FaxModem1 wrote: ↑
Honest question, what the hell did Bran do this episode? Aside from initially seeming to bait the Night King with the birds, after that it seemed like Bran was doing the fantasy equivalent of reading Wikipedia while everyone around him is dying. Just what did his purpose as the Three Eye Raven serve?
I was asking myself: "What has Bran done at ALL?" Aside from getting Hodor killed. I mean, he may have been involved in ousting LittleFinger, but it's only implied IIRC. And he let Jon know about his true lineage, which Sam may have somehow figured out on his own. The guy who "knows everything" instantly is shown to not know everything. Everything they needed to know to kill the Night King was already there. In fact, even as bait, there's seemingly no reason for the NK (as head Vampire and Zombie Kill Switch) to endanger himself by being there to kill Bran. IF he has to be the one to physically kill Bran, there's no reason to not wait until everyone else is dead except Bran. Had he been a few more minutes late to the party, he's won. That's pretty much the whole basis for tension in this show now.
If I had to hazard a guess, the true power of The Three Eyed Raven is breaking the 4th Wall by knowing he needed enough warm bodies between him and the NK to give Arya time to ready herself to do her best AssCreed impression because he got access to the writer's room. See, the whole "last split second save" deal would have been something to really get my heart-rate up (my wife's was pounding) if I hadn't seen it in 100 other movie well before this. They also went WAY to heavy with it, because we've got X episodes to go and literally EVERY. SINGLE. A-list character is seconds away from death. So, the ass-pull is coming.
I talked with the wife how awesome it would have been for everyone to die here and there's some build-up or whatever, and the series end with Cersei looking out and King's Landing as Zombie Dragon's burn her
streetad wrote: ↑
Really? Massive out-of-context existential threat dealt with in one episode and we have to go back to caring about nobles squabbling over the Iron Throne for another 4 plus hours?
Thing is, this shouldn't even be a fight. They lost all the Unsullied and Dothraki and are relying on purely Westerosi forces except for two dragons.
Which, used in a siege setup by land and sea means, Euron's ship should be burned (since Dragons seemingly have unlimited range and stamina), and they just blockade King's Landing and force the Merc Army to either meet them in the field to be burned or starve.
Instead we'll get some moronic contrivances leading to "gripping scenes," such as, Bron being able to somehow get close enough to exchange knowing looks while he decides to kill/not to kill the Lannister Boys, Cersei giving knowing looks to..... whatever empty space she is currently staring at, and a bunch of other hilarity to stretch this out, Clegane-bowl, etc, etc.
Now, this DOES setup an interesting situation because Danny is down to a pittance of her ground forces. She has two dragons, but dragons can't exactly hold territory. Now, SHE'S the one who needs Jon/The North. I'm still wondering if they will push the whole incest King/Queen angle since no one knows about it except a select few. It honestly makes the most sense considering the setting and would make Jon turn around on his whole "I never had sex with a woman because my mother" deal from the early part of the show. However, audiences would freak out so it's unlikely. But from a personal POV: the acceptance of a love story via rape means they have little right to complain.
Also, the whole "things never change" angle, which would make me laugh because we'd be right back to an incestuous bloodline with Dragons holding things together. Then just have the credits end way North of the wall with the Night-King reforming out of whatever magic originally brought him to "life."