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TV Review: This Week on Game of Thrones (S5 Episode 9/ June 7, 2015)

06.07.2015

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EPISODE 9: The Dance of Dragons

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). It’s hard to imagine how last week’s closing moments could be topped, but you have to go into the final two episodes expecting big things. Indeed, the pieces are in line, and although we will see movement on the battlefield, alas, I feel most of this is setting up for a cliffhanger next week. That said, what we got was still fantastic. I was worried old Thorne wasn’t going to let Jon and his new friends through the gate. He did, but no one there seems very happy about it, and like Sam, Jon doesn’t seem to have many friends at the moment, so I’m a little concerned. Hopefully, Ser Davos gets there sooner than later.

Stannis. Christ bro, I was really starting to root for you, but burning your little at the stake? Sigh. Sometimes the price is too high, and as for The Lord of Light, well, has the thought of this god asking for too much ever crossed anyone’s mind? The scene with Davos and his gift was heartbreaking. I think he knew something was coming, but if he didn’t, he’s going to be oober pissed when he gets back—mutiny pissed, with a side of ‘kick a bitch’s ass’. He already hates and distrusts Melisandre, and he’ll know she’s behind this. I’m thinking this may be the straw that breaks Ser Davos’ back. Personally, I just don’t get it. Stannis and Melisandre are characters I want to root for, but can’t. I suppose we can’t love everyone, otherwise we’d never truly be happy with the victor, but still, this was a particularly cold night at camp Stannis.

I’d read in tonight’s synopsis that Arya sees an old friend, and once I saw Mace Tyrell hit the streets it all clicked. Of course she’d drop everything for a chance to drop Ser Meryn, and MAN, do I ever pray she gets the chance! I’d love to see the look on his smug face when he realizes that not only is he dead, but dead at the hands of a Stark. This had better happen. I also rather enjoyed the ending of Jaime’s adventure in Dorne. He gets out alive (for now anyway), Bronn too (f*ck yeah), and Oberyn’s woman gets a seat on the small council—not that it’s coveted prize at the moment. It’s going to be very interesting to see how the adventure back to King’s Landing unfolds. I’m thinking they should bring the Sand Snakes along for the ride. I'm sure Bronn wouldn't argue.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5's ninth episode builds to a tremendous climax in Meereen, and with a title like ‘The Dance of Dragons’ (a homage to Martin’s fifth book), how could it not. Everyone’s gathered at the arena (think GLADIATOR/SPARTACUS) for some blood, er, I mean, games. Not to worry, they get both. What truly rocked here was seeing Jorah not only come out on top of the fight, but win back his Queen’s faith (which would be far more stellar a victory if not for the Greyscale), but I’m a little pissed about the Harpy battle. First, I mean seriously, didn’t you guys see that shit coming, or at the very least expect it could happen? Nope, totally caught pants down. And then there’s the Harpies themselves, how in God’s name are they killing off the Unsullied so easily? One Unsullied should be worth twenty of those fools. Minor grievances aside, how f*cking cool was seeing Dany climb on Drogon’s back and lay waste like a boss! Expect that scene to be rewound and watched a couple dozen times. One more until the long year wait, what a bittersweet feeling, but I’m still pumped.

SEX/NUDITY: There was a brothel scene tonight, and the only thing more than perplexing than no boobs, was Ser Meryn’s choice (age) in women. Two words, disturbing and gross.

VIOLENCE: Stannis burns his little girl at the stake. No, we didn’t see it, but we heard it. Aside from that, there’s a good amount of blood and carnage in Meereen’s arena. Fire, and bodies being ripped apart were just some of the fireworks.

MOST EPIC SCENE: Drogon. He looked phenomenal, fought like a beast, and then Dany rode atop him like she was about to conquer the world. Need I go on?.

FINAL VERDICT :

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: When the surge of adrenaline passed, I cocked my head and wondered, “Where the hell is she going?”
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10:32AM on 06/09/2015
Loved it! 9/10 for me.
Loved it! 9/10 for me.
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11:21PM on 06/08/2015
Not getting all the nerd rage, yeah, there are some things to be addressed, but Daenerys was riding a dragon people, THAT is worthy of Rick James level celebration!
Not getting all the nerd rage, yeah, there are some things to be addressed, but Daenerys was riding a dragon people, THAT is worthy of Rick James level celebration!
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9:20PM on 06/08/2015

Questions

To start off, I haven't read the books (yet). I purchased them and downloaded them, just haven't started yet. That said, I know this season deviates pretty frequently from the written page so I won't address the changes. I have only a few simple [link] as strictly a show viewer...

