Game of Thrones Episode Review: “A Dance of Dragons”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 9 | Aired June 7, 2015

****WARNING: This post contains MAJOR spoilers for last night’s episode of Game of Thrones! If you haven’t seen it yet don’t read!****

Remember a few weeks ago when I went on and on about that adorable moment between Stannis and Shireen and even said he might not make such a bad king after all? I RETRACT ALL OF THAT!

I heard the rumors of what might happen, but after Stannis told Melissandra no, I thought that was it, we were done with the issue. However, it was obvious what was going to happen last night from the first moment we saw Stannis and his army slowly freezing half way between The Wall and Winterfell.

Stannis has been determined to become king from the moment Robert died, but last night we saw that he will literally do anything to make that happen when he allowed his daughter, Shireen, to be burned at the stake as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. I am so angry!

Princess Shireen

Shireen was so sweet and she loved her father so much and just wanted to help him become king. She had no idea what was going to happen until the guards were suddenly picking her up and tying her to pyre.

I don’t want to see Davos’s reaction when he learns Shireen is dead. He definitely knew what was going to happen, after all, he was the who helped Gendry escape before they sacrifice him (speaking of which: where is Gendry? Is he still floating in the middle of the sea?). If it’s anything like Shireen’s mother, who was surprisingly heartbroken considering how much hate she’s had for her daughter so far, I will not be able to handle it.

Shireen

Do you know how many episodes Shireen was in? Ten. The equivalent of one season out of five. And yet, she was one of my favourites. I made the mistake of liking a character and they paid for it with their life.

Several other things happened last night. Jon arrived back at The Wall with the Wildlings and for a moment I thought the others at The Wall weren’t going to let them in. Thankfully they did and everyone seemed to be amazed by the giant now in their midst. Alliser tells Jon that he has a good heart and that this will get him killed. Given what happened last week and given that next week is the finale, I’m a little concerned now about who might die.

We also saw Arya who should’ve been completing her mission down on the docks last night. Instead, she saw someone she once knew. At first I thought it was going to be Gendry and I was very excited. Instead, it’s Mace Tyrell and Meryn Trant, the latter of him Arya spies on in a brothel where he’s getting the youngest girl possible to be with. I think we all see where this is going and it’s terrifying.

In Dorne the Martells agree to let Jaime and Bronn leave and to take Myrcella with them. On the condition that they bring Trystane with them. They agree, and despite Ellaria trying to make amends, I have a feeling the dangers aren’t over yet. Especially since they’re about to return to King’s Landing and find out that Cersei has been locked up.

If they get back and the High Sparrow arrests Jaime then technically that means it’ll come out that Tommen and Myrcella are bastards, right? Which means Tommen will no longer be king and who knows what will happen with Myrcella and Trystane. Everything is a mess.

Finally, Meereen. Once again Dany is overseeing an event in the Fighting Pits. Jorah ends up participating in one of the fights and walks away the victor. Everything seems to be going fine, until Jorah fires a spear into the crowd, killing one of the Sons of the Harpy who was sneaking up to kill Dany.

Jorah Sons of the Harpy

Sons of the Harpy appear all throughout the crowd and begin killing people. Jorah helps Dany to try and escape, along with Tyrion, Missandei, and Daario. Just when it seems like they’re trapped, Drogon appears and begins killing the Sons of the Harpy (and a few unfortunate bystanders). I was so excited when the dragon flew over and stadium. After seeing him a couple episodes ago I knew he’d be back soon so I’m really glad it was to protect Dany.

In the end, Dany ends up climbing on his back and they fly off. I was a little confused by this cause, yeah great, she’s safe, but sorry Tyrion, Jorah, and the others, look after yourselves! She just left them there! I’m assuming there was a plan somewhere in her head otherwise things are going to go downhill really quickly.

Dany Rides a Dragon

So, a lot of death last night. I’m guessing that since next week is the finale we’ll see ever more. Maybe the start of the war?

What did you think of last night’s episode? Predictions for the finale?

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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

****WARNING: This review deals with some triggery subjects such as assault, as presented in last night’s episode of Game of Thrones.****

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 6 | Aired May 17, 2015

This episode was… an interesting one. There were several things about this episode that I enjoyed, but, surprisingly, there were also several things I didn’t like. It also seemed to be a very sibling focused episode, with Sansa and Arya having primary storylines, the Lannisters, the Tyrells, even stories of siblings.

