"The Winds of Winter" - Game Of Thrones (Season 6, Episode 10)
Perhaps not the most popular choice for the episode of the season... certainly "Battle of the Bastards" finishes the arcs that the whole season was visibly building up to (Snow vs Bolton & Daenerys vs Slavers Bay). The real central story to Game of Thrones has always been events in King's Landing however, and boy does this episode deliver. The season was full of resurrections and surprise back-stabbings and for this episode, we pretty much all knew
how Cersei was going to escape justice from the hands of the High Sparrow and her enemies. In the age of Reddit speculation, it's impossible to surprise an audience with a plot development that is so built up on established events without it being completely ludicrous and out of left field.
Faced with this dilemma, Game of Thrones did the only thing it could do... it produced one of the most elegantly paced and perfectly crafted ten minutes of drama this year. Lena Heady is perfect as she watches the Great Sept from afar as she waits and hopes for her plan to come to fruition, relying on a mere two allies and a small group of viciously stabby children. A slow, graceful introduction that culminates in one of the most subtle and self satisfied moments of victory I've seen a villain do in a long time.
Doesn't hurt that the show finishes on one of my favorite tropes, which is Evil Pyrrhic Victory. "The Villain who gets everything they want, but loses everything they cared about in the process"
God I really don't want to lose Cersei, but she really deserves it.
I leave you with Light of the Seven, the first major use of the piano the score for GoT has used, and easily my most listened to piece of music this year:Edited by flint - 11/25/16 at 9:57am