TV Review: GAME OF THRONES (Season 6 Episode 8) – ‘No One’
Season 6 of ‘Game Of Thrones’ is undeniably the best season of the hit HBO show thus far. With the season coming to a close, the latest episode tonight has to be the best episode of the season so far. Going completely off-book, ‘GoT’s latest season is immensely satisfying, providing storylines of almost every character in the show, in almost every episode, something that was kind of a complaint in previous seasons.
Here is my Spoiler filled Review of ‘Game Of Thrones‘ Season 6 Episode 8, ‘No One’.
This episode gives us everything we could’ve wanted, and more. And reunions seem to be the pattern for this episode as well. It’s strange to find a ‘Game Of Thrones‘ episode that makes you fist pump at the end. But it’s happened a lot this season. And as delightful as that feeling it, it’s almost a little scary too, imagining what horrors will follow.
Episode 8 sees the reunion of Brienne (Gwendolyn Christie) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), as she rides out to convince Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) relative to fight for her cause to re-take Winterfell from the Boltons. Brienne and Jamie’s mutual admiration and respect for each other is sure to spawn memes of them hooking up. It’s also a little frustrating, because last time I saw these two together, I had hoped that Jamie would transform into a true hero, and main lead of the show. I’ve been waiting for that to happen since, and been greatly disappointed thus far. But it was amazing to see these two reunite, and even when they separated again, it left a smile on my face.
Speaking of Jamie, despite his completely whipped nature, he does get a little badass in this episode. Leveraging a man’s love for his child in order to re-take Riverrun, and get back to Cersei as soon as he can. It seems to be that for Jamie to be the honourable man that Brienne (and us) want him to be, Cersei needs to die. His love for her will always influence him to be leaning towards grey or completely evil in his actions and intentions.
Cersei’s (Lena Headey) part of tonight’s episode also debunks a major fan theory about how this Season will end. After a display of The Mountain’s (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) strengths against the Faith Militant, Tommen, (Dean Charles Chapman) very obviously under the manipulation of the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), decrees that trial by combat will be illegal. Completely dashing Cersei’s plans of having The Mountain be her champion. It’s her fault really, as she showed her cards by allowing him to take on minor characters in a minor skirmish. The fan theory suggested The Hound (Rory McCann) & The Mountain to duke it out at the end of the season in Cersei’s trial by combat, but that seems unlikely now.
In the meantime Arya (Masie Williams) is rescued by Lady Crane, the woman she refused to kill, only to be found by the Waif again. This leads to a Bourne-like chase through the streets, which was amazing and unexpected in a ‘Game Of Thrones‘ episode. The adventure ends with Arya finally deciding to return to Westeros and be a Stark again! This is the culmination of her journey. Arya’s arc was always a little clouded, not sure if she was going to just be a lone wolf character, or ever reunite with the remaining Starks and be part of the bigger story. This indicates that another Stark reunion is on the cards! And I’m giddy as hell about it!
Speaking of more reunions, The Hound reunites with the immoral Lord Of Light follower Beric and his priest, and seems to almost take up arms with them for a larger cause. The Hound is also involved in a major fight scene in he beginning which is amazingly brutal and kick ass. While Dani is also back! After finding out that his negotiation with the Masters failed, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and crew are delighted to see that Danearys (Emilia Clarke) has returned on Dragon-back just in time to retake the city from the Master’s attack.
This whole episode has been fist pump moments setting up the next episode of all out war between Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) & Roose Bolton. And I can’t wait!!
What was your favourite part of tonight’s episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’.