Game of Thrones S05E10 recap and review: 'Mother's Mercy' (Season finale spoiler alert)
There are a thousand ways to die in Westeros.
It's the Game of Thrones S05 finale recap.
Cersei begs "for just one drop of the Mother's mercy", to see her son Tommen. THe Septon will allower her to return to the Red Keep to see Tommen, but there's a "but". In this case, that means atonement.
"Atonement" means getting her hair cut off and being forced to walk naked across the city of King's Landing, with Mean Nun ringing a bell and chanting "shame" behind her. The whole city hates Cersei anyway, and jumps at the chance to shout "bitch" and "c*nt" to her face with no apparent risk of retribution. Dudes are flashing their junk at her, everyone's throwing rotten food, it's awful.
It's a horrific show of mass-scale slut-shaming, and to recap it I must turn to the unlikeliest of allies... someone who knows what is to be pilloried for what she does in her private life.
Take it away, Taylor Swift!
That was cold
Ser Davos Seaworth has made it to Castle Black. Jon Snow is saying that the Wildlings won't help with Stannis' invasion (though that horse has well and truly fled the barn). Davos argues that the Wildlings should fight for the safety they've been afforded by getting to this side of The Wall. They're interrupted by the arrival of Melisandre. Waid, did she take a commuter flight? Davos left the day before she did, and apparently only just got here.
Later, Jon is reading his emails when Olly bursts in: apparently one of the Wildlings is saying Benjen Stark is still alive. "Benjen?!" exclaims Jon, "I didn't even remember he was in this series!"
Ser Alliser Thorne joins JOn and leads him to... a trap. There in a corner is a sign reading "Traitor", and a bunch of Crows with torches. The Crows take turns stabbing Jon and saying, "For the Watch".
Jon Snow falls over, lying lifeless like in the final scene of a far less tropical version of Lost.
And that's how Game of Thrones Season 5 ends.
Game of Thrones S05E10 review
Okay, that's what I call a near-perfect episode. The seige of Winterfell was undercut completely, and TSWRF is effectively wiped out. John Lennon was right about instant karma, at least as far as Stannis Baratheon was concerned. Now Brienne of Tarth can focus on her oath to Catelyn Stark, and track down Sansa. Hopefully retrieving the eldest Stark daughter won't require a spatula.
Do we have any Starks left besides Arya at this point? Hopefully Sansa survived her plunge, maybe using Theon's body as a cushion. Maybe Melisandre will witch Jon Snow back to life. Maybe he was her plan all along. Melisandre seems to prefer having a messiah figure around.
And Cersei's walk of atonement: I found it kind of hard to watch, even though she's the closest thing this series has to a main villain. Turns out that Cersei was so good at the game, that the only one that could beat her was... herself. And come on, folks, that Ser Robert guy is totally The Mountain. And Qyburn is totally Dr. Krieger.
Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen is about to start her journey over again, while Team Dragon Mama must wrestle with its identity. Missed seeing Petyr Baelish, though.
I give Game of Thrones S05E10 five stabby-stabs out of a possible five. Fantastic way to end the season. The best part: getting the audience to root for Cersei Lannister, who's gonna have her hands full in the very near future.
I found the last scene shocking: I just didn't expect Jon Snow to get done like that. Unless he's Neo. How many of you are hoping Jon Snow is Neo? A lot, I bet. With The Mountain resurrected, we know that in Westeros there's such a thing as "mostly dead".
On that note, thanks for reading. I hope to see you next year for Game of Thrones S06.