“The Spoils of War” was positively exhausting to watch. The dragon battle at the end of the episode might possibly be the most amazing ten minutes of TV you’ll see this year, I’m not even kidding. I needed a cigarette when the end credits rolled.
But let’s back up a little. A lot of fun stuff happened this episode. In no particular order:
- Davos’ “I’ve seen you looking at her ‘good heart.'”
- Those grins Dany and Missandei exchanged after Dany asked what happened with Grey Worm.
- Dany tossing “Isn’t their survival more important than your pride?” at Jon – that’s what Jon said to Mance when he was convincing Mance to bring the wildings south of the Wall.
- Bran tossing “Chaos is a ladder” at Littlefinger. (Littlefinger is so, so screwed.)
- Arya coming home – but better than that, Arya and Brienne sparring. That was fantastic.
But the cherry on top of the cake of this episode was definitely that final fight when we finally got to see not just a dragon, but the Dothraki ride into battle against a Westerosi army. Like a knife through hot butter, guys. That was terrifying and amazing. Particularly since there were characters we cared about on both sides of the fight – Dany and Drogon, Bronn and Jaime – which made it even more tense.
I am knocking two points of the fight for that crappy musical sting when the Dothraki rode into the Lannister spear line. If you didn’t notice, they used a remarkably stereotypical “Old Western/Cowboys and Indians” drum sting for the Dothraki. Guys, the Dothraki are based on the Mongolian hordes, with a dash of Bedouins, for flavor. C’mon, now.
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