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Game of Thrones 5x9

The Dance of Dragons

Watch game of thrones 5×9 full tv show online. Stannis confronts a troubling decision. Jon returns to The Wall. Mace visits the Iron Bank. Arya encounters someone from her past. Dany reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism.

Shireen.  My darling Shireen.  The best thing about Stannis’s story, the part of his plot that made him a likable character, is now dead.  For much of the books I wasn’t too thrilled with Stannis’s plot.  He would sweep in to save the day for someone, be sort of moody elsewhere and grump about, then skip off to save the day elsewhere all in the name of politics.  Shireen is what made his story on the show something to look forward to.  Now what do we have?  Not much.  Daavos, maybe, but he’s headed back to Castle Black right now and I hope he stays there.  Melisandre was pretty cool until she proved she’s willing to kill children (which she’s also willing to do in the books, but the thought is expressed under very different circumstances).  Now we have cranky Stannis, evil Melisandre, and nearly-redeemed-herself-but-waited-too-long Selyse Baratheon.  Oh, and then a bunch of nameless soldiers we know nothing about.

It’s strange how in the books I don’t bat an eye when they kill characters left and right, but when the show decides to push the envelope with death it’s not nearly with the same carefully-crafted emotional impact.  Ned, Robb, and Catelyn’s deaths all felt like a punch to the gut, but their deaths did something to the story.  Ned’s death essentially spun the war for the throne out of control, causing the North to break off and rebel against the capitol.  It was basically the source of the plot for most of the story so far.  That was a well-written, but shocking death.  The Red Wedding was also quite emotionally devastating, but it weakened the North when it was doing well and changed the course of Arya’s character for the rest of the story thus far.  What on earth did killing Shireen do?  Cause Stannis pain?  In the next few episodes, it’ll probably cause Daavos pain too and, Gods, I am not looking forward to that. I guess it did show the extremely dark side of Melisandre, but we kind of got that already haven’t we?  Shireen’s death isn’t something that would cause huge political repercussions no matter how you look at it.  It was done purely for shock value.  The thing is, this story doesn’t need something done purely for shock value.  When it does something shocking, it can actually give something to the overall story instead of just causing emotional pain.

Jun. 07, 2015

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