GAME OF THRONES Season Five
In The Bleak Mud Winter
released 14 March 2015 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD
Creators David Benioff, DB Weiss
Cast Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke,
Lena Headey, Kit Harington
It’s all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows in the fifth season of HBO’s epic take on George RR Martin’s novels... Just kidding – this year is every bit as bleak and harrowing as what’s come before. Arguably more so, as last year’s hints that the tide might be about to turn for the good guys are quickly stamped down under lots of mud and snow. That lack of hope is starting to feel relentless – in fact, some of the more brutal scenes ( rape, burning a child at the stake) leave you wondering whether they’re there because someone felt they were dramatic, or simply for shock value.
However, though this isn’t a vintage season, Game Of Thrones remains one of the most compelling shows around. Sequences like the White Walkers’ assault on Hardhome are among the most ambitious ever portrayed on telly, and even if the plot sometimes feels a bit too sprawling and complex, it still has the capacity to wrongfoot you. As it does with that cliffhanger ending – we know nothing, Jon Snow.
Extras A refreshingly busy DVD comes with 12 cast/ crew commentaries, four deleted scenes, and some decent featurettes: “Anatomy Of An Episode: Mother’s Mercy” ( 30 minutes) takes an in- depth look at the season finale; “The Real History Behind Game Of Thrones” ( 40 minutes) shows how the Wars of the Roses and other bits of history inspired the saga; “A Day In The Life” ( 26 minutes) goes behind the scenes; and “New Characters/ New Locations” ( 8 minutes), er, has a very accurate title. The Blu- ray adds an in- episode pop- up guide, plus loads of extra Westeros backstory – fan nirvana. Richard Edwards
A body double filled in for Lena Headey in much of Cersei’s naked “Walk of Shame” through King’s Landing.
Hey, that fruit machine looks just like Jon Snow!