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Game of Thrones: Season 5

Alright, I got kind of behind on Game of Thrones Season 5. So, instead of doing an episode-by-episode write-up I'm just gonna do the entire season at once. Normally, that would prove to be a very daunting task, but I feel like this season of GoT made it doable. 4288

Game of Thrones: The Children – Season 4 Episode 10

It's a sad day when we get to the season finale of Game of Thrones. Mostly because it means that there's going to be another several months before we see a new episode. Love it or hate it, this is one of the best put together TV shows that's on the air right now. Recap After leaving Castle Black, Jon Snow arrives at Mance's camp and announces that he's been sent to discuss terms with him. Mance greets him in a surprisingly cordial manner given the situation. The two sit down to talk under the guard of Mance's men; talk about the loses that each have sustained and drink to their memories. When it gets down to it, Mance is really only interested in getting his people past the wall and away from the White Walkers. Just as he's offered Jon Snow a peaceful arrangement to let them pass, the camp is invaded by an army of men on horseback led by Stannis Baratheon. Apparently, he went straight to the wall from Braavos. At Jon Snow's advisement, Stannis takes Mance and the Wildlings into custody. By the end of the episode, it's still unclear how this situation will resolve itself. We do know that Jon is safe and that Stannis is now in charge of the wall and has brought Melisandre with him. Jon also says his final goodbye to Ygritte when he burns her body north of the wall. Back in King's Landing we get started off with a Cersei bomb. It

Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall – Season 4 Episode 9

Well, here's a type of episode that we haven't seen in a while. Reminiscent of the Battle of the Black Water (and using the same director as that episode), this episode focuses solely on the battle at Castle Black since the Wildlings have finally made it there. Recap The recap for this one is going to be pretty straight forward. Mance Rayder's army is finally made it to Castle Black. They attack Castle Black on two different fronts and the Night's watch has to try to hold up against their two pronged attack. Since there wasn't anything else besides the battle in this one, there's not much to put in the way of "other things that happened". However, there was one weird moment before the battle starts where we see that Gilly actually walks right past the Wildlings camp with her baby on the way to Castle Black. It was just a kind of funny moment for me. Before the battle starts Sam gets Gilly inside the castle and hides her in a pantry or some kind of closet to keep her from being sent away. Once the battle begins, Sam and Jon are in the thick of things with their brothers falling all around them. Eventually, Jon becomes the leader of the Night's watch after those above him either flee or are killed. With the help of the other Night's Watch members, he manages to successfully hold Castle Black through the night. However, during the battle Ygritte and Jon finally come face

Game of Thrones: The Viper and the Mountain – Season 4 Episode 8

This was an episode that was primed for reaction videos. However, this time followers of the show and books both got to be surprised by the way that this episode ended. As you could guess from the title, this episode features the battle between Oberyn Martell and the Mountain to determine the fate of Tyrion Lannister. Recap Following up on what happened at the end of the last episode, there is an investigation into the death of Lysa Arryn. The Lords of the Veil bring in Petyr Baelish for questioning. The other lords are understandably distrustful of Baelish especially given the short proximity between her death and his sudden marriage to her. They question him as to the nature of Lady Arryn's death and bring in a witness, Alayne, whom they believe to be his dim-witted niece. Once they begin questioning her, she reveals to them that she is Sansa Stark. Even though the other Lords are angered that Baelish lied to them, Sansa quickly changes their minds. She tells them that Baelish has been looking out for her. Then, in a story that was largely true, she tells them of how Lysa was driven by jealousy to kill herself after she saw Petyr give her a kiss on the cheek. She tells them of how Lysa attacked her after the kiss and how Baelish was able to save her again only to have Lysa step through the Moon Door on her own after the exchange. As Sansa is comforted by one of

Game of Thrones: Mockingbird – Season 4 Episode 7

Game of Thrones seems to be making a habit of ending an episode in a way that makes it easy to forget what happened in the beginning. This week's big moment was in the Eyrie. Before that, there was a touching scene in the wilderness with Arya and the Hound. There was also a big moment for Tyrion and some interesting ones for Lady Selyse and the duo of Brienne and Podrick. Recap When the episode opens, Jamie is giving Tyrion an earful for lashing out during the trial and throwing away the deal that he had made with their father. Tyrion confessed that he couldn't listen to the lies coming from the woman he loves. He and his brother go back and forth about his situation, but the ultimate issue is: who will be Tyrion's champion. Cersei has selected the Mountain as her champion; a freakishly large and strong man that gives even someone like Bronn pause when it comes to fighting. Jamie can't do it because he still can't fight without his hand. Bronn was the next obvious choice, but he's been bought by Cersei. Despite being bought Bronn does come to the cell to offer his sincere well wishes to Tyrion and the two shake hands as he leaves. Later in the episode Tyrion is visited by Oberyn. After recounting the story of meeting Tyrion as a baby Oberyn reveals that he is in King's Landing for justice. He plans to kill those responsible for the rape and death

