Killed Off ‘Game of Thrones’ Star on What’s Next After Show

15 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Game of Thrones season finaleOne of these things is definitely true at the close of Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” season finale. Jon Snow dead, Stannis defeated (and dead), Sansa and Theon leaping from the battlements of Winterfell (possibly to their deaths)…the bombshells came thick and fast – and deadly – in the season finale tonight.

It’s always easier to work backwards when it comes to solving a murder, clues to the crime are often overlooked only becoming tell-tale signs and revelations in hindsight. Figuratively, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch suffered much the same faith as did Caesar at the hands of his generals – betrayed and knifed to death.

But Kit, 28, was seen even back in January with much shorter locks, clearly indicating he no longer needed his glorious mane to play the heroic but doomed protagonist. They’ve watched HBO remorselessly kill off first Ned Stark, then Robb and Catelyn Stark, and, as of this last episode, a little girl (that would be Princess Shireen Baratheon) whose only crime was sneakily teaching a grown man to read.

The conspirators’ greatest crime of all, perhaps, was to raise the hopes of the Bastard of Winterfell by claiming a Wildling had seen his uncle Benjen alive. Alas, it was a (not very elaborate) ruse to lure Snow into a dingy corner of Castle Black where Ser Alliser Thorne and half a dozen cronies (including turncoat Olly) dispatched the only man who could save them from the White Walkers. The Walk of Shame was an unspeakable humiliation, the naked, violently-shorn Queen Mother forced to negotiate a gauntlet of offal-chucking peasants as she was whipped by a trio of nuns. And the actress appeared to give yet another spoiler away as she vowed on behalf of her character: ‘I think she’s got some people to kill before she’s done.’ This was to atone for her “sin” of sleeping with her cousin Lancel and would serve as appetite-whetter for a trial to determine if she had also had unlawful relations with twin Jaime.

Here’s a guide to which characters have finally caught up to the books, who’s lagging a little behind, and who’s wandered completely off the map. Targeted by the orphan boy Olly (Brenock O’Connor), that bastard Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) and a small mob of Night’s Watch members, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is labeled a traitor for sacrificing his brothers to rescue the Wildlings. However, her tormentor the High Sparrow committed the potentially ruinous error of allowing Cersei return to the Red Keep, where Maester Qyburn had a gift – the reincarnated Mountain ready to defend her to the death.

Jon is repeatedly knifed in the stomach by his own underlings, each reciting the mantra “For the Watch.” The show fades out on Jon lying unblinking in the snow, a pool of his blood spreading around him. The Lord of Light had seemingly gazed with kindness upon the sacrifice of adorable Princess Shireen, causing the snows about to engulf Stannis’s army to melt. He led his forces to oblivion against the Boltons, then reacted with stoic indifference as Brienne of Tarth happened upon him and revealed she had sworn to avenge Renly, one of the first victim of Melisandre’s dark magic. You can read some elaborate theories on why this mutiny might not be the end of Jon’s story here, but his last chapter finishes with: “When the third dagger took him between the shoulder blades, he gave a grunt and fell face-first into the snow.

With the brutal Bolton bastard busy butchering Baratheons (try saying that after you’ve been up until 2am watching Game of Thrones in ‘real’ time), Sansa seized her chance to escape Ramsay and his vile humiliations. She was confronted by his broken lover Myranda, who was in turn overpowered by Reek, remembering at the last that he was once Theon Greyjoy, ward of Ned Stark. Only the cold . . .” Cersei Lannister: Cersei makes a brief book cameo after this scene, but for the most part you are all caught up with the adventures of the older queen. In her last point of view chapter, Queen Cersei is scooped up by Ser Robert Strong (a.k.a. a zombie version of The Mountain), and after Qyburn says his bit about Ser Robert taking a vow of silence until “all of His Grace’s enemies are dead and evil is driven from the realm” the chapter concludes, “Yes, thought Cersei Lannister, oh yes.” So has she learned anything from all this? Just when you thought Dorne was a feel-good dud, Myrcella’s heart-warming reconnection with uncle/dad Jaime turned nasty, as the slow-acting poison Ellaria Sand had planted on her lips took horrific effect.

With blood seeping, then gushing, from the princess’s her eyes and mouth, your thoughts went back to the prophecy with which the current series had opened – that all of Cersei Lannister’s children would wear ‘golden shrouds’ before the end. We open on Stannis’ (Stephen Dillane) mission falling quickly and inevitably apart, first with the news that half his men deserted in the night (wonder why, daughter-killer?), and then the follow-up punch of finding his wife (Tara Fitzgerald) has hanged herself. Daenerys and Her Dragon : The last we see of Daenerys Targaryen in the books, she and Drogon encounter a new khalasar led by Khal Jhaqo—who has ties to her late husband, Khal Drogo, but doesn’t necessarily lead any men who would acknowledge Daenerys as their leader.

