THE WARS TO COME
So, welcome to the start of another season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Here’s what went down in Episode 1 (entitled The Wars to Come) of Season 5:
To set the mood, we start this season with a Cersei (Lena Headey) flashback. Just so there are no mistakes, we now know for certain that Cersei was born a bitch and will remain so. We also learn she knew just how many bastard babies she needed to kill when she became queen. It must be frustrating for her knowing she has missed some…
Of course this scene segues into Cersei all grown up and still being a bitch, this time as she mourns the loss of her father and bemoans the fact Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is still alive. At least she has a legitimate reason to hate her little bro now, I guess.
Speaking of Tyrion, it’s time to prove the point that great things do come in small packages – although, if you ask Varys (Conleth Hill), he would beg to differ after having to shovel Tyrion’s shit for the entire sea voyage to Pentos. It seems it is finally time to get Daenarys (Emilia Clarke) back into the game – and Tyrion is going to help her! This, my friends, will be epic.
Next we find out just how Dany is faring in Meereen. Yes, she is still struggling with her moral high ground stance. While I am still finding this storyline yawntastic, it was pretty cool watching her dragons crack the shits with her after she visits them in the dungeon she locked them up in at the end of last season.
I was glad to see Episode 1 of Game of Thrones touched in on Jon Snow (Kit Harington) this week and we find him having to negotiate between Stannis (Stephen Dillane) the fucktarded and Mance (Ciarán Hinds) the pretty cool why-do-we-hate-the-wildlings-again King beyond the Wall. This section is complex and delicious and why the fight for the iron throne is such an awesome game to play. Mance refuses to bend at the knee for Stannis and burns at the stake as a result of this. Jon feels sorry for Mance and puts an arrow through his heart rather than watch the good man suffer. Hope he does the same to Stannis some time soon…
Actually, not so many WTF moments this week. The only one that really caught my eye was Dany pulling down that massive statue. Penis envy much?
Overall, this episode was an okay opener but as what usually happens in Game of Thrones when there is too many storylines follows, I find I was waiting for a gutsier episode.
What did you think of the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!
You can read my Episode 2 recap here.
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