Season 5 of Game of Thrones is now on DVD and I saw the first episode of it last night.

Plot problems notwithstanding, I’ve had a good time with the series up till now, and currently, with Season 5, it feels like an old friend.  At least the first episode did.

The chieftan played by Ciaran Hinds is burned at the stake, and serious Jon Snow (Kit Harington) fires an arrow through his heart to put him out of his agony.  It makes me wish that people executed this way in actual history had been compassionately shot with fatal arrows.  ‘Twas not the case.

Much earlier than this, Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) opines to the bald guy, the eunuch, that the future of their country is “s–t.”  With the Trump-Clinton phenomenon going on, I am tempted to say I know how he feels.