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Game of Thrones: We have to talk about these five mistakes in the plot
I love Game of Thrones. I got into the fantasy epic late, but all the more violently, and in deep sleep I can recite the previously known relationships between House Stark, House Targaryen and even House Martell. And the seventh season is also really delivering again - especially in terms of action and excitement. We experience grandiose staged battles, breathtaking locations and surprising twists and turns that collectively leave the fan base gasping for air. However, for the past six weeks, I've been feeling a little sad every Monday evening: Unfortunately, in some places the plot simply lacks logic and stringency. Yes, that's right: five things annoy me about the current season "Game of Thrones".
Beware, spoilers! If you haven't seen all the episodes of the current season, you should stop reading here. If you can't remember everything, here is an overview of season seven, here totally secret messages from Westeros and here an overview of all relevant characters.
1. The Greyjoys: A fleet out of nowhere
Theon Greyjoy has been part of Game of Thrones since season one. His sister Yara appeared again and again since the second season. Their uncle Euron "Pirat Kajalstift" Greyjoy murdered the father of the sibling duo in the sixth season, suddenly claimed the throne of the Iron Islands and now wants to sit on the iron throne with Cersei Lannister. To do this, he sank all the ships of the renegade Greyjoy siblings with his fleet and drove Yara through King's Landing on a chain around her neck. So far so good.
This narrative thread has three weaknesses:
First of all, the question of where Euron Greyjoy suddenly had about a thousand (!) Ships with which he can get Cersei around for his alliance has never been clarified. After all, at the end of season six, Yara had only just sailed away with much of the Iron Islands fleet. The only thing that is known for sure about the Iron Islands is their motto: "We don't sow." That's why nothing grows on the Iron Islands - maybe a few tufts of grass here and there, but definitely not a state forest from which you can quickly carve the largest fleet in Westeros.
Second, I wonder how Euron Greyjoy was able to attack another, equally large fleet with this huge fleet, namely that of the Greyjoy siblings. In episode two, Yara and Co. only notice the 1000 ships when Euron is already about to board its monstrous flagship. If Euron doesn't have a magical cloaking device for 1,000 ships, the whole story is total nonsense.
Third, I want to know where he is now and what dungeon he had Yara thrown into. He moved into King's Landing on his horse to thunderous applause and has been missing ever since. If Yara was really the greatest gift he could give Cersei, she's pretty ungrateful.
2. The Tyrells: An army suddenly disappears
As we recall, House Tyrell was at all times a much sought-after ally for anyone who wanted to ascend to the Iron Throne. All vied for her favor. First Renly Baratheon, later House Lannister and last but not least Daenerys Targaryen. Why was that so? Because the Tyrells had loads of money and a huge army. But where is this army now? It suddenly seems to have disappeared.
In episode three of the current season, Jamie Lannister takes Highgarden, the ancestral seat of the Tyrells, and kills Olenna Tyrell. And that although the Lannister Army is likely to be pretty decimated after all the past battles. Has he defeated the entire mighty army of the Tyrells here? That seems as good as impossible. It is still possible that the Tyrell army was not stationed at home at that time, but was deployed elsewhere on Westeros. But if that was the case, it must have been swallowed by the ground in the meantime - because now it suddenly does not appear anywhere.
Conclusion: As with point 1, there is a suspicion here: The producers simply did not take the numbers of ships and soldiers very carefully - so that the good side doesn't gain the upper hand too quickly and the battle for the Iron Throne is exciting remains.
3. Jon Snow forgets the Dragonglass
As is well known, Jon Snow knows nothing. But obviously he's also very forgetful: Thanks to his stout friend Samwell Tarly, the "King in the North" knows that the Dragonstone fortress was built on a mountain made of Dragonglass. And thanks to Samwell Tarly, he knows that Dragonglass is the universal weapon against White Walker and the Night King. That is also the main reason why he pays Daenerys a visit in Dragonstone: He wants to dismantle the Dragonglass there.
When he headed north in Eastwatch to catch one of the White Walkers, he thought of everything and packed it in his suitcase: his sword, his cloak, Ser Jorah and Gendry, the Brotherhood without Banners and his wildling friend Tormund Giantsbane. Was that all? Unfortunately, no. He has forgotten the Dragonglass that he unearthed under Dragonstone. Oops.
This development is annoying because both Jon Snow and his aunt Daenerys and everyone else in their circle obviously have no idea. Jon Snow's ignorance seems contagious. The guys from the Night's Watch on the Wall have always been looking for a means to get the ice zombies under control. A small amount of Dragonglass was lost in Hardhome (Season 5, Episode 10) and Jon Snow has been searching for the magical material ever since.
Now he has a whole mountain of it. He also has a blacksmith, Gendry, who could have forged weapons out of it, at least for his group of comrades-in-arms - but no, the stubborn head with the beautiful hair travels quickly north. Even Aunt Dany could have packed a bag of Dragonglass on her turbo kite flight from Dragonstone behind the ice wall in the episode "Beyond the Wall". Maybe he and his entourage would have had a slightly better chance with Dragonglass in the Battle of Frozen Lake. Note: If you pack your travel bag in an organized manner, you will live more safely.
