By now, Game of Thrones fans know that the penultimate Episode 9 is when you can expect the boldest action each season. Ned was killed in Season 1, Episode 9. The Battle of Blackwater was Season 2, Episode 9. And, of course, Season 3, Episode 9 brought us the dreaded Red Wedding. Instead of being the height of drama like on most shows, Game of Thrones finales are used to tie up loose ends and set plots in motion for the following season. However, even knowing that pattern, some fans found Season 3, Episode 10: "Mhysa" disappointing.
Arguably, the Season 3 finale packed less punch than the past two finales. In Season 1, you had Robb being declared King in the North, the Night's Watch heading north of the Wall, and, of course, the birth of Dany's dragons, which was definitely the strongest ending scene of any season so far. Season 2 had Theon's failed last stand, Dany's escape from the House of the Undying, and the army of White Walkers, another good visual to end on.
In the Season 3 finale, on the other hand you had ... what? Arya killing a man, Ygritte shooting Jon, Gendry's escape, Yara marching off to save Theon, and the slaves embracing Dany. There were a lot of very, very strong individual scenes, but it was light on big, epic moments, in part because there was so much to cover, and in part because the goings on in King's Landing were all talk. It was interesting talk, but we can see why fans thought "Mhysa" felt like a normal episode, not a finale.
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Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaDMartin.