Last week's episode of Game of Thrones, which saw the destruction of the Night King, sent fans reeling. After all, as Daniel D'Addario puts it for Variety, "Killing off your main villain with three episodes to go is a weird thing to do." He also thinks Sunday night's show did it "doubly well," with both a huge feast "in which every member of the Winterfell team worked out or worked through their feelings," followed by the establishment of what lies ahead. Those feelings, revealed both during and after a rather bacchanalian party, included an abrupt romance between Jaime and Brienne, a rejected proposal from Gendry to Arya, and even a tender moment between Sansa and the Hound. The episode, D'Addario writes, was "proof of Thrones' ability, still, to toggle between plotlines and tones elegantly even as the story winnows down to a few key characters." Reaction across the rest of the board, however, is decidedly mixed:
- All over the place. Siding with D'Addario is Erik Kain, who calls the episode "incredible" for Forbes: "a dense, at times funny, at times horrifying episode." Still, he found plenty that was problematic, including a "superfluous" scene with Bronn, the too-quick death of Rheagal the dragon, and the fact that we don't get to see Arya and Sansa's reaction to Jon Snow's lineage revelation.