*Warning: Spoilers to follow.
Ladies and gentleman, let the “Game of Thrones” hangover begin. No longer will our Sunday nights be filled with gratuitous violence, incest, dragons, white walkers and Jon Snow.
While this fact is upsetting for the show’s most avid fans, it is important to have a period of reflection to determine, in essence, what the hell happened during that season finale.
Perhaps the most interesting (and dragged out) plot point was the relationship between little Arya Stark and The Hound. Throughout this season, their pseudo-friendship became a source of comedic relief.
Their witty banter and strong desire to kill one another was a pleasant distraction from the darker duos, like Theon Greyjoy and Ramsay Snow or Cersei Lannister tonguing Jaime Lannister.
While some fans were thankful for the sprinkle of humor, others were wondering where exactly this storyline was headed. It was clear that Arya was never going to thank The Hound for keeping her alive and safe for this entire time (which made her seem arrogant and ungrateful).
On the flip side, The Hound was never going to admit that he truly cared for the girl and thought of her as family (which made him look like a callous heathen).
Ultimately, it was a classic case of two extremely stubborn people unable to admit their true feelings due to some outrageous sense of pride. While I recognized this as a viewer, I safely assumed that something traumatic would happen (as it always does) and they would finally have an “aw” moment in which they would finally embrace and declare friendship.
I was wrong, as I tend to be when I attempt to predict the madness that is “Game of Thrones.” When Arya was discovered by Brienne of Tarth, I was relieved to see The Hound step in to her defense. I knew he wouldn’t let her be taken back to King’s Landing and not only because he wanted to sell her, but also because he recognized how dangerous it was to be a remaining Stark in those times.
As Brienne and The Hound continued to fight, it was clear that Brienne — in all of her sexually ambiguous glory — would win, which oddly enough, had me feeling all sorts of bad for The Hound.
The Hound never really did anything that awful — I mean, he killed The Butcher’s Boy in season one, but honestly, who hasn’t killed someone innocent on this show?
The Hound at least had the decency to redeem himself. Had he not taken Arya, she would have been dead.
Cut to the scene of The Hound bleeding to death. He does all that he can to provoke Arya into killing him to put him out of his misery. He even begrudgingly begins to beg her. She stands there in complete silence, which I have to admit, was entirely uncomfortable. I would hope that most viewers were as bothered as I was when she walked away, leaving him to die slowly and painfully.
I didn’t find that moment to be “badass” on her part; I found it to be selfish. This man, despite how vulgar and cruel he can be, is the reason she is alive; the least she could have done was kill him! Perhaps she was unable to kill him because she did, in fact, feel thankful for his help.
However, I’ve seen that girl stick needles into way too many abdomens to think that she’s really a softy, deep down.
It was a disappointing end to a very interesting relationship. Never have viewers seen a male and female friendship on this program that didn’t lead to sex.
It was refreshing to see a different spin on things, but of course, if you watch the show for it’s lighthearted nature, you’re obviously tuning in to the wrong program.
We can deduce that The Hound ended up bleeding to death and that Arya will return next season, being all sorts of professionally lethal with a sword — as she always wanted to be.
Hopefully, she will finally kill Cersei and all “Game of Thrones” fans can rejoice that only “the good” Lannisters are alive.
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