Hello my dear lords and ladies from Westeros. It's been now 2 weeks since the season ended and I badly wanted to make a review of it. Now, after having settled my emotions, so to speak, I'm ready to do it. Of course, if you haven't watched the whole season, stop reading, because this will be spoiler filled, it goes without saying.
For the Watch!
Let's start with how it ends : Jon Snow getting stabbed to death by Ser Alliser Thorne, a couple of brothers of the Night's Watch and then, by Olly. See, I understand why Alliser would stab Jon (he hates him), but why would Olly ?
The first time we encounter him, it's in season 4 of Game of Thrones, all his family and village gets killed by Thenns, so it's understandable if he has a grudge against wildlings. Then, he founds some kind of solace among the brothers of the Night's Watch. He even cheers up when Jon is elected 998th Lord Commander.
So, why the change of heart, why did he just stab Jon ? It's simple really, when Jon says he's going with Tormund to find other wildlings at Hardhome, Olly starts whining and whimpering about how the wildlings killed his mom and dad. His face changes from happy Olly, to grumpy Olly.
I don't have any problem with the character, at all, it's the writing that infuriates me. The first couple seasons were amazing, because, let's be honest, they sticked to the books. Now that David and Dan have reached that point of the story where there are no more books, I can understand that they must come up with new stuff, but at least do it right. Also, Olly isn't even a brother of the Night's Watch. He's just a kid with no family, who just happens to be at Castle Black, but he didn't said the vow,
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come
so when he says "For the Watch" before he stabs Jon, it doesn't make any sense. Having Olly stabbing Jon doesn't bring anything to the story, it's just "shock" for the sake of "shock". We might have had another guy replacing Olly, the outcome would still be the same : Jon dies.
Stannis burning his daughter?!
Another point I didn't like, was why did they need to burn Shireen ? Here's a little throwback to the books : Stannis is making is way to Winterfell (just like in the show), the only difference is that Shireen, Melisandre and Selyse (his wife) aren't there but back at Castle Black and he suffers a lot more. Half his army is freezing, the other half is sick, the horses get tired immediately and eventually some of them die. To summarize, it's hell.
In the show however, everyone is there with him, everything seems to be right in the world. Then one night, Ramsay and his 20 good men appear out of nowhere, they burn a couple tents and a horse gets on fire. To remedy to that problem, Melisandre decides to make a sacrifice, and what's better for a sacrifice than the son/daughter of a king? Luckily Shireen is there to provide that. Stannis, who is now the shadow of the man he once was, puts her himself to the pyre.
For a time, the sacrifice seems to work. It's less freezing, the snows seem to stop, but half of Stannis army ran away. Melisandre, seems lost for the first time ever, she doesn't know what to do anymore so she heads back to Castle Black. Here's another perfect example of killing a character just for the sake of shocking the audience. But not everything has been awful this season.
The battle of Hardhome
Although not being in the books, this battle was one of the best things this season, probably even in the whole series. In the books they only speak very vaguely of Hardhome and that something terrible had happened there. In the show, we actually see what happens, and boy it's glorious.
We start off with Jon talking some sense into the wildlings.
The White walkers are coming, and the dead come with it. No clan can stop them. The freefolk can't stop them. The Night's Watch can't stop them. And all the southern kings can't stop them. Only together, all of us. And even then it may not be enough, but at least, we'll give the fuckers a fight.
Most of them eventually agree on going with him. The rescue seems to be fine, but then, in the far back, the snows come howling at them and the wildlings try to escape.
This leads up to one of the best battles the show has done (up there with Blackwater Bay and Battle for the Wall). It's truly a spectacular fight.
Then my favourite moment of the episode is of course, Jon Snow slashing that White Walker.
But wait, you may ask yourself "how could he kill him ? His sword isn't made of dragonglass". Yes, you're right, his sword isn't dragonglass, it's valyrian steel aka dragon steel. Valyria was home to the dragons, and valyrians were known to use dark magic, so perhaps that's why a valyrian steel sword can kill a WW, who knows ?
