“The Dance of Dragons”. Unsullied Eyes is a discussion space for Game of Thrones viewers who have not read the books. Be warned that there are spoilers for the latest Game of Thrones episode after the jump. The purpose of this discussion space is so that we can talk about the show as is. Book readers are welcome, but please refrain from making comparisons, hints, or spoilers.

So the entire third act’s VFX budget probably could’ve equaled a budget for a small movie or an entire season of a lesser show.

  • We begin with Ramsay’s surprise raid of Stannis’ camp, which forces him to sacrifice his only daughter Shireen, who was arguably the most decent character on the show. Her death had been telegraphed ever since she was introduced, really, with Melisandre and her piercing eyes trained on her every time they were together on the set. None of that makes the scene any easier to watch, however. I was a bit surprised to see Selyse breaking down whereas her husband had not.
  • With Shireen’s death, Stannis loses his soul. Before that, he lost his reason by sending Davos back to Castle Black. It probably should be noted that Stannis has already burned a whole bunch of people alive at Melisandre’s behest, and who’s going to follow a king who’s burned his only daughter alive? His messiah complex has gone out of control.
  • In Dorne, Prince Doran makes peace with Jaime Lannister, and forces Ellaria and the Sand Snakes to yield. He also tries to secure a future alliance between the Lannisters and the Martells by sending his son along with Myrcella, which would seemed prudent if the Lannisters weren’t broke and the royal family wasn’t on the verge of collapse.
  • Mark Gatiss is back in Braavos! He doesn’t do much aside from looking uncomfortable around the exaggerated jolliness of Margaery’s father.
  • As if we needed more reason to despise Meryn Trant — the guy who oversaw the Lannister attack on the Starks, the guy who restrained Sansa as Joffrey forced Sansa to look at her father’s head on a spike, and the guy who beats up Sansa then tries to strip her in front of the court — he’s also a pedophile. So unnecessarily gratuitous.
  • Tyrion makes everything better. I really enjoyed all the exchanges between everyone at the Great Pit of Daznak before, you know, everything went to hell.
  • Jorah gets to save Daenerys! He’s soon proven to be useless against an entire horde of Harpies, and it looks like all hope is lost. THEN ENTER THE DRAGON. But even Drogon is no match for dozens of Harpies lobbing spears at him. Daenerys then climbs on his back and flies out of the stadium to destination unknown. How exciting!

Game of Thrones might as well be called Mood Whipflash the Show.

Addendum:

I really liked how Daenerys and Missandei held hands when they thought they were going to die. Missandei has been her most trustworthy confidant and longest surviving friend.

So what is up with Ellaria Sand? I love Indira Varma and I like how she plays Ellaria — with grand, dramatic gestures — but the writers haven’t been able to write any good parts for her or the Sand Snakes. It’s as if they didn’t really care about the Dorne arc at all.

DROGON!!!