Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 10 Review: The Winds Of Winter

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Talk about saving the best until last: it was a heart-stopping và spine-tingling conclusion heavy in blood, revenge và death


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Are you afraid? Good. You’re in the great trò chơi now – and the great trò chơi is terrifying.”Talk about saving the best until last. This season may at times have been patchy – the dialogue has certainly lacked the subtlety of earlier years – but the Winds of Winter aka game of Thrones: The Ultimate Vengeance Edition was a heart-stopping conclusion heavy in blood, revenge và death in which scores were settled, new alliances formed, old fan theories confirmed & the stage set for what promises to be the mother of all clashes between Dany, the Queen of Dragons, and Cersei, the queen of ashes & dust.


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Along the way we saw the board once again cleared of pieces as half the cast met nasty ends, Davos confronted Melisandre about Shireen’s death & winter finally came leaving the Starks ascendant with Jon & Sansa having won the allegiance of the northern lords & Arya serving the ever-repellent Walder Frey with meaty justice before slitting his throat. As if to lớn underline what an enjoyable episode this was, they even managed lớn have a scene mix in Dorne that didn’t make me want khổng lồ throw things at my television – for which I salute Olenna Tyrell (the ever-magnificent Diana Rigg) who surely spoke for the entire audience when she told the Sand Snakes khổng lồ shut up while she did business with their mother.


It is not survival I offer. It is your heart’s desire. Vengeance. Justice. Fire & blood.”

Dany may have finally phối sail for Westeros in a fantastically filmed final scene (although I can’t be the only one unsure why Tyrion finds her so incredible, given that most of their acquaintance has revolved around him trying khổng lồ sort out the mess her erratic rule has created while she’s off on a vision quest with Drogon) but this was Cersei’s episode. For nine weeks, our lady of the overflowing wine glass has barely mustered the strength for a waspish put-down. That was all forgotten tonight as a (surprisingly well-planned) coup came to fruition, resulting in the deaths of pretty much everyone who has ever tried to put Cersei in her place – from Grand Maester Pycelle (hacked down by Varys’ little birds, who now belong to Qyburn & have turned decidedly murderous under the new regime) & Uncle Kevan khổng lồ the High Sparrow & Margaery Tyrell. Unfortunately for Cersei, there was also some collateral damage in the shape of poor Tommen who looked at the Great Sept burning, realised his wife was dead and jumped to his death in a sad, quiet scene that I found almost unbearably moving. By the episode’s end, Cersei was on the Iron Throne và looking set to make the Mad King Aerys Targaryen’s rule appear mild by comparison, while long-adoring brother Jaime had the look of a man queasily counting down the days until the words Queenslayer are added khổng lồ the long các mục of abusive titles people fling at him in passing.


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Dany và Tyrion, who finally phối sail for Westeros. Photograph: HBO“We need khổng lồ trust each other. We can’t fight a war amongst ourselves – we’ve so many enemies now.”This was also an episode about alliances old & new. Varys headed to Dorne where he thrilled my heart by uttering the Targaryen words “fire & blood” & setting up a Targaryen, Tyrell, Dornish alliance against the Lannisters which will also pit Tyrion against his siblings. The North got down on bended knee once more, this time lớn Jon Snow, the newly christened “White King”, although I fear discord on the horizon as Littlefinger continues to rub at that small area of distrust between Jon and Sansa, the fact that deep down she sees him not as “a true Stark”. That said, I felt sympathy for her watching all the lords (and the little lady) of the great northern houses presume that it was Jon they should give their swords to, even though he himself had said that the Knights of the Vale fought for her. The question now is how much has Sansa learnt – will she decide it’s better to lớn be the lady of Winterfell & the power nguồn behind Jon’s throne, using her smarts to shape his policy, or will she listen to Littlefinger’s attempts khổng lồ spread discord?

Additional notes


Tonight’s episode made it absolutely clear that Jon Snow is not Ned Stark’s illegitimate son but rather the child of Lyanna. Fan hâm mộ theorists everywhere rejoice.

Jon had little choice but to banish Melisandre rather than killing her, if only because he owed her his life. The question is where does the newly doubt-filled Red Priestess now go?

