Where do we even begin? The June 7 episode of ‘Game Of Thrones’ was thrilling from start to finish. A brutal, bloody fight and a shocking sacrifice rounded out the incredible and jaw-dropping penultimate episode of season five.
The June 7 episode of Game of Thrones turned up the shock factor in a big way. With only two episodes left of season five, the penultimate episode had to be big. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the surviving Wildlings returned from Hardhome, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) made headway in Dorne, Arya (Maisie Williams) came face-to-face with an enemy, Dany (Emilia Clarke) had a front row seat to a brutal slaughter and Stannis (Stephen Dillane) made an abominable decision that changed everything.
Stannis and his army had moved on from Castle Black and were well on their way to start taking the North. As expected, the shady Melisandre had come along with Stannis. In addition to the brutal winter they now faced, Melisandre watched as hundreds of men died from a fire ignited by one of Stannis’ enemies. Davos warned Stannis that he shouldn’t press onward, but like many leaders throughout history, Stannis wasn’t about to back down.
Almost as if Stannis had made up his mind already about what happened later in the episode, Stannis sent Davos back to Castle Black to ask Jon Snow for food and water. Davos wanted to take Shireen and Selyse along with him, but Stannis turned down his offer. Before he departed, Davos visited Shireen. She was reading The Dance of Dragons, the story of siblings Aegon and Rhaenyra fighting over who would rule the Seven Kingdoms. Davos and Shireen had a sweet chat, and he gave her a toy stag for safekeeping.
Jon Snow, Tormund and the rest of the surviving Wildlings finally made it back to the Wall. After the horrendous battle and defeat at Hardhome, these guys were due for a rest. Alistair was watching over Castle Black and the Wall while Jon was away, and he seemed reluctant to let Jon and the Wildlings enter. Jon Snow stepped forward, and Alistair knew he must listen to his Lord Commander. Alistair opened the gates, and as he was doing so, Jon breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Jon was feeling an enormous amount of guilt about what had happened at Hardhome. Even with as many survivors as he had, Jon wanted to save everyone. Who wouldn’t? “You have a good heart, Jon Snow,” Alistair said. “But you’ll get us all killed.” The look on Jon’s face after that statement made it seem like he was starting to believe that, too.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: No War, Just Peace
Thankfully, Jaime still had his head in Dorne. He had lunch with Doran, Ellaria, Myrcella and Tristan to discuss what was next. Ellaria was pissed that Doran wasn’t going to behead Jaime. Doran didn’t want war. He wanted peace, even with the Lannisters. Ellaria wouldn’t drink to that. She was standing her ground.
Doran was willing to let Myrcella go back to King’s Landing since King Tommen demanded it. However, Tristan would also tag along. And that position on the small council that Oberyn had nabbed? Yeah, Doran wanted Tristan to have that spot. Tristan would also decide what would happen to Bronn. Tristan was a big fan of Bronn and Jaime’s bromance, so he let Bronn live. At least that’s how I wanted to see it in my head.
Ellaria was forced to swear her allegiance to Doran, even though she really didn’t want to. She sobbed as she kneeled and kissed his hand. The Sand Snakes watched in disgust. Later, Ellaria visited Jaime and talked about his relationship with Cersei. At the end of the day, “We want who we want,” Ellaria said. You’re right about that, E!
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: Up In Flames
Arya was still acting out her role as the oyster seller in Braavos. She was summoned by the thin man. As she walked over to him, she spotted Lord Tyrell and Meryn Trant. Meryn glanced Arya’s way but didn’t get the best look at her. Arya followed him to a whorehouse. Like an animal stalking its prey, Arya watched as Meryn judged whores in a back room. He thought every young girl brought in was too old. Perv. One of his men brought Arya in to sell oysters, and instantly, Meryn knew who he’d seen. For a second, I thought Arya would use this opportunity to take her chance, but our girl is much smarter than that.
Stannis stopped by Shireen’s tent to talk. She was still reading The Dance of Dragons, and she explained what went down to her father. When he asked her whose side she would have chosen, she said she wouldn’t have picked a side. “Sometimes a person has to choose,” Stannis said. “Sometimes the world forces his hand.”
In his own words, Stannis basically told Shireen that he was not responsible for the horror that was about to come. “The choice is no choice at all. He must fulfill his destiny and become who he is meant to be, however much he may hate it.” Shireen wanted to help her father in any way she could. And there was one thing she could do.
As Stannis hugged his daughter, he muttered, “Forgive me.”
Shireen walked with her toy stag in hand to her terrible fate. Melisandre was waiting for her, with a stake in the distance. In that moment, Shireen knew what was about to happen, and she tried to run away. She screamed for her parents to save her. Melisandre, being the one person who really needs to die this season other than Ramsay, said this was a “good thing.” She lit Shireen on fire and watched her die. Selyse tried to save Shireen and broke down as she watched her baby girl go up in flames. Stannis looked broken and uncertain about the (awful) decision he just made. Being a true coward, he turned away from Shireen’s burning flesh.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Recap: The Flight Of Our Khaleesi
To kick off the fighting pits being officially open again, Daenerys had planned a huge gathering. Dany and Hizdahr put on a united front for the opening. Tyrion was pretty vocal about his distaste for the fighting pits, and Daenerys face confirmed she agreed with him.
Dany was in for the surprise of her life. When Jorah stepped out into the pits, her world stopped. She clapped her hands and gave the fight a go. From the very start of the fight, Daenerys looked terrified for Jorah. There was one moment when it looked like Jorah was toast when another fighter took out his almost-murderer. Jorah managed to get the upper hand and killed the last fighter.
He looked at Daenerys and — out of nowhere — killed a man wearing a Sons of the Harpy mask behind her. Suddenly, the Sons of the Harpy masks were everywhere. It was absolute madness. Hizdahr was killed in the midst of the unexpected battle. Jorah and Daario teamed up to protect Daenerys. In yet another act of bravery, Tyrion saved Missandei.
Daenerys and the five people closest to her, aimed to escape the hell of this battle. However, it wasn’t going to be easy. They were trapped in the middle of the fighting pits, surrounded by murderous Sons of the Harpy members. While Daario and Jorah fought off the Harpy guys, Dany grabbed Missandei’s hand and closed her eyes. In an instant, Drogon appeared and started taking out everyone who was a threat to Dany.
In the midst of the fight, Drogon was continually stabbed. Before he could be slaughetered, Daenerys grabbed onto Drogon’s back and flew away. The look on Tyrion’s face, and everyone else’s, was pure shock and awe. They were watching a true queen, the true mother of dragons, fly away.
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— Avery Thompson