Disclaimer: The article is intended for those who are up to date on the show "Game of Thrones". If you're not up to date, there will obviously be spoilers.
"Game of Thrones" is an HBO show based on a series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin, of which the first is called A Game of Thrones. The show is spectacular on many levels, not just good stories and quality performances, but even greater are the sets. The show is filmed in several countries, including: Northern Ireland, Croatia, Iceland, Morocco, Spain, Malta, Scotland, and the United States.
Each season of "Game of Thrones" is gaining better and better ratings and maintaining widespread acclaim from critics but especially in season 5, the show's sexual violence and frequent nudity has been subject of much criticism. The most criticism came in season 5 when a popular young female character is married to a man she despises and then forces himself on her in an especially brutal scene.
While the show has had some risky content in season 5 up to the previously mentioned rape scene, that's far from the most violent, far from the most sexual, far from being the outright darkest moment. In fact there are several scenes darker, even one scene in season 5 episode 9 "The Dance of Dragons" has a more disturbing scene. These dark moments are an overarching theme sprinkled equally over all the show's characters.
Season 1 of "Game of Thrones" kicked off with 2.2 million viewers in episode one. The season continued steady rising in ratings up past 3 million viewers in the season finale with an average of 2.52 views per episode. Season one came with quite a surprise, perhaps the biggest surprise of any show on television when its main character is killed. The death of Ned Stark was a huge shock to those who aren't readers of the novel series and most people anticipated an escape from impending doom all the way past his head rolling on the ground. It just couldn't happen, there's no way we watched a television series introduce and focus on a main character just to have him killed, but it happened. And so it went, for the entire series, shocking events to include additionally surprising deaths and darker moments.
"Game of Thrones" is definitely a show that unlike many other shows, can be thoroughly enjoyed over and over, and I think the experience is best when binge watching hours at a time rather than the tiny ounce baggy of an hour per week. The show has been skipping along, growing in ratings with each season, and since season one's 2.5 million view average per episode, now in season five they're averaging 6.8 million viewers per episode.
We've been introduced to many great characters, most on the show are all great in their own ways, even the darker evil characters. The performances are spectacular, the show really is shooting for perfection, something argued for only a couple shows ever. We start off with Ned "the behead" Stark who exited the world just like we see him exit other lives throughout the season.
Characters introduced in season one that's still around who I find favor includes Daenerys Targaryen, who I find favor only because of her dragons, since her character is performed by Emilia Clarke, someone I find a bit too bland a performer, one of the only flaws of the show I can think of. Next is a fan favorite, and while most characters can be debated with in terms of likability, Jon Snow is one I can't find a hater of. Kit Harington is doing a fantastic job maintaining Jon Snow's lovability. Next up is Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, who I'm highly fascinated with as she develops as an adult, and now developing with a unique shape-shifting pal. I like her attitude for a young girl, full of fire, experience, and willingness to learn, making her a huge force to be reckoned with when she sprouts another couple feet. Another character I favor is Bran, played by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, but unfortunately has taken a backseat this season while the rest of the series catches up to his developed story. I can't wait to see Bran return, and furthermore I can't wait to see how his powers have or will develop. Lastly, another fan favorite, Tyrion Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, who's probably the show's greatest actor. Each moment for each emotional situation he's placed into is hit out of the park. I would love to see him cross over into more mainstream films, but I fear there will be limited stories for someone of his height. Really is too bad, his talent is absurdly delicious. I'm glad he got the role he did in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" as he nailed that role too, and did show his versatility to be far from a midget who lives in King's Landing.
Skipping forward to season 5, and the recent events up to the last episode, have everyone wondering who's going to die. If the show's been consistent with anything, it's consistent with death. The writers love to kill main or significant characters as frequently as they can, often occurring in finales.
Daenerys Targaryen hasn't quite fully developed, and if she was killed, there would likely be no point to her character ever existing. There's much for her to do before her death, especially involving her dragons, which brings me pain to see so little of. We did get a lot of dragon-love in the last episode "The Dance of Dragons".
Arya Stark is much the same as Daenerys in that her character hasn't come close to her peak yet, with far too much to develop yet. Tyrion, while if he died, would have served the show well while he was alive, and left his mark for sure, but wouldn't be very satisfying after surviving all the previous moments he was surely to die. He's a slippery fish, and he's getting slimier, for the benefit and growth of Daenerys.
There are many character we could do without, or whose death wouldn't cause as large a rift with the story and with the fans.
One I feel we've focused on quite a bit this season so far has been Jon Snow. In the past, I've noticed a trend with various shows who often kill characters and shows who suddenly turn a major focus towards make me nervous for. Jon Snow surely's left his mark and whose death would provoke or progress the story into a new or more powerful direction. We still haven't seen too much from the Red Queen and her powers.
The writer of the novels George R. R. Martin has said he's never been more disconnected from the creating process of the show than he has been this season in season 5. He's placing his focus on writing more novels as opposed to continuing to put his finger on the show and its events. This could mean we will get a completely different perspective of events, and perhaps from a more bias perspective of those who might favor or feel the desire to kill off characters not killed off in the books and keep alive those who die.
In the season finale there's a huge battle which required 5 weeks and an extra budget to film. There've been several leaked images of battle with stuntmen using White Walker-looking weapons and one of those weapons looked like the sword that Jon Snow would use.
A surprising appearance may occur due to the listing of Joseph Mawle being listed on IMDB, who previously played the role of Benjen Stark, who aided in the joining of Jon into the Night's Watch and then disappeared after he rode out of the gates to go ranging. There is a large community of the book readers who are convinced Benjen Stark to become Coldhands, a White Walker-esque character who helps save the lives of Sam and Gilly. There are going to be a gigantic opportunity to kill off many different characters due to the war with White Walkers.
I feel that Reek, or Theon Greyjoy, will end up getting a second rescue attempt after the poor first attempt by his sister. I feel like that attempt may come in season 6, although the battle between Stannis and the Boltons at Winterfell would create quite an opportunity to bring Greyjoy troops to the party to give a last minute aid or added push for Stannis' attack. Either way, like most fans, I just want to see the Bolton boy, Ramsay die a most horrible death.
I can't wait for punishment to be had on Cersei, I despise that character, as most do, and while her lover-brother Jaime is growing on me, their relationship is more than just weird. But, as weird as it is, it's even weirder that I feel I want Jaime to be happy, I just wish he wasn't grossing me out with the love he has for his sister. Before the season started I heard Cersei's punishment was going to be a naked stroll through the streets. I would rather her punishment be more severe and character ending, and I don't watch the show for it's nudity, in fact is the one issue I have with the show, but anything to humble this character or kill her would be fantastic to reduce her annoyance for me.
Who is going to die? Who?! My vote is sadly Jon Snow, but I don't read the books. I'm a television screen only guy who suffers from too great an attention disorder to read more than a sentence at a time without my mind drifting into worthless nonsense. I wish I could, I feel it would open a much greater world, but for now I'll be a limited fan.
Before I ask you if you agree with my death guess, I want to vent about how little we've seen the direwolves and dragons! I know we only have the 3 or so wolves left, but I wonder what's going on with Arya's wolf Nymeria right now. I know we'll have to wait and see what happens with Bran's wolf Summer. We don't get enough Ghost, but like most of the wolf appearances, they seem to show up like the dragons, only in the moment of need. Is George R. R. Martin tapping into the use of the Eagles in Lord of the Rings? Only have them arrive in convenient moments? Ok, I'm done.