Game Of Thrones - Season 5 - Episode 8 - Hardhome
Now that I've picked my brain up off the floor I can actually get into some of the nitty gritty about this episode, but holy cow, forgive me if I'm all over the map, still recovering.
Margaery Mayhem - Nowhere to be seen...but good to know that Tommen has officially lost his mind without her around. Or his Mom, but probably Margaery.
Direwolf Badassery - Does it count if Jon's Snow's sword Longclaw has a Direwolf on it? I mean that's gotta count, yeah sure brah....10 points!!
1. Sir Jorah is easily the most deeply romantic and honorable characters on the whole show. Doesn't even flinch when Tyrion blows up his spot in from of Daenerys and now he's going back to the arena to prove how honorable he is and how much he loves her!
2. I'm not sure why but I'm fascinated by Tyrion saying that years have passed since he was hand of the king - a nice little peak into how time flows on this show.
3. Sansa's realization that Bran and Rickon aren't dead is only going to give her strength. Now that Ramsay is going on his mission to hopefully die horribly battling Stannis she may have her chance.
4. Of all the story-lines going this season - Arya's is the least interesting - I mean how can you get pumped about oyster assassinations when shit is popping off up north! Now let's talk about that.
5. I'm shocked with this episode because I didn't see it coming - last season Game of Thrones hyped up the Battle of Castle Black - everyone knew it was coming, it was all over the previews and the episode director was doing press before it. But this just came out of NOWHERE. And holy cow was it epic. Now let me break down just what it may so epic.
6. The first ingredient in this epic battle stew is the final notes of set-up that's been cooking up for some time. At Castle Black Ollie questions why Jon Snow needs to make peace with people who killed this family. Skullface questions Tormund's strength of leadership when they arrive at Hardhome. The Thenn mock Jon Snow and say they should kill him. And for the whole show the army of the dead is this thing that everyone (except my boy Stannis) doubt is coming. And then it arrives, not with an episode preview but in a moment that builds slowly and then explodes in chaos.
7. At first I didn't like the shaky cam that director Miguel Sapochnik was using, especially compared to last year's flowing camera work at the battle of Castle Black, but considering how totally un-expected this was for the characters and the world - I liked how the shaky cam captured the moment.
8. I've always loved Tormund and I've been calling him the BG (Badass Ginger) since 2013 and finally he's unleashed. Hot dayuum was that spoicy. But more noice is how he officially 100000% believes in Jon Snow as a leader. That part when Jon Snow got his brothers together and took on the army of the dead head-on - holy cow I was jumping out of seat and spilling my lemonade!
9. So let's talk weapons for a second here. Did they lose all the dragon glass? And the Valyrian Steel Reveal - again not to be repetitive here - but holy cow that was epic. But does this mean they're going t0 get the Valyrian steel war machine going to arm all the free men in the battle against the Walkers?
10. Got dayuuuum I wish that Jon Snow put a remaining dragon glass piece on an arrow and blasted that White Walker king from a boat (a boat with the slowest rower ever!), but hey this Game Of Thrones, not 300
I like many of you lost my mind with this episode. Here's my reaction, recorded 10 seconds after it ended!