Reviews: Game of Thrones - Season 6 Episode 10 - The Winds of Winter

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As many of those of you who browse social media on Sunday nights know, season six of Game of Thrones (GOT) concludes this week with the final episode of the season “The Winds of Winter “. “The Winds of Winter” is an explosion of a finale that will leave a huge impact in the world of the Game of Thrones. The blood flows in one of the bloodiest and most engaging episodes of the season.  The show goes all out in one of the best episodes ever made. Action packed and well written, this episode will be the standard setter for big episodes of Game of Thrones to come.  This finale has left Game of Thrones fans across the world chomping at the teeth for the next season.

This episode has many moving and interchanging parts, so many that this episode was an extra ten minutes longer than usual. To be truly spoiler free, I will be brief and not spoiler specific in my analysis of the character’s plot points in this episode.  And if you haven’t watched this episode yet, get on it!

Tis but a snowy beast of Hoth.

Following the shocking events of last week’s episode, we return to King’s Landing. A trial is underway for Cersei and Loras Tyrell led by the High Sparrow. In classic Game of Thrones tradition, the trial does not goes as planned and it has huge implications for the series going forward.  Meanwhile in the North, Jon and Sansa are forced to deal with the consequences of last week’s Battle of the Bastards and how will they move forward after that terrific victory. Daenerys and Tyrion plan their next move as they have conquered Slaver’s Bay. And most importantly, Bran has a vision that reveals a crucial backstory. As you can probably guess this week’s episode was primarily about setting up plotlines for the next season and moving the characters into new positions.  It was also about paying off ten episodes worth of development. Done the wrong way, this episode could feel overstuffed. Especially following last week’s incredible episode.  Thankfully, this episode is a terrific end to a terrific season.

This episode has some of the best acting work in the show’s history. Lena Heady is award worthy as Cersei. Her performance in this episode is intense and vulnerable. Cersei means business and she won’t stop until she gets what she wants. It’s a great performance from a great actor. Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke also did great work this week in a scene that I thought might be one of my favorite scenes with Tyrion. There’s a look of pride in Tyrion’s face that will leave many happy. And finally, Maisie Williams has a terrific small scene that cements her as one of the best characters in television history. It is great to see what a journey she and all of these characters have gone on throughout the show’s history. It’s amazing to see how far things have come.

Tell me, whore. Does my breath stink?
Every moment in this episode works because of the beauty of long form storytelling.  In covering and watching television, we forget that show’s can set things up for years and years. We want instant gratification. Even I have argued that Game of Thrones and other shows should hurry up and get on with it. I was wrong to think that. The years of suffering and darkness this show has made its characters has finally paid of in this episode. Every major character gets their moment to shine.  Every moment works because of what we know about these characters in the world.  They took the time to make sure that this world is as authentic and real as possible. The callbacks in this episode will give you chills.  The last shot of this show is so incredible that you wish there was more. Imagine that the wait is going to be more painful than the wait for this season. Who needs shock deaths or cheap tricks do get the audience to come back?  This season ends with on a message of looking forward to the future. We are watching a show reap what it has been sowing and it is beautiful.

This season was one of the best seasons I have seen in a while and I am so glad to have covered it for all of you. I am truly thankful for those who read these and to have the opportunity to write these.  It has been an awesome ride and I can’t wait to do this again for Season 7.

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