I liked that Jon Snow was so completely freaked by being alive – Kit Harington was quite excellent right here. It would have been so stupid if he just woke up and was like heeey. I am still cheering that he executed Alliser Thorne and fucking Olly. I think Edd as a Night Watch leader can be a good thing, Jon must obviously do other things this season and Edd seems like the only half decent soul around that isn’t Ser Davos, a Wildling, Sam (who left) and Jon. Speaking of Sam, in yet another pointless exercise he and Gilly is on a boat, where he reveals that she must stay at his parents (we’ve previously heard that his father is quite unsavory) while he learns to be a master. Sam is still a mix of sweet and weak and annoying, and it’s a bit of a struggle dealing with him. I do love Gilly though!
Bran with his visions reveals this time around that Ned might have been slightly exaggerating when he said that he killed Ser Arthur Dayne outright. Nothing is revealed yet, apart that Lyanna is in some form of a predicament, before he is pulled back from his visions yet again.
Daenerys is on screen again – she’s expected to live with widows in Dosh Khaleen. We all know that is not how she rolls, and Homebrand Khal is obviously going to be a pain in the ass and try to dictate her, and it is going to be so great when she shows him exactly who is boss. Her cities are still in a bit of a mess and Varys and Tyrion are still trying to short shit out.
The King’s Landing arc is now a full-fledged pain in the ass. Tommen is weak and Cersei’s vengeance alone is not enough to keep this afloat.
Rickon Stark returns to the story in an obvious PLOT MOVE, and Ramsay looks particularly delighted. There is obviously no class in Lord Umber, and I hope he dies soon.
Overall this episode was okay – the best is still happening at Castle Black and it seems to be the only scenes I love a lot. The rest are okay – it just seems that a lot is unnecessary at this point.
SO I’m finally ready to review GoT Season 6. It is time, and I must say I’ve avoided it for a while because five was a bit of a waste in my opinion. I’ll do one episode per week, so if you’ve seen it, please feel free to discuss below – but if you haven’t and the internet hasn’t spoiled literally every surprise for you, note that that all of these posts contain spoilers.
First and foremost is the hopelessness that surrounds Jon Snow’s death. Seeing him lying there so lifelessly is quite depressing, and it truly seems at this stage like yet another Stark has perished. I’m loving Ser Davos still, he’s probably one of my favorite guys at this point. He obviously has no point what Melisandre has done to Shireen Baratheon. I hope when he finds out Melisandre will volunteer to face Ramsay’s dogs before facing his wrath. Speaking of Melisandre – how hilarious and creepy is that scene where she drops all pretenses and we see just how well she’s handled aging? I felt some vindictive pleasure in that.
I didn’t really get Ramsay mourning for Myranda and then feeding her to the dogs, but hey, it’s Ramsay here. Iwan Rheon is working his heart out in this role and he really deserves all the praise. I don’t know how I can constantly wish that he would be a decent human being, even knowing what he’s done. It’s probably that innocent face that hides such a deplorable character.
Sophie Turner and Alfie Allen are both also doing outstanding work in this season. It really looks like they are freezing to death (I’m sure they did looking at that hopefully non-CGI weather), and they are both just so hopeless. I was exceptionally happy when Brienne and Podrick turned up, and things finally started looking better for Sansa. And yay to Theon for his bravery – atonement for his past transgressions, though I am not sure that I will ever completely like him after that Robb business.
Cersei’s grief is still showcasing the only humane thing about her when she learns of Myrcella’s death. I liked that, as I always do, and I think that is why people aren’t quite ready yet to hate Cersei like they hated Joffrey. What I really didn’t like was the Sand Snakes – Ellaria and the Sand Snakes seem petty, bitchy and just plain unnecessary at this point. I would have liked if they could have been slightly more like Brienne – still kicking ass but not being such pains about it. I’m not sure what is planned for The Sand Snakes in the upcoming episodes, but it seems a waste of time to be in Sunspear right now.
Everyone’s other favorite Tyrion Lannister keeps his wit and personality in Mereen. He’s still teamed up with Varys, who always manages to have little birds. No one is particularly happy with Daenerys at this point, who has been captured by the Dothraki in what really is the homebrand version of Khal Drogo. I must say, Daenerys is okay, but I’m really much more interested in Castle Black and Ramsay Bolton at this point.
