Ugh…I was really looking forward to this episode. This basically sums up my feelings pre-watching: https://youtu.be/3lgvoCVPLkA?t=3m59s
But overall it annoyed me more than I enjoyed it. There’s no consistency, just a series of ‘cool’ moments strung together by the rotting corpse of something called a story line. I’m not sure where to even begin…with Benjin-there’s-no-time-to-explain-why-there’s-no-time-to-explain-Stark? Or the suicide squad being stranded on a small rock for 3 or so days? Or Sansa even bothering to respond to Cerci’s letter, I mean what does she really expect will happen at Kings Landing?! Why send Brienne there at all???
Rant aside, I’ve been listening to some videos by a YouTube channel called The Dragon Demands about the GoT show. His videos have been pretty critical of the show writers David Benioff and D.B.Weiss. The TL:DR is that the writers no longer care about the story per say, but instead getting the characters to make cool faces.
And with each new episode, I fear this is true. I don’t know if I agree with everything that channel said but I think he really hit the nail with how the events are simply there to get the characters in cool situations. Like with Arya last season; gets fatally stabbed one episode, but is running around the next. Allegedly Arya was supposed to be doing acrobatics that episode, but instead Maisie argued that her character would not be in any state to do them so it was changed.
I’m just disappointed that the show hasn’t been able to keep its compelling/consistent story alongside all the awesome visuals.
(link to that YT channel -> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV3PgptMBNJlyBx_jg2TDHw/videos?&ab_channel=TheDragonDemands.)