We've always known, as Jon knows, that the Wildings including the Giants are ultimately allies in the fight against much more fearsome enemies, and we see that played out brilliantly and savagely tonight. What could be worse than an enemy already dead? Well, a dead enemy who turned your own people into his troops by killing them, so that if you retreat without taking your killed with you, they will be raised with the wave of the hand of the Night's King, which will instantly increase his army.
And that's just what we see at the very end of this episode, when the appealing Wilding Chieftainess, after fighting heroically and ferociously, but dying under the overwhelming onslaught of the cold dead, is raised up by the Night's King. I would have liked to have seen her a little more as Jon's ally among the living, and who knows what terror she'll wreak as part of the army of the dead.
It's hard to see how Jon Snow with whatever army under his command will be able to best this. (I haven't read more than the first novel in this series.) It's always been the dragons and their fire that might melt and undo the frozen dead, but Daenerys is still a ways off from King's Landing, let alone the Wall and what's north of that. But that ultimate battle, whenever it comes, will surely be one worth waiting for.
In the meantime, it's great to see Tyrion at her side - good for Daenerys, Tyrion, and the story, since he, as the best and brightest of the Lannisters, can give her advice more sage than probably anyone else in this story. And as for battles, I'm glad I saw tonight's on a summer's eve, since it makes the deathly grip of the cold a little less of a real threat - just a little.
See also Game of Thrones 5.1: Unsetting the Table
And see also Games of Thrones Season 4 Premiere: Salient Points ... Game of Thrones 4.2: Whodunnit? ... Game of Thrones 4.3: Who Will Save Tyrion ...Game of Thrones 4.4: Glimpse of the Ultimate Battle ... Game of Thrones 4.6: Tyrion on Trial ... Game of Thrones 4.8: Beetles and Battle ...Game of Thrones 4.9: The Fight for Castle Black ... Games of Thrones Season 4 Finale: Woven Threads
And see also Game of Thrones Back in Play for Season 2 ... Game of Thrones 2.2: Cersei vs. Tyrion
And see also A Game of Thrones: My 1996 Review of the First Novel ... Game of Thrones Begins Greatly on HBO ... Game of Thrones 1.2: Prince, Wolf, Bastard, Dwarf ... Games of Thrones 1.3: Genuine Demons ... Game of Thrones 1.4: Broken Things ... Game of Thrones 1.5: Ned Under Seige ... Game of Thrones 1.6: Molten Ever After ... Games of Thrones 1.7: Swiveling Pieces ... Game of Thrones 1.8: Star Wars of the Realms ... Game of Thrones 1.9: Is Ned Really Dead? ... Game of Thrones 1.10 Meets True Blood
And here's a Spanish article in Semana, the leading news magazine in Colombia, in which I'm quoted about explicit sex on television, including on Game of Thrones.
And see "'Game of Thrones': Why the Buzz is So Big" article in The Christian Science Monitor, 8 April 2014, with my quotes.
Also: CNN article, "How 'Game of Thrones' Is Like America," with quote from me
"I was here, in Carthage, three months from now."