So I'll tell you right off the bat, last year I started Season Five and then just stopped. I got to like the 3rd episode and didn't continue to watch. So I was at a complete loss as to what was happening though I'd heard about the rape scene. With our new cable system came OnDemand which I've never had before and since we have some premium channels right now for free... I got to download all of Season Five and what has aired of Season Six. Now I'm not completely caught up anymore because I think there was an episode last weekend I've yet to watch.
If you haven't watched you might not want to continue but here are some thoughts:
I have no compassion for Cersei. I can't stand the Lannisters with the exception of Tyrion (some of the time). Her entire story of bringing the Sparrows and the Militant into power was just stupid on her part. I get she thought it would punish her enemies for her but clearly the woman didn't think it through because she's one of the biggest sinners in Westeros. Seeing her plot for Margaery's downfall only to end up being taken up herself. Wow. I have to admit I loved seeing her get some of her own medicine but I do think it went too far with the whole walking naked through town. In no way is that atonement. It is essentially a bully forcing humiliation on someone else. I have no problem when these people answering for their actions but that wasn't okay. I'm not keen on the High Sparrow at all. He just seems holier than thou and while he's supposed to be impeachable in character... I find him rather pompous.
Jaime going off to Dorne to save Myrcella was entertaining until he didn't succeed. And it is funny how everyone seems to start accepting Jaime and Cersei love each other but eww.
Part of me really feels bad for Sansa. This girl can't get a break. The fact that she goes from being at the mercy of the Lannisters to ending up at the Vale with the crazy Lady and then she's traveling with Little Finger who I don't trust for a moment. But it was truly sad to see her refuse Lady Brienne's offer of protection and end up at Winterfell under the power of the Boltons. And that she ended up married to Ramsey is just awful. The rape scene was bad but I don't think it effected me the same as most people. I mean don't get me wrong... totally bad. But this is coming off of the Outlander rape scene which is just horrific. But rape is rape not matter what. I don't think the scene was that explicit as some eluded too. Of course, the idea that Ramsey wanted Theon there to witness it was so sad. I did; however, love that she learns her little brothers are alive. Sansa and Theon jumping from the battlements of Winterfell was crazy good though.
I have never been keen on Stannis and the Red Lady but this season made me hate them so much. I was happy to see Stannis die after he had his daughter burned at the stake.
I loved that Sam nominated Jon for Lord Commander fo the Nightwatch. I was so excited when he got it but then thought... this can't be good because then he wants to save the Wildlings which clearly didn't go over well. But the whole thing with him going beyond the wall to convince the Wildlings was probably my favorite part of the entire season. I loved him there at Hardhome convinceng them to come through the Wall with him. And the fact the giant agrees and then the attack by the White Walkers. Holy moly. And Jon's Valyrian steel sword doesn't shatter when it battle with a White Walker... good to know. See so many fleeing onto the boats and as those on shore are killed was hard to watch but I loved Jon standing in the boat watching the Night King as he raised them all from the dead. That is so not good. And then the Nightwatchmen who kill Jon because they see him as a betrayer... not okay. I was so upset and hearing Ghost howling... *sniffles*
When Maester Aemon died, I didn't realize he was Valyerian and isn't he related to Dany?
Arya's whole story with the Many Faced god is just dumb to me. I get it is training her to be a fighter and a deadly one but I didn't care at all about this stuff.
Seemed like Daenerys's path is a rocky one here. She literally goes from beloved to hated with her equal justice which honestly when she killed the slave for committing murder, I was with her. She can't have double standards but wow she wasn't popular.
I absolutely loved that Varys was taking Tyrion to Dany but he's kidnapped by Jorah and then is being taken to Dany. And suddenly I realized who Jorah's father was and my mind was blown. And as they floated through Valyria and see Drogon flying above them... Tyrion's face was priceless. And then the stone men. WOW. Freaky. Jorah got touched! I loved Jorah ending up fighting in the pits for Dany and her sending him away only for him to appear in the fighting pits on game day. Dang that man loves her. But the best scene is her being ambushed at the fights and ending up in the middle of the pits ready to die only to have Drogon appear and her ride off on him. And again with Tyrion's face. Just wow.
