Great Game of Thrones last night, huh? Yeah, it sure was good. But I'm afraid I have to put my annoying "guy who read the books" hat on and tell you one maybe possibly deflating thing about last night's excellent episode. So, if you are one of those types who do not want to know anything about what's to come, click away right now.
While many exciting, interesting things happened last night — some great stuff with Varys, a cruel twist for Theon, a mutiny in the North — the undeniably biggest moment of the episode was seeing our fair-haired heroine Daenerys go all tough and kill a bunch of slavers. Particularly the head guy, who was burned alive by one of Dany's dragons. Yes! We finally got to see a dragon do some dragon sh-t last night, setting that bald jerk ablaze and satisfying all of our Sunday night bloodlust. It was a terrifically staged scene, thrilling and stirring and beautifully acted by Emilia Clarke.
Of course the show doesn't always strictly adhere to the books, so they could figure out a way to make her story more interesting, but I wouldn't keep my hopes up. Unless they invent a lot of new stuff, last night's dragon-ing is about the only thing those critters are going to do until whatever season covers the second half of the fifth book. I know it's a bummer to hear and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but people were so excited about Dany and those damn dragons last night that it feels like the responsible thing to do. To issue a gentle warning that, if the books are any indication, we're in for a world of snooze from Daenerys for the next long while.
I know this is an awful thing to hear, but it feels necessary to say. Yeah, the dragon thing was really cool. It's really cool in the books, too! But after that? Well, start to pull your focus back toward Westeros because that's where all the action is for the foreseeable future. And believe you me, there is some action coming. Huge, thrilling, sad, scary stuff is on its way. But none of it is happening across the Narrow Sea. Things could be different on the TV show, but just in case they aren't, try not to fall in love with Dany if you already haven't. Because, I'm afraid, she's very likely going to let you down.