Kill the Boy

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"Kill the Boy"
Game of Thrones episode
Game of Thrones-S05-E05 Tyrion and Jorah.jpg
Tyrion and Jorah sailing through the ruins of Valyria
Episode no.Season 5
Episode 5
Directed byJeremy Podeswa
Written byBryan Cogman
Featured musicRamin Djawadi
Cinematography byGregory Middleton
Editing byCrispin Green
Original air dateMay 10, 2015 (2015-05-10)
Running time57 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology
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"Kill the Boy" is the fifth episode of the fifth season of HBO's fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 45th overall. The episode was written by Bryan Cogman, and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, his directorial debut for the series.

This episode marks the final appearance for Ian McElhinney (Ser Barristan Selmy).

Plot[edit]

In the North[edit]

Brienne and Podrick arrive at an inn close to Winterfell. When their conversation is interrupted by a servant, Brienne speaks to him and determines he is still loyal to the Starks. She arranges for a message to be delivered to Sansa that if she is ever in trouble, she should light a candle in Winterfell's highest tower, and help will arrive.

In Winterfell, Ramsay has a tense conversation with Myranda regarding her jealousy of Sansa and their impending marriage. Later, Myranda speaks with Sansa, and shows her to the kennels where Reek, formerly Theon Greyjoy, lives. At dinner, Ramsay forces Reek to apologize to Sansa for murdering Bran and Rickon, despite being aware that Reek did not kill them. Annoyed by Ramsay's petty cruelty, Roose announces that he and Walda are expecting a child. Ramsay feels his claim as Roose's heir is threatened, but Roose later reassures him and asks for his support resisting King Stannis Baratheon's impending attack on Winterfell.

At the Wall[edit]

News of the events in Meereen reach Sam and Maester Aemon. Aemon laments that he is Daenerys's only remaining relative, and that he is too old and sickly to help her. Jon arrives and speaks privately to Aemon, asking his advice with regards to gaining the wildlings as allies. Aemon tells Jon that he must "kill the boy and let the man be born," indicating that as Lord Commander, Jon must do what he feels is right.

Afterward, Jon meets with Tormund Giantsbane and frees him. He offers to allow the wildlings to settle south of the wall in return for an alliance with the Night's Watch. Tormund tells Jon that most of the wildlings have made their way to a settlement called Hardhome, and that in order to unite them and forge an alliance, Jon must accompany him to speak with them himself. When Jon presents his plan to his men, they reject it, citing the numerous brothers and innocents killed by the wildlings, including Jon's friends Grenn and Pyp, and Olly's entire village. Regardless, Jon decides to go forward with the plan.

In the library, Sam tells Gilly about how he had always wanted to become a Maester before joining the Night's Watch. Stannis then enters and asks Sam about dragonglass, which is capable of killing White Walkers. He mentions that Dragonstone has large supplies of dragonglass, and that Sam should continue researching the White Walkers' weaknesses. Later, Stannis tells Ser Davos that they will march toward Winterfell in the morning. Davos suggests waiting for Jon to come back with the wildlings, but Stannis wishes to march before winter arrives. He also decides to have Selyse and Shireen march with them, since he does not feel they will be safe at the Wall.

In Meereen[edit]

Though badly wounded in the battle with the Sons of the Harpy, Grey Worm has survived, and rests under the watchful eye of Missandei. However, Ser Barristan Selmy has succumbed to his wounds. Daenerys and Daario mourn Barristan in the Great Pyramid, and Daenerys orders the leaders of the great families of Meereen to be brought before her, including Hizdahr zo Loraq. She has her dragons Viserion and Rhaegal burn and eat one of the leaders, and imprisons the others. Three days later, Grey Worm awakens and tells Missandei how he felt fear that he would never see her again; the two share a passionate kiss. Later, Daenerys consults Missandei on how to deal with the Sons of the Harpy, and Missandei points out that Daenerys has always had the ability to find solutions that nobody else could see. Inspired by Missandei's words, Daenerys meets with Hizdahr in his cell, and informs him that she will reopen the fighting pits, and that in order to make peace with the people of Meereen, she will marry him.

In Valyria[edit]

Tyrion deduces that Jorah is taking a shortcut through the ruins of Valyria. They see Drogon fly overhead before they are attacked by a group of stone men, victims of the leprosy-like disease greyscale, who have been turned feral by the disease. Tyrion is forced overboard but is saved from drowning by Jorah, and the two set camp on a small sandbar. Jorah leaves to gather firewood, and checking his wrist, finds the beginnings of a greyscale lesion.

Production[edit]

Writing[edit]

Series veteran Bryan Cogman wrote this episode.

This episode was written by the series producer Bryan Cogman, and contains content from two of George R. R. Martin's novels, A Feast for Crows, Samwell I, and Samwell IV, and A Dance with Dragons, chapters Jon II, Jon III, Jon XI, Jon XIII, Reek III, Daenerys V, and Tyrion V.[1][2]

Filming[edit]

"Kill the Boy" was directed by Jeremy Podeswa. He also directed the subsequent episode, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken", which received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.[3]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

"Kill the Boy" was watched by an estimated 6.56 million American viewers during its first airing.[4] With Live+7 DVR viewing factored in, the episode had an overall rating of 9.35 million viewers, and a 5.0 in the 18–49 demographic.[5] In the United Kingdom, the episode was viewed by 2.220 million viewers, making it the highest-rated broadcast that week. It also received 0.130 million timeshift viewers.[6]

Critical reviews[edit]

"Kill the Boy" was received positively. Mike Hogan of Vanity Fair said that the creative team "just keeps cranking up the tension,"[7] while Joshua Yehl of IGN rated the episode 8.4/10 and wrote that the season "reaches its midway point with refreshed plot-lines and a rare moment of fantasy beauty."[8] Christopher Orr of The Atlantic called the episode "superb" and described it as "crisply written, directed and performed."[9] On Rotten Tomatoes, all 29 critic reviews collected were positive. The site gave the episode an average rating of 8.2 out of 10.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Surprising Connection Between Game of Thrones and Monty Python". Vanity Fair. March 24, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Garcia, Elio; Antonsson, Linda (May 11, 2015). "EP505: KILL THE BOY". Westeros.org. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Hibberd, James (July 15, 2014). "'Game of Thrones' season 5 directors chosen". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 12, 2015). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Game of Thrones' Wins Night, NBA Playoffs, 'Silicon Valley', 'Mad Men', 'The Royals', 'Veep' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  5. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 27, 2015). "'Game of Thrones' Leads Adults 18-49 & Viewership Gains, 'Salem', 'Hot In Cleveland', 'Lost Girl', 'The Soup' & 'Bitten' Top Percentage Increases in Live +7 Cable Ratings for Week Ending May 10". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  6. ^ "Top 10 Ratings (11-17 May 2015)". BARB. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
  7. ^ Hogan, Mike (May 11, 2015). "Game of Thrones Recap, Episode 505: Rulers Gotta Rule". Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Yehl, Joshua (May 11, 2015). "Game of Thrones: "Kill the Boy" Review". IGN. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  9. ^ Orr, Christopher (May 11, 2015). "Game of Thrones Hints at the Apocalypse". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  10. ^ "Kill the Boy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 12, 2015.

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