Game of Thrones Recap by AsimovLives
Season 5 – Episode 10
Hello. AsimovLives here and I’m a regular sci-fi contributor to this website. But I also love Game of Thrones! So this is my series of recap articles about the episodes of the season 5 of HBO’s television series Game of Thrones, for your pleasure.
Game of Info:
Series: Game of Thrones
Created by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Based on the fantasy novel series A Song of Fire and Ice by author George R.R. Martin
Episode title: Mother’s Mercy
Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Directed by David Nutter
Original Air Date: July 14th 2015
Game of Synopsis:
Beware, spoilers ahead
The episode opens with the Dyson sphere globe of the world of Westeros showing the locations of King’s Landing, Winterfell, The Wall, Braavos, Meereen and Dorne, where the action takes place.
Arya (in disguise) kills Meryn to avenge Syrio Forel.
When she returns to the Many Faces Room she is confronted by A Man and The Waif for her disobedience. A Man says an unheeded death occurred so a new death is needed to balance out, and when it seems Arya will be it, he kills himself instead. A distraught Arya cries for him, but The Waif turns into A Man and tells Arya she has to stop seeing faces as people. Arya removes successive different faces from the dead Nobody until she comes into her own face on him. Right then she becomes blind.
Snow melts to thrall, which Melisandre tells Stannis is the work of the Red God in answer to the sacrifice. But Stannis gives her the cold shoulder. Guards tell Stannis half the men deserted and took all of the horses with them. Melisandre listens to this and fear is on her face. The guards have more news: they take Stannis to his wife Selyse, who hanged herself. Another informs him that Melisandre was seen riding off from the camp, destination unknown. Stannis decides to march on Winterfell anyway.
Podrick sees Stannis army in the distance and runs to warn Brienne. Brienne leaves her vigil over Winterfell and goes toward Stannis’s army. Right then a candle is lit on the ruined tower. Sansa managed to escape from imprisonment by lock picking her room’s door with a corkscrew she stole before. She sees the battle to happen and flees the tower.
On sight of the North’s capital, Stannis orders preparations for a siege, but the Bolton army attacks in force, far outnumbering Stannis’s remaining forces. Stannis orders a last stand and unsheathes his sword. The Bolton army attack Stannis’s army in a pincher maneuver.
Soon the battle is over and it’s a massacre for Stannis. He survives the battle, badly wounded. Two Bolton men try to kill him but Stannis manages to kill them with the remains of his strength, but he’s slowly bleeding to death.
Brienne meets him and demands to know if he was responsible for Renly’s assassination though blood magic. Stannis admits he was behind it. She asks him for his last words, to which Stannis replies: “Go on, do your duty.” Brienne swings her sword.
Sansa tries to leave Winterfell before the Boltons are back but is intercepted by Myranda and Reek. Sansa is ready to die rather than return to Ramsay. Myranda retorts Sansa is still useful for her womb to bear an heir for Ramsay, but all else of her is expendable. As she is about to shoot Sansa in her leg, Reek grabs her and throws Myranda from the balcony to her death below.
The Boltons return, Theon grabs Sansa and they go the ramparts, and spying a snow cushion below, they hold hands together and jump off the walls to a fate unknown.
Doran bids farewell to Jaime and Myrcella. Tyene also bids a very sassy goodbye to Bronn, who is not unreceptive to it. Ellaria apologizes to Myrcella and kisses her goodbye in the lips.
In the ship, Jaime tries to confess he is Myrcella’s father, which she cuts him off by admitting she already knew.
As they embrace, she starts bleeds from the nose and falls, seemingly dead in Jaime’s arms. On the dock, Ellaria wipes her lips clean and drinks an antidote given by Tyene.
In Daenerys’ throne room, Tyrion, Jorah and Daario debate what to do next. Also enters Missandei with the still wounded Grey Worm. Jorah officially returns to the services of Dany. Daario has an inspired moment of leadership and orients Dany’s people to their jobs ahead: he and Jorah will look for her in the wilderness, while Tyrion stays behind governing the city in her absence with the help of Grey Worm and Missandei.
As Tyrion sees Jorah and Daario ride off, he’s joined by Varys, recently arrived to Meereen. The two realize they are in a situation similar to back before the Battle of Blackwater, doing what they do best.
Far away, Daenerys is at Drogon’s nest. Licking its wounds, the dragon is completely unresponsive to her commands. She decides to scout the surroundings to find something edible and is found by a large party of Dothraki riders. She lets her ring fall so to be found as clue to her whereabouts by whoever might be looking for her. The riders circle her: she is now their prisoner.
Cercei breaks down and begs forgiveness for her sins, confession to her infidelity to King Robert and denies all other accusations, namely her incestuous relationship with her brother and the bastardy of her children. Due to this, the High Sparrow tells her she will need to go to trial for the accusations, but he consents her to return to her son Tommen in the Red Keep, but with a caveat: her walk back will be her atonement. The septas wash her, cut her hair very short and strip her naked.
Cercei is brought in front of the High Sept where she has to walk all the way to the Red Keep. The walk begins, she naked in sight of the entire city, who screams abuse and insults at her, taunt her and throw rotten vegetables and shit at her.
At the end, she breaks emotionally and all signs of her usual haughtiness are gone. She is greeted by an aloof Kevan, a silently mocking Pycelle and her faithful servant Qyburn, the only one who shows her a kindness. He introduces her to the new King’s Guard, a giant of a man clearly Gregor Clegane revived. Qyburn informs her the brute has taken a vow of silence until all her enemies are vanquished.
Jon and Sam debate the White Walkers menace. Sam lets it slip that he had sex with Gilly, to the amusement of Jon. Sam begs Jon to let him go to Oldtown to study so he can become the Wall’s maester, for that is where he’s useful for the fight ahead, with knowledge not fighting, and to take Gilly and Baby Sam with him for their protection. Jon agrees and Sam, Gilly and the baby depart.
Later, Davos tries to convince Jon to let the wildlings fight for Stannis’s army, which Jon tries to explain is an impossibility after the execution of Mance. They are interrupted by the arrival of Melisandre. Jon asks for Stannis and Davos for Shireen, but she remains silent, looking devastated and defeated, all of her usual haughtiness gone.
At night, Jon is informed by Olly that a returning ranger has news of his uncle Benjen. When brought to his presence, he instead finds a sign written “Traitor”. Jon turns and is stabbed by Alliser with the words “For the watch”. He is repeatedly stabbed by other night’s watchmen repeating the same words. Jon falls, and he sees the last person with a dagger for him, Olly, who does the final blow. Jon falls on his back and the mutineers leave.
Jon lies immobile, his blood soaking the snow.
Game of Opinion:
And thus ends the 5th season of Game of Thrones. The episode was a veritable flood of cliffhangers and shocking moments for nearly all major characters in the show.
Arya’s ninja training just went up a level. And now she has to go blind! Lesson to be learned here, kids: when training to be a ninja, don’t ever go off-script. Still, nobody mourns that cur Meryn Trant!
Jorah and Daario teaming up to find Dany is not what I was expecting. Well, maybe Jorah will find a chance to “fail” to save Daario and we will get rid of his upstart for good. Or maybe Daario will finally gain a brain and sympathy. Stranger things have happened in this series.
I suspect Dany will find herself in a similar situation in season one and she will be forced to become a trophy wife of some unaffiliated Dothraki Khal who will be very unimpressed with her titles and as ruler of Meereen, but will be every turned on her beauty and exotic looks. Things are not going to get easier for her! Jorah and Daario better hurry up.
Brienne keeps failing her missions! She fails to help Sansa in her most moment of need for the sake of her own revenge. Another promise broken! I name thee Ser Bienne Fail-A-Lot.
Were it not for Theon, Sansa was doomed to a fate worst then death. Sansa and Theon are now on the loose. Interesting! I do hope Sansa will find a way to restore the Starks back to Winterfell. At least her escape ruins the Bolton’s chances of legitimacy, and they are really not well liked up North. Well, that is, if they did escape and it was not a last minute suicide to escape a fate worse than death at the hands of Ramsay.
I dig Sansa’s skills at lock picking! That was nice! That was some cool initiative action from Sansa. I want to see more of this from her in the next seasons.
Things go wrong for some religious fanatic and they are proved wrong. Talk about a happy moment! Yeah, Melisandre, you have been wrong all along! Next, find yourself a nice pyre and jump on it. Do us a favor and bring the High Sparrow with you too to your fiery death. As in Westeros as in the real world, there is no place for fanatics. Why don’t they go met their gods and leave the rest alone?
Lena Headey’s body double is an appealing lady. ‘Nuff said.
FrankenQyburn gave Cercei a new toy! What will come out of this? She still has a trial to face. This being Westeros, she might demand a trial by combat with the resurrected The Mountain That Rides as her champion. And who will be able to win against TMTR 2.0? She might get herself out of this jam and, man, will she pissed off and ready for major payback! For I doubt Cercei’s atonement will stick. And her prophecy keeps coming true: another child of hers dies before her time. Not good news for good King Tommen.
I hope Doran keeps promise of not believing in 3rd chances. What was done to Myrcella was so cruel. I think the dramatic point is to further punish Jaime for his past assholery. Goodness doesn’t come cheap.
Tyrion is again in charge of a whole city, back to what he’s best at. And he has his best friend on his side. Sometimes the good guys get happy endings….hum… happy cliffhangers. Say, killing his dad wasn’t such a bad idea after all! It’s funny how things work out.
The final fate of Jon Snow, the last true heroic main character, dies an ignoble death by betrayal. It’s the second good Lord Commander who dies by his own men. Is this the darkest ending of a season so far? Yes it is. Jon dies in the snow, alone, betrayed. It does make one root for the White Walkers now, doesn’t it?
Game of Predictions:
- Sorry guys, Jon’s dead. Or perhaps as atonement Melisandre sacrifices herself to her god to resurrect Jon. Fingers crossed, Jon Fans! Or the Night King resurrects him and we get to see the events from zombie Jon.
- Stannis lives, joins Melisandre, both realize they have been wrong all along, sail to the Summer Isles and spend the rest of their lives in the tropics making babies. Nah, I don’t actually believe this will happen, but it would be funny if it did. Stannis is dead too.
- Sansa will become Lady Stoneheart. Anytime soon. Or later. Sometime. Eventually.
- And my final prediction is that I’ll fail in all predictions I make. Honestly, I think the only one I got right was that Cercei would had things blown in her face when she tried to control the fanatics. The rest was off. I better not try to get into the business of soothsaying.
Game of Final Thoughts:
Thus ends season five of Game of Thrones, with many cliffhangers and shocking last moments. I loved this season. I know there is no consensus about it, because of the events depicted and what happened/turn of events/character development/death to so many well liked characters. I do take the show for what it is, but those more critical do have a right to their opinion as well. And it’s understandable why they think so. I guess I can count myself in the happy group that sides with the show no matter what. It does come at the pain of seeing so many good characters meeting harsh ends, but so do the bad characters too, so it evens out.
Much anticipation for what will come for season 6, which we will have to wait until next year. Oh the waiting!
And so our watch begins. As always, thank you for reading. This is AsimovLives, signing off. I’d like to say thank you on behalf of The Supernaughts and myself, and I hope I have passed the audition.