June 16, 2015

"Game of Thrones: Season 5" Spoiler-Free Review


Wow, what a season!

I am of the mind that a TV show is best viewed once all the episodes in a season are available at once, as opposed to waiting for bits and pieces of the season. Yes, I watched it week-by-week [the only show I do so]. But this method of watching TV needs to stop.

All I'm saying is that some episodes were better than others, possibly due to this format. The season as a whole had great aspects, and twists and turns (how about the last 5 minutes of the finale eh?). There are some weak, and questionable moments. This may be in part to me being a book reader and scratching my head at some diversions. for the non-readers, I doubt anything 'huh?' will be going on. Dorne is so much better in the books, it feels like i could have, and should have, been much better.

I said this review is spoiler free, and I'll stick by that. This season covers mostly the most recent book in the series of "A Song of Ice and Fire"; A Dance With Dragons. The rest is taken A Feast For Crows, possibly the next book in the series we're all dying for (The Winds of Winter); as well as show divergences.

I am open minded when it comes to both the book series, and the HBO series. The 'missing' material from this season that many book readers were expecting SHOULD (Kingsmoot and the related material) (hopefully) be popping up next season. I am critical of some of the changes, but there is no doubt that from Season 4 onwards, the HBO series has begun to diverge drastically from the novels in which it's based off of. Take that as you will, but I am enjoying both for what they are.

On the whole, I'd have to give this season a very well-rounded and solid

 8/10

There are some pretty epic moments, but those are few and far between, and I can't help but ponder some (unnessary) changes throughout the season. The highest rating I'd give would be 8.5, but it depends on my mood, so a solid 8/10 it is.

Bear in mind that the show is in 'transition' - it is in the midst of changing direction and beginning to begin to head towards the end. Expect 7 seasons at the least, 8 at the very most in total.
The show comes on every March/April, but waiting for Season 6 feels like it may well be the longest, hardest wait yet....

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