No One Wins in Game of Thrones

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So last week I totally failed to put out my Game of Thrones review- in fairness I was pretty shattered when I finally watched it and this was the extent of my notes:

what is this episode

Honestly, I can’t see the point of watching the Hound chop wood for half an hour and didn’t have much else to say about it cos nothing was new in it. But normal service was resumed this week- so I’m back!

*Spoilers galore*

Okay, so as I said in my title, no one wins in Game of Thrones- and that nobody is Arya Stark. Because this week Jaqen H’ghar finally gave her the title of “no one”. And even while she claimed to still be someone, it’s clear she’s taken something away from her time with the Faceless Men.

Being someone and having family ties is very costly in the world of Game of Thrones. Like in the case of Edmure Tully and the Blackfish. Both have lost- but not simply because of their weakness (in Edmure Tully’s case) or because of their stubbornness (as with the Blackfish), but because they held onto who they were. The same could be true for those in the Capital- it is by holding onto who they are and the power that they believe their identity affords them that is costing them so much now.

Being a nobody, however, pays dividends. Tyrion’s success is in being a no one- no one ever expects anything from him and yet in spite of that he succeeds against all odds. (Granted this episode he was having an off day- but still). Likewise, the Hound is a second son and at his lowest point- now that he has reached rock bottom he can actually come back and be someone. This season is all about rebirth- none more so for Dany- who’s brief appearance reminded us that she has gone back to being nothing so that she can be something more again. And then there is Arya Stark- who spent the last season learning to be no one, discarding her identity so that she can be someone.

All the best characters have lost their way- but it is by losing themselves that they are able to find a way back. Just as I suspect the biggest nobody of them all, Jon Snow, will inevitably come back next episode and win in the Battle of the Bastards- boy am I excited for that!

Until then, here were some other notable points from this episode:

  • Vary’s has gone off on a secret mission- probably to pave the way for Dany back in Westeros- but I don’t really know. Anyone have any other ideas?
  • Jaime and Brienne had their reunion and it was as emotional as you would expect.
  • Speaking of Jaime- there was a great discussion on Verge about how he is whoever you believe him to be- which I’m inclined to agree with
  • And- in true Game of Thrones fashion- there were some fantastic one liners- like “You’re shit at dying” (the Hound) and this one from Cersei:

i choose violence

So do you agree with my prediction that all the nobodies will win Game of Thrones? What did you think of this episode? Let me know in the comments!

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39 thoughts on “No One Wins in Game of Thrones

  1. sb2711 says:

    Quite a dull episode if you ask me. But definitely, we are going to see a lot of action in the season finale and the SNOW-Face-offs. I wonder whom they flayed and burned alive? Rickon?

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  2. Lois says:

    I think it’s safe to say that this episode was basically the calm before the storm that is likely to hit us hard in the next two episodes. I loved the Jamie/Brienne reunion and I was so sad to see them having to part again, they just have such a wonderful dynamic. I’ve given up trying to guess what Varys is up to anymore haha. I am so ready for the Battle of the Bastards mainly because it means we can get back to Sansa and Jon aka my favourites haha.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Yup- that’s exactly what I think too- the next episode’s gonna be amazing (I hope). Me too! They really do- I was hoping he’d come and help her- they’re such a good partnership. haha yeah me too! Me too!! Haha I’m gonna have to say “me too” again!

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  3. Bookwraiths says:

    Can’t say I’ve loved the last two episodes. A lot of moving of pieces around the game board has occurred, but nothing else. Can’t wait to see how it all ends though, especially Jon Snow’s part in it all.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      That’s totally fair- I think if this episode was last week I’d have written a much less positive review- but compared to last week, I enjoyed this episode- so I guess it’s all relative. Oh me too! Especially if it (hopefully) means the end of Ramsay!!

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  4. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    What is up with this season? I watched a few episodes but nothing is holding my interest. I think I stopped watching the episode after Jon Snow came back from the dead. That’s all I really cared about to be honest. I’m so annoyed with how this show is playing out. I was thinking about catching up this week, but it doesn’t sound like I’m missing anything. I’ve been wondering if they’re pulling a “The Walking Dead” move with all the filler scenes because GRRM refuses to finish the series. TWD is notorious for their random scenes of people dying of dehydration or doing nothing at all. I had high hopes for both of these shows… 😂

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  5. luvtoread says:

    Last week’s episode was so boring, and this week’s episode was just as bad, if not worse. I just do not understand what they are doing with the story, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s very apparent they want characters to go from point A to point B because that is what the plot requires, rather than having character development. The characters are so vibrant, so alive in the books and the show characters are so bland and one-note in comparison. It just looks like they don’t know what to do with characters. The one part I did like was Cersei’s “I choose violence” line.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh I sort of agree- I liked some of the development in this episode, but it was far from perfect. Last week’s was bad though. I think it’s mostly cos they were dragging it out. Ah I do think that they’re colourful in the series as much as the books though (but I’m biased). So did I 🙂

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  6. rainandcheese says:

    I find this episode a bit annoying especially the whole Blackfish thing and that awkward scene with Tyrion and the jokes– the whole episode feels so awkward for some reason. I do like Cersei this season, particularly because she seems to have one big comeback under her sleeves. Terminator Waif really amused me for awhile.

