Season 6 ended with another big budget episode that wisely didn't outshine the epic nature of the previous two, but was well-sized cinematically for the season's conclusion. I liked the look and the feel of the entire episode, but I'm still a bit worried about where we're at.
We're running out of antagonists, and seem to have a bounty of protagonists. To me, this doesn't seem fitting at this point, right before the series's climax.
The way that Cersei gains power was very stunning. It was also shocking to see her son, the King, commit suicide. Now we've gotten rid of the High Sparrow, who was arguably the most powerful (and one true) antagonist south of the Wall. We've also ended Margaery's plot-line, which was another probable antagonist path. Yes, Cersei and her control of King's Landing is strong, and she now seems to be our chief antagonist. Yet, this feels somewhat underwhelming. What army does she have? What power does she wield that we've seen?
By comparison, Daenerys is coming across the Narrow Sea with a seemingly endless amount of ships, troops, and three dragons. It feels like the good guys have more power than the bad guys.
It's revealed what we've all known for years: who Jon Snow's real parents are. Since GOT is such a global phenomenon, it was bound to have been figured out, and as such, played extremely flat. What a great reveal it could have been if we had not known.
Jon being raised up as King of North was fitting, and a great scene.
Arya killing Walder Frey was satisfying vengeance, but also eliminates yet another bad guy.
I think what the episode could have used is a grand White Walker scene. We're left at the end of the season not feeling like our heroes are underdogs. That's not a good thing. Where's the tension?
But I did love the episode. This season started out so small while misfiring on so many cylinders, but it turned the corner a few episodes in and ended up being one of the best seasons (and certainly grandest) to date. I'm not liking where we're at, since the odds don't feel like they're long, but, hopefully, this will be rectified early on in season 7.
We're reaching the final stretch. With the two shorter seasons coming up, I hope they take the time to make them the best seasons we've ever seen. This series definitely deserves it.
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