Game of Thrones – The Wolf and The Dragon – Speculation and Theories

Okay!!! Speculation time! There were a number of things that struck me about this episode, like there were things that the makers of the show were clearly trying to establish.

1st with regard to Jon and his title: Let’s start with Jon, I think this episode did an amazing job of telling us that while Jon is a good commander, he is not a good king. He wants to do the right thing but lacks the skills to execute them. He only had to make a non-committal statement and he refused to do that. Till then, no one knew that he had bent the knee, you can see the shock on Davos and Brienne’s faces, even Davos did not see this coming. Moreover, he did not need to bend his knee, by then Dany was already on board and supportive of his cause, the fact that he chose to do so regardless is another bad decision and one that will not end well. Saying that the Northern Lords will not be happy with his decision is the understatement of the century. He was chosen to lead the North and the lords can just as easily choose someone else.

Dany: I actually like her this season. The acting has certainly improved and the layers of her personality are more apparent. She is a problematic character, in that there are times when she genuinely cares and wants to improve the social conditions, but there is a more ruthless side to her side as well and she doesn’t listen to reason once she makes up her mind. I actually like her better like this. I don’t know whether she’ll eventually become a villain though that will be lame and simplistic.

Jon and Dany: This episode also tried to sell us the JonxDany ship and frankly I don’t buy it. I don’t have a problem with the ship per se, just that it’s so shoddily executed. The Jon and Sansa scenes had more chemistry than all the the JonxDany scenes put together. The scene of them making love, should have been a climactic moment and yet it was overshadowed by the reveal of Jon’s parentage and his true name, not to mention Tyrion standing outside their door, looking less than pleased. Their sex scene just ended up being so pedestrian and random. There was no foreplay, no build-up, we literally saw them in the middle of the act and cut while they were still in the middle. Sex scenes usually stay long enough to establish climax, both for the scene since it’s usually a gradual build-up and for the characters, here it was glaringly absent. The scene just feels wrong on so many levels.

Also, we know that it’s only a matter of time before the Aegon Targeryen reveal is made public. I think that when Jon finds out, he’s going to choose to tell Dany and Northern Lords, that’s what the honourable aspect of his personality will demand of him. He won’t be able to continue to stay with Dany once he finds out his true lineage and she won’t trust him once she finds out that he has a stronger claim to the throne. It won’t matter to her that he doesn’t want to rule because ultimately it’s not important. She’s smart, she knows that there are people who support her because they believe that she’s the last Targeryen, when they suddenly find themselves with a choice, one who is male, well, the world of Westeros is a patriachal one…. There will be those who will push him to take the throne, sidelining Dany completely. Add to that, he can ride the dragons just as she does which again, will make her vulnerable. She already stated that the Dragons are her children and without them she would be ordinary and Dany doesn’t want to be ordinary. She’s fought tooth and nail and worked hard to get where she is and I wouldn’t blame her for being pissed off that suddenly this guy shows up and has a stronger claim to the throne that she’s been fighting for her whole life. I don’t see the unsullied and the Dothraki supporting Jon, their allegiance is to Dany and her alone, but the other players, who knows. So basically, the ‘Jon is Aegon Targeyren’ reveal will be the death knell for the JonxDany ship.

What’s with Tyrion, Jorah and Dany’s prophecy: Tyrion’s interactions post Dragonpit were curious to say the least. We saw in episode 6 that Dany disregarded his advice and flew up North to save Jon and his crew and lost a dragon in the process. He also saw her agree with Jon in how to proceed North over Jorah’s suggestion, which would probably be safer. From the close-up of Jorah’s face, we know that he is far from pleased. We also saw Tyrion outside Dany’s room while Jon and Dany are having sex. Tyrion has a very casual attitude about sex and for him to have such a serious look on his face is worrisome. From his conversation with Cersie, we know that he hoped that Jon would bend his knee but I don’t think he’s happy with the fact they jumped into bed.

