First, read the article, but do come back. Sorry, no time for a fancy link or quoting of text. Maybe I’ll revise later.

I look at the last episode like I look at Empire Strikes Back. The bad “guys” (Cersei) won this round. Now, how will our heroes handle it?

I don’t think the female characters have been betrayed. The writers have proven that the ladies have not become Mary Sues (a term I despise but fits here). They are human and always have been. We don’t always like the characters in GoT. They make human mistakes, and they often pay for them.

Daenerys has always fought her crazy. She does things wrong. She learns from her mistakes (we were reminded of that this season), the history of her family, and the advice of the people she keeps close, and she grows as a ruler and a person. Don’t be mad until the show ends, and she doesn’t find her way back to Mhysa-status. I trust that if she doesn’t, there will be a good reason, and good writing to back it up.

Sansa did what she feels is best for the North, in the way Littlefinger and Cersei taught her, without regard to gender. She was Sansa being Sansa, for better or worse, making her own decision, just like she did before the Battle of the Bastards. She is playing the game. Don’t assume she intends to put Jon on the Iron Throne. She wanted to be Queen from episode one. Perhaps now she realizes she doesn’t need a King.

Ser Brienne allowed herself to feel love. For once in her life she let herself trust enough to be intimate with a man. That takes the kind of strength we know Ser Brienne to have. We all know she has loved Ser Jaime far longer than the two weeks the article describes. Their love for each other was finally consummated after years. Ser Jaime came to Winterfell for Brienne, knighted her, fought under her command, then pursued her as a woman. And then left in the harsh way that he did. She can cry in her damned night gown if she feels like it. If the situations had been reversed, Ser Jaime would be bawling in his small clothes, too.

Missandei was another in a long line of heartbreaking losses, but I don’t see the betrayal of character. She was put back in chains, after months of being treated like a second class citizen by the North. I’d say, “Dracarys,” too. Or are you actually mad that a translator couldn’t hold of the Iron Fleet by herself?

Okay, I think I got it out. I shall resume my day.