1. I agree with many folks commenting. What is with the Unsullied getting their asses handed to them by (seemingly) untrained townsfolk in masks who oppose Dany? Don't get all crazy if this is somehow explained in
To start off, I haven't read the books (yet). I purchased them and downloaded them, just haven't started yet. That said, I know this season deviates pretty frequently from the written page so I won't address the changes. I have only a few simple [link] as strictly a show viewer...

1. I agree with many folks commenting. What is with the Unsullied getting their asses handed to them by (seemingly) untrained townsfolk in masks who oppose Dany? Don't get all crazy if this is somehow explained in the books. It's a legitimate question. After all I've heard about Unsullied in the show, this makes no sense.

2. Why doesn't Jon Snow simply stand up in front of the Night's Watch men and say "Hey, there are x-thousand wildlings who will turn into White Walkers if we don't let them in. We only have about 7 dragon glass daggers and I lost them in last week's battle. Do the math!" I feel like they've touched on this, but never laid it out clearly the way these less-than-Harvard educated Night's Watch members would need to hear it to understand.

3. Stannis. Every time I want to root for him he does something I can't get on board with. Just saying, how can you believe in destiny and fate, but then be coerced into doing something to make it so? Doesn't destiny and fate mean that regardless of what you do, the end result will be the same? How does destiny and fate exist if your choices are required to make it happen? Oh, and there is nothing that exists in heaven, earth, space or time that would justify burning your daughter alive. Gods be damned. Stannis, you no longer have my support for the throne.
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9:54PM on 06/08/2015
Whelp I'll try to address your points.

1) Yup pretty much they've fucked them in the show. Now I'm not going to say in the books they've gone into great detail every battle or fight involving unsullied. Its more that in the books they're referred to with great reverence for their ability. However int he books them getting massacred in the tunnel with Selmy never happened. Selmy never died in the books so that whole scene never happened. That means the writers went out of the way to make them
Whelp I'll try to address your points.

1) Yup pretty much they've fucked them in the show. Now I'm not going to say in the books they've gone into great detail every battle or fight involving unsullied. Its more that in the books they're referred to with great reverence for their ability. However int he books them getting massacred in the tunnel with Selmy never happened. Selmy never died in the books so that whole scene never happened. That means the writers went out of the way to make them seen inept. The fighting in the arena did happen, and the end result was similar, I just don't remember them downplaying the Unsullied abilities as much as I looked like on the show.

2) I think we're meant to assume word got out what happened in the undead siege. It's either that or the finale will have Jon talking about what happened and addressing everyone about what happened and why this is needed.

3) Fuck Stannis. Honestly Stannis until this point had a high code of honor and punishment. Do not do your duty, you're punished but never unfairly for no reason. But now there is no redeeming Stannis. There isn't a soul that I have spoken to that doesn't paint him in an even worse light than Ramsay or Joffrey. Now I went off on D7D and their writing destroying Stannis's character and code by making this change compared to the books. But apparently, as has been out in the news today, Martin himself told the writers to do this because its exactly what is being done in the next book. And since the show is up to about that point in what Martin is doing, he told them to do it. So I guess I can't hate the show for it but I can now detest Stannis. Your point about destiny and fate is a good one and a point of view I hadn't considered, and one that Martin and the producers of the show seemingly haven't either.
7:57PM on 06/08/2015
perhaps some soup instead?
perhaps some soup instead?
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4:18PM on 06/08/2015

