Monday, May 11, 2015

Game of Thrones 5x05 Kill the Boy

By s. Monday, May 11, 2015 ,
This week on Thrones things got progressively worse for few characters. The men in Daenerys' life are either getting killed by basic bitches in Meereen, being stuck in a pointless romance side plot or contracting the cross between rabies and leprosy, while Sansa is discovering the depths of the shitshow run by the Boltons in Winterfell. And also - I fear for the lives of absolutely every decent character in the Northern storyline.

It's not a good sign that even though King's Landing - which apart from the Northern storyline - the one we are not getting on the show for the sake of the adventures of Darth Sansa - is the best written storyline in the book - wasn't featured this week I didn't miss it one bit. Also there is whole bunch of crap and torture to show in King's Landing and the are only 5 episodes left!
But first - in opening credits Stephen is 4th billed!

In Meereen we find out Barristan is dead. Dany orders the heads of the most powerful families in Meereen to be brought to her and than takes them to the dragons. They burn one of them and there is a great shot of of her in front of the dragons.
Sam reads about Daenerys to Aemon. Aemon says the Targaryen alone in the world is a terrible thing. Jon enters at the moment he says it....

Jon asks Aemon what to do about the wildlings and master Aemon says the powerful words from the book "Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Kill they boy and let the man be born". He basically tells Jon to be a leader.
Jon goes to speak with Tormund. Jon tells him that Wildlings belong to the realm of men. Jon decides to let Wildings into the realm so they could fight with him against the threat that is coming.  Jon unchains Tormund and tells him to be a leader to his people. Tormund tells him most of the people is at Hardhome. Tormund tells Jon to come with him.

Jon tells others in the Watch about his plan. One of them says the Wildlings should die and it means less enemies for the Watchers. Stannis who is present says "Fewer" correcting the Watcher's grammar, Davos goes "What?" Stannis says "Nothing". It was such a nice little funny moment. The Watchers disagree with Jon because Wildlings killed their people. Jon says if they abandon the Wildlings the will become wights. Stannis is shown again. Oh, my heart.
Olly comes over to Jon's chamber. The little shit is finally given some lines. Olly is against the Wildlings on account they killed people in his village. Jon tells him he knows what it's like to lose the people he loves but winter is coming and they know what is coming with it. They can't face it alone. Olly is visibly upset.

Meanwhile the crack team of Brienne and Pod got around Moat Cailin - and to those familiar with the geography of Westeros, here's our 5 minute laughter break - and now Brienne tells Pod of how Boltons killed Sansa's mother and brother. Brienne finds new BBF who will help her get messages to Sansa who is some random old dude. Because you know, why bring back the characters we already met on the show and are in Brienne's storyline in the book if you can introduce new person, right?
20 minutes in and three Catelyn mentions already. Oh for fuck's sake.

We get a sex scene with Ramsay and Myranda, because of course. Myranda and her crazy hip bone get all 'you're mine' all over Ramsay and he is warning her he won't marry her like he once promised and that she better not bores him because she knows what happens to people who bore him. Myranda obviously remembers the chick that she helped him hunt with that got eaten by dogs. So she bangs him. Charming.
It gets better because The North Remembers old lady tells Sansa to light a candle in the tower if she is in trouble, because she has friends in the North. Oh good. Don't worry Sansa. When Ramsay tries to rape you, torture you and flay you, find matches and light a candle. The quartet of the two elders, Brienne the Incompetent and Pod, who cannot ride a horse will get there - in I'm sure a nick of time - to help.

No, but seriously at this point I'm glad we are getting even this poor sample of northern conspiracy and rebellion from the books.
 Sansa sees the tower that Bran fell from in the first episode. She is wearing her Maleficent/Angry Bird/Such a playa dress and Myranda comes over and in the rouse transparent to everyone - but Sansa - tries to befriend her while complementing her dress.. I feel this couldn't be more obvious if she looked like a crone and handed her an apple.

This is the content of Game of Thrones Mother's Day episode. This, not Stoneheart.
Sansa tells her that her mother taught her how to make dresses. This is like the forth and fifth mention of Catelyn.

