I BELIEVE, BUT: So, Game of Thrones. What can one say without spoiling?
I think the lesson of Episode 9 is that all of the craftiest political manipulation can set some serious stuff in motion, but once it gets going, the motion feeds itself. One whisperer colludes with another, and there's a plan in place. But it takes just a moment of tactical inspiration by one teenager, or a moment of petulant idiocy by another, and the plan can veer wildly off course. To the panic, of course, of the people who thought they were the ones pushing the chess pieces.
And that ending, of course: when I read it in the books, I had to read it again and again because I just didn't believe it.
One episode to go in this season, and it's starting to feel like a season of The Wire or Lost -- this show started slowly, as it introduced the characters and built tension, but as we hit the end of the season, it's total chaos. I can't wait for next week, and then next year.