Before any of you read any further, I like to warn you that this review is very spoiler heavy. If you haven’t watched season 5 of Game of Thrones, then I’d suggest you to stop reading this right now! This following review will primarily focus on the season finale episode of the series. The points stated are own my personal opinions.
So! Shall we begin?
The first season of GOT came out 5 years ago. For someone who had grown up watching movies such as Krull, Conan the Barbarian, Jason and the Argonauts and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I instantly knew that I’d end up getting hooked. Besides, the promos promised dragons and ice zombies. Who could resist?
The first 4 episodes of this season got leaked on the internet on the same day. Needless to say, I downloaded all the episodes in one; fear that that it’d get taken down at any moment.
The episode starts, with Milasandra walking up to Stannis that the lords of the light were satisfied with the sacrifice, which meant that victory over the current wardens of Winterfell was eminent. (I must interject this review here to say that I supported Stannis ever since he (literally) led his army in the battle of the Mud gates at King’s landing. Though atrocious, I understood why he did what he did in episode 9. The fault lies with the people for often confusing this show with other shows that follow a more “black and white” format of storytelling.) He soon realizes that half of his men fled during the night prior with all of his remaining horses and also that his wife hung herself after realizing what she did. Stannis realizes that he doesn’t have the option to turn back and marches (literally) with his dwindling battalion to face a clearly superior enemy in the Boltons. It doesn’t take long for his army to get annihilated. Just as it seemed that he was done for good, Breean of Tarth introduces herself and completes her task of killing him for murdering his brother. I must admit that there is still a chance of her sparing his life. After all, she still has to go and save Sansa and the logical thing to do would be to use all the help that she can get to do so.
It seems like Sansa Stark hasn’t gotten a break since season 1. With Ramsy making her life a living hell, it seemed like she was someone who was doomed to live in an eternal nightmare. The scene where Reek . . . . I mean, Theon pushes the female Ramsy off the railing to save Sansa was a sweet – sweet scene. I’m pretty sure they both make the fall.
We move on to Arya Stark; undoubtedly one of the coolest characters in the show. After spending this season as a disciple of Jaqen H’ghar, she uses his teachings to finally get her revenge on the man who killed his friend and former mentor. It was an extra cherry on the top that he was also a sadist and a pedophile. Watching him get his eyes punctured – repeatedly stabbed and throat cut off was highly satisfying to say the least. I and my friends actually watched his death twice because some of us couldn’t hear the dialogue over all the cheering.
The scene in Dorne, for me, was the saddest part of the episode. With Jamie and Bron managing to take Marcella back to King’s landing after sorting everything out with Oberyn Martell’s brother, it seemed that the worst was behind them. The interaction in the ship between Jamie and Myrcella was something that made me feel things. And just then, without any warning, she starts bleeding and then dies in Jamie’s arms. We cut back to the scene with the Sand Snakes and come to realize that they were responsible for what happened. I find it hard to think that Jamie would have the ship turned around to confront the Martells and settle for anything less than war. I suppose we’ll see what happens next year.
Now we go back to Meereen where Daario and Jorah decide on going to search for Daenerys while Tyrion, Greyworm and Missandei would stay back to run the city which is in the verge of anarchy. It was nice to see Tyrion reunite with Varies again. I personally think that he shines the brightest when he is pitted with or against characters that are just as smart as him. I like the character and can’t wait to see how the coming events unfold.
We find Cersei, still confined in a cell by the High Sparrow. She finally confesses for the crimes for which she was convicted of. . . (sort of). And is made to carry out the walk of shame. Though a lot of my friends hated her since the very beginning, I felt sad that she had to endure the utter humiliation of having to walk through the streets naked while people threw all sorts of things at her, all to get back to her son. I have always liked Lena Headey as an actress, so it is possible that I was feeling the way I was because of my attachment to the actress rather than the character.
The last time we saw Daenerys, she was riding across the sky on top of a dragon. As cool as the scene was, she apparently wasn’t in charge of the course and this episode we find her in an unknown land with a weak and wounded Drogon. She decides to go for a walk when she suddenly finds herself surrounded by the Dolthroki army. It will be interesting to see how she’s welcomed (or not) back into their fold. And having Drogon around likely won’t make this reunion any easier.
Now we finally go to John Snow, probably the most beloved character in the series. After the absolute blood bath that was episode 8, we find the lord commander of the Night’s watch all by himself after sending his only friend, Sam away for his safety. Olly comes to tell him that they have come across a wildling who says that he knows the ware bouts of his uncle Benjen. For a moment, he drops his guard and what he thought would turn out to be good news turns out to be a mutiny and is repeatedly stabbed by his fellow men. The last scene in the episode is of John lying motionless on the floor with his eyes transfixed towards the sky and his blood pouring across the snow.
Now judging form everything that has happened in the last few episodes, I’m pretty sure that John’s not dead. After all the buildup in episode 8 and all the mystery that George R.R Martin meticulously crafted around his true parentage, It just doesn’t feel right that his “watch” would come to such an early end. Besides, Melisandre is known to bring people back from the dead and now that Stannis is out of the picture, maybe she thinks that John would be her new Messiah. The Stark boys are also known to possess the magical ability of transferring themselves to their Dire Wolves. So it is more than possible for John to have done just that before his death. But then again, these are just theories and we’ll have to wait for 11 months to get answers to all of these questions. Overall, this season started slow. But the last 3 episodes made up for it by kicking everything up ten folds.
– Biplav Shrestha