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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Episode 5 Recap: “Kill The Boy”


“Who is innocent? Maybe all of you are, maybe none of you are. Maybe, I should let the dragons decide.”

OH MY GOD GREY WORM IS ALIVE! Poor Ser Barristan is still dead though. Dany orders all the leaders of Meereen’s great families be brought to her so she can threaten them with her dragon pit, and one of them is burned alive then eaten. She is truly frightening here, for the first time in awhile.

Grey Worm finally wakes up after three days with Missandei by his bedside. He confesses that when he was injured, he was afraid he would never see her again. It’s a precious moment.

Dany asks for Missandei’s counsel on what to do next. Missandei’s counsel amounts to “you do you,” so Dany decides to reopen the fighting pits in the name of tradition, but for free men only. She also decides to unite herself with the city of Meereen by marrying a noble.

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The Wall

“Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born.”

Jon goes to Master Aemon for advice on a decision that will apparently divide the Night’s Watch. Aemon urges him to do it no matter what, so Jon goes to release Tormund and ask him to lead the Free Folk south of the Wall, in return for helping Jon fight the White Walkers when the time comes. Tormund agrees, but only if Jon comes with him to ensure this isn’t a trap.

Jon is right about the Night’s Watch disagreeing with his decision. It leads to an interesting conversation between Jon and Olly, whose entire family was murdered in a Wildling raid.

Stannis approaches Sam in the library to ask how he killed the White Walker. Sam explains that he’s been researching it, and dragonglass — obsidian, which is what the dagger he used was made of — seems to do the trick, but he doesn’t know why. Stannis leaves for Winterfell in the morning.


“I served Lady Catelyn. I serve her still. Who do you serve?”

Brienne enlists the help of servants to get a message to Sansa Stark inside the castle.

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“I’m going to marry her. That will involve looking at her from time to time.”

An old woman in the castle lets Sansa know that she has friends in the North who will help her if she’s ever in trouble. Sansa just needs to light a candle in one of the towers — the one where Bran fell and shattered his leg, naturally, because The North Remembers but not enough to try to spare poor Sansa painful memories of supposedly dead brothers.

Ramsay’s sadistic lover Myranda is jealous over his engagement to Sansa, so she tries to befriend her so she can lead her to Theon sleeping in the dog kennels. Theon later confesses to this meeting to Ramsay. Ramsay forces him to confront Sansa at dinner about “killing” Bran and Rickon.

Roose Bolton’s wife Walda is pregnant with a boy, which has Ramsay worried about his place as a newly minted Bolton. Echoing Stannis’ scene with Shireen last episode, Roose tells Ramsay that he is his son (except this scene is way less adorable and I keep hoping the building’s ceiling will collapse and crush the both of them to death) and asks Ramsay to help him defend “their” land.


“Long sullen silences and an occasional punch in the face. The Mormont way.”

Tyrion has woken up from being K.O.’d only to continue being a sassmaster because this guy really does not learn. Tyrion discovers they’re going to be traveling through Valyria and decides to give a history lesson on Valyria and The Doom, just as Dany’s remaining free dragon flies overhead.

While they’re busy being mesmerized, Stone Men attack. Jorah fights them off as Tyrion jumps overboard to avoid being touched, and they end up stranded on the shore. Time to walk to Meereen!

Oh and Jorah has been infected with greyscale. Which, like, really sucks.


  • Stannis correcting a man’s grammar under his breath made me choke on my coffee.
  • Gonna say it again: the Grey Worm/Missandei scene was suh cyuht. SUH CYUHT.
  • “I am a person who drinks. People who drink need to keep drinking.” Didn’t Tyrion get punched because he was annoying Jorah for wine? And now he wakes up and starts annoying Jorah for wine? Tyrion, honestly.
  • Is Jorah hiding his greyscale from Tyrion the Game of Thrones equivalent of being bitten by a zombie and not telling the group?
  • I’m still working out the kinks (hah) on how to structure Nudity Corner, since I’m not sure whether I should count the same set of body parts in an ongoing scene as one, or if I should count every single shot the body part is featured in. With other recaps I’ve been counting every shot (or trying to, since brothel scenes get a bit hectic) but I think this episode was the first this season to have two people — Ramsay and Myranda — naked for an extended period of time. In any case I counted every shot again this time, which is why this week’s Nudity Corner might seem a bit inflated:
    Boob count: 5
    Butt count: 11
    Chest count: 8
    Penis count: 0
    Vag count: 1