Myranda tells Sansa to go see something in the cages to help her remember. To her shock it's "Theon Greyjoy is not here right now" Reek. Reek is locked in a cage and Sansa first looks stunned, then sad, then furious. Both Alfie Allen and Sophie Turner are doing wonderful job this season already and I'm sure that the best thing that will come out of this convoluted Sansa in Winterfell plot are going to be their scenes together.
Reek is helping Ramsay get dressed. He tells him Sansa saw him. Ramsay tells him not to keep secrets from him and get on his knees. Thank God all that happens is Ramsay telling him "I forgive you".

During dinner scene we finally get to hear  Walda, the second relatively normal Frey in the world (next to Roslin) speak. She is very nice to Sansa and even is in for Sansa breaking Roose and Ramsay's balls by remarking how this is her home but the inhabitants are strange. I'm all for Sansa throwing dirty looks and smiling sarcastically but I feel this is way too much shade to be throwing at the man who is ruthless and has a flayed man for a banner and his psycho son who you are about to marry. But who knows, maybe Sansa's only lesson from Littlefinger was this - be stupid while climbing the ladder of chaos.
There is some sick shit happening as Ramsay makes Reek apologize to Sansa for killing her brothers.

But never mind that because one of the best things going on in the show nowadays is Roose mercilessly trolling people. We have Ramsay torture - verbally for now -  Sansa and say that Reek will give her away at the wedding (by the way that wedding is next week so I advise you to buy paper bags). Sansa throws him 'you've gotta be fucking kidding me' look. Roose jumps in and announces good news - Walda is pregnant. Roose thinks it's a boy. Sansa smiles at Ramsay smugly because here comes the legitimate son of Roose, not a bastard like Ramsay.

Someone protects Walda, please. We haven't had fetus killing in almost 2 years on the show. Don't break that run, HBO.
We get another scene with Ramsay and Roose with Ramsay wondering how can Roose know she is pregnant since Walda is so fat and how did he managed to get her pregnant anyways. Roose remarks how Ramsay disgraced himself during dinner. I liked that Roose at the very least tries to be gentlemanly towards Sansa and hates Ramsay's stupid mind games. Then the conversation moves to Ramsay's mother. Roose reveals to Ramsay that she was a peasant girl, miller's wife. They married without his consent so he hung the husband and under his swinging body, he raped her. She then appeared months later with Ramsay. Roose says he looked at the baby and knew Ramsay was his son.

Roose says that Stannis has army at Castle Black and he means to take Winterfell and the North. Ramsay says he will help Roose defeat him.

Sam and Gilly are hanging out. Sam tells Gilly of Oldtown and the Citadel, which has the most books in the world. Stannis walks in. Gilly runs away, hilariously. Stannis starts talking to Sam, who is shaking like a leaf. Stannis questions him about killing White Walkers. He is surprised that someone like Samwell killed a White Walker. Stannis is eager to find out how to kill them and tells Samwell to keep reading.

Then Stannis goes to see Davos and tells him they begin marching on Winterfell at sunrise. Davos asks about men staying behind to guard the Queen and the princess and Stannis says they are going with them because most of the men at Castle Black are killers and rapists.
In something that neither of the people I spoke with guessed, Shireen and Selyse leave the Wall with Stannis. A bunch of us assumed that Stannis would leave them under Jon's protection but no. Shireen gets a sweet scene with Davos where Davos tells her he is afraid and in case there is battle she must protect him. The psycho bitch Melisandre leaves too, unlike in the book, where she stayed to creep towards her new, desired penis target Jon.

Selyse appears and of course makes everyone miserable. Shireen manages to exchange a quick and adorable wave with Sam and Gilly.
On one hand I'm happy Shireen is going with Stannis because daddy will protect her. On another I'm not happy because Melisandre is going too and I don't want her anywhere near Stannis. I want her across the narrow sea. I want her in freaking space, away from that man and baby fawn Baratheon.

Stannis and Jon part and Jon wishes Stannis safe journey and thanks him. Melisandre throws more pervy looks at Jon but who cares when Stannis is wearing that:
Then he gets on the horse and his badass theme plays in the background and his army leaves Castle Black. I can't hear my thoughts over the noise of my ovaries exploding.

