‘Game of Thrones’ recap: What were the best (and dumbest) moves in ‘Hardhome’?

In the “Hardhome” episode of “Game of Thrones,” Dany and Tyrion forged an alliance and there was a battle for the ages between Jon Snow and the white walkers. After reading my recap of the episode, be sure to make your own predictions in our “GoT” prediction contest and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will die next.

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Best Moves:
1. Jon Snow goes wild
He was able to get a good portion of the wildlings on board with his alliance, which was good gameplay already. But what happened next was nothing short of epic. In a battle with everything from white walkers to giants to a healthy amount of winter, it was Jon Snow that reigned supreme by taking an impressive amount of lives (including a KO with his Valyrian steel blade), then escaping with the wildlings in hand to build up a defense for the attack that comes next. It was possibly as big as Blackwater and with the dead now being conscripted for the white walker army, the board has now been set for a bigger battle to come.

2. Tyrion Lannister draws the Queen of Dragons
When questioned on the issue of what Daenerys should do with Jorah, Tyrion gives not only a wise but shrewd answer. He says that she should not kill him because to kill those who are devoted to you does not inspire devotion. He also says he should not be by her side as he failed to trust her wisdom and grace in the past. As any good politician knows, positioning yourself in between two extremes creates the appearance of reason and thoughtfulness. He is able to win the respect of Daenerys and is asked to join her team. Welcome back to the game of thrones, Tyrion.

3. Daenerys Targaryen gets a great draft pick
Which brings us to Dany. Tyrion is one of the savviest, knowledgeable and charming players in the game. To add him to her team is a huge asset moving forward to his former home, Westeros. And with some big losses in the past season, she needs his counsel more than ever.

Dumbest Move:
Cersei Lannister has no apologies
Sitting in a cell, ridiculing the religious guards and refusing to confess is giving her no options. And with Jaime away and the new Hand of the King, Kevan Lannister, being someone she sidelined earlier in the season, it looks like she has few advocates in the realm.

Emmy Moves:
Let’s not talk about actors this week. With arguably the most impressive battle in the series’ history and the meeting of two fan favorite characters after five seasons, this episode gives “Game of Thrones” a huge claim to a writing and especially directing Emmy. It can also help them in their bid for Best Drama Series. It is currently in third place on Gold Derby’s chart at an improved 5/1 odds from last week.

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