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Apr 7, 2016 4:13PM EDT
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Woah! Looks like Sansa and Mr. REEK have joined forces!
Woah! Looks like Sansa and Mr. REEK have joined forces!
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by Lucy
Mar 25, 2017 11:39AM EDT
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GAME OF THRONES SERIES 5, oh gosh I could write an essay on how much this series has irritated me. To be fair, they have included a couple of good new scenes, but on the whole I’ve got a TON of issues with this season: First the good points of the series: The Hardhome episode and the white walker vs Wildlings and Night’s Watch battle was superb and a great addition to the series to remind us of the true danger in Westeros. Vayrs being involved more in Tyrion’s Essos storyline was welcome and provided a worthy companion and partner for Tyrion during the series. The other part I liked this series is the simplification of Margaery’s trial to being tried for lying to help her brother rather than being a complicated rumour from various sources about her supposed adultery. HOWEVER, this relates to the first of things I’ve got a real issues with, LORAS TYRELL’S CHARACTERIZATION. His only trait shown in the show seems to be his sexuality and they conviniently forget how much of a skilled knight and swordsman he is. In the books after Renly dies, he’s almost constantly involved in court politics or going off to fight, DEFINITELY NOT HAVING SEX ALL THE TIME. Speaking of sex, the scene where Gilly and Sam have sex was inappropriately timed! I know they do get together in the books (after they’ve left Castle Black I might add) BUT NO WOMAN WILL HAVE SEX AFTER ATTEMPTED RAPE/PHYSICAL ASSAULT. Like seriously, she’d only just been beaten up by two guys and then decides that she trusts Sam enough to sleep with him! Unrealistic isn’t the word… Since we’re on the topic of sex, why did anyone think the Ramsay/Sansa noncon scene was a good idea? Sansa’s characterisation has been all over the place this season. Last season she came out as a strong player in the game of thrones but this season, she’d been reduced to a girl who follows orders from men, cowers in fear and is not doing any forward thinking at all. It’s disapointing to say the least. Another disapointment was the WHOLE OF THE DORNE STORYLINE. Cutting out Arriane is firstly a crime, but also the whole storyline does not make sense without her there! The portrayal of the Sandsnakes was poor - I couldn’t tell you which was which, and Ellaria Sand had too much vengeance and hatred in her to make her likeable. Killing off Myrcella was also cheap and so obviously shoehorned in, it was hard to watch. JAIME AND BRONN’S DORNISH ADVENTURE WAS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY AND WHAT DID IT ACHIEVE??! Next season’s “bro-adventure” seems to be between Jorah and Daario… hopefully it’ll be better than Jaime and Bronn’s pantomime…. (Though with Jorah and Daario’s dialogue certainly going to be about Daenerys, I spy an annoying love triangle ahead… *sigh*) Also in Essos, lets focus on Arya’s training in the house of black and white. Firstly I LOVE the whole set and atmosphere of the faceless men and their house. It’s perfectly done. However, Arya’s intentions for becoming an assassin are murky and so mixed compared to the clarity in the books, it ends up making Arya look like a whinny little girl a lot of the time :S The training process and her first kill in the books is so much more controlled and developed fully. Ultimately I would have liked the reasonings and Arya’s development of her training in the house of black and white to be clearer, and ultimately, true to her character. Moving to being “true to your character” lets address possibly the biggest fail at characterisations in the season: Stannis, his wife and Melisandre. Stannis has always been portrayed as cold and militant, but at the beginning of the series we saw a softer/more fatherly side of him. WHICH ONLY MADE HIS BURNING OF HIS OWN DAUGHTER MORE OUT OF PLACE AND RIDICULOUS. Like why would he agree to such a practice? Shireen is his only heir, he wants to get on the iron throne and he will need an heir to continue his line otherwise his campaign will have been for nothing, like it doesn’t make strategic sense - something which Stannis is famous for having in bucket loads. I’m not even going to go into the 180 change in his wife’s personality at the end of the season. Melisandre’s intentions are always mysterious, being in her mystic nature - but her judgements for her decisions were poorly explained, like why did she leave Stannis suddenly in the final episode? (Other than to possibly resurrect Jon Snow next season) and why was she making a move on Jon at times instead of talking to him?? IDK with this show any more…. Quick side note about Brienne and Pod, what have they actually done the entire season other than ride on horses and wait for things to happen?? Brienne slaying Stannis was also too neat and unrealistic, justly appropriate, well yes but not realistic. NEITHER WAS KILLING OFF THE FAMED FIGHTER ANd ALL ROUND GOOD GUY SER BARRISTAN WHEN HE’S STILL ALIVE AND A POV CHARACTER IN THE BOOKS. My brain has actually blocked this out because I refuse to accept that such a pivitol character has been cruelly slain in an alley no less. I’m gonna stop here for the night and reiterate the fact that I am not a book purist - I fully accept that it’s impossible to include every character and event in the tv show. HOWEVER, I am a character purist, in that a character’s intentions and actions made in the books SHOULD be the same in other forms of media as changing these hinders their character development and isn’t a true reflection of that character. This season of game of thrones has destroyed a huge number of characterizations and made their development illogical, and at times pointless. I really hope in season 6 D&D up their game and realise that yes we care about the characters in the show and no amount of shock value sexual assault, blood and nudity is going to make up for the fact that the writing of the show is has been INCREDIBLY POOR.
