At the start of season seven I wrote a grumpy post about how much I didn’t love Game of Thrones. Once they used up Grim’s good books (the first three!) from the Ice and Fire series, and then outpaced the novels entirely, the HBO show worsened.
Of course, I carried on watching for the sheer spectacle. It’s fun to read the theories and get into the post-episode breakdowns. Plus – with a few glaring exceptions – it’s a fine cast, so it’s easy to invest in the characters (knowing full well they’ll get killed off when you do).
I like to muse over which character I’d be if Westeros were real, although I’d probably be stone cold dead. I’d try to live by the sea, eking out my days and avoiding trouble. (Wait – that’s my life here on Earth!)
The Red Priestess gig looks good. They never seem to feel the cold, and Stannis’ erstwhile sorceress possesses the hocus-pocus to look fab at 400 years old.
I’d love to be that arch and dramatic, but I’m more of a Gilly, the girl who thought being a Wildling made her “sound a bit dangerous.” She’s currently in the Citadel with Sam, who has turned out to be a total wildcard. Westeros can’t be doomed with mavericks like Sam around.
Meanwhile, Jon is busy stomping around Dragonstone for his precious obsidian. (He got Davos to make those cave drawings, right?)
I hope Tyrion gets behind Jon, and I hope Jon & Dany don’t happen. Kit needs something to act opposite, and Jon, like Robb, needs to avoid exotic bimbos and marry a nice Westerosi girl. Meera Reed is available…
Because Bran is the Three Eyed Raven now apparently, and people are gunning for Sansa to claim the North. So far, Sansa has excelled at two things: being brutalized and running a castle. She was born to be a good highborn wife and run the domestic sphere – not command men or be a politician.
High on my Thrones wish list though is seeing Jaime get together with Brienne, assuming she’ll still have him after he got sucker-punched by an old lady. I suppose the Kingslayer is a catch, although I wouldn’t want Cersei’s cast-offs. Ugh. I think in the books he was well shot of her by now.
Hopefully the Drogon near-miss and the dip in a lake will bring him to his senses, finally.
It’s winter for our heroes, but summer for us fans. Years of trudging through the seasons have led to this payoff – dragons over Westeros, Stark reunions and the unveiling of secret Targaryens.
And yup, we’ve already hit this season’s halfway point, for it is short and full of terrors…(Come back Melisandre!)