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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."
Overall, this was a gripping, but almost relentlessly dark episode: a fitting close to a season that has grown increasingly darker in the last few weeks.
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.
"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.