Not one week removed from critics claiming that "Game of Thrones" can "no longer surprise audiences" comes not only one of the ten biggest surprises in the show's history (in my opinion), but what may well indeed be the single biggest character revelation so far. And, indeed, one of the most tragic endings to a character's story.
Last night's episode displays a forethought of story, structure, surprise, and revelation from author George R.R. Martin that blows many other authors out of the water. What was indeed a secondary character for the majority of the show's run/book's length, a moment of discovery, surprise, and tragic on a somewhat supernatural level brings this particular character's story arc into a deeper mechanic of the purpose and endgame of what "Game of Thrones" IS and is to BECOME.
Heartbreaking, heroic, and tragic on a level I haven't experienced in many years of watching movies and shows, the creators of the "Game of Thrones" show and author George R. R. Martin outdid themselves on every level to the saddening benefit of the fans. One of the best dramatic moments of the story's run, by far.
Hold the door.
Other stuff happened as well. The entire episode was great, but on this one particular review, I just wanted to highlight the part we as fans are going to be reflecting on for the rest of the series' run, as well as when we go back and re-watch from the very beginning when all is said and done.