Alas poor Margaery – you were one of the most astute players of the game và even at the over you might have escaped your fiery fate had it not been for the stupidity of the Faith Militant. You will be missed.

The idea that Littlefinger is a fan of visualisation techniques pleases me immensely. I can just imagine him spending half an hour every night picturing his happy place on the Iron Throne with Sansa by his side.

Poor old Daario, discarded lượt thích a used dishcloth after all the willing service he gave both in & out of the bedchamber. I must say I’m quite impressed with Dany’s ability to make it sound as though she’s doing you a massive favour when she dumps you. “Jorah go wander the earth & find a cure for greyscale; Daario rule this thành phố as only you can.”

That said, there are times when this show hedges perilously close to lớn being There’s Something About Dany. As Tyrion became the latest person to pledge his soul to lớn her, I found myself wishing just one person would prove immune lớn her charms.

I loved Cersei’s scene with the silent septa, not least for the new queen’s admission that she drinks “because it feels good”.

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Jaime has seen the future – and it repulses him. Photograph: HBO Jaime’s doubts don’t just extend khổng lồ his sister. The scene with Walder Frey suggested that here was a man being presented with his future và it repulsed him.

This was a beautifully shot và wonderfully scored episode, particularly in the spine-tingling opening moments.

The look Davos gave Lyanna Mormont was so bittersweet – he was so clearly remembering poor, brave Shireen.

Euron was something of a damp squib (or squid if you prefer, sorry) wasn’t he?

Sometimes I think Sam might be the character I most identify with on this show – I too would abandon the love of my life for a room filled with books.

and now a brief word about travel on game of Thrones: I think you have to lớn accept that these things are not all happening at the same time. Obviously a great khuyễn mãi giảm giá of time passed between Varys being in Dorne & Dany setting sail. Similarly, time passed between Jaime talking to lớn Walder & riding for home – and I buy that the Great Sept was still smoking weeks later because Cersei used a huge supply of wildfire lớn blow it up.

Finally, a huge thank you lớn everyone who comments on here, you’ve all been fantastic and I’ve enjoyed it immensely, as always. See you back here same time next year for Dany v Cersei: All Cities Must Burn.


Violence countA particularly violent episode saw Loras have a bloody symbol cut into his head, Pycelle get stabbed to lớn death by the little birds, Lancel stabbed then blown up by wildfire, the Great Sept get blown up, killing Mace, Margaery and Loras Tyrell in addition lớn Kevan Lannister & a bunch of other lords and ladies plus the High Sparrow and the Faith Militant, Septa Unella get tortured by Cersei và then left lớn the mercy of Frankenmountain, Tommen throw himself off a ledge, & finally Arya serve Walder Frey his sons in a pie before slitting his throat.

Nudity countOne naked prostitute servicing Grand Maester Pycelle.

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Random Brit of the weekA special shout-out this week for Robert Aramayo who has been excellent in a brief role as the young Ned Stark.

So what did you think? Was it a fitting conclusion? Were you surprised by all the deaths? Can Jon trust Sansa? Where is Melisandre heading? và just how bad do you think Queen Cersei’s reign can get? As ever, all speculation và no spoilers are welcome below …

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Season seven

Episode 1: DragonstoneEpisode 2: StormbornEpisode 3: The Queen's JusticeEpisode 4: The Spoils of WarEpisode 5: EastwatchEpisode 6: Beyond The WallEpisode 7: The Dragon and the Wolf

Season six

Episode 1: The Red WomanEpisode 2: HomeEpisode 3: OathbreakerEpisode 4: Book of the StrangerEpisode 5: The DoorEpisode 6: Blood of my BloodEpisode 7: The Broken ManEpisode 8: No OneEpisode 9: Battle of the BastardsEpisode 10: The Winds of Winter

Season five

Episode 1: The Wars to lớn ComeEpisode 2: The House of Black và WhiteEpisode 3: High SparrowEpisode 4: Sons of the HarpyEpisode 5: Kill the BoyEpisode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, UnbrokenEpisode 7: The GiftEpisode 8: HardhomeEpisode 9: The Dance of DragonsEpisode 10: Mother's Mercy

