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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S5 Episode 1/ April 12, 2015)

04.12.2015

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EPISODE 1: The Wars to Come

THE PLOT : The long summer is at an end, winter truly is coming and with it the cold winds of war as five self proclaimed Kings claim dominance over Westeros, but there can be only one winner when you play the game of thrones.

THE LOWDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode). Ah, Westeros, how I’ve missed you. This season has a lot of things going for it, but the boys are also rolling the dice more than ever before—as we prepare for the end game, showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss had to sit down with the man (Martin) to discuss how it all pans out seeing as how the show is passing the books. Good? Bad? We’ll see, but one thing’s for sure, they’re mixing it up (deaths that don’t happen in the books) so book and show fans alike are in for some major surprises. One of the new tactics comes via flashbacks, and tonight we open with a glimpse of Cersei as a little girl slinking through the forest with a friend. I had no idea where this was going (I’m sure no one did), and although it doesn’t really reveal anything, it’s still entertaining. That said, I hope to see a bit more relevance to these flashbacks in the future, otherwise I’m inclined to ask “why bother?”

The mood is bleak in King’s Landing. The shared moment between Jaime and Cersei standing over Tywin spoke volumes for the shit storm to come. Tywin was the glue holding that place together. I think Cersei knows this deep down, but she’s still way too obsessed with killing Tyrion to see the bigger picture. Jaime sees it clear as day. He knows their enemies are literally lined up outside the door, and ironically enough (a growing theme with the Lannisters), we have Lancel and the Sparrows suddenly setting up shop, poised to strike. Lancel may be a snivelling little weasel, but he pretty much tells Cersei flat out that he’s there to punish ALL sinners. But Cersei’s Cersei, and doesn’t give it a second thought.

Tyrion’s story is handled far better here than it is in the books—Ugh, I hated the book version. He came off as dramatically pathetic as he made his way to Pentos, and thank Christ they opted to use Varys instead of the “Cheesemonger” for this stage of the game. That character may yet turn up on the show, but I like it better the way it’s playing out without him. Poor Tyrion. He’s had just as many ups and downs as any of the Starks, if not more, and it hurts to see him in the dumps like this. That said, who wouldn’t want to see him hook up with Daenerys as a means of helping her take King’s Landing? I know I would.

We get a brief look at Brienne and Podrick, nothing to brag about, and a raven’s message puts Littlefinger and Sansa on the move. We don’t know where yet (I do), but without saying much, her storyline will quickly become one of the ones to look forward to. I promise. Stannis wants Jon Snow to convince Mance to swear allegiance in hopes of gaining the Wildlings as soldiers for his army. I love Stannis’ cut and dry attitude, and the pairing of him and Jon Snow is great. Melisandre is ever plotting, but poor Davos doesn’t seem to have much to do. It’s a shame things go the way they do with Mance, he’s a cool character and I would have loved to see all them band together. What becomes of the rest of the Wildings is still to come, but judging by Jon’s act of mercy, I’m thinking he may have scored some points with Tormund.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5's first episode has a tone much befitting its title, as it plays out like the first couple moves of a chess match. The wheels are definitely turning, just a bit slower than you’d expect for a premiere. I’m not complaining (much), it’s still GAME OF THRONES and I’m happy as hell to have it back. In all honesty, I was one of the lucky ones to get screeners of the first four episodes and watched all four back to back so I didn’t really feel the slow burn until I re-watched the first one on its own for this review. I found Daenery’s struggle in Meereen the most interesting, but I still feel she has a lot to learn about ruling. A rebellious group (The Sons of the Harpy) are starting and uprising? Grind their asses into dust. The people want you to re-open the fighting pits? Give them the distraction. So you don’t agree with it, per say, that’s fine, you don’t have to watch. I love Danny, but she gets a little “high horsed” at times, and it never ends well. Besides, if you can’t keep the rabble of that city in check, how in the hell are you going to rule the Seven Kingdoms? Hopefully Tyrion can talk some sense into her, not that Dario isn’t trying.

SEX/NUDITY: There’s some brothel boobage as per usual, and some dude on dude stuff with Loras and his new boy toy. Oh yeah, and Dario’s buttocks.

VIOLENCE: The Sons of the Harpy mean business, and make a mean statement to prove it. And then there’s Mance, who has a bad night.

MOST EPIC SCENE: This is another example of a brutally epic scene, but not in the usual sense. Daenerys goes to the crypt where she locked up two of her dragons—we have no idea how long it’s been, but they’re getting big. She’s met with hostility and runs out in absolute fear. I honestly have no idea what becomes of Dany and her dragons, but it’s hauntingly painful to see the Mother of Dragons without her dragons.

