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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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”

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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: “Hardhome”

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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.

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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.

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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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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 Five Review: “Kill the Boy”

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Season 5 | Episode 5 | Aired May 10, 2015

This episode was probably one of the easiest to follow this season as there seemed to be three primary storyline/plot points that they followed. First, Dany, dealing with the repercussions of the slaughter we saw last week. Second, Sansa and the Boltons. Third, and actually connected to the other two, we spent a lot of time at The Wall last night.

Kill the BoyI actually really enjoyed this episode. Like, I typically do, it’s very rare that I don’t like an episode for one reason or another. But I really did like this one. There was only one Stark and one Lannister in the entire episode and yet it was still so good.

Let the man be born

Now, at the end of last week’s episode, we saw Ser Barristan fall and Grey Worm land next to him, alive or dead, we did not know. This week we see that Dany mourning Ser Barristan’s death, but we also see that Grey Worm has survived (and he finally admits how much he cares for Dany’s right-hand-woman!). Daenerys’s rage over Ser Barristan’s death prompts her to take drastic measures and she brings the head of each family down to where she keeps two of her dragons. This ended with the dragons flaying and eating two of the men and Dany ordering the others to be locked up.

Dragon

While I don’t typically enjoy seeing men burnt alive and then eating, I was so happy the dragons are back! We actually saw all three of them in this episode when the third dragon flies over Jorah and Tyrion as they’re in their boat going through Valyria.

Now, long story short, the men are allowed to live. Dany decides to reopen the fighting pits as was requested of her and says that to forge a bond with the people of her city, she will marry one of the family heads, namely the man who had been asking about the pits.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Out of everything I thought was coming, this was definitely not it. I’m also not sure if this will forge a bond or be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. What do you think? How do you think Jorah is going to react? I reckon he won’t be too happy, but now that he’s been infected by Grey Scale (how terrifying was that scene?!) I don’t know that there’s too much he can complain about. Though, they did manage to stop it spreading too far in Shireen so maybe there’s hope for him yet.

grey Scale

Onto the next major point last night: The Boltons. Holy moly this is an intense family. We see that Brienne and Podrick are in Winterfell (or nearby) hoping to rescue Sansa in some way. We also saw that Ramsay’s girlfriend wasn’t too pleased with Sansa being there now and retaliates by bringing Sansa and Theon back together.

Sansa Winterfell

Something big is definitely going to happen here, you just know it. One of the reasons Sansa is marrying Ramsay is because the Boltons currently rule the north. By marrying him, Sansa will become Lady of Winterfell. But if Sansa finds out that Theon didn’t actually kill Bran and Rickon then she technically doesn’t need to marry him, she just needs to find her brothers because then there is still a natural heir to Winterfell. I reckon this will happen some time in the next few episodes, Sansa will find Brienne and Podrick, and the three will set out to find Bran and Rickon, thus setting up for the boys return next season.

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We also found out that Ramsay’s mother (step-mother?) is pregnant and they believe it to be a boy. Ramsay is obviously feeling threatened by this as he only just recently was declared to be Roose Bolton’s real son and not just a bastard. I’m wondering if maybe he’ll take his anger out on Sansa and maybe Theon will come to the rescue? Who know, it’s all speculation at this point.

Probably the biggest storyline of this episode was everything happening at The Wall. Jon wants to make peace with the Wildlings, stating that if they don’t make peace now then the Wildlings will just end up added to the White Walkers army. And he’s not wrong. However, after years and years of fighting each other, the other Crows are extremely opposed to this whole thing. Despite this though, Jon plans to follow through with his plan. Once again he has done something that, despite it being for the good of everyone, is only dividing him from his brothers.

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I think this is probably building up to something big too. Like, Jon will go away to recruit the rest of the Wildlings and come back to find there’s been a mutiny and he’s been overthrown or something like that. He’ll leave and join Stannis’s army with the Wildlings and maybe Sam and a couple others and maybe at some point find out his brothers and sisters are alive. Hey, I can hope for happy endings, can’t I?

Speaking of Stannis, he finally decided he’d had enough of The Wall and ordered his army to march on Winterfell and the Boltons. I noticed when they showed his whole army leaving that there were significantly more people than there possibly could have been/were seen at The Wall so I don’t know where Stannis was hiding all those men, but he’s finally off and heading for war.

Stannis ArmyThere were three things that kind of stood out to me. The first thing which I really loved about this whole episode is how connected things seemed to be. Maester Aemon is a relative of Dany’s so he’s worrying about her while he’s on The Wall. Meanwhile, Stannis and his army are heading to Winterfell to overthrow the Boltons. I just really loved the connections that they showed throughout the whole thing. And! And! Jorah and Tyrion being attacked by the people with Grey Scale, the same disease Stannis’s daughter had. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

The next thing I noticed, or I guess laughed at more than noticed, was when the Crows were protesting to Jon’s plan. One of the men said how the Wildlings killed Grenn and Pip. Now, I’m only on the first book, but often times spoilers are hard to avoid on the internet. And I know those two are still alive in the book. So when they were using their deaths as a reason not to do as Jon was saying I couldn’t help but laugh because really? Did the writers really need to kill them off? That’s the one thing that bugs me about this show, the tendency to kill off those still alive in the books. Because there isn’t enough death in the Game of Thrones universe already.

Finally, the thing that really had me laughing, Stannis correcting people’s grammar. I don’t know why this is so funny, maybe it’s because it’s not the first time he’s done it and people all over the internet noticed. During the same scene with Jon and the Crows, someone uses the word ‘less’ and just from the back of the room where Stannis and Davos are standing, Stannis mumbles “Fewer”. I thought this was great. They’re talking about death and war and Stannis has to correct the way people speak.

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This episode was great and it definitely reaffirmed for me that they’re building to something big. Maybe this winter that they keep saying is coming.

What did you think last night? What do you think will happen next?

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