I’m a little torn about Arya’s storyline in this episode. I like that she seems to be coming into her own at the House of Black and White, you know? She seemed to be figuring things out and making progress. But I also hated how they made her out to be a whiny child. Arya’s always been strong, in my opinion, one of the strongest characters on the show.

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In season one she rebelled against the things typically expected of her as a young lady, season two and she was surviving horrific situations, season four she survived travelling around with the hound. It’s like now they’ve stuck her in a dress and got her around new people, she’s suddenly a little girl who is angry at how unfair everything is instead of taking that anger and turning it into strength and vengeance. But! I do think that this will change in the next couple episodes. Arya does deserve to take a bit of a breather and I think we’ll probably see her back to being the badass that she is. Hopefully with Needle.

I am Sansa Stark of Wintefell

As for the other Stark sister, I hated what they did to Sansa in this episode. At first I was excited. As she’s talking to the girl who had been planning to marry Ramsay, she tells her, “I’m Sansa Stark of Winterfell. This is my home and you can’t frighten me.” I was cheering, like, “Yes Sansa!” She wasn’t scared, she wasn’t a child anymore, she had grown up and was dealing with her situation in a way that I don’t think she could have a few seasons ago. And then they went and tore it all apart.

You can't frighten me

After Sansa marries Ramsay, he takes her to bed and forces Theon to stand there and watch. First of all, was this scene necessary? Overall I would like to say no, never, absolutely not. There were so many other ways they could have motivated Sansa to either destroy Ramsay and the Boltons or get her to Brienne without adding in what was completely unnecessary violence against her. There are plenty of other ways to spur on Sansa’s vengeance against Ramsay without making him assault her. What makes it even worse is the idea that it was done so as to advance Theon’s character (which we obviously don’t know for sure, it’s just speculation), as presented by Vanity Fair.

“Even worse than the idea of Sansa needing this to motivate her into vengeance is the notion that the Theon character needed to watch her rape in order to snap out of whatever zombie/Reek fugue state he’s been walking around in. I’m afraid that is the show’s interpretation, based on where the camera lingered. But the last thing we needed was to have a powerful young woman brought low in order for a male character to find redemption. No thank you.”
-Vanity Fair

If they had Ramsay assault Sansa just to move Theon’s character along then that is 100% not okay. Sansa was becoming empowered, she was holding her own. She’s survived so many awful situations and come out stronger and that had better be the case here. If they use this to turn Sansa into some of damsel in distress and Theon, now back to being Theon, comes to her rescue, then this show will have reached a point I didn’t think possible.

There are so many different opinions on this and it is such a hard subject to talk about because of that. I think I probably rewrote this about six times, trying to make sure I got it across properly. In my opinion, I don’t think it was necessary. Obviously in a show like this that stuff does happen, but it really seems to happen a lot in this show and in this case I just don’t think it was needed. Was it meant to motivate Sansa against the Boltons? Well, personally, I think the fact that they murdered her family is enough motivation and this was like he camel on the already broken Camel’s back. I don’t know, I don’t know what to say any about this anymore without repeating myself/having it come out as gibberish. I guess now we just have to wait until next week to see where this leads.

I know there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of different opinions on the matter and that’s all this is, an opinion. Some are saying that it was necessary to develop Sansa’s character and motivate her revenge against the Boltons once and for all. This is a hard subject to talk about because you don’t ever want to justify what happened, but also think that if they use this scene as a means to motivate anyone besides Sansa (because, you know, the fact that Boltons murdered her family wasn’t motivation enough) then that’ll make it worse.

Alright, moving on. Baelish told Cersei exactly where Sansa was and what she was doing there. What? What? Baelish what are you doing? I never know when he’s being sneaky versus when he’s being an asshat so I have no idea who’s side he’s on now. I mean, I guess he’s on his own side, as usual, but seriously, is this supposed to benefit Sansa or Cersei? Is there some underlying plan here? I really hope so. I assume so.

Also, after many weeks of talking about her, we finally met this season’s Myrcella. She actually seems quite happy in Dorne with Trystane which would be great if there weren’t a bunch of people there who wanted her dead. Jaime and Bronn find her and try to convince her to come with them just as the Sand Snakes attack. Thankfully, they all make it out of the fight after several guards from Dorne break them apart. Needlessly to say, this isn’t quite how I thought things would go. I didn’t think they’d find her so quickly, or that Myrcella would like Dorne so much, or that none of them would die. Though, there’s still several episodes left so I guess there’s still plenty of time for things to go South.

