Monday, April 13, 2015

Game of Thrones 5x01 The Wars to Come

By s. Monday, April 13, 2015 ,
We're back! And what a return it was. Season 5 of Game of Thrones opened with a very strong episode and though some of the important characters weren't in this one, we got to check in with the key players. And more importantly - The One True King is back. All scruffy and wearing a furry cloak.

Ah, how I missed you, your grace.
The opening of the episode was a flashback, the very first flashback in the history of the series. It was a very atmospheric, incredibly shot scene where we got to see young Cersei and her friend Melara. They go to hut in the woods where they find a witch, Maggy the Frog. Cersei, arrogant and condescending even in her youth, demands to know her future. Maggy tells her that she will be a queen, until there comes another, younger and more beautiful to cast her down and everything she holds dear. She also tells her that her King will have 20 children, while she will have 3 and they will all die before her.

I was thrilled that the show finally included that prophecy - prophecies are some of my favorite things in the book series and so far the show didn't really handle that element of the universe too well. But as usual, it was not perfect - there is one more thing in the prophecy in the book. Maggy tells Cersei of mysterious valonqar - the word meaning little sibling- who will kill her. This is the main reason for Cersei's Tyrion paranoia in the books, while in the show it's simply the fact she blames him for the death of their mother.

Here is a trick, though - we know Jaime is younger sibling too, they are twins but Jaime was born after Cersei....

And funny thing - in the show Cersei mentions in season 1 that she actually had a kid with Robert which unlike the books, undermines the prophecy. Yeah. The writers probably just forgot what was in season 1...

Back to the show and back to present time, Cersei is now heading to the Great Sept, on the day of Tywin's funeral. As she is climbing the stairs she passes Margaery who smiles at her. Margaery is getting way too cocky and Dormer is seriously lost with how to play that character. Inside the Sept we get to see Tywin's body with the stones on his eyes. I'm not sure whether he looked more scary or hilarious. Jaime is standing next to him and I'm sure all the non book readers where afraid we are about to get another rape next to a corpse scene between Jaime and Cersei.

Thankfully that didn't happen. The two talked about Tywin's legacy and then Cersei started talking shit about Tyrion, as usual. She knows Jaime helped him escape. The scene was really well acted and Lena Headey shows Cersei's rage as the world is crumbling around her so well. Also the scene looked absolutely breathtaking - I think this season has the best production values so far.
Next we check in with the box - and inside that box? Tyrion. Varys let's him out and we get a delightful small talk about that fucking crate and apparently, Varys having to throw Tyrion's shit overboard. Tyrion is a trooper - he drinks wine, vomits it, then pours himself another glass and drinks again. His new plan is to drink himself to death.

In Meereen the statue of Harpy is brought down. We also see quite chilling scene of one of the Sons of the Harpy killing one of the Unsullied. Daenerys wants the Sons of the Harpy to be punished and brought to justice.
There was also yet another moment between Missandai and Grey Worm in their super crucial story of Missandai trying to figure out if Unsullied can or cannot fuck.

And then we travel to the Wall where Jon is training Olly, in spite of Olly being annoying little shit who killed Jon's lady love. Janos and Alliser are hanging around judging the peasants and Sam and Gilly are chatting outside about Alliser hating  the wildlings. Gilly's baby is like right there outside covered under a flimsy blanket. Someone call child services please.
Melisandre appears and takes Jon to see Stannis. On an elevator ride 1. she asks him if he is a virgin 2. she grabs his hand so that he can touch his cheek. Melisandre - sexually harassing guys who are really not much interested since season 2. She is insane. Just insane. Why is no one fucking Stannis? This is such a waste. Jon was so hilariously confused in this scene.

He has a problem, seriously. With his red hair fetish it's a wonder he is not banging Tormund.

Ah, my one true love appears. Standing on top of the Wall, all majestic, with loyal Davos right next to him. Stannis talks to Jon about Roose ruling in Winterfell. He says he will mounts his head on the spike and in that moment I am making such sexual noises. He asks Jon if he wants to avenge him. Jon responds that he wants a lot of things. Stannis says stuff like "I shall take back the North from the thieves who stole it", "I shall mount Roose Bolton's head on a spike" so I was pretty much fainting all over the place.  Then Stannis tells him that he wants wildlings to fight for him and he wants Mance Ryder to kneel before him. He gives Jon time frame - midnight. I'm loving the way Harington and Dillane play off each other - two men of honor, with different ideas and different allegiances but filled with grudging respect. Amazing stuff.
There was also a scene of Sansa and Petyr, watching little Robin embarrass himself while practicing. Petyr receives a letter because his birds travel as fast as he can. Also the fuck is Gillen doing? He has softened his ridiculous Batman voice and now speaks with strange British accent. It's so hilarious, but he is ruining every scene he is in with his atrocious acting.

