Game of Thrones Season 5: "The Wars to Come" Review

Earlier this brisk Monday morning saw an august gathering of Game of Throners at the crisp hour of 3 am for the Season 5 Premiere at Hyde Park, a premiere filled with more conversation than guts and bloody gore.

If you weren't one of the frenzied few who stayed up to watch the premiere of the 5th season of Game of Thrones, worry not - we have only good reviews and we're here to share them with you, minus the spoilers of course.

There was a unmistakable sense that this time the plot is being set for what would be the Game of Thrones' climactic clash that we've all been anticipating since the first season.

In the first ever flashback of the series, we journey into a forest with two teenage girls (who we thought for the first few moments were new characters) who turn out to be Cersei Lannister and a friend (yes, Cersei once had a friend!)

The episode kicks off with the King's funeral where Cersei is in mourning for her dead father, angry at her brother Jaime, and quite understandably enraged by the missing murderer, Tyrion.

But probably the most riveting scene in the episode was _Mother of Dragons, _Daenerys', venture into the dungeon where she locked up her dragons Rhaegal and Viserion after Drogon, the biggest and most aggressive of her hatchlings, disappeared after torching a village girl.

The scene clearly shows that Daenerys can no longer control her dragons, who are also pretty upset with her for locking them up in the dungeon - and rightfully so!

Jon Snow was tasked with getting Mance Rayder to bend the knee to Stannis or face a gruesome death by blazing fire.

The episode ends on a sombre note with a defiant Mance Rayder, who we never really got to know or care about, refusing to bend his knee and choosing to be burnt at the stake instead.

The one thing that we can always expect from Game of Thrones is that your favourite character will probably, at some point, be killed (Ned Stark we miss you!). The creators of the series seem not to want us to get too attached to any character, and with each season we find someone else on whom to rest of fan-filled affections. In this season it looks like that character is Jon Snow - who has always been a natural leader who doesn't just obey the rules for the sake of obeying the rules.

In this episode Jon challenges Stannis by shooting an arrow into Mance Rayder's heart. Why is this a game changer?

Well, that would be a spoiler - and we promised we wouldn't give away too much so you still have something to watch.

The season premiere did two things: Remind us of what came before and begin setting the stage for things to come. Rather than start with a bang, the show started slow and built momentum.

Catch the repeat on M-Net Edge channel 102 at 21:00 on Thursday, 16 April 2015. Also tune into The Sam Cowen Show between 1pm and 3pm for a detailed review from 702's biggest fan of the show Sam Cowen herself, I'll pitch in with my two cents as well.


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