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As the fifth season of perhaps the best show on the planet comes to an end, HBO has left all GOT fans in a frenzy after its recent episode. We delve into the Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 8 to see if it is really worth the hype. (PS: It really is)
I’m not even going to discuss the books because this episode has established that HBO has taken a long leap from the books. This was a brilliant setup for the last two episodes of season 5 and as we advance towards the end, it has been made distinctly clear to everyone, that winter is already upon us and it is shit scary.
Sansa supporters rejoice, as it shows how she is still strong and unbroken from her psycho husband’s abuse. She has a brief moment with Theon as he lets it slip that he did not kill her brothers and they are probably alive, which is then lost after Reek reappears. The fact that more than half her siblings are alive might give her hope to persevere through. It may also mean that the Starks can rise again. (Go Sansa!)
The Boltens are prepared for the war with Stannis, with Roose Bolten being the smart strategist while his bastard shows his demented side with his idea of some guerrilla attack with “20 good men”. A nice chance for the wifey to escape, maybe?
Pigeon-Beheader’s training continues with her teacher being quite impressed with her progress, as she bags her first killing contract. Currently I have no idea when this training will end, but hopefully they finish it off sooner so that she can finally go to Westros and be the badass everyone wants her to be.
Fandom rejoices with Tyrion and Mother of Dragons engage in a befitting conversation about each other’s worth and the world of politics with Jorah being exiled once again. The moment she says that she is going to break the wheel is when you see her terrible father’s stout resolve of making their world a tolerable place.
The Imp (also gets a new name, Greatest Lannister Killer) we love is completely back and is most probably here to stay as long as Dany keeps seizing his wine. Poor Sir Friendzoned though. But he isn’t giving up either as he looks for a last chance to fight for her.
The Queen Mother is not in very royal state, because she is now identified as a prisoner of the High Sparrow struggling to satisfy her thirst by trying to drink the water from the filthy floor but her pride still sustains with her spitting death threats to the warden. Sweet King Tommen is not able to take the pain of both his love and his mother being locked away, because of which Grand Maester Pycell seizes the opportunity to summon Kevan Lannister from Casterly Rock to serve as King’s Hand. Crafty.
Now coming to the chief section of this episode, the actual threat that was looming over their world for so long, casually drops by just to enlighten the people about the wreck they can cause and that they are bringing the winter along with them. The fandom rejoiced and the fandom screamed and the fandom rejoiced again and then finally it fell silent after the display of the insane supremacy the White Walkers possess. As the crows and the free folk discuss their futures, we are introduced to a new character who is very impressive, with her dark hair, terse dialogues and neat warrior skills. She could have been a likable character in the show, but we cannot have a say in it as she was killed off with her debut. Jon Snow is as heroic as ever as he charges into the fight and it is scary. He is in the middle of a disturbing environment with blue-eyed half rotted men and children eating and killing the alive. The heavy fighting scenes were executed well and with some really cool moments, like the giant smashing the White Walkers under his feet. There is a major face off between Jon Snow and the one of the undead and even though the he gets hurt a lot the glory of Valriyan steel brings forth the short-lived victory as he shatters the Walker with his sword. This also attracts the unnecessary attention of supposedly the Night’s king and when everyone is retreating as the only appropriate thing to do, the Night’s King raises his arm and awakens the dead and Jon Snow’s fear comes to reality.
Hardome concluded with the cards lying open on the table. The result of this series is still undetermined but hopefully the last two episodes are packed with more surprises.