GAME OF THRONES SERIES 5, oh gosh I could write an essay on how much this series has irritated me. To be fair, they have included a couple of good new scenes, but on the whole I’ve got a TON of issues with this season: First the good points of the series: The Hardhome episode and the white walker vs Wildlings and Night’s Watch battle was superb and a great addition to the series to remind us of the true danger in Westeros. Vayrs being involved more in Tyrion’s Essos storyline was welcome and provided a worthy companion and partner for Tyrion during the series. The other part I liked this series is the simplification of Margaery’s trial to being tried for lying to help her brother rather than being a complicated rumour from various sources about her supposed adultery. HOWEVER, this relates to the first of things I’ve got a real issues with, LORAS TYRELL’S CHARACTERIZATION. His only trait shown in the show seems to be his sexuality and they conviniently forget how much of a skilled knight and swordsman he is. In the books after Renly dies, he’s almost constantly involved in court politics or going off to fight, DEFINITELY NOT HAVING SEX ALL THE TIME. Speaking of sex, the scene where Gilly and Sam have sex was inappropriately timed! I know they do get together in the books (after they’ve left Castle Black I might add) BUT NO WOMAN WILL HAVE SEX AFTER ATTEMPTED RAPE/PHYSICAL ASSAULT. Like seriously, she’d only just been beaten up by two guys and then decides that she trusts Sam enough to sleep with him! Unrealistic isn’t the word… Since we’re on the topic of sex, why did anyone think the Ramsay/Sansa noncon scene was a good idea? Sansa’s characterisation has been all over the place this season. Last season she came out as a strong player in the game of thrones but this season, she’d been reduced to a girl who follows orders from men, cowers in fear and is not doing any forward thinking at all. It’s disapointing to say the least. Another disapointment was the WHOLE OF THE DORNE STORYLINE. Cutting out Arriane is firstly a crime, but also the whole storyline does not make sense without her there! The portrayal of the Sandsnakes was poor - I couldn’t tell you which was which, and Ellaria Sand had too much vengeance and hatred in her to make her likeable. Killing off Myrcella was also cheap and so obviously shoehorned in, it was hard to watch. JAIME AND BRONN’S DORNISH ADVENTURE WAS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY AND WHAT DID IT ACHIEVE??! Next season’s “bro-adventure” seems to be between Jorah and Daario… hopefully it’ll be better than Jaime and Bronn’s pantomime…. (Though with Jorah and Daario’s dialogue certainly going to be about Daenerys, I spy an annoying love triangle ahead… *sigh*) Also in Essos, lets focus on Arya’s training in the house of black and white. Firstly I LOVE the whole set and atmosphere of the faceless men and their house. It’s perfectly done. However, Arya’s intentions for becoming an assassin are murky and so mixed compared to the clarity in the books, it ends up making Arya look like a whinny little girl a lot of the time :S The training process and her first kill in the books is so much more controlled and developed fully. Ultimately I would have liked the reasonings and Arya’s development of her training in the house of black and white to be clearer, and ultimately, true to her character. Moving to being “true to your character” lets address possibly the biggest fail at characterisations in the season: Stannis, his wife and Melisandre. Stannis has always been portrayed as cold and militant, but at the beginning of the series we saw a softer/more fatherly side of him. WHICH ONLY MADE HIS BURNING OF HIS OWN DAUGHTER MORE OUT OF PLACE AND RIDICULOUS. Like why would he agree to such a practice? Shireen is his only heir, he wants to get on the iron throne and he will need an heir to continue his line otherwise his campaign will have been for nothing, like it doesn’t make strategic sense - something which Stannis is famous for having in bucket loads. I’m not even going to go into the 180 change in his wife’s personality at the end of the season. Melisandre’s intentions are always mysterious, being in her mystic nature - but her judgements for her decisions were poorly explained, like why did she leave Stannis suddenly in the final episode? (Other than to possibly resurrect Jon Snow next season) and why was she making a move on Jon at times instead of talking to him?? IDK with this show any more…. Quick side note about Brienne and Pod, what have they actually done the entire season other than ride on horses and wait for things to happen?? Brienne slaying Stannis was also too neat and unrealistic, justly appropriate, well yes but not realistic. NEITHER WAS KILLING OFF THE FAMED FIGHTER ANd ALL ROUND GOOD GUY SER BARRISTAN WHEN HE’S STILL ALIVE AND A POV CHARACTER IN THE BOOKS. My brain has actually blocked this out because I refuse to accept that such a pivitol character has been cruelly slain in an alley no less. I’m gonna stop here for the night and reiterate the fact that I am not a book purist - I fully accept that it’s impossible to include every character and event in the tv show. HOWEVER, I am a character purist, in that a character’s intentions and actions made in the books SHOULD be the same in other forms of media as changing these hinders their character development and isn’t a true reflection of that character. This season of game of thrones has destroyed a huge number of characterizations and made their development illogical, and at times pointless. I really hope in season 6 D&D up their game and realise that yes we care about the characters in the show and no amount of shock value sexual assault, blood and nudity is going to make up for the fact that the writing of the show is has been INCREDIBLY POOR.