Reaction Time: Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale

By Sara Da Silva

This season has definitely had its ups and downs and controversial moments. The season finale of Game of Thrones certainly had a lot to offer, but left nations heartbroken.

Spoilers Ahead, Oh lord, Spoilers ahead.
Arya Stark crossed off another name on her kill list: Ser Meryn Trant, who she blames for killing Syrio Forel. Despite becoming a complete badass, she quickly learnt that the Many-Faced God should not be played with.

In Winterfell, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. Stannis Baratheon’s army was being swiftly defeated, even after having sacrificed his only child in the previous episode. Selyse, Stannis’ wife, was found hanging from a tree. I guess she just couldn’t deal with the guilt of not preventing her daughter’s murder. The Red Priestess abandoned Stannis just when he needed her the most, and after all that, Stannis finally met his demise at the hands of Brienne of Tarth. You go girl. Despite not seeing a corpse, the cut to black would suggest that he is dead, but this is Game of Thrones we’re talking about so we cannot be undoubtably sure. During all the commotion, Sansa Stark and Reek, who reclaimed his identity as Theon by pushing Myranda to her death, managed to escape by jumping off the wall into the snow below. I hope it was a cushioned fall.

Over in Dorne, Jaime revealed to Myrcella that he was in fact her father but it turns out she knew all along. So that was a sweet reunion. But of course, in true Game of Thrones fashion, it didn’t last very long. Just before boarding the ship, Ellaria Sand finally received some justice by delivering a poisonous kiss to Myrcella, who went on to die in her father’s arms.

Cersei continued to deny her affair with Jaime, but did admit to sleeping with Lancel and so has been allowed to return home before she will be officially judged. The path home was a very long one however. With her hair cut short and stripped of her clothing, Cersei had to travel through crowds whilst Septa Unella repeatedly chanted “shame” behind her. Bravo writers, you made me feel something that wasn’t pure hatred for Cersei.

And last, but certainly not least: the final scene. My beloved Jon Snow was murdered by the men of the Night’s Watch. Whilst readers of the books anticipated his cruel end, I was not aware of his impending death and did not react well to it. I know I should stop becoming so attached to these characters because they all seem to die in horrible ways but I just can’t help it. I can understand why the men of the Night’s Watch did not want to be led by a man who allowed their brothers to die to save the Wildlings, but leaving him in a traitor’s grave is just harsh. They do not understand the threat that is fast approaching. Winter is coming in the form of the undead. The question stands though: is Jon Snow really dead? I have seen countless rumours and theories flying through the internet. I am reading through the books now so I guess I’ll find out soon enough. For any non- readers, you’ll have to wait a while to find out. Good luck with that struggle.


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