Season four

Episode 1: Two SwordsEpisode 2: The Lion & the RoseEpisode 3: Breaker of ChainsEpisode 4: OathkeeperEpisode 5: First of His NameEpisode 6: The Laws of Gods & MenEpisode 7: MockingbirdEpisode 8: The Mountain & the ViperEpisode 9: The Watchers on the WallEpisode 10: The Children

Season three

Episode 1: Valar DohaerisEpisode 2: Dark Wings, Dark WordsEpisode 3: Walk of PunishmentEpisode 4: và Now His Watch Is EndedEpisode 5: Kissed by FireEpisode 6: The ClimbEpisode 7: The Bear và the Maiden FairEpisode 8: Second SonsEpisode 9: The Rains of CastamereEpisode 10: Mhysa

Season two

Episode 1: The North RemembersEpisode 2: The Night LandsEpisode 3: What Is Dead May Never DieEpisode 4: Garden of BonesEpisode 5: The Ghost of HarrenhalEpisode 6: The Old Gods & the NewEpisode 7: A Man Without HonourEpisode 8: The Prince of WinterfellEpisode 9: BlackwaterEpisode 10: Valar Morghulis

Season one

Episode 1: Winter is ComingEpisode 2: The KingsroadEpisode 3: Lord SnowEpisode 4: Cripples, Bastards, & Broken ThingsEpisode 5: The Wolf and the LionEpisode 6: A Golden CrownEpisode 7: You Win or You DieEpisode 8: The Pointy EndEpisode 9: BaelorEpisode 10: Fire & Blood

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Season eight

Episode 1: WinterfellEpisode 2: A Knight of the Seven KingdomsEpisode 3: The Long NightEpisode 4: The Last of the StarksEpisode 5: The BellsEpisode 6: The Iron Throne

Season seven

Episode 1: DragonstoneEpisode 2: StormbornEpisode 3: The Queen"s JusticeEpisode 4: The Spoils of WarEpisode 5: EastwatchEpisode 6: Beyond The WallEpisode 7: The Dragon & the Wolf

Season six

Episode 1: The Red WomanEpisode 2: HomeEpisode 3: OathbreakerEpisode 4: Book of the StrangerEpisode 5: The DoorEpisode 6: Blood of my BloodEpisode 7: The Broken ManEpisode 8: No OneEpisode 9: Battle of the BastardsEpisode 10: The Winds of Winter

Season five

Episode 1: The Wars to ComeEpisode 2: The House of Black và WhiteEpisode 3: High SparrowEpisode 4: Sons of the HarpyEpisode 5: Kill the BoyEpisode 6: Unbowed, Unbent, UnbrokenEpisode 7: The GiftEpisode 8: HardhomeEpisode 9: The Dance of DragonsEpisode 10: Mother"s Mercy

Season four

Episode 1: Two SwordsEpisode 2: The Lion and the RoseEpisode 3: Breaker of ChainsEpisode 4: OathkeeperEpisode 5: First of His NameEpisode 6: The Laws of Gods và MenEpisode 7: MockingbirdEpisode 8: The Mountain and the ViperEpisode 9: The Watchers on the WallEpisode 10: The Children

Season three

Episode 1: Valar DohaerisEpisode 2: Dark Wings, Dark WordsEpisode 3: Walk of PunishmentEpisode 4: and Now His Watch Is EndedEpisode 5: Kissed by FireEpisode 6: The ClimbEpisode 7: The Bear and the Maiden FairEpisode 8: Second SonsEpisode 9: The Rains of CastamereEpisode 10: Mhysa

Season two

Episode 1: The North RemembersEpisode 2: The Night LandsEpisode 3: What Is Dead May Never DieEpisode 4: Garden of BonesEpisode 5: The Ghost of HarrenhalEpisode 6: The Old Gods và the NewEpisode 7: A Man Without HonourEpisode 8: The Prince of WinterfellEpisode 9: BlackwaterEpisode 10: Valar Morghulis

Season one

Episode 1: Winter is ComingEpisode 2: The KingsroadEpisode 3: Lord SnowEpisode 4: Cripples, Bastards, & Broken ThingsEpisode 5: The Wolf & the LionEpisode 6: A Golden CrownEpisode 7: You Win or You DieEpisode 8: The Pointy EndEpisode 9: BaelorEpisode 10: Fire & Blood