This is what we’ve been waiting for all season long — epic, frightening ‘Game of Thrones’ action. When the dogs started barking eerily in the Wildlings encampment, there were gripping moments of creepy anticipation that something otherworldly was about to happen — and it did!
Game of Thrones has spent most of its episodes this season meandering along, seemingly getting all of its key characters in place, so they could finally get down to the business of actually DOING something. Well, finally, as we get closer to the end of the season — can you believe it — we were served up Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)’s shocking rape and now, the terrifying attack of the White Walkers on the completely unprepared Wildlings of Hardhome.
While GoT book fans — including myself — were not pleased by the TV aberration from the books which delivered up Sansa to Ramsay Bolton as his wife/sex slave in a huge plot change, the White Walker massacre of Wildlings was just what the season needed. George R.R. Martin may not have written this tsunami-like attack of the White Walkers into any of the first five books, but we knew it had to be coming. Now, GoT has the throat-clutching sense of urgency that only the Stark family appears to have been clued into for, like…forever.
“Winter is coming”, the family’s motto, is an eternal reminder of the living dead terror that years-long winters bring to Westeros. No wonder it’s Eddard Stark’s bastard son, Jon Snow, who aside from Mance Rayder, is the only living soul who “gets” that the army of living dead is far more dangerous than any of the warring families of Westeros. And now that we’ve seen those waves of crazed Walkers pour over a cliff and relentlessly break into Hardhome, we get it, too.
It’s World War Z come to Westeros. Yes, the undead living in Wildling territory are exactly like those blood-hungry hordes in Brad Pitt‘s epic World War Z. They’re swift, they have beyond human strength, and they’re on a non-stop mission to kill, kill, kill! The Wildlings fight bravely and hard, but they can’t keep up with the seemingly endless supply of zombies. Stannis Baratheon, Ramsay and Roose Bolton, Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen had better stop their plotting for the Iron Throne and get with the program fast, or there will be no warm-blooded living subjects left to rule over.
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Hmm — I wonder how White Walkers fare against dragon fire? Maybe that will prove as deadly to them as Valyrian steel and dragon glass. The semi-civilized world can only hope. When the GoT showrunners planned this full scale White Walker attack, they got everything right — from the dogs barking a warning, to the eerie silence of the Wildlings abandoned beyond the gate, to the haunting sight of the four White Walker kings watching the action from up high on the cliffs, to the frantic zombies beating, smashing and crawling their way through and below the Hardhome gates to the horrifying spectacle of an icy blue-eyed White Walker king raising all the dead with one ominous wave of his arms.
Westeros and beyond, beware — the dead now don’t really die. They just keep on coming. Sharpen your Valyrian steel, viewers: Game of Thrones just got very, very interesting. We’re back to the nail-biting action that the series needed just in time for it to end again. Oh, no! Can’t believe we’ll have to be waiting for another season soon!
HollywoodLifers, are you sooo into Game of Thrones again? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller