Game of Thrones - The Wars to Come

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Please note, I have read the books, but I will not refer to them. Game Of Thrones is slowly but surely deviating from the source material. For good reason. Some stuff needs to be left out and other stuff needs to be compressed. I know some characters have been excluded and others have been added. This why I feel like the TV show needs to be considered on it's own.

Game Of Thrones - Season 5, Episode 1
The season premier of GoT opens with a flashback scene where a young Cersei seeks out a witch to tell her of her future. The witch replies that everyone wants to know their future until they know their future.

That pretty much sums up Cersei's conflict. Having lost her son and father, her fate seems to be coming true. Both Jaime and Cersei try to summon proper feelings for a father they never really loved. Cersei chastises Jaime for releasing Tyrion. Ultimately both of them are seeing what their father built is falling apart. It is obvious that Cersei fears Tyrion as her eventual assassin.

Meanwhile Tyrion and Varys arrive in Pentos having escaped their fates back at Kings Landing. Tyron having been transported by crate has his complaints about  the unhygienic trip in box and wearing a fine beard. It will be fun to see Tyrion and Varys play off each other for the season with both being very pithy as they seek out Daenerys for Varys' now failed conspiracy to put a Targaryen back on the throne in Westeros. I expect a lot from this storyline having got off to a good start.

While Varys is plotting to put Daenerys back on the throne, we encounter her, still at Slavers Bay finding out that being a ruler is very hard. I'll be honest, I am tiring of this part of the show. We need more dragons! Although, Daenerys comment about being a queen not a politician was a nice touch. Her lover, Daario Naharis, reminds her that she is the Queen of Dragons, so maybe we will see the dragons flying free again.

At the Wall, Jon Snow is tasked by Stannis Baratheon to convince Mance Rayder to have the wildlings join Stannis' army to take back the North and eventually all of Westeros. Mance refuses and meets a typically gruesome GoT death, but before he tells Jon that all he ever wanted to have was the freedom to make his own mistakes.

I won't get to much into Peter Baelish and Sansa Stark other than that relationship still creeps me out. It is a nice touch to have them pass by Brienne in their caravan. Brienne will never know how close she came to finding Sansa.

The first episode of season 5 sets up things nicely. I look forward to this season. With Tywin out of the picture, things are in flux in Kings Landing and everywhere else in Westeros. Welcome back Game of Thrones. The dense storylines and wonderful dialog is still there and I am very happy.

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