We get one more scene of them in the carriage, but truthfully the less is said about this storyline, the better.

We check in with Emo Brienne and Pod trying to cheer her up. Brienne is being a total bitch to him. I'm really starting to dislike her.
We get more pitiful attempts to woo Cersei from Loras. This time he is talking about Tywin's greatness during his funeral. It was so funny. We also get the return of Kevan, Cersei' uncle and Lancel, his son, who Cersei used to fuck. Lancel is walking the Earth now, he joined the group of religious fanatics called the Sparrows. Later he finds Cersei and he is all apologetic and judgemental. He also drops an interesting piece of information - he expresses regret over what happened to the King. As we know Robert died in the result of injuries sustained in the hunt. But what we didn't know till now is that Cersei told Lancel to encourage the king to drink, which made it more likely for the accident to happen.

Ah, sexposition! We haven't even seen Dorne yet and there is sex connected to it already, in the form of Loras and the token gay guy from brothel who the show uses to bang anyone who is gay or bi. Loras has a birthmark in the shape of Dorne. I can't. I can't with this writing. Margaery comes in acting annoying again and she hints that she is planning on Cersei leaving King's Landing.
Then we get another scene with Varys and Tyrion where Varys tells Tyrion he should help him find Daenerys Targaryen and help her get the Iron Throne. Tyrion seems interested and agrees. In the books published so far Dany and Tyrion didn't meet but something about this scene tells me that Tyrion will meet Daenerys in this season. I really liked their scene, it was well written and Dinklage played the curiosity and spark in Tyrion's eyes so well.

We got another scene with Dany and Daario. Of course, they were in bed. Daario shares his life story and Daenerys reveals to him that she can no longer control her dragons. She then visits them and is all like here kitty kitty and one of them appears and roars like insane. Well, no shit Sherlock. She locked them in a dungeon and just left them there. That was heartless. No wonder they are mad.
In a shocking development - remember when barely anyone cared about the Wall story in season 1? - the last two sequences of the episode were the highlights of the episode and they were set at the Wall. Jon goes to see Mance and asks him to kneel before Stannis. He tells him he will burn alive if he doesn't. Mance tells him that he is not going to kneel because that would make hm a hypocrite. He also tells Jon that he is a good man.

The ending scene was hands down the best part of the episode. The wildlings, the men of the Night's Watch and everyone at the Wall gathered around the pyre. Stannis asks Mance to kneel and Mance refuses. Melisandre delivers batshit crazy monologue during which we see Selyse and Shireen seated above, Selyse looking like a lunatic as always. Melisandre sets the fire and people start gradually freaking out, Gilly hugs Sam.
Jon, in my favorite moment of his so far, does 'enough!' expression. Before Mance starts screaming an arrow goes through his chest. It's Jon who shot it, granting Mance mercy. Stannis throws a 'bitch did what?' look.

I love him so much.
Overall it was a really good episode, setting up most of storylines in a very elegant way. There were few glitches, like that Loras/Margery scene which was so pointless and Brienne moping around. There better be a pay off to it that I will like.

In the books there is a good chance Mance is actually not dead but in the show? You gotta admit they wasted Ciaran Hinds. A shame, especially that the only wildling we know and like now is Tormund. So I'm guessing Tormund ain't dying anytime soon.

The show is finally starting to do Stannis justice, but Melisandre and Selyse are portrayed like fanatics. That makes Stannis look bad, just because of the association with these two. Martin stated many times that Melisandre is one of the good guys but in the show she comes off as someone worse than Cersei. Meanwhile Cersei is painted as some tragic, lonely figure. Hopefully as the season progresses the characters will finally be shown the way they are meant to be shown, not the way the writers feel about them.

Next episode entitled The House of Black and White shows us what's new with Arya, gives us the first look at Dorne and Stannis is told to eff a 10 year old girl.


  1. Great recap. I am a non boom reader but have enjoyed the series thus far and interested in seeing how the story plays out.

    1. Thank you! I envy those who don't know the books sometimes, less frustration :)

  2. I missed these recaps! Critical with a dose of humor!

    I am sure last year I saw on the Internet pictures where they were celebrating Emilia Clarke's birthday on set with a cake and Dinklage was there too. So they will meet this season. I think.

