Tonight’s Game Of Thrones contains one of the most difficult to stomach deaths in the history of a series known for particularly brutal demises. A character that we did not know all that well, but everyone had to like, an innocent who did nothing to deserve their horrific fate.
To that end, I wonder if this will drive some viewers away from sheer brutality fatigue. On the one hand, I’d kind of think that by its fifth year the show would’ve shed most anyone who wasn’t pretty hard-hearted about such things, but on the other this has to be particularly traumatic for any parents in the audience. I suppose it has a silver lining in that the Red Woman should have a full store of mana for raining terror down on the Boltons, but even though I half-jokingly said otherwise last week, I’m no longer sure that giving Ramsay the same treatment would make up for having to hear the girl’s screams as she burned.
Or maybe it would’ve soured one of my favorite sequences in the show’s history by proximity to such a nauseating development. Because I can’t even muster any real attention for the Dorne, Braavos or Castle Black scenes from this week. So I’ll throw out a few predictions for the finale before check out:
Arya steals a face to take out Meryn and is tossed out of the House Of Black And White. Nothing much happens in Mereen. The FrankenMountain tears through the Faith Militant to free the captives, which leaves Cersei free but completely on the outs from the regime. Ellaria sends a Sand Snake back in the Prince’s entourage to kill Cersei. Olly does something terrible to sabotage the Wildling alliance, and I’m going to say it’s Sam that takes the loss.