To finish off the character focus, Arya is blind and begging on the streets of Braavos. I really hope the Waif dies, and soon, because I hate her. Not overly interested in this storyline right now, but Maisie Williams is also doing a fine job.
For a season starter episode it went quite well. The characters are all over the place at this point, and there are a whole lot of story lines involved. I’m not necessarily wishing that the body count rise, but it would be more helpful if some of these characters can get to one location and reconcile a few things. I’m particularly uninterested in Ellaria and her Snakes, it was just Season three / four business and while it was cool then, it’s just a waste of screen time now.
A whole lot. My only complaint so far about season 5 has been that the episodes have been rather slow. But typical of Game of Thrones, it is picking up mid-season (how are we mid-season already?!). The most notable event is certainly the attack on Daenarys Targaryen’s strongholding and the fall of Ser Barristan Selmy. Is he dead? The ending was left unclear although I am certain he will pass on whereas Greyworm will pull through. I will be very disappointed if Grey Worm falls – he is an endearing character and he and his lady crush added something completely new to the story – some chaste and sweet love vibes. I do wonder how Daenearys will react to the news and how she will address it – will it cause her to be less hostile when Jorah finally arrives with Tyrion up his sleeve? Can it ensure Jorah’s safe return to Dany’s side? I do find Jorah’s desperation really sad right now. There is no doubt that he was an absolute idiot at the start of his journey to Daenearys but he changed his ways and is totally for the queen right now. Dany can be a bit of a brat more often than not but I do hope she finds it in her to forgive Jorah and take him and Tyrion under her wing for some advice. Tyrion is infinitely more capable in charming a reluctant population than Dany is.
I found it really interesting that Rhaegar Targaryen was mentioned twice in one episode. While visiting the same crypt in Winterfell that Ned and Robert visited back in season one, Littlefinger tells Sansa the story of how Rhaegar ignored his wife (Elia Martell, Oberyn’s sister) in favor of Lyanna Stark at a tournament. This provides significant insight into Rhaeghar and other possible bloodlines, a theory that has been stuck in my head for ages now. The other mention of Rhaeghar is when Barrister corrects Dany’s impression that her brother loved murdering and tells her that although her father was indeed insane, her brother had a great love for music and not piled up bodies. It is a very sweet scene that gives Dany something to hold onto and is also crucial information about Rhaeghar – he certainly does not sound half as bad as the legends make him out to be. I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if Littlefinger did something wrong to start the war between Robert Baratheon and the Targaryens. It would not be the first time.
Stannis Baratheon is heading to Winterfell to reclaim the land from the Boltons and I am ridiculously excited. He even promised to make Jon Snow the Lord of Winterfell and Jon Stark, and that gave everyone the chills in the first few episodes of the season. However, Jon opted against it, and I would actually love if Sansa got to rule Winterfell. Sansa is currently betrothed to Ramsay Bolton, and that is not sitting well with me. I can’t wait until Ramsay and his father are beheaded, because bloody hell, the North Remembers. I’ve never really liked Stannis because of the way he treats his daughter, but right now he is the only leader actually capable of overtaking the Boltons at Winterfell. I also have a reluctant admiration for him – he is a warlord and quite capable of warfare, despite his emotional detachment to his only child. The scene between him and Shireen helped thaw a lot of my irritation with him – he seems to be a much kinder man than his warlord persona and actions towards his (bat-shit crazy) wife might suggest.
Continuing the plot developments at the wall, I can’t help but worry about Jon Snow being seduced by Mellisandre. That woman is just no good and I was so tense with her whole booby flashing with Jon politely declining. It might be just because Jon is the only fine man at the Wall, but I think that the Red Psychopath is up to something and knows that Jon’s blood is regal – whoever’s son he really is at the end of the day. Great points to Jon for telling her where to get off, quite literally. He’s the man right now! (How chilling was her words to him after she rejected him???)
Jamie and Bronn are still sneaking through Dorne to rescue Myrcella. I really enjoy the relationship between these two guys. Jamie is disappointing now with his left hand in battle and I would really enjoy to see him reclaim some of his former glory. Oberyn’s daughters are terrifying and badass and I sincerely hope that poor Myrcella is rescued before they reach her.
