Season 5, and HBO has released a few images from the episode that give us a tease of what’s to come. The show traditionally has its “big” episode just before the finale, with the finale acting as a sort of denouement for the events that occurred, but this season may be a bit different. Last week’s installment certainly did close on a “big” moment with Dany literally riding a dragon like it was Falkor from
, but what was intended to be a cheerful conclusion was tainted by the events that preceded the Meereen-set scene: boring Stannis doing something awful.
This season has really seen showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss tread new territory as they surpass the books in most of the storylines. Some of it has been great, like the “ice zombie” battle and the wonderful pairing of Dany and Tyrion (something the show sorely needed), and some of it has been troubling, like Stannis’ decision. The latter wasn’t necessarily out of character, but it felt sudden given Stannis and Shireen’s interactions in the previous episodes. He’s now not only
’ most boring character, but also one of its most despicable (and that’s saying something). And with Season 6 likely to be the penultimate season of the series and the one in which almost every character is entering territory not yet covered in the books, it’ll be interesting to see how things progress.
The 10th and final installment of Season 5 is titled “Mother’s Mercy”, which could be alluding to a number of things given where the various characters are at. Is the titular mother Cersei, Dany, Selyse, or all three? We’ll find out on Sunday. Check out the images below, click for high-resolution, and come back for all of our season finale coverage on Sunday night and Monday.
Stannis marches. Dany is surrounded by strangers. Cersei (Lena Headey) seeks forgiveness. Jon is challenged.
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