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Tomorrow evening, millions of
viewers around the world will be glued
to their television sets for the finale of
the fifth season of the HBO series
Game of Thrones.
The fantasy-drama series that is based
George RR Martin s A Story of Fire and
Ice book series, is one of the most
watched TV shows, as fans religiously
tune in to follow the characters in the
Medieval land of Westeros and its seven
Season Five has been relentlessly
chewed over by critics and fans alike,
with much of the debate about what
viewers see as extreme violence and
controversial sexual content.
NPR TV critic Eric Deggans believes,
"...More recently, criticism of key scenes
this season that were brutal, sexually-
charged and/or seriously violent feel
more like a knee jerk reaction. In other
words, now that Game of Thrones has
been tagged as problematic, every con-
troversial scene is judged as gratuitous,
even when it may not be."
The criticism has centred around two
scenes, the rape of heroine Sansa Stark
by a brutal sadist she had just married
and the burning alive of Princess Shireen
Baratheon by her father, King Stannis
Baratheon, as a sacrifice to a fire god
for help in winning a war.
As Deggans notes, "Game of Thrones
has always seemed a TV show, at its
core, about presenting a more brutal
and realistic vision than similar sword
and sorcery epics like Lord of the Rings.
This is a series which tries to marry the
most realistic vision of Medieval-era life
with a fantasy world where dragons are
"It s also a world where the innocent
are exploited, the strong abuse those
who are weaker, heroes are killed for
their heroism and only the most ruthless
seem to prosper. So, if you accept that
notion, these acts of brutality make
According to the fan sites, a major
character will die in Sunday s finale.
T&T Guardian caught up with a few
fans to hear what they thought about
this season, and what they expect from
Sunday s finale titled Mother s Mercy.
If you haven t caught up with the series,
beware, spoilers lie ahead.
The violence in this season has been
expected but also surprising... I suppose
five seasons in you have to find some
way of topping yourself. I didn t expect
or want Mance to die in the first episode,
but I can see how it opened the narrative
for Tormund and Jon to head to Hard-
home for what was easily the most epic,
drop-the-mic 20 minutes of television
in a long time.
Second best moment this season goes
to Dany getting up on Drogon s back
(winning me a bet that she can and will
control her dragons). Third best was the
Stone Men fight and the reveal of Jorah s
In the finale, I want Margaery and
Loras out of jail, and Cersei paying for
her sins. I want Jaime to get a new lover.
I want Littlefinger up a gum tree. I want
Varys back, though I wanted him with
Dany... I want Dany to come back to
Meereen after her dragon ride. She has
two other dragons locked up she needs
to tend to, and she needs to work her
ruling in Meereen out and coordinate
an advance to Westeros. I want Ellaria
and the Sand Snakes to get a story line
that doesn t grate on my nerves. I want
Arya to kill Meryn Trant, though I m
wary of the consequences of that given
her involvement with the Faceless Men.
I want Stannis to slaughter Ramsay and
Roose Bolton, and then Davos or Brienne
to slaughter Stannis. I want Sansa with
somebody, anybody, who can help her
take back her home and reunite with
her brothers. I want Reek to own his
identity as Theon. I want somebody to
know who Jon Snow s mother is.
Season 5 was a dramatic roller coaster.
We saw characters get their just desserts,
Cersei s fall from grace, Arya finding
her way to the faceless men and suc-
ceeding at it and Jon Snow growing into
a formidable man.
It was beautifully cinematic; with the
peak being the White Walkers attack
on Hardhome and the fight scene with
What shocked me the most, however,
was the show s ability to challenge my
morals. I was angry with Ramsay for
raping Sansa, appalled at Stannis for
killing his daughter and then I realised
how easily the producers manipulate
us. It s a show that has been gruesome
since day one and yet still what shocked
me was how I was okay with it for some
and not for others.
In the final episode I think they are
going to shaft Snow, the Red Witch is
going to do something awful and Cersei
is going to do a walk of shame.
Mitzi St Rose
I am reasonably certain I maintain
my DirecTV subscription just so that I
can see Game of Thrones on a Sunday
I ve been a fan from Season 1, I am
completely liberated from expectations
as I have not read the books. (I tried,
I ve enjoyed Season 5, the White
Walkers battle sequence is my favourite.
Sansa s rape and the way they chose
not to show it, but instead to focus on
Reek s pain and distress was masterful,
and Dany s dragons have had some great
cameos this season.
It s been good to see Cersei have her
comeuppance, patiently waiting for some
horrible fate to befall Ramsay Bolton
and now, worst father ever, Stannis. I
think they ve done a better job this year
of threading the various stories together
and I am intrigued where a Tyrion/Dany
alliance could lead. No idea what will
happen in the finale, but at this point
I m backing Arya to eventually do what
her brother could not and her father
didn t want to and eventually win the
Game of Thrones.
• Game of Thrones airs on HBO
tomorrow at 9 pm.
Fans await fates in
Game of Thrones finale
One of the fans' favourites on Game of Thrones is Jon Snow, left, seen here with his trusted friend and
advisor Samwell Tarly in a scene from the fifth season's finale which airs on HBO tomorrow at 9 pm.
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