Cersei's walk of shame
Probably my favourite moment in the season. It was simply and wonderfully executed. Starting with complete silence, then when she begins her walk "naked as the day she born", Septa Unella starts clingin' the little bell and saying "shame" with each step they take.
No insults at first, but when they pass through Flea Bottom (the bad neighborhood, so to speak), the people start throwing food at her and insulting her (whore, cunt, brotherfucker... the list is long). Cersei, begins to tear up, as she comes closer and closer to the Red Keep, thinking that she might not hold on a lot longer. When she passes the gate, Qyburn welcomes her with a blanket to cover her up.
Then we see Robert Strong, I have my own idea of who this guy is and this vid seems to sum it up quite nicely. Check it out.
Sansa in marriage to Ramsay ?
Here's another change I don't quite understand. In the books, Sansa is still with Littlefinger at the Eyrie learning to play the game of thrones. Here, in the show, she's given in marriage to Ramsay and for their wedding night, he rapes her. Way to treat your women Bolton. I guess this change serves some purpose however. Now that she saw Theon again and he told her that Bran and Rickon are still alive, maybe she'll look for them next season ? Or maybe, because Ramsay told her that Jon is the next Lord Commander, she goes to the Night's Watch instead. I don't really know what will happen with Sansa, I'm just happy she got out of there. I'm also glad that Theon became Theon and grew a pair again.
Now both of them are now, out in the freezing wilderness.
House of Black and White
Now here's another great storyline in both the show and the books. The boat we saw Arya embark on last season, has finally arrived to destination and that's Braavos. She finally arrives in front of that ominous door and bangs on it.
A man opens the door but closes it in front of her. She wait a couple hours, then she spends the night by the stairs. The next morning, she abandons and goes into town, there she meets that man again. He sees the coin and tells her to follow him. Once they're inside the temple, he asks her how she got the coin. She tells him Jaqen H'ghar did, and that he told her to come here. The man then becomes Jaqen and Arya's training to become a faceless man (woman in her case) begins. I never really understood the training when I read it in the books, but now that I can actually see it, it becomes much more clear. She needs to get rid of what defines Arya in order to become no one, she needs to be expressionless at all times.
She continues to train, when she comes across Meryn Trant. She then decides to take him out. She first stabs his 2 eyes, then in the stomach and lastly she slices his throat. Jaqen hears about that, and kills himself because, when Arya killed Meryn, she owed the Many Faced-God a life, but don't worry, because Jaqen is everyone and no one, so he reappears in another body. Arya becomes blind as punishment.
Where to with Game of Thrones Season 6?
We know for a fact that Euron Crows'Eye (Balon's brother and Theon's uncle) is coming in season 6, as to who will portray him, I don't know. I honestly think Jon will not be dead for much longer. As you may have already guessed, Melisandre came back to Castle Black and we all know what happens when a red priest and a dead body come in play.
Remember Berric Dondarrion, that guy with the eyepatch who fought the Hound in season 2 ? Remember Thoros of Myr, the red priest who was with him ?
For a reminder, Berric died 7 times and Thoros always brought him back. "How ?" by praying to R'hollor (The lord of light or whatever you wanna name him). That's right, I think Melisandre will bring back Jon from the dead.
I don't really know what will happen next season, but I have some ideas. Melisandre brings back Jon, as I said. Sansa and Theon, they either go to Castle Black, meet Brienne and Podrick on their way there or they go looking for Bran and Rickon. Tyrion tries to rule what's left of Mereen. Daenerys is surrounded by Dothraki. Daario and Jorah go searching for Daenerys..... Oh and Sam goes to Oldtown, to be a maester ! Let's just see how everything pans out.
Well, this season was good, overall, although it has some really bad decisions from the writers part : burning Shireen, making Stannis look like a shadow of himself....