Coming March 15 to Bluray and Digital HD from HBO Home Entertainment and George R.R. Martin comes one of the most successful series on cable television and to see why it’s time to catch up with “Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season.”

Lets get to it as Tywin’s (Charles Dance) burial brings about Cersei’s (Lena Headey) anger as she learns brother Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) has freed Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). That is the least of her problem as the religious group the Sparrows has a member Lannister in the return of Lancel (Eugene Simon).

Tyrion is on the run as Varys (Conleth Hill) takes him to Meereen where Daenery (Emilia Clarke) is having trouble keeping her dragons under control. Also, when some of the Unsullied are murdered by the Sons of Harpy, she knows the group in her city is not about to stop. A turn of sides is shocking as the Mother of Dragons takes Tyrion on as an advisor.

Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) has taken Sansa (Sophie Turner) under his wing after the death of his wife but there is always a price to pay when dealing with Littlefinger. Sansa is on the marriage block with Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) in the sights. Reek (Alfie Allen) observes ever moment of Sansa’s new found life.

At the wall Jon Snow (Kit Harington) tries to get everyone to follow Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) by using the Wildlings. Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) wants nothing to do with it and the result it swift. The White Walkers are on the march and Snow wants to help the Wildlings but those he believed friends no longer want to follow his lead as the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

Margaery (Natalie Dormer) is now wed to Tommen Baratheon (Dean-Charles Chapman) which sends Cersei into a tizzy. Turning to the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) Cersei tries to bend their will to hers which becomes a twist she never saw coming.

Arya (Maisie Williams) has put herself on a boat that takes her to Braavos and the House of Black and White where, to enter, she must relinquish all her personal items. Her friend Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) begins Arya’s training that takes her down a path that will change her life.

Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) discover they are close to finding Sansa and try to help her escape the situation she is in. That is when an unlikely hope comes into play as his life isn’t any better than hers.

All of this leads to the Dorne seeking revenge for Oberyn Martel and plotting a takeover with Ellaria (Indira Varma) taking the lead.

The players may change but the goal is one in the same!

Let’s start with Peter Dinklage because he continues season after season to amaze me with his stellar performance as Tyrion Lannister. This is one Lannister that may seem the most screwed up yet he proves time and time again that behind the mannerisms is a brilliant mind. Do I think he should be on the Iron Throne? Hmmmm…I think I’ll give you that answer at the end of the next season.

Coster-Waldau as Jamie is another Lannister that has totally changed in character. Yes he still has a witty line for everything but inside the chest of this Lannister is a heart that, this season, even reached out to a brother he had pretty much forsaken for some time. His feelings for Cersei’s are now combative as he holds her accountable for every action she takes. Again, I am waiting for the next season to see if this very cool Jamie can hang in there and not be swayed by anyone.

Headey as Cersei had a rough season for sure. Losing a parent and a child has set her teeth on edge to the point of slipping up. Trying to get Tommen’s new wife (which is really her dead son’s five minute wife) to stop trying to change things is what causes her to make mistakes – and it’s a mistake that cost her dearly. The next season will be interesting to see if her walk to the throne taught her anything. Headey is just amazing as Cersei and no one else could do this!

Clarke as Daenery is stunningly beautiful, frighteningly unpredictable and yet there are moments when her eyes have a hint of total uncertainty as a ruler. I love that all of this is mashed up together in this character. The Mother of Dragons is in a position of greatness but greatness can tumble in a heartbeat – and she knows this more than anyone. Clarke brings so much to this role and I know she is far from over in taking us on Calise’s journey.

Gillen as Littlefinger is the guy you love to hate. Yes, he is right about things and yes, he manages to save people here and there but don’t fall for that – there is a plan for everything. Gillen just rolls in this character and gives us nothing more than he thinks we need to see. Gotta love that!

Turner as Sansa has grown so much, not just physically but in the ways of the world. No longer the spoiled little “I wanna be queen” who thought Geoffrey was the king of her dreams, she is learning how the game is played and, unfortunately, Littlefinger is her teacher! Allen as Reek has had everything humanly and inhumanly possible happen to him and he is also a little upstart who no longer has anything to be upstart-ish about. Let us see how the Sansa-Reek story plays out.

Williams as Arya has always been one of my favorite characters because I never saw her as a child even though she clearly is. There is a sense of reality with her character and she is more like her father than anyone has given her credit for. Managing to avoid the Lannisters and finding the most unexpected ally’s – there is something to the House of Black and White that has me scared for Arya. That’s how good Williams is – I’m scared for Arya!!

Harington as Jon Snow has taken his job at the Wall seriously. He knows what the White Walkers can do and he has inside knowledge of the Wildlings. Trying to convince a brotherhood that it’s time to change was a challenge that took him all season to get anyone to listen. The problem is, when they did it was with tragic results. I’m not happy with those at the Wall and am a little bit hoping there is revenge in the new season.

Christie as Brienne is a woman who knows what must be done and she’s not about to let anyone stop her. Keeping an eye on her new friend Jamie Lannister, she also knows there are pieces being moved on the chessboard and she wants to make sure those she cares about are safe and those she wants dead – die by her very large sword. I love Christie playing this character and love every moment she is on the screen!

Other cast include: Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell, Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, John West as Samwell Tarly, Hannah Murray as Gilly, Jerome Flynn as Gronn, Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton and Ian Glen as Jorah Mormont.

HBO Home Entertainment brings ground breaking programs in Bluray, DVD and Digital HD for the entire world to enjoy. “Game of Thrones” now joins those of us with media libraries that also include “The Sopranos,” “Girls,” “The Wire,” “Entourage,” “Band of Brothers” and “True Blood.” HBO Home Entertainment can be found in more than 70 territories around the world and continue to expand!

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season” five tubs of popcorn out of five. The series has become even more complex than I could have though possible. There are so many characters that I didn’t cover and that’s mainly because even I have a word limit on articles.

That is the amazing thing about “Game of Thrones,” each character has a reason for being there and don’t turn your back on any of them. The storyline is so detailed and brilliant and all from the mind of a man who knows the answers to my questions.

Returning to the fifth season Bluray gives me the chance to see even more detail in the story, the beauty of the special effects, to marvel at the intricate costuming and set design. There literally is not anything about this series that isn’t stunning and so well done it can only be called exceptional television with nothing that can compare.

Episodes include: The Wars to Come, The House of Black and White, High Sparrow, Sons of the Harpy, Kill the Boy, Unbowed Unbent Unbroken, The Gift, Hardhome, The Dance of the Dragons, and Mother’s Mercy.

The DVD includes Anatomy of an Episode: Mother’s Mercy, The Real History Behind Game of Thrones, Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, A Day in the Life, and New Characters/New Locations.

The Bluray includes all the DVD features but also The Dance of Dragons – hear the story of the Greens and the Black, the Targaryen civil war that led to the downfall of the dragons, featuring surprise narration from notable characters from past seasons, In-Episode Guide – Dig deeper into the show with his in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters etc., Histories and Lore – Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 14 history pieces.

It’s time to prep for the next season only a few weeks away. “Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season” is ready refresh our memories and entice us back to Westeros – but lets be honest, we go there willingly.

In the end — the battle still wages for the Iron Throne!



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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.