Game of Thrones: Season 5: Blu Ray Review
Released by Warner Home Video
George R R Martin's fantasy shows no signs of slowing - but the television series does show signs of starting to strike out on its own in the latest season of Game Of Thrones.
With the novels' release pace slowing, this latest finds the Westeros tale taking original elements and weaving them into the narrative to make up for the lack of source material.
It also delivers an ending moment that's set pop culture alive in the break between the show and its latest sixth season.
With a power vacuum in place and various people trying to fill it, the fifth season of Game of Thrones is the usual mix of politics, sex, violence and shocks. From the likes of Lena Headey's Cersei, Emilia Clarke's Daenerys and Peter Dinklage's Tyrion, there's plenty afoot as the threads begin to wind closer together.
However, this season is not without controversy with its sexual assault of a main character being a litmus moment for many viewers. And it's easy to see why - sometimes, Game of Thrones prefers to present moments without judgement and that frankness causes discomfort in many.
While the journey doesn't feel as strong this year, there's no denying Game of Thrones' unending power. Though ironically, that may be the saga's problem - it potentially does need to explore an ending sooner rather than later, so that everyone feels satiated and so that the show doesn't hit a decline.