Episode five of the final season of “Game of Thrones” was carnage from beginning to end.
Danaerys follows the last words of her best friend and confidant: “Dracarys” and goes to town literally burning everyone.
Here is a summary of what happened through the episode.
Lord Varys Gets Roasted
After so much scheming, plotting and general back-stabbing, Varys met his end. He though whispered about Jon on to the Iron Throne; Daenerys found out; he is burned.
The end of lord of whisperers was much predicted by Melisaandre in season 7 and we saw it coming.
Tyrion pays his Debts
Tyrion not only betrays Varys but also the Dany. He sets Jaime, captured by Dany’s army, free.
“If it weren’t for you, I never would have survived my childhood,” Tyrion Lannister tells Jaime in the calm. “You were the only one who didn’t treat me like a monster. You were all I had.”
It’s a touching scene between these two survivors of the dysfunctional Lannister family, and it’s shot beautifully, Tyrion standing above the brother who loomed over his childhood in so many ways.
Mother of Dragons
In about five minutes of pure decimation, Daenerys, riding Drogon, made the Iron Fleet go up in smoke and blasted the Golden Company. All the gold by Cercei was for nothing. Maybe the elephants could have helped.
Jaime and Euron
The Lannister used his golden appendage to his advantage in taking out the petty, narcissistic Euron.
The fight didn’t last long, and Euron managed to get a couple stabs in, but ultimately he should have probably sailed back. Euron dies at the hands of the Kingslayer, who walks on injured into the Red Keep.
The fight that we had been hyping for years finally happened. In a back and forth match, which began with the Hound revealing the Mountain’s face. The former realized that the only way to kill the latter was to take him down with him into the dragon fire, which was all over courtesy the Mad Queen.
Jaime and Cersei die as Lovers in Arms
When the brother and sister fled to the crypts of King’s Landing, they discovered that their final escape route has been blocked by the rubble caused by Daenerys and her dragon.
As the ceiling crumbles around them and Cersei suddenly realized that bending the knee might have been a safer bet, Jaime takes her into his arms for one final embrace.
Last words of Cersei being “I don’t want to die”. All her life she battled death to prove the prophecies wrong and she got scared of dying which in a way is inevitable.
My disappointment lies in her death. Cersei deserved a better death, a death like a queen. how we miss Mr Martin at this point.
Jon Aka Aegon Targaryen & Arya Stark
Walking through the streets Jon and Arya witness the wrath caused by the mad queen. Jon sees the madness of men even after the Lannister army surrendered and the bells were rung.
Both the Starks were just probably flabbergasted at the carnage, which was shot really well.
The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Targaryen Tree
In the end, Daenerys proved to be just as mad and cruel as her father. The Queen that had been promised indiscriminately butchered the innocent people of King’s Landing for what seemed like half the episode, leaving very little of a kingdom to rule over.
We are sad, disheartened and this a perfect example of how a TV show decimates a powerful character from a book so well written.
Season 8, Episode 6 preview
Spoilers are here!
The episode 1 of Season 8 premiered on 14th April in the US and 15th April in India.
The episode, named Winter fell, begins with the same old tune but new wooden miniatures where the pieces roll over white & blue from brown, bringing in winter. Elaborate titles in Winterfell castle make way for the upcoming war in the region around the castle.
This leads to the citadel and then kings Landings, where the first time the iron throne takes form.But on to the drama from the season premiere itself.
There were reunions, introductions, dragons, Swords and a little bit of cheese.
The journey to conclusion kicks off with a boy running and making way through the crowd, Arya style from season 1 episode 1, in Winterfell to get a glimpse of the Unsullied and Dothraki entering Winterfell for the first time.
Arya makes way for the boy, as Jon aka Aegon enters with Queen Khaleesi & her 2 dragons by his side.
Renuion of the Starks is hurried through with Bran informing about the wall being broken and Night king riding the dragon.
Flattery doesn’t get you anywhere in the North. Sansa greets Danerys with Ned Stark’s words “Winterfell is yours, your Grace” welcome to King Robert Baratheon back in season one.
Sansa, like all of the other Northern Lords and Lady Mormont, is sceptical of Daenerys and displeased with Jon’s decision to bend the knee and give up his title as King in the North.
The episode makes way clearly to pitch the Stark and Targaryen women against each other, with mistrust on both sides and Dany being smart senses that.
Sansa is probably the new Cersei in Westeros.
Sansa is reunited with Tyrion, they speak about Cersei sending her army to help their cause and she is shocked that he actually believes that his sister would do that.
Perhaps Sansa’s below the belt “I used to think you were the cleverest man alive” comment will make him question himself. Sansa is dead right, we know that as Cersei has absolutely no intention of doing such a thing, Sansa also calls into question whether Jon was swayed by his love of Daenerys in his decision to bend the knee. She has learned a lot from the masters of manipulation and deception, Little finger.
Jorah brings Daenerys to meet Sam, the man who cured him of his greyscale
During the episode, Daenerys meets Sam and what started out as a lovely first meeting turns bitter when he learns that she executed both his father and brother as they refused to bend the knee to her.
He later questions Jon on whether he would’ve shown them mercy had it been his decision. He also reminds Jon that he gave up his crown to save his people, but would she do the same? Doubtful.
Clearly Bending the knee is not getting Mother of Dragons any respect.
Sweetest reunion of the episode, Arya and Jon hug and compare swords – he is moved to see she still has the Needle, he gave her.
