“Allow me to give my lord one last piece of counsel,” the old man had said, “the same counsel I once gave my brother when we parted for the last time. He was three-and-thirty when the Great Council chose him to mount the Iron Throne. A man grown with sons of his own, yet in some ways still a boy. Egg had an innocence to him, a sweetness we all loved. Kill the boy within you, I told him the day I took ship for the Wall. It takes a man to rule. An Aegon, not an Egg. Kill the boy and let the man be born.” The old man felt Jon’s face. “You are half the age that Egg was, and your own burden is crueler one, I fear. You will have little joy of your command, but I think you have the strength in you to do the things that must be done. Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.”
Man, what a great passage from A Dance with Dragons! I was really happy to know see that the show included the line “Kill the boy, Jon Snow” since it’s one of my favorites (I am a well documented Jon Snow fangirl). What I didn’t really like though was that the context of the speech wasn’t really clear to the show watcher save for the 2 second flashback from season 1 where Jon figures out that Maester Aemon is really Aemon Targaryen. What is so important about this scene is that Jon is going to have to do some hard things as the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. No more japes with friends, no more friendly conversations in the yard with his brothers, no more relatively carefree days as a brother of the Night’s Watch. He is now responsible for the lives of all of his brothers. The harsh reality is that winter is HERE. It’s not coming. It’s not on the horizon. It is actually upon us. And in the winter, a man must do everything he can to ensure the survival of his family and for Jon Snow, that means all the men of the Night’s Watch. And for Egg, it meant the lives of every man, woman and child in Westeros so the parallels are so strikingly appropriate since Jon, too, hold the fate of the realm in his hands.
Now, as far as Essos is concerned, I really find myself being so bored. The death of Ser Barristan the Bold was one of the worst decisions that D&D have ever made in my opinion. It simply does not make any sense. To substitute his council with Tyrion’s or gods forbid, Daario’s is ridiculous. It is almost like they are speeding up Dany’s storyline because they know that after 4 seasons, the viewers are ready to see Dany actually DO something. I think we can all agree that we are all tired of seeing Dany sit on a bench while people grovel at her feet. And now lets discuss the worst part of Essos- Grey Worm and Missandei. Oh seven hells. Where do I even begin? Grey Worm is no starry eyed waif. Grey Worm is not thinking about making love to Missandei right before he is about to die. Grey Worm doesn’t scream out in pain before he is stabbed. Grey Worm is a hardened warrior who has one purpose and one purpose alone- to fight. This HBO creation just muddles up his personality and quite frankly cheapens his character.
So, what did you all think of episode 5? What did you like? Let us know!
(Oh and I’ll be doing a separate post on the RamSan storyline tomorrow!)