I am as big a GOT fan and anyone but after a bit of reflection I am disappointed in this season. I fear the conclusion will be a major let down. But only a few TV series have had a satisfying ending.
My bigger issue is the writing and motivation that drove characters. The show outgrew the source material in season five. For all his faults GRR Martin has written good characters and went out of his way to fall for standard tropes and cliches.
His characters were smartly strategic but some of that logic has gone out the window (a la Bran…lol). The whole name of GOT was about the politics and back stabbing to win the throne.
Without the source material to use to be adapted they now just working off notes and a general outline give. Sadly the characters and the situations that have been written are more what is typical for TV dramas. Here are a few examples from this season. It is drama that was simply created for drama when characters would not have acted as such.
Sansa- her distrust of Daenerys is artificial when you think it through. Dany sacrificed her Unsullied and Dothraki to save the North. Wouldn’t that build some trust? Logic says though Dany is a foreigner she can be trusted. The remaining Starks have no claim to the throne. They would be wardens of the North. What has Dany done that would say she would take that away. The Starks have always bent the knee.
You can even go back to last season when they implied there was drama and distrust between Arya and Sansa.
Logic says the tactically correct thing to do is for Jon and Dany to marry and co rule. Instead, we are getting made for TV drama again.
Dany- refusing to give her troops a rest.
I liked the relationship between Jaime and Brienne. Sure there was a bit of implied sexual tension. But the relationship was complete when she was knighted.
Instead they hooked up and in the end turned Brienne from a sting character regardless of gender to the cliche crying lover left behind. Did we need that? No, it was unneeded drama.
Capturing and executing Missandei really serves no purpose, other than shock value.
Not to mention Euron was wrapped so heavy in plot armor it makes no sense. How he was not seen from the height Dany was at makes no sense, not to mention the accuracy and force of the scorpion shots. Defies physics.
From a tactics standpoint Cersei should have just opened fire on Dany and he remnants. She could have ended it the war there.
Again, it feels more like made for TV drama then brining to life characters, actions and motivations that were well thought out and defined in the source material.
The Walking Dead is guilty of this. Characters not doing the logical thing but instead doing things that create drama. I gave up on that show a few seasons ago.