Last night’s finale of the Game of Thrones fifth season did not disappoint us and in classic George R. R. Martin fashion, popular characters met their grizzly demise.
*SPOILERS DO NOT READ AHEAD UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN THE EPISODE
Stannis Beratheon is defeated in battle and killed
After the buildup towards Stannis and House Bolton, fans were hoping that he would take Winterfell and defeat the sadistic occupiers, at least up until the last episode where his daughter is sacrificed to please the gods. The battle was shown disappointingly in a direct cut to the aftermath with a defeated Stannis being discovered by the revenge focused Brienne of Tarth. His execution by her is not however shown on camera.
Cersei’s Walk of Shame
Imprisoned by the progressively powerful Faith Militant for her sins, Cersei finally confesses and with her hair cut, she is stripped naked and forced to walk down the steps of Red Keep. As she finally reaches sanctuary after the crowd shame her, she is introduced to Ser Robert Strong (ahem the Mountain) who will take revenge on the Sparrows.
Arya goes blind
Arya kills Meryn Trant using her new found assassination techniques and upon her triumphant return is discovered by Jaqen. After hallucinating she sees Jaqen’s face on two different bodies, and becomes blinded.
Theon finds the courage to escape with Sansa
When Sansa is about to be wounded by Ramsay’s cruel mistress, Theon gets the courage to protect Sansa. As Ramsay returns from his triumphant battle with Stannis’s forces they make an escape attempt by leaping off the high walls of Winterfell. We are left with a literal cliffhanger.
Jon Snow dies
The biggest shock undeniably, came from Jon Snow’s death and it has been confirmed that he will not be coming back in any way shape or form. He is the character that most fans loved and one of the last good guys in Westeros. He is brutally stabbed by his own men, after bringing in the Wildlings.
As with many big character deaths there were a number of reactions (first comes shock, then anger and finally sadness).