Game of Thrones: A Review of Fire and Ice (Season 5, Episode 8)

Because Game of Thrones is based off the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, after every episode a review will be posted analyzing the good parts (fire) and the bad parts (ice). After a couple of lackluster episodes, “Hardhome” was a return to form for Game of Thrones, as it was possibly one of the best episodes of the entire series.


This episode was chalk full of amazing parts, but there were three story lines that really stuck with the viewer (one more so than the others):

  • The pairing of Daenerys and Tyrion as queen and advisor respectively seems as it is going to be a great match. Dany can utilize the wisdom of Tyrion as she has no idea how to actually rule. And Tyrion’s wit will help liven up the Meereen storyline.


  • There was nothing more satisfying than seeing Ceresi waste away in a jail cell. She is finally paying for all the crimes she committed. Justice has never been so sweet.


  • The battle with the White Walkers. Holy crap. That was easily one of the top scenes for Game of Thrones. Everything about it was incredible. There was so much action and intensity that my heart was racing the entire time. It kept you on the edge of your seat throughout the battle and it didn’t ease up until the credits rolled. This display showed just how much of a threat the White Walkers are. After a narrow escape with many causalities, the army of the living dead actually grew larger. It will be incredibly difficult for anyone to stop this massive, terrifying army. I can’t wait to see more of them in future episodes.


It was hard to find weak parts of this episode as it was definitely the best episode this season and one of the stronger ones out of the entire series. However, there were a couple parts that I, personally, didn’t like:

  • I know that in Game of Thrones, no character is safe from an untimely death, but the Wilding woman who was introduced in this episode really met her demise quickly. She had enough screen time and importance that people immediately liked her, and then she died about 5 minutes later. Such is life in Westeros though.
  • Olly sucks. I’m sorry. I know he’s a little kid who lost his family to the wildings, but he’s just an annoying character. Also, with the foreshadowing in this episode, it seems as if he is going to do something really stupid in the near future.

*Feature Image belongs to HBO

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