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

Gendry Still Rowing

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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “Hardhome”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 8 | Aired May 31, 2015

So quite a few things happened last night. We saw that Cersei is still locked up and awaiting trial. She is being treated about as well as I suspect anyone who has ever been her prisoner has been treated and it was said that Tommen won’t leave his room and Jaime is unreachable so things are not looking good for Cersei right now.

Dany banished Jorah (again), but has taken Tyrion into her service. She also told him a bit of her plans.

Dany break the Wheel

We also saw a bit of the Stark sisters. Arya is improving on her training to becoming faceless and has been sent on a mission. I’m definitely liking her storyline a lot more now that she’s back to being badass Arya. It was also finally revealed to Sansa that Bran and Rickon are alive after Theon accidentally confessed to her that he never killed them. I was very excited about this because now she knows they’re out there she can escape and go look for them. And if Brienne is the one to help Sansa escape, Brienne knows Arya is alive which means that there is a chance four (possibly five) Stark/Snow siblings could eventually be reunited.

Arya Cart

Which brings me to the thing I really want and need to talk about. It seems that where Jon Snow goes, epic battle sequences follow. Last night was no different. Jon, some men of the Night’s Watch, and one of the Wildlings finally reached their destination and thus began the difficult task of convincing the Wildlings to return to The Wall with them.

They managed to convince some of them (about 5000), but as they were getting into the boats, the White Walkers and their Army of the Dead attacked, slaughtering many of the Wildlings.

Did anyone else see this coming? As soon as the female Wilding (who was only in the show for about five minutes, but who I really liked already), got her two kids into the boat and then went back to help others, I just knew something was going to happen. She wouldn’t have not gone with them unless something bad was going to happen. Which it did. I almost thought for a second that she was going to be alright, but then she ended up being eaten by several dead children, which was really horrible irony.

Also, before I go any further, can we take a moment to appreciate that all the Wildlings think Jon is very pretty?

Jon Snow is PrettyWe also learned last night that Jon’s sword can kill White Walkers. Not sure how this is possible so I’m looking forward to that explanation and I have a feeling Sam is going to have a field day with this information.

Jon Snow Sword

The battle was truly amazing. One thing Game of Thrones never fails to deliver is epic, dramatic fights. I’m always astounded that they manage to put together these fights that are so large and there’s so much going on, but they’re not confusing. They pick a few characters and then go back and forth between them. This makes it easy for viewers to focus and know what’s going on without taking away from the battle.

At the end of the episode we see who I guess is the head White Walker raise his arms and all the Wildlings they had killed get to their feet, now part of the Army of the Dead.

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Admit it, we were all thinking it.
*Edit is not mine*

Honestly, this was probably one of my favourite episodes of the season. This was episode eight and I’m excited to see what’s coming in the final two episodes. Stannis is getting closer to Winterfell, Sansa knows her brothers are alive, Winter is coming. If the fight in last night’s episode was of epic proportions, I can’t even imagine what the battle for Winterfell is going to look like.

What did you think of last night’s episode? What do you think is coming?

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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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