The riveting ‘Game Of Thrones’ season finale began with a long close-up of the bloody sword that beheaded Ned Stark, and ended with Daenerys literally rising from the ashes with dragons. But all of that STILL doesn’t fill the big empty hole left by Ned’s execution.
But maybe that’s the point of Game of Thrones. Just like in real life, big personalities leave big holes when they’re gone and the season finale was all about the aftermath, as the survivors tried to live and move on after death.
Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) shocking and cruel beheading left his wife and friends hungry for revenge — and his daughters desperate for survival. Arya (Maisie Williams), thank God, was found and sheltered at the last possible moment by Yoren (Francis Magee) who was in the capitol to lasoo more criminals into duty at the beleagured North Wall. Now she’s being disguised as a boy and is marching to safety in the north.
Sansa (Sophie Turner) faces a fate almost as bad as death, as bloodthirsty King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) vowed to marry her and use her to get his heirs, while simultaneously mentally torturing and humiliating her. Plus, we know the physical blows will come after he forces her to gaze upon her father and former nanny’s heads, now on stakes above the palace walls.
King Joffrey is proving what a bad seed he is, being the DNA product of his evil mother Cersei (Lena Headey) and her even more evil twin brother, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.) You have to wonder, while he’s enjoying cutting off his subjects tongues and fingers, if Cersei is wondering whether putting her son on the throne was such a good idea after all. Could SHE be next to run into his executioner’s sword?
Meanwhile, the magic that doesn’t make its’ appearance in every Game of Thrones episode is full- on intriguing in the finale.
Little Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) “saw” his father in the family crypt in a dream, and so did his 6-year-old brother, Rickon (Art Parkinson.) Ewww! And this was before they received the devastating news that their dad had been beheaded. We know that Bran, who sees the three-eyed Ravens regularly and is protected by the north wolves, is destined to become a bigger, more intriguing part of this story. Will he become the heart of the show as he grows?
The Lannisters may have King’s Landing in their nephew’s reckless care but the old Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) knows he’s in hot water as his son Jaime is being held hostage by Robb (Richard Madden) and Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), and Robb has been pronounced “King of the North” by his followers.
Tywin is put out that he needs to rescue Jaime and has to send his less-loved dwarf son Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) to King’s Landing to be the king’s hand in order to keep Joffrey’s foolishness and blood-cravings in line. Little does he know that Momma Cercei is already sleeping with her first cousin, Lancel Lannister (Eugene Simon) — King Robert’s page. Is she an incest-addict or what?
As if this this action wasn’t enough, the real action happens across the sea where Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) had been brought physically back from the dead — but with a non-functional brain. That old sorceress turned out to be some ungrateful, back-stabbing bitch. And she took Daenerys’ (Emilia Clarke) baby’s life in exchange for keeping Drogo undead!
Well, Daenerys showed her in the process, burning her alive and hatching the three dragon eggs she’s had in her possession all season.
So the big question is: Will Daenerys, who walks through fire and has dragons as pets, end up challenging the young Starks for the throne at King’s Landing? Or will everyone’s scheming be a waste because a years-long winter will come and The Wall will fall, releasing all kinds of terrifying undead creatures?
Whoa! How will we ever wait until Season two… NEXT spring? Doesn’t that seem like forever? I may have to read the books!
— Bonnie Fuller
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