I really enjoyed this episode. It felt like the show finally found its direction and began preparing for their major last few episodes, as is the norm. I personally hope to see the Boltons die, but am also anxious to see Sansa Stark in a safe location. I would also like to see more of Arya’s journey in the next few episodes and what the elusive J’agen Hghar has planned for her. Also, what exactly is crackelacking with Bran Stark? Where is the other Baby Stark? Also, wouldn’t mind seeing more of Daario Naharis. I wouldn’t mind one bit.
Margaery Tyrell and dowager Queen Cersei: These two ladies have been sniping at each other the second Margaery became betrothed to Joffrey way back then. They’ve never grown attached, maybe because Cersei just can’t share family. Now Margaery is married to Tommen, and Tommen is incredibly happy with his new wife. Cersei knows that boys will choose certain things over their mothers, and that irritates her endlessly. She finds way to annoy her new daughter in law and Margaery finds ways to reference Cersei’s age and lack of power all the time – and this magnificent bitch feast makes great television.
Tyrion’s change of company to Daenerys Targaryen. I really do enjoy Varys and his oddities, and thought the interaction between him and Tyrion is really entertaining. I do like him being kidnapped by Jorah – I’ve been waiting for him to find a way in with Daenerys again.
OMFG JON SNOW HAS BALLS. I never thought he would behead Slynt. I thought he would back out and look like a wuss in front of Stannis and the entire Watch, but he didn’t do it and I was cheering – that guy was a constant problem in the Watch and would just have caused drama.
That scene where Arya Stark buries Needle. Oh, be quiet my weeping heart. That scene was really emotional and Maisie Williams did a great job there.
What I didn’t like:
Ramsay Bolton and Sansa Stark??? HOW CRUEL CAN LIFE BE TO THIS GIRL? She’s gone through so much, she survived Joffrey and Lysa Arryn, and THAT is what Petyr Baelish has in store for her? I am so reassured that Brienne and Podrick being just around the corner, but really, this plot direction terrifies me.
Game of Thrones Season 4 picks up some speed with episode three. I really enjoyed it and I hope this continues!
Arya Stark is on the screen and her life is happening. She’s finally ready to meat JaqenH’ghar after months of travel. We don’t get to see the person we associate with this character till later on, because the man is up to his usual tricks. I am rather interested in what this story arc will deliver for Arya. She didn’t annoy me overly much though. Big surprise as her angry little demeanor usually frustrates me, although I get the reason behind it.
Cercei receives a disturbing package from Dorne – Marcella’s necklace around a snake. Ellaria rightfully blames the Lannister’s for Oberyn’s death and wants vengeance. However, the Prince of Dorne, Oberyn’s brother, seems to not want this revenge and is genuinely grieving – great up to actor Alexander Siddig for that scene. It honestly looked like he was in deep emotional distress. Cersei manipulates Jamieagain by telling him he’s never been a proper father to Marcella (that is because he’s only ever supposed to have been her uncle) and he eventually pledges to head out to Dorne to fetch Marcella before Ellaria can send her back in pieces. Dorne seems pretty interesting storyline and has some great architecture that is being used for it. Ellaria is still crazy and awesome and I love her. She expresses her heartache in vengeance and it is such an interesting take rather than the usual feeble tears many of the other characters portray. (Chopping poor Marcella into pieces seems a little extreme though)
Jaime then blesses us by appearing in a leatherjacket. He convinces Bronn to join him, and Bronn leaves behind his faintly dimwitted betrothed for better prospects. I’ve always liked Bronn – he is what he is and he is quite honest about it. I’m looking forward to his clandestine travelling with Bronn. These two have an entertaining dynamic together and there is a lot of potential in their adventure.
If you look behind Cersei’s manipulation, incest and cruelty, the woman is a very multilayered and intriguing character. Her only redeeming quality is her love for her children but even that is so obsessive it is hard to call it an attribute. Lena Headley does such a fantastic job with the character, because even though she’s done such despicable things I can never really get to a point where I am repulsed by her.
