How did the mother Direwolf die

"Game of Thrones": Season five, episode ten

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The finale of the fifth season "Mother's Mercy" is pitch black. Tears were shed. How can things go on with "Game of Thrones" now?

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"He always comes back," says Samwell Tarly about Jon Snow in the episode "The Dance of Dragons". Probably not this time. In the finale of the fifth season "Game of Thrones" we see Jon Snow lying dead in the snow. His eyes are open, but there is no sign of "warging" or hatching into Ghost's mind. The Direwolf is nowhere to be seen, neither is a giant or Melisandre, who has returned to the wall. Jon Snow's death at the end of the episode "Mother's Mercy" marks the end of this deep black season, with which "Game of Thrones" has now finally overtaken the original book "A Song if Ice and Fire".

In this, Jon's fate is comparatively open. "He never felt the fourth knife. Only the cold ..." it says. In the series there are not four but six knives that hit him. Mutiny before a cross that reads "Traitor". "For the watch," say the brothers, including Alliser Thorne. The last blade, that of the child Olly, hits him in the heart. And probably also that of many viewers. I've shed a few tears.

"And now his watch is ended"

A resurrection of this figure, next to Tyrion and Daenerys my dearest ones, seems unlikely. "I'm done, I'm dead," said actor Kit Harington after the episode aired. Fans still cling to the hope that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Knows her trick that Jon becomes Azor Ahai after all, the resurrected hero Melisandre mistakenly mistook Stannis for. In any case, one thing is certain: "And now his watch is ended."

"What's worse than mutiny?"

The entire episode, actually the entire season, was aimed at that death. "It can't be worse than mutiny" says Stannis before he sees his wife Selyse dangling dead from a branch. He too dies after his hopelessly defeated army is defeated by the men of the Boltons. But not a Bolton kills Stannis (even if that happens offscreen, I can't see him surviving), but Brienne. She convicts him of the murder of his brother Renly and carries out her death sentence. "Go on, do your duty", Stannis instructs the knight. Quite the upright man, even to death.

One more gruesome twist that Brienne, driven by vengeance, missed Sansa's cry for help. But Theon / Reek is there to save her. The two jump hand in hand off the wall of Winterfell. To freedom or to death. Depending on whether the snow is high enough. But where can you go? Not after Castle Black, they no longer have any friends there.

Because Samwell Tarly has also turned his back on the wall. His departure reminds me of those of Jon and Robb Stark in Winterfell. Sam travels to Oldtown with Gilly and the baby to become a maester. "To your return", Jon and Sam toast. Perhaps Sam can find a remedy there against the White Walkers, who are approaching with the "biggest army in the world". It would take a mountain of dragonglass - or Valyrian steel - to conquer them.

"We have to go home"

Or dragons. "We have to go home," asks Daenerys from a high plateau that is actually in Scotland. There Drogon has his nest. I haven't seen any human bones. The black dragon is visibly battered, so Daenerys goes off alone, only to be circled by a gigantic Khalasaar. Her two dissimilar admirers, Jorah Mormont and Daario Naharis, are not there yet.

Will the mheesa become a khaleesi again? Or does she actually go back to Meereen, where Tyrion is supposed to pacify the city together with Gray Worm and Missandei. That leaves Tyrion speechless for a change. Not so Vary's return. Tyrion probably speaks for a broad audience when he says: "I did miss you."

The series deserves credit for making me laugh despite all the horror and cruelty in between.

"Forgive me, child."

And that it can be touching in an unsentimental way. Like in the short scene between Jaime and Myrcella, in which he tries to confess to her that he is her father. She already knows. Her "I'm glad that you're my father" only makes him happy for a short time, as she collapses and dies. Ellaria Sand poisoned her with a "Judas kiss". Poison and antidote are the weapons of the Sand Snakes. It is very likely that Ellaria sent her nephew Trystane to his death.

"I am Arya Stark and you are no one"

The death. He's maybe the real theme of Game of Thrones. When Ramsay Bolton lustfully murders his opponents who are lying on the ground, we find it daunting. What if Arya Stark outsmarted Meryn Trant with someone else's face and slaughtered it? There is still a little satisfaction in this. He was first on their list. "I am Arya Stark and you are no one, you're nothing," she belts out at him. She blinds him and is blinded by Jaqen H'ghar, at least they both stay alive, we do not find out who pays the price of death. Manyfaced God followers believe they see righteousness in death. What an illusion.

Cersei's apology

Death is not just, and neither is Westeros justice. Cersei admits adultery, but does not reveal the paternity of her blond children. Smart, she would put Tommen in danger. "I want to be clean again," she says. Of course she is plotting to return to the royal court and take revenge. The High Sparrow, the man who stands up for the poor, punishes them in a cruel way. At the end of her walk through the city - naked, smeared with shorn hair and excrement - it is broken nonetheless. Your apology is not fair, it is unworthy.

Jon Snow's death

How can "Game of Thrones" continue after Jon Snow's death? As it did after the deaths of Ned, Robb and Joffrey. As life goes on How the authors fill this gap will be a challenge. As well as getting the audience's sympathy for this brutal series that has received a lot of criticism lately.

There is a word in the English forums for those readers who refuse to admit the obvious, who do not give up hope that a story will go on differently when there is no hope. That a dead figure is resurrected: "Delusional". How can Jon Snow die when the great mystery of himself has not yet been resolved: Who is Jon Snow's mother? Call me delusional.

The last word has George R.R. Martin, who tweeted after the episode:

Valar Morghulis

- George RR Martin (@GeorgeRRMartin_) June 15, 2015

Quotes of the week

  • Jon Snow to Sam: "I'm glad the end of the world's working out well for someone."
  • Dario to Tyrion: "So mainly you talk." Tyrion: "And drink."

Body count: Who died in season five

  • Jon Snow
  • Stannis Baratheon (presumed)
  • Myrcella Baratheon
  • Shireen Baratheon
  • Selyse Baratheon
  • Mance Rayder
  • Barristan Selmy
  • Hizdahr zo Loraq
  • Maester Aemon
  • Meryn Trant
  • Myranda, Ramsay's lover
  • Lord of Bones

Who did I forget? Please write it in the comments, then I'll add.

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Editor's note: The current "Game of Thrones" episodes are made available to the author by the Sky broadcaster, which shows the series in Austria.