Add to that, we also know that Jorah loves Dany and he never stopped loving her. He’s known her the longest and probably knows her best among all her current advisers. And again, he’s unhappy that Jon, who just showed up, is suddenly so important to her. The prophecy about Dany says that she will be betrayed for love and people are assuming that Jon will betray her but what if it’s not him but Jorah. Jorah who loves and has loved her for a very long time. Her time with Daario did not bother him because he was absent for most of it and then she left him behind. I think on some level Jorah knew that Daario was never a serious competitor but it’s not the same with Jon. Jon is young, he’s powerful and he’s in his prime, all the things that Jorah is not. He sees the way Dany looks at him and while he may not express it, it doesn’t make him happy. He’ll betray her because he loves her and not to her enemies but imagine that he finds out about Jon’s lineage and before Jon can tell Dany, he tells her instead. It’s one thing for Dany to hear it from Jon, it’s completely different to hear it coming from someone else. I’m not saying that this will happen, it’s merely an example of the kind of betrayal that Jorah would commit. Because, ultimately he still loves Dany and he wouldn’t want her to come to any harm.

I’m going to add Tyrion to this mix just on the basis of what I saw this episode. I think both Jorah and Tyrion are concerned about the important that Jon suddenly has in Dany’s life and that his actions, while honourable have the potential to be problematic.

Sansa and Arya: Littlefinger finally played the wrong sisters against each other and paid for it with his life. Having watched the episode, I am not entirely convinced that the sisters were putting on a show for LF’s benefit. I think there was genuine antagonism on both side till Bran sat them down and spoke to them, that obviously happened off camera but it’s not hard to guess that because of what he said in the Great Hall. He’s the one who tells Sansa and Arya about all the ways that he’s fucked with their family and that finally leads to both of them putting aside their differences and uniting. I think we also got to see Sansa as Queen in the North with Arya acting as her hand. Season 8 will out Jon’s parentage and place him not as a Stark but the true-born son of Rhaegar which completely changes the power dynamic in the North. Jon will no longer be the King in the North, Bran is the three-eyed raven and Arya has no interest in ruling, which leaves Sansa. The scenes establishing her as a good ruler were no accident, neither was the scene where Lord Glover and Royce both said that they made a mistake is choosing Jon and they should have chosen her instead. In Jon’s absence, she stepped up in a big way and is the only one who can keep the North united under House Stark while still helping Jon with his quest against the WW. There was a reason when Arya and Sansa repeated Ned’s words there was no mention on Jon, and this is telling when Arya brought him up so many times in their previous encounters. Winterfell is House Stark’s seat of power, there must always be a Stark in Winterfell and Jon, now Aegon is not a Stark at all.

Just as Tyrion pushed Dany to control some of her more impulsive decisions, Arya will do the same for Sansa. Sansa wants to protect Winterfell, her family and herself and that may sometimes cloud her judgement, it’s at those times that Arya’s position as the Hand will be important, she can speak frankly to her sister, in a way that no one else can, not even Brienne.

What does this mean for Jon and Sansa, honestly, I’m not sure. They could get married, a political alliance between House Targeryen and House Stark, to cement the relationship between the North and the South, but if Jon is meant to rule the Iron Throne, then there is a problem because I don’t see Sansa leaving Winterfell. Arya has no desire to be Lady of Winterfell and while Sansa might want to be QitN, she has no desire to rule the Seven Kingdoms. of course, this could be a moot point if the IT no longer exists at the end of the show and there are various theories that support this. Also, judging by Jon’s reaction to the city in this episode, he wasn’t too impressed by what he saw of the crowded, cramped living conditions. He grew up in the North, he’s used to the wide-open landscapes. Plus, he’s also a bit too attached to his fur coat, to the extent where he even wore in Dragonpit and it was clearly hot there. I don’t think he’ll want to move South. So a Jon and Sansa political wedding is still a possibility and certainly more plausible than the Jon and Dany could-be-relationship.

