Season 5 Finale Posting Spree, Part 9: I Must Bat These Shiny Things

Early this morning I thought maybe I was finally out of gas, and could go back to blogging about other things. Then I saw something on the front page of Livejournal, followed some links, and…nope. They’re dangling shiny things in front of my face, and I must respond.

Let’s just assume this is at least the beginning of the end of my posting spree?

I see two stories regarding the Season 5 finale: Director David Nutter answers questions at Variety, and the showrunners talk about Myrcella’s death at EW.

Regarding Jon Snow, Nutter says yes, he is really dead, and there’s no way it could have been made any clearer that he is truly dead. When asked about a possible resurrection by Melisandre, Nutter says: “That’s not my concern.”

I see all sorts of interesting ideas about the Lannister/Martell situation in the EW story, and I’ll try to keep the insider knowledge separate from the colorful speculation.

Weiss says Cersei will blame Dorne in general for Myrcella’s death, not distinguishing the culpability of Ellaria Sand from that of, for example, Doran Martell. Benioff, meanwhile, says Cersei will hate Tyrion more than ever, because Tyrion’s the one who sent Myrcella to Dorne.

The one with the most to say in this piece is Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who acknowledges that he doesn’t actually know what’ll happen next season. He doesn’t write the show, and he hasn’t seen any scripts. But he has some ideas! For instance, he expects that Jaime will have a rough time in breaking the news of their daughter’s death to Cersei. And also:

The actor also pointed out he’s returning to King’s Landing with Myrcella’s betrothed, Trystane Martell. Coster-Waldau noted that Trystane could find himself in the same situation as Myrcella in Dorne after Prince Oberyn was murdered—except Cersei is far less likely to show mercy than Prince Doran.

“Cersei has someone she could enact revenge on—Trystane,” Coster-Waldau said. “He’s supposed to take his father’s seat on the council. I think maybe Jaime should just ask the captain, ‘Just drop me off—I’ll build a little house over there!’”

Hee. I like how his mind works.

Back to David Nutter at Variety. I previously argued that, because Stannis’s death was not handled like other deaths on Game of Thrones, he wasn’t really dead. Nutter says that’s not the case. Asked about why they didn’t show the killing stroke, he says:

I think that was basically in the script. Dan and David felt it best not to be gratuitous with that. You really got a sense that Stannis had nothing else to live for. Brienne’s life-long mission had come to an end. It’s a situation in which Stannis was ready to die and prepared to die. It would have been gratuitous.

It seems that Game of Thrones has finally shown us a character death in which we don’t see the killing stroke, and we don’t see the dead body. I thought my argument against his death was a good one, but I’ve already edited my earlier spree posts to acknowledge my mistake.

Of course, I could also double down and argue that maybe D&D simply want the director to think the character is really dead, because they want to surprise us with Stannis being alive in Season 6.

Except, no, I will not double down. I’m giving up the ghost, before I get any more invested in an erroneous assumption. Stannis’s role on Game of Thrones is all played out. Any predictions I make going forward will take Stannis’s death into account.

However, Nutter also assures us that Theon and Sansa survive their jump. Yeah, they’ll be okay. Our surviving Stark and her foster brother still have things to do.