'Game of Thrones' Finale Recap: Mommy Dearest
The episode "Mhysa" in a nutshell:
- Daenerys meets the slaves she freed in Yunkai
- Jon comes face to face with Ygritte
- Bran runs into a friendly face
Body count: Several backgrounders
Nudity count: 0
Dragon sightings: 3
New people and places: Ramsay Snow, Lord Bolton's bastard son
Best line: "Big words, no clothes ... what would you have done?" — Gendry to Davos, regarding Melisandre.
What's the deal with … Varys's offer to Shae? Why does he really want her gone?
"Mhysa" follows in the foosteps of previous "Game of Thrones" finales, in that it comes after a huge, game-changing penultimate episode ("Baelor" in Season 1 and "Blackwater" in Season 2) and doesn't attempt to end the season on some sort of giant cliffhanger.
Instead, just like the two previous finales, "Mhysa" once again demonstrates how brutal and calculating this world is. A would-be king is dead and a once-proud family is ruined, but … well, life moves on. There's no time for mourning — only readjustment and restrategizing. Sansa's grief is shown for about three seconds, while Arya's anger is brief and meaningless.
As Littlefinger said earlier this season, "Chaos is a ladder." And after the chaos of Robb's death, you can either keep climbing or get knocked down into the sewage stream of Flea Bottom.
The Twins: Arya and the Hound
The show does not, thankfully, dwell on the aftermath of the Red Wedding. From the castle top, Bolton watches his men slaughter Robb's, and in the Great Hall, Walder Frey's servants mop up all the blood. Otherwise, neither man seems to have even the slightest bit of weight on his conscience.
Outside, the Hound carries Arya to safety, though not before she sees her brother's body with his direwolf's head on top (sob). She seems to be in shock — that is, until she overhears a group of men on the road trash-talking Robb and his men. Before the Hound can stop her, she jumps off and knifes one of them in the neck. Even the Hound seems impressed with Arya's murder, and helps finish off the rest of the guys.
"The next time you're going to do something like that, tell me first," he says.
"Valar Morghulis," Arya whispers, fingering the coin that Jaqen H'ghar gave her.
She's killed her first man, and we have a feeling it won't be her last.
Arya has now tasted blood! I predict killing machine next season#gameofthrones— Gamu-Rue (@pjay9270) June 10, 2013
The Dreadfort: Theon and Ramsay
Well, now we know. Ramsay Snow, Bolton's bastard son, is Theon's torturer. And it still. Makes. No. Sense. Whatsoever.
Why is he doing it? From a message that Ramsay sends to Theon's father, it seems that Theon is insurance against Balon Greyjoy usurping the throne.
Of course, Balon doesn't care that he received his son's d--- in a box, but sister Yara does. She declares that she's going to take their fastest ship and their best warriors and bring Theon home. You go, girl!
#gameofthrones. Damn Theon dad just entered the Competition for worse father. He just 1 upped Tywin— Softness Touch (@iamsoftness) June 10, 2013
Then again, Theon isn't even really Theon anymore. He's "Reek." Wonder if there will even be any of him left for Yara to retrieve.