Game of Thrones: A Review of Fire and Ice (Season 5, Episode 10)

Since Game of Thrones is based off the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, every episode a review will be posted analyzing the good parts (fire) and bad parts (ice).

Fire

  • After what seems like an eternity, Reek appears to once again be Theon Greyjoy, the last male heir to Balon Greyjoy. It’s impossible to know exactly what caused him to snap out of his forced servitude, but it was a great feeling to witness him protect Sansa and see them escape from the Bolton’s grasp. They will probably have a long and hard journey ahead of them, but hopefully Theon is back to stay.
  • One aspect of Game of Thrones that makes it such a captivating show is its ability to create incredibly complex characters. At a certain moment, you will hate somebody’s guts and the next you will relate to them and actually cheer them on. An event along those lines occurred in this episode with Cersei’s shame walk back to the Red Keep. As a fan that has truly despised Cersei throughout the entire series, seeing her completely break down and then get mercilessly harassed made me legitimately feel bad for her. Maybe her character will begin to redeem herself in the next season of the show. It will be interesting to see where she goes next no matter what though.
  • The satisfaction from getting to witness Arya kill one of the people on her list is immense. She has gotten unlucky so many times that it was nice to see her succeed for once. Arya has shown that she is capable of being a ferocious warrior and she looks to be ready to take on the world. However, the ending of that scene is a casue for concern. I really hope that Arya does not go blind due to her failure to obey the Many-Faced god, but even if she does I believe that she will find a way to overcome her circumstances as she always does.

Ice

  • As mentioned earlier, the ability to form characters that exist in such a gray area both morally and in terms of likability is a strength of Game of Thrones. While I was fully against Stannis last week due to him sacrificing his daughter, I can’t say that I took joy or felt justice in watching his life completely collapse around him. He was abandoned by those that he trusted and you could see the utter hopelessness on his face. While Brienne (presumably) decapitates Stannis due to her oath to avenge Renly, it is not a satisfying death. The storyline of Stannis deserved a much better send off than the one it got.
  • When you watch Game of Thrones, you learn that you cannot get too attached to any of the characters. That is easier said than done though, as there are a few characters that have become fan favorites and every likes to think that they will be safe. Unfortunately, that was not the case with the noble and honorable Jon Snow. The Lord Commander was brutally murdered by his own men because of his attempt to join the wildings and Night’s Watch together. This was probably the hardest death to swallow in the entire series because it was clear that Jon was always trying to do the right thing. It seemed as if Jon was the one who could actually save Westeros. Personally, I still have hope. Melisandre conveniently arrived at Castle Black just before Jon’s death and we have seen that the Lord of Light is capable of bringing back people from the dead. However, that does not make the death of the beloved Jon Snow any easier as he was the one character that seemed invulnerable to the senseless deaths that are far too common.

*Featured Image Credit to HBO

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