In Braavos, Arya is learning slowly and is regularly tested. She poses as an oyster seller and is assigned a specific task. In Meereen, Daenerys sits in judgment on Ser Jorah and Tyrion. While Jorah is again banished, Tyrion soon becomes her advisor. In Winterfell, Sansa learns something important from Theon. Roose Bolton meanwhile awaits Stannis' arrival but Ramsay disagrees with his approach.In King's Landing, Cersei learns from Qyburn that the High Sparrow has a strong case against her and recommends a way out for her. At Castle Black, Sam recovers from his wounds. Jon Snow and Tormund Giantsbane arrive at their destination north of the Wall. While some of them accept the offer of land in the south, many do not. Before they can leave however, the army of walkers arrive.Written by
Ian Whyte, who portrays the giant Wun Wun, also played Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane in season two. See more »
In the last scenes, Wun Wun walks towards the sea, heading to the ship, but he disappears right after: as the cameras feature the boat moving towards the ship, Wun Wun can't be seen anywhere on the water. He simply vanishes. See more »
My ancestors would spit on me if I broke bread with a Crow.
So would mine, but fuck 'em, they're dead.
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Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.
Although it seems to not be a popular opinion, actually liked Season 5 better than most fans. It was not perfect by any stretch, the Sand Snakes being a notable flaw and were the main drawback to the polarising but to me better than given credit for "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken". There was also a lot to admire and love and personally liked to loved the previous episodes despite things taking a while to settle. While "The Gift" was the season's first truly outstanding episode, it is with "Hardhome" that sees 'Game of Thrones' in all its glory.
"Hardhome" is not just the magnum opus of Season 5 even with two episodes left to go (the previous season magnum opuses being Season 1 with "Baelor", Season 2 with "Blackwater", Season 3 with "The Rains of Castamere" and Season 4 with "The Laws of Gods of Men" with a good case being made too for "The Children"), but also one of the best episodes of the entire show.
Plotlines and character development are advanced the most they were all season. There is a perfect balance of intricate character moments and drama, especially with Arya, the character of Karsi and showing signs of hope in increasingly dire straits. Similarly, there is a powerful mix of heart-wrenching poignancy, nail-biting intensity, shocking revelations and some of the show's most spectacular action that has emotional impact (exciting, terrifying and moving) and is more than just spectacle.
The characters are all interesting and layered, and "Hardhome" boasts the sharpest script of Season 5, and one of the sharpest of the whole show, and the tightest pacing of all the fifth season episodes, anyone frustrated with the slow pace of the previous episodes (personally am not one of them) will be relieved.
'Game of Thrones' always delivers on the acting. The casting is spot on and the performances are superb across the board, particularly from Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen.
Visually, "Hardhome" looks amazing, as one would expect for 'Game of Thrones'. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.
One cannot talk about "Hardhome" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.
In conclusion, a fantastic episode that hits home hard. Anyone disappointed with the previous episodes, a lot were and again not one of them, will be thrilled with this. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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