Lazy Sundays: Hardhome (Game of Thrones Episode 5.08)

I can’t believe we only have two more episodes left in the season, but ‘Hardhome’ was definitely a doozy this week.  Let’s get into it!

1.  Ooh, Sansa!  I think we’re going to see her snap and take care of Ramsay personally at some point.  She stole that corkscrew from the construction and I think at this point she’s willing to use it, especially after Theon/Reek’s confession that he really didn’t kill her brothers.

2.  Gah, poor Ser Jorah once again.  Tyrion was totally right in a logical way (especially when you consider his greyscale) but his eyes when Daenerys told him to leave again were heartbreaking.

3.  Sam and Gilly are so cute together.  I think their relationship will end badly for both of them but I’m just enjoying it now.

4.  Cersei is being set up to confess; we’re seeing her at an entirely new low.  I think the season’s finale, Mother’s Mercy will have her carry out the High Sparrow’s special punishment.

5.  Okay, I absolutely loved the battle at Hardhome.  It was a well shot scene, not too terribly corny with the wildling council and the action was amazing.  I loved seeing Night’s King stare at Jon Snow and just raise his hands, adding the dead wildlings to his army at the very end.  It was incredibly chilling and the whole scene was just perfect.  It definitely makes up for the really horrible Sand Snake fight scene.

So what did you guys think about this Sunday’s episode?


  1. patricksponaugle

    That episode was great, and there were so many chilling visual moments during the battle, like the Dead Lemming Avalanche, the overhead shot of wights rushing through a small gap in the wall (and crawling under the wall), the stomping giant, the apocalyptic Others on horseback surveying from above. Etc.

    Great horror movie action.

    Karsi the wildling mother was so well established, I’m hoping that some of that writing energy was directed at the Sand Snakes and Prince Doran for the last few episodes.

    • Carrie Slager

      Yes, the Dead Lemming Avalanche was amazing! It showed just how much the white walkers do not care about humanity. They’ll just throw more of their dead at them.

      About Karsi. When she froze up at the sight of kids do you think it was a mothering instinct moment or a ‘I recognize one of them’ moment? People seem a little divided on that and even I’m not really sure.

      • patricksponaugle

        My preference is that she just didn’t want to face undead children. I don’t know if it was because she recognized one (I would accept that, but I think it’s unlikely – they all seemed to have been dead a long time) and we know she’s a mother, and maybe that played into it.

        I’m hesistant to say that it was her mothering instinct because other mothers might feel different than her. After all, it wasn’t her kids.

        (I’m sorry I’m waffling.)

        I’ve seen people complain that it was an anti-feminist moment, that she was killed like that because she was a woman. I don’t know if that’s fair, although we don’t have any scene where wildling men hesitate in killing undead kids, which might have been interesting.

        I’d prefer to think that seeing undead children was such a horrible moment, that she just couldn’t process it. I mean, it’s a pretty major looking-into-the-abyss moment to come to grips with.

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