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 – “High Sparrow”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 3 | Aired April 26, 2015

Tonight’s episode was very Stark centered. While we did see some of Cersei, a very short scene of Margaery and Tommen’s wedding, a couple minutes of Tyrion, and even a scene between Podrick and Brienne, the main focus of this episode was definitely the remaining Stark children.

Not going to lie, the whole thing with The Sparrows is kind of confusing me. I get that they’re some religious cult-y thing, but this is definitely the scene in this weeks episode that I’m going to have to go back and watch again (there’s always one). I thought Margaery and Tommen were adorable. Honestly, Tommen is already a better kind than his brother was and he hasn’t even done anything yet. As for Margaery, she’s just as badass as she was in the premier and her sassing Cersei had me very happy.

Queen Mother or

We saw Tyrion in the last couple minutes and he was just as sarcastic and sassy as ever, fantastic. Honestly, do they want to give Tyrion the Iron Throne cause I reckon he could do a pretty good job at ruling. Right? Am I the only one who thinks this? Finally the scene with Podrick and Brienne was great. I’ve loved Brienne since her first episode and Podrick since his and their partnership is hilarious and adorable. Podrick tries so hard and Brienne is so focused on her task, but they just seem to fit so well. Though I do hope we eventually get to see Podrick and Tyrion reunited.

Now, onto the Starks. This episode honestly reminded me of episodes from season one. Not in plot or anything like that, but the fact that it was very focused on the Starks and the Lannisters. These are obviously the two main houses and while it wasn’t just these two families in this episode, they were definitely the primary ones.

At the end of the last episode we saw Arya entered the House of Black and White in Braavos. This week we saw her inside the house sweeping and doing other chores. I actually laughed at this because all the stuff she was doing in the House were all things she wouldn’t have done at home in Winterfell. Arya is told that if she wants to become a faceless man then she must get rid of the things that make her Arya Stark. She gets rid of all her clothes and money by throwing them into the water.

Needle

Then she picks up Needle. Alright, so at this point I was freaking out, “No, Arya, don’t throw Needle in the water! Jon gave you that! Don’t do it!” Well, she didn’t throw it and I was able to breathe again. Instead she hid it in some rocks, but for some reason I have a feeling it may not be there when she goes back next time. Braavos is a strange place and weird things seem to keep happening there and we’ve barely seen any of it yet!

Moving on to Sansa. Last season we saw Petyr Baelish propose to Sansa (something that was creepy enough was you think about the fact that he spent years pining for her mother). However, tonight we learned that his proposal was not for himself. He was actually proposing on behalf of Ramsey Bolton. This is creepy and wrong on so many level it’s ridiculous. Not only has Ramsey done some seriously disturbing and unspeakable things (like the way he tortured Theon), but his father, Roose Bolton, is the man who betrayed and killed Robb Stark.

Sansa

While initially I thought Sansa was going to cry when she saw the two Bolton men, instead she plastered on a smile and once again I was punching the air in celebration for Sansa Stark. I know a lot of people thought she was kind of a pointless character who spent most of her time crying and feeling miserable (can you really blame the girl through? Half her family is dead and she’s married/almost married three men who were responsible for their deaths). However, this season we’ve seen her rising above and putting on a good show. Everybody underestimates Sansa and I think she’s counting on that and I am very excited to see where this goes over the next several episodes.

Finally, Jon. Last season I was pretty tired of all the scenes at The Wall. I don’t know why, I just got sick and tired of the storylines there, but this episode made me very excited to see more of what happens there. We saw Jon taking up his first duties as Lord Commander and, after one of the men refuses to do what Jon commands him to, what does Jon do? Cuts off his head. Jon Snow 0-100 in less than a second. I was just staring at my television going, “Alright… alright… alright… that happened.” I didn’t know how to feel! On one hand, alright Jon! Showing everyone that you mean business. But on the other hand, on no Jon… you used to be so adorable and sweet and angry at the world and now you’re cutting off people’s head. Once again this is a situation where I’m not sure if will make things better or worse for him with the members of the Night’s Watch who don’t trust him.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Which part was your favourite? Any predictions for the rest of the season?

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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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Game of Thrones Episode Review – Season 5 Premier: “The Wars to Come”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 1 | Aired April 12, 2015

Run: April 17th, 2011-Present
Created by: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
Prod. David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfied, Carolyn Strauss, George R.R. Martin
Genre: Fantasy, Serial Drama
Based on: A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
Starring:Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aidan Gillen, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, Indira Varma, Conleth Hill, John Bradley-West, Sophia turner, Maisie Williams, Hannah Murray, Jerome Flynn, Alfie Allen, Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Gwendoline Christie, Kristopher Hivju, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Tom Wlaschiha, Dean-Charles Chapman, Iain Glen

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the return of Game of Thrones and there really aren’t enough words to say exactly how excited I am for it to be back.

I first got into the show just before the fourth season aired and every moment I wasn’t in class was spent getting caught up on the first three seasons.

I remember watching the first episode and going, “I’ll only watch the one for now” and then Bran got pushed out the window and my social life went with him.

This show was wild from the very beginning and last night was no different. In one hour Game of Thrones managed to visit many of its characters and set up what is going to be some amazing storylines.

I’m going to try and not go on forever about this episode, but so much happened I make no promises!

The first episode of season five opens with a flashback of Cersei and a friend visiting a witch in the woods. The witch predicts Cersei’s future and tells her she will marry a king for a time. The king will have twenty children while she will only have three, showing that Cersei knew a long time ago how her life would probably end up.

