Game of Thrones Season Five Finale: “Mother’s Mercy”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 10 | Aired June 14, 2015

****WARNING: This post will contain MAJOR spoilers for the season five finale of Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen it yet, STOP READING!****

Alright, normally this would’ve been up on Sunday night or Monday morning, but I was still recovering then so here it is.

Anyone who watches Game of Thrones knows that the season finale is going to be epic. Not only that, but with all the build up this season, there were a lot of hints to stuff that might happen and there were a lot of theories floating around. Despite this, I was not prepared for what actually happened.

After last week’s shocking scene involving Stannis’s daughter, Princess Shireen, being burned at the stake as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light, it seems things are not going in Stannis’s favor. While the snow may be melting, granting them passage to Winterfell, half his army has deserted him (presumably because they watched him kill his only child) and his wife hung herself out of grief. Not only that, but Melisandre left! She got on a horse and took off, heading back to The Wall! I think this was probably the moment Stannis realized he wouldn’t be winning this war, but there was no turning back now.

Stannis and what is left of his army march on Winterfell, only to be mercilessly slaughtered by Ramsay and the Bolton army who had been waiting for them. Stannis ends up being killed by Brienne who had been waiting to kill him ever since Stannis and Melisandre killed Renly.

Stannis

This would have been all well and good if it weren’t for the fact that Brienne had to leave her post of watching over Sansa to kill him. She turned away at the exact moment Sansa lit a candle in the window, the sign that she needed help and wanted to leave. I was shouting at the TV when this happened. Like, of course that’s how it would go. You knew the moment the scene changed from Stannis and his army marching to Sansa at the tower that this was going to happen, but it was still so infuriating!

So, needless to say we weren’t off to a good start. This all happened in I think less than half an hour and we’re already down one main character, one secondary character, and an entire army. We also may be down a Stark sister.

As Ramsay’s army returns, Sansa is cornered by Myranda who threatens her with a bow and arrow. In a shocking turn of events (though one I think we all saw coming in some way), Theon kills Myranda and he and Sansa make their escape by jumping off the wall of Winterfell. And that was it. That’s the last we saw of them. Um, what? I’m assuming they didn’t die, but at the same time I’ll find it really hard to believe if neither of them suffered an injury that didn’t slow down their escape from Ramsay and his army.

Sansa and Theon Jump

I’ve kind of been able to predict where things were going so far, but I’m totally stumped here and honestly? I don’t want to know what’s going to happen. This’ll be one of the things I’ll be waiting for in season six, to see what on earth happened to Sansa and Theon. Hopefully they’ll be able to do more with her character next season and make Sansa the badass we all know she can be.

Speaking of badasses, Arya finally crossed another name off her list on Sunday night when she killed Meryn Trant. She used one of the faces to trick him into letting her close and then killed him. However, Meryn Trant wasn’t the one she was supposed to kill and because of this, she was punished by the Many Faced God and it seems she becomes blind.

arya Blind

This is pretty significant for two reasons. First, as many have speculated, this is symbolic because Arya was so blinded by hatred when she killed him that she was punished by becoming actually blind. It was also incredibly significant because one of the first things she does to Meryn Trant is stab him in the eyes. I’ll be intrigued to see if she remains blind and how this will affect her character in the future.

So, what are we at now? Stannis, his wife, his entire army, Meryn Trant, Myranda, and possibly Sansa and Theon. And we’re not done yet!

Myrcella began her journey back to King’s Landing with Trystane, Jaime, and Bronn. On the way there it was revealed that she knows Jaime is actually her father and has known for ages, possibly even her whole life. Now, I’m not down with incest, pretty certain no one is. But something that’s always interested me and, if the internet is anything to go by, many other fans, is the relationship between Jaime and the children.

We don’t see a whole lot of interaction between them, but I think it’s always been pretty obvious that he probably cared for them more than Robert did. This scene solidified that. Myrcella didn’t care that her uncle was also her father, she loved him and was fine with it and Jaime looked so happy then that I couldn’t stop aw’ing. It was really sweet.

Jaime and Myrcella

And then she died. Yup, in true Game of Thrones fashion, something adorable happened and then Myrcella died, seemingly from poison given to her by Ellaria. Now this isn’t going to stand. Jaime is going to lose it; Cersei is going to lose it; Tommen, the poor boy, isn’t going to know what to do, but he’ll have no choice but to do something now. As for Trystane, he’s going to have to pick a side. I have a feeling there’s a war coming and it isn’t going to be pretty.

