We push forward from last week’s controversial cliffhanger, only to shit bricks and realize that THE NORTH COMPLETELY FORGOT! Game of Thrones pushes forward with its choice to become a high-end fan fiction pseudo adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire. While GRRM may be quite content with all the cash coming his way from HBO, we fans might not be so welcoming. As season 5 nears its end, with only just 3 episodes remaining, are the stories becoming too far-fetched or are they coming full circle even with the massive streamlining?
And Now His Watch Is Ended
On the other side of Westeros, things are happening at a more enjoyable pace. Jon Snow says goodbye to Castle Black to leave with Tormund Giantsbane in hopes of finding the Wildlings before winter. Meanwhile, Maester Aemon, also known as Aemon the Dragonknight Targaryen, has passed. He gets a beautiful funeral ceremony which, although it wasn’t included in the books, makes for a nice and deserving addition, especially since Peter Vaughan has given a terrific nuanced role as the old maester.
The North Forgot
Whoever hoped that Sansa’s de-hymenization ended with a dead Bolton can go weep now, because Weiss and Benioff immediately show us what happens to Sansa days after: locked away in her room and terribly bruised. What kind of abuse she suffers we can only speculate at, which is worse. Does this leave her broken? Not yet, perhaps. We see that there’s still some fight left in her when she begs Theon to do the Brienne-signal or openly goads Ramsay about his illegitimacy. She still has some fight in her, but maybe not for long, as Sansa loses the only friend she had at Winterfell after her husband skins the woman to death. The North may remember, but they’re taking their own damn time to do so.
Power In King’s Blood
There’s been some build-up regarding Shireen Baratheon’s storyline, exposing her character in more scenes and even giving us a nice father-daughter moment between her and Stannis 4 episodes ago. Now, it turns out Melisandre has bigger plans for her because there is ‘power in king’s blood’. We saw Gendry get leeched the last time, will Shireen suffer the same or something worse?
Roar No More
The fate of the Lannisters is obviously at a downward trajectory: death of the formidable patriarch, exiled dwarf, disgraced queen, invalid kingsguard, and incest-bastards Tommen and Myrcella. Since the start of season 5, alone at the capital, we’ve seen Cersei dig herself deeper into a shithole from which there was no rising. After having Loras and Margaery arrested by way of the High Sparrow and his faith militant, she too is arrested for fornication, incest, and the Seven knows what else.
Perhaps only Tyrion is making the right moves by maneuvering his way to #TeamDragon in Meereen. It’ll be interesting to see how Daenerys reacts to the presence of the little Lannister and her exiled Bear. Obviously, she’s still mad at Jorah Mormont for betraying her early on, but given that her friends in Meereen are getting fewer, perhaps she’ll forgive him this time. Tyrion, as was spoiled by set photos leaked in February, will soon be sitting by Queen Dany’s side. My guess is by 9th episode, Tyrion will be in Daznak’s Pit as part of the queen’s entourage.
What will happen to Sansa now that she’s shit-deep in the Bolton camp? Will #TeamBaratheon eventually reach Winterfell and lay siege to the now-Bolton stronghold? How will the #TheNorthRemembers story arc be pulled off? Will Cersei Lannister get a more terrible punishment other than being locked away in some tower? Will Jon Snow find the Wildlings and will his Brothers let the freefolk pass through the Wall without complaint?
Let’s find out next week in “Hardhome”