RhaenysBee Posted April 15, 2019 Share Posted April 15, 2019 Wow, some heated arguments going on here. And here I thought the episode was way too bland to spark such. I could 100% see the effort and the motivation to create a great final season. Did this manifest in a great last first episode? Nope. But at least they tried. The structure was trying hard to call back to season 1, I was mostly okay with that. The opening scene was okay, the ending with the dead zombie umber kid and then Jaime seeing Bran was actually quite good. King’s Landing was a complete utter trainwreck, that was what I expected, that was what they delivered. The fact that Euron Greyjoy’s only motivation in life is to have an intercourse with a 45-year-old unattractive, publicly humiliated widow queen is laughable. I guess the overlong discussion about elephants were to underline the fact that Cersei is batshit insane (as if we hadn’t known that for ever) and the cheating gamblers were supposed to make Euron maybe charismatic or funny? Neither happened if you ask me. Also the timeline is painfully off but what are you going to do? We’ll get back to this in the rant and rave thread. The North was basically a runway for every secondary supporting character to walk down before disappearing behind the scenes again. That’s understandable, but it gave the episode an sense of unnecessary rush. Which is completely contradicted by the fact that Arya has time to play out a full high school drama script. I didn’t exactly enjoy that the first shot of a main character we got was Arya looking down on the procession with the face of a practiced school bully. Then she had a semi-sweet reunion with Jon, that was okay, though slightly underwhelming, again, because they are both such terrible actors. And then... well I’ll get to the Gendry bit in the rant and rave thread. But hey, Netflix teen movies would be proud. And Arya definitely definitely got to use a wide range of her season 7 personality-options. Sansa on the other hand seems to have settled in for the cold, emotionless, facial-expressionless, power and status obsessed female CEO stereotype. Because that’s what makes a strong female character. Very Rachel Duncan. Very Miranda Priestly. Except, you know, Meryl Streep and Tatiana Maslany can act. Bran’s machine brain finally came through, I didn’t have any problems with him, except for the decision that he waited for Jon and Daenerys to go have some waterfall sex before breaking the news to him. Speaking of. Those two portray less chemistry than two frozen bricks in the Winterfell battlements. You could sense the sheer repulse in that kissing scene. But again, Netflix teen dramas were made proud as Varys, Tyrion and Davos looked down on the lovebirds publicly flirting in the middle of this military camp. And so was James Cameron, the CGI crew did justice to the original scene. Drogon and Rhaegal were beautiful. What it didn’t do justice to was the Ygritte cave scene, that was just vile, to reenact that. I did like that Drogon gave them the look. That was fun and sweet. What else happened? There was that Last Hearth scene at the end, where Tormund and Beric magically showed up at for god knows what reason and Edd and the NW also magically happened to be there for god knows what reason, but hey who doesn’t want more unnecessary reunions between third level supporting characters. Also wights now look like Pirates of the Caribbean undead skeletons and sound like Ring Wraiths. I think we have everything covered. Oh sam! Sam is the first person for the past two seasons who acts like a human being when he loses a family member! Good for Sam! Good for humanity! I love Sam. Anyway that was a nice way to put tension between him and Daenerys, between Jon and Daenerys. Much better than the cat fight unfolding between our favorite strong female character and Daenerys, or the “look, I’m socio-politically relevant” mistrust with which the northern old ladies and gents measured Greyworm and Missandei. And oh, Jon’s heritage! That topic is such an overkill I totally forgot it was still on the table. Right. Well you know. The first thing that separated Harry Potter and Tom Riddle was their reactions to finding out they were wizards. Wee Harry Potter thought Hagrid was mistaken. Little Tom believed it on the first word. He enjoyed believing he was something special. He loved to be reassured that something set him apart from others, up for the special chosen someone he felt he was. Tom Riddle, third of his name, no wait, damn it, that was his half-brother that died in infancy. So he is 4th at best. All in all, the plot didn’t really move forward, we just assembled everybody to wherever they must be. I guess that was all we could ask for. I enjoyed the cgi, Drogon disapproving of the Jon and daenerys making out, Jaime’s arrival, Yara and Theon... the structural call-backs kinda... the reunion between Bran and Jon... it wasn’t as bad as I expected, in spite of all the wasted screen time, all the lost potential and all the godawful acting. Okay. I’ll stop talking now. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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