Aw shit, here we go again.
-CJ, when discussing Game of Thrones on the Internet
The 8th season is two episodes deep now, and I’m… Mostly disappointed? These first two episodes have been very focused on tying bows up than any real character development. We’re seeing, “Well, we’re back here again, huh?” And, “Ha! Who’d ever thought we’d be standing next to each other?” For like, EVERY conversation or piece of dialogue. It’s frustrating because these characters have more to say, I feel, then being relegated to ‘final act’ conversations that are WAY too obvious. Also it doesn’t help that I find the writing to be pretty bad so far…
This article summarizes a lot of what I feel:
I have been feeling this way a lot recently in the last couple of seasons. I feel like the show really has suffered without the source material to fall back on, even if that source material is just filler. It shows that GRRM barely has anything to do with the show anymore…
Though, we can talk about what’s good. As always, I love EVERYTHING involving Jaime, and his stuff in the most recent episode really shows what a great character he’s become. Though they really fucked with his arc… I love villains turned good tropes, so I’ve always leaned towards Theon and Jaime as my favorite characters. The knighting scene is probably my favorite scene of these two episodes so far. It felt like a return to old GoT, with development that is actually worth something. I find it frustrating how SO MANY PEOPLE have explained to people like Dany that, “No, your Dad was a fucking monster. What Jaime did was a good thing.” And she STILL doesn’t get it.
I really like the whole conflict that Sam is introducing to Dany and Jon. For one, I think Sam illustrates how reckless Dany can be, and shows why she might swing more mad on the spectrum of Targaryan offspring. My feeling is that this is going to lead to some kind of civil war within the North’s ranks. It would feel a bit strange for the battle of the dead to wrap up so quickly, and then the rest of the series be delegated to the war of the throne though. My guess is that this battle is going to be a retreating one, where they lose Winterfell and fall back south.
I… REALLY do not like what they’re doing with Arya. Her whole personality change is really off putting and kind of terrible. I’m fine with her being a super assassin, being this girl who can assume personalities and take their faces, but this ‘stoic jedi’ mood from her just isn’t my thing. It feels like we didn’t just lose Bran, we lost all the personality of Arya as well. And I hate that…
Anyway, those are some of my feelings. How do you all feel about it?