‘Game of Thrones’ season five finale, ‘Mother’s Mercy:’ Shame, shame, shame

16 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Game of Thrones Finale – the deaths, the shame and the cliffhanger.

A BLOOD bath, a battlefield gone wrong and a shaming of some of the main characters of fantasy series Game of Thrones – has left the audience reeling with disappointment as the show wrapped up its fifth season. The “Late Late Show” host had a lot to say on the topic – not just about what went down in Westeros, but also the concept of spoiler alerts and how he failed to notice Kit Harington‘s “cagey” behavior the week before.

The actress, who plays Arya Stark, revealed on Twitter that she was just as shocked as the rest of us by his unexpected demise in last night’s episode. On the episode’s big, shocking death: “Here’s the thing – people are so upset about Jon Snow dying on ‘Game of Thrones,’ but the show’s about dragons and incest, like, who thought it was going to end well?” Corden also poked fun at how spoiler alerts have completely gone off the deep end by first warning viewers to put their TVs on mute while he discussed the “GoT” finale, and then flashing a huge #RIPJONSNOW in the middle of the screen. But Season 5, which wrapped up with a jaw-dropping season finale on Sunday, took special pleasure in doubling down on misery—both the characters’ and by extension, ours. During a Twitter Q&A with fans, she was asked about her response to the finale and replied: ‘I DNT CARE ABUT UR SILLY FEKIN NIGHTS WATCH OMG STAHP STABBIN JON SNOOOO’

Without spoiling the show for the audience, tragedy will hit few households including House of Lannister, Night’s Watchmen and one Stark family member is faced with a bleak task of avenging the death of their relative. One part that has created a huge talking point is Cersei Lannister being shorn and stripped completely naked, before being forced to march through the streets of King’s Landing in front of a baying mob. Liquid Deep singer Ziyon tweeted his frustrations about the show saying; “So, after avoiding all the spoilers like the plague, finally got a chance to check the #GOTFinale. Maybe it was because of the fact that 4 episodes got leaked in one day that sort of killed the weekly anticipation I prefer (of course I watched all the four episodes in one day, I am human after all).

I can tell you there will be death.” Corden, like many of us, remained oblivious: “You can!” he insisted. “You can though, they’re not going to sack you! You’re like right in the core of it!” After viewing the clip, a contrite, humbled Corden only had this to say: “How awful am I in that interview that I couldn’t pick up on the signs!” The explosive season five finale jumped from one shocking scene to the next, also seeing Stannis Baratheon executed at the hands of Brienne of Tarth, just hours after his wife Queen Selyse hanged herself.

Martin’s prized female characters weren’t being raped, abused, humiliated, or killed, they were lumbering through storylines that meandered then sputtered into unsatisfying ends. Arya went blind and Brienne was sidelined until her anticlimactic execution of Stannis, and Daenerys spent all season just trying to get people to like her (she failed at this, too). The astounding episode opened at Stannis Baratheon’s camp, when a smug Lady Melisdandre claims last week’s horrific sacrificial burning to death of his daughter Shireen to appease the Lord of Light has worked, as the snows hampering his march on Winterfell are melting. The finale left a few cliffhangers though, with Arya Stark – who kills off a man to avenge her family but ends up getting a raw deal of blindness from Jaqen for her actions. There is also an unfinished tale of Sansa Stark who takes a leap with Theon Greyjoy fleeing her cruel husband, while Princess Daenery’s fate lies bare when she is taken away by her dragon into a space she may find herself in trouble.

Gilly was almost raped, Myrcella was poisoned, and Ellaria and the warrior Sand Snakes turned out to be laughably incompetent villains, more adept at jailhouse nude scenes (and inane hand-slapping games) than they were in actual battle. If I’m going to die, let it happen while there’s still some of me left.” The only winners this season—if indeed there were any—were the most ruthless, unlikable characters in Westeros. People have been so busy losing their sanity over Jon Snow’s death; they for some reason have managed to overlook the reason why the episode is called “Mother’s Mercy”. Having finally succumbed to the pressure of the High Sparrow, combined with hunger, thirst and a mother’s desperation to see her son, Cersei confessed of having slept outside of her marriage and having taken part in an incestuous relationship with her cousin Lancel.

And Ramsay, Game of Thrones’ most hated character since Joffrey Baratheon, relished an easy victory over Stannis before turning his attention back to torturing Sansa. (“My wife must be lonely,” he snickers before heading back to Winterfell.) All this is to say that the show has never felt bleaker. As Martin told Entertainment Weekly recently, “if you’re going to write about war, and you just want to include all the cool battles and heroes killing a lot of orcs and things like that and you don’t portray [sexual violence], then there’s something fundamentally dishonest about that.” “Drama comes out of conflict,” he concluded. “If you portray a utopia, then you probably wrote a pretty boring book.” What about portraying a world where all the good guys are either dead or useless?

We wish it was done and over but don’t believe a death if the scene fades into black before you actually see the head drop off the body (read… the Hound… he might come back to fight the Mountain one last time). As the Queen-Mother walked across the street naked, with the priestess calling out the word ‘shame’ all throughout, people spit on her, threw food at her, chastised her and call her a whore. Weiss and David Benioff have claimed they aim to finish the series in seven seasons, giving us roughly twenty episodes before we ride away from Westeros forever. Grey Worm and Missandei could become the permanent rulers of Slaver’s Bay; Sansa and Theon could encounter Bran the master warg; Daenerys could regain control of her dragons, win the loyalty of her Dothraki captors, and take the Iron Throne. Even though one can see, that her motives on most occasions are that to protect and bubble-wrap her children from the cruel world of Westeros, her actions are plain spiteful.

They might have found some antidote on the boat or maybe Bronn had some more of it stolen in case the ‘most beautiful woman in the world’ attacked again.

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