Game of thrones review season 5 episode 1 – We see Cersei as a child walking through a forest in search for the witch that can foretell her future. The Witch tastes her blood and sees her as a queen for a short time until a younger and prettier one takes her place. The king she will marry will have twenty children, but she will have three.
They will wear golden crowns, but also be buried with golden shrouds. Did Cersei anger the witch and with it sealed her own fate, can she change the prophecy? At Tywin’s funeral, Jaime stands guard over his dead father as Cersei enters the Sept. She holds Jamie responsible for her father’s death as much as Tyrion.
Arriving in Pentos, Varys and Tyrion discuss the reasons and the consequences of the escape. Varys states his intentions about changing the power in Westeros. Acknowledging Daenerys as the one who should sit on the Throne, he asks Tyrion for his help and that his intelligence and unique abilities would be a great benefit as an advisor. He then asks Tyrion to join him to Meereen.
Daenerys receives a word that one of the Unsullied was killed in a brothel by the Sons of the Harpy. Baelish receives a note and he takes Sansa somewhere west, telling her that they are heading so far, even Cersey won’t be able to get her.
At Tywin’s funeral, Cersey is watching furiously how Margaery is heartwarming Tommen. Cersei sees a man with a shaved head, wearing only robes and nothing on his feet. It’s Lancel Lannister, her nephew and once a lover, the boy who she seduced and used to make the death of King Robert look like a hunting accident.
Lancel confronts Cersey admitting everything and asking for her forgiveness. He says he found peace in the Light of the Seven and offers her to redeem her soul. Margaery enters in Loras’ chambers where he is with his lover. Despite her discretion, Loras tells her that there is no point in keeping secrets in this place where everyone knows everything.
With Tywin dead, Cersey won’t have to marry him. In the end of the conversation, Margaery is stepping deeper into the game saying Cersei may not stay in King’s Landing after all. This is a dangerous territory, going directly against Cersei. Is Margaery up to the challenge and will she go all the way with her plan?
Daario and Hizdahr zo Lorag, a former slaver and representative of the ruling families of Meereen return from Yunkai. While reporting to the Queen, Hizdahr says that the former slave masters have a request of their own, to reopen the fighting pits. He tries to be persuasive about the question, instead manages to anger Daenerys who makes it quite clear.
She will not reopen the fighting pits and let slaves fight slaves till death for entertainment once again. Daario is one of the people who is close to Daenerys but is not afraid to tell her the truth and confront her, maybe because he is the one sharing a bed with her and is her weakness, or it’s in his nature, but definitely Daario is in some way evoking the dark side of Daenerys.
His advice is that Daenerys should reopen the fighting pits and dares to confront her about her dragons and that she must not show weakness. Daenerys comes out quite incautious from their conversation and goes to her two imprisoned dragons only to find herself surprised when Viserion and Rhaegal lunge at her. We saw how Daenerys lost control over Drogon in season 4 of Game of Thrones, and now she has no more power over the other two dragons. What’s a mother to do?
At Castle Black, Stannis asks for Jon Snow’s audience. He wants Jon to convince Mance to accept him as King and to persuade the wildlings to join his army and help get the North back from Roose Bolton.
In exchange the wildlings well become citizens of the realm and will be given freedom and land. Jon confronts Mance and presents him with the proposal, but Mance is not a man who is going to kneel before any king and refuses.
Knowing that the punishment is burned at the stake, Mance is afraid. Heand doesn’t want his people remembering him screaming and burning alive so he gets a mercy arrow in the heart from Jon Snow. Jon crossed the boundaries and went against Stannis. Will there be consequences?