Game of Thrones: A Review of Fire and Ice (Season 5, Episode 9)


It was another action packed week in the world of Westeros, as the second-to-last episode of the season had lots of exciting moments that got fans of the show talking.

  • Jon Snow continues to be the only person with a good heart in the entire nation. After rescuing wildings from the wrath of the white walkers, Jon seemed to focus on the fact that he couldn’t save more than he did. Luckily, Sam was there to talk some sense into him. The tension between the Night’s Watch and the wildings can be felt, but trust in Jon Snow to do everything he can to keep the peace.
  • The time of the dragons is upon us. Since the end of the second season when the dragons were introduced, viewers have been eagerly anticipating the fierce creatures. Finally, a taste of that was given this week. With Dany, Tyrion, Jorah and the others seemingly trapped in the arena by the Sons of Harpy, Drogon came in at the last minute to save the day. He swooped in, terrifying the attackers, breathing fire, and saved Dany from what seemed like certain death. While the scene was fairly short, hopefully there will be more of the dragons to come.
  • DISCLAIMER: While this next section is in the “Fire” portion of the article, that does not mean I like what happened. I just mean that it was well done and is a very important plot point. What I’m talking about is what happened with Stannis and his daughter Shireen. Stannis sacrificing his daughter shows that even someone who appears to be morally upright can stoop down to do the most disturbing things for power. Many fans were backers of Stannis Baratheon’s claim to the throne, but most have flipped their stance after he decided to kill his daughter in hopes of gaining strength in the war from the Lord of Light. Scenes like this are what make the show so poignant because of how complex each character is. You can never fully predict what will happen.


  • Arya’s storyline is still just plodding again this season. What I thought was going to be a promising arc for her has turned into a dud. For a character that is fiery and fierce, most of her plotline this season has been her dully training at the temple of the Many-Faced God. Hopefully something exciting will happen with her in the season finale, otherwise it would have been a waste of a great character for these 10 episodes.
  • The Dorne story should have never happened. There seems to be no point to it. Jamie and Bronn made it, got captured, got released, and peacefully got what they came for anyway. This all could have been completed in one episode, but instead it lasted way too long. Unless there is a reason that this whole mission was so important that hasn’t been revealed yet, this will have been a very unnecessary addition to the show.

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