The finale of the fifth season of Game of Thrones has left viewers with more questions than answers. The shocking scenes and unforeseen deaths that made up “Mother’s Mercy” caused the internet go berserk, and my little heart to break.
This week, I was reminded why I love Game of Thrones. Why despite its shortcomings, I still watch week after week.
I feel as though I’ve been waiting and waiting for that one moment—the kind that makes you sit on the edge of your seat, the kind that makes you fist pump the air because it’s so fucking awesome. The last time I felt like that was in season 3 when Daenerys Stormborn, last of House Targaryen, was a badass in “And Now His Watch Has Ended.” You remember. This week’s “The Dance of Dragons” (a nice little homage to the title of book 5), was exactly what I needed to reaffirm my following of this ridiculous amazing show.
Just when you think Game of Thrones can’t deviate from the books any more than it already has…well, it does. But unlike some previous episodes that had me upset due to changes, “Hardhome” got everything right.
Thus far in season 5, our huge ensemble cast has gotten themselves into the following situations: Cersei has allied herself with religious fanatics hoping to regain the power she once had; Jaime is on a suicide mission in Dorne; Tyrion has been kidnapped by Ser Jorah and subsequently captured by slavers; Arya is beginning her mysterious training at the House of White and Black; Sansa has been married off to Ramsay Bolton at Winterfell while Brienne waits and watches from afar; Jon has become Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch; Daenerys has decided she must wed for political reasons; and last, but not least, Stannis Baratheon marches from Castle Black to Winterfell on his mission to take back the North and put Roose Bolton’s head on a spike.
Even those who don’t watch HBO’s Game of Thrones with any regularity have undoubtedly heard about the backlash created by Sunday’s episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” The groundbreaking show, which has always been unafraid and unapologetic about showing unwarranted violence and sexual assault, may have finally crossed one too many lines. Is “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” the straw that broke the camel’s back?
Trigger warning: this post discusses a gratuitous rape scene. If this is a trigger for you, please read no further than the summary.
Thus far in season 5, Cersei has allied herself with religious fanatics; Jaime is on a covert mission to the dangerous country of Dorne; Tyrion is on his way to meet the Mother of Dragons; Daenerys has a group of murderers and her wild dragons to deal with; Sansa is engaged to Ramsay Bolton; Arya is becoming no one; and Jon Snow is Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Also, blood and boobs. Boobs everywhere.
Though it isn’t the first time Game of Thrones has deviated from its source material, some things took a drastic turn away from the books in episode 4, “Sons of the Harpy.” As it stands, not even those who have read Martin’s work can predict what will happen next.
In this recap, we cover the last two episodes of Game of Thrones, so there are even more spoilers than usual. If you haven’t had a chance to watch anything from this season yet, sign up for a free trial with HBO Now.
Game of Thrones premiered Sunday night, and boy, what a way to start off the next nine weeks. We were immediately thrust back into a world where blood, backstabbing, and boobs reign—and we can already see the deliciously twisted story arcs that will dominate season 5.