Can we just take a minute to acknowledge how beautiful everything in Dorne is. They’re so brightly coloured! I never really noticed it before and despite all the completely awful stuff that happened last night, the pinks and yellows and other bright colours were a nice contrast.

Myrcella and Trystane

We also saw a bit of Tyrion Lannister in this episode and he had quite a nice interaction with Jorah. I love both of these characters separately so having them together, with how different they are, is hilarious. Jorah is so serious and focused on his mission. Meanwhile Tyrion is hungry and wants a drink. I’m pretty certain that ever since Jorah kidnapped Tyrion he’s told the Lannister brother to shut up in every episode.

Sidenote, what happened to Varys? Does he know Tyrion was kidnapped? Does he think he just wandered off drunk? Is he still travelling to see Dany? Will he meet Tyrion there? Where is he?

Finally, this episode may have been called “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”, I feel like the Tyrell storyline should have it’s own title of “The Betrayal, The Trial, The Arrest”. Like, that was intense. It seemed like such a relaxed environment, but it turned pretty quickly. Loras is on trial with the High Sparrow for being a ‘Pillow Biter’.

Loras he swears he didn’t do anything and Margaery swears he did nothing wrong (even though both of them know that’s not the case), and for a moment it seems as if everything is going to be okay. And then the doors open and in walks Olivar. Oh my god I was so angry! I liked Olivar. I said in one of my recent reviews that he was only on screen for a few minutes and I’m already attached to him!

Margaery Taken

But he walked in and told them about how he and Olivar had slept together and that Margaery knew because she had walked in on them. This resulted in both Tyrell siblings being arrested. Loras for being a ‘pillow biter’ and Margaery for lying in front of the Gods. I don’t know what I think of all this. I hope Margaery and Loras are released because they’re both amazing. But then this whole thing with Olivar. Did he do just because he could? Did Cersei force him to tell them? Why would he do this? He can’t honestly think he’s going to be declared innocent just because he told them because that’s never how these things work. Did you see Margaery’s grandmother? She is about to flip her lid. The last person who crossed her family choked to death at his own wedding so…

And can I just say, why didn’t Tommen say anything?! He didn’t even get up! Come on Tommen, get it together!

Deep Sigh

This show… I just… I don’t know… I’m always left with so many questions at the end of each episode, but as they usually do, it’ll all come to a head in the last couple episodes and things will explode.

What did you think of last night’s episode? What do you think is going to happen next?

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Game of Thrones Episode Review – “Sons of the Harpy”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 4 | Aired May 3, 2015

Whenever I watch an episode of Game of Thrones I take notes on what’s happened. I do this because so much happens in each episode and I want to make sure I remember everything that happens when it comes time to write this. The only problem with this is that I write the notes really quickly because I’m mostly paying attention to the episode and by the time I’m done I’ve got like, two pages of notes that I need to then try and compress into a review.

So, bare with me, because a lot happened in this episode that needs to be covered.

First, Jorah has Tyrion. We didn’t see too much of these guys in this episode, but I wanted to mention this because I was laughing so hard at the fact that Tyrion manages to annoy people even when he has a gag in his mouth. Also because, going off the preview for next Sunday, we’ll be seeing a lot more of these two.

Second, in this episode we finally see Jaime and Bronn arrive in Dorne. They immediately run into trouble in the form of several Dornish men, but despite the danger I was laughing. During his fight against one of the men, the Dornish man’s sword becomes stuck in Jaime’s gold hand, allowing him to kill his opponent. This was so unexpected and such a lucky move that would only ever happen Game of Thrones that I just couldn’t stop laughing.

Jaime and Bronn

However, the happiness doesn’t last long when we learn that Ellaria has three women out in a tent willing to gather an army and kill Myrcella for her. What’s worse is that the captain of the ship who helped smuggle Jaime and Bronn to Dorne has told one of the women about their arrival. I said it before and I’m saying it again, someone’s going to die. Probably multiple someone’s as this is Game of Thrones. But will it be Jaime? Fighting to rescue his daughter? Bronn, trying to uphold his end of the bargain and honour? Myrcella, accidentally caught in the crossfire? Or Ellaria, guided only by vengeance for Oberyn (and we saw how well that turned out for him). Who do you think is going to be killed in the fight?

