Game of Thrones Winner: “Blackwater”

God, I’d forgotten what a truly spectacular episode of television “Blackwater” is. It’s so tight, and perfectly executed, and watching it again, I’m really sad that Michelle McClaren is not directing Wonder Woman any more, because MY GOD can the woman execute a battle scene.

Anyway, the winner! Let’s talk about that.

This week’s winner is Sandor Clegane, also known as The Hound.

The Hound

Clegane defies the King to stay and fight at The Battle of The Blackwater. He challenges Bronn to a duel, and then decides that it’s time for him to leave, and asks Sansa to leave with him. (The Hound is kind of in love with Sansa, it’s probably the closest to traditional courtly love we see in this universe.) Basically, he wins because he does what he does best, survive and be a badass.

Runner Up is Shae, who does what she can to keep Sansa sane, during the weirdest drinking game ever.

Missandei and Grey Worm Watch

No Dany. No movement here. We are SO CLOSE to meeting the unsullied y’all. I’m pretty excited about this.

Sansa’s Agency Watch

All hail Sansa Stark, Queen of Snark! Sansa gets two of her best zingers in this episode. “I will pray for your return, My Lord, just as I pray for the kings,” to Tyrion, and of course, “They say my brother Robb goes where the fighting is thickest, and he’s only a pretender.” To Joffrey. DARING HIM TO DIE. It’s amazing. Then, when she’s holed up with Cersei, she holds her own. (By the way, Drunk Cersei is the best, always will be.) Then she comforts the other women as they fear they’re about to be raided. And she refuses to bend to The Hound. Lots of good Sansa action.

Arya Bad Ass Watch

No Arya this week. But! The Hound leaving leads to Arya and The Hound road adventures. It’s pretty great.

Who Was Jamie A Dick To This Week?

No Jamie this week. So he was not a dick to anyone.

Robb Is A King And Kind of Bad At It

No Robb this week. So, no bad kinging. But Cersei almost poisons Tommen, so that’s like, a terrible decision on par with Robb being terrible at being King. Sort of!

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