One of the genuine delights of Game Of Thrones is the way that events rarely go the way that the characters expect and yet still manages to fool the audience along with it. It happens so often that I feel that I really should be prepared by now, but no, the surprises still come along and slap me around the face with a force something akin to a wet fish.

Jamie - from hero to zero.

A prime example of the 'surprise slap around the face with a wet fish' concerns the poor misunderstood King slayer himself, Jamie Lannister. ‘Old leftie’ is suitably heroic as he leads the Lannisters & Tyrells in a show of force against the dastardly High Sparrow and his faith militant.

I mean, who couldn’t fail to be impressed by him riding his horse up those steps accompanied by the gasps of the baying crowds? Well, everyone except the High Sparrow himself it seems as Mr Pious Smugness himself cheerfully proclaimed that there was no need for everyone to be so snarky. The announcement that not only had Queen Margaery had realised the error of her naughty sinful ways and so therefore would no longer have to do the walk of atonement was met with silence (much to the collective disappointment of many of the men in the crowd.....and ahem, TV audience). The second announcement was that the young naive mummy’s boy himself, otherwise known as the King, had also joined the happy religious militant throng meaning that they had all been outplayed by the Sparrow - again.

The only thing missing from the scene was his “Boom, checkmate!!!” proclamation. If that wasn’t enough the Lord Commander of the Kings Guard then finds out from his boss that he’s, er, well, not now Lord Commander of the Kings Guard. Instead he’s being sent away like a naughty Lannister boy to lead his army and give the Blackfish a damn good thrashing and retake Riverrun.

Blimey Uncle, where the heck have you been?

Ahh, poor Bran - not only does he have to put up with the annoyance of having been written out of the whole of season five, he’s spending much of his time being dragged around the freezing north with his eyes glazed over. The mastering of the visions isn’t coming very quickly (is it Hodor?) but luckily for him just as he’s about to become dead walker fodder he’s rescued by his long lost uncle Benjen.

Now Benjen could have lectured Bran on how he should be thankful for just being written out of one series, after all poor Benjy left us in the very couple of episodes in series one! But no, he merely let him in on the fact that he survived by be resurrected by those nice children of the forest. Bran somehow forgets to tell Uncle Benjy that he now knows they also created the creatures that may end the world as they know it. Best not to mention that for now, eh?

Other Notable segments.........

It’s been a while since we’ve had a awkward dinner from hell (yes I’m talking to you, the Lannisters) but the scene where poor old Sam had to endure the cruelly barbed comments from his father, as well as the smug self-righteous looks from his daddy’s-boy brother, was fabulous.

Sometimes the psychological warfare on this show is almost as satisfying as a head-mashing against the wall....... I said ‘almost’. The Arya story thread finally seems to be going somewhere as she seemingly regains her identity as a Stark and renounces her upcoming career as a faceless assassin - I know, choices, choices. Her reacquaintance with Needle seems to bode well for a revisit to Westeros with the travelling players. And finally, oh god, yet another rousing of the troops speech from Dany to the Dothraki hordes - though I do wonder if the chaps at the back of the thousands strong gathering actually heard what she said......

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