4. Arya Stark has mutated into a bitch
Arya Stark went through a lot in her younger years: her parents are dead, her favorite brother is not at home and she has trained as a phantom hired killer. Over the years, the youngest, Stark, has always been a crowd-pleaser. But that is obviously over.
With her new, petty-bitchy nature, she doesn't make friends in Winterfell alone. Is that eternal anger or is it already puberty? She flatly accuses Sansa of betraying their common "brother" Jon Snow as well as the inheritance of their parents. And she apparently naively falls for Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish's plan to drive a wedge between the sisters by deliberately placing an old letter from Sansa. When Sansa then finds Arya's satchel with the face masks and Arya refuses to explain everything, one would like to shout out to her: "A girl should be normal again!"
From our point of view, Arya's baseless bitter terror is anything but comprehensible, the plot line seems forced. Because actually Sansa doesn't do anything wrong - on the contrary. She behaves just as Arya had always hoped her to be: mature, loyal, determined. Sansa has an understandable explanation for the letter Arya finds. And: After everything that Arya has experienced, she shouldn't be so easily caught by Littlefinger's transparent tricks. To make matters worse, the role of the bitch of actress Maisie Williams is apparently not at all. While in previous seasons it delighted all viewers with its naturalness, it now comes across as quite wooden.
However, there is also a theory that says that Arya's scratchy behavior towards Sansa is part of a big secret plan: The two sisters just pretend they are arguing and thus get Littlefinger on the glue. In reality, they are beating the familyless pimp who has made his home in their house castle with his own guns. We can only hope that's true!
5. Times and distances get wildly mixed up
What used to last three seasons now takes at most half an episode. Above all, however, the time spans within the individual episodes are inconsistent. For example, roughly everything in the "Eastwatch" episode. Jon Snow and his supporters board the ship at Dragonstone and arrive three minutes later. In 2013, half a season would have been estimated. As a reminder, here is our map of the locations of "Game of Thrones" and their geographical distances:
WESTEROS: 1 Castle Black on the ice wall | 2 Winterfell (House Stark) | 3 The Twins | 4 Iron Islands (House Greyjoy) | 5 The Eyrie | 6 Dragonstone (House Targaryen) | 7 King's Landing (capital Westeros) | 8 Casterly Rock (House Lannister) | 9 Highgarden (House Tyrell) | 10 Oldtown (location of the Citadel) | 11 Dorne (House Martell) | 12 Tarth (Brienne of Tarth) | ESSOS: 13 Braavos (seat of the Iron Bank and the "House of Black and White") | 14 Direction Mereen (Daenerys' exile through season six)
The use of time is completely free of meaning in episode six, "Beyond the Wall": The hero troop wanders in search of the ice zombies from morning to dusk. The blacksmith Gendry covers the same distance in what feels like an hour and twenty minutes to send a raven to Daenerys. This raven now has to cross half of Westeros to deliver his message to the Khaleesi. She, in turn, arrives in no time at all with her two pets Viserion and Drogon. And all of this happens while Jon and his companions wait in the middle of the frozen lake. Either our brave heroes stood there for days in their stomachs - or Gendry, the raven and the dragons have a teleporter that we don't know about. It seems like time isn't the new season's greatest friend, Game of Thrones, as even the series' creators have now (at least partially) admitted.
Unfortunately, the inadequate chronology is a huge fun killer: You don't know what can happen when and how quickly. Anyone who has watched six seasons of "Game of Thrones", can remember the episode "Blackfish" and was sometimes bored to death in the "House of Black and White" knows what I'm talking about. The various characters have just been given a depth in some lengthy scenes that one is desperately looking for in the seventh season. The dialogues are often wooden - no wonder if the clock is always ticking in the background to bring everything to a spectacular conclusion. There have never been three big battles in just six episodes in "Game of Thrones". However, it is a shame when CGI effects are at the expense of the otherwise so complex story with its even more complex characters.
"Game of Thrones" is still the best series
And still: I look forward to the finale of the seventh season of "Game of Thrones" until next Monday evening. I want to know if any of the crazy theories work. I want to see Daenerys arrive at King's Landing with the dragon and Cersei is really surprised for the first time. I'll be shocked if the Bran Stark rumor is true. And I would like to hope that the polar bear of the last episode and the confused sequence of times doesn't end in a debacle like "Lost" at the time. But that's really a completely different story.
"GAME OF THRONES" SEASON 7 - THAT HAPPENED SO far:
Episode 1: Dragonstone
Episode 2: Stormborn (Storm Daughter)
Episode 3: The Queen's Justice
Episode 4: The Spoils of War
Episode 5: Eastwatch
Episode 6: Beyond the Wall
The "Who's Who" of Westeros
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