Game of Thrones: The Laws of Gods and Men – Season 4 Episode 6

There's a lot of things that happen in this episode. We finally get to see inside the Iron Bank, Daenerys faces the issues of rule and the Ironborn try to rescue Theon. However, the real meat of this episode and the undisputed show stealer is the trial of Tyrion Lannister for the murder of Joffrey. In the last scene of this episode Peter Dinklage delivers one of the best scenes of the season (maybe of the series). Recap When the episode begins, Stannis and Davos, visit the Iron Bank of Braavos to try to get financial support. The representatives of the Iron Bank are less that eager to aid Stannis in his quest to take his rightful place on the throne. They put it frankly that Stannis' current lack of resources and depleted navy do not add up to making him a sound investment. However, Davos is able to make an impassioned plea on Stannis' behalf. He tells the bank representatives that the current leaders of Westeros are either aging or unfit and that Stannis is the only fit leader left. On top of that, using his fingers (or lack there of) as an example, he points out that Stannis is a man who pays back his debts and doesn't just talk about it. It seems like the argument works as Davos is able to buy some help with a large box of coins to prepare to set out in the morning. Back in Meereen Daenerys' dragons are apparently roaming the countryside barbequing

Game of Thrones: First of His Name – Season 4 Episode 5

Things are getting back to normal in Kings landing and elsewhere. Daenerys has taken most of Slavers Bay, Sansa and Little Finger have escaped, and the Lannisters have a new king to crown. Up north, Jon is still on his was to Craster's to try to take care of some traitors and that's where the biggest moment in this episode happens. Recap The episode begins with the coronation of Tommen Baratheon. After the ceremony, Cersei approaches Margaery. She admits to Margaery that she understood what kind of man Joffery was and that he "shocked" her. Much like Margaery's mother, Cersei has it in her mind that Margaery will still become queen but, this time, as Tommen's bride. Even though it's already her intention, Margery plays it coy and says she'll have to ask her father and points out that it seems there will be several weddings between the families soon. Cersei meets with her father to discuss the future of the families. They arrange a time frame for Tommen and Margaery to be  married as well as one for Cersei's wedding to Loras. Tywin informs Cersei of the current financial problems facing the family. The crown had been largely indebted to the Lannisters and the Iron Bank. Now that the Lannisters are the crown they have little to collect on. They also haven't been able to mine gold for the last 3 years. This is why they need to have a strong alliance with the Tyrell's because they are the only other family

Game of Thrones: Oathkeeper – Season 4 Episode 4

This week’s episode picks up back in Meereen. The slaves are pondering the possibility of freedom following Daenerys. They're understandably hesitant to take on their masters who earlier nailed 100+ children to stakes on the road in order to make a point. After some choice words from Grey Worm, well choice words and swords, the slaves overthrow their masters and Daenerys takes the city. Daenerys continues to prove herself a more brutal conqueror when she retaliates by having the former masters pinned alive in the same way. Jorah advises her against it and it looks like he might be starting to become concerned by Daenerys' behavior. Back on the main land, Jaime is still training with Bronn. During a break, Bronn convinces Jaime to go see Tyrion and tells him that Tyrion believed in Jaime so much that he had named him as his champion back at the Eyrie. It's funny that Bronn of all people seems to be guilt tripping Jaime in to going to see  his own brother. All of the conversations between Jaime and Tyrion are great on screen. They can always find a way to make even the direst situations a little lighter with their speech. My favorite line from this particular exchange was Tyrion's, "The King Slayer Brothers, what do you think of that?". The whole conversation was also a rehashing of where we stand as far as finding out the true identity of the killer. No one (aside from Cersei and Tywin) seem to believe

Game of Thrones: Breaker of Chains – Season 4 Episode 3

Episode 3 of GoT begins with us finding out the apparent mastermind behind the death of Joffrey Baratheon (or at least Sansa's escape from the Purple Wedding). Meanwhile, the rest of King's Landing starts moving on rather quickly from Joffrey's death. The quickest to move on seems to be Jamie Lannister who, in a scene that threatened to have the fandom break the internet, finally got back with Cersei. Of course, there were some other things that happened in the episode. While it’s easy to forget about them because of the shock of what happens in the Sept, there were a lot of other really good scenes in this episode. Little Finger and Cersei Sansa is taken to a ship to find Little Finger aboard the ship. She's obviously surprised to see him. She's even more surprised when Baelish assassinates the man that she thought was her savior and reveals that he has been the one who orchestrated her escape. He also reveals that the jewelry she was given by the man was a fake and something he had created recently. After all of this, he reminds her of what he told her when they first met: that she shouldn’t trust anyone fully. All of this suggests that Little Finger (aka Lord Petyr Baelish) has been at least partly responsible for the death of Joffrey. Based on the fact that Baelish doesn’t trust his fate to moronic henchmen, I suspect that there were other intelligent conspirators. The obvious answer is that Oberyn was