Game of Thrones returns for Season 5: Not terribly exciting but still a solid premiere

A few spoilers follow…

TyrionreturnLAST night we were finally rewarded for our long wait. Game of Thrones returned to our screens here in the UK to much excitement. Yet, I found myself a little underwhelmed by this first episode back that seemed more of a simple catch up episode than anything groundbreaking. There wasn’t anything particularly to dive onto twitter to see the reaction, just a simple review of where all our favourite characters are now and the issues they are dealing with. Now you might be saying, surely with a first episode back, that’s not a bad thing? You are, of course, correct. However,  I found myself throughout the episode waiting for those GoT moments. The vicious battle, the tense escapes, the outlandish sex scenes, and the character death…

There seem to be a copious amount of challenges for our characters as we meet them where we left off last season. It was good to see them all again and get some feeling for what they might be facing in the future episodes. The opening scenes showing a premonition from Cersei’s childhood was very well done and an apt opener to the show for her as we see her struggle with the loss of the legend that is Charles Dance – he will be missed.

Dance does make a brief appearance, no… don’t get too excited. He is indeed dead and now sporting some strikingly creepy pebble eyes… weird? Across the sea, Daenerys is still struggling to deal with the responsibilities of being Queen of Meereen and having growing concerns over the lack of control over her dragons – so. essentially, nothing is new. A comical return for Tyrion is witnessed as he is finally released from his box and the awaited meet up with Daenerys gets that much closer.

sansalittlefingerI was left a little confused if not disassociated with the continued storyline between Sansa and Littlefinger. Just what were they supposedly running away from after they left the troubled child that is little Rob Arryn and is Sansa really free to just run around again out in the open in her ‘disguise’? It all just seemed a bit off to me, although maybe as we spend more time with them my opinion will change. I do enjoy both characters, particularly Littlefinger and his constant intrigue and ability to whatever the heck he wants, but we will see…

Alas I fear I may just be having a whinge simply because I cannot see the whole season in one go (I’m ignoring the fact that four episodes have been leaked… it’s just not right). I did enjoy this episode, despite the somewhat slower start and focus on talking between the main characters and their support team, it sets the scene and the stage for things to come. There was a JonSnowbuild up of momentum, however, that did definitely succeed in drawing us in. The burning of Mance Rayder was undoubtedly the big moment of the episode that fulfils that aforementioned GoT moment I mentioned before. The characters around it with Jon, Stannis and of course Melisandre, certainly provides the audience with something to think about as the dynamics at Castle Black begin to change.

I suppose in some respect maybe my opening was a little harsh. This episode did what most of the previous season premieres have done, and that is to reopen the series by reminding us what happened before and to also hint at where things might be going. Nevertheless, the episode does build into what we love about GoT, and gains momentum throughout, particularly up in the North. This episode has set the scene and got us all waiting for more in what can be called a sold premiere.

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