Oh, they proved me wrong.
It's not that the big ending to the battle was screwed up. The big ending to the battle? It didn't even happen. The battle episode did not end with the ending of the battle. It ended on a cliffhanger. And in that moment my soul died.
That opening credits thing? It doesn't matter. They didn't do it. For they aborted my dreams.
Also my will to write is gone for the time being- no Rambling Friday this week. And my will to watch finale live also disappeared. I'm just gonna see it loaded in the evening on the next day. I stayed up to watch this one. Now I'm tired and incredibly pissed off. I've been awake for about 28h now and the anger is keeping m awake.
You know how at the end of the Mhysa I felt like someone slapped me across the face because something that I was anticipating didn't happen? The thing I was anticipating would technically be an addition as the scene was not written, just mentioned in the books.
But here it was all there. The source material. The set up. The resources. And instead of making it a badass awesome ending that people would talk about for entire week it's going to be one of the many scenes in the finale, filled with twists so mind blowing people will forget about the big wonderful scene by the time the episode ends.
The Watchers on the Wall ripped my heart out and crushed it.
And to quote Ron Swanson after he was shot in the head - yeah, I'm just gonna stay angry.
I think part of my excitement for the show died with that ending. I will never again defend the writers. There is no excuse and I'm not interested in looking for one. They killed that part of me that always believed whatever happens they will do the big moments in the book justice. What they did last night was as if they ended Rains of Castamere when Catelyn heard the music. Or if they ended Purple Wedding after the joust.
They gave an entire episode to the battle. They didn't even give entire episode to Red Wedding. And they didn't even have the whole battle in it. They could have easily fit the first 15 minutes of the episode in previous ones and they would have enough time to pull it off. But they didn't. This is what pisses me off - this episode was like 50 minutes of build up with no pay off. Had this and finale aired back to back it would be fine. People would still remember the tension, the hype, the danger.
But leaving people with this after making the whole episode about the Wall? 7 days of waiting? Having build up in one episode and climax in another? What?
What makes the battle into game changing event is its ending. What is the point of stand alone episode if the most important thing about the battle is not even shown and gets delayed to be in episode with at least 4 other mind blowing developments?
Another thing is the battle itself. It was a far cry from Blackwater - the fire had nothing on Wildfire, the combat scenes while more realistic didn't have the same impact because I cared more about people in Blackwater. The whole episode was emotionally powerful and the ending was the final punch. The ending is the most important part. And it was gutted and spat on in front of me.
Also - big battle apparently constitutes 2 giants, 1 mammoth and 5 climbers. Oh my.
This will be short.
I'm gonna give a quick rundown of things I liked:
- the music was fantastic
- Sam was the highlight of the episode - he was so convincing and was the emotional core of the whole thing, the scene were he held his dying friend was very good
- the shots of Wall were epic
- The wallers chanting their vows as the giant was approaching
- Slynt being a pathetic coward he is
- The whole Ygritte/Jon scene - the final shot of the scene with him holding her body as the others fight in slow motion was gorgeous
- I liked the CGI on mammoth and giants
- Thorne's scenes were great. His speech was my favorite moment of the episode.
- the cinematography was lovely and that tracking shot was very good
slight spoilers in this paragraph though at this point, who gives a fuck anymore - Next week I'm sure Dany flies over to Westeros on one of her dragons, makes a stop at King's Landing and rescues Tyrion and then they burn Stannis alive. Off screen because if Stephen Dillane actually got screentime THE WORLD WOULD FUCKING END.
You'd think I'm joking but I wouldn't be surprised if that happened.
If there was ever an episode to redeem the show it's the next one, though. It seems like it will actually have my 2 favorite moments (one of them degraded from awesome ending, never forget, never) and the adaptation of my favorite chapter (Tyrion). But I'm not getting my hopes up.
Here's promo for The Children:
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