‘Game Of Thrones’: All The Fiery Moments From The Season 5 Premiere
After ten long months and the sort of winter Jon Snow would love to brag to his dinner party friends about, “Game of Thrones” finally returned with its season five premiere on Sunday (April 10), in an episode that found most of our main characters struggling to regain their footing after the events of the season four finale.
From a brutal demise to a major Westerosi leader to Sansa’s new and Hot Topic-approved hair, here’s what went down in “The Wars to Come”:
Cersei is sweating Margaery Tyrell.
And according to a prophecy she received in her childhood by a wood witch, she should be.
According to this witch — whom we met via flashback — Cersei would one day be ousted from the Throne by a younger, more beautiful version of herself. So it’s only appropriate that, when we met with Cersei in modern day, she was feeling the fire of both her people and Tommen loving Queen-to-be Margaery more (much more) than herself.
Add Tywin’s death, Jaime’s “betrayal” with Tyrion, cousin-slash-former-lover Lancel’s new status as an insanely religious person, and Margaery’s plotting to the mix, and it’s safe to say that Cersei Lannister is more alone and more helpless than she’s ever been throughout her entire, privileged life.
Tyrion and Varys are headed for Daenerys.
After a literally s–tty journey across the Narrow Sea, Tyrion and Varys took a breather near the Free City of Pentos, where Varys finally revealed who he truly works for: Daenerys Targaryen.
Daenerys might not know this, of course, but she will soon — Tyrion and Varys are both on their way to see her in Meereen, though not if Tyrion drinks himself to death first, as is the currently lost and hopeless Lannister’s plan. Varys tried his best to motivate him with complimentary speeches and promises of a fairly ruled Westeros, but even flattery couldn’t motivate the drunkard to pull himself together and start caring. Thanks, Obama.
Dany’s new home is falling apart.
In a very harrowing opening sequence for Dany’s adopted home of Meereen, a member of her Unsullied army had his throat cut while seeking solace from a devious prostitute. (No, not sexual solace — though in some ways, as MTV News found out firsthand, the Unsullied can do that.)
The mysterious, masked man who cut White Rat’s throat ended up being a member of the Sons of the Harpy, AKA a group of angry members of Meereen’s ruling families who are still pretty sore about Dany taking them over. One of these families’ proxies then asked Dany to restore Meereen’s famous fighting pits to keep them happy, but Dany said no, proving not only that she’s a solid person, but that she might have some serious issues ruling Meereen and Westeros if she can’t get down with brutality.
Though we’ll have to wait and see if Daario Naharis’ post-coital plea for Dany to reconsider is enough to change her mind… and we’ll also have to wait and see if Drogon returns, as the deadliest dragon of all is still missing after killing that child at the end of last season.
Brienne is on Sansa and Littlefinger’s trail.
Brienne, who is depressed and void of motivation after her dismissal by Arya Stark, is inches away from catching up to Sansa — only she doesn’t know it yet. Sansa and Littlefinger’s carriage passed Brienne and poor, verbally abused Pod up north, just as Brienne was saying that pursuing the eldest living Stark was a waste of time.
As for Sansa herself, the newly minted brunette has perfected a great mix of apathy, distrust and cunning, which is great since she’s hitting the road with Littlefinger. His post-Vale plans are yet to be revealed, but even Sansa has to know that whatever he has planned for her won’t end in handsome princes, beautiful songs and lemon cakes. The Sansa of yesteryear is dead and gone, folks. Which is great, because Arya was absent throughout the entire episode.
Jon Snow is still an all-around solid dude.
Chaos reigned all around Jon Snow at the Wall, but the Bastard of Winterfell still found time to be a good, old-fashioned hero by the time “Wars to Come” was said and done.
With Stannis setting up camp at the Wall after helping the Night’s Watch beat the Wildling army last season, tensions were high. Many wanted to kick out and/or murder the remaining Wildlings, like Gilly, and they’re still without a leader after Mormont’s death at Craster’s Keep back in season three. Then there’s the fact that Melisandre was openly hitting on Jon while Stannis was trying to recruit him to take on the Boltons at Winterfell, which added a personal level of complication to the complete sh-tstorm that is permanently Jon’s life.
However, Jon proved that he’s capable of keeping a clear, noble head amidst chaos at the end of the night, after Stannis had him give Mance Raydar the offer he seemingly couldn’t refuse — if his army fought alongside Stannis, all of the Wildlings would be pardoned and freed. Mance said no, of course, and rather than let him burn Lord of Light style like Stannis wanted, Jon shot him in the chest with an arrow to instantly relieve his suffering. Are we sure he’s not Ned Stark’s son?