DEFINITELY CONTAINS SPOILERS BELOW
I was so happy when Sansa was rescued by Lady Brienne. Finally, Sansa isn't at the mercy of evil people. Sansa learns for Lady Brienne that Arya is alive which gives Sansa so much hope. The Stark's are totally making a comeback.
The Wildlings coming to take Castle Black because of Jon's death was just so great. And Melisandre raising Jon for the dead. So that was kind of freaky to me but I liked Jon being back. It does seem there will be consequences to that but so far we've seen none. I have to say watching people be hanged doesn't appeal but I can't imagine Jon being able to show mercy in this case.
Sansa and Jon's reunion was so great. I was just so happy to see her with Jon who can keep her out of harm better than most. I love how determined Sansa is to get Winterfell back. And when she comes face to face with Baelish again and basically tells him she should have Brienne cut him down... you go girl! While Jon and Sansa are kind of failing to produce the numbers for an army, Brienne is in Riverrun trying to convince Blackfish who isn't about to surrender his keep to Jaime. And Edmure is back! (Tobias!) Brienne literally escapes out the back but that seems okay by Jaime. I love the friendship between Jaime and Brienne. I love the amount of respect and I adored her trying to return his sword and him letting her keep it.
I liked Theon's arrival home and his support of his sister up until their diabolical Uncle takes over power. But they fled and plan to go to Dany which I love.
I loved Dany showing her own power to Khal Moro but it was rather a blow to learn she was supposed to go to some Widow House. Dany going before the Khals who think to decide her fate was amazing. I loved their expressions when she set fire to everything and then all of those Dothraki bowing her to when she emerged from the fire. I mean how can you not be impressed. But I loved when Dany finds out about Jorah's greyscale and orders him to find a cure and return to her. And then when she rides Drogon to the Dothraki army to rally them. Wow. How can you not back her? I mean even Cersei is going to quake in her boots.
Oh Ramsay is such a bastard figuratively and literally. When his "step" mother gives birth to a boy and he promptly kills his father and then gets Walda and the baby to the kennels where he lets the dogs have them. I hate him so much and I hope Theon actually gets to kill him. And now he has Rickon and Osha and he killed Rickon's direwolf. I'm not happy at the loss of these wolves! Isn't Ghost the only one left or is Arya's still out there?
I have Sam's father. What an asshole. But I did love that Sam decided enough was enough and took Gilly, Little Sam and his family sword with him when he left. Sam has moxy.
But what a downer when Jaime goes with the Tully army to free Lores and Margaery only to find the tables turned by Tommen who has become devote... so it seems. Margaery sends her grandmother away with a sign that she's not as brainwashed as she seems which makes me wonder about Tommen.
And we get to see the Hound again. Didn't die. Funny we lose so many and others just won't die. But the Hound is doing good and when the Faithful village he's with is slaughtered he goes for vengeance which I adored. No issue there and I liked that Ser Beric Dondarrion kind of makes him play but the rules in killing them.
Tyrion seems to be improving things slightly in Mereen but it becomes evident that Danys presence is necessary. And then Dany returns with an army and the power of Drogon. This could get really interesting.
But now Bran's story is getting interesting. He's with the Three Eyed Raven and he's walking back into his own past and that of his fathers. I want to see what happened here. I want to know more about Ned and his siblings and we see Hodor who can talk. I kept wondering what happened.... but things keep shifting away and we see the Children of the Forest create the Night King. Well crap. And then the Night King touches Bran in his vision??? How is that possible. But the killer was the White Walkers descending upon the cave the Three-Eyed Raven dies, then Summer (the direwolf) and then we see Hodor holding the door as Meera drags Bran away. But in his vision, Bran realizes his interference in Hodor's brain is what caused Hodor to have a seizure when he was young and see the attack at the cave. Hodor's name comes from him repeating Hold the Door over and over until the brain damage leaves him saying Ho Dor over and over. *mind blown* George RR Martin you have blown my mind. That has to be the saddest and most crazy revelation of all time. Then Bran and Meera are saved by Bran's uncle Benjen who the Nightwatchmen tricked Jon with. So he is alive.
I am just dying for this weeks episode... so apparently I'm as caught up as the world at large.