we had many intentions of being here with you all last week, but alas, we fell prey to the inevitable throes of toronto maple leafs fandom.
the terrifying lows, the soaring highs, the creamy middles!
but let us speak no more of that, lest our sportive hearts break yet again. and frankly, after last night's doctor who series seven finale, we don't know how much more we can take.
thankfully, river song has appeared to remind us not to shed any spoilers until after the jump.
wikipedia's got a nice primer on the previous episode, but for those of you who'd prefer not to click away, here are a few points we enjoyed (or didn't?):
-Sansa Stark's heart-rending innocence: "Did your mother teach you that?" oh, bless! she really believes Margaery is a virgin. that scene was pretty excellent, and made us love Margaery even more than we already did.
-that scene between Joffrey and Tywin was shot and directed beautifully. very powerful to see these characters interact: neither wishes to concede any power, yet both must defer (to some varying degree) to the other.
-Melisandre and Gendry are in Blackwater Bay? that's...different. Seems like she won't be heading directly back to Dragonstone. And she told him about his lineage! What is she planning?
-Orell is boring and typical, and Ygritte dispatches him accordingly. However, the windmill scene was adorable - love to see this character with her defenses dropped, no matter how fleeting!
-Robb Stark and Talisa's butts - simultaneously. ALL the BUTTS. Game of Butts.
-Arya was captured by the Hound! More interactions between them immediately! Please?
-I don't really want to talk about Theon's sexual assault and subsequent castration. Wait, whoops.
-Daenerys is becoming a more impressive leader by the minute, it seems. And the dragons look dooooope.
-The rescue of Brienne by Jaime was by far one of the best parts of this episode - but to be honest, we were pretty uncomfortable with the fact that they used a real bear. This is a show that destroyed whole ecosystems in Malta; I wouldn't imagine that humane treatment of animals is a high priority.
but enough of that! what's going to happen tonight?
-the episode's title implies it could be heavy on the Tyrion and Bran (plus Rickon, i guess) storylines. are we missing anyone?
-how will this first of many weddings to come play out?
-will today's nudity be gratuitous - and if so, will it be somewhat even-handed?
-will we be beset by yet more torture scenes, likely starring Alfie Allen and his torturer (whom we've mistakenly named many times, not realizing it was meant to be a secret)?
-what's next for Daenerys and her mission to free the slaves of Essos? perhaps...a distraction?
-and what about
spoiler? Spoiler spoiler spoiler!
let's hit the jump and see if we can't learn the answer to some of these questions together.