Really good episode

I don´t understand all the negative comments for this season. This was a really good episode, last episode was amazing and all episodes this season have been really good. Is season five the worst season so far? Well maybe, probably, but not by much. And all seasons have been like the best thing ever shown on TV so how can you complain. Really think they have done a good job translated all the storylines from book four and five this season Even if I miss/don't agree with some changes from the
I don´t understand all the negative comments for this season. This was a really good episode, last episode was amazing and all episodes this season have been really good. Is season five the worst season so far? Well maybe, probably, but not by much. And all seasons have been like the best thing ever shown on TV so how can you complain. Really think they have done a good job translated all the storylines from book four and five this season Even if I miss/don't agree with some changes from the books I understand that changes had to be made... And even though I also love book four and five there is no denying that they are weaker and have some plots too many. The only storyline that I really think they could have made better is the one with Dorne (the fighting in the city felt a bit staged) but aside from that great season and we still have one episode left!
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12:47PM on 06/08/2015
First off, this season has been a huge let down. As far as this deviating from the books; who gives a fuck? It's based off the books, it's not a literal translation of them. Dany needs to release her other two dragons and lay some smack down. And what is it with the Unsullied turning into a midieval version of storm troopers? I thought they were supposed to be way better then that?
First off, this season has been a huge let down. As far as this deviating from the books; who gives a fuck? It's based off the books, it's not a literal translation of them. Dany needs to release her other two dragons and lay some smack down. And what is it with the Unsullied turning into a midieval version of storm troopers? I thought they were supposed to be way better then that?
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9:34AM on 06/08/2015

Before everyone gets their panties in a bunch...

Are there changes from the books? Yes. One of them happened last week and everyone got raging hard boners over it. Now, Shireen dies (which I will admit was very haunting) and everyone is pissed. I don't know if anyone here watched the "Inside the Episode" but they stated that George told them this happens, more than likely somewhere in Winds of Winter.

And as for the people upset about the fighting pit scene (and I honestly don't know how you could be), it was basically done by the book,
Are there changes from the books? Yes. One of them happened last week and everyone got raging hard boners over it. Now, Shireen dies (which I will admit was very haunting) and everyone is pissed. I don't know if anyone here watched the "Inside the Episode" but they stated that George told them this happens, more than likely somewhere in Winds of Winter.

And as for the people upset about the fighting pit scene (and I honestly don't know how you could be), it was basically done by the book, quite literally. I thought the scene was amazing and even though I've read the book, the tension was definitely still there for me even though I knew what was coming.

Now in terms of a Game of Thrones episode 9, this was very weak. Episode 9 has always been the biggest plot mover and climax to the season. I feel like they have taken that concept and spread it out over the last 3 episodes. I'm looking forward to the finale to see how they wrap up the Sansa storyline more than anything.
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8:29PM on 06/08/2015
Who gives a shit if it was by the books? It sucked. That's all that matters.
Who gives a shit if it was by the books? It sucked. That's all that matters.
9:34AM on 06/08/2015
I did enjoy this episode overall. But I think a perfect 10/10 is a bit much. I'd say 7 or 8 at best. While there were some really great moments, this episode was really nothing more than moving some chess pieces into place for next week's finale.

The only moments to really advance the story were Stannis burning Shireen at the stake. Huge dick move by Stannis. But after seeing the condition of his men, you can tell this move is the final straw to break their back and there will
I did enjoy this episode overall. But I think a perfect 10/10 is a bit much. I'd say 7 or 8 at best. While there were some really great moments, this episode was really nothing more than moving some chess pieces into place for next week's finale.

The only moments to really advance the story were Stannis burning Shireen at the stake. Huge dick move by Stannis. But after seeing the condition of his men, you can tell this move is the final straw to break their back and there will definitely be a mutiny on his hands. Personally, I've never liked Melisandre, little too pretentious for my tastes. So I'm looking forward to Davos slitting her throat, no amount of "visions" can save her from a blade.

I think Arya's scenes are pretty obvious so far. She's now been trained to at least track her victims and know how to get close to them. I think after she takes care of the thin man, she's going under cover in the brothel to get close to Meryn Trant. I expect to see the return of Needle next week and maybe her expulsion from Faceless Man Academy for Aspiring Assassins.

Jon's definitely got a mutiny on his hands. He should be keeping an eye on Olly at this point. Maybe stick close to the giant from now on. But they'll all be begging for forgiveness when the Others march on Castle Black. Presumably next season.

