By Mary McNamara
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In Mary McNamara’s astute commentary of the season finale of Game of Thrones she writes, “A female-led “Game of Thrones” may not have been the show the network wanted (or bought), but with “Vinyl” flopping and trouble plaguing a series on Lewis and Clark and two projects from David Fincher, it is exactly what HBO needs.”
Los Angeles Times
Was there ever such a reckoning?
The Season 6 finale of “Game of Thrones” was the hour (and 10 minutes) in which the women of Westeros began, with great method and no mercy, to settle all family business.
To be sure, the “ice and fire” parentage of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was the single biggest revelation of Sunday night’s episode. As many fans have long suspected (and fervently hoped), he is not the son of Ned Stark but of Ned’s sister Lyanna who was kidnapped and raped by Rhaegar Targaryen. Which makes him nephew to Daenerys Stormborn (Emilia Clarke), the unwitting bridge between two warring houses, and, arguably, next in line to the Iron Throne.
Even so, it wasn’t Jon Snow who owned the episode, or, indeed, the season. It was Daenerys, Sansa (Sophie Turner), Cersei (Lena Headey), and Arya (Maisie Williams), characters who, over the course of six seasons, have been sold into marriage or slavery; some raped, most imprisoned; all betrayed, beaten, robbed of wealth, family and home.
Characters who finally put the game of thrones back into play; tables turned as kings fell and queens took their place.
Not all of the causes were righteous, along with the High Sparrow and his followers, Cersei brutally murdered many innocent bystanders, not to mention Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer), but after the dizzying and overwhelming battle of Episode 9, the finale advanced all manner of plot lines with such striding confidence that the increasing shift toward female empowerment felt like the natural course of things in Westeros, and beyond.