Brienne and Jamie: So Jaime finally stood up to Cersie and saw that she has lost her mind and so blind that she can’t see she is dooming both her city and her unborn child to death. He leaves her and makes his way North. Season 8 will see Brienne and Jamie get together. He will also share the news that Cersie’s promise of her armies marching North to fight alongside Dany’s and Jon’s was a lie. Brienne always brings out the best in him, the man he could be and he finally has the chance to let that side of him rise to the fore. I don’t see him join Dany’s camp because he did see her burn his soldiers alive, but the Lady of Winterfell? Now that is possible. Especially since Brienne is still oath-bound to serve Sansa. But, where does this leave poor Tormund?

This just struck me, with Jaime leaving for the North and possibly joining Sansa’s camp, does it add more weight to the theory that ultimately it’s Sansa who will dethrone Cersie? She was indirectly responsible for Joffrey’s death and now she has Jamie on her side as well, she has “stolen” the one man who always stood by her side. I’ve always believed that the final showdown must be between Sansa and Cersie. LF was one of her abusers, Cersie was the other and just as it was Sansa sentencing LF, it needs to be Sansa who eventually bests Cersie at her own game. Sansa learned from both LF and Cersie and who better to beat her than the the ‘little dove’ that everyone underestimated? They have history while Dany and Cersie do not and it just makes more sense.

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7 – The Wolf and the Dragon – Thoughts

So the season finale is finally done and thankfully the season ended as well as it had started, the middle is a clusterfuck full of inconsistencies and poor-writing but by and large, the finale was satisfying. Brace yourself, this will be a long post.

Let’s start with the Dragonpit: This started well enough and we had a number of character encounters that were fun to watch:

It was fun to watch these characters meet each other again, all of them much different than what they were before. Even Tyrion and Bronn shared a nice moment,

The Dragonpit also went on to showcase all the reasons why Jon is not fit to be king of anything. There was one instance that required his diplomacy and he refused. Mind you, Cersie’s request was reasonable, she only asked that the North remain neutral during the truce and Jon mucked it up. Even Dany was exasperated and Tyrion was close to tearing his hair out.

Tyrion’s exchanges with both Cersie and Jaime were entertaining. Cersie is such a dynamic character and so unapologetic. We have been seeing Jaime giving her the side-eye on a number of occasions this season, and it all came to a head in this episode. Deep down, he is an honourable man, he takes his duties seriously, you can see his frustration with Cersie at her inability to see it from his point-of-view. Her refusal to honour the pact was the last straw for him and in the end we see him riding north, leaving Cersie truly alone.

Dany’s war council and the Boat scene: The war council scenes were telling for a number of reasons.

They are discussing how they should venture North and while both Jorah and Jon express different approaches, Tyrion stays quiet which is curious. Dany chooses to go with Jon’s idea and we cut to Jorah’s expression, he looks less than happy. What’s also interesting, is the way the shot cut to Tyrion while the exchange was going on. He doesn’t look happy, he looks concerned. His quiet is also worrisome, he is someone who also speaks up when he has an opinion, it is clear that he has an opinion, he just doesn’t share it.

The Boatsex! finally happened and it was shocking just how underwhelming it was. First, screencaps:

We start with Sam and Bran talking about Jon’s parentage and Sam urges to go back actually see what happened. We cut from Rhaegar and Lyanna’s wedding to the Targ crest on the door, just before Jon knocks and Dany opens the door to let him in. There is also the shot of Tyrion standing and looking at them, looking less than pleased which again, is weird.
Then there is Bran’s VO while the two are having sex. The sex scene is far from romantic:

It is intercut with scenes featuring a dying Lyanna, telling Ned what Jon’s true name is and then back to Tyrion standing outside their room. This is downright creepy and makes little sense unless you see it in the larger context. We already Jon screw up at the Dragonpit and that almost cost them the truce (whether or not Cersie would have honoured it, is besides the point) and then he can see that suddenly Dany gives more weight to Jon’s suggestions than she does to other people in her camp. Which is dangerous.

