Game of Thrones

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  1. D4n

    D4n TowersStreet Member

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    I agree that I think it played out really well, albeit this season as a whole has been far too rushed and therefore the arc has felt a little less natural than it should have done.

    Anyone who realistically didn't expect the Mad Queen story arc to play out can't have been watching the show. It's been hinted at constantly and it has only been a serious of wise advisors (Jorah, Tyrion, Varys) who have kept her from acting as her instincts dictate. I agree with the above that the loss of them / mistrust of them is what ultimately caused her to go off the rails. Without their support it would have happened much sooner.
     
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    I read a good article earlier that Season 8 should have ended with the Battle of Winterfell, including much more build up as the army of the dead got closer. And then there should have been a Season 9 that ended where Season 8 is going to end, with much more build up to the Battle of Kings Landing showing more of Dany going mad/taking joy from burning people and show more of Cersie and Euron.

    Alas, I fear that the TV writers did not feel comfortable writing the filler material and instead have focussed on the big events. I am sure that the books will fill many of the gaps (if GRRRRRRRRRRRR doesn't die before they're finished).
     
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    You also have to think about the other reason Dany turned 'mad'. She wanted the love of the people, which she couldn't get even by helping in the war for the living. Jon got that love, Jon had a better birthright.

    Whilst sitting on the tower listening to the bells ring, I assume one thing was crossing her mind. Am I now the queen of Westeros? And it's fairly safe to say that it wasn't clear cut. So she decided to cement her rule in enough fear for a life time. She showed the utter devestation that she could bring to anyone who dared to go against her.

    Nobody in the right mind would dare question her rule now, and in her mind she has gotten what was always hers, and an opportunity to rebuild a realm that prospers and reform the nation in her vision. Kill a city now, save a country later.

    I don't think she was mad, I think she was angry and calculating. Nothing suggests she did what she did for any reasons other than to make her claim solid. Maybe a hint of revenge and other emotions, but I don't think she's crazy.
     
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    As I said before I don't have a problem with the mad queen story arc... but it was executed poorly. I can explain why when I have chance.
     
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    Ok, sorry for the double post, here is my explanation.

    The main reason I've not been enjoying season 8 is that there's no consistency in the way the story is told. This was very much apparent in this episode for the reasons I'll give below:

    1. Varys was found out way too easily. Remember that this character was the Master of Whisperer, an expert at getting away with pulling all the right stings. He had a great scene with Tyrion last episode and I was really looking forward to seeing what he would do. But no the episode starts and everyone immediate knows he's a traitor and he's dead. What a waste. Now I'm told that the scene with him talking to the young girl was meant to imply he'd been trying to poison Daenerys. If that is the case I'll at least concede they did something with his character, but they really should have made this clearer as most the people I've talked to didn't have this impression. Why not show the girl actually tampering with her food?
    2. The Scorpions are completely inconsistent. When they were introduced in season 7 the show made a very clear point of showing that these weapons while technically able to kill a dragon were pretty much useless. Until last episode where they were suddenly able to shoot a dragon out of the sky! At the time I gave them the benefit of the doubt as it was an ambush and it wasn't just the one. Maybe they are more effective in numbers. But this episode they were back to being useless as ever! So are these weapons a threat or not?
    3. The Dothraki and Unsullied are dead. Did I miss something in Episode 3? Because I'm sure I saw a (admitted stunning) scene in which all the Dothraki were wiped out. Later in that episode the Unsullied were almost wiped out as well along with most of the northern armies. So how come a full battalion of them rock up in Kings Landing? If you kill characters off they have to stay dead, that applies to extras just as much as the main cast. If you can magically summon an army from nowhere and Dragons can go from easy targets to completely immune inbetween episodes then what tension is there?
    4. A minor point but it goes with the last, why introduce the Golden Company this late in the game just to kill them off in 30 seconds?
    5. Daenerys going mad. As I said before, I don't mind the mad queen story line... but they already did it much better. Cersei, Series 6 Episode 10. That's how you go mad queen! You push a character to a point of desperation and no hope.
      Daenery had no reason to go mad. She'd just won! She'd taken Kings Landing with very little bloodshed, the enemy had surrendered and the civilians were calling out for mercy. She could have gone mad at any other point in the episode and I might have accepted it, but that was not the right time.
      On the subject of mad queens:
    6. Cersei. She just stands there! This was her final episode and all she did was stand there watching and pathetically cry at the end. What a waste of an amazing actress.

      I think I'll leave it there for now. There's a lot I want to say about Jamie's flip flopping personality too but it's such a mess I can't even work out why.
     
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    Someone made a great thread on Reddit that this episode is clearly the ending GRRM outlined and might be the book ending(ish) if it's ever finished.

    The route and pacing the characters have taken in TV show vs the book will be hugely different. It's probably why this season feels like someone angrily mashing square playdo through a circular hole to make things fit.

    Well one to go and then it's time to start watching the expanse, heard that's decent.
     
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    I agree to an extent about the consistency and the overall pacing is definitely off. As I said previously, it seems that the TV series is just focussing on the major events whereas the books will flesh all of that out and give much more story inbetween the major events. I don't think Dan and David are overly confident of writing too much more character backstory without the help of Martin, possibily because they worry about getting it wrong.

    To respond to your points:
    1. I agree, but Tyrion did snitch on him and Dany probably had people watching his every move. He was always a goner as soon as Dany found out.
    2. The Scorpions are definitely inconsistent however they were ungraded between Season 7 and 8 to become larger and more powerful, although I am not sure this was made clear on-screen (it was explained in one of the Game Revealed videos). The only explanation that I can think of for them being effective in Episode 4 yet useless in Episode 5 is that Dany was not expecting the ambush in 4 but by 5 she knew where they all were and the best way to go about destroying them.
    3. Most of them are dead but not all of them. We did see some of the Dothraki ride back after most of them had been wiped out, although it does look like they might have magiced up a few more. I don't think it was overly clear how many of the Unsullied died in Episode 3. They suggested in Episode 4 that half of the allied forces had been lost at Winterfell.
    4. It does seem pointless, but it was amusing to see them be so useless!
    5. I think more character development would have helped this but I think she just felt so alone and betrayed that she wanted to show her true power in the most ruthless of ways. People now know what she will do if they disobey her and how can they stop a dragon?
    6. I thought it was quite a fitting ending for Cersei. Trapped, helpless, fearful. Paying for all of her previous actions; she could have avoided this but chose not to.
    And with Jamie, yes he has been changing his personality a lot. I think he is a very conflicted person who when it mattered the most always cared for Cersei more than anyone else. No matter what happened, good or bad, he could not stop loving her.
     
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    Regarding the scorpions, Dany was flying low and at speed, so it's harder to aim than something in the sky, which appears to move slower, and is easier to aim at.

    I saw clearly the upgraded scorpions, bigger and with the large X at the front. So the difference between S7 and S8 was fine.

    However they were too weak in E5, they should have gotten close more, and maybe even clipped drogon. There was too big of a difference between E4 and E5.

    Also Cersi's planning of the scorpions was awful if she'd known anything about dragons. Having them all in a line is the worst possible formation. Having them spread around the city would've been an effective way to make breaking them all harder, and getting a clear shot of a dragon easier.

    It was fantastic to me to see Cersi, the ever confident and powerful queen break. She was scared, she'd lost all of her protectors. She'd lost everything she loved and she died begging not to die. Vunerable Cersi was exactly what I wanted. She was fierce, but she'd set her self up for failure. Everything Tywin built she'd traded away, until all she had left was Frankenstein and his monster.
     
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