For a slow season 5 start, I think Ep 507 ‘The Gift’ really brought back the pacing and anxiety that the later half of most of the Game of Thrones seasons is known for. Director Miguel Sapochnik never directed an episode pre-season 5 which make these resemblances very strategic for the audience to try and recognize.
What I loved most about 507 was the very subtle way that D&D gave Tommen a 'Joffrey moment,' and gave us flashes back to Season 1 with Sam and Jon's farewell.
During the top of the episode in which Jon says goodbye to Sam, they share a hug that evokes memories of Jon and Rob saying their final farewells back in Season 1. Below are some sad puppy dog eyes with a down cast ominous feel - harkening to a calm before the storm.
Then there is Tommen’s ‘Joffrey moment’ and his own ‘I am the King!” Bout of anger. Though Joffrey’s outbursts were always rooted in a twisted sense of power, Tommen’s is really from a place of helplessness and desperation for Margery. It is within such desperation we (and Cersei) can see these little flecks of Joffrey’s ire.
Oh, and that pointy finger...
I have a feeling Dean-Charles Chapman studied Jack Gleeson’s little shifty swagger that was added to Joffrey. The performances between the two are paralleled on purpose but it is done in such a way that still allows Tommen his own identity.
Also, Tommen and Cersei’s talk of what a king and can’t do is very similar to that of the one she gives to Joffrey in Season 1 about how ‘anyone who isn’t us is an enemy.’ The lighting is darker between the scenes and the dialogue is more mature and not so explanatory as it needed to be in Season 1 to a new audience; but the similarities remain.
It should also be stated that this is the first time we see Marycella with her own personality in Dorne instead of just a girl sitting next to Joffrey. Though I think the actress perhaps was not on her A-game and lacked the gravitas that her on screen family possess this might just change in time. But there was still this ripe moment where she turns away from Jamie with her arms folded after stating exactly what she wants and her feelings. There is no doubt she takes after Cersie.
These little subtleties are buried just underneath the surface but as the series winds down and the character’s full arcs are more fleshed out I expect to see these little homages to season 1 continue.