Episode Review: Game Of Thrones – House Of Black & White = Snoozer


I finally watched Game of Thrones S05E02 House of Black & White……. and-zzzzzzzz. Oh, sorry, I must have fallen asleep there for a minute much like when I actually watched the episode. The premier of season 5 did little to grab my attention so I was hoping this week’s episode would do more. There were a handful of bright spots here and there but I honestly don’t regret my decision to watch the latest Silicon Valley before tuning in to Game of Thrones. Warning: Spoilers after the break.

I’m probably being at least a little melodramatic; obviously we can’t have “chapter characters” killed off every other episode. I just don’t really have any sense of impending doom. Or impending anything. Dany actually struggled a bit this episode, which was nice to see. Apparently she’s learning the difference between conquering and ruling.

I don’t really know what to make of Jon Snow’s new appointment in The Night’s Watch. Is he really so honorable that he would turn down the opportunity to be named Lord Jon Stark of Winterfell? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some bastard drama (by the way, where is Ramsay Snow?).

Speaking of the Stark family, I’m really getting tired of Sansa and her lemon cakes. Can we get to the point of that Sansa/Little Finger story? I’ll admit to feeling a little bad for Brienne that nobody wants to be rescued by her but she does seem to flit her loyalty around the Seven Kingdoms. Arya’s story seems to be picking up steam now that she’s in Bravos so I’ll give Season 5 credit for that. That said, I’m really worried about Bran — he’s been inside that tree for a long time. And where the hell is Rickon?

There were probably some other things that happened or didn’t happen or whose significance was totally missed by yours truly. Honestly, I don’t care — and that’s the issue.

11 thoughts on “Episode Review: Game Of Thrones – House Of Black & White = Snoozer”

    1. It definitely seems like there’s some setup going on so imagine it will interesting to see how it all plays out. On a technical note, I really enjoyed seeing Dorn and Bravos. The sense of scale of the GoT universe is unparalleled for a television show.

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  1. Did you know Bran and his group are not appearing this season?

    GoT in my experience tends to start off a bit scattered before coming together at the end. It’s a necessary evil, perhaps, to having a regular cast that’s that big.

    And I think Jon made the right call for himself. Like all natural-born Starks, he’s a bit blinded by idealism and honor that can get him into trouble when he forgets not everyone holds themselves to the same high standards. That would be basically why both Ned and Robb ended up dying. Jon takes being a brother of the Night’s Watch seriously, and even if he did try to leave, that would probably mean his execution. The by-laws get you in the neck every time.

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      1. Ah, well, the idea then was he was trying to show honor to Walder by getting his uncle married to one of Walder’s girls.

        Do you read the books by any chance? Book Robb marries someone else for reasons of honor and I think I got the two mixed up.


      2. I haven’t read the books, so no spoilers! Walder didn’t want his daughter to marry a Lord, he wanted her to marry a King!


      3. Walder also takes insults very personally. Its not really a spoiler for anything, just that Book Robb and TV Robb get married for somewhat different reasons, and honor is a bigger motivation in the novels.

        That thing about Starks being idealistic, I think, holds true in both versions.


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