With only two episodes of "Games of Thrones" final season left, Sunday's instalment was filled with betrayal, secret plots and death, but some interesting developments come to light when we take a closer look at the multiple rejections in the episode.
I've been rooting for Brienne and Jaime since season three – this week they finally get together! The scene was tastefully executed, without any unnecessary nudity to cheapen the moment. When Jaime decides to stay in Winterfell, we can almost hear the wedding bells signalling the end of that character arc, but instead he slinks off in the dead of night. I wasn’t sure Brienne was capable of crying until she begs Jaime to stay with her. He seems unaffected by her pleas as he rides off.
Watching the Kingslayer grow into someone worthy of love, only to go rogue without warning, is so shattering I nearly cried along with Brienne. I’ve always been "Team Jaime" but I must admit, Tormund would never have hurt her this way. Our lovable big-bearded wildling was only hanging around for his big woman," once she rejects him, he returns North with the rest of the Free Folk.
Things move too fast between Gendry and Arya, and his marriage proposal naturally backfires. The whole thing was laughable. Anyone who knows Arya could tell you she’s not cut out for marriage. That Gendry doesn’t know this is proof that he’s not meant for her.
Two relationships imploded this week, and there might soon be a third. Things have been rocky between Dany and Jon ever since she learned he’s the Targaryen with a better claim to the Iron Throne. She begs him to keep the information to himself, but Jon rejects this suggestion. He claims to love her, promises to serve only her but reveals the truth to Sansa and Arya the moment her back is turned. The knock-on effect this blunder will have is almost glaringly obvious. Before the end of the episode, Tyrion and Varys know the truth of his identity, as well. Now it’s only a matter of time before the entire realm finds out.