Last week’s episode of Game of Thrones will be remembered as one that rewarded emotional investment in a show that, in recent seasons, has given its viewers plenty of reasons to check out. The series became famous for suddenly killing off major characters in the least merciful ways imaginable, but the newest episode ended with a beloved figure dying in a manner that was excruciating and brutal but also honorable and sort of elegant. Oh, and earlier in the episode they showed a dick.
Once Game of Thrones came to an agreement with a Croatian church to lock down the filming location for Cersei Lannister’s naked walk of shame, and secured a body double for Lena Headey, there was only one thing missing from one of the most important scenes of the season 5 finale: a guy to flash his dick and shout “I’m a Lannister, suck me off!”
Pretty great final two minutes of Game of Thrones season 5, huh? How about that part where a character you were absolutely sure was crucial to the ultimate resolution of the show—the small matter of a battle between “fire” and “ice”—just got mercilessly snuffed out before your eyes and then the credits rolled?
An exclusive sneak peek at season 5 of Game of Thrones, shown after Thursday's IMAX screenings of last season's basically perfect finale, is now exclusive to the whole damn internet thanks to a clever fan who recorded and uploaded it. What does it tell us about where the show is headed when it comes back in April?
If you've spent most of Game of Thrones waiting for the moment when Sansa Stark finally gets to deliver a devastating kick to a Lannister or Frey's family jewels, please enjoy this. It might be as close as we ever get.