Game Of Thrones Mid-Season Recap

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Now that episode five of season five of Game Of Thrones has aired, and everyone has caught up with each other after either watching the first four episodes at once or waiting a week between each one, we can all sit back and chat about the happenings of each episode over a nice cuppa tea without spoiling it for anyone.

But just in case that any of our readers have missed one or two important points, here’s a little rundown of what has been happening in the Seven Kingdoms over the last five weeks – needless to say, spoilers ahead!

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Episode 1 – The Wars To Come

In a flashback, a young Cersei Lannister is told a sombre fortune by a witch. After Tywin’s burial, Cersei chastises Jaime for freeing Tyrion and their cousin Lancel returns, now a devoutly religious member of the Sparrows. In Pentos, a despondent Tyrion agrees to accompany Varys to Meereen to support Daenerys Targaryen’s claim to the Iron Throne. In Meereen, the insurgent Sons of the Harpy murder an Unsullied, and Hizdahr zo Loraq and Daario Nahaaris try to convince Daenerys to reopen the traditional fighting pits. Daenerys’ locked-away dragons try to attack her when she goes to check on them. In the Vale, Littlefinger leaves his stepson Robyn Arryn in the care of Yohn Royce and leaves with Sansa Stark, their caravan passing Brienne of Tarth and Podrick Payne. At the Wall, Stannis wants to enlist the Wildlings in his war against Roose Bolton. Jon Snow is unable to convince Mance Rayder to bend the knee to Stannis, who then has Mance burned alive for treason. Mance is saved from an agonizing, drawn-out death by Jon, who shoots him through the heart and kills him quickly.

Episode 2 – The House of Black and White

Arya Stark arrives in Braavos and is accepted into the House of Black and White. Cersei sends Jaime to Dorne to bring back Myrcella; Jaime recruits Bronn and relieves him of his betrothal to Lollys Stokeworth, promising him riches and an even better wife. Podrick Payne recognises Littlefinger and Sansa inside an inn where they are resting; Brienne of Tarth tries to convince Sansa of her vow of allegiance to Catelyn Stark but is rebuffed. Jon Snow is promised legitimacy and Winterfell if he bends the knee to Stannis, but he refuses. In a vote to elect a new Lord Commander after the death of Jeor Mormont, Samwell Tarly nominates Jon as candidate, and Snow is elected the 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch on the casting vote of Maester Aemon Targaryen. Daenerys is faced with a riot after she decides to execute a former slave who has murdered a captured member of the Son of Harpy before he has been given the chance of a fair trial; she has to be evacuated by her Unsullied. Drogon reappears when Dany is atop her citadel overlooking the city of Meereen, but flies away before she can touch him.

Episode 3 – High Sparrow

Margaery Tyrell, freshly wed to King Tommen Baratheon, manipulates her husband into trying to have Cersei dispatched to Casterly Rock. Littlefinger brings Sansa Stark to Winterfell to cement an alliance with Roose Bolton through her marriage to his son Ramsay; Sansa will consolidate the Bolton hold on the North, while Littlefinger hints at an alliance between the North and the Vale that could be capable of bringing down the kingdom. Newly-elected Lord Commander Jon Snow refuses Stannis’ proposition and Stannis heads for King’s Landing via Winterfell. To adapt in the House of Black and White, Arya rids herself of all her personal effects save for Needle, which she hides in a pile of rocks. At Castle Black, Jon names Ser Alliser Thorne as First Ranger, commending his bravery and deeds. However, Janos Slynt refuses to be dispatched to rebuild Greyguard, insulting Jon and refusing his orders – so Jon executes Slynt personally. Lancel Lannister finds the High Septon compromised in Littlefinger’s brothel; in a purge, Cersei decides to seek out the High Sparrow. Arriving in Volantis, Tyrion visits a brothel and is abducted by Jorah Mormont.

Episode 4 – Sons of the Harpy

The Sparrows arrest Loras Tyrell, and Margaery is enraged, but Tommen proves too weak to arrange her brother’s release. Melisandre tries to seduce Jon Snow in an attempt to convince Snow to go to Winterfell with Stannis. In the crypts of Winterfell, Littlefinger reveals he has been summoned to return to King’s Landing by Cersei. Before leaving, he tries to ease Sansa’s misgivings towards Roose Bolton, who murdered her brother Robb, by telling her Stannis will defeat the Boltons and rescue her. Bronn and Jaime land secretly in Dorne, and kill four horsemen who come across them. The Sand Snakes, Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters learn from a sea captain that Jaime has come to Dorne for Myrcella; Ellaria convinces the Sand Snakes to plan revenge for the death of Oberyn by abducting Myrcella before Jaime intervenes. Ser Jorah plans to redeem himself to Daenerys by presenting Tyrion to her. In Meereen, Hizdahr zo Loraq makes another appeal to Daenerys to reopen the fighting pits; the Sons of the Harpy run amok and ambush patrolling Unsullied inside the citadel and begin to massacre the soldiers. Grey Worm is critically wounded in battle and Ser Barristan Selmy is killed.

Episode 5 – Kill the Boy

Brienne and Podrick arrive at an inn close to Winterfell and asks for help to get a message to Sansa, who, in Winterfell, is reunited with Reek, formerly Theon Greyjoy. Ramsay forces Reek to apologize to Sansa for murdering her younger brothers. At the Wall, Tormund Giantsbane accepts an alliance with the Night’s Watch in exchange for settlement south of the Wall. He tells Jon that most of the wildlings have made their way to Hardhome, and that Jon must accompany him to speak with the wildlings, which Jon accepts. Later, Stannis’ army marches on Winterfell, along with Selyse and Shireen. In Meereen, Grey Worm rests under the watchful eye of Missandei, and they grow closer. While Daenerys has a Meereenese noble fed to her dragons Viserion and Rhaegal in retaliation for Ser Barristan’s death and many others imprisoned, but she agrees to reopen the fighting pits and marry Hizdahr zo Loraq to help bring peace to Meereen. At sea, Tyrion and Jorah sail through Valyria. They see Drogon fly overhead before they are attacked by a group of Stone Men – humans infected with and driven mad by Greyscale. They manage to escape, and land on a sandbar, but as he leaves to collect firewood, Jorah notices he has been infected with Greyscale.

What are your thoughts on Season 5 so far? Leave it in the comments!

-Luke.

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Game Of Thrones Mid-Season Recap

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