Lazy Sundays: Mother’s Mercy (Game of Thrones Episode 5.10)

Okay, wow, let’s get into this, shall we?

1.  Yay Sansa and Theon for probably escaping!  Theon finally stood up to Ramsay’s authority and Sansa was working on a plan to get out anyway.  Now that the two are together on the run I really hope they’ll make it to safety.

2.  The Meryn Trant scene was very, very disturbing I must admit.  There’s something about a teenage girl killing a man slowly (and clearly enjoying it) that is disturbing, no matter how horrible a person the man in question was.  I think Arya will never truly be a Faceless Man because she’s so attached to her identity as a Stark but she could be a pretty fearsome assassin one day.

3.  And Stannis is dead!  I never really liked Stannis in the books and I really, really didn’t like him in the show.  After killing Shireen I had no doubt he’d die but I didn’t think it would be that soon.  With Selyse and Shireen dead and Melisandre abandoning the cause, Stannis had nothing to live for.

4.  Hmm…Brienne choosing revenge over duty to Sansa?  I wonder what consequences that could have in the future…

5.  That was quite the pity party with Daario, Jorah and Tyrion.  I think it’s awesome that Daario and Jorah are going on a road trip despite the bad blood between them (“She’s in a good mood”, anyone?).

6.  Two eunuchs, a dwarf and a woman ruling a city like Meereen that’s not known to be all that progressive?  That will be very, very interesting next season.  I really can’t wait to see Tyrion back in power.

7.  And Daenerys got captured by a khalasar just like in the books.  It does not bode well for her but at least she had the sense to drop her ring in case anyone is tracking her.

8.  I can’t believe Myrcella died!  Well, actually I was sort of wary after that moment between her and Jaime but I just didn’t expect the Sand Snakes to kill her.  In the books they wanted to crown her, not kill her.

9.  Cersei’s walk of shame was just as brutal as it was in the books and I think Lena Headey did such an amazing job with it.  She didn’t overdo the emotion but you could clearly see her degrading mental status as the brutality of the mob got to her.  I was so relieved when she finally made it to the Red Keep.  At the same time, after she gets out of the streets there’s almost a look of determination in her face.  Will she go completely soft like in the books or go on a murder spree and make sure she keeps her promise to that awful septa.

10.  Ah, so we finally see Zombie Mountain.  I wonder what role he’ll play in the future?

11.  Poor Jon Snow; I think we all saw that coming (except for some people on Twitter, who were just totally shocked).  But is he really dead?  Sure, he was bleeding out and sure Kit Harington has said he’s truly dead but there has to be a reason for Melisandre coming back to Castle Black.  Could she revive him in true Thoros of Myr style, believing him to be the new saviour instead of Stannis?

So what did you guys think of the finale?  Are you as anxious as me for season 6?


  1. patricksponaugle

    Hey there! I’ll make some comments. Once again, you had a fun recap, and it’s wonderful talking to you about Game of Thrones. (Let’s hope Season 6 isn’t so relentlessly downie.)

    1) Sansa is someone who is a good lever on Theon. Reek’s terrified of Ramsay, but Theon owes Sansa. Theon might not have killed Bran and Rickon, but he certainly undermined Robb, for his crappy dad (who apparently is the winner of the War of the Five Kings.) Let’s hope that snow is deep (and that they can get to an ally, like Brienne, who can now do her duty to Sansa.)

    2) I’m just glad we didn’t have to watch a faux seduction from Arya pretending to be a prostitute. It would have been interesting if Meryn Trant insisted that he was innocent in killing Syrio (because it would have made the Syrio Is Still Alive Truthers lose their minds. Even though Trant would likely be lying.) Good riddance, Ser Meryn.

    3) Stannis should have just declared Dragonstone as a neutral territory and sat out the entire war. Thanks for nothing. I think Stannis in the long run did a lot of damage, starting with killing Renly and moving the Tyrells to ally with the Lannisters. Ugh.