Do not hurt him. DO NOT HURT HIM.
Back in Meereen Grey Worm is unfortunately still alive so that the time wasting crap that is his romance story with Missandai continues. I'll be even more pissed off if he dies anyway given how much screen time they wasted on this storyline already.

Daenerys asks political advice from Missandai. Oh my God. Anyways let's not dwell into this - it ends with Daenerys saying she should marry that Hizdahr dude. Let's move on
In a scene that was kinda in the books but it has so many changes that not really, we are back to everyone new favorite pairing - Tyrion and Jorah. They are sailing (which happened in the books) through Old Valyria (which has not happened in the books). They see Drogon (which has not happened in the books), are attacked by Stone men (which has happened in the books) and Jorah gets greyscale (which has happened in the books to the character the show cut).

So this is what is our adaptation now.
But leaving aside the bitchiness, because I'm doing it for comic relief now - as I adored the scene and the only cut characters I mourn are Stoneheart and Manderlys - this was an excellent sequence and finally an explosive ending - for both non book readers and book readers. Some of us crazy obsessed nerds figured out Jorah will probably catch greyscale but it was still shattering to witness. I mean my God, poor Jorah. Can't get laid and now he is patient zero. He cannot catch a break, but he catches greyscale. Oh man.

Jorah will probably be used as a vial that causes the plague - either in Essos or Westeros, prompting everyone to abandon ship and run the fuck away. Yes, Shireen got cured but Shireen's daddy is Stannis and Stannis's perseverance, love and resources led to miracle.
Jorah doesn't even own a second shirt.

The whole sequence was very well done as were the Stone Men - they were so creepy especially how at first they blended in the background and then moved, it was like something straight out of Alien franchise. The whole setting looked amazing and even though we just saw him briefly the CGI of Drogon and his movements were so well done. I especially loved the look on Tyrion's face when he saw him - a mixture of astonishment, curiosity and shock.
The Stone men attack their boat and Jorah yells at Tyrion that he can't let them touch him. Peter Dinklage was so good here, showing the fear so well. Tyrion falls over board and then Jorah rescues him. He cuts him lose and says they will walk the rest of their journey. Tyrion asks if Jorah was touched by the stone men and Jorah says no. But then he gets up, makes sure Tyrion doesn't see it and looks at his arm which already has greyscale on it.

Overall this was a very good episode - the show has now detoured into such strange depths for book readers that seeing a writer and director actually drop enough of fan service and cool stuff to keep us more entertained than annoyed is great.
The episode was written Bryan Cogman, who remains the best writer on the show. We got to see the Old Valyria, we got great Stannis moments and cute invented ones - Davos/Shireen. The episode was directed by the newcomer to the series - Jeremy Podeswa, who directed Stephen Dillane so beautifully in Fugitive Pieces. Seriously see this movie.

And by the way, I almost got an aneurysm during yet another flood of Catelyn's name drop. Have some shame, for the love of God.
Next week it's Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken  - the house words of Martells so we go to Dorne again. We also check in with Arya. It looks like no Stannis for me. Batman returns to King's Landing and grandma Olenna comes to rescue Margaery and Loras. Also there's wedding in Winterfell. I assume no one will die during this one but this is gonna be the most repulsive one yet.


  1. When Tyrion opened his eyes at the end and saw Jorah's face- oh, my heart! I seriously cannot handle him dying. I wouldn't have minded this much if Tyrion had gotten the grayscale. GAHHHH!!!

    I think the Boltons are hilarious. Like of course they're horrible people but I'll miss them when they're gone, like how I miss Joffrey now. I didn't even mind the Myranda scene that much because of Ramsay's reactions. Plus, man-butt!

    Now that Carice van Houten has favourited one of my tweets, Melisandre has become one of my favourite characters :P :P

    Oh and I wish Grey Worm had died instead of Selmy. That is all.