The final moments with Dany were easily the best part of the episode. It was great seeing Tyrion in a battle of wits with Hizdar. The man has spent his entire life being catered to. You can tell he's out matched with people who have actually had to fend for themselves in the real world. Aside from the obvious moments with the dragon, I think the best part of the episode was when Dany called Hizdar out for being a bitch and to his face too, just great! I was glad to see Hizdar get killed by the Harpies. I'm still wondering what's going to happen to Tyrion, Jorah, Daario, and Missandei next week since Dany just took off and left them there. I've read the books so have an idea of what will happen with Dany, but since they're making so many changes to the show, who knows? But I won't spoil that here. But one thing I wasn't sure of watching the episode, was Dany controlling or speaking to the dragons with her mind? Right before Drogon shows up, she closes her eyes and almost wishes him there. Drogon seemed to kill people as a reaction to where Dany was looking or paying attention. It seemed like maybe that's the trick to controlling them, being a warg or something.
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5:13AM on 06/08/2015

Wopolopolus says all that I wanted to say

I would just say what that person already stated.
However, I think this episode was not worth a green ribbon.
I would just say what that person already stated.
However, I think this episode was not worth a green ribbon.
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5:30AM on 06/08/2015
Thanks man though I had to post an edit to my post. Apparently burning Shireen was Martin's request to the writers. Its come out that he told them to do it because he is going to do it in the next books and their at that point in the story on the show. So I hate it, not sure I believe it till I read it in the book, but if its true I guess I can't hate on the writers for it.
Thanks man though I had to post an edit to my post. Apparently burning Shireen was Martin's request to the writers. Its come out that he told them to do it because he is going to do it in the next books and their at that point in the story on the show. So I hate it, not sure I believe it till I read it in the book, but if its true I guess I can't hate on the writers for it.
5:06AM on 06/08/2015
While I liked this episode, it was by no means a 10. Also who the fuck knew the suddenly cast Josh Duggar for the brothel scene. But seriously, I am not liking 90% of these changes being made to this season. Burning his daughter alive didn't happen in the books, what the fuck? Yes there are very few good guys in ASOIAF, and Stannis has never been what I would call "good" even in the books, but he was honorable. The writers have done a fantastic job of completely changing, and destroying, what a
While I liked this episode, it was by no means a 10. Also who the fuck knew the suddenly cast Josh Duggar for the brothel scene. But seriously, I am not liking 90% of these changes being made to this season. Burning his daughter alive didn't happen in the books, what the fuck? Yes there are very few good guys in ASOIAF, and Stannis has never been what I would call "good" even in the books, but he was honorable. The writers have done a fantastic job of completely changing, and destroying, what a character fundamentally is in the books with one scene. *EDIT* Apparently though Shireen's burning was GRRM's idea and he told the show's writers to do it because he is going to do it in the books. I will believe it when I read it, but I stand by what I said until I do. If he does write it though, I guess I have to forgive the writers for this as it's not a "change" from the books its just a little a head of the books.

The majority of the episode was boring and slow. Though I always love Tyrion laying verbal waste to anyone who thinks its a good idea to verbally joust with him. Him having no love for blood you could see won him favor with Dany. Having him get to Dany so quickly is a huge plus and one of the few changes the writers have made that I like. It hasn't happened in the books yet if I remember right, but it is going almost exactly the same in the books as it has played out in the show. And yes I am with you writer, WTF is up with how they've made the unsullied the biggest pussies in all of the world. These guys were supposed to be the most badass army, they are literally getting schooled by random people off the street with masks. If they're ambushed in close quarters ok maybe once I can see. In the open environment of the arena they should be able to kill a lot of their attackers per man. It boggles the mind. I'm glad Bronn and Jaime are both alive, not that I expected them to kill Jaime or anything, but I wasn't so sure Bronn was going to come back from this trip. Aside from the comic relief of Bronn getting a little payback, not a hell of a lot of worth came from our time in Dorne. The Jon and wildlings part I actually enjoyed even if others didn't. In particular the giant Wun Wun coming through and the awe of the watch in seeing him. In the books they build a relationship with Jon and the giant, I hope they allow that to happen here, and I hope what I fear is going to happen next week doesn't happen so quickly and saved for next season.

