We like the samurai influence on Jon’s armor.
If you have not finished watching season 5 of Game of Thrones, step away from this page right now.
Another season, another stack of obituaries from the TV series that delights in putting its audience through the emotional wringer. In reviewing each season, the question that should be asked is: Was it worth the pain of watching (name the late character you’d grown fond of) die and (other characters you root for) suffer? The answer is always No, but for some reason we keep on watching.
Our review of Season 5 appears on Friday at BusinessWorld.
Distraught? Need to talk? See you in Comments.
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Our Season 5 Awards:
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand: Full-on Bella Flores.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand: It didn’t help that she had to recite the single worst line in the entire series.
The kid who plays Olly: Every single time he appeared, he had a look of “Papatayin kita!” Yeah, we got it the first ten times.
Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton: A one-note monster, uses the same wide-eyed tricks on Vicious.
Lena Headey as Cersei: Actually made us feel bad for Cersei. At her lowest, was most queenly.
Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon: Actually made us feel bad for Stannis, even when he allowed that horror.
Drogon says the Best Actor of Season 5 is Drogon.
Best Musical Performance
Jerome Flynn as Bronn: Relieved the tedium of the Dorne scenes.
Runner-up: Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Mace Tyrell, bursting into song in Braavos.
All the scenes in Dorne
The recap in the Throne Room in Meereen
Varys reappears – But we’re glad to see him, so we’ll let that pass.
The assassination in Julius Caesar
The death of Richard III
Almost forgot: The Wire (Omar).
Chinatown. “You’re my uncle. And my father. And my uncle. And my father.” Nosebleed. End.
Punishment that should be instituted in the Philippines
Have corrupt politicians walk naked and barefoot from Congress to the Senate with a septa following them, ringing a bell and crying, “Shame! Shame!”
Your nominees in Comments.
Since there’s no release date for The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in A Song of Ice and Fire, we expect that everyone will reread A Dance With Dragons and even the previous books very closely for clues.
So the series has moved past the books, but continues to sell the earlier books. GRRM wins.