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Subj: Re: Episode 5
Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 at 11:09:47 am EDT (Viewed 354 times)
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Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 at 07:18:04 am EDT (Viewed 442 times)

    I liked Dany flipping out, I am glad the scorpions were destroyed, glad Jaime got to kill that prick Euron, felt sympathy for both Cersei and understanding for Jaime, thought Cleganebowl was ok, not great. Found the Golden Company hilarious (I think this was how I was supposed to feel).

This was probably the weakest episode of the series. Granted, it’s the penultimate episode so expectations are sky high, but it felt like the production staff was tired and just tried to get something out. A very good story could have been told of how Daenerys wanted the throne so badly that it cost her everything she loved resulting in her brutal lashing out, but the execution was lacking. Daenerys' anger makes logical sense. She lost Jorah, Viserion, and half her armies to save Westeros from the White Walkers, but no one in Westeros gives her a tiny fraction of the appreciation that Jon gets. To take the Iron Throne, she loses Missandei and Rhaegal. Varys betrays her. Tyrion does not trust her. Jon no longer returns her love. But this condensed season’s problems are more about what’s not shown than what is shown, and here we’re not given enough time to stew with Daenerys so that we can feel her response on an emotional level.

The writers similarly mistreat Cersei. For her apparent last episode, she didn't have nearly enough dialogue. All we get is her gradual dawning that she lost and that she’s happy to see Jaime. It’s a pretty anticlimactic ending for her unless she survives to interact with team Daenerys next episode.

And while it was probably only 10 minutes, the long tease of Arya dying felt like it went on forever. A tower almost falls on her, then Drogon’s fire almost gets her. It just kept going. I guess thematically it’s about her embracing life and trying to save the people of King’s Landing after devoting herself to death for most of her story arc, but shouldn’t we have experienced the horror of war more through Tyrion’s eyes? It was his main concern after all, not Arya’s.

The Golden Company was wasted in both senses - Dany and her forces crushed them with ease and they were never built up enough for us to care. And trying to make team Daenerys seem like the underdog last episode is undermined by her utterly dominating this episode. It would have been more effective if Rhaegal died this episode so that all those scorpion crossbows meant something and Dany’s anger would be fresh.

Finally, Cleganebowl was disappointingly pedestrian. The choreography was bland compared to the extreme drama of the Hound’s fight with Brienne. If the Mountain was about to knock the Hound off the tower and the Hound pulled the Mountain with him, it would have made more sense than a suicide rush that wasn’t clearly necessary.

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