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Game of Thrones Finale Recap: 'Mother's Mercy'

Six. Six Game of Thrones characters died in the season 5 finale, “Mother’s Mercy.” And one of those deaths marks arguably the show’s greatest character loss yet (we felt every gut stab). Oh, and Arya (Maisie Williams) is blind. Shireen (Kerry Ingram) is still dead.

Game of Thrones: Who's Winning, Anyway?

The show is called Game of Thrones, and it stands to reason that at some point there will be a winner to this game.

Someone eventually will get to sit on the Iron Throne and rule Westeros, and on the eve of the show’s fifth season finale, it seems like a good idea to look at the various contenders and see who might be in the best position to come out on top.

Game of Thrones Recap: 'The Dance of Dragons'

Game of Thrones Recap: 'Hardhome'

Valyrian steel FTW! Bet you didn’t know Valyrian steel can kill White Walkers, did you? Heck, even George R.R. Martin might not know that, given how this season has taken so many unexpected detours from the source material. Maybe crossbows and lemoncakes kill them too, you just never know until you try.

Game of Thrones Recap: 'The Gift'

Initial thoughts

Maester Aemon had the most shocking death yet on Thrones: Natural causes! No gushing blood or swords or eye gouging. Just a peaceful death from old age (but I half expected the next scene to be Jon Snow walking into Aemon s office and going, “Hey Aemon, I wanted to ask you who my real mom is – Aemon?”).

Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke Sing in Chris Martin's Game of Thrones: The Musical (VIDEO)

Game of Thrones Recap: 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken'

The episode’s title is “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” Those are the words of House Martell. But I’m thinking the showrunners mean for us to think about those words while we process that final scene with Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).

A few thoughts on the episode to get the conversation started …

– We finally saw Sand Snakes in full action. Are they working for you?

Game of Thrones Recap: 'Kill the Boy'

Ser Jorah’s gets greyscale! Sansa reunites with Theon! Stannis marches toward Winterfell! Tyrion sees a dragon!


Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) is unconscious in bed. Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) looks very upset even though this is pretty much the same amount of conversation she usually gets from Grey Worm.

Game of Thrones Recap: 'Sons of the Harpy'

Chat, chat, stab-stab, chat, chat, stab-stab. This week’s episode of Game of Thrones was largely a series of intimate, well-written character-driven discussions between two wounded souls in conflict – then fun stabby action scenes. And one of those fights resulted in the loss of a character who has been with the series since season 1 (AND is still alive in the books, because that’s just how Thrones rolls now).