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An academic study of the ‘Game of Thrones’ season 5 set photos

You’ve probably seen set photos from Game of Thrones‘ fifth season. And you’ve probably also read pages and pages of explanation and speculation and comparisons to the books and WOMP WOMP WOMP. BORING. All of those articles? They’re wrong. What I’m about to tell you is the truth behind the fifth season. I’d warn you about spoilers and the like, but these photos and my commentary are so awesome they transcend spoilers. You’re welcome.

Let’s begin in Dorne, heralded as the sandiest, nipple-y-est place in Westeros.


Ah, Jaime Lannister’s in Dorne to rescue his “niece” Myrcella. Or…is he? You see, that’s not a lion in snake’s clothing. That’s actually a snake that looks like a lion, dressed in snake’s clothing. Before Oberyn died (RIP), he warged into the handsome Lannister’s body, and now he’s returned home and must prove his true identity to the rest of the Martells.

Doran Martell
Including grouchy big brother, Doran.

Game of Thrones Sand Snakes
And his daughters, the Sand Snakes, who are currently learning to “float like a butterfly and stab with your chest plate.”

Ellaria Sand
“Oh my god, Jaime, you think that I’m going to believe Oberyn would wear such a drab outfit without a single sun sigil….”

And in King’s Landing…

King's Landing Garbage Day
Garbage day is moved to Thursdays.

King's Landing 2
And the people are pissed.
Thursday?! I’m supposed to keep my trash from all these weekend stabbings for the entire week before I can get rid of it? Do you even know how bad a bloody corpse smells after it’s been in the hot sun for days?”
(Spoiler alert: Everyone in this photo dies.)

Cersei Lannister AKA Best character
They never find the person responsible. (Hey, gurl.)

Then, we visit the home of our favorite bastard…

Castle Black - The Wall and Jon Snow
After the battle for Castle Black, the Wall becomes an even more dangerous place as it fills up with Jon Snow’s tears over Grenn’s death. Winter is Coming, and the men of the Night’s Watch are in danger of ice skating mishaps.
But then a hero appears to bring life back to the Night’s Watch…

Benjen and Jon
LOL LOL JK JK JK Benjen’s still missing.

Across the Narrow Sea…

Tyrion, Dany, Missandei, Hizdahr
After all the murdering and mayhem, Tyrion travels to Meereen, hearing about its great vacation spots and acceptance of kin-slaying. There, he lets himself go to mirror Daario’s looks and woo Dany, thereby proving he’s the secret Targaryen of her heart.

Jorah Mormont
Jorah finds out about Tyrion’s affections and realizes he’s now seventh on Dany’s list of possible husbands, behind Hizdahr zo Loraq and a lock of Khal Drogo’s hair. He goes on a Cersei-esque killing spree, all the while shouting, “BUT I’M PRETTIER THAN BOOK JORAH!”

And that’s all we have for now, folks! But stay tuned because when you’re as obsessed as I am, Game of Thrones never truly ends. (Those aren’t words to live by, GRRM.)

Stannis the butthurt
“Why does no one like me?”

About Jen Stayrook

Jen Stayrook
Don't let the fancy nerd duds deceive you; Jen’s never been described as “classy.” You can find her on Twitter where she stalks all of her favorite celebrities: @jenstayrook. Or you can find her on Steam or Xbox dying in every game she plays as "Rilna." Email: jen.stayrook@theworkprint.com

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