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: This episode needed more Arya.
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:58AM on 04/14/2015
Yah you need a refresher on the books if you don't remember that flashback, it is talked about multiple times in the books and haunts many of Cersei's long nights. Personally I loved Tyrions story but I can see why they had to cut it as it would have taken multiple episodes just to tell it. Same with Mace, but oh well some things have to be chucked I guess.
Was a bit slow, but really if you think about it, it was just slow for GoT standards. By normal TV standards it still blew the doors off.
Yah you need a refresher on the books if you don't remember that flashback, it is talked about multiple times in the books and haunts many of Cersei's long nights. Personally I loved Tyrions story but I can see why they had to cut it as it would have taken multiple episodes just to tell it. Same with Mace, but oh well some things have to be chucked I guess.
Was a bit slow, but really if you think about it, it was just slow for GoT standards. By normal TV standards it still blew the doors off. Can't way for Arya's plot line to pick up, they better do her justice! or its Nerd Rage time!
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6:35PM on 04/13/2015
On the subject of slow burns...I was a late comer to GoT, initially thinking it was some "realistic" medieval knights of the round table tv show but then saw a clip of a flying dragon and thought, okay, it's fantasy. Then I accidentally saw the last 5 minutes of the Red Wedding episode and thought, perhaps I ought to watch this show. Saw all 4 seasons in 17 days. Awesome stuff. Interestingly, I finally see an actual episode as it's being broadcasted...and what with the advert brakes, the
On the subject of slow burns...I was a late comer to GoT, initially thinking it was some "realistic" medieval knights of the round table tv show but then saw a clip of a flying dragon and thought, okay, it's fantasy. Then I accidentally saw the last 5 minutes of the Red Wedding episode and thought, perhaps I ought to watch this show. Saw all 4 seasons in 17 days. Awesome stuff. Interestingly, I finally see an actual episode as it's being broadcasted...and what with the advert brakes, the general slowness of the first episode...I was, well, somewhat underwhelmed. It might be best to leave it for a few weeks and then watch several episodes in one go.
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3:13PM on 04/13/2015

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2:26PM on 04/13/2015

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3:52PM on 04/13/2015
that was quick.
that was quick.
3:54PM on 04/13/2015
the gods of mount joblolympus have spoken.
the gods of mount joblolympus have spoken.
3:00AM on 04/14/2015
Yah that dude was a douche, always posting spoilers in every thread.
Yah that dude was a douche, always posting spoilers in every thread.
10:10AM on 04/13/2015
So glad to have this show back on! I agree that the episode was a little bit of a slow-burn. But as you said, this was a matter of the players getting their pieces into position. I've read the books already but I'll keep this spoiler free. I'm excited to see how the Stannis/Jon Snow dynamic plays out, I feel like the main action of the season will be happening in the North.

Cersei's flashback I thought was a great way to show her motivations for life to this point. Since an early age
So glad to have this show back on! I agree that the episode was a little bit of a slow-burn. But as you said, this was a matter of the players getting their pieces into position. I've read the books already but I'll keep this spoiler free. I'm excited to see how the Stannis/Jon Snow dynamic plays out, I feel like the main action of the season will be happening in the North.

Cersei's flashback I thought was a great way to show her motivations for life to this point. Since an early age she has been told she would be queen of Westeros, it came true along with her three children. But so far only 1 of the 3 children's deaths have come true. So I don't think the flashbacks will be used too often in the season, I do think this specific flashback was necessary for showing us what motivates Cersei. And now that Tywin is gone, it will be interesting to see how she navigates the political landscape on her own when she doesn't have Tywin Lannister to hide behind.

I'm liking the deviations with Tyrion's storyline. I'm hoping they keep him paired with Varys for the rest of the season instead of introducing another pointless character from the books, Cheesemonger. ***SPOILER*** By book 5, Varys doesn't appear at all in the story. So I think it's a good change to keep him at Tyrion's side if for no other reason than keeping Varys on screen. Can't wait for Tyrion to meet up with Dany and her dragons, that will be an interesting pairing.

Overall, it was a decent episode even if it was a slow burn. I really can't wait to catch up with Arya as her storyline will be taking a really good turn this season. Also interested to see how Sansa's storyline plays out. Now that she's a player in the game with Littlefinger, it will be cool to see what she gets herself up to.
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9:35AM on 04/13/2015
I agree that it's just a nice feeling to have GoT to look forward to every week. The episode was a little slow, but you're going to have a table setting episode or two to start the season. Can't play the game until you know where the pieces are.

My lone disagreement is with your characterization of Daenarys' segment as being the most interesting. I find it the most boring. Dreadfully boring. And without Jorah around its even more boring than it was so much of the time before. Now that
I agree that it's just a nice feeling to have GoT to look forward to every week. The episode was a little slow, but you're going to have a table setting episode or two to start the season. Can't play the game until you know where the pieces are.

My lone disagreement is with your characterization of Daenarys' segment as being the most interesting. I find it the most boring. Dreadfully boring. And without Jorah around its even more boring than it was so much of the time before. Now that they've broken away from the books they need to stop screwing around in Essos--no one really cares what happens there-- and get her focused on the prize: The Iron Throne. They can't insert Tyrion and Verys, and their awesome dialog, into the Danaerys scenes fast enough for me.
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3:40PM on 04/13/2015
A-men!

I find her whole story arc boring. Most interesting part of it was Ser Jorah.
A-men!

