Jon and Samwell are on duty on top of the Wall. Ygritte wants to be the one who kills Jon Snow. A petrified Gilly returns with her baby to Castle Rock, reporting about the wildling attack at Mole's Town. The Nights Watch prepare for battle. The wildling army attack the wall in the night, with giants riding mammoths. Jon sets out on a dangerous journey to help set things right.Written by
Four Seasons' worth of build-up pays off...and there's only more to come
I'm pretty sure that the story on The Wall is not one of the big favorites for most fans of the show. And it makes sense. There really hasn't been anything that truly stands out story-wise in terms of The Wall. Jon Snow has always been a well-liked character, but widely considered a boring one. It also didn't help that this episode immediately followed the epic end to the last episode, and I'm sure all fans are dying to find out what happens to Tyrion, so being forced to wait a week longer than they had hoped does not help. And that's part of why I was so excited for this one. I feel like this is a turning point in the storyline for Jon and The Night's Watch. From here on things are only going to get more interesting from here.
The episode itself completely surpassed my expectations. Like the amazing Blackwater episode, this was another episode that revolved simply around a battle, The Battle of Castle Black. And boy was it a doozy. My heart was pumping fast from start to finish, which is definitely a sign of amazing television. Also, not only were there big action moments, but also amazing character moments for the likes Jon and Sam, and even some of the less important characters throughout like Pyp and Grenn. I also loved (and was sad) at the way Jon and Ygritte's reunion was done, and Ser Alliser proving that while he may be a dick, he's a good leader, unlike that cowardly Janos Slynt.
Personally, I think that things are only going to get even more exciting for the storyline here at The Wall. The ending definitely left more to be seen for this storyline to come next episode, and book readers know that something's coming next episode that will completely change the current way things are in the Night's Watch. Overall, an amazing and action- packed episode at The Wall that I also think has served as set up for even more awesome things to come for this storyline. Also, this episode living up to the expectations of being the BIG Penultimate episode of the season (Season 1: Ned's beheading, Season 2: Blackwater, Season 3: Red Wedding) proves once again why Game of Thrones is simply the best show on TV right now.
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