For book readers, most people are probably not surprised by Jon Snow’s apparent demise at the hands of the his sworn Night’s Watch brothers. If anything the only surprise was how he was conned into believing that his uncle Benjen Stark was still alive, leading him into being trapped. I did a small amount of speculation on his situation in my previous blog post reviewing episode 10 of season 5. However, what are the overall implications moving forward as a result?
The climax of the season has come and gone. So much speculation on the internet about what would happen especially when a certain preview got leaked. If anything I’m certain everyone will agree in unison that everyone will be immediately impatient for the next season to start already. At any rate, let’s get cracking on this review!
After last week’s universally acclaimed episode and with David Nutter, of the Rains of Castamere (aka The Red Wedding) episode claim to fame, assigned as the director, there was a lot of high expectations riding on this week’s episode, The Dance of Dragons. Does this episode live up to the hype? Or does it fall short?
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.