It’s become Game of Thrones tradition that the penultimate episode of the season is epic in scale, the crescendo to the season in terms of action, leaving the final episode to mop up its political fallout.
‘Beyond the Wall’ kept this up, but with a very different kind of battle sequence than we’re used to, the team of warriors’ (hereon: the Still Breathing Seven, to paraphrase Jon) stealth ambush quickly becoming a battle for survival.
With the show finale coming at them faster than an Ironborn fleet on the horizon, the creators have been at a sprint all season, every episode hurtling through plot gates and finding little time for the plot misdirection or character studies of earlier seasons. Episode 6 felt like the inevitable conclusion to this, going from 0 to 100 in seconds with regard to pretty much every character and involving some bananas decisions that I just car’t get my head around.
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