    1. Thank you! Yes, there was also a picture of Peter sitting near her but this can just mean they shot on the same set

  3. The wife and I finished Downton a week this is next!!!

  4. I thought this episode was a great way to start the season. I was surprised by how good Kit Harington was, he's really improved (it also makes me more excited for Dolan's English language debut!). Of course, Lena was amazing.

    I thought that the scenes with Dany were the low points, though they weren't that bad. I didn't mind Dormer nor the Loras sex scene nor Brienne and Pod's scenes too much, but I have a feeling she's going to be hell bent on avenging Renly.

    I was disappointed by how Melisandre and Selyse were portrayed here as well, especially considering what Melisandre tries to do in one of the next episodes (what is she thinking?!). But STANNIS!

    Are you going to recap the next three episodes now as well, or will you wait until they air later?

    1. Oh no, I wouldn't dare recaping them now.

      It's also a lot of writing to do and I'm exhausted :)

      Kit is stealing the show, second year in the row. Really lovely work.

  5. Isn't Selyse supposed to be a fanatic though? She has her own family burned, right? I feel like the show has the Selyse portrayal correct. It's why Melisandre can do whatever she wants with Stannis because Selyse is such a believer. Hopefully Melisandre will start to match her book counterpart this season.
    I am sorry, I am still underwhelmed by Kit Harington (ducking tomatoes), but he is nowhere near as bad as Emilia Clarke. I did like the scene with Jon and Mance where Jon is telling Mance to bend the knee. You are right, they did waste Ciaran Hinds. I wish we saw him more.
    And what has the show done to Brienne? Why is she so nasty to Pod?
    The standouts for me last night were Lena, Stephen and Ciaran.

    1. Yeah but she is also supposed to love her daughter and in the show all she does is talk shit about her :)

      Brienne is becoming a real pain in the ass this season. But Margaery is infinitely worse, just the worst thing in this season so far is seeing Dormer act that part

  6. Love this recap Sati, I'm really looking forward to reading your thoughts on this season! Loooove Stannis so much, my boyfriend who hasn't read the books actually asked me "What do you see in him?" after watching the episode. I was like, open your eyes, it's the one true king of Westeros.

    I'm betting that Missandei and Grey Worm are going to be the biggest timewasters since stupid Ros. But amazing Lena makes up for it! Cannot wait for Cersei's big moment this season, I can't wait to see how they approach it.

    1. Thank you so much! Also he is so handsome <3333

      I liked Ros, at least she was pretty :lol: Missandai is pretty too but that storyline is unbearable

  7. Excellent recap as always! I'm bummed they didn't mention the valonqar either because that's some of my favorite speculation on who it will end up being in the book. (I think Edmure)

    I loved all these Wall scenes too, and Tyrion and Varys.

    I actually love how Dormer plays Margaery, you just know she's going to troll Cersei so hard.

    It was a waste of Hands. I'm not even going to try to hold out for the glamour trick, it doesn't seem like they're going to do it.

    1. Thank you! There's slim chance, but maybe there will be more of the flashback in the finale?

      For me Margeary is just too obvious and too openly mocking Cersei :/ It's starting to annoy me

      Oh, he is gone for sure

  8. Wonderful review. Melisandre comes across as such a weird psycho in the television series. I'm just glad we finally get to see more Stannis.

    1. Thank you! Oh more Stannis for me almost makes up for everything else :)

      But never forget LS :/

  9. Great recap, I'm so excited that GOT is back! In early seasons, part of the fun is seeing how the show adapts certain storylines and scenes. What's interesting is that we are at the point where the show might be spoiling the books. So far I'm interested in the change ups, like Tyrion on a quick collision course with Dany, though I guess we still have the books for what will happen with the young griffin storyline.

    Totally agree about wasting Cirian Hinds and loved the part when Stannis promises to the Bolton's head on a pike.

    1. Oh that bit about mounting Roose head was just so good <3

  10. Very solid season opener. I appreciated how they didn't cram everything into this episode and held off on introducing new characters. Since there was no Arya though she better have lots of screen time next week! I'm so intrigued to see how they'll visualize her training.

    The whole burning scene at the end I kept trying to read the expression on Mance's face to see if it was going down the same as the book, but it was way too hard to tell one way or the other. He started to look really freaked out but that could just be because, you know, he was burning alive.

    1. Yeah I think the show killed Mance for good :/

  11. Olly is great. Turning a difficult childhood into a murdering determination. Should hang with Arya sometime.

  12. "Martin stated many times that Melisandre is one of the good guys ..." He said this? About the crazy bitch who births demons and burns people for heresy?!? :-)

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