Games of Thrones Season 5, Episode 1
First of all, there is so much going one that we all needed the two-minute recap to just remember who’s killing who, but then the familiar credits rolled and we were off.
We open with a flashback to Cersei’s childhood when she visits with a fortune teller who assures her that she will be queen some day but the king will have 20 children and she will only have three, all of whom will wear a golden shroud. So, not a happy memory.
And then we see the body of her father, lying in state after his murder at the hands of his son Tyrion, as Cersei and her other brother Jamie try to figure out what the new power structure will be.
Tyrion has been smuggled out of Westeros by Varys, who would like to use him to help rule, but Tyrion says he has to think it over, while we learn that Petyr has taken Sansa someplace so far away that “even Cersei Lannister can’t find you.”
Meanwhile, Winter is coming. King Stannos has asked John Snow to go to the leader of the Wildings and convince them to join him, and he will give them their freedom and land in return, but Snow knows their leader won’t kneel, even if it means dying a horrible death of being burned alive.
And Daeneryse, mother of dragons, isn’t having such a great time in her new queendom. One of her dragons is missing, and their brethren are angry at being tethered. She’s freed all the slaves and neutered the nobility, but they want her to reinstate a human fight to the death that she finds abhorrent and her subjects consider part of their heritage.
The episode felt like a very long What I Did on my Summer Vacation essay, but let’s hope episode two knocks some teeth out.