Winterfell: The Winterfell scenes were the real highlight of the episode.

We start with Starkbowl misdirect 101. Sansa sitting with LF and trying to figure out Arya’s motives. He gives her some more advice which she takes and there is a gradual shift in her as while she is still analysing Arya. I felt like it while, outloud, she was talking about Arya, in her head, she was thinking about LF and his own motives.

The Great Hall scene was absolutely epic!!! It made the whole season worth the watch, despite all the hours of anxiety and confusion and the bad writing. It was all worth it in the end. It was thrilling to see all the Stark children working together and bring down LF. In the end, he was a crying mess and he had no idea that Sansa had played him. It was extremely satisfying to watch. LF had overstayed his welcome in GoT and it was time for his exit.

Analyses and meta in post no. 2.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7 – Where is Dany

I’ve seen the promo and promotional photos released for the episode and so far I haven’t seen any sign of Dany so I am a little confused, where is she? Clearly her entire camp is at Dragonpit, we can see Tyrion, Varys, Jorah, you name it. But the Dragon Queen herself is absent. Why is that?

Are the showrunners keeping the audience from seeing her? If so, why? It doesn’t make any sense. She pushed for the armistice and now clearly supports Jon’s claim about the White Walkers. It could just be that she makes a grand entrance once everyone is seated but what purpose would that serve? These are not people she can impress with her dragon tricks especially now that we know that Dragons can indeed be killed. Which reminds me, no dragons either.

Which brings me to tinfoil time: could it be that they’re not showing for a reason, because it would be a huge spoiler? Hear me out, what if she didn’t go Dragonpit? It wouldn’t be a stretch and Cersie can’t accuse her of breaking the temporary truce especially since pretty much her entire armed forces and stationed right there. What is she went somewhere else entirely, like Winterfell? I don’t know whether we’ll have boatbang or not and honestly at this point, I don’t care. I am more worried about Sansa and Arya, but I digress. What if instead of Jon trying to manipulate Dany, she ends up manipulating him instead? By now, she knows that the North and his family mean a great deal to him so could it be, she journeys north to see for herself.

But again, what purpose would this serve? How does it benefit the story? For one, if it does happen, we get a Sansa and Dany meeting and second, it shows that her feelings for Jon notwithstanding, she will still do precisely what she thinks is right. It could be that she foresees the North not bending to her rule and thinks to preempt that or it could just be that she doesn’t trust Jon, not in the WW department but with regard to the North.

Jon can’t possibly imagine that the Northern Lords have been sitting, twiddling their thumbs, waiting for him to come back, he must know that they are preparing for the long night and under Sansa’s rule, a trueborn Stark and someone’s who’s ideas are more in line with what they believe, she’s probably having an easier time getting them to do what needs to be done. Plus, that’s probably why CAN bend his knee because he no longer rules the North, Sansa does. Could it that Dany sees all this and flies North just to see how big of a problem they could turn out to be?

I realise that all of this is extremely tinfoil-y but what can I say, I’ve had a lot of time of late. What are some of your thoughts?

P.S. – Whether this actually happens or not, I can say that I am quite looking forward to the Dany and Sansa meeting. I want these two badass, powerful women to meet but seeing that this is GoT, D&D will, in all probability, royally screw it up.

Sansa in Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale

So we have 2 shots of Sansa in the promo:

She is standing at the same place where Jon offered her Ned and Catelyn’s room and where Sansa tried to warn him of the threat that is Cersie. When I saw the still earlier, I thought she looked despondent. But seeing it in the promo followed by her walk away, I am inclined to change my opinion. I think she looks like she finally made a decision. I think she goes up there to think in peace without the prying eyes of those around her. Now, I’m hoping that that this is where she decides that LF is too big a threat to be left unattended and therefore must be taken out.

