“No One” was another solid, if unspectacular, episode of Game of Thrones, with its greatest strength perhaps being its tight focus. Only five different plot lines were featured this week, a relatively low number by Game of Thrones standards, and each one got the care and attention it deserved (with the possible exception of Tyrion and Meereen, but that’s almost always the case). With next week’s penultimate episode, titled “Battle of the Bastards,” devoted almost entirely to events in the north, it’s likely that we’ll have to wait until at least the season finale to get clarification on some of the more perplexing elements from this episode, so think of this as the most pertinent questions leading into the season 6 finale.
10. What Was The Point of Arya’s Braavos Story?
After almost two full seasons of waiting, it looks like we’re finally done with Arya’s time in Braavos. Although things got quite exciting near the end, with the Waif’s creepy It Follows-like pursuit of Arya ratcheting up the tension, it hardly makes up for what largely amounts to a middling plot line that dragged the show’s pace down more often than not. With Arya now on her way back to Westeros, it looks like we’ll be leaving the Faceless Men behind for a good while, so why did we need to spend so much time with the Braavos story to begin with?
Yes, Arya definitely has more skills now than she did before, but it honestly doesn’t seem like she really learned all that much, other than how to kill someone in the dark (which, to be fair, could come in handy). Arya’s growth and development over the last two seasons came at the cost of her having anything interesting to do and overall, the Braavos story felt more like a device to keep her away from the main action for an extended period of time than a story that needed to be told.