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"Mother's Mercy" wraps up a particularly dark Game of Thrones season with a finale that delivers strong character work and and a handful of appropriately bleak cliffhangers.
But this is "Game of Thrones!" Melisandre is around and there's a direwolf just waiting to be warged. Is he gone or isn't he? Let the debating begin.
Unless Martin pumps out the sixth book before Season 6 premieres next spring, he might not maintain the readership that his series has so far enjoyed -- not only because folks will simply watch the series, but also because of the hopelessness.
So! This was a fun one! Everyone who deserved to gets to lead a long and happy life, and the wicked are punished thoroughly and has to do endure either a walk of shame and/or the most murder-y fraternity hazing in human history
The apparent extinguishing of Stannis's flame aside, I mostly loved "Mother's Mercy."
"Mother's Mercy" is a culmination of this narrative, a very typical finale for Game Of Thrones in its conscious look ahead to next season.
"Mother's Mercy," though, was a fitting end to a season that asked what we will do to the people we love, and where we go when even family can't save us.
"Mother's Mercy" is an important turning point for the series.
If "Mother's Mercy" offered some familiar frustrations, along with a lot of gruesome and/or morally ambiguous moments, it also offered a lot of great individual moments that let this cast shine.
The season finale of Game of Thrones was basically a series of vignettes where various characters got their revenge... usually with an ironic twist. It was a lot to take in.
This is a great episode.
I'm still excited for next season, but I find myself slinking back into the book camp now, tail between my legs.
In a finale stuffed with exciting moments it's hard to say what was best. Every single character had a defining scene.