I think she’s at a stage where she knows she can’t trust anyone. Arya being homicidal and whether that’s for LF’s benefit or Sansa’s remains to be seen and she sure as hell can’t trust LF because the only person LF helps is himself. But she is taking his advice and playing out all possible scenarios in her head before coming to a final decision.

it’s also possible that she went up there to clear her head and gather courage for what she’s about to do. I do believe that this season must end with LF’s death, and the Starks banding together, but I also expect it to be hard won.

The promos only ever show the audience scenes from the first half of the episode which leads me to believe that the scene is from close to the beginning.

Damn I am simultaneously excited and dreading the season finale. Also, the wait is killing me…

P.S. – where is Dany? She seems to have sent all her forces south but she herself is missing. I can’t see her not attending but then again, she also loves making an entrance so we’ll see..

Game of Thrones Season 7 – Starkbowl

Greetings anxious fans (moreso if you’re a Sansa fan) things seem to be heating up in anticipation for the final episode of season 7 and episode 6 was nothing if not a real clusterfuck which made little sense and further destroyed characters we’ve fallen in love with.

Let’s start with Arya. Arya is a veritable badass and has been through her own fair share of torture and trauma. But her sheer level of antipathy towards Sansa is out of character. Now, there are some fans who are saying that well, they never liked each other, you only have to watch season 1 to figure this out. But they were both CHILDREN! They’ve both grown and their entire world has been upended. If that doesn’t get you to change and change your outlook, then there’s something wrong with you. They’ve both gone through horrible things but over the last few seasons, their outlook towards each other changed, where Sansa grew to fondly remember Arya and not complain about Arya’s sense of dressing, similarly, even Arya holds a somewhat more sympathetic view of Sansa, saying that she would like to see her sister as well. Arya is the character who killed Walder Frey in his home surrounded by his men and that was after she killed and cooked his sons into a pie. You can’t do that unless you’re stealthy as fuck, to the extent that no one sees you coming. But at Winterfell, she feels sloppy. I still think that she’s being way too obvious, lurking in the corridors. She’s smarter than this. Plus, I think the Starks have a real problem with communicating with each other and they seriously need to work on that, but that’s a post for another day.

Now, moving on to the whole “Sansa will betray her home and her family”. To this too, I say, where is the proof? There is none. The Northern Lords preferring her over Jon is fickle and Sansa says as much, she doesn’t lay much importance in their allegiance because it changes as the winds do. The other reason I think it’s a red herring is just because of just how plugged it is.

Literally every interview with D&D and the main cast points to Starkbowl and Sansa’s betrayal. They’ve brought it up in every interview and played it up. Now, if this were legitimate, why plug it so hard, where’s the excitement and the shock that GoT loves to spring on its fans? It’s absurd. Let me illustrate with an example, you make a murder mystery but throughout the marketing, you start giving away the culprit and the motive for the murder. Why would you do that? But here’s an alternative theory, what if you want to misdirect the audience? How would you that? Well, in the same fashion as the GoT makers, you lay a false trail, you get the actors to go along with you. You get them to say some really stupid stuff and keep on laying the red herrings. If Sansa was really going to betray her family, I bet everyone would have been saying that she’s a true daughter of the North and that she loves her family, that way, when the betrayal did come, it would catch us completely by surprise.

Game of Thrones is hugely popular and the people behind the show knows this. Before every season, we are met with leaks ranging from set-photos to the actual plot. Now the first few times it happened, it may have been legitimate but you can’t tell me that the writers and the producers are going to let the leaks keep happening. GoT is a very expensive show and is a huge cash-cow for HBO, you mean to tell me that they’re just going to sit back and not put a cap on the leaks? I think they did just that with season 7. They knew that the leaks have played a huge part in ramping up the interest for the upcoming season, so the leaks were controlled. They told us what a lot of the marketing machinery was telling us, making us even more apprehensive. Think about it, the leaks told us nothing new, a lot of “what was revealed” were things that a lot of us had seen coming and therefore were not surprised. I’m not saying that all the leaks were false, they can’t be, not if they’re meant to be effective. There’s some truth mixed in with a lot of horse-shit. There were instances where we had the bullet points but no context and context is everything. But I digress.

