Things you missed during Season 5 of Game of Thrones


With about two weeks before the final season premiere of Game of Thrones, the re-watching of the entire series continues.

I said last week how season 4 of Game of Thrones was my favorite. This week, I’m saying that season 5 is my least favorite.

It might have something to do with how infuriating the High Sparrow is and how the Faith Militant in their little robes and forehead branding goes around beating the crap out of people. I love Margery in the Red Keep, and it just pisses me off she spends so much time over the next two seasons in some cell and in rags.

The other thing that is boring to watching Arya in the House of Black and White. I realize how necessary it is for her to be there and to train to be a faceless man, but I just can’t wait to see Arya as a killing machine!

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And don’t get me started on how season 5 ends. F*@%ing Olly!

Here are ten things you may have missed during season 5.

1. Cersei’s prophecy.

The opening of Season 5 begins with a flashback of Cersei as a teenager visiting the witch, Maggy, at her hut in the woods. Maggy tells her that she will marry a king, she will be cast down by a younger, more beautiful queen, and that she will have exactly three children. Well, Cersei already had three children (two are still alive at this point.) But in Season 7, she reveals she is pregnant. Wouldn’t that make baby #4? So, either she’s lying, or this child will never be born.

2. An eerie similarity.

I have to admit; I didn’t catch this one. My brother (a Game of Thrones show and book super fan) caught this one. In the first episode of the season, Jon Snow is teaching Olly how to fight at Castle Black. When Olly falls, Jon puts his hand on the side of his head and says, “Keep your shield up, or I’ll ring your head like a bell.” During season 6, episode 7, when the three-eyed raven brings Bran to Winterfell in a flashback, young Ned and Benjen are sparing. Benjen falls, and Ned puts his hand on the side of his head and says, “Keep your shield up, or I’ll ring your head like a bell.” I’m not sure if this has any hidden meaning, but it’s pretty cool.

3. Pot, meet kettle.

Brienne and Podrick find Lady Sansa in a pub with Littlefinger in episode 2. Good old Brienne kneels and pledges her protection to Sansa in honor of her mother. But Littlefinger refutes her credibility when he points out that everyone she has sworn to protect is dead. He then tells her, “You are an outsider. Experience has made me wary of outsiders.” It struck me because Littlefinger is the biggest outsider of them all and has somehow managed to gain an incredible amount of power. He’s deflecting from himself.

4. Did Sam say too much?

In episode 8, Olly approaches Sam to ask him why Jon would save the wildlings at Hardhome? They slaughtered his family and everyone in his village, so obviously, Olly isn’t a fan of wildlings. I guess I wouldn’t be, either. But Sam tried to explain that they are people and there are good ones and bad ones. And with the Army of the Dead approaching, they need all the help they can get. A kid doesn’t understand big-picture things like this. When Olly still isn’t sold, Sam says, “Sometimes, a man has to make hard choices – choices that may look wrong to others, but that you know are right in the long run.” “You believe that?” Olly asks. “With all my heart,” says Sam. In that, subtle exchange, it was almost as if Sam was permitting Olly to betray Jon because Olly, in his heart, felt that he was right.

5. Sam drops a huge foreshadowing.

Sam doesn’t pick up on just how much Olly is hurt by Jon’s decision to save the wildlings at Hardhome and misconstrues his brooding as concern. So, Sam says, “Try not to worry Olly, I’ve been worrying about Jon for years. He always comes back.” Oh, yeah, he does, in season 6 episode 2!

6. Fire doesn’t melt the ice.

In Hardhome, we see that White Walkers can walk through fire. One would think they would just…melt…but nope, these scary S.O.B.s just walk right on through it. Not sure about water yet. (More on that in the Season 7 edition!) But the wights, they don’t dig the water, or else they would have swarmed the getaway boats.

7. Jon loses the dragon glass.

Sam sent Jon to Hardhome with a bag of dragonglass in case they came across any White Walkers. Well, it turns out, they came across quite a few of them. Jon lost the bag of dragonglass while barely escaping with his life. Sam was pretty disappointed. But Jon said, “I wouldn’t have mattered anyway, not unless we had a mountain of it.” Two seasons later, they end up in Dragonstone, on top of a mountain of dragonglass.

8. Did the showrunners mislead us?

Before every Game of Thrones episode, except for the very first one, we see a recap of what we’ve seen before to prepare us for what we’re about to watch. Some callbacks go back further than the previous episode. Case-in-point, before episode 10, they showed us a clip of Uncle Benjin. Why would we need to be reminded of Benjin if he hasn’t been heard from since Season 1? To trick the folks who didn’t read the books, perhaps. When Night’s Watchmen run into Jon’s office, lying that Uncle Benjin may have been found, we think, “That’s why they showed us that clip!” And then they stab us right in the back, while Alliser Thorne stabs Jon in the front.

9. Is Daenerys a warg?

We all know that Bran is a warg, meaning he can enter the mind of animals (and Hodor) and take them over physically. We see in episode 9 when it seems like Daenerys is doomed in Meereen after the Sons of the Harpy attack, she closes her eyes, and out of nowhere, Drogon appears. He’s been absent for a while. Did he sense she was in trouble or did she ask him to come?

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10. Quite the fall at Winterfell.

This isn’t so much a thing I missed the first time around, is this real? I would have bet money on the height of the jump Theon and Sansa make from Winterfell to escape. It was frighteningly high, so much so, my knees went weak. I don’t remember that being as high before or me being that scared to watch the jump. I should also mention I’m afraid of heights and it freaks me out to watch people jump from high up, bungee jump, etc.

Sources: Mashable, Game of Thrones Wiki

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