For the first time since, I believe, the end of the fourth season, I actually almost enjoyed an episode of Game of Thrones. Not enough to reorder HBO or anything, but at least I wasn’t actively screaming at the screen for the entire episode. The family drama going on in King’s Landing is interesting, the stuff at the Wall continues to be the bright spot of the season so far, and I have to agree with poorquentyn that not only was Euron Greyjoy an episode highlight, but the character is actually recognizable as book Euron Greyjoy. Which, to be honest, completely blindsided me since practically none of the other characters resemble the book counterpart they are supposedly based on in the slightest. And the flashback scene was decent, although having Hodor named “Willas” instead of “Walder” is (either) just meaninglessly idiotic (or a straight “fuck you” aimed at the author of the books*) and any flashback scene sends my mind right to the scene from the trailer of Ser Arthur Dayne spinning two swords like he’s duel wielding in a role playing game.
It wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns, however. The Meereen storyline is still snafu. Tyrion is so flawless that he has ceased to be an interesting character, and the amount of plot armor he’s wearing sucks any drama out of his scenes. They seem to have zero idea what they are doing in Braavos. The extreme torture that Theon suffered at the hands of Ramsey apparently had very little lasting effect. I have no idea why Jaime wasn’t tossed in the cell across from Marg since they had him very outnumbered and he just confessed multiple sins to the High Sparrow. And I have zero idea what Ramsey’s plan is going forward. He no longer has Sansa, he killed his evil mastermind father, and then tossed the Frey alliance to the dogs. With his reputation combined with his questionable actions so far this season, why would any future battle he’s involved in see any more than his “twenty good men” on his side?
Nah, I’m not even dealing with D&D having Walda give birth just so Ramsey could have his dogs rip apart a woman and a newborn infant. It was “dramatically satisfying.” It made sense because they “wanted it to happen.” It totes wasn’t gratuitous yo, the camera turned away! They had to do it because the audience needed to know Ramsey is a villain who will do anything. They have to be shocking, and what’s more shocking than
dingos dogs eating peoples babies? Seriously, what is this shit? A Song of Ice and Fire as rewritten by Joe Abercrombie while suffering from massive depression, drunk on his lunch break right after watching everyone he ever cared about executed ?
Okay, I’ve already given this enough words. When I started, I planned on 100 or so and now I’m pushing five times that.
Rating Score (out of 10, with 1 being the absolute lowest possible rating.)
Season Six, Episode 2.
- As a television show only: 5
- As an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire: 2 (Thanks to Euron. Oh, and thanks to “Yara” magically becoming Asha for a minute or two.)
*GRRM made a comment some time ago about characters left out of Game of Thrones that disappointed him and he mentioned Willas Tyrell as one of the main ones. I really (and I mean really) don’t think D&D are this petty (although they do sometimes seem to toss casual “fuck yous” to book readers) and I just think this was a meaningless change for no reason at all, but I have seen the renaming of Hodor mentioned as a response to GRRM’s wish for Willas, so I included it for completeness. Once again, I don’t subscribe to this theory. I just think they change things from the books because they don’t give a flying fuck about the books.