Margaery being such a constant thorn in the queen’s side. Love Margaery. Cersei referring to her as the smirking bitch is so apt. What is so laughable is that Margaery is capable of such kindness (as particularly shown towards Sansa), but Cersei keeps going at Margaery and a granddaughter of Ollena Tyrell does not take attacks lying down.
Grand Maester Pycell is so disgusting. Eugh.He never stops grossing me out. Ever.
Jon Snow. I mentioned in my review of Episode 1 that Snow has more heart than good sense, and he proves it yet again. Jon being made Lord Commander and that was a great choice, although I am worried that Stannis won’t take kindly to his offer being refused. Jon Stark and the reclaiming of Winterfell by a Stark would have given me such happy moments (and Roose and Ramsay Bolton losing their heads). I get Jon’s decision though, and really support the idea of distance between him and Mellisandre.
Ugh, Little Finger. I don’t trust him one bit, and don’t think Sansa is safe with him, regardless of his “Affections” – everyone he’s cared for so far has been popped. I liked that they address the fact why Sansa’s hair is darker. (He’s the only person who grosses me out as much as Pycell in GoT_
Dany, what the hell are you up to? Stop being such an idealist and bleeding heart, woman. The world isn’t perfect. If it was, Drogo would have still been alive. (not over it).
Speaking of all things named after Drogo, hello, scaly friend!
This was a good episode, but the season needs to pick up some speed. It’s taken the characters two episodes to mostly arrive at their new venues, so hopefully episode three will be more explosive.
Ned Stark (Sean Bean), the Lord of Winterfell, is visited by King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) and his wife, CerseiLannister (Lena Headley). He is asked to become the Hand of the King, the King’s chief advisor because the previous Hand died. Ned’s wife Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) receives a letter from her sister Lysa (Kate Dickie), in which she tells them that her husband, the previous Hand Jon Arryn (John Standing) was murdered by rival House Lannister of which Cersei is a member of. Ned travels South with the King and his two daughters Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa (Sophie Turner),on a quest to discover what happened to Arryn and still trying to protect his family. Sansa becomes betrothed to the son of Cersei Lannister and the King, Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson).Ned’s illegitimate child, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) decides to join the Night’s watch, an ancient brotherhood sworn to protect the people of the Seven Kingdoms from what lies behind the wall. It is rumoured that beyond the wall there lies a terrifying danger that have slept for a thousand years.
Ned’s young son, Brandon (Isaac Heamstead Wright) discovers the incestuous relationship between Cersei Lannister and her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster), nicknamed the King’s slayer for killing the Mad King. Jaime pushes Brandon out of a high window and Brandon is paralyzed. When he wakes up he pretends to not remember what happened, perhaps knowing that he will die if he ever told anyone. He is visited by Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), the Dwarf brother of Queen. Tyrion gives him plans that describe the makings for a horse saddle made to help lame people ride. This makes Brandon’s mental recovery increase. He is attacked by savages while riding alone and his brother takes a woman as a slave instead of killing her. She and Brandon become friends when she carries him around places.
Jaime Lannister: “The things I do for love”
Catelyn stays by Brandon’s side, convinced that he did not simply fall. Robb Stark (Richard Madden) the eldest of the children takes over leading Winterfell because his mother has become obsessed that Brandon is still in danger. She is proven to be right when she and Brandon are attacked in the room and they narrowly escape death when Brandon’s wolf saves them. She is convinced the Lannisters are involved when she finds a golden lock in the tower Bran fell from, and decides to covertly visit her husband with it and the dagger she took from her now dead assailant. Back at the King’s landing, Ned Stark learns that Arryn died because he discovered a secret about the Lannisters and wants to know what it is.
Across the Narrow Sea on the continent of Essos, the exiled and arrogant Viserys Targaryen (Harry Loyd) lives. He is the Mad King’s son and Viserys believes that he is the rightful King of the Seven Kingdoms. To reclaim the Iron Throne, he needs an army to wage war on Baratheon, and marries his sister Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to the leader of the Dothraki, a warrior tribe. Upon her wedding, Daenerys is gifted with three priceless dragon’s eggs. Her family, the Targaryens, are rumoured to have dragon’s blood in them. As there hasn’t been dragons seen for thousands of years, this isn’t something incredibly powerful. She is married off to KhalDrogo (Jason Momoa) and she has trouble adapting into her new life. When she learns how to please her husband, their relationship develops and she finds her confidence and voice as the Khaleesi of the tribe and through her and Drogo’s developing love. Daenerys becomes pregnant with Khal’s son and the tribe is overjoyed, and Viserys is terrified when he realises how much the Dothraki love their new Khaleesi. Without being able to bully his sister or intimidate Drogo, he threatens the pregnant Daenerys, much to his error.
