Remember last season’s Beyond the Wall episode, where Gendry ran from far North to Eastwatch and then sent a raven to Dragonstone, where Daenerys got on her dragons and flew for a thousand miles to come and save Jon and his suicide squad, all before dusk?
That’s the kind of speed, The Flash aspires to achieve.
Shouldn’t they have taken at least an episode to show that?
Because nobody, literally no Game of Thrones fan ever asked for that kind of fast storytelling. Because when you rush into things, bad shit happens.
Game of Thrones’s decision to put a freed slave back in chains and then murdered merely to show, once again, that the bad character is bad is unconscionable— MJ Franklin (@heyitsfranklin2) May 6, 2019
Ask Daenerys. Sansa asked her and the armies to stay at Winterfell and chill for a bit. You know, apply some band-aid after that massive battle with a zombie army?
It’s really too bad a dragon can only fly towards the front of ships, and not behind them #GameOfThrones— Alex Zalben (@azalben) May 6, 2019
But naah! Daenerys carried that party’s hangover to King’s Landing and lost a lot of her fleet, Missandei and a dragon. A bloody dragon. All because she didn’t like the cold.
But honestly, that has become such an apt metaphor for what the showrunners have done to the show.
David Benioff and D.B Weiss, much like Daenerys, have been so focused on finishing the show that it appears they might not have given a lot of thought to all the character developments they have written in the last decade.
Hey, the Night King’s death was cool and none of us saw Rhaegal dying the very next episode.
But try to remember how you felt when Jaime’s hand was cut off or worse, the Red Wedding.
All four of the above instances had the advantage of shock value, but what made the latter hurt you more was because while you didn’t see them coming, they were plausible.
Sadly, one can’t say the same for this season, can they? GoT is a fantasy show, we get it. Logic can fly better than dragons. We also get that.
But for the greatest show that ever existed, careless flying can be devastating!
Think about it.
How did Daenerys and the dragons flying so high up in the air fail to see Euron’s entire fleet?
And how did Euron managed to hit the target with the first three shots but his entire fleet miss the biggest dragon in the air?
Look, I get the shock element but this was more disappointing than anything else. Even smaller characters have made us feel something for them. Like Mycah, the butcher’s boy who The Hound killed in the first season.
We genuinely felt for him.
But what about the Night King?
He came, he smiled and he got killed by a sneak attack.
His death felt like an abrupt end to a story that could have easily provided some more answers.
The show’s also apparently done with character moments. Sure, in previous seasons too, there were elements of myth and horror.
But there were always minor moments that left an imprint on you. Remember Catelyn Stark talking to Talisa about how she blamed herself for everything because she couldn’t treat Jon like a son?
So cutting certain scenes where Jon tells Sansa and Arya about his true identity doesn’t make much sense, does it? This was the biggest secret of the entire show and all of their lives. We needed to see how the women reacted to it.
It could seriously have been dealt with in a better way.
There are other problems too.
Jon and Ghost are not close anymore. What happened there? You have time to show a foursome with Bronn but couldn’t spare 10 seconds for a little pat on the head?
Also, Bran hasn’t become the three-eyed raven. He browses for wheelchair designs and behaves like a sulking teenager. The previous seasons built him as a mystical force to be reckoned with but now he’s just a meme.
I mean, seriously!
The rogue cup in the last episode might have been forgotten, had it come in a different season. But in this season, it’s a metaphor for missing out on the little things that made the show special for all those years.
If we can’t get the things that we love the most about GoT – complex characters or good storylines, then all we are left with are battle scenes, shock-value deaths and CGI spectacles with literally no build up.
Endings are hard. You can’t make everyone happy. You can’t have a lot of Ghost if people want dragons. We get all of it. But truth be told, that isn’t our problem.
We have loved the show for so long and would have watched a few more seasons had the showrunners asked us to.
But they wanted to end it quickly and swiftly, a death barely anyone in GoT has received yet.
We don’t even mind the hour and a half long episodes. We actually look forward to them. But it all seems a bit rushed, a stampede of sorts, where the loudest and the biggest (CGI & shock value) have stepped on the little guys (character moments, logic etc) and we can’t bear that!