Game of Thrones
And Now His Watch is Ended

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Margaery Knows What She's Doing

This time, Daenerys doesn't wait for the translation. She answers in the same language, "A dragon is not a slave." It has finally dawned on the slave master that she understands Valyrian, and therefore understood all the things he said about her. She tells him, "I am Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen of the blood of old Valyrian. Valyrian is my mother tongue." Oops! He is starting to realize this isn't going as he'd hoped. And then Daenerys shouts, "Unsullied! Slay the masters! Slay the soldiers. Slay every man who holds a whip." Some dummies could be throwing their whips down about now. She adds, "But harm no child. Strike the chains off every child you see." The master yells to kill her because he has forgotten that he just sold all his soldiers.

Daenerys says, "Dracarys." I know this one! It's Valyrian for "Dragonfire." The dragon incinerates the slave master and takes to the air. The Unsullied attack everyone around them. So does the dragon. A series of fireballs rises above and behind Daenerys. She doesn't look surprised by all this. She doesn't even look all that triumphant, in my opinion. She just has the air of someone whose plans are coming to fruition, as Astapor starts exploding.

It's interesting how satisfying this scene is because there's no surprise in it at all. There was no chance Daenerys was really going to trade away a dragon, and as soon as the slave master started badmouthing her, it was a pretty good bet that she understood it and would take bloody revenge. But even though this scene is exactly what everyone expected to happen, it's still great. You don't need a swerve. Sometimes it's enough to just give the audience what they want.

After the fight -- no. After the massacre, Selmy walks the smoky battlefield. Daenerys is backlit in the smoke, and she looks great. She doesn't even look at him as she hops up on her white horse. She shouts, "Unsullied! You have been slaves all your life. Today you are free." And they can leave if they want. No one does. She asks, "Will you fight for me? As free men?" There's no answer because of that legendary discipline. But one of them starts pounding his ground on the floor, then they all do. It's quite inspiring.

Daenerys leaves Astapor on her horse, followed by her advisors and her army. She throws the whip to the ground and she and her army go into the desert. There are dragons in the sky. SKREE!

So I guess it's safe to assume that Astapor will not be in the opening credits next week. I got my wish!

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