GAME OF THRONES (2015) SEASON 5 RECAP & FINALE PREVIEW – 6-12-2015
Nine noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. Robert Baratheon, King of Westeros, asks his old friend Eddard, Lord Stark, to serve as Hand of the King, or highest official. Secretly warned that the previous Hand was assassinated, Eddard accepts in order to investigate further. Meanwhile the Queen’s family, the Lannisters, may be hatching a plot to take power. Across the sea, the last members of the previous and deposed ruling family, the Targaryens, are also scheming to regain the throne. The friction between the houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen and with the remaining great houses Greyjoy, Tully, Arryn, Tyrell and Martell leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war and political confusion, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night’s Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond. Written by Tfilm78 and Cajunman…IMDB. com
GAMES OF THRONES (2015) SEASON 5 RECAP & FINALE PREVIEW – 6-12-2015
6-12-2015 – Written By: David L. $Money Train$ Watts – Journalist/Film Reviewer FuTurXTV & HHBMedia.com – David Velo Stewart – Editor – www.hiphopbattle.com
I have watched very episode of “Game of Thrones” since it launched on HBO on April 17, 2011 and I have to say that Season 5 of “Game Of Thrones: Ice and Fire” is by far its best and most ambitious so far in this fantasy series. We have been teased and given dribbles and drags of its cable cinematic greatness past season from the Blood Wedding, birth of Dragons, first images of the White Walkers’ undead army, slave rebellions, chopping off the Jamie Lannister aka the King slayer’s hand, The Hound vs Brienne of Tarth in a battle to the death, the sudden assassination of not only young King Lannister, but then his uncle and all-powerful Tywin Lannister. And I felt Season 4 of GOTH was more dramatic and full of plot twists to properly set up this action packed and exciting GOTH Season 5. And HBO and GOTH producers smartly and faithfully follow George R.R. Martin’s books.
But I gotta say that HBO’s “Game of Thrones” this season has blown the doors off anyone’s expectations. I can sum up the nine compelling, well-written and powerful episodes with two words: unpredictable and stability. Now one can say how can those two words unpredictable and stability make sense let alone drive GOTH’s devoted and rapidly growing fan base crazy this season? It is Season 5 that Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) has finally returned to Winterfell which is stability, but her arranged marriage by the Petry “Littlefinger” Belish (Aidan Gillen) to the sadistic Ramsay Bolton (Michael McElthon) leaves many unpredictable risks for Sansa. Cersi Lannister (Lena Heady) manages to strengthen and empower the religious Sparrows which brings fanatical cult stability to Kings Landing just to get her power rival Margarey Tyrel (Natalie Dorman) and her brother arrested. But the unpredictable part is that the Sparrows turned on Cersi and had her arrested as well for her past sins. After Robert Stanis’s army defeated the Wildings Rob Snow (Kit Harrington) is chosen to be The Wall’s leader, but then unpredictably Rob has to reluctantly leave with the Wildings leader on a suicide mission to make peace with the Wildings. Daenerys Targereon (Emilia Clarke) settles in as ruler of Meereen before her quest to reclaim the iron throne, but she is constantly challenged by Meereen’s former rich slave owners who call themselves the “Sons of the Harpy”. Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) finally finds Sansa Stark to honor her vow to protect her, but she is rejected by Sansa and has to wait outside Winterfell until she gets a signal that she needs her help. And Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) reaches Braavos and is accepted into the House of Black and White and begins her journey as an assassin apprentice, but suddenly she jeopardizes her secret training to settle an old score. And Tyrion Lannister manages to escape his death sentence in King’s Landing only to find himself captured by slavers and facing castration. So repeatedly in Season 5 of GOTH all of the main characters manage to get a solid sense of stability in their lives only to have it ripped apart by an unpredictable event or person.
And despite the social media and feminist blogger driven controversy about Sansa Stark getting savagely raped by Ramsay Bolton on her wedding night in Episode 6: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” I could say this has been the most balanced, and adventurous seasons for many of the women lead roles and supporting roles in “Game of Thrones”. And I kinda think it is hypocritical for any viewers male or female to want to boycott GOTH over Sansa being raped but her humiliation when Ramsay forces Reek to watch him rape Sansa, but in Season 4 when Ramsay sexually humiliated and suffered a brutally painfully penectomized Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) aka “Reek” at the end of Season 3 of GOTH. I guess traumatic male sexual pain was not worthy to quit watching Game of Thrones for two more seasons?
The first episode of Season 5 actually starts as female empowering sign because we see a flashback of a young Cersi Lannister being told by a witch fortune teller that one day a younger and more beautiful woman will usurp all the power and prestige she has obtained. The flashback then jumps to GOTH present and we see Margarey Tyrel now the Queen of Westeros ignoring and belittling Cersi openly in public. This starts a mini-war between them that brings back Margarey’s cunning mother Olenna Tyrell (Diane Riggs, who I still love for role in the UK spy series “The Avengers”) to free Margarey and Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) imprisoned by the unmerciful Sparrows. And in Dorne we have Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) the lover of the slain Oberyn Martel and the beautiful, exotic and deadly Sand Snakes–the bastard daughters of Obyern, Obara Sand (Keisha Castle-Hughe) Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) and Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick). The Sand Snakes plot to kidnap Princess Myrcella Baratheon who gets to strongly tell Jaime that she is in love and marrying Prince Trystane Martell. Season 5 has many female-driven and important scenes.
And by GOTH’s episodes 8 and 9 we finally see memorable scenes like the Night Ice King’s massive and almost unstoppable army of undead, a giant stopping zombies, the King raising the dead, the brutal burning of Stansa’s daughter Princess Shireen, Meereen’s gory and bloody fighting pits, Drogon saving Daenerys from “Sons of the Harpy” and then we end with the Mother of dragons riding off on the back Drogon. I am was in GOTH ecstasy and can’t wait to see the finale of Season 5. And I’ll savor every second because I don’t know when I’ll get a Season 6 of Game of Thrones. I easily give GOTH Season 5 $$$$$.