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: “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: “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: “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?

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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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