The reason I think Starkbowl is false is because of how hard the marketing pushed it, you simply don’t start giving out integral plot points and Sansa’s betrayal should have been that. Unless, she’s truly committed to protecting her family and the North. Well, then the fans get complacent, they know they can trust this character, that she’s good. That doesn’t make for very interesting television ( at least in producers’ and writers’ minds) So if Sansa is indeed fighting for the Starks and the North, how do you create discord to keep the fans on their toes? By creating it. By putting LF by her side and reuniting her with her family but making their reunion one that is fraught with suspicion and thinly veiled threats. But I’m not convinced and perhaps I am giving too much credit to the makers of the show.

Also, where is Bran in all of this? You can’t mean to tell me that he’s not involved in someway or another. He’s the Three-Eyed Raven, he sees the past, the present and the future. He’s seen the web that LF weaves and the way he plays people against each other. Just because we haven’t seen him interact with Sansa and Arya doesn’t mean it’s not happening off camera.

What’s even more obvious is that Sansa knows this too as does Arya, though she didn’t spend as much time around him as Sansa did. You mean to tell me that you set-up a Stark reunion after Winterfell is back in Stark hands only for the House to implode? The Starks are the good guys in the GoT universe and this is their time. They’ve taken their home back and are slowly but surely making their enemies pay. The Freys and the Boltons are gone, LF is next on the agenda, he just doesn’t know it yet.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 – Beyond the Wall

So, i finally caved.. I thought I would wait for the episode to air but the temptation was too great. This season feels more and more like it’s devolving and that’s not a good thing. The writing seems to have gone from bad to worse with characters being dumbed-down and some straight-up being ruined.

Now, I will discuss the episode here so all my thoughts are under the cut.

SPOILERS – BEWARE!!!!!

 

 

 

Let’s start with the world’s dumbest idea ever, get a wight south of the wall. I’m stunned that Tyrion thought this was a good idea and that Jon decided to go on the hunt. He’s a king for crying out loud, his people need him alive, not frozen to death somewhere or worse, undead, under the Night King’s thrall. The sheer amount of things that could have gone wrong were through of the roof. I’m sorry Davos, but you need to be doing a better job when it comes to advising your king, the one you’re supposed to help survive.

And then hooray! they got one wight and lost good men and a dragon in the process, I’m not sure I would call that a fair trade. That Dragon is now under the Night King’s control and is about to become a royal pain in the ass! Ugh!! The stupidity is astounding!

I did like Dany in this episode. I don’t much care for the Jon x Dany relationship that’s being shoved down our throats but it’s okay, I’ll live. I did like that she doesn’t completely rely on Tyrion’s advice. I love Tyrion but not doing anything was not sound advice. As Dany stated, her inaction already cost her Dorne and Highgarden, she wasn’t about to lose a potential alliance with the King in the North.

On a side note, there seems to some space-time issues with this season. How did Dany and her dragons get to Jon and his men so quickly? Can dragons also teleport? It made no sense.

We have the boatbang! to look forward to next episode an honestly, I don’t care either way. First off, how and why is Dany suddenly in love with Jon? They’ve hardly spent any time together and when they were, they always viewed each other with wariness. Besides, I thought she was too busy on her mission to get together with yet another guy.

And need I remind you that they are both Targs and Dany’s primary goal is to sit on the Iron Throne, she will tolerate no competition. Also Jon’s Targ status puts his kinghsip in serious jeopardy. The Northern Lords DO NOT like the Targs, they don’t trust them. They will not be happy that he bent his knee and worse, expects them to do the same. Even Sansa will have a tough time accepting this. This is Jon’s shortcoming, his inability to see that the people he claims to lead might be unhappy and dissatisfied with his decisions. What’s his plan should they refuse to bend their knee? He can’t very well force them to, he doesn’t have a personal army to get them to threaten them into agreeing with him. They don’t like Dany, a foreign invader and they will trust Jon even less when his true lineage is revealed.

