REVIEW GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 TẬP 6: KHÔNG CÒN GÌ NGOÀI THẤT VỌNG CHO MỘT SERIES XUẤT SẮC

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Here it is, then. Winter has come. Did you brace yourself? You should have, pictures of Sean Bean reminded us for the past decade.

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Even the opening titles are hammering it trang chủ that this, now, is the endgame – with the mã sản phẩm Westeros now completely wintered up, the Wall irreparably holed, và the locations whittled down khổng lồ Winterfell, King’s Landing, và also Last Hearth, directly in the path of the White Walkers so highly unlikely to lớn be appearing in the credits next week.

Despite having already had the best part of seventy hours to get all the pieces in position, the bulk of ‘Winterfell’ is still just that – arranging all the remaining characters at one of the two main remaining locales. This naturally brings about any number of reunions, which could have been heart-warming – but the tone is mix when Arya spots Jon, then immediately also spots the Hound và Gendry, giving it the feel of all her chickens coming trang chính lớn roost, & then Tyrion makes a joke about balls. This joke is the first actual words spoken of the season. Welcome lớn a rich fantasy world.

Perhaps it’s unfair to lớn rag on trò chơi of Thrones for being vulgar in this way. Bachồng in season one, Viserys telling Daenerys that he’d let Drogo’s whole khalasar fuchồng her decisively illustrated that here was a fantasy series with more bodily fluids involved than Lord of the Rings. Still, Tyrion’s meant lớn be the mastermind of the good guys – oh yes, the way the characters are assembled are fairly clear-cut groups of good guys and bad guys now – but in practice he instead appears khổng lồ be the one who makes pithy comments.

Jon và Bran reuniting likewise has the wind taken out of its sails by the fact that Isaac Hempstead-Wright is now playing Bran about as stiffly as HAL 9000 – but at least, confined lớn a wheelchair, the show manages to avoid the incongruous sight of him towering over Kit Harington like the rest of the Stark kids. Even Arya can more-or-less look hyên ổn in the eyes these days.

The best-done of the reunions is probably Theon rescuing Yara – for no other reason that the show remembers Theon’s thing was being a deadshot with a bow, và that deep down he prefers the Starks to his own family. As such, you can expect a further round of reunions next week when Theon rocks up at Winterfell. The worst, meanwhile, is Tyrion and Sansa, since the show has her apologise for running for the hills after being forced into marrying hyên. The show’s never seemed certain what to lớn bởi vì with Sansa – actually, that’s a lie. It has very clear ideas on what to lớn bởi with Sansa, và they’re bloody stupid. And the clearest omission, by far, is little Lady Mormont somehow missing that Jorah Mormont, her family’s own blachồng sheep, is wandering around the same castle as her as bold as brass.

While this surprisingly isn’t a reunion, ‘Winterfell’ sees Daenerys & Sansa coming face-to-face – and here the show sticks firmly by its old adage that women be catty. On trò chơi of Thrones, if two women tóm tắt a scene & have speaking parts there’s incredibly good odds that they will choose any reason available lớn hate each other. Of the women who’ve sầu met each other through all stacking up in Winterfell, the two who’ve got along best are Arya và Brienne, & this literally manifested itself in a swordfight.

Sansa does at least have sầu an internally consistent reason not to lớn like Daenerys, since Jon’s given up being King in the North khổng lồ bow to a fancy-Dan Targaryen overlord. This would have sầu been the perfect time for the show lớn cite its own internal lore, lượt thích I’m about to lớn – the North was one of few of the Seven Kingdoms lớn be incorporated inlớn a unified Westeros without massive sầu bloodshed, thanks khổng lồ the actions of Torrhen Stark, the King who knelt. Seeing a massive sầu Targaryen army with a bunch of dragons poised to come down on his head, Torrhen – as his title suggests – knelt, rather than getting his people burnt alive. As Greatjon Umber put it in season 1, “it was the dragons we bowed to”. Instead of any of this, the show chooses to lớn have sầu Sansa put it down to lớn Jon’s massive crush on Daenerys.

Granted, she’s not strictly wrong about that, and we get a profoundly silly moment of Jon and Daenerys walking through a field of dung-age war preparations making heart eyes at each other. While this is going on, Tyrion, Varys, & Davos – Team Older và Wiser, as they seem khổng lồ be positioning themselves – speculate that maybe they should have sầu their photogenic young rulers get married, khổng lồ ensure the succession after the war.

This is risible for two reasons. One, Jon & Daenerys clearly don’t need the help, they’re already banging. Two, & here you can probably taông xã on an extra spoiler alert, it’s unlikely they’ll make it out alive sầu. I’ll be upfront about this, I’ve sầu read the books, I got heavily inkhổng lồ the meta-analysis, and all the evidence points khổng lồ Jon, Daenerys, và probably also Tyrion sacrificing themselves to stop the White Walkers. It’s the slightly younger generation who are tipped to rebuild the Seven Kingdoms – which will probably Balkanize baông chồng into being Seven Kingdoms rather than a unified feudal state. Remember when Daenerys had that vision quest, và saw the Red Keep’s throne room wrecked up & full of snow? That wasn’t poetic license, or a kind of friendly suggestion.

