All it takes is for me to hear the stirring opening theme by Ramin Djwadi, and I get very excited about returning to Westeros. Now, thanks to HBO, I can journey back there to that war-torn land, and binge-watch all of Season 5’s episodes, and get ready for the approach of Winter, and Season 6.
Releasing today on both Blu-Ray and DVD the fifth season takes the characters we love, and those we love to hate into unforeseen dangers, confrontations, alliances and revelations. Based on George R.R. Martin’s epic Song of Fire and Ice series, this is the last season that is based on published material, though, as in previous seasons there are differences.
There is a lot going on this season, and despite the fact that this season is no shorter than any previous season, clocking in at 10 episodes, for some reason, it flew by, and I was more than ready for more, More, MORE (dragons please) by the season finale.
Cersei (Lena Headey) plays a dangerous game in King’s Landing with new Queen, Margaery (Natalie Dormer) and the religious leader, the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce). Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) confronts horrors Beyond the Wall, but his loyalty to the Night’s Watch may be called into question. Arya (Maisie Williams) is in Bravos, and begins to learn a new craft to help her seek her vengeance. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is captured, by Jorah (Iain Glen) and brought before Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) who is having problems with the people of Mereen. And poor Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is married off to a true villain.
And that is only the tip of the iceberg, as winter draws closer, and things begin to look very dire for all the people of Westeros.
As usual, the series looks stunningly gorgeous, the HBO Blu-Ray truly does the series justice with its beautiful transfer of picture and sound, as well as rounding it out with a nice collection of commentaries, and features. The one function I continue to love is the on-screen guide, just in case you forget who a character is, their allegiances, or where on the map they are, this handy little gizmo tells you without ever having to leave the episode.
Not afraid to go dark, or push their characters into terrifying situations, this season, like those before, push a number of characters to the breaking point, and as we roll into season 6, which gets underway 24 April, 2016, all fans are venturing into new territory. What will become of Jon? Is he dead, or was the arrival of Melisandre (Carice van Houten) back at The Wall the key to his survival?
Will Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) be able to help Sansa? And what of Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his departure from Dorne? And where is Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright)?
All things that will no doubt be answered as well as more questions posed as the series unfurls…
Game of Thrones: Season 5 is available on Blu-Ray and DVD from HBO today!