Now, moving onto the final Lannister sibling. This was a very Lannister-centered episode wasn’t it? Once again we saw Cersei manipulating and conniving and just doing what she does best to get her way. On one hand, I’m really enjoying this whole plot of Cersei .vs. Margaery in their attempt to rule. But on the other hand, I was so angry with Cersei in this episode. At first I didn’t really understand what she and the High Sparrow were talking about until I saw the Sparrows massacring people and then I got it.

I got so worried when Olivar got hurt (he was literally in one episode for about a minute and I’m already attached, I hate this show) and then when they killed those two men for being with other men I was just sitting here going, “No! Not Olivar! No! Please don’t kill him!” And they didn’t. Okay, breathe, it’s fine. Then they took Loras. Naturally, Margaery was pissed. Yeah, I was with her on that one. At first I kind of found Loras annoying and kind of pointless, but this last season and even season four I’ve really gotten to like him (which is never a good thing on this show).

The one I really felt bad for tonight though was Tommen. He’s trying so hard to be a good son and a good husband and a good king and I feel so bad for him! We saw him try to do his first sort of ‘kingly’ duty without his mother by his side and it didn’t work. Instead, he looked terrified and had to stand there while people in the streets called him a bastard. Like come on people, he’s what? Twelve? Thirteen? I’m pretty certain they said how old he was last season, but everything’s starting to blend together.

Speaking of blending together, for some reason I thought Rhaegar was Dany’s father. Apparently he’s her brother. Whoops. All these names and places and storylines tend to bleed together after a while and I honestly have trouble keeping them straight sometimes.

Sir Barristan

Despite that bit of confusion though, this scene made me so happy! This nice little conversation between Dany and Ser Barristan was pleasant and fun and such a break from the normal. I should’ve known it wouldn’t last. By the end of the episode people in the streets had been slaughtered, among them several of the Unsullied and Ser Barristan. I feel like I should’ve seen this coming. No one gets to have a good time on Game of Thrones without dying shortly after. At first I thought Grey Worm was going to die, but as soon as Ser Barristan came onto the screen I just knew, “Oh, this is it. Bye.” I was so sour. Also! We’re left wondering whether or not Grey Worm is alive or dead too! Come on Game of Thrones, don’t do this to us.

Dany

Also in this episode we saw Baelish and Sansa. I don’t know how I feel about this pair. When he kissed her I was kind of cringing, but when I look at the alternative (Ramsay Bolton), I prefer Baelish. We learned in this episode that Baelish will be returning to King’s Landing which means Sansa will now be alone with the Boltons. Not going to lie, I’m a little skeptical about this storyline. If Sansa doesn’t kick some serious Bolton ass before the season is up I’ll be both surprised and disappointed.

Baelish and Sansa

We saw in this episode that Melisandre tried to seduce Jon to convince him to ride south to Winterfell when they leave the Wall. Jon refuses and states that he can’t be with her because he still loves Ygritte. This was both a cute ‘awe’ moment and a sad ‘awe’ moment. Then Melisandre spoke again.

You know nothing

You just have to look on the internet to see how much people were freaking out about this line. Everyone was sitting in front of their TV’s going, “SHE DID THE THING!”

Jon Snow 2

Last, but certainly not least, Stannis. Now, I’ve said before that I tend to get a little bored with the wall. Also, previous to this episode, I wasn’t really a big fan of Stannis. However, this episode I gained a whole new respect for him and I really enjoyed the development we saw in his character.

I’ve always like Stannis’s daughter, Shireen. I think she’s adorable and spunky and just a great character for someone who isn’t on the screen much. Well, tonight she asked her father a question I think many of us have been wondering: “Are you ashamed of me?” Stannis’s response had me (and many others according to the internet) awe-ing. He spoke about how Shireen got Grey Scale and how he wasn’t ashamed of her, that she was his daughter and he loved her.

Stannis

Well, I loved this scene. I know a big part of the show is war and blood and sex, but I love these sides of the characters. These are the things that give dimension to the characters and make the show so much more than just a bunch of people fighting over a rather uncomfortable looking chair. I was also really excited to hear how Shireen got Grey Scale as it’s always been such a big part of her character. Every time she’s in an episode someone brings it up so I’m glad we finally learned how she got it. Not gonna lie, I’m king of Team Stannis for the Iron Throne now.