There is a touching moment between the siblings. Jon asks her to help with Sansa and Daenerys, but Arya has her loyalties with the starks. She reiterates that the Starks loyalties lie with the Starks and Jon is one too. Laying base to make Jon question his sides when the right time comes.
Arya is reunited with key figures from her past with Arya coming face to face with The Hound and Gendry again. She has a special weapon request from Gendry too.
The reunions were really well done; there was warmth, emotion, humour, and Surprise
For me the mother of all reunions was: Bran meets Jaime at the episode’s close, the old friend he had been waiting for. Because it all began with them in season 1 episode 1,
when Jaime pushed Bran from the tower when he had seen something he should have not. Possibly an indication that Bran will see things and we did not read it back then.
Jon and Daenerys go on a dragon date. It felt a bit cheesy to have a big romantic kiss by a waterfall thrown in the mix. The protective looks from her dragons was also a bit of an odd. It was refreshing to see Jon riding Rhaegar, especially considering his Targaryen bloodline, probably the only thing that the scene established in the minds of the viewer and Tyrion & Varys.
“Never been a Bastard… But the true heir to the Iron Throne”
Words which made me teary-eyed in season 7 are uttered again.. by Sam.
Sam, at the directions of Bran, tells Jon the truth about him being the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, and that his real name is Aegon. Jon is left confused, and in true Jon Snow style, he seeks refuge in Ned Stark’s Honor.
The scene focuses on Jon, but I think it could have been better executed.
White Walkers make conquer their first house.
A message from the dead brings us back to the horrors that are coming when Tormund, Beric and co. find the young Lord Umber left for them with body parts of his men placed around him in that familiar shape the Night King has used before.
Another warning sign ?? and another sword to our fancies. The humour about Tormund’s blue eyes makes the horror later further scary.
Reunions in North but Introductions in the South
King’s Landing Cersei has been busy.
She meets the captain of the Golden Company, an army of sellswords founded by Ser Aegor Rivers, a ‘legitimised bastard’ of King Aegon IV Targaryen, who was brought to her by Euron Greyjoy.
The Lannister Queen is left annoyed by not receiving elephants in return of the gold. Does she think elephants are her reply to Dany’s Dragons?? Errr I don’t think so.
She gives in to the private meeting request of Euron after her classic Cersei style banter: ” You buy a whore… A queen is earned”. Maybe she is too desperate to win and scared that Euron might turn against her if she did not give in to his demands. The scene ends with her drinking again teary-eyed … Miscarriage, as expected by fan theories, has already happened ??
The Queen has sent Bronn to kill Tyrion, with Qyburn handing him a crossbow to do it with as revenge for killing their father, Tywin with one.Finally maybe Bronn rise to honour than gold.
Theon and his remaining Iron Island brothers sneak aboard the ships and rescue Yara. Yara goes back home, but Theon heads North to Winterfell. Probably the words from Jon from last season have left a lasting impact.
It was a good episode with a couple of great scenes, but I had hoped that all six episodes to be like the Winds of Winter or Rains of Castermere – Kinds.
The episode establishes the season neatly making way for the greatest battle of Westeros.
Till then I take leave with finally Winter & Warmth in Westeros.
Promo of second episode –
Gone are the days when every channel on your TV used to show crappy soap operas day in and day out( okay, Indian channels are still stuck up on those and will be so for like another millennium!)
But now we have so many great alternatives out there….There’s a whole plethora of awesome TV series that you should not miss. So here I am listing some of my favourite ones…
This had to be on top. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it is probably the most beloved show ever created. The story of six friends in Manhattan continues to be the most popular even after 12 years of its finale. Chandler, Joey, Ross, Monica, Rachel and Phoebe are the characters that will continue to be loved for decades. FRIENDS is the best!!!
GAME OF THRONES
Well the series doesn’t need an introduction. It’s the most expensive and grand show of all times. Based on George R. Martin’s novels, the show depicts the struggle of noble houses fighting for the throne and power over the seven kingdoms. GOT fandom is huge. The series has every element of entertainment and you should definitely not miss it.
THE BIG BANG THEORY
This one is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed TV shows right now. The story revolves around socially awkward physicist Sheldon Cooper and his friends.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Set in 2030 Ted recounts to his daughter and son the events that led him to meeting their mother. Similar to FRIENDS in many ways, this one is a pure delight to watch.
The title speaks for itself. The show revolves around the cases solved by the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend and aid Dr.Watson. Thrilling is the word.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
All you vampire and fantasy romance lovers!!! This one is for you. The show is based on the novel of same name and the plot revolves around Elena who is in love with Stefan Salvatore but later falls for his older brother Damon Salvatore. Unknown to her is the fact that both the brothers are vampires. Ian Somerhalder plays Damon and really you don’t any reason other than him to watch this one.
Well this one has had just three seasons and is getting popular day by day. Based on the struggles of six young men who found a startup in silicon valley , this show is sure to appeal to all the youngsters.
It is a crime drama and tells the story of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer who turns to a life of crime to secure his family’s financial future before he dies.
These are for the anime fans. Greatly popular and entertaining.
Well that’s not all. There are a lot of other great shows too- ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SUITS, HOUSE OF CARDS, ARROW-to name a few. And readers are free to share their favourite ones too in the comments section.
So these were the TV series but there are some web series too that really good like TVF’s PERMANENT ROOMMATES and PITCHERS. Happy watching!!!
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