’re good or bad seems to lớn depend on who you’re trying lớn kill. If you’re The Hound, cutting off heads and genitals with an axe pháo (this is another scene everyone’s going to be talking about), then you’re good because you’re getting revenge on the thugs who killed your friover. If you’re the Brotherhood Without Banners, you can be either good or bad depending on what you do: killing villagers is bad, hanging villager killers operating in your name is good. Cersei is even capable of occasionally doing good things; as Jaime says, her love for her children is her most redeeming feature, & it puts Cersei in the company of Cat Stark, who once freed none other than Jaime Lannister & who started Brienne’s mission khổng lồ serve sầu the Stark family.


Everything seems khổng lồ come around in the end. Everyone seems to lớn realise this except for perhaps Cersei Lannister. Her whole defence against the High Sparrow has been predicated on her access to lớn Qyburn’s Monster, AKA FrankenMountain, và her plan khổng lồ have sầu a trial by combat. Unfortunately for her, as usual, she tips her hvà và gives away her secret killing machine, and all it took was one ripped-off head in front of cousin Lancel to let the High Sparrow know that a trial by combat against an unstoppable killing machine is a bad idea, and since the Sparrow has King Tommen’s ear, well… Cersei once again chose short-term satisfaction over long-term success. (“I choose violence.” is a delicious line from the pen of Benioff và Weiss, and it’s knocked out of the park by Lemãng cầu Headey).

trò chơi Of Thrones has mix up some interesting conflicts for the next episode; according lớn the pReviews images, it’s going to be a doozy on par with the other famous ninth episodes. Daenerys và her dragon against a fleet of ships? Arriving Greyjoys versus the Masters? The Boltons face Jon Snow và his wildling army? The Hound killing some more people? Some combination of all of these things?

Whatever happens, I’m excited; for all the criticism trò chơi Of Thrones took in the fifth season, it’s clear that the folks behind the scenes have learned & adapted, và the sixth season is all the better for it. 


Read Ron’s Reviews of the previous episode, The Broken Man, here. And read the nine questions we’re pondering from No One, here.


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