Sorry about the slight delay, friends! It was recital weekend at the dance studio where I teach, so I’m finally all caught up on the TV I missed and ready to write.
This week in television started with an episode of Game of Thrones that shocked us all with the brutal death of a fan favorite. The week continued with a two-part episode of The Bachelorette that was more emotional than usual be because of the death of a contestant after his exit from the show. Wednesday’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance featured more auditions, Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black introduced us to a new clone (as my favorite one was left dying on the floor at the end of the episode), and the whole week was sprinkled with fantastic sporting events—from NBA and Stanley Cup Finals games to the Belmont Stakes.
The week kicked off with a flourish in the form of a fantastic Game of Thrones episode, and nothing—not even another excellent hour of Orphan Black—could top it. The most memorable Game of Thrones moment of this past week (and maybe this whole season so far) was the death of Oberyn Martell, but that wasn’t my favorite moment.
That honor belongs to Sansa’s testimony about her aunt’s death, which was a true showcase for Sophie Turner’s growing talent as an actress as well as Sansa’s ever-evolving character arc. It was such a powerful moment of catharsis to hear Sansa talk about her time with the Lannisters and with her aunt. However, this scene was about more than just catharsis. It was about Sansa doing what she does best—finding a way to survive without losing her sense of self. By lying for Littlefinger, Sansa was able to reclaim some of her power over her situation. My lasting impression of this scene is that Sansa Stark is a survivor, and it’s not by accident that she survives. This scene begins an arc that I found fascinating in the books, and I have faith that it might be even better on the show in the hands of such a capable actress.
What was the best thing you saw on TV this week?