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Uncle George has always been clear that the series will have sầu a ‘bittersweet’ ending. God knows the show’s strayed alarmingly from the books, và you can interpret ‘bittersweet’ any way you like, but this isn’t going khổng lồ be a Return of the King scenario where every main character (apart from Sean Bean) miraculously survives, và then they all drink lemonade. trò chơi of Thrones likes khổng lồ shoông xã, & since the start, its main triông xã has been to lớn not have sầu the heroes always win. Rethành viên Sean Bean’s character? Remember his sad wife và ill-fated son? Hell, the show’s already killed off Jon Snow once.

True khổng lồ form, the villains are all doing fine. Cersei is pleased khổng lồ hear the Wall’s come down, although manages not to kiông chồng any dogs. Euron’s pleased with himself – as Cersei laboriously explains to us, he’s incredibly arrogant, và he has every reason to be, given that he’s still King of the independent Iron Islands, and nobody seems to have noticed. And now he’s brought in the Golden Company on Cersei’s side, under Harry Stricklvà – more properly ‘Homeless’ Harry Strickland, a reference to how both he và the core of the Golden Company are Westeromê man exiles. Again, a choice bit of worldbuilding which the show omits in favour of sexual tension & smutty jokes.

So yes, Team Bad Guys seem absurdly complacent about the world-ending threat coming through the Wall – but so are Team Good Guys, with far less excuse. The preparations for the upcoming battles (“longer than Helm’s Deep”, remember) are all consigned khổng lồ the background – the main issues of note are people getting bitter the North’s no longer independent, và Jon’s parentage. If you’ll remember, Bran was insisting they tell hlặng he’s a Targaryen in the season seven finale, yet they take most of ‘Winterfell’ to lớn get around to it.

It does, at least, carry an appropriate level of unpleasant weight, helped somewhat by Sam making the reveal moments after Daenerys tells hyên ổn she killed his whole family. (Despite the tragic music in the background, this is a moment of wonderful blachồng comedy – when Daenerys says she burned his father alive, Sam blubberingly reasons it’ll at least be nice to lớn see his brother again, & she has to lớn chew her lip over breaking that news as well.) And lượt thích the heroes not always winning, here, again, trò chơi of Thrones is getting back lớn its mission of subverting fantasy stories. Our beloved underdog protagonist discovering he’s the secret heir to lớn the throne isn’t a moment of triumph – it’s a heart-rending thing that destroys his whole self-identity, & also means he fucked his aunt.

Speaking of incest, when Jaime turns up at Winterfell, the final reunion of ‘Winterfell’ hits the same blachồng comedy note as Sam’s unfortunate family matters. He’s probably hoping he has an in here with Tyrion, the brother who through it all still loves hyên, or otherwise Brienne, his weird chivalric crush. Instead, he gets off his horse, & immediately locks eyes with Bran – who he tried khổng lồ fling to lớn a gruesome death in the first episode.

The essential stats:

Killings: a couple of Euron’s crewmen – one being a blink-and-you’ll-miss-hyên cameo from Rob McElhenney – and the poor little Lord Umber, twice over.

Gratuitous sex: Bronn’s having a go on three prostitutes at once, but is rudely interrupted, so half a point.

Dragons: more gratuitous than the sex this week. Daenerys takes Jon for the other sort of ride, and they get plenty of flybys of Winterfell, lớn the point everyone’s already getting used khổng lồ them being there. This amount of CGI comes at a cost, though – neither hide nor hair of the direwolves khổng lồ be seen, và the Golden Company – lớn Cersei’s disappointment – haven’t brought their war elephants.

Highlights:

Jon & Arya reuniting – yes, it was overcooked, but theirs is the strongest bond of the remaining Starks. Extra points for Arya’s understated reponse when Jon asks if she’s ever used Needle.Sam telling Jon about his real parents, down in the Stark crypts, which almost always play host to lớn genuinely meaningful scenes.As much as the show turned Arya and the Hound’s traumatic bond of circumstance inkhổng lồ a bro-team, if anyone’s going khổng lồ be sniping at each other I’m glad it’s them.

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Lowlights:

Daenerys & Jon going on Game of Thrones: The Alton Towers ride. I’m sure the CGI used khổng lồ be better than this.As well as John Bradley played it, Sam hated his dad, & his reaction to lớn the guy’s death would in no universe be uncomplicated grief.Everyone’s bizarre obsession with feudal politics in the face of an oncoming army of ice zombies. There’s priorities here, guys.