‘Game of Thrones’ season 5, episode 10 (finale) review: Jon Snow’s Benjen hope, Cersei’s Walk of Atonement
We knew that Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” finale was going to be eventful, but this eventful? That is something that we certainly did not see coming … especially when it comes to death surfacing so early in the episode. (Warning: MAJOR spoilers ahead.)
The first person that we lost tonight was Stannis Baratheon of all people, right when we thought he would be sticking around for a while. Remember that whole gamble he took to sacrifice his own daughter? Well, that didn’t quite work out so well. His army abandoned him in part, his wife Selyse killed herself, and then the remainder of his army was slaughtered by House Bolton. To cap things off, we saw him die at the hands of Brienne, who sought vengeance over what happened to Renly. This was revenge in the most awesome form, and as you’ll see, the deaths in this episode start really great and get really terrible as time goes on.
More death – Let’s start with the end of Meryn Trant, who was killed by none other than Arya, who went a little astray when it comes to her training. Clearly, she is not “no one,” and she was punished in her own way as a result. Is she now blind? It’s hard to say for sure just yet.
Even more death – Myrcella is gone! Clearly, this is to us the most shortsighted of every move. Sure, Ellaria Sand wanted revenge on what happened to Oberyn, but was this the best way to do it? This is only going to make things so much worse for her entire family in Dorne, and we haven’t been too impressed by the region’s military might so far.
Finally, a story without death – While Daario and Ser Jorah are off searching for Dany (who seems to have found some more Dothraki), Tyrion and Grey-Worm are now being left to rule Meereen in her wake. It’s a good thing that he has someone in Varys to rely on!
The Walk of Atonement – Longtime fans of the books knew that this was coming, and it was just as huge of a moment for Cersei as you would expect, walking through the streets of King’s Landing completely exposed. This was brutal. It’s hard to say too much more about it beyond that … or that apparently The Mountain is back in his weird “vow of silence” body.
Jon Snow’s watch has ended – Now, we have to talk about the most shocking death of all: Jon Snow being stabbed repeatedly by his fellow members of the Night’s Watch. We never saw this one coming (note: we haven’t read the books); sure, we thought it was possible, but not in this way. How in the world does this story move forward? What do we make of all of this? It’s going to take some time to digest it all, since now we want to envision Sam on an Arya Stark revenge path … which seems very unlikely. Plus, maybe something happens to his vision, too.
Overall, a stellar but shocking finale, and one that it’s going to take a long time to ultimately digest. Grade: A.
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