‘Game Of Thrones’ season 5 kicked off April 12 with dragons, death and a whole lot of deception.
The fifth season of Game of Thrones premiered on April 12, and the show is setting up its best season yet. Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) continued her reign over Meereen, Varys (Conleth Hill) explained why he saved Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Stannis (Stephen Dillane) issued a dire ultimatum, someone suffered a fiery death and seeds were planted for some of our favorite characters’ paths to finally cross.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Premiere Recap: Cersei’s Always Been The Worst
Young Cersei was manipulative even as a child. She forced her scared friend through the woods to an isolated house. Cersei walked in without fear and headed straight to the owner — a witch. Cersei had anticipated a slightly more terrifying woman and called the witch “boring.” She demanded that the witch tell her about her future. If the witch refused, Cersei would have the witch’s eyes gouged out her head. She’s always been the worst, huh?
In order for the witch to see into Cersei’s future, she had to have a taste of her blood. Like a genie, the witch granted her three questions. The witch revealed that Cersei wouldn’t marry Prince Rhaegar, she would marry a king (a.k.a. Robert Baratheon). Cersei would be Queen, but not forever. The witch also promised that Cersei would have three golden-haired children, none being the king’s child.
Back in the present day, Cersei headed to Tywin’s funeral. As much as we hate her, the woman has been through a lot in the past year. She went inside to find Jaime by her dead father’s side. Jaime warned her that everyone was going to be after their power once they fully realize Tywin was dead. This sparked Cersei’s rage against Tyrion. “That little monster is out there somewhere drawing breath,” Cersei seethed. Man, Cersei delivered one heck of a guilt trip. The woman has skills.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: A New Beginning
Speaking of Tyrion, the younger Lannister found himself finally out of hiding — or maybe just that crate Varys had put him in to stay under the radar. Tyrion complained, but Varys was having none of it. Varys had saved Tyrion’s life, he wasn’t going to apologize for the less than ideal accommodations on their voyage.
Varys had brought Tyrion to the home of Illyrio Mopatis. Varys and Illyrio were old friends who shared a common interest — the Targaryen Restoration. Things hadn’t exactly panned out over the years, but now was the time for a new beginning. “Westeros needs to be saved from itself,” Varys pleaded. Tyrion was going to need a minute and about 10 drinks. He was still reeling from the past events. After all, he had just killed his father and former lover.
Over in Meereen, one of the Unsullied was murdered in a brothel by a man in a gold mask. Daenerys was furious at the crime and demanded the perpetrator be found. When Missandei asked Grey Worm why an Unsullied would opt to go to a brothel because, you know, he replied, “I do not know.” That’s questionable.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: An Ice Cold Ultimatum
At the Wall, Melisandre summoned Jon Snow to speak with Stannis. He asked Jon if he wanted to avenge Robb’s death by killing Roose Bolton. Um, duh. Jon played the honorable man and said he was a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch now. Stannis moved right along with his plan and questioned Jon’s relationship with the Wildlings. “They were born on the worng side of the wall. It doesnt make them monsters,” Jon said.
Stannis vowed to take back the North, but he needed more men. He didn’t want the men of the Night’s Watch; he wanted the Wildlings. Once he fought Roose and his army, he would give the Wildlings their freedom if Mance Rayder swore his loyalty to Stannis. Jon knew that wasn’t going to happen. However, Jon had to convince Mance otherwise by nightfall. If not, he burned. Gulp.
Brienne was still moping countryside with Podrick nearby. He wondered what she was going to do next. Podrick tried to inspire her by reminding her of her vow to find the Stark girls. Arya was a failed attempt, but maybe Sansa would be different. Fortunately, Sansa was right under Brienne’s nose as she and Littlefinger headed west to a “land so far even Cersei Lannister can’t get her hands on you.”
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: A Targaryen Takeover
Tyrion was still pouting, but Varys had some words of inspiration for him. When asked why he saved him, Varys told Tyrion, “I did it for the Seven Kingdoms. I believe in men of talent who will play a part in the war to come.” Varys knew Tyrion could be of service to his plans. The realm needed a leader stronger than Tommen but weaker than Stannis. Tyrion didn’t think that man was anywhere in the Seven Kingdoms, but Varys wasn’t talking about a man — he was talking about Daenerys! Yes, yes, yes!
Over in Meereen, Daenerys was dealing with the possibility of reopening the fighting pits, even though she was adamantly against the idea. Because of his charming ways (and his butt), Daario was able to make Daenerys see a different side to the issue. He told Daenerys now was the time to show her strength amongst her people. She was the Mother of Dragons and needed to show it.
“A Dragon Queen with no dragons? That’s not a queen,” Daario said. With that, Daenerys headed to the catacombs where she had locked Rhaegal and Viserion away. She walked into the darkness, but she didn’t get a warm reception. Daenerys ran away in terror. That’s what you get, Dany!
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: [SPOILER] Goes Up In Flames
Jon Snow visited Mance to plead with him to take Stannis’ deal. He preached about he had done so much for the Wildlings and saved them. “Isn’t their survival more important than your pride?” Jon asked?
“They followed me because they respected me,” Mance replied. “Because they believed in me. The moment I kneel for a Southern king, that’s gone.”
Mance was willing to die for his beliefs, even though he didn’t want to: “I’ll be honest with you, I don’t want to die. And burned to death? I don’t want people to remember me like that, scorched and screaming. But it’s better than betraying everything I believe.”
And with that, Mance’s destiny was revealed. He was led to the stake where his fate awaited him. Stannis make one last attempt to make Mance kneel before him, but he didn’t have any luck. Melisandre set him on fire, and the Wildlings and the Night’s Watch stared at the flames as they consumed Mance. Watching him squirm hurt my heart. He started to cry out, and that’s when Jon Snow shot an arrow into his heart, ending his suffering. Bless him.
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— Avery Thompson