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Over the course of the season, Daenerys went from having a couple of dozen seasick Dothraki at her disposal to having a faithful army of thousands. Her dragons are bigger and clearly capable of causing massive chaos and destruction at her command. She now has a devoted Queensguard leader in the form of Ser Barristan Selmy and a hot new lieutenant in the form of Daario Naharis. Can anything stop her? Well, there's still the little issue of actually going to Westeros, the place that she wants to rule that she has never set foot in before. But, all in all, this was a time of gains for Daenerys. I will say, though, that as much as I'm a fan of Daenerys (because, DRAGONS) I am more than a little uncomfortable with the whole slave liberation narrative. Mostly because it's boring. I just want her to start riding those dragons and getting on with stuff already. Ugh. Anyway.
As much as I hate that they are winners this season, they just are. Tywin knows what he's doing. The dude just gets stuff done. The Lannisters number one foe is dead and Stannis Baratheon is headed up north to the Wall instead of South to fight the Lannisters. Perhaps there will be peace across the land? It will be interesting to see what happens following Joffrey and Margaery's wedding, though, because the Tyrells don't seem like they're too keen on losing any ground themselves.
I mean, when the heir to a house is neutered (literally) and the lands that were claimed in war are lost, I'd say that you've had a pretty bad season. It's not that Theon didn't deserve to have a lot of bad stuff coming to him for all the evil things he did, but...did we have to watch all that bad stuff go down? Really, I don't think I'll ever eat another sausage again.
Oh, House Stark. As badly as things ended for you in the first season, what with the head of the family losing his, um, head, things have gotten so much more dire. Every single one of the remaining Starks (including Jon Snow) are separated from one another and are all in peril from outside forces. In addition, almost none of them even know that the others are alive. The family has been so thoroughly fractured that it seems hard to believe that they will ever recover and be able to find each other again. But maybe they can? We shall see. And we can hope. See you next season!
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