Game of Thrones Recap: Mother’s Mercy

stannis...you're going to have a rough time

Season 5 Finale Show vs. Book Storyline Parallels
Arya – Has more material left in the books.
Jon – Caught up with the books.
Sam – He has tons of material left. Maybe they’ll shorten his never ending boat ride to Oldtown.
Tyrion – New territory for him, he’s progressed passed the books.
Dany – Caught up with the books.
Jaime – His entire storyline is different.
Bronn – He shouldn’t even be in the story.
Sand Snakes – I wish they weren’t in the story.
Brienne – Her entire storyline is different.
Stannis – Still alive in the books. Hasn’t engaged Boltons yet.
Sansa – Her entire storyline is different.
Theon – There’s a little more material left, especially if you read the pre-released chapter.
Melisandre – Caught up with the books.
Davos – His entire storyline was thrown out when other characters weren’t cast.
Cersei – Basically where we left off in the books, one more chapter of material.
Littlefinger – Where did he go?
All the Tyrells – Thought I spotted the Queen of Thornes during Cersei’s walk of shame, but it was just a tart.

I’ve read the books, but I won’t spoil anything by bringing up new material for show watchers, but I will make references to the book. There will be spoilers for this episode though, duh.
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Game of Thrones Recap: The Dance of Dragons

people react differently to the games of meereen

I’ve read the books, but I won’t spoil anything by bringing up new material for show watchers, but I will make references to the book. There will be spoilers for this episode though, duh.

Melisandre’s fire senses are tingling and disappointed she didn’t start the fire. You’d think she’d have a resistance to fire. Before Ramsay attacked she gazed into her fire for visions of the future, but when all she saw was fire she thought nothing of it… Apparently Ramsay was able to sneak up on this entire army in the middle of the night and burn down multiple tents, destroy their food supply, kill hundreds of horses, and cause general mayhem undetected because he’s from the North and knows the land better than them… which is ridiculous. I knew it was too good to be true when Ramsay left Winterfell, he should have died, but this psycho can’t be killed.
Stannis – “Capture last night’s guards, either they fell asleep or they conspired with the enemy.”
Discipline reflects leadership. His army is only good at defeating untrained wildlings.
“Find out the truth and then hang them.”
I didn’t see any trees at this campsite, how will the be hanged without trees? They don’t know the land enough to find trees either because they aren’t from the North.
Davos – “Forgive me your grace, I never claimed to be a military man, but things aren’t looking good and we should retreat to Castle Black.”
Their position doesn’t look good, but at least they can eat the horses; Ramsay was kind enough to cook them well done.
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Game of Thrones Recap: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

a game of guess who

Unbowed, unbent, unbroken are the words of House Martell and it seems appropriate that this season’s lamest story in the show emulates the title of the weakest episode in the season. It took me too long to realize that the introduction animation of Sunspear is labeled as Dorne, the equivalent of labeling Winterfell as the North. They’ve made changes with the Winterfell animation every season to reflect the damage its undergone, but the harpy atop of the Meereen pyramid is still sitting there… I’ve read the books, but I won’t spoil anything by bringing up new material for show watchers, but I will make references to the book. There will be spoilers for this episode though, duh.
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Game of Thrones Recap: High Sparrow

there are dozens of them, dozens!

Moat Cailin makes a cameo in the introduction animation, a surprise addition, we may never see it again. Meereen was shown even though there was no Dany plotline, no wonder I liked this episode so much. I’ve read the books, but I won’t spoil anything by bringing up anything new for show watchers, but I will make references to the book. There will be spoilers for this episode though, duh.

For a place littered with fireplaces I still can’t see a thing. There are a whole bunch of archaic stone carvings and statues of the creepier gods. It may just be too dark to see but, ironically, a Lord of Light statue would fit right in. An old man takes a sip of water from a cup Jaqen H’ghar provided him and dies shortly after…he choose, poorly.
Arya – “I’ve been sweeping this floor for days.”
I would have started questioning what I was doing a couple of hours into sweeping. Days?! She certainly has patience. With all the chimneys and the sweeping… is Arya Stark training to become a chimney sweep? Is Mary Poppins the head of the Faceless Men?
Jaqen H’ghar – “Here we serve the Many-Faced God.”
Is it ironic that the Faceless Men serve a god with many faces? Yes.
“There is only one god, a girl knows his name.”
Not today?
“And all men know his gift.”
Cue man dying
I’ll just take coal instead, thanks anyway Santa, but I politely decline the “gift” of death.
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Game of Thrones Recap: The House of Black and White

mormont cute response

Despite Robin Arryn being the only character remaining in the Eyrie, it’s still part of the animation introduction credits… They also didn’t remove the harpy statue atop the pyramid in Meereen. Braavos was used before, when Stannis visited the Iron Bank, and will be used for a while now that Arya’s there. I’ve read the books, but I won’t spoil anything by bringing up anything new for show watchers, but I will make references to the book. There will be spoilers for this episode though, duh.
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