Now, things weren’t too pretty for Cersei this episode. The High Sparrow said she could return to the Keep until her trial. Great, sounds perfect. By that time Jaime would probably be back with Myrcella and he could deny the accusations as well. But! There was a catch. Cersei was forced to have her hair cut off and then was stripped and had to walk through the streets, all the way back to the castle, completely naked. All the while, people in the city were throwing things at her and shouting obscenities at her.

Cersei is one of those characters we love to hate. But I felt so bad for her in this moment. I mean, she’s essentially being punished for loving someone everyone else says is wrong. She’s being called a whore and a bitch and a ton of other words I can’t list here and being completely humiliated in front of everyone and I genuinely felt bad for her.

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When she makes it back to the castle she is carried off to get cleaned up by a knight whose face we do not see, but he is a giant. I’m wondering if this is The Hound? Since we never actually learned what happened to him? He seemed way too big though, so I’m not really sure. Whoever it was, I can’t wait to see what happens next. What is Tommen going to do when he finds out? What is Jaime going to do?

What is Cersei going to do when she finds out her daughter is dead? I don’t think this’ll help with denying the incest thing because Myrcella died in Jaime’s arms. I don’t think he’ll be able to hide his grief. He’s had to hide the fact that he was their father all their lives and he finally got to see what it was like to have one of his kids acknowledge him for who he really was to them. I don’t think he’ll be able to continue with the facade anymore.

And can I just take a minute here to address something? I see a lot of people saying how sexist the show is because they’ll show breasts and a vagina, but won’t show a penis. While I agree that there are parts of the show that come across as being kind of sexist (I’m not getting into that right now), I don’t know what show you’re all watching cause I’ve seen penis all over the place, including right in front of Cersei during her walk of shame.

Back to the review. Dany flew off at the end of last week’s episode on Drogon’s back. This week she’s who knows where with him and he’s being lazy. Mr. Badass Dragon just slept in his pile of bones while Dany is stranded and unable to get back to ruling her kingdom. Ruling therefore fell to Tyrion who finally met up with Varys again, where’s that guy been? I can’t wait to see where that goes. Maybe Tyrion can become king. I’d be okay with that. What do you think?

Drogon

Alright, on to the thing that has had most people talking: Jon Snow. I think most of the time, fans of the show, whether we’ve read the books or not, can predict a death. This one, I didn’t see coming. Now I want to remind everyone that I haven’t read all the books yet so for all I know he might not be dead. I don’t want to know until next season.

All I know is the Sam and Gilly left The Wall and little Olly told Jon that one of the Wildlings knew Jon’s Uncle Benjen. Jon went running and instead he had a bunch of Crows stab him “For The Wall”. And you know what happened? Jon Snow died.

Jon Snow

Are. You. Kidding. Me? No! I mean, Jon Snow has never been my favourite character, I even said earlier this season that all that stuff at The Wall sometimes bores me, but I didn’t want him to die! He’s one of the last remaining Starks! Rickon is who knows where, Bran is off at the tree, Arya is blind, and Sansa is maybe dead! This is not okay! The writers need to stop torturing the Stark children! What did they ever do to you? I know they have Boromir’s DNA, but that is no reason to keep killing them off!

This season finale was intense. Maybe the most intense season finale I’ve seen yet. There were several good battles this season, some fantastic character development, some wonderful moments between characters, and there were also some really awful things that happened. Overall I think season five was pretty fantastic and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in season six. I reckon this’ll finally be when they have a big war, but I’ve been saying that all season and I said it last season too so I’m probably wrong.

But what do you think? Did you enjoy the season finale? Whose death shocked you the most? Predictions for season six?

I’ll be back with more reviews when the new season starts! Anything you guys would like to see change in those reviews? Anything else you’d like to see about Game of Thrones? I’ve been thinking I might go back through all the season and rate different things that happened in the show.

Maybe I’ll do the same thing I did with The Walking Dead season finale and react with GIFs. What do you think?

Thanks so much for sticking with me this season! I’m glad to know we could go through this together!

Meanwhile… on the Narrow Sea

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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “The Gift”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 7 | Aired May 24, 2015

This episode was intense! The thing about Game of Thrones is that every season seems to be leading up to something and the closer you get to the end of the season, the more the pressure and anticipation builds. Well last night the pressure was on, the anticipation is building. I don’t want the season to end, but I so desperately want to know where these things are leading.

So last night’s episode was split between Winterfell, King’s Landing, Meereen, and The Wall/just outside The Wall, as well as a brief glimpse into Dorne.