I find her whole story arc boring. Most interesting part of it was Ser Jorah.
3:02AM on 04/14/2015
Yah any scene with Tyrion in it is a winner, can't go wrong with more Dinklage!
Yah any scene with Tyrion in it is a winner, can't go wrong with more Dinklage!
7:07AM on 04/13/2015
Ahh the second the theme music hit on the entrance I just closed my eyes and smiles as I was reclining in my chair. Its such a great time to be a TV watcher, hell its a better experience than going to theaters 9 out of 9 times nowadays. This episode was a little slow but thats to be expected. And "slow" in this series is still some of the most enjoyable tv ever put to film. Though I will admit I probably could have done without hearing Tyrion talk about picking up his own shit and pushing it
Ahh the second the theme music hit on the entrance I just closed my eyes and smiles as I was reclining in my chair. Its such a great time to be a TV watcher, hell its a better experience than going to theaters 9 out of 9 times nowadays. This episode was a little slow but thats to be expected. And "slow" in this series is still some of the most enjoyable tv ever put to film. Though I will admit I probably could have done without hearing Tyrion talk about picking up his own shit and pushing it through holes lol. It was just so great to see everyone back and the political positioning sewing its seeds once again. I won't say much else about this episode other than damn the Dragons got big and the cgi was awesome, and ****SPOILERS**** I wonder if they are going to keep faithful with the twist off of what happened at the end.
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4:22AM on 04/13/2015

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i enjoyed this so much more after sitting through the incredibly boring daredevil. thank god its back?!

i enjoyed this so much more after sitting through the incredibly boring daredevil. thank god its back?!
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8:33AM on 04/13/2015
Just curious, what parts of Daredevil do you find boring?
Just curious, what parts of Daredevil do you find boring?
9:07AM on 04/13/2015
Bahahaa GoT SNOB. Daredevil was phenomenal.
Bahahaa GoT SNOB. Daredevil was phenomenal.
9:59AM on 04/13/2015
How did you find Daredevil boring? I haven't finished it yet, but now I'm in a mad dash to finish it off. 3 episodes in and it's definitely firing on all cylinders.
How did you find Daredevil boring? I haven't finished it yet, but now I'm in a mad dash to finish it off. 3 episodes in and it's definitely firing on all cylinders.
2:06PM on 04/13/2015
alot of boring filler in each episode. they could have easily been ten fifteen minutes shorter. i don't think daredevil was awful its better than gotham and aos and arrow. but id say flash is far better. i didn't like how they made fisk sort of mentally retarded either, he was brutal but i don't get why they he played the role like that.

the action was great but someone commented on here that the hallway fight was better than anything in the raid then someone in an above reply to me called
alot of boring filler in each episode. they could have easily been ten fifteen minutes shorter. i don't think daredevil was awful its better than gotham and aos and arrow. but id say flash is far better. i didn't like how they made fisk sort of mentally retarded either, he was brutal but i don't get why they he played the role like that.

the action was great but someone commented on here that the hallway fight was better than anything in the raid then someone in an above reply to me called it phenomenal. neither of which is true.
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2:33AM on 04/13/2015
So great to have GoT back and thankful to have a Joblo review about the show each week.,
Just corious about the thing you write avout the Cersei flashback: "I had no idea where this was going (I’m sure no one did)". If I remember correctely (some time ago I read the books), isn´t that whole flashback thing a very big part of why Cersei does what she does in book 4/5? Also, "Tyrion’s story is handled far better here than it is in the books—Ugh, I hated the book version": Blasphemy! :)


So great to have GoT back and thankful to have a Joblo review about the show each week.,
Just corious about the thing you write avout the Cersei flashback: "I had no idea where this was going (I’m sure no one did)". If I remember correctely (some time ago I read the books), isn´t that whole flashback thing a very big part of why Cersei does what she does in book 4/5? Also, "Tyrion’s story is handled far better here than it is in the books—Ugh, I hated the book version": Blasphemy! :)


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1:20AM on 04/13/2015
I cant believe the episodes have already leaked online. And not just the first four or five mentioned in some news stories, the whole ten episodes are up on some of the free movie sites. The quality is lousy. But the second episode was even better than the first one.
I cant believe the episodes have already leaked online. And not just the first four or five mentioned in some news stories, the whole ten episodes are up on some of the free movie sites. The quality is lousy. But the second episode was even better than the first one.
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1:15AM on 04/13/2015
Tyrion is the olden times Jim Morrison or Charles Bukowski the way he vomits and just keeps drinking.
Tyrion is the olden times Jim Morrison or Charles Bukowski the way he vomits and just keeps drinking.
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12:35AM on 04/13/2015

Good episode.

The series is off to a good start. Can't wait til episode 5!
The series is off to a good start. Can't wait til episode 5!
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12:35AM on 04/13/2015
Perfect start, hit on all you wanted to see, can just feel the epic-ness that is coming this season! Shitty part is there's only 9 episodes left :/
Perfect start, hit on all you wanted to see, can just feel the epic-ness that is coming this season! Shitty part is there's only 9 episodes left :/
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11:54PM on 04/12/2015
It was a little slow, but thank God it's back! A slow build/burn is this series' style anyway, we know there's greatness to come.
It was a little slow, but thank God it's back! A slow build/burn is this series' style anyway, we know there's greatness to come.
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