Guyssssss I’m struggling to write these because things are getting less funny and more horribly wrong
Arya and The House of Black and White
Okay, so I do not HATE what they’re doing with Arya. Many of the scenes they’re showing are not from the books, but they are really pretty cool. I’ll even ignore the fact that the entire lighting department took a week off when they were shooting her scenes and they had to emergency-hire some fireflies (seriously, The Faceless Men? more like The Squinting Men amirite), but unf, I like it. The Waif is creepy as heck, and Jaqennnn I do not care even a little bit that you’re decidedly not supposed to be here, Valar Morhaeris (All Men Must Have Your Excellent Hair). Maisie absolutely killed it in her scene with Needle: I didn’t cry because I did all my Needle crying in the books, but UNF. The book line lists a whole bunch of things that Needle represents to Arya, up to and including Jon Snow’s smile so no really it’s okay I’ll just go over here and soak in my own tears. Anyway. Freakin’ show, man, but at least they’re getting this right.
Speaking of things they’re getting right
JON MOTHEREFFING SNOW. Hair so thick everybody in the room uncomfortable. In the books, Janos Slynt is much more difficult for much longer, and it makes complete sense as to why Jon would have to execute him. However, the actual scene was pretty great, up to and including Slynt’s begging for mercy and the moment of tension. I knew what was going to happen, and I was still like “oh wait maybe he won’t” which is just good television, y’all. However
Speaking of things they’re getting wrong? Stannis. Bleh. Stannis mocking someone for being too honorable is like a pot with a stick up its ass calling the kettle uptight. We apparently do not care about character consistency here, and Davos’ presence is kind of screwing that up for me as well. While I appreciated his pep talk, I miss his chapters from ADWD, since they were pretty freaking cool, and him being at the Wall is messing with my perception of Stannis, so I feel you, boo, but go find some Manderlys (they didn’t cast them I get it I get it I just want it the way I want it okay)
I’d like to think I’m a mature human being. I’d like to think I’m even more than that: so highbrow my eyes disappear into my hairline and I float above the masses like mist. I’d like to think I’m an adult. But hand to God when Tommen Baratheon, First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men said “it was over so quickly!” to Margaery on their wedding night I may have died laughing because I DARE you to write any other line for teenage boy (heck, any person ever) having sex with Natalie Dormer for the first time. And honestly? It was a very sweet scene. I think it did an excellent job of showing how Tommen is genuinely a good kid, even if he is a bit stupid. It is messing with the plot a bit to have him older (he’s 8 in the novels and certainly not about to produce any heirs), mostly because if he’s old enough to have sex, he’s old enough to show up for goddamn Small Council meetings. Plus if Ser Pounce isn’t around you don’t even have a good excuse to not be there. “I was hanging with my super cool cat” doesn’t fly anymore. THE POUNCE WAS GIVETH, AND THE POUNCE WAS TAKETH AWAY.
Yayyyy, unnecessary nudity wooo but the “it’s always the Maiden” was a good line (the women are dressed up like the Seven, and instead of picking, say, the Crone, Mr. Septon here is going for the obvious choice like the naked old punk he is).
If you’re sitting there like “whyyyy does the High Sparrow look so familiar?” it is because he was Governor Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean and stop pretending you were too cool to like those movies we all liked those movies plus dude had a sick wig.
This has the potential to be ridiculously amazing, since we’ve got a pretty cool dude as High Sparrow, and the show does seem dedicated to having this plot actually happen, but I am nervous, guys. More nervous because Qyburn exists. I knew that stupid thing was gonna jump and I STILL JUMPED. I am ashamed. I am just a little bit mad because we have decided to reduce the fighting to Real Housewives of King’s Landing level (like who were Margaery’s little groupies Do Not Understand) and turn this into a “women be backstabbin'” joke. Margaery’s comment of “what is your new title?” is even dumb, because yo you already got married to her other kid and her husband is dead so like…you’re queen NOW after you and Tommen had the quickest sex ever known to man? Nope. Cersei was Dowager Queen at least an entire season ago? Idk. Also “hahaha Cersei has a drinking problem” is a straight up reality show line and I thought someone was gonna flip a table and I’m not here for that, guys.
