SPOILER WARNING - DISCUSSION ON GAME OF THRONES
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OK your own fault from now on
So That episode - the long night. I really enjoyed it in many ways, it had fantastic atmosphere, pacing, fan service, fun - it was an epic battle.
But it has several massive flaws that hinder it.
I’ll break it into three chunks - Lore, battle tactics and Fan Service
Jesus christ these people are the worst fucking soldiers.
Trebuchets in the field in front of the fire pits? No archers in the line, that don’t fire at all even when the zombies are right fucking there for ages? A cavalry charge straight into an unknown night? Which could have been a force that consisted of horse archers harassing and attacking the horde for days and days (and made better tv and drama to emphasise the scale of the threat while doing so?),
They fucked it. I’m sorry but as visually stunning as the shots were there was no sense of a believable battle at all, because absolutely nothing made any fucking sense from a military perspective. The phalanx and the trenches were awfully put together. They had soldiers without any lighting in front of their main trench. There were much better, logical ways of slowing a horde down that did not involve putting your best soldiers in the dark directly in harms way with a fucking castle behind you.
I won’t compare too much to the books but the fact the Night King is dead and the horde defeated after 8 seasons worth of build up is kind of…lame. This is a faction built of myth, come to life, with so many questions and mysteries behind them. They kind of just…lose a battle at Winterfell and vanish.
With the threat gone, learning the mystery loses value and meaning - the opponent is gone, so why worry? I hope they do something about this because the Night King is now just relegated to “zombie raising douche canoe” and any history or depth or motive is completely lost to Arya the Flying Ninja Assassin.
The Fan Service
A lot of faceless people die. A lot of heroes are put on the frontline RIGHT at the start of the battle and somehow, despite horde getting stronger and more powerful, they kill more and more and more. They kill way too many on their own.
The battle turned a bit ridiculous as there was no sense of them being a part of the world but above it. Compare and contrast to the battles earlier in the series - there’s a sense of “oh fuck” in every battle because of the worldbuilding they did.
None of that is here.
Flying Ninja Arya and Dany the Suddenly brilliant zombie killer back to back against a horde was the worst part.
The show is Fun. cannot deny that. This was a spectacular episode with a brilliant tone and excellent pacing. Like I said at the start.
But it’s shallow. And I think that will be the defining characteristic of Season 7 and 8. It was all done for cool’s sake, not for the reasons people got into GoT in the first place. Visually, some stand out shots - the dothraki charging, the dragons in the pale moonlight above the clouds - really do carry the episode.
But there’s so many distracting details that take away so much from the characters and the world as well as the overall story that I am not sure the show will end on a note comfortable to fans. And because of the runaway success of the show, the book’s plot threads and direction, if they are ever finished, might lose their impact.
I dunno. Maybe I’m being a grouch but I cannot take Jon Snow seriously as a commander with those tactics, or Arya as anything more than “scary ninja lady”.