Someone made an interesting observation elsewhere: While I think all of us clearly saw the episode as one that had themes of revenge, it even more strongly had themes of captivity and freedom. In every single situation we saw, this week, we had people who were, in some manner, captives and trying to reconcile that:
1. Jaimie and Brienne, with Brienne having to show him a better way than giving up.
2. The Night's Watch were, in a sense, captives of Craster. They lashed out with complete violence.
3. Arya a captive of the Brotherhood Without Banners, as well as the Hound, who she gives up to them as a murderer.
4. Sansa, as always, a prisoner of the Lannisters but given a way out.
And many others, actually.
And that, I think, is why Dany's story strikes so powerfully at the end. She is not the captive, she is the captor. And with that power she gives freedom, she destroys a slaver's city, but without harming innocents. This episode went a long, long way to showing just what kind of leader Dany is, and just why I think she is the Queen that Westeros needs.
This is actually my favorite quote of the entire first season!
I had a lot of those reactions myself when I was reading the book, 13 years ago.
However, while it hasn't happened yet, I'm almost 100% postiive I know who Jon's mother is. And, furthermore, I know the ONE person in the world who also knows who his mother is. That's right, there's one other, and He can still tell Jon.
I don't know if it will ever happen in the books, but if you're really really curious, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Game of Thrones in the header.
Be warned, though, it's a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE spoiler. It's only speculation, but...well, let's just say that nearly every fan of the book series who has figured it out is convinced it's the truth.
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