I'm reeling right now! Season 7 episode 2 just finished and I don't know if I can handle much more.
Last week was fantastic. Arya in the cold open wrecking the Frey house to smithereens; Jon putting his foot down to Sansa and coming into his own as a leader; Sansa clapping back at Littlefinger telling him "silly rabbit, tricks are for kids; Sam is not having a great time at the Citadel but is finding the information that Jon needs; Tormund still making googly eyes at Brienne but now she's caught off guard and losing her cool about it; Cersei standing on the neck, Jaime standing on the fingers and me hoping she gets her comeuppance soon; Jorah is alive, Arya not killing a group of young men and Dany went home.
It was a fabulous first episode for a season opener and I (and everyone I know) was ecstatic all week. The theory crafting was in abundance and it just continues. Though after tonight's episode, I'm going to be really honest...I'm scared!
Episode two was bittersweet. I was elated when Arya turned toward home and saw Nymeria (if that really was Nymeria) but sad when she left her and took her pack away. I was cheering for Jon deciding to go to Dragonstone and leaving Sansa in charge, which is what she wanted (or did she based on that look when he told her), but nervous about Littlefinger staying there with her. Dany and Tyrion's plan is sooo good, but Euron's was a bit better and I'm really scared for Ellaria Sand because Cersei is out for blood. I mean rightfully so, Ellaria killed her daughter, but I don't want to see her go out like anything Cersei might have planned. It will not be pretty. The Sand Snakes are gone, and I'm not sad that they're gone but I am sad that they were never as good as they are in the books, so they can kick rocks. I'm ok with that.
The best thing in the episode was the female leadership taking command. Though short lived for Ellaria and Yara (Asha) Dany has the best adviser in Lady Olena. I love her! "Be a dragon," is probably the best advice she's gotten. She wants to be good, but Olenna knows Cersei and she knows men. No one is going to give her the keys to the throne room willingly. I just hope they attack before Qyburn gets his experiment to work. Though I hope that Sam's experiment on Jorah does work. If it does, Sam will be the Dr. Gregory House of Westeros.
With just five episodes left in the season and six episodes next season, more people are going to die. I know this is Game of Thrones and losing people is a part of the game but up until now, my favorites have survived. Sure, there have been losses that hurt, but to think of losing Arya, Jaime or even Brienne, I just can't begin to think of how they would handle those characters. I'm not even going to mention anyone else's name because I prefaced this with I'm scared!
I've come to love and admire Brienne. She's ultimately the most honorable and good character on the show. Which is why she's probably going to die. I like Tormund, but he's not that good. He has been loyal to Jon and part of the reason why he's done as much as he has. Lest we forget that he led a party of Wildlings to pillage and kill Ollies family and town which is why Ollie couldn't see straight when Jon let the wildlings in from beyond the wall. Though I love these two characters and the "ship" that's happening now, I fear for them both.
I love Arya but I know she's probably not going to make it to the end. I don't think it will be soon, but it's coming. Though we love her strength and fierceness, she's killed a lot of people. A LOT of people, and I just don't see how she lives a normal life when it's all said and done. Some of that showed in her interaction with Hotpie. She was Arya, meeting up with someone she knows very well and she still seemed distant and off. Hotpie definitely noticed when he asked questions about where she'd been and she just ignored that all together. She seen too much and done too much to be normal in the end. Though I still dream of a life for Arya and Gendry, I just don't think it will be.
And then there's Jaime. Sir Jaime Lannister, Kingslayer. Season's one and two, who would have thought that there'd be love for Jaime by anyone but Cersei, who I don't think really loves Jaime as much as she loves herself and her likeness in Jaime. Jaime's character has truly had a metamorphosis. He's still got his issues, but he sees his sisters flaws and is the buffer to balance. I just think Cersei is too irredeemable which will force him to (hopefully) do the unthinkable...again. In that moment, or after that, I'm not sure how much longer he's around without her.
The thought of another year until the final 6 episodes is torture! We're already two episodes down, almost half way through the season and where did the summer go??? It would make it better if Martin announces a publication date for Winds of Winter. Please George R. R. Martin! At least with more book to digest and analyze the long night won't be sooooo bad.
Black Panther is seven months away and and the anticipation is palpable. The trailer dropped weeks ago and stoked a fire in the hearts of old fans and new. Of course this is Comic Con weekend, which almost feels like a national holiday at this point whether you are in San Diego or not, and the cast and director of Black Panther filled Hall H.
Ryan Coogler talked about loving comics as a kid and reading anything but as he grew older, wanted a comic that had a character that looked like him and he was directed to Black Panther. His love and admiration for not only Black Panther but comics in general give me goosebumps when I think about what's coming in February 2018.
I'm excited about all of the strong women but Danai and her excitement in just talking about an amazing people on the continent of Africa makes me more excited. We've already seen the amazing footage and I can't wait for the soundtrack but the opportunity to see an array of black characters with dimension and layers and texture and conflict and poise and beauty and crazy and wrong and right and able and wise and tyrannical and majestic...because black people are people. With different motivations and drives and experiences and viewpoints. It's been a long time coming but this is the superhero movie we need right now. And I can't wait for all the black boy joy and black girl magic that's going to happen after this hits the theaters.