Prince Joffrey and Sansa go on a walk and everything seems to go well until they encounter Arya and one her friends, a butcher’s son, practising sword techniques. Joffrey attacks the boy, and Arya defends him in turn. Joffrey wants to strike Arya but her wolf attacks him, biting his hands. Joffrey shuns Sansa’s help and lies to his mother, the Queen, and even though Sansa knows his story isn’t true she sides with him, alienating her sister when the wolf is sentenced to die. Ned asks to kill the Wolf because he will do it with dignity. The butcher’s son is found murdered.
Ned is working as the Kind’s hand and is shocked by how badly the Kingdom is being run. The King’s treasury is indebted to the Lannisters, something Ned does not like because it means the Lannisters are actually running the show. Ned is surprised when he is visited by Catelyn, brought to him by Councillor Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aiden Gillen). Baelish has been in love with Catelyn for many years and promises to help Ned Stark with his investigations.
Instead of heading south to the King’s Landing, Tyrion Lannister decides to travel with Jon’s entourage to the Wall. After a few bumps, a cordial relationship is established between Jon and Tyrion. At the Wall they hear tales of the White Walkers and Tyrion is requested to urge his sister to send more men to protect the Wall. Tyrion is captured on his way back by Catelyn, and she takes him to her sister for justice. Her sister went crazy after her husband’s death and she is very difficult to converse with. Tyrionplays the law card and is released after he gets someone to fight for him and the soldier wins the fight.
Ned hears that the King plans to kill Daenerys and her unborn child. Ned strongly disagrees with it and this makes him resign as Hand of the King. The Lannisters are furious that one of their family members was imprisoned by a Stark and Jaime and Ned fight each other. One of Jaime’s men stabs Ned in the knee and Jaime leaves him alive because he wants to kill Ned fairly. While Ned recuperates the King visits and they make amends and Ned takes his job back. He wants to sends his daughters back to Winterfell, much to Sansa’s disapproval. Ned discovers the huge secret Arryn was killed for – he found out that Joffrey was not the King’s son, but he is the son of Jaime and Cersei. Ned talks to Cersei, telling her that he will tell the King when he returns from the hunting trip. However, the King is attacked by a boar on the trip and dies shortly after his return. Before Robert dies, he appoints Ned as the regent of the Iron Throne until Joffrey is of age. However, Ned words the king’s last wishes as the “rightful heir” instead of “Joffrey”. Baelish assures Ned that the City Watch will back him taking on Cersei, but he is betrayed by Baelish. Ned is taken prisoner on treason charges for claiming Joffrey is not the rightful heir to the throne and he is thrown in the dungeons. During Ned’s fight and imprisonment, Arya manages to escape the castle but Sansa is caught and kept under the Queen and King Joffrey’s rule.
When the Lannisters realise that Tyrion has escaped, they press their advantage over the Starks. Ned’s eldest son, Robb, wages war to get his father back, and he rally his mother’s father’s allies to war. As they ride to war, Sansa begs Joffrey mercy over her father. Joffrey beheads Ned and says this was a merciful death, and forces Sansa to look at her father’s head on a pole.
Meanwhile on the Wall, Jon has adapted to his new life. At first, he is only seen as the bastard son of Ned Stark, but he begins to make friends and earns respect on his superior fighting skills. He especially befriends Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), an overweight, awkward and friendless boy who was shunned by his family. Jon gets the rest of the guard to treat Sam kindly, and they soon discover that while Sam might not be the most brave or strong, he is intelligent and has a vast knowledge. Sam and Jon’s other friends become instrumental in keeping Jon alive. Deserting the Guard means death to the deserter and Jon is tempted to leave a few times – when he hears that his father has been imprisoned and that his brother Robb is marching to war against the Lannisters. Sam convinces Jon each time that they have their own war brewing on the Wall and Jon listens and stays. Two bodies are returned back from the woods beyond the gate – two men who used to be guards. These men “awake” and Jon’s wolf, Snow, sense something is wrong. Together they attack these “zombies” and they save the leader of the Wall’s life that way.