In this episode we see that things have not improved for Sansa and she reaches out to Theon to help her, asking him to put the candle in the tower like Brienne had instructed. Instead, Theon takes the candle to Ramsay and, while he doesn’t do anything right then and there, I think the threat was pretty obvious.

You're a Bastard

The storyline with the three of them is definitely interesting because Ramsay has hurt Theon so badly and he’s terrified to go against what Ramsay says. But Ramsay also hurts Sansa and, despite being scared, she still challenges him and debates with things he says. I’m hoping her defiance might spark something in Theon and he’ll take a candle to the window for Brienne.

We spent a lot of time at The Wall this episode, but Jon wasn’t actually there. Instead, the main focus was on Sam. I adore Sam. He’s so adorable and loyal and this episode, we also saw him be incredibly brave. He managed to protect Gilly (with the help of Ghost) against several men who attempted to assault her (seriously? Was this necessary? Is sexual assault just their default now?) and wouldn’t back down. This is some serious character development considering when we first met Sam he took one blow and yielded.

He was the blood of a dragon

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good. Aemon Targaryen died in last night’s episode and it was actually pretty sad. It also means that Dany is the last Targaryen alive.

Speaking of Dany. Last night she attended the first match of the reopened Fighting Pits. This match concluded when Jorah took out all his opponents and then revealed himself to Dany. While she was initially angry at seeing him, things seemed to change when Tyrion stepped out. Now apparently this hasn’t even happened in the book yet.

My name is Tyrion Lannister

The meeting between Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen is much anticipated for book fans, but many have reported that they may not need to wait for the book to come out. While I’m definitely interested to see what’s going to happen between the two of them, I’m also interested to see what’s going to happen when Dany finds out Jorah has Grey Scale.

We briefly got a glimpse of Stannis and his army who have set up camp on their way to Winterfell. Well, I say set up camp, more like they stopped because they didn’t a choice due to snow. Their supplies are running low and winter is coming. They need to make it to Winterfell before it’s too late.

She's my Daughter

Melissandra offered a solution to the problem. The same solution she had when they had kidnapped Gendry. Sacrificing someone with the king’s blood. And who does she think they should sacrifice? Shireen. No! No! No! I was so angry about this! I heard rumors that this happens in the book, but I never usually pay attention to that stuff anymore cause sometimes it’s true and sometimes it’s not and I don’t care which is which until I read the books myself. However, I am really hoping that this is not something they’re going to do in the show. Stannis and Shireen had a really great, really adorable moment a couple episodes ago so I’m hoping they don’t ruin that by killing her.

The last two storylines in the episode were very focused on the two Lannister children: Myrcella and Tommen. Jaime and Myrcella finally get to talk and he tries to explain everything to her though, understandingly, she confused and angry. And she makes a good point. She never asked to go to Dorne, she was sent there. Now she’s happy and enjoying it and they’re trying to call her back.

Myrcella

Also, Bronn lived. Barely, he was poisoned last week, but the girl who poisoned him (and was locked in a neighboring cell) gave him what she said was the antidote. Was it the antidote? I hope so, but on this show you never know anymore. It came off a necklace like the one Olenna used to poison Joffrey so who knows at this point.

Speaking of Olenna, she went head to head with the High Sparrow last night and while it didn’t seem to do much good right then, I think it’s a safe assumption we haven’t seen the end of the this.

The High Sparrow seems to have become enemy #1 as Tommen was prepared to go head to head with him as well. He’s angry about Margaery being arrested and not being able to do anything about it. Whoa, whoa, whoa there Tommen. You had the opportunity last week to say something as your wife was being dragged off and did you? No. So while I get that he’s worried, he did have the chance to do something and he didn’t.

Tommen War

He also didn’t anything this week. Instead, Cersei went to talk to the High Sparrow and it didn’t end well for her. It seems that Loras has been spilling secrets to the High Sparrow like how Cersei prefers to sleep with people she’s related to. This resulted in her being thrown in a cell at the end of the episode which I have to say, has been a long time coming.

Cersei Queen

Looks like Tommen won’t have any choice but to do something now. His mother’s in jail, his wife’s in jail, his uncle/father is in Dorne. The only one left is Olenna. Maybe this is how they’ll get Myrcella back? Surely people are going to find out pretty quickly that Cersei Lannister has been arrested and you know Jaime will go running back, but I wonder if Myrcella will too. At least to be with her brother.

All in all I enjoyed last night’s episode. We’re getting closer and closer to the end of season five and I have a feeling it’s going to be BIG.

What do you think?

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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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