Driving me up a wall. The character and how he’s being written and the implication that I still care about his moral center. Just So Done. Him flicking open the window again and again is like the medieval equivalent of some douchebag white kid whose dad is a billionaire complaining that the champagne served to him on his flight to Marseilles wasn’t Dom, and they wouldn’t let him open the windows on the plane not even for a second. Shut the fuck up, Declan. No one cares about you and your first world traveling problems. Tyrion is pulling the time-honored tradition of “I am rich so the rules don’t apply to me” by murdering two people, getting away with it, and then instead of being grateful that he’s alive, complaining about his accommodations. I don’t even like Varys very much, and I still would 100% support him in his choice to totally just stab Tyrion. My favorite part was Tyrion going “I’m one drunk dwarf halfway across the world, what could happen?” Oh, I don’t know, Brightest Witch of Her Age, maybe you get killed because they’re killing every dwarf, or WAIT someone recognizes you and idk maybe kidnaps you or something uggghhh you’re SO DUMB and I just want to tell you that some people have war in their countries. (someone please get this ANTM reference please please please)
The most ridiculous was our “oh no I am A Good Person I can’t get it up for this prostitute” moment. YOU KILLED YOUR LAST WHORE. YOU KILLED HER. I do not care/it is irrelevant for your level of goodness that oh no you couldn’t POSSIBLY pay this girl for sex because ****feeeeelings***. Screw this show. I am also absolutely convinced that one of his chapters in book 5 discusses the sex he’s had since Shae but can someone confirm? I spent like 40 minutes trying to find it and gave up because reading Tyrion’s chapters is making my head hurt.
Sansa and Brienne and the Boltons
Brienne’s monologue was actually pretty great, the whole “he kept me from being a joke” MY HEARTTTT. Also precious Podrick is too good for this world and while I’m not so psyched with the weird plot changes, you know what? Go ahead and rescue Sansa because OH MY GOD NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE
Put that thing back where it came from, or SO HELP ME
I called it I called it I called it I hate everything. This entire plotline makes NO SENSE. Why do this? Why give her to Ramsay? And I’m asking this both plot-wise and “you have a goddamn responsibility to not be repulsive, yes, you, yes, even when you’re making a TV show”-wise. Benioff and Weiss have said that this plot gives Sansa “something meaty to work with” because Sophie is such an amazing actress, and while she’s a great actress, I am so. fucking. done. with “meaty parts” for great female actresses to be beginning and end list “at risk of or actually going to be raped.” STOP IT. YOU’RE AWFUL. You’re basically implying that rape makes female characters more interesting.
Also, plot-wise, this is equally horrific. Baelish saying to Ramsay that he’s a mystery and he hasn’t heard much about him is like…what. You know everything about everyone and he’s literally the worst person in this whole book series not a joke and you’re GIVING HIM SANSA. You KNOW, YOU PIECE OF GARBAGE. Roose then calls Baelish important or something which like, no, the whole point of him having to be tricksy is because he’s from a nothing house, and to be like “you have the Vale” NO HE DOESN’T. Even for people who haven’t read the books: are you surprised when I say that in the actual books, the Arryn bannermen are mostly pretty pissed off that Petyr Baelish is in charge? Oh, you’re NOT? Oh hey look at that marrying a lady and then her mysteriously dying a couple days later does not make you trustworthy. None of this makes any sense, and the writers are doing it so we can force a “meaty” plot point of Sansa getting horribly mistreated. I hate this. I HATE this. My reaction to like 8 whole minutes of this episode could be summed up by a gif of Sophie Turner’s “nope” head shake when Littlefinger tells her she’s going to marry Ramsay.
UGHHHH GUYS THIS SHOW IS MAKING ME SO MAD AND I ALREADY HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT…WELL, EVERYTHING