Based on what we’ve seen thus far and the way this season mostly has been about A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, I want to venture some guesses on what the end of this season might entail. Part of my speculations are also based upon the brief description from imdb and the people credited over at imdb. In short, there will be potential spoilers.
Season 4 Episode 8 was considered a “mind blowing” one. Of course, that was a pun on the gruesome fate of Oberyn Martell. For Season 5 Episode 8 “Hardhome,” the term “mind blowing” is more appropriate in terms of what goes down.
This season has been a very odd one. You had shockers, slowness and major divergence from the books. Yet this particular episode delivered on a variety of levels especially on the emotional level.
Just like how Sansa Stark referred to herself as the “stupid little girl” back in King’s Landing, I’m going to refer to the vast majority of the internet as being the “stupid little people” for their overreactions towards Sansa’s storyline, most notably in Episode 6 of Season 5. While I can understand how book readers might be angry over the major change in direction with her character, the vast public consider what happened to her as merely “shock theater” because Game of Thrones, the TV series, does things in a gratuitous manner.
I love how Twitter/the internet practically explodes at the end of every Game of Thrones episode. The main thing is that the show enjoys the controversy by putting you on the edge of your seats. Season 5 Episode 6 is no exception to that rule.
One of the most important scenes that came out extremely subtly was where Maester Aemon and Samwell Tarly discuss Daenerys Targaryen and her conquest over Slaver’s Bay. The scene is important as Maester Aemon discusses the implications of what it means to be a lone Targaryen in the world, especially one like Daenerys who has no true mentor from her family who can help guide her. Yet there is one line that should not be missed.
I’m still digesting the end part of tonight’s Game of Thrones. I felt that of all the episodes thus far, this episode was closer to A Dance With Dragons than others in this season with more content emphasizing histories and back stories. There’s still some stuff that diverges from the novel but the overall gist is there.
The primary driving force behind Cersei Lannister’s paranoia is a prophecy she was given by Maggy the Frog. In the upcoming season 5 of Game of Thrones, the producers have revealed that we will actually see one of the rare flashbacks that will unveil exactly what this prophecy she is haunted by is about. It’s such a crucial element to Cersei’s back story that it has driven the producers to defy one of their rules for the show (no dreams or flashbacks). The prophecy talks partly foretells the coming of a beautiful queen who will take everything dear away from her. But who is this beautiful queen that Cersei fears?
One of the most interesting upcoming story arcs in Game of Thrones is Sansa Stark’s transformation that will be playing out in Season 5. Thus far, we’ve only seen a single glimpse of the physically darker version of her as Alayne Stone with the first moment where she finally engages in the actual Game of Thrones in episode 8 of season 4. This mostly lines up with her ending chapter where she hears about the plot from Petyr Baelish in reclaiming Winterfell. From Sophie Turner herself, she has revealed that her character will undergo a massive transformation from the innocent, naive little girl to a far more politically savvy manipulator in the upcoming season. But what does this mean?
There’s a great series on YouTube where Preston Jacobs does a pretty good job explaining the details surrounding Littlefinger/Petyr Baelish’s debt scheme. However, the main question that has yet to be answered in his series is: what is Littlefinger, indeed, up to?