Firstly let me tell you if you have not watched the Season 5 finale of Game of Thrones, leave now.
The season five final episode Mother’s Mercy has left fans of the show reeling with the death of one of the most beloved characters. I’m going to admit, after having the air sucked out of my lungs and being speechless for quite some time, a tear was also shed. I have invested too much into Jon Snow; an error with any character on the hit HBO series. I have been watching since season one, I should know better.
The final two episodes, this week’s Mother’s Mercy and last week’s The Dance of Dragons, were both directed by David Nutter. This is the sixth time he has taken the reigns and he was responsible for the now infamous bloodbath of Season 3 – The Red Wedding. In this final episode, he has gone above that in terms of the shock-waves it has caused.
We have been seeing the stability of The Nights Watch shake for some time this season and in an interview with Deadline, the director shed some light on the very tragic Shakespearean death of The Lord High Commander, Jon Snow. Of the ultimate betrayal and killing he says “It’s really the true Julius Caesar moment for Jon Snow” and he confirmed that, yes Jon Snow is truly dead now.
He went on to say, “After the Red Wedding in season three, season four was almost like a dénouement as everyone realizes that Robb Stark and Catelyn Stark have been killed. So, as all of other major characters within the series found out about the death of Robb and Catelyn Stark, we learned how that event will affect their own desires, and plans, and goals, and schemes. Yes, this episode is like that too, I think. The hits just kept on coming and the effects are going to be wide going forward.”
The other powerful moment is Cersei’s naked walk of shame through the streets of Kings Landing. As much as I have loathed Cersei and her vindictiveness to this point , the scene was incredible.
Nutter had this to say of it: “Lena’s performance in the walk of shame sequence, the way it was visually handled, the profound production value, and the intimate, powerful, dramatic storytelling of how Cersei’s journey was told….Cersei’s story is quite a rich one, and you have here a chance to see another side of her that you may have never expected you’d see before that. It is one that’s quite sympathetic, which is quite powerful. I think that’s going to be a tremendous surprise to people, and also too it’ll be a powerful reminder of who Cersei really is and her attitude of who she is and what she’s all about at the end of that sequence”
Nutter added, “Even though the terrible person she is, to put anyone through what she was put through, that there’d be some sense of empathy that would creep into this. I was really proud of the sequence because that I think that there is that empathy. Does. But once she returns to the Red Keep and gets carried by the Mountain, you really get a chance to see her fire and that she’s never let that go”
It still comes back to that shocking ending. The fact that once again a major character who is not a bad person has died. We all cheer when the likes of Joffrey and Stannis meet a sticky end. When we see the death of a character who was trying to be a good person, then it’s just unfair dammit.
Kit Harrington who played Jon recently spoke with Variety on the final episode, and again confirmed he is dead dead. Not even going to be a White Walker. No Melisandre magic bringing him back.
Harrington said that the show’s creators, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, broke the news to him last year, before production on the fifth season even began. He said “We did the Tony Soprano walk (tell an actor they’re going to die). And they said, ‘Look, you’re gone, it’s done.’”
Harrington wasn’t aware that Jon Snow’s death would be the final closing shot of the season.
“That made it extra special,” the actor said of the murderous mutiny, in which a band of Night’s Watch brothers stab Jon to death one by one for being a “traitor” due to his choice to join forces with the Wildlings.
He went on to say, “We have to go by what (the show) does. And (it) treats drama as real life. And people die and don’t accomplish what we think they’re meant to in real life. And I think that’s one of the powerful things about Thrones.”
Director Nutter said, “I can say emphatically that Jon Snow is definitely dead.”
We then have the creator, George R.R Martin who back in 2011 said “My readers should know better than to take anything as gospel,” He added in a later interview, “If there’s one thing we know in A Song of Ice and Fire is that death is not necessarily permanent!”
As we are now at the end of the books and waiting to see what both Martin and the series creators choose to do, we all have to sit tight and wait until season six in 2016.
Meanwhile I will pray to the Old Gods that by some means, Jon Snow is one of the lucky ones who make it out alive in the end!
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