Shireen

This episode was so crazy. There was so much that happened and so much to cover and it’s definitely all leading up to something. Everyone keeps talking about the big war that is to come, this big for the North, for the throne, for this and for that. It’s building and building and I think something big is definitely going to happen by the end of the season.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Did you have a favourite part? What are you hoping happens?

Check out the preview for next week!

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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “House of Black and White”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 2 | Aired April 19, 2015

This week on Game of Thrones we finally saw Arya who arrives in Braavos, Stannis tries to get Jon on his side, and Jaime starts his quest to Dorne to get Myrcella back after Cersei receives a sign that their daughter may be in danger. We also see that this danger is real when Ellaria (Oberyn’s partner) wants revenge on the Lannisters for Oberyn’s death.

I loved last nights episode, even better than the premier. Don’t get me wrong, the premier was great. But I think they were trying to get so much information covered in the premier that a lot of it got jumbled up together. I could hardly keep track of what was going on last week and didn’t remember who some of the characters even were.

Last night they jumped around less and were able to focus on a handful of characters and explore their storylines better. I prefer this to trying to cover every character and only seeing each one for about five minutes.

“House of Black and White” started with Arya arriving in Braavos. I was so excited for this and knew as soon as Arya appeared on the screen that it was going to be a good episode. While she wasn’t in the episode for an excessive amount of time, we do see that she has transformed even more since leaving The Hound. When several boys start talking to her in a seemingly threatening manner, Arya doesn’t hesitate to pull Needle on them. She knows that she’s alone there. She doesn’t have her family, her friends, The Hound, or even the people in Braavos to protect her so she’s going to do what she has to to make it, just like she has before. This is easily why Arya is one of my favourite characters on the show.

Valar M

Arya is also present at the very end of the episode when the man who had turned her away at the start shows up again and changes his face to become “no one.” Well, no one suspiciously looks like Jaqen H’ghar. At the end of the episode, Arya enters the House of Black of White.

At The Wall, Stannis is trying to appeal to Jon and get him on his side by offering to make him a legitimate Stark. But Jon decides to refuse and instead is nominated (and chosen) as the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been a little lost on what’s going on at The Wall this season. I don’t know why, but whenever I watch it it’s like I need to watch it again (and maybe even again) for it to sink in.

Just like last week I am left wondering what is going to happen to Jon now. We saw that after his decision to show Mercy to Mance Rayder that Stannis wasn’t pleased. Now Jon’s refused his offer to become Lord of Winterfell and is obviously not going to be leaving The Wall any time soon, I feel like Jon is slowly putting himself in more and more danger.

This episode saw the return of Bron when Jaime recruits him to go on a mission to Dorne and bring Myrcella back to King’s Landing. This is all at Cersei’s request as she fears for her daughter’s life. Now, when Cersei and Jaime were talking about Myrcella, I was thrown for about a split second when Cersei said “our daughter” because for a moment I actually forget the Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen were theirs together. I don’t know if she’s ever said “our daughter” on the show before, but if she has I don’t think it was ever said like that. Before it’s always been whispered like a dirty secret that Jaime was their real father. Last night Cersei was accusing Jaime of never being there for their children.

Jaime Lannister

I am really excited to see where that’s going because I feel like this might be setting it up for everyone else to find out about Cersei and Jaime. I’m wondering if Margaery might find out and use it to her advantage? Like as a way to not have marry Tommen. Who knows, we’ll just have to wait and find out.

Alright, last thing I’m going to talk about is Ellaria, who is part of the reason Jaime is traveling to Dorne. She wants Myrcella dead as vengeance for Oberyn’s death at the indirect hand of the Lannisters. However, Oberyn’s brother refuses her when she asks to kill Myrcella. Evidently she and Oberyn were not on the same page when it came to how they treat little girls in Dorne.

Oberyn

If I’m being honest I don’t remember a whole lot about this girl from last season except for her face when Oberyn died. Last night I was just kind of sitting here going, “wow, you’re a crazy person.” Like, I get that she’s angry about Oberyn and is blaming the Lannisters, but asking to cut up a little girl and send her back to her mother piece by piece seems a little too far.

Ellaria

I think it’s safe to say that this isn’t going to end well and if Ellaria doesn’t die before Jaime gets to Dorne, I have a feeling someone with the last name Lannister (or Bron) might just die.

What did you think of “House of Black and White”? What was your favourite part? What do you think of Ellaria’s threat?

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