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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S5 Episode 4/ May 3, 2015)

05.03.2015

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EPISODE 4: Sons of the Harpy

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). And the wait is over, Cersei starts to close in on the Tyrells. Her first few moves are indeed subtle (for Cersei), but I highly doubt Mace Tyrell will make it back from The Iron Bankóif he makes it there at all. Anything can happen in the dungeons of Kingís Landing, so Iím not liking Lorasí chances of survival either. Margaeryís initial reaction was expected, but I donít understand why she didnít accompany Tommen to see the High Sparrow. Sheís clearly the brains of that duo, so Iím sure she could have at least got them in to see him. Poor Tommen. Thatís what makes me scratch my head about Cerseiís approach to all this. Surely she realizes that Tywin was the only thing keeping the wrath of her and Jaimeís little secret at bay. Itís like calling the kettle black at this point. When the crowd starts yelling Ďabominationí without remorse or regard of their well-being, thatís a red flag. Love him or hate him, at least Joffrey wouldíve sliced and diced those mofos and head-piked anyone who said shit.

Bronn and Jaimeís assault of Dorne is a mixed bag for me. Donít get me wrong, I love these two characters, and their pairing is the very definition of epic entertainment, but Iím starting to look outside the box here and canít help but think poor Bronn wonít make it back alive. I know this voyage didnít happen in the books, but itís hard to tell if thatís a good thing or bad. It pains me to see Jaime fighting like a gimpóloved the sword catch though, and maybe it was the specific situation, but Bronn seems to be outshining him for witty comebacks too, and thatís a damn shame, because Jaime is supposed to be the king of smartass comments. I found it interesting that he and Jaime both entertained the ruse of Marcella being Jaimeís Ďnieceí, when itís abundantly clear that not only does Bronn know the truth, Jaime knows that he knows. They better stay on their toes, because Oberynís daughters looks deadly as hell and out for as much blood as Ellaria. I hope to see some cool fight scenes from that group before seasonís end.

You know nothing Jon Snow. What in the name of the Red God did all that mean? Melisandre is by far the coolest wild card character on the show. She has power, influence, and knows how to get her point across. That said, sheís also prone to kidnapping, birthing shadow babies, getting naked at the drop of a dime, and conveniently knowing everything before it happens. Jon Snow doesnít fall for her seduction, but hearing her say those words creeped him the hell out. I canít wait to see whatís in store for her character, because itís one of the biggest mysteries still on the board (in my opinion). I donít think Stannis has a large fan base, but Iím hoping tonight won some people over. The conversation he has with his daughter is beautiful, and the hug was especially nice. Itís good to see the guyís got a heart.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5's fourth episode officially gets the party started. We get a small dose of Tyrion and Jorahís pairingówhich will be awesome Iím sure. How could it not be? Thereís a disturbing goodbye kiss shared between Littlefinger and Sansa, but in all honesty (as I mentioned last week), him heading to Kingís Landing may mean he wonít see Sansa againóespecially now that the Faith Militant are ripping through his brothel. The real highlight tonight was in Meereen. The Sons of the Harpy make a bold move against Grey Worm and his men, leading them into a trap and killing them down to just him and Sir Barristan. Let me just say this, I donít know their fates, but if those two die, my respect for Daenerys dies with them. Iím so mad at how ridiculous sheís acting this season. These Harpy guys should have been dealt by now, swiftly and without mercy. This blood is on her hands, and I hope to God this will be the slap in the face she needs to wake her ass up. Itís time to be Queen or step the hell down.

SEX/NUDITY: Thereís a lot of T&A (wang too) scattered around Littlefingerís brothel when it gets ransacked. And Melisandre goes all Mrs. Robinson on Jon Snow, who bitches out like a pansy.

VIOLENCE: The Faith Militant go ape shit on Littlefingerís brothel and everybody in it. The Sons of the Harpy wreak the same havoc in Meereen, killing at the streets, the brothel and then in their trap.

MOST EPIC SCENE: On the ship, when Jaime asks about the isle in the distance, and the guy replies ĎThe Sapphire Isle.í That moment is a testament to Jaimeís journey as a character. Thereís so much going on in his eyes as he looks out into the sea. Iím curious to see what becomes of him and Brienne, if anything, but it's obvious she means something to him.

FINAL VERDICT :

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Extra Tidbit: So what have the White Walkers been up to lately? Hanging out, and playing Nintendo?
Source: JoBlo.com

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9:33PM on 05/04/2015

Jumped the Shark

Well with the departure from the plot of the books this show has taken a nose dive into the dirt. I would be interested to see the ratings, as I would venture to guess many of the loyal book readers will start to become pissed off by the changes. I mean literally going 180 degrees on a major plot point, lets not just modify it a bit but go completely the opposite direction.
As I said last week I fear this season will be my last as I do not wish to taint my enjoyment of the series by getting
Well with the departure from the plot of the books this show has taken a nose dive into the dirt. I would be interested to see the ratings, as I would venture to guess many of the loyal book readers will start to become pissed off by the changes. I mean literally going 180 degrees on a major plot point, lets not just modify it a bit but go completely the opposite direction.
As I said last week I fear this season will be my last as I do not wish to taint my enjoyment of the series by getting the TV version stuck in my head before I read the real version by Martin.
So many brilliant plot lines being just thrown out, sigh.

And I am sorry but the Unsullied are bad asses not pussies, maybe if they had about 50 more harpies it would have turned out like it did.
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11:13PM on 05/04/2015
I'll see how it plays out the rest of the season but your sentiments are somewhat similar to mine. The departures have been a mixed bag for me starting at the end of last season (Brienne beating the hound, and no Lady Stoneheart). This season its happening at a more alarming rate and feels like they're trying to write their own story instead of actually follow the books. Thats a shit thing to do. In prior seasons I've loved their filler like extra time with Arya and the Hound or Tywin. Those
I'll see how it plays out the rest of the season but your sentiments are somewhat similar to mine. The departures have been a mixed bag for me starting at the end of last season (Brienne beating the hound, and no Lady Stoneheart). This season its happening at a more alarming rate and feels like they're trying to write their own story instead of actually follow the books. Thats a shit thing to do. In prior seasons I've loved their filler like extra time with Arya and the Hound or Tywin. Those were great uses of story "changes" that everyone loved, myself included. But killing off characters that are still alive at their moment to shine, or not including characters like Stoneheart is really pissing me off. And you're right The Unsullied as a unit are the best army in land. There is no way they'd ne killed like that by roughly equal numbers. Greyworm killed half of them by himself. Greyworm is good but they're all supposed to be on his level.
1:47PM on 05/04/2015
Two weeks in a row we've had great episodes. Glad the show is finally getting around to talking about rhaegar and robert's rebellion in more detail. On a side note am I the only one who's never really cared about grey worm? Sad to see barristan selmy go though.
Two weeks in a row we've had great episodes. Glad the show is finally getting around to talking about rhaegar and robert's rebellion in more detail. On a side note am I the only one who's never really cared about grey worm? Sad to see barristan selmy go though.
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12:05PM on 05/04/2015

she has DRAGONS!

If Daenerys doesn't free those dragons and bring the pain to Meereen I'm gonna have to question what the fuck is going on here. YOU HAVE DRAGONS! If I had 3 dragons I'd be Ruler Excelsior of The United States right now. DRAGONS!
If Daenerys doesn't free those dragons and bring the pain to Meereen I'm gonna have to question what the fuck is going on here. YOU HAVE DRAGONS! If I had 3 dragons I'd be Ruler Excelsior of The United States right now. DRAGONS!
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12:53PM on 05/04/2015
She does have dragons. But they are 3 un-trained dragons. So how far will that get her? she can unleash them on Merreen, but that doesn't mean they're going to listen to Dany.
She does have dragons. But they are 3 un-trained dragons. So how far will that get her? she can unleash them on Merreen, but that doesn't mean they're going to listen to Dany.
2:25PM on 05/04/2015
I have a theory that her dragons are angry because she wont show her boobs anymore... Thoughts???
I have a theory that her dragons are angry because she wont show her boobs anymore... Thoughts???
10:25AM on 05/04/2015

Daenerys...

Honestly, I am beginning to care less and less for Daenerys, especially since the actress stopped showing her rack. Like really, who does she think she is? The actress is not nearly good enough or big enough to not show her tits. There is a correlation here between when she decided to stop going nude and the character becoming less interesting...
Honestly, I am beginning to care less and less for Daenerys, especially since the actress stopped showing her rack. Like really, who does she think she is? The actress is not nearly good enough or big enough to not show her tits. There is a correlation here between when she decided to stop going nude and the character becoming less interesting...
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9:07PM on 05/04/2015
Wow, I can't believe how right you are here.
Wow, I can't believe how right you are here.
10:05AM on 05/04/2015
These Harpy guys have to go already. Just terrible. I hope Danny gets her shit together before it's too late.
These Harpy guys have to go already. Just terrible. I hope Danny gets her shit together before it's too late.
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4:26AM on 05/04/2015
You know I told my friends who haven't read the books that this season was going to be akin to watching paint dry if it followed the books. They came onto GOT a season or two late and fell in love with it. I told them early on though that the 4th book was a snoozer so the 5th season would be as well. So far I'm fairly right about that save for the changes this show is making to the book. One change I am happy about thus far in the whole Jamie/Bronn going to Dorne. Didn't happen in the books, a
You know I told my friends who haven't read the books that this season was going to be akin to watching paint dry if it followed the books. They came onto GOT a season or two late and fell in love with it. I told them early on though that the 4th book was a snoozer so the 5th season would be as well. So far I'm fairly right about that save for the changes this show is making to the book. One change I am happy about thus far in the whole Jamie/Bronn going to Dorne. Didn't happen in the books, a nameless guard unit went instead. Any time Bronn gets more airtime I'm happy, so this angle and change are definitely worthwhile. That being said *SPOILERS*, the death of Selmy really didn't go over well (They show him on a funeral display next week in next weeks coming attractions). WTF was not expecting that nor did I appreciate that. While his part has been fairly minor, this was when his character was supposed to be more on display and thats when you choose to write him the fuck out? I'm not sure if Greyworm died too but I hope not and much like the reviewer, if both of these characters dies Dany is a petulant little cunt this year. And one additional note, the music playing during the fight with Selmy's end, man was that ever cheesy 80's fantasy movie garbage lol.

I do need to say this though...Bring on the Sand Snakes. It was great to see them this week and get a glimpse into their viscous personalities.
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12:59PM on 05/04/2015
I missed Selmy's funeral clip in the "next time" montage. But that sucks they decided to write him out of the story now. With Jorah gone, it was his time to shine as Dany's second in command. And it would have been bad ass to see him storming Westeros with Dany, especially after how he was dismissed by Joffrey.

And I agree, if Greyworm is gone too, then Dany seriously fucked up. Well, she already did fuck up, but if Gw is dead then I'm really pissed at her for it.

So far with the Sand
I missed Selmy's funeral clip in the "next time" montage. But that sucks they decided to write him out of the story now. With Jorah gone, it was his time to shine as Dany's second in command. And it would have been bad ass to see him storming Westeros with Dany, especially after how he was dismissed by Joffrey.

And I agree, if Greyworm is gone too, then Dany seriously fucked up. Well, she already did fuck up, but if Gw is dead then I'm really pissed at her for it.

So far with the Sand Snakes, I can take em or leave em. In the books, I don't remember them doing anything really bad ass, instead of talking about how much they wanted to kill people. So hopefully the show actually writes in a scene or two of them fighting. I just remember the characters in the book came off more like the guy who talks about how tough he is, but you never see him fight anyone. Opposed to a true bad ass that doesn't say a word and just kicks ass (like Jason Statham).
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1:18AM on 05/04/2015
I told my girl as soon as the Harpies started attacking en mass that this is what would push Dany over the edge for her to LET THE FUCKING DRAGONS OUT ALREADY!!! Melisandre is one of my favorite characters, and any time she get naked(perfect tits) is a good time to reach for the clicker to rewind real quick. Not sure how Jon held off, and she didn't like it one bit, but "you know nothing Jon Snow" was just priceless! I like Stannis too, stoic and honorable, easy to root for, agree with writer
I told my girl as soon as the Harpies started attacking en mass that this is what would push Dany over the edge for her to LET THE FUCKING DRAGONS OUT ALREADY!!! Melisandre is one of my favorite characters, and any time she get naked(perfect tits) is a good time to reach for the clicker to rewind real quick. Not sure how Jon held off, and she didn't like it one bit, but "you know nothing Jon Snow" was just priceless! I like Stannis too, stoic and honorable, easy to root for, agree with writer that it was a great scene, nice to see them humanize him. Brann is a cool shit, I'm definitely rooting for him, but I'm betting it was a one way ticket for him. Tyrions but was too short for my taste, but like a lot of other storylines, they're building up the to good stuff. Cersei is a manipulating bitch, she's the next lannister I can't wait for to get what's coming. She's making her kid choose between her and the girl that popped his cherry, not smart. Next week look great, can't wait already!
Only 6 more episodes :(
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12:30AM on 05/04/2015
"Melisandre goes all Mrs. Robinson on Jon Snow, who bitches out like a pansy.'
Shit she probably has retractable poisoned fangs in her vagina.
"Melisandre goes all Mrs. Robinson on Jon Snow, who bitches out like a pansy.'
Shit she probably has retractable poisoned fangs in her vagina.
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12:17AM on 05/04/2015
Dkev, this show has a lot of people traveling from one place to another, often taking a season or more to get there. I agree, sometimes I wish they'd just get on with it.
Dkev, this show has a lot of people traveling from one place to another, often taking a season or more to get there. I agree, sometimes I wish they'd just get on with it.
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12:31AM on 05/04/2015
but when the slow parts are good they are very good.
but when the slow parts are good they are very good.
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11:11PM on 05/03/2015
I'm getting board with this season. Hope it picks up.
I'm getting board with this season. Hope it picks up.
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12:23AM on 05/04/2015
I feel for you. Boardom is a terrible thing. Sandpaper might help.
I feel for you. Boardom is a terrible thing. Sandpaper might help.
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