Welcome to our Game of Thrones 5.9— “The Dance of Dragons” Q&A, If you are just joining us, neither EJ or I have read the books, and I cannot speak for EJ, but I have watched all the extra features on the Blu-Ray (thank you YouTube!) So no spoilers in the comments, so please don’t be that person.~David
1. WTF Stannis?
Earl: That was pretty sad to see Princess Shireen burn like that, and it was real interesting to see Selyse finally lose her hardened furvor towards R’hollor in those final moments. To see hard Selyse finally crack and realize that’s her daughter that is burning to a crisp, while the previously empathatic Stannis stood their cold was an interesting contrast. Stannis is a desperate man. He bought in to Melisandre, and her blood magic prophecy so as desperate as he is he had to result to the ultimate measure. His troops are stranded in the snow and without taking Winterfell he has no chance at becoming King. He did what he had to do. Sad to say.
David: I’ve actually got a Desk of Knowledge coming later this week where I want to go into it, let me just say that it was a bit of nonsensical?
2. Do you think Ellaria is going to let it go?
Earl: I hope not because if she is then the whole Dorne storyline was a complete disappointment. Frankly the way Dorne played out, I think we could have done without it in the story line. Other than introducing me to the lovely Sand Snakes, what did we really get out of it? If Ellaria drops her resitance to the Lannisters that easily then I’m not going to be happy. Maybe now that Myrcella and Trystane are on their way to Kings Landing, we might get some thing tangible out of Ellaria and the Sand Snakes in the next season.
David: I don’t know if she is or not. I think she might be peaceful in Dorne, its not like Bashir still won’t kill her if he thinks for a minute that she is going to attempt to throw his kingdom into War.
Lets also keep in mind that Tommon is the ONLY thing standing in the way of a Dornish Prince sitting on the Iron Throne. That is one way to take ultimate revenge, and if she can’t see that, then Bashir needs to have her killed. I think that she needs to be kept FAR away from Kings Landing, since she is going to be nothing but trouble.
This ends one of two ways, either Ellaria or Bashir has to die.
3. Why didn’t Arya tell Jaqen about Meryn Trant?
Earl: Because she can’t tell him. She’s not supposed to be Arya. She’s supposed to be Lana, the girl selling oysters to the thin man. She was supposed to bury Arya when she started her training to become no one. That’s why she can’t say a word about Meryn Trant but it also proves that she can’t leave Arya behind. Not sure what Jaqen will do once he finds out but I think Arya is going to be in some trouble even if she does get the chance to knock a name off her kill list.
David: Makes zero sense to me. He killed the water dancer, a Bravosi man. Doesn’t she still have a name to give? Why wouldn’t Jaqen give her an allowance to kill a guy on a side mission? The only way this makes any sense is Arya thinks now that she is faceless, her former list means nothing. But still, not like she’s not watched, and the Thin Man isn’t going anywhere.
4. Thoughts on the Sons of the Harpy killing King Hizdar?
Earl: He wasn’t the King. He hadn’t married Daenerys but killing Hizdar is one of those “it is what it is” things. The Sons of the Harpy attack on Daenerys was thwarted so they started killing folks. Hizdar, who may or may not have been involved with the Sons of the Harpy, was just collateral damage.
David: She picked the wrong dude. He wasn’t leading the Sons of the Harpy, if he was, she’d be dead. This proves that Daenerys needs Tyrion. She made a mistake in opening up the games if the Harpys are still going after her. Now its time to do something else, and Tyrion should be able to figure out what.
5. Do you think they should have held off the part where Daenerys rides the dragon for next week?
Earl: As soon as I was finished watching the episode I thought about that. Then I gave myself some time to think. There’s something potentially far more impactful that can happen for the season finale. Dany riding off on Drogon was cool, but there is still a storyline that hasn’t come to a full conclusion but it was building all season. Actually there are two storylines that haven’t concluded. While I won’t spoil it by saying what I expect to happen (keep in mind I’m not a book reader but I am an avid reader of all things regarding the television show) I will say expect a lot of Cersei and Jon in the season finale. Both of them have some interesting moments ahead.
David: The last two weeks have both had end of the season worthy moments.
Both the King White Walker and the Dragon Rider could have gotten us talking for the next few months. Almost makes me think we are going to end up with a desk-clearing season ending, so someone has to die or show up. Could be Cersei, Could be Stannis, could be Ramsey or even Sansa.