Season 5 – Game of Thrones Recap and Cosplay
Stannis has the defeated Rayder burnt at the stake as Jon Snow is elected leader of the Night’s Watch, to the disapproval of the guard’s elders. Stannis is later convinced by Melisandre to sacrifice his own daughter to appease the “Lord of Light” and hold back the winter snows. He burns her alive, losing the respect of his own troops.
Littlefinger leads Sansa to Ramsay Bolton with the intention of marrying them, an event that would mean the return of the Starks to Winterfell.
Stannis arrives to fight the Boltons but is easily dispatched when his men desert over doubts about his pagan zealotry. He is slain by Brienne, who has followed Sansa to Winterfell, as Melisandre escapes to Castle Black. Sansa manages to escape Ramsey’s clutches.
At King’s Landing, Cersei is conspiring against her daughter-in-law Margaery, who has subsequently married Joffrey’s naive younger brother Tommen, now king.
After weaponizing the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), leader of a puritanical cult, Cersei’s sexual hypocrisy is soon exposed and she is forced to enact a humiliating naked walk of penance through the streets of the capital.
Daenerys takes over the city of Mereen with her Unsullied army. However, she struggles to retain control of the desert slave city when an anonymous collective known as the Sons of the Harpy rise up against her. After a battle between her guards and the Harpies, one of Daenerys’s dragons whisks her away and into the midst of a Dothraki horde.
Tyrion meets Daenerys, quickly wins her trust and is left to rule in her absence.
In the north, Jon Snow takes a group of Night’s Watchmen to meet with the Wildlings in the hope of forming an alliance. As negotiations are ongoing, the Night King breaks up their meeting and scores a devastating victory. Upon returning to the Wall, a band of mutinous Watchmen has Snow run through.