Have you recovered from the Game of Thrones season 5 finale yet?
We here at Geek Crusade are still alternating between “WHAT THE HELL THAT CAN’T BE”, outrage and numbed shock.
Just like the latter installments of A Song Of Ice And Fire, season 5 has been a slow, sometimes tedious, burn. But there were still more than enough moments of shock and awe.
Here’s our five most WTF moments from this season.
It was a scene that sparked off a firestorm online (then again, everything about GOT drives people online crazy) and a fierce debate about sexual violence in fiction.
Much of Ramsay’s (Iwan Rheon) assault on Sansa (Sophie Turner) takes place off-screen and is implied. But it is still a very difficult scene to watch, so we won’t be putting it in this post.
But check out Grumpy Geek Bryan Huang’s commentary on that episode and the many horrible things that happen in GOT.
The Sons of the Harpy have shown their hand. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and all her faithful are surrounded in the arena, waiting to be overwhelmed.
Then, from far off in the distance comes a familiar roar that sets your heart racing. Amid the shadow of flapping wings, fire and brimstone are unleashed.
And just when you think things can’t get any crazier, Daenerys says the magic word: “Fly.”
3The sacrifice of Shireen
This was the moment where we knew that Stannis Baratheon had well and truly lost the plot, and where we actively began to hope for Melisandre to die in a bloody, painful fashion.
Also, we learned a valuable lesson: Never ask Stannis if you can do anything to help.
4White Walkers assemble
The threat of the White Walkers has been slowly, slowly building since the very first episode of the first season. In the battle of Hardhome, they finally appeared in their full, terrifying glory.
With panic all around and the knowledge that the White Walkers are immune to ordinary weapons, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) still rallies his men: “Night’s Watch: With me!”
Then right at the end, the Night’s King shows just what kind of power he wields, and puts the fear of the Seven Gods into everyone watching.
Trust Game of Thrones to end on the bleakest note possible, with the death of a fan favourite. And murdered by his own men, no less.
But is this truly the end of Jon Snow? Fan theories abound, despite Harrington and producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff insisting that he is D-E-A-D.
We have more than a sneaking suspicion he’ll be back too, one way or another.
What was your most WTF moment from this season? Tell us! Also – check out our interview with Jessica Henwick a.k.a. Nymeria Sand