But lets face it the entire episode was about the last 5-10 minutes. It in no way matched last week, few in the series ever have to be honest. However what i love more than anything during this last pit battle and Drogon showing up was simply this, the way Tyrion just captured the sense of wonder so well. He saw the dragon flying overhead on the boat with Jorah earlier around the stonemen, but this was entirely different. The moment Dany climbed on you could almost see that Tyrion realized she was the one, the right and deserved heir to lead the land. Not a word was spoken by him, but did he ever say so much,
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5:10AM on 06/08/2015
Oustanding post. I agree on EVERY point you stated, and it's nice to have someone else write all that shit instead of me lol
Oustanding post. I agree on EVERY point you stated, and it's nice to have someone else write all that shit instead of me lol
5:31AM on 06/08/2015
Appreciate it man and glad to save you the typing lol.
Appreciate it man and glad to save you the typing lol.
9:17AM on 06/08/2015
I don't agree with everything you wrote. Personally, I don't mind the change that allowed them to burn Shireen at the stake. Not that I had anything against her, but it's a move that fit in well with the narrative for Stannis thus far. And the looks on all of his men's faces was a pretty big indicator of mutiny coming up. It was a decision that is definitely going to advance the narrative.

I totally agree about the Unsullied. What happened with them this season? They were supposed to
I don't agree with everything you wrote. Personally, I don't mind the change that allowed them to burn Shireen at the stake. Not that I had anything against her, but it's a move that fit in well with the narrative for Stannis thus far. And the looks on all of his men's faces was a pretty big indicator of mutiny coming up. It was a decision that is definitely going to advance the narrative.

I totally agree about the Unsullied. What happened with them this season? They were supposed to be an army of pure badasses, yet they've been nothing more than pussies all season. The Harpies are nothing more than rich kids sneaking around with knives, the Unsullied are killers trained since birth. They should be able to lay waste to all of them without breaking a sweat.

And I agree that this episode was not a perfect 10. Maybe a 7 or 8 at best. The last 5-10 minutes were really cool and really great. But not much really happened overall except for move a bunch of chess pieces around for the finale next week.
3:32PM on 06/08/2015
Martin actually told them to burn Shireen, so it probably will happen in the books.
Martin actually told them to burn Shireen, so it probably will happen in the books.
4:35AM on 06/08/2015

What's with the shitty writing?

The writers are obviously hitting a wall here (no pun intended) and basically took Gladiator and Attack of the Clones and that was half of today's show. I mean come on... a Queen dressed in white flanked by her lover and trusted wiseman advisor surrounded by guys all dressed the same in an arena that is saved magically from the sky by a dwarf. Are you not entertained!!!??
The writers are obviously hitting a wall here (no pun intended) and basically took Gladiator and Attack of the Clones and that was half of today's show. I mean come on... a Queen dressed in white flanked by her lover and trusted wiseman advisor surrounded by guys all dressed the same in an arena that is saved magically from the sky by a dwarf. Are you not entertained!!!??
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12:20AM on 06/08/2015

Ten swords?????? WTF???

Did we watch the same show? You had 48 minutes of crap followed by 2 minutes of awesome. Let's see....pedophile sex, burning your child alive (hoping it will help win a single battle), 20 men magically starting 50 fires simultaneously (with no one seeing a single one of them), Jon Snow and the Wildings walking through a gate, a lame arena fight, and as the writer points out, the idiocy of having 20 guards protecting the Queen in an arena of thousands (and suddenly her guards are barely able
Did we watch the same show? You had 48 minutes of crap followed by 2 minutes of awesome. Let's see....pedophile sex, burning your child alive (hoping it will help win a single battle), 20 men magically starting 50 fires simultaneously (with no one seeing a single one of them), Jon Snow and the Wildings walking through a gate, a lame arena fight, and as the writer points out, the idiocy of having 20 guards protecting the Queen in an arena of thousands (and suddenly her guards are barely able to fight one untrained attacker at a time). Lots of nothing happening followed by pointless exploitation to shock followed by dumb character decisions setting up one awesome moment (which then became stupid when the bad guys were able to throw spears 50' - 100' and hit a moving dragon in the neck repeatedly (here's a hint, try throwing a javelin that far some time and see how accurate you are).

Last week's episode was epic from start to finish. This week's was pretty much a boring crapfest. Even Tyrion's part was mediocre....and I didn't think Dinklage was capable of mediocre.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot.....we got 5 minutes of Arya selling oysters and trying to assassinate some useless bully, then following people in the most obvious way possible. That was riveting....
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4:33AM on 06/08/2015
Awesome counter review bro. You should do this more often.
Awesome counter review bro. You should do this more often.
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