The Wars to Come

Series 5 - Episode 1 The Wars to Come

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Review

Last time we saw the sword-happy folk of Westeros, things were in flux, as they tend to be in this neck of the woods. Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) had finally shaken off The Hound and was sailing merrily to the Free City of Bravos, while Tyrion was sailing a little less merrily in a crate away from King's Landing after killing his father (Charles Dance’s Tywin), who was otherwise engaged on the toilet. Nice touch, Tyrion.

In this first episode of series five, we find Peter Dinklage’s lion-hearted Lannister drunk and in exile, with the main hope of unseating the powerful ruling family having a few familial problems of her own: Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen’s flying lizards keep barbecuing her people’s children alive. The Baelish/Sansa double act has the brains to mount a decent challenge but, alas, no force of arms.

It’s a relatively quiet catch-up-and-ease-in start to a new series, which will become as bloody as any, we have been assured (Kit Harington as Jon Snow likens it to a "horror film").

Notable developments include our first look at an ascetic sect called the Sparrows, fronted by Jonathan Pryce's High Sparrow. And there is a truly breathtaking panorama of the Great Pyramid at Meereen that will leave you gaping in awe.

Summary

At Castle Black, Jon Snow struggles to mediate between wildling leader Mance Rayder and Stannis Baratheon, while a mournful Cersei continues to worry about the future of her son Tommen in King's Landing. Tyrion arrives in a new location and is presented with a fresh opportunity and Daenerys grapples with the politics of power in Meereen, as well as her tempestuous dragons. Starring Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke.

Cast & Crew

Tyrion Lannister Peter Dinklage
Cersei Lannister Lena Headey
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke
Jon Snow Kit Harington
Stannis Baratheon Stephen Dillane
Mance Rayder Ciaran Hinds
King Tommen Dean-Charles Chapman
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