BlackLightning Posted September 26, 2022 Share Posted September 26, 2022 This episode was good. Not great. And frankly, I feel like I am being generous by saying that it was good. Maybe I should watch it again. In any case, the chief problem with this show is the pacing of the plot. There's nothing wrong with the pacing and structure of the episodes. It's the plot...it's moving TOO DAMN FAST Like I'm starting to get mad that I have to say this every week. Condol and Sapochnik are arguably better than D&D ever were but I am not very happy. I should've known that this was going to happen the moment they revealed that the story would start in the middle of Viserys' reign. They should've started the show with the Second Quarrel: an aging Jaehaerys and Alysanne feuding with their children and grandchildren caught in the middle. I said that from the beginning. The very least that they should've done is dedicate the entire first episode to Baelon's death and the Great Council of 101 at Harrenhal. We would've seen: Jaehaerys express fear, grief and regrets--all of which would not only foreshadow everything that was going to happen but that would also establish the theme of the series. Plus, I'm a sucker for King Lear and seeing Old King Jaehaerys opine and gripe about what happened and what could've happened would be a nice homage. Baelon's death (which would not only provide origins for the beef between Daemon and Otto, but it would also explain Viserys' apparently long-kept suspicions of Otto's social climbing nature) and maybe a sweet multigenerational scene between him, his father, his son and his little granddaughter Rhaenyra Vaemond and the other archmaesters "counselling" the king to let the realm decide (too good of a storytelling opportunity to pass up) The Velaryon and Targaryen factions (namely Corlys, Rhaenys and Daemon) jockeying, campaigning and scheming for power with all the other lords of the realm debating. With all of the setup out of the way, the second episode could've been all about the happy, rich golden years of Viserys and Aemma (with a bustling tournament....and my headcanon is that Aemma taught Rhaenyra how to ride a dragon and that Aemma rode Dreamfyre) before Aemma and the baby Baelon die. But whatever The storyline that suffered the most this week from the rushing of the plot was, surprisingly, Laena and Daemon. The Criston Cole/Joffrey Lonmouth mess should've been addressed and resolved onscreen, yes but we should've had a distinct resolution to the bit with Rhea Royce. They made a big point of that in the last episode and there should've been a follow-up. A trip to the Eyrie was in need. We also needed a relatively longer courtship between Daemon and Laena. The family dynamic there between Daemon, Laena, Baela and Rhaena needed some establishing before they eliminate 25% of it. Speaking of which, I don't like the way that they did Laena's death. Not only was it extremely implausible in several different ways but the impact and the implication? Negligible. The book version of how she died (going for one last ride atop Vhagar) and its aftermath with her family standing vigil was much better. I don't even have a problem with the suicide-by-dragon (if they explain the bond between human and dragon, it can explain how unhinged Vhagar acts from here on out). I think it should've been a stillbirth. Stillbirth would've let the story breathe more. Laena can then choose being dying slowly in bed or dying a quick dragonrider's death. Then we can see her daughters and her husband react to her suicide and either bond or grow apart because of it. Plus, I would've really wanted to see Rhaenyra and Laena be friends and for their families to be one big happy family for a little bit. They also sped their way through enlightening us on how Daemon has gotten so settled. Dare I say, mildly depressed? Also, the politics of Dorne and the Free Cities. It would've been nice to have Daemon and his family tour the Free Cities a bit and perhaps brush shoulders with the Martells and the Triarchy power-bloc. They both become pretty big menaces later on. 1 hour ago, Winterfell is Burning said: So, people that bought into this idea of "Blacks=HEROES Greens=EVIL" are confused I'm going to stop you right there. The Blacks are the heroes of the story. Okay, so yeah...Daemon is no one's Captain America and Rhaenyra is not the Virgin Mary. So what? At the end of the day, not only was the letter of the law on their side but so was the spirit of the law. I don't care which way you spin it; the Greens were wrong as wrong gets. VisenyaTargaryen, Targaryen_Fangirl, teej6 and 4 others 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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