Winter was coming, it came and now I’m looking forward to summer.
Ah, Game of Thrones season 7. It wasn’t a season that I was hugely excited for, to be honest. Nor will it be one I look forward to when I inevitably binge-watch all the seasons again. Still it was Game of Thrones, so I owed it my loyalty. For old time’s sake.
If you’re pressed for time, I shall sum up my thoughts in a sentence. By God I can’t wait for it to finally end. Game of Thrones has been in a downward spiral since the end of season 4 and it really showed three seasons later. I can appreciate George R. R. Martin is lagging behind with the books and so David Benioff and Daniel B. Weiss are without some direction. But, dear oh dear. My biggest criticism with the show recently has been with the writing and after the horror show that was season 7, the sadistic part of my brain is rubbing its hands together smugly.
The dialogue between characters has seemed basic and something you’d find in a fan fiction story. Unfortunately it wasn’t good fan fiction either. It was more the Twilight fan fiction that inspired E.L. James’ 50 Shades series. Comparing the dialogue in the early seasons to season 7 will leave you wanting. The chummy, brothers-in-arms dialogue between Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark seems a more than distant memory compared to the giggling schoolgirls Daenerys and Missandei about how much the latter fancies Greyworm. Boy oh boy.
The writing from season 1-4 really drove home a character. Think of Joffrey, Tywin and even Daenerys. The writing made the characters and the brilliant acting drove it home. I’ll give some praise, though. The interactions between the Hound and Tormund give a hearty chuckle and show how two polar opposites can find solace in humour and romance. I should also mention the Hound’s character development at the start of the season was lovely to watch.
The logic within the show was stretched. I know, it’s a fantasy show, it doesn’t operate within the bounds of simple humanity. But the writers neglected to give an indication as to how much time passed. They also didn’t think about how several humans would be able to ride a 500mph travelling dragon without any sort of harness. Or saddle. Or incredibly strong gripping hands. Gendry can also run for weeks and battle off hypothermia and dying of exhaustion. A lot of it didn’t make sense to me. And if a fantasy world still makes a viewer think ‘wait, what?’ then maybe something needs to be addressed.
It seems I hate the season, but there were a few notable moments. Tormund and the Hound’s bromance, Daenerys’ first battle against the Lannisters (especially Jaime’s decision to charge the Mother of Dragons) and the power shown by the Night King and his undead army. There were some cute and nice moments here and there, but ultimately the show fell on its face.
With three episodes less and a lack of GRRM direction, I believe Game of Thrones seems to be struggling. Weak dialogue, weird pacing and one dimensional characters have seemingly doomed the once great series. Anyone would be able to predict what’s coming in season 8, who will live and who will die. I’m looking forward to how Game of Thrones will end, but I know that I won’t miss it when it’s gone.