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

We had plenty of fire in “The Dance of Dragons” episode of “Game of Thrones,” and you know where there’s fire, there’s dragons. 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. Jorah Mormont fights for his rights
Putting himself in the fighting pits seemed like a pointless move at best for Dany’s former advisor and made him seem like one of those exes that is finding it a little too hard to move on. However, he was able to win the fight and it actually placed him in the perfect position to save her from an assassination attempt from those pesky Sons of Harpy. Looks like he may have achieved what seemed impossible last week and made his way back onto team Dany.

2. Daenerys Targaryen rides the dragon
So her plan of reopening the fighting pits backfired a little but it was able to draw her missing dragon, Drogon, back into the fray, showing that Dany always has an ace up her sleeve. After Drogon puts the Sons of Harpy in their place, she approaches him, climbs up and does what fans of the show have been waiting for since the end of Season 1 … rides the dragon. This puts her in a commanding position moving forward.

3. Jon Snow gets through a wall
It was a small moment in the episode, but after last week’s epic battle, Jon Snow was able to get the wildlings he rescued through the wall without anything more than a stern look from Olly.

Dumbest Move:
Stannis Baratheon fires up his family
Sometimes big and cruel moves can pay off in this game, but sacrificing his daughter to the lord of light seems too brash and will surely cause trouble down the road. Tyrion advised Dany last week that “a leader that kills those devoted to her is not a leader that inspires devotion.” And this week Stannis not only killed one of the most devoted people to him, but in an incredibly painful way. Where’s Jon Snow and his crossbow when you need him?

Emmy Moves:
Two seasons ago when we saw our first dragon attack, Emilia Clarke was able to earn her first and only Emmy nomination for the show. Now that we’ve seen Drogon in even more action, perhaps a second nomination can be earned for the actress who plays his mother. Currently Clark sits in 12th place on Gold Derby’s charts.

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