Also: Pycelle, Uncle Kevan, Lancel the twit and finally the tragically ineffectual Tommen, who in his poignant final moments finally embraced the reality we first understood when we saw him cavorting with Ser Pounce in Season 4.
Lena Headey has always been one of the strongest performers on the show and it was a thrill to see her again with a full head of steam, culminating in Cersei’s paean to hedonism with Unella: “Even confessing feels good under the right circumstances,” she said.
(Only the death and definition of Hodor brought the nuclear OMG factor that became the show’s signature with things like Ned Stark’s execution and the Red Wedding.) The Sept sequence was so artfully handled that I didn’t really mind but it does make me consider how the sense of mystery will likely begin to dissipate from “Game of Thrones,” as longtime theories are confirmed and we pivot toward the final clashes.
You’ll recall that according to legend, Rhaegar abducted Lyanna, who had been promised to Robert Baratheon, kicking off the wars and rivalries that essentially created the story of “Game of Thrones.” Doubt has been thrown on the details by various characters — was it an abduction?
But Dany did throw over Daario in favor of a strategic marriage to come later.) Speaking of the Dragon Queen, her departure from the pyramid comes with more support than she had even a few weeks ago — after years of isolated plotting and machinations by the various groups in this story, the alliances are coming together at a dizzying rate.