I realize I haven’t talked about Game of Thrones all season here, but I have been watching! It’s been a relatively short season with its ups and downs– we’ve had a few good moments, and a lot of what felt like stalling. Ultimately, I found the finale satisfying, but with plenty of quieter moments. Here’s my assessment of what worked and what maybe didn’t.
I wasn’t going to do this, but that season finale of Game of Thrones just haunted me. I’m just going to say it: that was the worst season finale this show has subjected us to. It’s got nothing to do with the cliffhangers, but with the sheer number of atrocities. It had me asking myself why I watch this show.
Obviously, something right is happening because I’m still going to watch. It’s amazing how high we can fly with an episode like “A Dance with Dragons,” and how low we can sink with “Mother’s Mercy.” Game of Thrones fans are used to atrocities. Hey, I’m a Whedon fan; I’m used to characters I love dying! Something about this episode just made the Red Wedding feel easy to swallow. The question remains: were we left with any hope this season?
And actually I have a lot of questions. Spoilers below!
Did you guys watch Game of Thrones last night?! Of course you did. If you are one of those people who is planning on catching it later today via HBO Go, come back to this post then! For the other 99% of you, here are some thoughts:
For real, hair inspiration from bb Cersei. No one side parts their hair in Westeros… I might be rocking a center part tomorrow.
We see brunette Sansa, and to be honest, I much prefer her hair red. Sophie Turner is stunning, though, and I’m so looking forward to her storyline this season!
Tyrion has a little existential crisis, but ultimately decides to check out the situation with Dany in Meereen. Things aren’t going so well for Dany, though. She used to be so much more of a force, so it’s kind of hard to see her like this. I’m probably more worried about her missing dragon than she is, and when she tries to visit the other two that she’s chained up she gets scared too quickly. Come on, Dany; you can do this!
Mance met a nasty fate, but the episode ended on a rather noble note with Jon showing him mercy. Still, I’d have preferred he bent the knee because, like Jon, I was quite fond of him toward the end there.
So, Dany and her dragons and the adventures of Sansa Stark are numbers 2 and 3 on the most anticipated list… what’s number 1, you ask?! ARYA. I can’t wait to see what Arya’s up to, especially since she didn’t pop up in this episode at all.
What did you guys think of the season 5 premiere?
What are you most looking forward to this season?
Season finales are hard on all of us. George R. R. Martin, like my beloved Joss Whedon, seems to love killing off characters. When I think about season 4 ending, I tend to think of all the characters we’ve lost along the way. After season 3 ended, we were still reeling from The Red Wedding and mourning Catelyn and Robb. This season, I feel like the carnage was more warranted. Let’s be morbid and count down Game of Thrones season 4’s top 3 deaths.
3. Tywin Lannister, on the throne
Can anyone say anything in favor of Tywin Lannister? He was kind enough to Arya when she was a fugitive, yes, and he’s a smart guy. I think that’s where the good ends. Lannisters are not our favorites. Tywin was father to the monster that is Cersei. He is the ultimate puppet-master, even with his own kids. He was also the cruelest (perhaps, save for Cersei) to the only Lannister we do like, Tyrion. Tywin met a fitting end, as his son Tyrion burst in on him while he was “on the throne…” and not the kind that the title of the series refers to. Tywins lifelong cruelty to Tyrion caught up with him. “I am your son;” Tyrion pushed these harsh words in his face as he shot him through with a crossbow. Twice. And he deserved it: a crappy end for a crappy guy.
2. Lysa Arryn, through the Moon Door
I enjoyed this one in particular because of my Tully-love. We knew something was wrong with Lysa from the moment we saw her, when Catelyn paid her a visit early in the series. She never wanted to help her sister. What kind of Tully is that? We learned this season that she killed her own husband, the former Hand of the King, which set off the events of the whole series. This crime was attributed to the Lannisters. That makes Lysa as bad as a Lannister… worse than some of them. This season she was ready and willing to take Sansa’s life— the same jealousy that colored her relationship with Catelyn reflected upon her neice. The Eyrie is a creepy place and Lysa, its unstable keeper. She’s already made her son as nuts as she is. The two favored their home’s Moon Door, and through it, Lysa met a fitting end plunging to her death in a free fall. Gooood riddance!
1. Joffrey Baratheon, at The Purple Wedding
He had it coming. In truth, Joffrey was a great villain. He came in a little, blonde package that in no way indicated the evil within. There are few characters I’ve wished to die the way I did with Joff. His cruelty grew from the first season— it starts small, first turning on Sansa’s his betrothed, but with the death of Ned Stark, he proves that he is a monster. His days as king did terrible things for his ego. As a young boy, he is mad with power. He never treated people well, and as king, he embraced the fact that he really didn’t have to. We saw him grow crueler, more violent, and more heatless— delighted as he was with the deaths of Robb and Catelyn Stark. He made Sansa’s life miserable, and he made many enemies. Drinking a poison cup of wine on his wedding day sealed his fate. Finally, we are rid of the horrible Joffrey Baratheon. Even his almost-wife, Margaery Tyrell, is glad to see him go. Neither his brother Tommen nor his uncle/father Jamie seems too upset. The only one who mourns is Cersei. Everyone else is glad his reign of terror has ended.
Bonus: Which death am I most sad to see this season?
We’re not clear that he’s actually dead, but I think it’s a safe bet. I cried as I watched him beg Arya for death. I didn’t think I was this attached to him! I guess I’m just sad the The Adventures of Arya & The Hound have come to a close… but with Arya setting sail, new adventures are soon to come! Bring it on, season 5! I seriously cannot wait.
I’m loving season 4 of Game of Thrones so far, and I found last week’s episode particularly powerful and hilarious. We got the big reveal behind Joffrey’s poisoning resulting from Sansa’s necklace, and we ended on another amazing show of power and intelligence from Dany, as the collars of the former slaves that now fight for her rained down upon the people of Mareen. Before it turned sour, we got a fun little roleplay with Arya and the Hound gulping down rabbit stew. The first laugh out loud moment for me came right at the beginning, during a rather suspicious conversation between Margaery and Olenna Tyrell.
“You may not have enjoyed watching him die, but you enjoyed it more than you would’ve enjoyed being married to him, I can promise you that.”
Truth, Grandma Tyrell.
My favorite line, perhaps in the series, came from Tyrion. His situation is bleak, falsely imprisoned for the murder of his nephew. We all know Tyrion is too smart to have carried out this murder; he even says he wouldn’t have been gawking over the body if he’d known what was to happen. He puzzles out who would want him framed for this, but is go-to person when something is amiss in his life is off-limits here…
” …but say what you will of Cersei; she loves her children. She is the only one I’m certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King’s Landing murders go.“
Hah, is it just me or is Cersei’s craziness starting to get really fun? Now that there aren’t any Starks around to threaten and things have gone awry for her, I’m enjoying seeing her on screen a lot. And WOW are those dynamics with Jamie getting complicated!
Let’s hope tonight’s Game of Thrones is just as great as last week’s!
Any theories, kids?