Stannis and his army march for Winterfell anyway and fail to even get near it, as they’re apprehended en route by a shockingly large army of Bolton soldiers. We don’t actually see the sword fall (which is kind of a cop-out, considering how much of his daughter’s death we had to watch), but knowing Brienne’s devotion to her vows, we can be pretty sure it did. At the Wall, Jon’s drinking with Sam (John Bradley): “How’s it feel to be friends with the most hated man in Castle Black?” Sam makes a plea to be sent to Oldtown to become a Maester, so he can get Gilly (Hannah Murray) and her baby out of harm’s way. Theon (Alfie Allen) gets the moment of redemption we all assumed was coming when he saves Sansa (Sophie Turner) from an arrow aimed by Ramsay’s girlfriend Myranda (Charlotte Hope). After he pitches Myranda off a tower, Theon and Sansa make a break for it, clasping hands and leaping off a wall that looks at least as high as the one that killed Myranda.

Theon grabbed Jeyne about the waist and jumped.” The pair survive the fall and make it to Stannis’s camp (he’s still alive!), where they encounter Theon’s sister Yara Greyjoy (named Asha in the books). Scratch that: She’s Arya (Maisie Williams) wearing her co-worker’s face (guess Jaqen let her in on that trick finally?), and soon she’s carving Trant’s eyes out with a dagger and announcing her name — a big no-no in terms of her job training, which she learns when she’s back at headquarters with Jaqen (Tom Wlaschiha). Only it’s not him, it’s a body with a bottomless sequence of random faces, and he’s still alive — punishing her by, it seems, blinding her, in a highly literal eye-for-an-eye comeuppance. Arya: About three-quarters of the way through the fourth book, A Feast for Crows, Arya’s last chapter, ends, “When she woke the next morning, she was blind.” It’s not until two-thirds of the way through the next very thick book (which came out six years after “Feast”) that we pick up Arya’s story with a chapter called “The Blind Girl.” So we’ll learn even more about Arya next year, and, if the Season 6 casting call is any indication, her assassin’s adventures will take on a theatrical bent. Onboard the ship, Jaime finally gets up the nerve to tell Myrcella the truth about their relationship, buoyed by Ellaria’s talk about how you can’t choose who you love.

Myrcella, it seems, has known the truth for a while, and she’s glad he’s her real father, and it’s all warm and fuzzy until blood starts leaking from her nose. Rivals Jorah and Daario awkwardly team up (“Neither of you is fit consort for a queen,” says Tyrion, “but we always want the wrong women”) to go find Dany, while Tyrion’s left in charge at the palace alongside Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel). He’s also got a helping hand in Varys (Conleth Hill), who to no one’s surprise manages to show up looking dewy and fresh and ready to dispatch his army of spies: “The birds sing in the west, the birds sing in the east,” he says.

After tearfully admitting to “lying with another man outside marriage” — Lancel Lannister, as it happens, the one who’s now high in the ranks of the Sparrows himself, though she keeps her lips sealed about certain other, more close relations — she’s given permission to walk home before her trial. Head closely shorn, roughly washed by the terrifying Sparrow nuns, she’s forced to walk through the streets naked, surrounded by a phalanx of Sparrows and a nun ringing a bell and yelling, “Shame!” It’s cruel, it’s almost unwatchable, and it’s the moment we’ve been waiting for — isn’t it? With all due respect to actor Ian McElhinney, the show made the wise decision to bump Barristan the Bold off and replace him with the dynamic ruling duo of Varys and Tyrion.

Of all the entitled, corrupt, murderous, “Let them eat cake”-spewing nobility on this show, Cersei’s inarguably earned the karma for this kind of takedown. With sidekicks like Missandei and Grey Worm, Mereen actually has a shot of being much more interesting next year. (Who isn’t shipping Missandei and Tyrion at this point?

Grey Worm, I guess.) I’d still like to see Dany hustle back to Mereen soon, because Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke make wonderful scene partners, and it would be a tragedy to unite them so briefly. But with no efforts to show Prince Doran as anything more than a pacifist, Aegon Targaryen presumably written out of the show, and the cartoonish villainy of Ellaria and the Sand Snakes, I think many viewers would be O.K. if Dorne was one and done this season.

This is a show whose source material is subtitled “A Song of Ice and Fire.” A few seasons ago, we saw another favorite character walk into a fire and emerge reborn with three baby dragons. One of his attributes is that he’s got a really powerful sword — like the one Jon just used to kill a White Walker, who looked fairly surprised about it. But also don’t count on these showrunners not to keep him dead (and that’s what they’ve said: he’s really dead just because it’s more shocking — after all, that’s the business they’re clearly in.

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