SAN DIEGO, May 9, 2015 – Viewers know by now that it’s not a good idea to get too attached to your favorite characters in ‘Game of Thrones.’ Author of the original novels upon which the series is based, George R.R. Martin, has no qualms killing people off. He says he values the element of the surprise. Producers of the HBO series version have followed suit. So the title of this week’s episode could have you holding your breath.
But in this case, the title refers to a quote from Maester Aemon at Castle Black, who says “Kill the boy and let the man emerge.” He refers to Jon Snow, who has become the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Snow is young, and has shown compassion several times to his foes, most recently Mance Rayder. Winter is coming, and Jon needs to man up.
Spoilers about this episode leaked earlier in the week thanks to Instagram posts of a recap video HBO distributes for use after the episode airs. The working theory is that it came from inside a TV network in the Middle East airing the series. Yes, “Game of Thrones” is viewed in the Muslim world. This opens another discussion entirely.
We won’t give up too many of those spoilers here. Fair to reveal the majority of the action happens in Winterfell, where Sansa Stark is about to marry Ramsey Bolton. Theon/Reek is lurking and hoping to avoid crossing paths with Sansa. There is also a baby on the way at Winterfell. Nearby, Brienne is looking for Sansa and vows she will keep her safe.
Daenerys Targaryen is pressed into a tough decision in Meereen, all in the interests of trying to keep the peace. It seemed her protector Barristan Selmy was killed at the end of the last episode by the Sons of the Harpy, and Grey Worm was seriously injured. The growing unrest needs to be quelled, and quickly.
The death of Ser Barristan is among the significant changes from the original novels. Jaime and Bronn’s journey to Dorne is another. Still another is Sansa’s apparent marriage to Ramsey Bolton, which never happens in the novels; she never leaves the Eyrie. The plot changes streamline and advance the original story. The fifth novel is over 1,000 pages long, and many readers over the years have found it sluggish. No chance of the HBO version being called sluggish.
Jorah Mormont and Tyrion Lannister continue toward Meereen with no idea of the turmoil there. This is another of the plot twists in the HBO series. From the promotional photo released this week, it looks as if they are close to land somewhere. We also know from the trailer Jorah and Tyrion see Drogon, Dany’s black dragon who is flying loose. Welcome to Meereen.
Communities Digital News invites you to join our live fan chat this Sunday and for every show in Season 5 to share observations. We welcome book readers but we hold strictly to a “no spoilers” discussion of the books until storylines are fully revealed. With the series making major changes from the books, it’s a lttle easier for us all to be on the same page, pardon the pun.
“Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 5, “Kill The Boy,” airs Sunday, May 10, at 9 p.m. on HBO (with numerous repeats of the episodes throughout the week).
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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