    Maybe Varys is off to get ships? The Greyjoy siblings I guess?

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Yeah the blackfish thing was a waste of time. It was just good to see Brienne and Jaime together again. Yeah that scene was so unnecessary and superfluous. Yeah definitely- she seems better now that she’s a bit broken if that makes sense- it makes her seem more dangerous. Yeah, I think he’s paving the way, but your guess is as good as mine.

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  7. Kat Impossible says:

    Jaime and Brienne were DEFINITELY my favourite part of the episode, even though I am still a little mad that Jaime has a little less integrity than his bookish counterpart. They shall cross paths again thouhg.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      It definitely was 🙂 It really did- but in my opinion that was cos he was treated like a villain (like the Verge article said) and that was Edmure Tully- and I only knew that cos I looked it up after the episode :p And you’re right- that was brilliant, brilliant dialogue!

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  8. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books says:

    Oh my goodness, it made me so proud when Arya Stark claimed her identity back! I couldn’t help but hold a hand against my heart and sigh. SHE IS AMAZING. She will never win the Game of Thrones because that’s not what she wants. She’s an adventurer but I believe she and Jon and Sansa will be reunited. Jon and Sansa will they back their home, which is what they secretely always yearned for – to belong somewhere and make use of their knowledge and skill (rule!!!). Okay, this is of course all speculation, but it’s fun to speculate and I so rarely get the chance to. Okay, so Cersei will get her son back by killing the fanatics (somehow, someday – after all, she does choose violence) but she will also die in the process (unexpectedly, of course, b/c that’s how GoT kills its characters). Margery will resume her role as queen and return to her previous mentality (power!! and leave the faith aside – she doesn’t actually believe, but only plays a role, as always). You know, I think Margery is one of the the deadliest of the series. Because she appears so sweet, but look at all she’s done and where she is now. She can manipulate so easily – remember King Joffrey?? Anyway, Imma stop here. Tell what you agree with and what you disagree with :D!!!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh so glad to meet another Arya fan!! ME TOO!!! No- I don’t want her to technically win the Game of Thrones- but I do want her to get her revenge and go off and have an amazing life (whatever that is in Westeros 😉 ) I’d love to see her as an assassin for the king/queen or something. And like you I’d love to see her reunited with Jon and Sansa! She’s has such bad luck- I need her to have her happy moment like Jon and Sansa finally did. Yeah I think Cersei will survive- but I reckon Tommen won’t make it. So do I- I think Margery has potential- but I just don’t get what the Tyrell play is. Definitely- I reckon Margery is clever enough to outwit the Sparrow- but I think she might have worked herself into a corner now by semi-siding with him. It could cost Loras his life :/ I don’t know though- it’s Game of Thrones!! Speculation is always fun- but when it comes to this show I’m often wrong!

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    • Eve Messenger says:

      I totally agree, Margery’s cunning makes her very powerful. She’s interesting because, though it’s hard to tell for sure because she’s such a good pretender, I think Margery is actually a good person, just desirous of power. It would be intriguing to see Margery and Daenarys form an alliance.

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  9. Steve D says:

    I like your idea the ‘no one’ wins. I think that’s an underrated undercurrent of Martin’s story, that when power is in flux, the least expected people find their ways to the top. Littlefinger is the purest manifestation of that, especially in the books (but also in the show; Chaos is a Ladder, after all). I’m not sure if you’re a book reader, but I think most readers of ASoIaF (myself included) are anticipating Varys catching up with a potentially vital character we met in Dance with Dragons, who I will only refer to as Y.G. 😛 I have been disappointed with the plodding pace of this season. While I love the character building, this past episode made it plainly obvious to me that the showrunners are dragging their feet so they can stretch the series to 7.5 seasons or whatever they’re planning. I get that the penultimate episode is typically the big climactic set-piece for the season, and the Battle of the Bastards should be worthy of that, but leaving every single storyline unresolved for this season?! Let Drogon burn some ships or something! Episodes 9 and 10 should be action-packed.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Yes definitely! He definitely is- I agree that Littlefinger is like that and more so in the books- although I think that he is so obsessed with being someone that that will inevitably be his downfall (that and his obsession with Caitlin) I have read the books and I know exactly who you mean- trouble is I tend to think Aegon Targaryen (if that’s who you mean) is a massive red herring- I was kind of glad he wasn’t in the series cos I don’t like him turning up after 5 books. But I could be totally wrong if that’s not who you mean? Exactly that’s what’s so annoying to me- it’s not really their fault, it’s hbo that have made them drag it out- they keep saying they only wanted to do 7 series, but HBO wanted 9 or 10- they agreed finally at 8 (as far as I know). Yeah that one looks like it’s gonna be good at least! (I hope!! *fingers crossed*) I know, it’s been driving me a little mad! Particularly the Meereen and Dany parts! Hopefully- it certainly looks like that’ll be the case, but we’ll have to wait and see- not long now!! Thank you for your insight 🙂

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