sweetsunray Posted April 17, 2019 Share Posted April 17, 2019 I've been a ranter about the show since S5, but this season opener was better than I expected. Yes, the reunions are fan-service in a way, but they are also have been a very long time coming. I actually liked each of the reunions and had no issue with them not being as joyful or as enthusiastic as some people expected them to be. I found those underplayed reserve from the characters rather realistic. Reminds us of the return to the Shire. These people may not be broken, but they are physically, emotionally and mentally wounded and still mending. It made it all the more precious when they did show a glimpse of their true feelings, and so kudos to the actors for that. Nevertheless each of the dialogues in these reunions contained somethign that jarred me, and so for me the dialogues were not well written: either falling back onto a formula without being able to expand on it, or inserting anachronistic phrases. Arya declaring Sansa the smartest person she ever met. I liked that Arya defended her sister, but this all out phrase just felt like D&D telling me "from now on think of Sansa as the smarest one". Sansa apologising to Tyrion for escaping a sham of a marriage and an abusing tyrant as he was being poisoned when she had nothing to do with it. The Hound's "word". I expect cold acting from these characters to each other, and the Hound can be crass, but that was too crass imo even for him. I could have gone with "You're a cold one, aren't you!". Though kudos on Rory for the warmer and proud "Well I guess that's why you're alive". I loved the Gendry and Arya interactions, but the phrase of "rich girl" is just too anachronistic. I did not enjoy the dragonride. It just jarred with the urgency and the mood of the rest of episode. Was too easily earned. Too Disney. And the waterfall scene that called out to Ygritte. It was nothing but awkward and those two actors just don't have chemistry together. And worse, the joyride grated me immensely, because all I could think of was "Where the hell is Ghost!" Yara-Theon: was rushed, but I'm ok with that. Didn't really need to have that turn into a long scene. Nevertheless, perhaps Theon could have deserved a longer, suspenseful rescue scene of Yara. And then instead of hearing of Yara's plans and Theon's intentions to go to WF, it would just be better for me if he would just show up there with the news that Yara left to take back the Iron Islands from Euron to fall back on. But I guess they squeezed that in to make us think it was Theon who rode back into WF? It didn't really work. Euron-Cersei was gross, but it is meant to gross us out. Cersei has just learned that even being queen in her own name does not liberate her from sexual performance with men that gross her out to ensure she keeps her allies. At least they saved us from showing us any actual intimate scene. I don't care much about the "baby" mystery though. And I'd wish they'd quit writing for internet memes. Ball-jokes and brothel scenes. Bad writing turned into a gimmick... sigh. Well, at least we know what happened to Ed Sheeran and those nice Lannister soldiers that gave Arya food and wine in the Riverlands. They died or got burned in the battle against the Dothraki and Drogon last season. Try to be more creative! This could have been done in a tavern amongst soldiers, and they still could have included prostitutes in their lap if they wanted. Guess there's as little a budget for such sets as there is for elephants. Don't care much about the "mystery" effort for Bronn gettig the crossbow. And it's quite sad to see such poor dialogue for both Tyrion and Varys. I wasn't really scared with the Hearth scene and the whole Ned Umber being dead was telegraphed by that not-smart send-off at the war-council in WF. You knew as soon as he was told to fetch his people that he'd end up a wight. And though the blue eyes joke did make me chuckle, it also reminded me how Edd hasn't had any joke-lines since S3 and that even now they got it wrong. Edd should have had a repartee to Tormund's "I always had blue eyes". The really good scenes were the ones where Sam learned about his father and brother. Chilled me to the bone. And perhaps Dany's failure to show much emotional response to the news about Viserion being turned into an ice dragon earlier on in the episode just fits the pattern. You couldn't have a greater contrast in the emotional response between a callous Dany going "oops, oh well" and Sam, who as a tender man, can even grieve for the death of his abusive father. And yes that made for a disturbing reveal to Jon, but that does feel right in some weird way for me (it's in line with getting a disturbing Purple Wedding). And Sam's final question to Jon hit me like a brick wall. It has been a very long time since the show made me feel that. I thought Kit actually acted really well in that scene too. That little twitch of his eyes before he nearly attacked Sam for making Ned out as a liar. Jon grasping for straws to distract himself of all the implications. And Jaime's arrival was just as good. The shock on his face and Bran's glimmer of a smile signaling "welcome old friend". Because of the decline in the past of the show, my starting point of evaluating has been a 5/10, where I either detract or add. The issues I had with it, make me still start out with 5/10, but there was also a few excellent scenes and most good or very good scenes. And I can't believe myself that I actually will give this episode an 8/10. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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