Game of Thrones, season 5

Daenerys Targaryen: “Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell...they're all just spokes on a wheel. This one's on top, then that one's on top, and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground.”
Tyrion Lannister: “It's a beautiful dream, stopping the wheel. You're not the first person who's ever dreamt it."
Daenerys Targaryen: “I'm not going to stop the wheel, I'm going to break the wheel.”

release year: 2015
genre: TV fantasy/drama
viewing setting: home Bluray 3/16-20/19

synopsis: This can't be done without spoiling anything; see general notes below.

impressions: More of the same: a medieval soap opera with violence and sex and magic and monsters. New monsters this season: animated skeletons! Plus the giants actually fight this time, and of course the dragons are still growing. I've realized that I can't really effectively summarize events of any of these seasons without spoiling things, so I won't try. This season did have a lot more battle though. It also introduced a powerful religious element that began to get out of hand. As always, the plot and events are extremely complex, and accordingly, stupid people shouldn't watch this show.

acting: One thing that won't change in any of my season reviews of this show: there's a huge ensemble cast, and I'm no longer going to talk about any or all of the characters. There are dozens of significant and memorable cast members, and this is one of those shows where you often have to check things on wikipedia after an episode.

notable scenes: Episode 8 has a big battle with an undead army.

final word: Good, if complex, medieval intrigue and mayhem.

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