The whole Sansa vs Arya plot is so annoying and exceptionally badly written. It makes no sense for the sisters to be fighting. Neither one of them is who they were all those years ago. They’ve both changed and in ways that neither of them foresaw. Arya, at least, knew she wanted to be an assassin and trained for it. But Sansa? Humiliated, raped and tortured. The ONLY reason she survived was because she was smart. She wasn’t wrong when she said that Arya would not have survived KL as she did just as it is true that Sansa could not survived the training that Arya underwent. They both went through horrible things but where Arya chose her path, Sansa didn’t get the same luxury.

We, the audience know that LF is playing the two sisters against each other. He wants to isolate Sansa and for a second I thought it worked when she went to him to ask him about the letter. But I still think that Sansa hasn’t fallen for his games even though Arya seems to have. He mentions Brienne and that in a conflict between the two sisters, Brienne would be honour-bound to intercede. One would think that with the intensity of the conflict between the two sisters, it would make sense to have her there. Instead, Sansa sends her away. Why do that unless she wanted her far away so she wouldn’t get sucked into LF’s schemes. Think about it, having Brienne by her side makes her stronger because so long as Brienne is with her, it would give Arya pause because she too likes her.

I think the scene where Sansa and LF are talking, Sansa is trying to gauge LF’s true motives. She’s also trying to gather where Arya might have gotten the letter from and she confirmed her suspicions about him. Why would LF keep that particular letter when it serves no purpose, except it puts Sansa in a precarious position.

The second scene with Arya and Sansa was especially painful to watch. You could see the horror on Sansa’s face and the fear. She honestly thought that Arya was going to kill her and wear her face. UGH! Both Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are so good in that scene. Also when did Arya turn into a certifiable psychopath that she would threaten her own sister. Come on D & D!! This is some shitty writing and conflict for the sake of conflict. Seeing these two women who have gone through so much and are finally together and instead of banding together and supporting each other, they are at each others’ throats.

*Also, Bran, feel free to jump in anytime what with you being the all-seeing Three-Eyed Raven and what not. How can he not see what’s happening right under his nose. LF is playing his sisters against each other while he continues to brood in his chair.*

But the bit that threw me off was when Arya gave the Valerian steel dagger to Sansa. One way of looking at it was Arya telling her that she could have the dagger but it wouldn’t help her, Sansa would never see her coming. But that’s not how the scene was played. The handing over suddenly breaks the tension and you can see the confusion on Sansa’s face. She doesn’t see it as a tool of defense against Arya. She has no idea why Arya handed it over.

Which leads me think that it will be Sansa who will kill LF with the Valerian steel dagger. LF tried to give it to Bran who in turn gave it to Arya and who finally handed it over to Sansa. We also have her dialogue from the trailer, “The lone wolf dies but the pack survives.”  Of course, I could be wrong, but in that case, it makes no sense for Sansa to have the dagger. She’s not one to wield a weapon, her weapons of choice are her wits. But for LF, she’s going to make an exception. She was the one who ordered Ramsay’s death and even stood and watched as his own dogs ate him alive. But with LF, things will get even more personal, he was instrumental in Ned’s death and got the whole thing rolling. He is personally responsible for Sansa’s rape at Ramsay’s hands. It would be poetic justice for her to kill him. All the while looking into his eyes and seeing as he finally realises that he’s been outplayed with Arya standing behind her, a smug smile on her face. I need this to happen. I need Arya and Sansa to be a unified front and fuck anyone who tries to fuck with the Starks.

P.S. – I love that little head tilt that Sansa does when she’s trying to be brave. It gets me every time.

