Game of Thrones, Season 5 Episode 1 “The Wars to Come” Recap

It’s that time of the year again! Game of Thrones returns and it’s hotter than ever!

1. Tyrion in Pentos

Tyrion’s landing in Pentos will surely heat things up. Cersei is eager for revenge, Varys is keen to join the Mother of Dragons in her fight to reclaim the Iron Throne, and Tyrion is drunk, as always. Will Tyrion rise from the depths of despair and use his political savvy for the other side? Only time will tell.

2. The Funeral of Tywin Lannister

Tyrion’s actions last season have immeasurably altered the political playing field at Kings Landing. Without Tywin’s ruthless dedication to the family name, it is only a matter of time before his children shatter it with their various agendas. Undoubtedly Cersei and her remaining children will be driving force behind the fall, judging from that incredible flashback.

3. Trouble in Meereen

It had to happen. Daenerys’ rule of Slaver’s Bay was bound to be challenged eventually. Conviction in her ideals, however well intentioned, will be the cause of her own doom if she does not find some way to install balance between tradition and reform.

4. Jon and the Red Woman

I feel there has been some incredible foreshadowing up at the wall this week. Why the hell did she want to know if Jon was a virgin? What does the Red Woman know about Jon’s past that we don’t? Will there be more leeches?

5. Mance Raydar

The situation for the Wildlings is remarkably different. Now that Mance is toast it remains to be seen if the Wildlings will be able to remain unified. Now that Stannis wishes to incorporate them into his army it will be interesting to see how the various clans react to the opportunity for Westerosi citizenship.

6. Moving West

Sansa and Littlefinger are moving to the West. What is this guy up to? I do not believe Sansa is actually safe with this man. Littlefinger has been slimy from the get go, and he must have some plan for Sansa Stark.

7. Not a Knight, Not a Squire

It is heartbreaking to see Brienne in such a state! She was such a driving moral force in the show, concerned with honor, oath keeping, and valiance. Now she is without hope, and ready to abandon Podrik in the Vale. I really do hope Brienne pulls herself out of this. Oh the irony that Sansa and Littlefinger passed by in a covered carriage.

Conclusion

This was a great premiere. The only thing I missed was Arya Stark. I know I can’t have everything, but it would have been nice to see her arrival in Braavos this episode. Even without Arya, this episode hit most of the major points we have all been waiting for. As per usual, HBO has set sail strong, and we’ll see if the sails catch more wind, or loose it as episodes continue to air.

Check out the promo for next week’s episode:

Overall Rating:
4.5/5