    1. If it help they will probably drag it out and have him die for Khaleesi :/

      Roose is awesome, Ramsay I just despise :/ but Rheon is brilliant in the role

  2. Are you hyped for Adebisi to appear in this season?

    1. I'm mostly just hyped for Stannis and always hyped for LS :)

  3. "He doesn't even own a second shirt." LOL poor Jorah. I should've seen him getting greyscale coming, but I was caught off guard by it. That sucks.

    I always have to laugh at show Westeros' geography. The entire continent is the size of Germany, apparently.

    I liked this episode quite a bit. I hope all those Catelyn mentions mean something.

    I am NOT looking forward to this Romeo and Juliet Tyrstane and Myrcella shit next week.

    1. Oh God next episode doesn't look good - the wedding, Batfinger, this young adult love story crap and Snakes...

  4. I feel Myranda will die in a horrible way given her extended screentime.
    Overall it was my favorite episode, even I was WTF at all the Meereen stuff. Dany cannot control her dragons in one episode and later she's casually feeding them masters?
    I loved the scenry in so many scenes, Valyria was beautiful, reminded me of Angkor Wat. And of course the shot of Stannis army leaving south. <3

    1. Hopefully, she takes the screentime from other characters :/

      Stannis looked so beautiful <3

  5. I love Cersei but I thought that the King's Landing storyline was handled terribly in episode 4 so I'm glad this episode skipped it too. And I am SO SICK of the Tyrells! Lets hope with Cogman writing next week's episode that he makes up for King's Landing being messy in episode 4. And with Cersei's downfall looming closer and closer, Lena Headey should be amazing (I hope).

    1. I'm really disappointed with how KL is written so far - they almost made Cersei book Margaery and Margaery book Cersei :/

    2. I wouldn't say that, cersei is making one mistake after another and being pretty ruthless in regards to Tyrion and the tyrells.

      I'm not surprised with how they're writing margaery because D&D have always written her like Anne Boleyn and I expected that to increase this year more than ever before

    3. I really hope the storyline finds it right course this episode, given that the other things we see is the horrific stuff in WF and Dorne (:/) KL hopefully at least gets to be entertaining

  6. I was so pleased about everything and then boom,surprise bitch, Jorah has greyscale! I must say, while I expect the worst each episode, I did not expect Jorah to get greyscale, why did he have to get that particular arc,whyyyyyyyy? Sure, it's dramatic, makes for good television but show!Jorah is a delight, I want at least 10 more seasons of him pinning like a cute puppy dog for Dany, he's pretty much my favorite from Dany's arc right now(I don't consider Tyrion or Varys as part of it cause they just came in from Westeros). Should I even bother to hope he's not dying fast,it would be naive of me, wouldn't it?

    Stannis, where do I even begin, it's more than I ever hoped for and, when he's on screen being an absolute joy to watch, I even allow myself to forget that this screentime will most likely come at a price! He was even funny again, it was glorious and Stephen does a most fantastic job. Then that scene with Sam, it was so nice, he treated Sam with respect and basically showed that he sees the value in Sam's particular quality, that he's into books/research/scholarly stuff, instead of just focusing on what he lacks as a soldier. He also again proved to be the only one, apart from the Night's Watch, who is aware of the White Walker threat and cares primarily about doing what is best for the Realm. I don't think anyone can perceive Stannis as a negative character anymore and his arc along with everything in the North,are the most gripping this season. I know they're probably going to kill him off before he gets to KL but I desperately want him to at least be allowed to get closer. I'll be surprised if they don't at least show an attempt of burning Shireen this season, she is even more endearing than Arya this season and they're like the cutest family so it can't be good. Burn Selyse instead, feed her to some wild animals along the way, I don't know, she needs to go, so irritating, it's like she and Melisandre are competing for the title of worst ever.
    Jon and Stannis were super adorable too(I do not ship it btw, just to be sure), I love how they respect eachother, neither got much of that during their lives so far.
    That fur cloak though, that fur and Stannis on a horse, there should be a full episode just of Stannis riding a horse wearing that fur cloak(preferably only that cloak lol), it would be Emmy worthy, it was particularly sexy, the one true sex symbol of Westeros.

