Episode five hits the halfway mark for this season and a lot has been put into motion. “Game of Thrones” is a complex show that makes me feel every emotion on the spectrum. This specific episode made me feel righteous and want to stick up for the ignored and it made me root for people I never thought I’d root for. Finally, it made me feel a hatred for a teenager that is not healthy for a high school teacher to have. Curse you Ramsay Snow…Curse you.
Beware, SPOILERS AHEAD:
Daenerys Targaryen & Barristan Selmy
Dany is enraged at the death of her closest adviser Selmy. This is an interesting change in the show. In the book series, Selmy is not murdered. In fact, he has a very pivotal role in the book that, with his death, he is no longer able to fill. This raises some serious issues. While I am not wanting to spoil the books or the future of the series, I will discuss the current ramification, Dany’s temper. Targaryen’s are not known for their calm and collective minds. Selmy has always been her anchor and always advised for peace and negotiation. He was also her only link to her family’s past (both the good and the bad). So, when he dies…she starts feeding people to dragons…Really. She gathers the heads of the wealthy families, has a dragon burn one of them alive and then has the dragon eat him. A while afterwards, she treats this like a small tantrum, apologizes, and proposes to one of the surviving family heads. She then drops the mic and leaves before he could respond.
One of the biggest worries of Selmy is that Dany will become like her father. We see that a little bit here. She does stop herself from burning more people alive, but I feel like if you have to use “stopped herself from burning even more people alive” as a justification for a character, the person’s priorities are already mixed up. I hope that she does keep a level head but at the same time, I so want her to go to Westeros with her dragons and raise havoc.
Grey Worm is healing up from his battle wounds but he finally puts the moves on Missandei. You want to root for these two, but any relationship with an Unsullied is going to be weird. I have no idea where this relationship is going to go. The show has officially abandoned the book series in many areas and this is one of them. That by no means is a complaint! Much of what they diverged from has been good. The Grey Worm character has been good. The relationship with Missandei however, is a bit strange and I wonder where they are going with it.
Jon Snow Decides
Jon Snow, now in charge of the Night’s Watch, decides to unite the Night’s Watch with the Wildlings. Almost nobody takes this well. Jon Snow already was disliked by many of his brothers at the Watch. Now it seems like he is hated by most of them. This decision will either pay off greatly and give them a major army to help against the eminent zombie attack or it will tear apart the Night’s Watch and destroy them.
Other than sounding like the world’s worst sitcom title, “The Boltons” continuously become more and more of a force to be reckoned with. Ramsay, also known as the worst person ever, is apparently destined to marry the real Sansa Stark. He does a fairly good job at keeping with appearances. He even does a pretty good job lying to Little Finger in saying that he would never hurt Sansa. Things go fairly well with him until he brings in an unexpected dinner guest…that’s right, Reek/Theon, the guy Sansa believes killed two of her brothers. Ramsay rubs this in her face and makes things flat out cruel for her…until he finds out his stepmother is pregnant with a son. Finding out his inheritance is threatened, Ramsay proceeded to pout. His unease is put to rest though after his father gives a strangely heartwarming/terrifying speech about not drowning Ramsay when he was a baby……This family is messed up!
Myranda vs Sansa
I don’t know much about this character but I think she may become important. Myranda is one of the women who “loves” Ramsay. This should tell you two things. The first, she’s messed up. The second, this may mean trouble for Sansa. In this episode, it started with some mind games when she introduces Sansa to Reek/Theon…who was sleeping in a kennel among other dogs.
Brienne in wait and sends messages to Sansa that she still has friends in Winterfell and gives Sansa a way to contact her should the need ever arise. This is what is called Checkov’s Gun and I look forward to it being triggered.
Tyrion and Mormont
I was really looking for the road trip between Tyrion and Varys. I was disappointed when Mormont snatched Tyrion away. That being said, the dynamic between the two are really interesting. The actors play off each other really well and I now look forward to a more depressing road trip. The main things of note here are that Tyrion saw a dragon for the first time and Mormont now has a case of the Grey Scale.
If you are unfamiliar with what Grey Scale is, imagine it like cooties. You don’t want to touch someone with it because doing so…turns you into a crazy rock monster.
They are doing a much better job making Stannis likable in the show than in the book. He had an awesome/heart whelming speech to his daughter a few episodes ago. This week, he corrected someone’s grammar. I don’t know if the director or the writer just discovered this man’s ability to be fatherly/snarky/a force to be reckoned with, but now that they have, I’m enjoying it. He doesn’t have many lines in this episode but when he does, even if it is just to correct someone’s grammar, he owns it. The fact that I am starting to like this character worries me because George R. R. Martin has a tendency to kill everything that I love.
Davos & Shireen
All I have to say about this is that if you are not enjoying the interactions between these two, then you are either not paying attention or not wanting to get attached because you know Martin will break your heart. Davos and Stannis’s daughter are wonderful together and the exchange between them is incredible.
Great episode! If you are not watching this show from the beginning you will be completely lost. Try to give it a chance from the top. They are rapidly catching up with the books and pretty soon they are going to have to introduce new material. That being said, other than one incident a season ago, every time they have done this, it has paid off. My one comment about this episode is that it lacked Arya. From the previews, it seems like we will get a fair share of her character in the next episode though. I am glad this is happening because she needs more time for this and not just a training montage.
Now, for my required end of post Moment of Zen: