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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S5 Episode 6/ May 17, 2015)


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EPISODE 6: Unbowed,Unbent,Unbroken

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). Iíve been looking forward to Arya actually getting somewhere on her road to revenge, and as this season began, I hoped this would happen in Braavos. The season isnít quite over (almost), but I still find myself wondering what the hellís going on in the House of Black and White. Sure, tonight we finally see something happen (other than people drinking water and washing dead folk), but itís leading me to believe that whatever does happen there, will end up being a cliffhanger leading to next season. Donít get me wrong, I liked story time with the little girl (a little morbid, but Iím good), and the many-faced pillar dungeon was a slick touch, but I need more substance from Aryaís story before seasonís end or Iíll end up disappointed and I donít want to be disappointed.

Just when you think poor Jorahís hit rock bottom, another steaming nugget of crap comes whistling his way. First the Stone men, then he hears about his dad, and now slavers (nice to see Mr. Eko from LOST). Thank Christ Tyrion is a silver tongued God amongst men, or Jorah would be off to the salt mine and Tyrionís favorite toy would be on sale at the local Cock Merchantís store. Thatís one title (and overall conversation) I never thought Iíd hear. Speaking of having oneís cock on the block, Jamie and Bronnís little incursion didnít go so well. I have no idea how they thought it would play out, or how the Sand Snakes thought their plan would play out, but both parties seemingly underestimated the situation and doubt the Price will find any of it amusing. Hopefully thereís no Cock Merchants in Dorne.

Any episode featuring Granny Tyrell is aces in my book, I adore that character. Her back and forth with Cersei was fantastic, if for no other reason, because no one has ever talked to Cercei that way besides Tyrion. The High Sparrow and his cronies are going for the jugular with everything but the kitchen sink. It almost feels like Littlefingerís friend was planted by Cercei in the first place. Not likely, more like dude knows his ass is on the line if he doesnít do what she wants. What a move though, Cerceiís cleaning house, but thatís no broom sheís waving, itís the guillotine. Granny and the Queen should have got the hell out of dodge, grabbed their army, and THEN came back to visit. By the looks of things, I donít think theyíll get another chance.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5's sixth episode is rapidly closing the breach on small talk and bringing out the big guns. We close out the evening with yet another wedding...another dark weddingóseriously though, is there any other kind on this show? Sansaís come a long way, and I loved how she bared her teeth at bath time, putting that chick in her place, but back in Ramsayís room was another story. And not a good one. I truly hate the awkward, forced sex scenes, they really do walk a fine line. For a second there, when her back was turned, I thought she was hiding a dagger in the sleeve of her dress. What a welcome surprise that would have been. Stupid, no doubt, but entertaining. Keeping Theon around to watch was creepy as hell, but Iím hoping heís almost at his breaking point with Ramsay, and that heíll turn on him and save Sansa. It would redeem his character in my eyes, and letís be honest, it would just be great to see Theon actually do something other than lick the guyís boots. Hereís hoping.

SEX/NUDITY: Slim pickings since The High Sparrow shut down poon town, but thereís lots of talk about dude sex, and then thereís Sansaís unfortunate wedding gift. Rough night.

VIOLENCE: The Slavers rough Jorah and Tyrion up, thereís some tame (disappointing) fighting between Jaime, Bronn and the Sand Snakes, and Arya gets slapped around with a stick.

MOST EPIC SCENE: Littlefinger wheeling and dealing. I mean seriously, thereís no end to that guyís ambition and I absolutely love it. His plan to overthrow whomever wins in Winterfell, whilst playing all sides simultaneously? Genius. Sometimes I wonder if heíll end up on the Iron Throne.



Extra Tidbit: What happened to Varys?



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