    The Sansa/Boltons scenes were mostly great, a bit long but kudos to the actors, I think even Sophie benefits from the excellent casting choices for Roose and Ramsay, although it is extra disturbing that Roose is hot, it distracts me sometimes. I almost feel like making bets on just how bad Sansa is getting fucked up in the next couple of episodes, I will not be disappointed, that's clear.

    1. I think Jorah in the end won't die of Greyscale, but some sort of noble sacrifice for Daenerys. I always hated how she treated him. Everything kinda went to shit for her after she banished him. What I resent about the show is that they didn't even include that moment when Jorah kissed her. Now he won't do that :/

      Selyse hasn't had a single scene yet where she comes off as a decent or at least sane person. Melisandre is just plain creepy. I don't know what the hell they are doing because the actresses definitely have the talent to show bigger range of emotions than just bitchiness and exhibitionism that is really turning Mel's scenes into a joke.

      I love the way he looks more and more with each episode. The scruff situation is increasing ^^ Oh God that cloak is divine. I really cannot get over what a beautiful man Stephen is. I too liked his scene with Sam but his bewilderment over this guy being Sam at the beginning of the scene was my favorite bit ^^

      Oh yes, I keep hearing it from people that Michael's looks distract them from remembering what an awful person Roose is :)

  7. It's Canyu and yes, google still hates me. I hear that I should install it all over again but I'm afraid that all my starred sites will vanish (and I will have to find them all over again).

    So this is where greyscale comes from. Right? And if it is deadly how are those men not dead? Or creatures? Wut?

    1. Don't ask me, but if it's consolation I'm sure the writers don't know the answers any more than we do ^^ Greyscale is kinda like infection, I'm not sure where it comes from - these people who we saw in this ep were sent there after they were infected, so that they wouldn't infect others. The disease haven't killed them yet, just drove them mad, but eventually it will kill them

  8. I didn't notice all the Catelyn mentions until you mentioned them. lol.

    Oh I'm dreading the wedding at Winterfell, too much Boltons for me to handle in this episode.

    I'm a little surprised that Melissandre went with Stannis since I thought she's needed for Jon's storyline.

    1. Maybe she comes back?:D No, to be honest I have no idea what happens in The North this season

  9. Sati - your recap is almost as good as just re-watching the episode. You do splendid work!

    1. Thank you so much! :D Glad you enjoy it, I try to inject some humor to conceal my heartbreak over the show cutting my fav character ^^

  10. I'm so terrified for the wedding next episode.

    The King's Landing scenes, in retrospect, are the weakest parts of each episode. I was re-reading passages from the books, and I realised that the writers sort of made Book Cersei into TV Margaery, and Book Margaery into TV Cersei. It really doesn't work too well, I feel.

    These Catelyn mentions are making me even angrier about there being no LS yet. Maybe someone should hold another prayer circle?

    1. Yeah me too :/

      It's so messed up. I really hope they fix it next episode, so far it's kinda hard rooting for Margaery.

      I am always holding a prayer circle for her :D

  11. I loved seeing Old Valyria (wish we could explore that more), and the look on Tyrion's face when he saw Drogon was amazing. So sad about Jorah though... wondering how exactly that will all play out.

    I'm so worried about how far they will take Ramsey with Sansa, that poor girl... When he told Reek to get on his knees I totally wouldn't have put it past the show to have that get horribly sexual. Thank god it was just some mind games. I really hope there are some great scenes in store though between Sansa and Theon.

    I loved the scene with Dany and the dragons. I guess people's complaints about not showing any of her wrongdoing will be silenced a bit. Maybe there's some Mad King in there.

    I really did not miss KL either... hopefully they do something interesting with that next week to move things along.

    1. I think the next episode will be very disturbing :/

      Her actions in this episode were insane and to add the decision to marry was so rush and not given enough context - she really came off as kinda crazy.

      I really hope KL storyline picks up next week, based on that promo at least Cersei is in her fabulous bitchy mode :)

  12. Hello Sati, I'm back!

    Nice to see there's quite a few Stannis moments in this episode :P

    1. Great to have you back! hope you had good holiday!

      Stannis is just so.....*hearteyes*