Game of Thrones – Eastwatch – Arya and Sansa

Having watched the episode and the promo for next week’s episode, saying that I am worried about the Stark sisters would be a massive understatement. But there are a few things that stuck out for me. I desperately want to believe that Arya is faking it all but I’m getting ahead of myself.

All the scenes where Arya is spying on LF, are too obvious. We know from the framing that she isn’t even hiding properly, she’s just standing where LF can see her, probably from the corners of his eyes. She’s actually being very obvious about it. She enters his room only a few seconds after he leaves. That’s beyond unwise and we know that Arya is better than this. She killed Walder Frey and everyone at the feast and no one saw it coming. That’s how stealthy she can be, so then why be so obvious now? It makes no sense.

Also, let’s not forget that Sansa says that LF doesn’t do anything unless he benefits from it, when Bran tells her and Arya that LF gave him the dagger, so technically Arya should know that Sansa doesn’t trust LF. Why then, attack Sansa in her chambers and then spy on LF like captain obvious?

Here’s my two-bit worth. I think it is a ploy by both Sansa and Arya. They would both know that LF has spies in Winterfell and not even their chambers are safe from prying eyes and ears. This is LF, the guy who knew pretty much everything, much like Varys but without his (somewhat dubious) moral compass.

Also, let’s not forget the part where Bran says “Chaos is a Ladder” to LF and you can see the shock on LF’s face. Is this not Bran telling LF that he’s onto him. It doesn’t make sense for all the Stark kids to know that LF is not trustworthy and then for Arya to fall for his tricks, especially when they’re so shoddily executed. I mean shoddy by LF’s standards, remember, he’s very good at the Game and this ploy against the Stark Sisters is far from his best work. It’s actually painfully obvious just what he’s trying to do.

Which brings me to the other question, why not just kill him? Well, for the same reason that the Starks can’t go killing people who disagree with them. Remember, we the audience know what a scheming creeper he is, but the other Northern Lords don’t. Plus, if they were to simply kill him, they would likely lose the Knights of the Vale, which is not something they can afford right now. So then, they have to be crafty about it. They need to make him slip, make him do something that can warrant his death. I believe that Sansa and Arya are the ones who are actually laying the trap that LF is walking into. He is too sure of his skills to ever wonder that he might be being played. I’m sure the thought never crosses his mind, seeing as there’s no Varys around.

LF wants to isolate Sansa from those around her like Brienne, Arya and Bran (to whatever extent he is able to emote) because of late, she just ignores him or shuts him down. He wants Sansa and he fears that he’s loosing his influence on her. So what better way of making her come back to him than making her feel like she can’t trust anyone. Except, Sansa already knows LF and DOES NOT trust him. Sansa and Arya separately are formidable players but together, they would be unbeatable. I think Sansa can sense the discord that LF can sow in a short amount of time, and times are unpredictable what with Cersie and the WW and they can’t afford to have their fragile alliance with the other Northern Lords be compromised. Jon is already falling in popularity and people are questioning his decisions, Sansa knows that LF would use the doubts of the people to his advantage. He would add fuel their fire and thus make it harder for the Starks to hold not only Winterfell but also a position of authority in the North.

This season, logically can’t end with Cersie’s death or the end of the WW, so who does that leave us with? Dear ol’ LF.  That’s the only logical death that I can foresee this season. LF is no longer the formidable master manipulator of old. His methods seem old and done to death. How many times will people fall for the same tricks. He’s no longer interesting and brings nothing new to the plot. It would be the perfect time to thin the plot in terms of antagonists starting with him.

Also, Sansa needs a break, can i have the Stark sisters be protective of and support each other. Would that be too much to ask for? Would it be too much to ask that women support other women especially their sisters, emotionally and physically traumatised sisters (here I refer to both Arys and Sansa) I just want them to happy and I’m not even talking about ships. Personally I ship them with happiness, whatever form it comes in.

P.S. – I am so done with all the Sansa Hate! Honestly, it’s gotten so old, get over it already..