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Stephanie Watches Game of Thrones: 5×01 “The Wars to Come”

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One of the comments my friend made after the first episode ended was that these episodes can sometimes leave you feeling a bit unsatisfied. There are so many characters with so many things happening that we only get little snippets. Granted, we are entering what many deem to be the boring side of things. A Feast for Crows is many people’s least favorite book since it comes after the excitement of the third book, but I love AFFC considering it is the Cersei book.

So I was excited for the new season of Game of Thrones to begin with a Cersei flashback. A lot of people don’t really understand a lot of Cersei’s motivations and think she’s just acting out of pure malice, but hearing this prophecy was the basis for her entire character and all the actions she carries out.

Queen you shall be until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear. Six-and-ten for him, and three for you. Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds. And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”

They left out the last line in the show, but you get it. So far Maggy’s prophecy has come true. She became queen. Robert Baratheon had bastard children all over town, while Cersei had three children with Jaime. And one of them is dead already, which is why she is so fearful for Myrcella’s life in Dorne. She is currently reeling from the death of Tywin, so naturally she wants to protect the rest of her family, especially with smirky little Margaery trying to dig her claws in to young Tommen. And that last line? Well, valonquar means “little brother,” so all her life Cersei thought Tyrion was going to kill her. Of course, since Jaime is technically younger than her, I think he will be her final undoing, but that’s a whole different theory. (And I cannot accept anyone but Jaime killing her.) Either way, this hopefully helps viewers understand Cersei’s mounting paranoia this season and why she wants to take out Tyrion so badly.

Lancel Lannister also showed up again after getting stabbed at the Battle of the Blackwater. He chopped off all his hair and has become a Sparrow. The religious zealots are going to become key this season. And a huge thorn in Cersei’s side, so I’m glad that brought Lancel back for it all. (It seems like Cersei’s story is the only one that’s still aligning with the books.)

Across the Narrow Sea

Over in Meereen, the Sons of the Harpy are taking out Unsullied who just want to be cuddled. And Daario is showing us his nice booty, so that’s pleasant. Dany tried to talk to her dragon babies, but they’re pissed from being locked up. That’s just a human roast waiting to happen.

Tyrion survived his crate travels and just wants to drink himself to death in Pentos. He gave a very motivational speech to Varys about how the future is shit and the past is shit, then promptly puked up all his wine. Nice.

Varys wants him to come meet Daenerys and then decide if he wants to live or die. And yes, he can keep drinking wine on the road.

The Wall

Jon Snow and Sam are trying to get back to normal life after their epic wildling battle. But Stannis the Mannis needs to settle things with Mance Rayder first. Jon tries to convince Mance to bend the knee or he’ll be burned and made an example of for the rest of the wildlings. Mance chooses to be burned at the stake instead, but seems to immediately regret his choice once he starts catching on fire. Jon can’t handle it, so he puts Mance out of his misery by shooting him with an arrow. Stannis gonna be mad atchu!

Sidenote: I wonder if Melisandre’s actress is freezing her booty off since her character doesn’t need a heavy coat. I know a lot of the Wall is green screen, so maybe they’re in a studio and she’s fine.

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Other things:

  • Cersei’s face as Loras tried to tell her words of comfort.
  • “They’re crate trained now!” -friend, in reference to dragons
  • Mellysanders looks like she has a little crush on Jon too. Asking him awkward questions like, “Are you a virgin, Jon Snow?”
  • “It looks like it smells like basement.” -friend, in reference to every scene at The Wall
  • Robin Arryn fails at life. Sansa looks pretty awesome with her dark hair. I will continue to not trust Creepyfinger though. He’s never up to any good.
  • The first sex scene on screen was between two men! Until Marg came to cock block.
  • Daario’s butt.
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3 Comments

  • Reply Jack

    Reblogged this on Tome and Tomb.

    April 13, 2015 at 10:41 AM
  • Reply dreamstobecome

    I love that we kicked off the season with that flashback! I loved reading it in the book and it’s also a momentous occasion as the First Flashback in GoT TV History. While I can’t stand reading Cersei as a book character I love watching her on screen – how can you not?!

    Also – Dark Sansa is majestic.

    April 13, 2015 at 10:45 AM
    • Reply Stephanie

      Yes! It’s really cool that THAT’s the first flashback. And it really sets the stage for her story this season. Eeee I’m scared, but excited! And yes, Dark Sansa is gorg!

      April 13, 2015 at 10:50 AM

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