Game of Thrones season five review

Game of Thrones Season 5: Trailer (HBO)GameofThrones

Last night marked the world premiere of the latest season of
Game of
Thrones
at the Tower of London — an apt venue for such an
epic event. We’re still weeks away from the show hitting TV screens
again, but WIRED.co.uk was in attendance and got an early look at
what to expect from the saga as it enters its fifth season.

(Warning: this review is not totally free of
spoilers.)

Episode one is not the flurry of action and drama you might be
hoping for as a Thrones fans, deprived of new material for
many months now. The episode opens with a flashback to Cersei’s
childhood — yes, she was just as evil way back when — following
which a series of private conversations provides key characters the
opportunity to reflect on the events of the previous season. After
being plunged back into Westeros via King’s Landing, the audience
is taken on a whistlestop tour of the Seven Kingdoms.

For perhaps the first time in Game of Thrones, there is
a sense that Daenerys’ grip may be slipping. She remains deeply
troubled over what to do with her dragons, which were locked away
at the end of season four. There are rumblings of trouble and
discontent among the citizens of Yunkai, but without her dragons
can she retain her strength and influence?


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Meanwhile Varys and Tyrion, who have escaped safely from King’s
Landing, are discussing her suitability for taking the Iron Throne.
Cersei and Jaime are dealing with the fallout with from the death
of their father and Brienne and Poderick seem on the verge of
parting ways. Lancel Lannister is back having found religion, and
Cersei laughs in his face when he tries to convert, which may well
come back to bite her. Disconcertingly, Sansa and Littlefinger seem
to be growing closer, despite Littlefinger being creepier than
ever.

Up north, winter is still coming and tensions are mounting
between the Wildlings, the Night’s Watch and Stannis’ army. Jon
Snow is thoroughly caught in the middle and is asked to show his
strength in his role of go-between.

A shocking moment of violence in the brothels of Mereen and a
sexually charged scene between Loras Tyrell, his sister Marjorie
and a newcomer called Oliver satisfy the Thrones nudity and
bloodshed quota, but other than that, there’s not much that gets
the blood pumping.


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By the end of the episode the pace starts to gather and we are
rewarded with an intense and violent finale. Rather than feeling
gratuitous, however, it is a scene is filled with regret, repulsion
and fear, and questions about honour, dignity, ego and power.
Ultimately it leaves the audience questioning the very nature of
voyeurism in relation to violence, which they themselves are
indulging in.

The real drama however, has clearly been saved for episode two
and beyond. Stannis is keen to start a war, Daenerys will be forced
to show her strength while maintaining her principles and Sansa may
be ready to avenge her family. Weddings in Game of Thrones
never end well, but we can expect to see one soon. Will the
nuptials be successfully concluded this time? Perhaps. Will there
be bloodshed? Almost definitely.

Episode one of season five of Game of Thrones will be shown
on Sky Atlantic at 9pm on 13 April.

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19 March 2015 | 6:16 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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