After Vicerys’s death, Drogo does not plan to continue his siege on the Seven Kingdoms. He changes his mind after an attempt on Deanerys’s life and begins to assemble gold by infiltrating small towns. Daenerys keeps some of the women who were sentenced to being raped and killed, angering Drogo’s warriors. One especially foolhardy man attacks Drogo because of Drogo’s ruling that the women must not be harmed and Drogo kills him but his blood is infected a dirty blade. Daenerys asks a witch to help save Drogo and she keeps his life at a terrible price – Daenerys loses her baby and Drogo lives in a catatonic state, forcing the heartbroken Daenerys to smother him as it is not something he would have wanted for himself.
Ned’s execution spreads to his family and the Kingdoms, triggering huge emotions. The warriors of the North proclaim Robb as their King and they march to the King’s landing, wanting Joffrey’s head. TywinLannister assigns his son Tyrion as the King’s Hand to keep Joffrey and Cersei from running amok. Daenerys burns her husband’s body and the witch that caused her child’s death and husband’s catatonic state, and burns herself amongst the Dragon’s eggs as well. She emerges the following morning, unharmed, flanked by three dragons and the remaining members of the Dothraki and their slaves bow to her.
This is one of the best pilot seasons I have ever seen. It is gripping from the start, highly intricate and tells an epic story. The characters are excellently portrayed, each as entertaining as the next. The antagonists are murky and it is never clear who will betray who and what their motives are.
The costumes were something that gave me great joy. There was so much detail on each outfit and each Kingdom had its own specific look. The war paint on the Dothrakiespecially looked very well done.
The relationship between Khal Drogo and Daenerys was another key element of the success of the season. They started off very badly with her being sold to him, Drogo not being particularly nice about it. I admire Daenerys so much. She took her situation and turned it around, became respected and loved and found a partner that she deeply loved. Them eventually falling in love was the most beautiful part of the entire story, and I found his death excruciatingly sad, but understood that she couldn’t let him live in such a form and that he would not have wanted such a life.
You can’t be an internet user and not know the universal hate for King Joffrey. It is only at the end of the season that he truly becomes a little bastard but he does it so spectacularly that you immediately hate atrocious personality. I still find it extremely difficult to feel sorry for the Sansa Stark – she soooooo wanted him and now she is stuck with him.
Ned Stark: Oh my fucking life I love Sean Bean. He is a fantastic, brilliant man and he rocked as Stark. He was one of the best characters – he was brave and had dignity and would not let anyone do anything wrong as lond as he could prevent it. He had such a revering attitude towards his wife – something not found amongst the people in the Seven Kingdoms, especially their King (I will say that the Queen is equally messed up BTW) I hated Ned’s death – that was how Joffrey got his shithead title for me – and how he was just betrayed by everyone in the King’s landing. Couldn’t he have atleast lived to see his son beat the shit out of one of the Lannisters?
Tyrion Lannister – I seriously love him. He is so intelligent and wise and kind and NOTHING like the rest of his family.
Jon Snow: I have a major idea as to what is up with him but I will remain quiet and see if I am correct. If I am, it will be awesome. I really like him and think he is one of the only remaining men to be worthy of that Throne, if he ever would be a contender.
All the child actors in here: Children actors are most often than not dodgy. These kids rocked it. They are essential to the storyline and made the show just that much more enjoyable.
Everyone was so commenting about the sex and the violence in here (mostly the sex) but I really did not find it that bad. Sure, there were a few dodgy scenes (the INCEST) but overall it is just showing how the people of the Seven Kingdoms lived.
Another thing that I found well done was the magical elements. It is so casually introduced that it is never ridiculous. The amount of the unbelievable is so small that it is accepted into the storyline without much thought.
The storyline is very complicated but this is worth the watch. I love that you never know what will happen. I have NEVER been so scared of spoilers than now. I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. Everyone is further along than I am AND I TRUST NO ONE. The episodes are long but I never felt it was too long. I cannot wait to watch season two, which will hopefully have some of the much talked about winter in.