'Game of Thrones' finale finishes the season with powerful moments
The 'Game of Thrones' finale touches on events all over the country of Westeros.
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Speaking of the North, ‘Valar Morghulis’ largely resolves the issue of Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) occupying Winterfell, after a sympathy-inducing moment where he reveals that his fate at the hand of Ned Stark set the tone for his life as an outcast – and now he is truly a man without a home. Instead of running to the Wall, though, Theon is simply dispatched by his own men despite a stirring speech that’s tantamount to a call for suicide. The young Starks, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Rickon (Art Parkinson) emerge from hiding to find their home in ruin and Maester Luwin (Donald Sumpter) knocking on death’s door. Along with Osha (Natalia Tena) and Hodor (Kristian Naim), they set out in search of Jon at the wall.Skip to next paragraph
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Most impressive, though, is the way the episode takes the elements that have largely existed as the nonessential story lines (Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and positions them to be the catalyst for season 3. In doing so, Dany is once more poised to become a major player. After a vision-filled journey through the House of the Undying that includes a glimpse of the Iron Throne covered in snow, as well as a brief interlude with her dead husband (Kahl Drogo) and child, she manages to recover her stolen dragons and use them to kill the warlock, Pyat Pree (Ian Hanmore). The hasty, but satisfying victory finds her ransacking the home of Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Nonso Anonzie), after entombing him in his highly-prized (but empty) vault.
Jon Snow’s journey is also just beginning, after he slays Qhorin Halfhand (Simon Armstrong) in an effort to convince the Wildlings he’s a traitor to the Night’s Watch. Rattleshirt (Edward Dogliani) recommends they burn Qhorin; as he’s not one Jon would likely enjoy seeing walk the earth again. And on that ominous note, Game of Thrones ends with the sight of hundreds of reanimated corpses at the command of the White Walkers march on the Fist of the First Men, where Sam Tarly and the rest of Lord Mormont’s Night’s Watch battalion are stationed.
The climactic scene comes as the standout moment in a season filled with many highlights and powerful character moments. This was a truly exciting and well-made season, one that may actually trump its predecessor – a rare feat in both television and film. Here, though, the lion’s share of the credit is owed to the cast and production value of the series. Because of those efforts, Westeros has become a tangible and believable place, giving the story room to work without addressing plausibility. Game of Thrones doesn’t feel like a bunch of actors playing at fantasy; it feels like a world inhabited by real people. And that, after two stellar seasons, may prove to be the series’ biggest attribute.
Kevin Yeoman blogs at Screen Rant.
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