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We are now slightly more than halfway through Season 7 of Game of Thrones and I NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT. My friends, God bless ‘em, are more interested in watching HGTV fixer-upper shows and Season 132 of The Bachelor. I know- I need new friends. My husband listens patiently but has no feedback, because he still isn’t sure what Game of Thrones is about-
“That nurse who travels back in time, right? And gets three dragons? And has to marry Jamie, who is also doing his sister?”
Suffice to say, I have no outlet for all the GoT feels. Be my outlet. Talk to me. Give me this one moment for a Game of Thrones Mid-season recap!
There’s been so much good stuff that’s happened this season. I could fill notebooks and waste hours of your time breaking down each moment of the first four episodes, but ain’t nobody got time for that, correct? So I’ve catalogued and categorized all my favorite moments so far. And oh, be ye warned, many spoilers ahead.
Each episode this season has been ripe with amazing scenes featuring the strong females who dominate this show. However can I choose? Was it when Daenerys plotted war strategy with a table full of women? Or when Cersei managed to outwit Dany at Casterly Rock AND crush the Tyrells to use their riches to pay off the Iron Bank? You have to respect her cunning, depraved though it may be. Was it when Arya opened the season with the single-handed annihilation of House Frey? Or every single time that Sansa stares down at Littlefinger and sees through 100% of his bullshit? (Am I the only one who’s positive that deep down Littlefinger fantasizes about licking her boots and having her call him a very naughty boy?)
It could be any of those, but for me, the strongest feminist moment came in episode 2, when Arya is reunited with her direwolf Nymeria. She urges the wolf to follow her, to return home, but Nymeria gives her a long look and then turns away and leaves. Arya is crestfallen for a moment, but then she smiles softly and understands- “That’s not you”. It’s the same response she gives her father in season 1, when he tells her that she’ll grow up and wear frilly dresses, marry a lord, and her sons will be knights. “That’s not me”, she replies simply, because she will not be typecast, she will not be owned, she will not conform. She will follow her own path, and she gives Nymeria her blessing to do the same. It’s beautiful. Westeros girls gotta stick together.
Unless the other girl is Cersei Lannister. Cuz that bitch is crazy.
There is no competition. It’s Samwell “I discover the location for dragon glass AND cure Grey Scale in my free time” Tarly. Next question.
Me after Samwell does something awesome.
While Samwell’s bedpan montage was truly foul (but brilliantly filmed and edited), nothing compares with the repulsiveness of Cersei practically running to sex up her twin brother right after poisoning a teenage girl and leaving the mother to watch her body rot for the rest of her life. I know revenge is supposed to be sweet, but knowing that Cersei also finds it to be an aphrodisiac is more-than-slightly nauseating.
Actually, I’m not sure which is more awe inspiring; the image of 100,000 Dothraki and a full grown dragon heading towards you, or the fact that the Lannister army didn’t wet themselves en masse and flee immediately. Jamie Lannister might only have one hand, but he definitely has two testicles. Big ones.
What have been your favorite scenes so far? Did you love or loath Ed Sheeran’s cameo (hint: you loved it).
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