This season was mostly boring
Game of Thrones season five was quite awfully paced. I watched the entire season in about four sittings (thankfully), because if I needed to watch it week-by-week, I'd have dropped the show entirely and just spoiled myself. When it boils down to it, I really don't like "that other bloody continent" that isn't Westeros. I believe it's called Essos. I am not a fan of the Mother of Dragons, because she's not very interesting at all. She's the envisaged Mary Sue archetype, possessed of almost God-like superpowers in a world where even Kings may die from getting the pox. I think the only thing that I ever enjoyed in that God-awful shitstain of a continent was Ser Barrista Selfie and Grey Wyrm. Maybe Ser Jordie Mormie, he's alright - but him being head over heels for the Khaleesi certainly injects new life into the 'friendzone'. I thought Bravos was going to be a pretty cool place, but the only cool thing was that it has a titanic statue to welcome visitors. I actually pictured that Bravos was going to be a place where people sworded the shit out of everything, like that's how they communicated - by endless blademastery. Instead, it's just an awfully bland Mediterranean hovel with a temple that houses poison water.
Dragons are so profoundly uninteresting in Game of Thrones, and they just take me out of the world. I think what would have been cooler is that the mythical creatures were in fact, giant salamanders that spewed a horrific acidic mist - causing people to burn in fetid boils from the inside out if the gas seeped into their pores. I read somewhere that the inspiration for dragon folklore in the old times, were in fact - large salamanderesque creatures. Having said that, I understand that the arcane and the sorcerous aspects of the story comes with the pre-historic lore of Westeros, where magical things were the norm until the first Andals arrived or some shit. More than dragons, I also really dislike Stanley Barry and his merry band of throne-restorers. Stanley Barry was lauded as someone who would be decent at leading the realms and apparently a pretty decent military commander. Which to me, was a load of horseshit from the moment he started burning loyal retainers in previous seasons. The lady in red has a nice body, but she's a go-nowhere character and I'm bored to tears whenever she starts talking about King's blood or the God of Fire.
My favourite episode was episode number nine, because it was basically the equivalent of experiencing Revenge of the Sith's opening sequence all over again. So much of the season was a bland flatline, that the sudden event of something actually happening finally kicked into gear and sent a shock pulse into my being. People talk about things unfolding in this season as something of a shock, but I think if you've kept up with this show for five years, then the more reasonable thing to expect is that everyone is going to die. When Ed Stark copped the decapitation, that set the tone for the kind of stories this world would host. No deaths or tragedies should shock anyone anymore, which is slightly sad - but that's just how people adapt to five seasons of characters dying, especially if they are fan favourites. On my side, I'm not sure if it's just the fatigue of seeing the same old tired schemes as increasingly less-entertaining houses come to the fore, or that the dragon thing will become more of a focus - but like the arrival of the first Andals on the shores of Westeros, quite a lot of the magic is beginning to lose its luster.