    4) Hopefully Brienne can hook up with Sansa. Let’s assume that she does, where could she take her? The Wall? Back to the Riverlands?

    5) I said this on Twitter, so I’m a clown for repeating myself. I’ve decided that the song The Bear and the Maiden Fair is about Jorah and Daario on this road trip. (It might have been more apt if we had long hair super-cheekboned Daario from Season 3.)

    6) I was delighted that those three would be ruling. In my opinion, Missandei should be Vice-Queen with Tyrion advising, and Grey Worm making sure everyone did as they were told.

    7) Hopefully Drogon will show up before anything amiss happens. In the books, a Khalasar would be useful because of the siege. I wonder what they’ll do with them on the show.

    8) My thoughts on the Sand Snakes are long and probably controversial, so I’ll defer for now. I’m just hoping that this happened right after…

    Jaime: Egad! Myrcella has been poisoned.
    Trystane: Really? Aunt Ellaria! Not to worry, we Martells are always loaded down with antidotes. Here.
    Myrcella: Gross! My dress is all bloody! Ick! Don’t look at my Trystane, I’m hideous.
    Trystane: Not even! You’re totes adorbs!
    Jaime: Now I wish I’d been poisoned…

    9) I’m not a Cersei fan, per se (are there Cersei fans?) but I really felt sorry for her a few minutes in on her walk. And at the end, in Ser Bob Strong’s arms, she had her “oh, it’s on now” look, so things are going to be vengeful. Mother’s Mercy indeed! NOT!

    10) Ah, Big Old Undead (maybe?) Clegane. Qyburn, you magnificent monster!

    11) There are so much rumors and speculation going on, with people thinking that Kit Harrington (and Entertainment Weekly) lying about Jon being dead, or him not coming back… it’s a full on JONSPIRACY!

    Thanks for giving me a chance to try out some new material. 🙂

    • Carrie Slager

      1. Yeah I guess Balon technically won the War of the Five Kings since he’s the only dude still kickin’. I wonder why they haven’t killed him off in the show yet? Maybe that’ll be season 6 and we’ll see more Greyjoy action.

      2. This! I’m so glad there was no faux seduction but that scene was just very disturbing. Although it would have been awesome for him to deny and for Syrio truthers to have their minds blown, as you pointed out.

      3. Stannis always had the worst chance so as a military commander I really think Show Stannis is not all that great. He didn’t have the troops or the resources so why did he press his claim other than because he idiotically believed Melisandre? She seemed to have convinced him pretty well, maybe even more than Ned’s letter did. I wonder what she’s going to do now.

      4. Maybe across the Narrow Sea to team up with Daenerys. There’s really nothing left for her in Westeros what with most of her family either dead or not there anymore. It’s definitely an interesting question because Sansa just has nowhere to go. Littlefinger would probably welcome her back with open arms but I’m sure she wants absolutely nothing to do with him at this point.

      5. I never really see your tweets so thanks for the repetition. Well, the old Daario certainly looked more like a “maiden fair” than Jorah the bear so that would be a nice little twist. I have a feeling this is going to be a very, very tense road trip.

      6. Sounds good to me!

      7. I don’t think they’ll pull the whole Daenerys-taking-over-the-Dothraki storyline again. At least I hope not; that would be a little repetitive.

      8. Eh, doubtful. I honestly hope she stays dead even though she’s just an innocent girl because I wasn’t really pleased with some of the writing this season and having Trystane owning an antidote to that specific poison would be a little ridiculous.

      9. Hey, I’m a Cersei fan! She’s a very flawed character but I do like her in an odd way that I’ll probably need a whole post to explain.

      10. Hmm…I wonder where Qyburn got the know-how to make Zombie Mountain?

      11. Kit Harington is a liar. A ridiculously attractive liar, but a liar nevertheless. 🙂

      Thanks for your thoughts again!

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