SAN DIEGO, June 13, 2015 – After waiting 10 months for the return of “Game of Thrones” this year, it is hard to grasp the reality of Season 5 coming to a close Sunday on HBO. Ever harder for many to grasp is how far the TV series has veered away from the plotlines in the novels.
While readers have a general idea how many of the unresolved questions may be answered, nothing is assured and everyone is trying to read the tea leaves and mine for clues from leaked production photos and comments uttered by cast members in interviews.
All of this is colored by the desire of fans hoping for certain things to happen: Danaerys and her dragons kill all the White Walkers. Sansa Stark kills Ramsay Bolton. Arya Stark kills Meryn Trant, or at least someone. Brienne of Tarth kills Ramsay if Sansa doesn’t do it. Stannis Baratheon storms Winterfell and dies in the attempt, revenge for sacrificing his daughter, Shireen. Everyone back in Meereen that we like survives the coup by the Sons of the Harpy. Jon Snow gets everythng under control at Castle Black. Something worth watching finally happens in Dorne. Margaery and Loras Tyrell are freed, and Cersei’s humiliation is complete.
The final episode in past seasons has primarily served as an epilogue, resolving a few loose ends and providing explanations for the game-changing events of Episode 9. But with the show producers deviating so much from the novels, they have hinted they will deviate from their own formula and give fans more substances to tide them over until Season 6 next year.
And there is still so much to resolve. We need to know where Danaerys and Drogon went, whether Brienne’s watching and waiting will finally turn into action; whether Sansa Stark will escape the torture she’s suffered; whether Arya Stark will turn into a Faceless Man, err Person; and whether those nasty White Walkers will pop up again.
Producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have mentioned the final scene of Season 5 will come from the novels. If it is literally the final scene of the fifth novel, it takes place in King’s Landing. But I believe it will take place either at Castle Black with Jon Snow or somewhere in Essos with Daenerys Targaryen. These are the two characters who embody hope for the future and the heroism it will take to make it happen.
But: Red Wedding. We know nobody is safe in the “Game of Thrones” universe.
Most GOT watchers anticipate seeing a game changing scene involving Cersei and the justice rendered to her by the High Sparrow. It is in part due to the title of the episode. While “Mother’s Mercy” could refer to Daenerys Targaryen, who is referred to as “Mhysa” or Mother by the people of Meereen, it actually refers to the pledge by the High Sparrow to Cersei that she must beg for the Mother’s Mercy in confessing her sins.
It is a fall from grace unlike any other character in the novels, and it’s not really a spoiler to say it doesn’t involve her death. News about the scene being filmed leaked from the sets in Croatia due to local protests about the situation, coupled with photos confirming the circumstances. If you aren’t aware of what happens, we envy you: it will be a head blown off your shoulders moment to savor.
One thing we can always count on is the unexpected. Heroes and children die. Villains prevail. Plots thicken and schemes succeed.
Join our final live fan chat of Season 5. Watch with your GOT friends when our favorite characters meet their fate. Bring your opinions and your passion for the show.
“Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 10, “Mother’s Mercy”airs Sunday, June 14, at 9 p.m. on HBO (with numerous repeats of the episodes throughout the week).
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