April is fast approaching and with it come more dragons, krakens, lions, sandsnakes, direwolves, and a mummer’s dragon. Season 5 of Game of Thrones is kicking off at April 1 and I couldn’t be more excited for that day to be here. I’m already bouncing off the walls to be honest. 😀
But before we dive head first into the GoT season inspired by the last half of A Feast for Crows and the first few penultimate arcs of A Dance with Dragons, let’s have a recap of last season.
Joffrey Dies a Horrible Death
We didn’t have to wait long to see one of the most-awaited highlights of the season, the death of Joffrey Baratheon. Finally, this bratty shitty little king, one who has caused so much pain and tragedy to Westeros, is dead. And he doesn’t go in peace, mind you. He ends up choking, fighting for breath, drooling his own blood and saliva, struggling to keep the life that’s fast ebbing from his grasp. His mother, Queen Cersei, isn’t all too happy about that too. And like Tyrion predicted, we audiences ended up flapping like a mad monkey as Joffrey was dying. #farewellJackGleeson
The Viper and The Mountain
If audiences can agree on one thing, it’s that Oberyn Martell, Prince of Dorne, was the most-anticipated character to be introduced in season 4. And his arrival didn’t disappoint too. Deviating from how the books introduced the Viper (which was EPIC, by the way), Benioff and Weiss opted to place Oberyn in a place where he is most comfortable, a whorehouse. After choosing some of the girls, including the pimp (LOL), he ends up totally being a badass against Lannister ilk, their soldiers. Way to go, Oberyn! But then our attachment to Oberyn was short lived because, after volunteering to be Tyrion’s champion against The Mountain, he makes the mistake of letting his anger get the better of him, giving Gregor Clegane a chance to crush his skull, literally!
The Wolfgirl and the Hound
As our most favorite duo in the show, topping even the Jamie-Brienne dynamic, the Bronn-Tyrion bromance, and the Jon-Samwell odd friendship, Arya and Sandor Clegane started the season with some awesome dialogue and badass fight scenes. Though the hostility between them hasn’t bated, it’s obvious the two are in mutual agreement at surviving. What was most memorable between them was their fight with some Lannister ilk at some pub, all for some chicken and a horse. Also, “what’s a lommy?” was definitely the highlight of my year! I LOLLED SO HARD!
Way, Way Beyond the Wall
Throughout the GoT seasons, White Walkers have been a constant chilling shadow, a growing threat that, for now, only the Watchers on the Wall are aware of. Pretty soon, we know there’s an inevitable fight between Westerosi and White Walkers, between humans and undead magical creatures. For the first time since the book and the show, we were given a glimpse of the landscape far far beyond the wall, where we saw an assembled group of White Walkers (like a war council, maybe?) and a baby. Said baby was turned into a White Walker. My mind was blown, OF COURSE!
Dwarf on Trial
Peter Dinklage is like the male version of Viola Davis—whatever they put their minds into, whatever roles they play, they do it FLAWLESSLY! For reals 😀 Tyrion Lannister, immediately accused by Cersei as Joffrey’s murderer, stood on trial, watched witness after witness betray him, and secured another Emmy for himself. By the end, unable to stomach the prejudice and unfairness of the trial, he gave everyone in the hall some wicked tongue-lashing. ” Read the whole convo below because it’s just TOO AWESOME!
Tyrion Lannister: Yes, father. I’m guilty. Guilty. Is that what you want to hear?
Tywin Lannister: You admit you poisoned the King?
Tyrion Lannister: No. Of that I’m innocent. I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I’m guilty of being a dwarf.
Tywin Lannister: You’re not on trial for being a dwarf.
Tyrion Lannister: Oh, yes I am. I’ve been on trial for that my entire life.
Tywin Lannister: Have you nothing to say in your defense?
Tyrion Lannister: Nothing but this: I did not do it. (to Cersei) I did not kill Joffrey but I wish that I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores. (to the crowd) I wish I was the monster you think I am. I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you. I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it.
Jorah Went from Friendzone to a Different Time Zone
Perhaps nobody in television has been more miserably friendzoned than Jorah Mormont, and now he’s been banished to God-knows-where because Tywin sent a “long-delayed” pardon to Mormont, initially promised by King Robert Baratheon. This strategically rid Dany of a trusted advisor, and perhaps also affected her dragon-fire resolve to return to Westeros.
Mother of Monsters
Seeing the dragons back in season 1 was okay, because they were newly hatched still and were the size of iguanas. Even in season 2 they were the size of puppies, though by that time they were learning how “dracarys” works and already saved momma khaleesi from a bad bad warlock. When season 3 came, Drogon became an official badass when he laid waste to the Masters of Astapor, even when he was still the size of a small kangaroo. As of season 4, the dragons have grown considerably, already the size of Toothless, their wingspans a terrifying shadow when they’re aloft. Nearing the finale, we realized that having monsters as your “kids” isn’t all just “FREE THE SLAVES BECAUSE DRACARYS!” thing. Having dragons means unleashing monsters in the world, and its Daenerys and her subjects who have to suffer the “dracarys” of her babies. So what choice does she have but to imprison them? Awww, Rhaegal and Viserion, hang in there, boys 😦
Battle on the Wall
We all know that for every season, the 9th episode will always deliver something mind-blowingly epic. With season 4, we were given the long overdue Battle at Castle Black between the Watchers on the Wall and the army of wildlings led by Mance Rayder. That episode was one huge battle sequence filled with too-many-to-name memorable moments. Jon killing Styr with a hammer? Mag the Mighty charging the tunnel? Ygritte’s death? Alliser Thorne turns craven? Jon pulling a Ned-Star-leadership-mode on the Watchers? Gilly pulling an “oh snap oh no she din’t!” moment with Alliser? Grenn reciting their Night’s Watch vows while a giant charges at them? This is one of those episodes where you swell with pride when you claim that you watch GoT.
We can’t be more excited for Game of Thrones to resume on April 5, because we DEFINITELY want to know how Tyrion is faring with Varys who, apparently, escaped with him from Kings Landing (I’m assuming Varys will replace Magister Illyrio in the succeeding events). We want to know how Sansa is twirling Littlefinger in her hands, outplotting the most evil plotter in the land. We want to see if the Margaery-Cersei (Tyrell-Lannister) hostility will still transition into season 5 or if they will each have their own “indiscretions” to deal with. Also, what of Lady Olenna Tyrell? We want to see how Arya deals with her new citizenship in Braavos and if she’ll indeed become, as implied, a faceless assassin. Finally, will Bran indeed “fly”? 😀