Bodies. Game of Thrones has amassed quite a few in six years. There have been bodies of our heroes, bodies of evil men, bodies of children, bodies of soldiers, bodies of kings, bodies of innocent civilians, bodies of wolves, bodies reanimated, bodies that hold doors. It's gotten to the point where viewers are in a way desensitized to death on Game of Thrones. Take, for example, last night's episode. Many might consider it the first true victory the show has ever delivered, and among the wins, we all forgot to mourn poor Rickon Stark, whose body was lying in the mud getting pummeled with arrows.
On Game of Thrones last night, the bodies were piled into literal walls, the bodies were the battlefield, the bodies nearly suffocated Jon Snow. There he was, in the middle of the war, nearly killed by death itself. That's some dark stuff. Just watching the show, you can feel suffocated by all the death. But Snow pulled himself out of it in one of the most beautiful shots of a beautifully filmed episode.
Yet, Snow won at the end. The good guys actually won. On Game of Thrones, this actually happened. For the first time, a victory isn't shrouded in tragedy or moral ambiguity. We deserved this one. But, where does the show go from here? We'll explore the question as we run down who was the least garbage person on Game of Thrones this week.
It's not Daenerys, because she nearly torched the entire slaver fleet that she needs to take Westeros with. Yes, it was awesome watching her call in her dragons and wreck the slavers, but she would have totally screwed it up had she not had Tyrion around. Side note: Could those dragons escape the whole time? Why did the show waste the energy to have Daenerys place them in chains in a dungeon, if the decision wouldn't have consequences going forward?
It's not Tyrion, because he f**ked up the entire city of Meereen to begin with, which had Daenerys scolding him like a pissed off mother.
It's not Yara, even though I already love the relationship between her and Daenerys.
It's not Lyanna Mormont, even though she's a total badass. (Another side note: Someone on Twitter said she's not a badass because changed her opinion in Episode Six so quickly, but I would counter and say she's a badass because she made someone else's idea look like her idea. THAT'S WHAT A TRUE LEADER DOES.)
It's not Sansa, either. I know. She really f**king deserved this one. After the horrors Ramsay subjected her to, Sansa deserved justice. And damn, that smirk at the end was satisfying. But at what cost did she get her justice? Sansa made a deal with Littlefinger, the man who delivered her into the sadistic monster in the first place. He's a man who cannot be trusted. We've seen how an alliance with Littlefinger can end badly.
It's also not Jon Snow. Yes, charging at an army on his own in an attempt to save his half-brother was fearless. Then, again, when he charged at Ramsay in one-on-one combat and beat the shit out of the asshole—that was some seriously fulfilling stuff. But, Snow played directly into Ramsay's trap. Sure, the odds were against him to begin with, but Snow basically led his army to slaughter. They were surrounded (that scene of Bolton army advancing forward with the spears was incredible, by the way). They were doomed. As a commander, Snow probably could have done a tiny bit better. He got lucky that the Knights of the Vale rode in to save the day.
It's definitely not Ramsay, even though it was the most fulfilling death since Joffrey was poisoned. But, we didn't see Ramsay die. No one is ever dead on Game of Thrones unless you watch them get beheaded or burned. Could Ramsay have just been mauled by the dogs? Don't for a second think this show will give us true justice.
And the least garbage person on Game of Thrones this week is...
The least garbage person on Game of Thrones last night was Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun, the giant. He didn't hold the door, he beat that shit down. Ramsay made it pretty clear, that even with the Vale's forces, Snow wouldn't have been able to take Winterfell. But Jon Snow had a giant. Jon Snow had Wun. And Wun sacrificed his life to get Jon Snow through those doors. Wun was Ramsay's final victim. And when you think about it, Wun had no dog in this fight. He could have just gone off on his own and done giant things and lived happily ever after. Why does he care of some guy he hardly knows, takes control of a castle he's never seen, in a land where everyone views him and his people as savages that need to be killed? His fight represents the fight of the wildlings as a whole, the fight of humanity. They need to find a man who can unite them against the horrors of the White Walkers. That man is Jon Snow. Wun made that choice, and he died for it.
So, with this victory Game of Thrones delivered in the least Game of Thrones way possible. But where does it go from here? It feels almost like a different show, to wake up Monday morning without a feeling of doom. Well, it won't be the same show going forward. Game of Thrones was a show that tore apart families, that tore down our heroes to show the horrors of war and lust for power. But, if this show is going to end in any possible way that won't completely outrage fans, it needs to start doing the opposite. This is what the resolve looks like. It feels good, but this is only one battle in a big war to come. They might have won this time, but they still have two more seasons to survive. Yes, there will be more bodies.
From: Esquire US