Robert Baratheon was actually a very large part of this episode, despite having died four seasons ago. Aside from this mention of him in the flashback, Lancel Lannister, the king’s former cupbearer and Cersei’s former lover, returns during Tywin’s funeral, having reformed his ways. He apologizes to Cersei for all his wrong doings such as sleeping with her despite them being cousins and being indirectly responsibly for Robert’s death. He was, after all, the one who kept giving the king wine while they were out hunting.

This entire conversation between Cersei and Lancel directly parallels a conversation between Cersei and Jaime at the start of the episode where Cersei accuses Jaime of being indirectly at fault for the death of their father as he was the one who helped Tyrion escape. This is one of the things I love about Game of Thrones, despite having so many characters and so many storylines, there’s always these little parallels going on.

Speaking of the younger Lannister brother, last season we saw Tyrion escape his death sentence by getting on a boat with Varys. Now we’ve seen him finally arrive in Pentos after an undetermined amount of time in a box on a boat. And what is the first thing he does? Has a drink. I actually laughed so much at this point because even with everything that’s happened throughout every season, the one thing you can count on is Tyrion Lannister and his wine.

“I killed my lover with my bare hands. I shot my father with a crossbow.” – Tyrion
“I never said you were perfect.” – Varys

It is revealed in this episode by Varys that he wants Daenerys to rule Westeros and sit on the Iron Throne. Out of all the candidates they’ve had so far, I have to say I agree. The only other one who maybe could have done it is Ned Stark. Maybe Robb Stark if he hadn’t been King of the North. Everyone else they’ve had as the king or who has declared themself king (Robert, Stannis, Renly, Joffrey, Tommen) for one reason or another just aren’t who they need. Personally, I’ve voting for Daenerys or even Margaery as I think she’d be a pretty awesome queen (keeping in mind I haven’t read all the books yet).

Moving on to Daenerys. We see that she has taken up residence in Meereen (pronounced Marine, apparently) and is ruling there with the help of the unsullied. As much as I think she’s awesome and completely badass and hopes she rules Westeros, I always have trouble keeping track of where she is because she definitely seems to be the character who moves around more than any other. Near the end of the episode she goes down to the tombs where she had chained two of her dragons and, honestly I had a hard time figuring out what was going on here. I don’t think they were trying to burn or attack her, but they definitely weren’t being friendly or trusting. Which, you know, after being locked in the dark for an undetermined amount of time by the person who took care of you, I’d probably be pretty ticked too.

Heading over to The Wall now we see that Stannis seems to have taken up residence there. He asks Jon to convince Mance Rayder and his people to join Stannis’s army and help him take the Iron Throne and that if they do then all their past crimes will be pardoned. Mance Rayder refuses and is subsequently burnt at the stake. Scenes like this always help show which of the characters are more sociopathic than others. Jon walks away, Gilly hides in Sam’s shoulder, Stannis’s daughter closes her eyes. Meanwhile, Stannis himself is watching, Stannis’s wife had a look on her face that was freaking me out, and Mance’s people were watching in what was definitely horror.

“The freedom to make my own mistakes is all I ever wanted.” – Mance Rayder

In the end, Jon shoots and arrow threw Mance’s heart and puts him out of his misery. On one hand I thought this was great of him to do as it shows that, despite all the bad stuff Jon has had to deal with, it hasn’t sent him over the edge yet. But at the same time I feel like this is going to turn a lot of people against him as this only reinforces the idea that Jon is too soft and fond of the Wildlings.

Jon Snow

Another set of characters visited were Baelish and Sansa (who I think dyed her hair? It looked black to me, but that might just have been my TV). The pair are first seen to be leaving Robin Arryn with Lord Royce so the boy is safe and hopefully Robin can pick up some fighting skills while he was there. We next see them riding in a carriage (which passes right by Brienne and Podrick!) and Baelish says they are going somewhere even Cersei can’t find Sansa. Dun dun dun. Where are they going? Is there actually someone in the world that Cersei can’t reach?

To a Land So Far

The final character I have to talk about is Margaery. Now as I mentioned before, I think she or Dany should rule the kingdoms. She was only in this episode for a few minutes, but those few minutes only reinforced this belief. She walks in on her brother, Loras, and Olivar and, as always in this show, doesn’t care that they’re naked. I actually laughed really hard here because it’s such a sibling thing, isn’t it? Loras is making out with a guy and then his sister walks in and cockblocks by announcing she’s hungry.

Margaery and Loras talk about their marriages. Now that Tywin is dead, does Loras still need to marry Cersei? He says that if they do not marry that Margaery will be stuck with her mother-in-law, and what does Margaery say? “Perhaps.”

Perhaps

This gave me chills and I don’t know why. It’s just so simple. Just one word and that’s literally all she needed. “Perhaps.” Perhaps what? Perhaps Loras and Cersei do marry? Perhaps Margaery doesn’t stay? Perhaps she kills Cersei? Perhaps what? It was only one word and this was honestly one of my favourite parts of the episode because it does what Game of Thrones does best. It left you with more questions and wanting more.

I absolutely loved the season five premier and can’t wait to see what happens over the rest of the season. I also really want to see where Arya is as we didn’t see her at all tonight.

I’m going to be continuing to review the episodes each week. Future reviews will probably be shorter than this one as they probably won’t visit every single character in every single episode. Future reviews will also be more, you know, like a review as opposed to a recap.

What did you think of the season five premier? What are you looking forward to this season?

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