By: General Travis Gervais
After what seemed like a lifetime, finally a new episode of Game of Thrones was going to grace my television set for the first time in 2015. On April 12, 2015 HBO aired it’s Season 5 premiere titled, “ The War to Come," written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Michael Slovis. I was extremely excited to see where David and D.B were going to take this epic fantasy drama this year, especially with all the talk about the books greatly differing from the TV show.
The episode begins with a Game of Thrones first, a flashback scene, showing an young Cersei Lannister and her childhood friend traveling through the woods to find a “Witch” who can tell a person's future. The show made a lot of stops this week from Kings landing to the wall and and all the way across the narrow sea. We saw the aftermath of the battle at the wall with Jon Snow. There was an brief check in on Sansa, Little Finger or Darth Balish and Robin. Robin is not very good with the sword, is this really a surprise? It continues with the fallout after Tywinn’s death and how Jamie and Cersei were dealing with it. Alone, Jamie and Cersei are standing over another dead Lannister body in the temple, looks like a good old fashion opportunity for Jamie and Cersei, round two anyone? Tyrion and Varys have made it across the sea, and Varys is trying to recruit Tyrion for an epic adventure. What exactly is Varys scheming now? Speaking of scheming Margaery Tyrell seems to be up to no good herself. A new threat is on the rise in Meereen as Daenerys is still trying to act like a queen and yes, we see a few dragons too! I wouldn't be too happy to see her either if I was locked away in a dark dungeon for a while.
All in all it was a good season premiere, a lot of new storyline arcs were set up. I thought the pace of the show moved along very well as they had a lot of ground to cover and still not everyone made the show this week. Unfortunately if you were looking for another epic battle scene or a good old duel, you would be sadly disappointed, but we did get an interesting back story of Daario Naharis or should I say Maximus the gladiator.
I give this weeks episode 3 out 5 stars, nothing over the top and it’s definitely laying the foundation for Season 5 in true Game of Thrones fashion.
Edited By Ashley Johnson