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I’ve just finished watching the latest season of Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episodes 1 to 10 – a binge viewing session started three or four days ago and completed yesterday while my wife was out for the day.  Mark, my oldest son, is a great fan of Game of Thrones and I started sending him a few reports as I watched the final episodes.  (He’s in Kyrgyzstan by the way, the land of fermented mare’s milk!)  I thought you might be interested to see what I wrote in my e-mails to him, even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan.  Here are my reports.

Spoiler AlertAfter watching episode 4

I hope that nasty Lord Ramsey Bolton gets his comeuppance, hopefully at the sword of Brienne of Tarth (she’s great, my sort of woman!) or maybe born-again Jon Snow, or even Theon Greyjoy; also the horrible conniving squeaky-voiced High Sparrow; and I really do like Cersei Lannister’s post-walk-of-shame new short hairstyle: very Reeta Chakrabati.  As for Daenerys Targaryen (Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, and lots more), phwoar, she’s a crowd puller especially when naked surrounded by fire!

Onwards and upwards to episode 5, and more…

After watching episode 8

I’ve reached the end of episode 8.  Jon Snow and Sansa Stark are assembling their army against the nasty wicked Boltons.  Daenerys Targaryen has found one of her dragons and is getting ready to sail with the Dothraki across the Narrow Sea to Westeros.  The High Sparrow appears to have won the mind battle over King Tommen Baratheon, Cersei Lannister and even Oleena Tyrell (Diana Rigg without her black leather Avengers garb) but surely he must be bumped off shortly.  Jaime Lannister has an impasse with Brynden Tully (the Blackfish) and the ironborn Yara Greyjoy is revealed to be a lesbian.  That’s a pity.  She seems like a feisty sort of girl.

It’s all good fun!

After watching episode 9

I knew it.  I just knew it.  I knew that Daenerys would leap onto the back of one of her dragons and scorch those slavers’ ships right out of the water.  Boy oh boy, that was  some scene that was – big budget stuff, full of flame-throwing swooping dragons, burning ships and frazzled sailors – better than the helicopter flame-throwers in Apocalypse Now.  And then, what about the mother of battles between the armies of our two bastard heroes Jon Snow and the villain Ramsey Bottom (sorry, Bolton)?  Another big budget scene, especially when John Wayne and the 7th Cavalry (okay, Littlefinger and the Knights of the Vale) came riding in to rescue the beleaguered Snowites.  Shame about the wilding giant with the wunderful name of Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun though.  I liked him; he was a big softie at heart.  But oh the schadenfreude when Ramsey got the stuffing beaten out of him by Jon.  That was sooooo good.  I did think that Sansa would put the knife in where the sun don’t shine, slowly, twistingly, and with a smile when she visited him in the dungeon but, as my mother-in-law used to say, “it was not meant to be”.  Done over by his own ferocious dogs he was.  Better than chomping on their regular Winalot and Pedigree dog food I bet.  Well, serves him right I thought.  He should have fed them beforehand; not starve them for seven days.

Just one episode to go and one villain left – the religious nutcase High Sparrow.

Where would we be without Game of Thrones, eh?

After watching the last episode, episode 10

Wow, where to start on this last episode?  The High Sparrow is no more, burnt to a cinder along with all his stasi-like black-shirted Faith Militant henchmen and that scheming Margaery Tyrell – all gone in a maelstrom of wildfire.  Even young King Tommen Baratheon, easily manipulated and bewitched by religion, could take it no more and threw himself from the top floor of the Red Keep to become a red blob at the bottom.  And good riddance to all, I say.

And what about that nasty Red Woman Melisandre?  She was found out in her shameful burning at the stake of that nice young Shireen Baratheon many episodes back.  It was about time her foul crime was uncovered but why didn’t Jon Snow, soon to be King of the North, just chop off her head?  I guess she’s wanted sometime in the future.

I’m still trying to figure out why Ayra Stark, House of Black and White escapee and slayer of the Waif on her way out, killed Walder Frey.  I’ll have to look that one up.

Cersei finally made it to the Iron Throne, closely watched by her incestuous twin brother Jamie who, no doubt, will “lie with her” before the sun sets over Westeros but he needs to be quick.  Daenerys is on her way, Tyrion Lannister and Grey Worm (still unsullied) are by her side and all the Dothraki warriors are standing to attention in a thousand ships ploughing through the turbulent Great Grass Sea over-watched by the three dragons swooping, swirling and dive-bombing the fleet.  I see more battles coming: Daenerys Tragaryen backed up by her dragons and the Dothraki versus the Lannisters; Jon Snow and his fragile alliance versus the Night King and all the White Walkers.   I’m putting my money on those dragons to win.  They are lethal.

Roll on season 7, scheduled for late next year.