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Underscored by an especially heartwrenching moment and a spectacular display of power, "The Dance of Dragons" successfully delivers the shock and awe audiences have come to expect from the series' penultimate episodes.
In a twisted way, it's to the show's credit that after five seasons of killing lovable people in awful ways, the audience can still experience deep shock and horror.
The scene with Nymeria and Tyene playing a game of quickness felt like the first genuine portrayal of the Sand Snakes this season.
I fail to see what the horrific immolation of a teenage girl added to the narrative in any way, shape, or form.
I've been defending Game of Thrones against those who dismiss it merely as "that show about dragons" for years now... But Sunday night, it was also about the dragons.
None of this [character] aimlessness seems pointless: just the opposite. This season is leagues beyond the detouring of the fourth book.
With Drogon under Dany's control and the White Walkers marching south, the battle between fire and ice is finally beginning, and with "The Dance of Dragons," Game of Thrones continues to discover exciting, emotionally resonant ways to convey this.
I'm not sure that they can all be tied up in a way that makes sense and is also satisfying, but at least the ninth episode provided us with some literally jaw-dropping final moments.
With "The Dance of Dragons," fire was the dominant element, and it was horrible, and then it was wonderful.
How far is too far? That's the question that lingered as Game of Thrones' penultimate episode rounded the third quarter.
At least they didn't show Shireen's death on screen, but her screams at the stake were heartrending.
It almost seems as if the final moments of "The Dance of Dragons" were orchestrated to help audiences get past Shireen's sacrifice, but if that was the aim then it failed dramatically.
Season 5, episode 9 of Game of Thrones has to win the award for worst transition in TV history.