DANY, MY BEAUTIFUL KHALEESI. ♥__♥
While the scene itself was rather short, it was perhaps the most beautiful scene to end the season with. That after conquering Yunkai, the freed slaves come out to see her, and with her announcing that they don't owe her anything in return, especially not their freedom. She cannot tell them how to live. The choice is theirs and theirs alone. With that, is when they all started to chant one word over and over again, Mhysa. Their word for "mother". Now, keep in mind that this is an emotional thing for Dany personally because, aside from her dragons, she cannot have children of her own. She then realizes what this means, how these people are looking at her, how they are calling out to her, and she walks past her Unsullied and into the crowd. Most will know her of people the Mother of Dragons, but this is the moment when she shows that she is more than just that. She is Mother of the People, and a mother cares for her children.
The scene from the finale, plus the passage from the book:
"Mhysa!" a brown-skinned man shouted at her. He had a child on his shoulders, a little girl, and she screamed the same word in her thin voice. "Mhysa! Mhysa!"
Dany looked at Missandei. "What are they shouting?"
"It is Ghiscari, the old pure tongue. It means 'Mother.'"
Dany felt a lightness in her chest. I will never bear a living child, she remembered. Her hand trembled as she raised it. Perhaps she smiled. She must have, because the man grinned and shouted again, and others took up the cry. "Mhysa!" they called. "Mhysa! MHYSA!" They were all smiling at her, reaching for her, kneeling before her. "Maela," some called her, while others cried "Aelalla" or "Qathei" or "Tato," but whatever the tongue it all meant the same thing. Mother, they are calling me Mother.
This scene just made me so, so happy. Dany has had a good number of badass moments, particularly in this season, but this scene was more heartfelt and uplifting. We know what she has done in terms of conquering slaver cities and freeing slaves, thus gaining an army and other fellow followers by her side, but she had yet to see how the now former slaves saw her. In the books after sacking Astapor she did organize a small council so the free people could create their own society and live peacefully, though the show didn't include that (understandably, since the scene was mostly about her acquiring the Unsullied and sacking the city.) Here, we see how the people see her. They love her, they appreciate what she did for them, and we see Dany overwhelmed by this. We see her take role of being their Mother, of being the one who will conquer and care for the People. When you look back at all she's accomplished, not just this season but from where she came from, this is such a beautiful and wonderful scene to end the season on.
AND HER SMILE. LOOK AT THAT SMILE. I JUST CAN'T. *__* AND THEY LIFTED HER UP AND SHE WAS PRACTICALLY CROWD SURFING. AND SHE SMILES SO WIDE WITH AFFECTION FOR THESE PEOPLE, AND HER DRAGONS FLYING FREELY ABOVE THEM. AND THAT PAN OUT ZOOM OF ALL THE PEOPLE + HER ARMY, SHOWING US PRECISELY WHAT SHE HAS GAINED THROUGHOUT THE SHOW SO FAR. BEAUTIFUL, JUST BEAUTIFUL. I LEGIT CRIED.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE EPISODE FOR ME, TBH.
What else happened in this episode:
** I am kind of disappointed we didn't get Lady Stoneheart in the finale, but I think it makes sense. Wasn't that introduction towards the end of A Storm of Swords anyway? I suspect that we'll be getting that surprise (hopefully) next season. I think ending the season on a high uplifting note is a good way to go, and Dany's "Mhysa" scene did the job right.
** We did, however, get RobbWind. They actually went through with it, holy shit. And the way they showed it, the fact that the horse whipped around to show how they sewn Grey Wind's head onto Robb's body. Brutal, just brutal, and just as grotesquely disturbing as described in the books. And poor Arya having to see that. :(((
** That whole scene actually was a huge gore fest. The fact we saw men getting slaughtered, burned alive, hung. It was like a continuation of the bloodbath from the last episode.
** Joffrey being a little shit, as always. But I think it's hilarious that Tywin, after Joffrey's outburst, basically told Cersei that her son needed a nap because he was cranky, and did so in the most insulting and condescending way possible. XD It was just brilliant. Tywin may be a prick, but he's strategic and pragmatic and knows how to play the game. He knows that wearing a crown doesn't make a good ruler, or someone who knows what they're doing.
** But poor Sansa. I'm sad we didn't get to see more of her reaction about Robb and her mother, considering that she wants more than anything to see her family again. :(
** Jon and Ygritte. ;___; HER TEARS AND SADFACE, NOOOOO.
** REEK REEK RHYMES WITH WEAK. We're finally getting the Theon/Reek thing. Oh God. D:
** ASHA GREYJOY FINALLY HAVING A SCENE. :DDDD
** DAVOS TO SAVE THE DAY! \O/ He is returning Gendry back to his original storyline.
** I saw this finale as a good way of foreshadowing what will happen next season. Remember that this is only focusing on half of the third book. We're getting a lot of build up for certain events that will definitely happen in the second half. Tyrion threatening Joffrey, Arya getting angrier and angrier about what has been done to her family and making her first kill, Shae saying that she would kill for Sansa, etc. It's a good way of setting up what is to come, particularly for the Purple Wedding that will supposedly happen early next season.
Overall: I really enjoyed this season. There were things that I wished they could have done better, or done without, but overall I really really loved what we did get. The Red Wedding, Dany sacking of slaver cities and having her moments to shine, the Tyrells, just a load of stuff that I am happy with. Can't wait for next season. :D
For those interested, here is the "Mhysa" track from the final scene. GORGEOUS. *__*