Winter came and ended, apparently.
Game of Thrones is probably the biggest, most known and most talked about series in history. And it has the right to be so, it pulls all the punches and isn’t scared to break your heart. But as of the latest season, it feels as if the show runners don’t care as much as they once did.
Don’t get me wrong, the music is still amazing, cinematography is still superb and the acting still knocks it out of the park. Yet something doesn’t work, and that something, is the writing.
The quality of the writing dipped so low that I’m worried about what will happen in the next two episodes. Not in a joyful excited way, but more in a concerned way.
Here’s a quick review to show you how bad it’s getting and maybe what to expect from the coming two episodes.
Worthy to mention that this is an honest review based on what I think. I didn’t expect the theories I read to become true nor I felt entitled to them. I trust the showrunners’ decisions as I’ve always did in the past.
And of course, spoilers ahead.
Episode 1, “Winterfell”:
The first episode of the final season that had nothing that special about it. A lot of reunions you’d expect to happen happened, which was great. The only thing worthy to mention is that Sam finally tells Jon about his special heritage.
Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”:
Probably the best episode of this season. (hopefully so far) It was a solid build up for the battle to come, and it had a lot of great moments. Brienne being knighted, Arya and Gendry getting intimate, the Jenny of Oldstones song that Podrick sung beautifully, and Jon telling Daenerys the truth about who he is.
Most of the scenes gave you the feeling that this is the last time you’ll see these characters, and it felt bittersweet.
Episode 3, “The Long Night”:
The battle of Winterfell is finally here, and it wasn’t as great as you’d expect it to be. Let me explain.
The episode was marketed for well, maybe too well. The showrunners, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff went out and said that this episode will make the Red Wedding look like a rehearsal. A pretty big statement and a tough one to live up to. And sadly, it wasn’t true.
Yes, we lost some of our favorite characters, Ser Jorah Mormont, Theon Greyjoy, Melisandre, Beric Dondarrion and Lyanna Mormont. Still we didn’t lose any of the major characters, which is what this show is known for.
Moreover, the episode ended with Arya killing the Night King, which I liked very much, and ending the threat of the white walkers once and for all, which I didn’t like very much.
What an anticlimactic way to end the threat that was being built up for the entirety of the goddamn series.
Episode 4, “The Last of The Starks”:
Where the turning point of the season and an opportunity to easily take us by surprise could’ve been, episode 4 fell short.
The better part of the episode was filler, up to the point where Daenerys’s fleet is destroyed, her second dragon, Rhaegal, killed and her best friend and trusted advisor, Missandei is captured by Cersei.
Daeneyrs always had some of the madness her father was known for, and some groundwork has been established to prove this.
Yet it feels very forced as this is the same person who spent a good time ending slavery in earlier seasons, and who put aside her cause of claiming the throne to save humanity from the threat of the white walkers last season.
Why is she hellbent on taking the thrones by any means necessary all of a sudden?
Nevertheless, Dany then takes the remaining of the Unsullied, and heads to King’s Landing. Tyrion tries to reason with Cersei, as if this ever worked, and Cersei executes Missandei, which felt very cheap and its only purpose is to justify Daeneyrs’s madness in the next two episodes.
All in all, I am such a big fan of this show, have been for 4 years now. I watched episode after episode, read an unhealthy amount of theories, and overall invested a lot in this show.
It hurts me to see the final season to be in that bad of a state. I can only hope that today’s episode redeems this season quality and helps lay the groundwork for a solid season finale.
Tell us what you think in the comments.
P.S: I didn’t mention Bran because he’s not worth ranting about I don’t care about what he does anymore.