Two in a row! Two, as in two Game of Thrones episodes that began unassumingly only to climax in shocking, epic confrontations. While little could match the scope and horror of last week’s White Walker attack on Hardhome, this week saw an ordinary day at the Meereen fighting pits devolve into a massive assassination attempt against poor, embattled Daenerys.
Not even having Tyrion at her side could keep her safe from the small army of Sons of Harpies craving her death. But just when it appeared Dany was surrounded and done for, guess who arrived to save the day? This guy:
That’s right, Drogon to the rescue! Much like how last week finally capitalized on five seasons’ worth of promises that the White Walkers were a huge threat, this week finally delivered on the other half of that “Song of Ice and Fire” saga with a battle-ready, fire-breathing dragon! But even as the sequence kept escalating in awesomeness, it concluded with one of the most notably insane — yet unsurprising — images in Game of Thrones history: Dany flying away on a dragon! Yes, you read that right.
Ridiculous? Amazing? Both? Game of Thrones, you’ve done it again.
But we can’t talk about this high point without mentioning the very terrible thing that also happened in “The Dance of Dragons.” We’re talking, of course, about the fact that Princess Shireen was burned at the stake. There’s not a lot to say about this except it was one of the most unpleasant things to ever happen on Game of Thrones, and that’s saying something. Meanwhile, Arya very nearly got herself involved in a disturbing rape scenario, and Jon Snow shepherded his posse of sad Wildlings through Castle Black. To answer your question, yes the giant was there, and yes he was amazing as always.
There’s way more to discuss, so be sure to check back soon for our full photo recap! In the meantime, feel free to daydream endlessly about a white-haired queen riding a dragon. Because that dream just came true.
Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.