The hype surrounding season five has been bigger than any other season. With the exhibition in London and hype over this season overtaking the books the speculation and anticipation has been phenomenal. As a book reader I've had mixed feelings all around, as you feel like watching the show may ruin hours, days, weeks of reading ridiculously in depth about the world of Westeros. Yet on the other hand physically seeing these scenes happen is like dreams come to life. I know people who are refusing to watch to avoid spoilers yet personally, it's inevitable for me. The first episode was to be shown all around the world at on the same night to help battle piracy, yet not in the UK. Sky has over 900 channels and couldn't show Game of Thrones at the same time as the entire world. Honestly, I feel like this is the main reason behind episodes 1-4 being leaked. It let the UK viewers down. Regardless, I avoided the Internet for basically all of Monday and snuggled up with a hot chocolate and blanket overly excited for what was to come.
It didn't disappoint.
As "A Feast For Crows" finished and the axis was flipped with "A Dance With Dragons" as this was in an equal parallel per say. Only eventually overtaking the event timeline for AFFC. Beginning the episode with the Maggy the Frog prophecy was a total Easter egg for ASOIAF fans. You are beginning to see Cersei's inability to adapt and the madness behind the queen. Sansa's "goth phase" shadowing Little Finger. Tyrion arriving in Pentos drowning his sorrows in wine and pushing poo from his crate for Varys to catch whilst travelling the narrow sea. The thing that was remarkably better than the books in the small amount of screen time is Dany in Mereen. Regardless of the brilliant mysterious Targ's the Dany chapters whist she was in Mereen actually made me fall asleep whilst reading. She can't rule, refuses to move on and battles with ruling a city. The portrayal of the Sons of the Harpy, Daario romance really hit the nail on the head. Let's not forget, what have her Dragon's been eating? Miracle grow??
The storylines I'm itching to see next are:
- The Dornish. Okay, so they are the marmite of Westeros, you either hate them or secretly love the Dornish. I feel like despite their late entry to the Game they will be huge contenders towards the end game. Yet, the cutting Quentin Martell and Arianne blows.
- Mellisandre's next game. If you are a R+L=J believer something is going to arise here, it must. Without spoiling the general storyline here this could be a huge reveal and I'm begging it to be happen. Especially with this odd fire goddess from the far lands of Asshai.
- The next wedding.. We all know it's happening, so is it fArya? Or is Sansa going to appear in disguise to challenge the boltons? Surely little finger isn't that stupid. I don't know, and can't figure this.
What are your predictions?