SPOILERS: Don’t read this post if you haven’t seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
In order to fully invest in a conflict, it’s necessary to understand and believe in what’s at stake for both sides. That’s what made “The Spoils of War” such remarkable television: not the spectacle of the fighting itself, per se, but our sympathy for the combatants and comprehension of the circumstances that put them at odds. “Beyond the Wall” goes the opposite direction: I don’t believe that bringing a wight to Cersei would persuade her to lend Jon her support; I don’t believe Dany would be so casual about her prospective ally and love interest turning to her direct competition for help; and, most importantly, I don’t believe so many people would uncritically accept this convoluted scheme as a good idea. -Alison Herman (The Ringer)
…one deus ex machina after another: first a pond, then a dragon, and finally Coldhands, aka Uncle Benjen, who comes out swinging an incense burner and sacrifices his life for Jon because apparently two people can’t ride on a horse. -Laura Hudson (Wired)
“Where did you… get them?” she [Sansa] asks, a line which served as a little island of expert comedic timing amid a vast ocean of ridiculous dialogue by David Benioff and Dan Weiss. While Arya could have used this as an opportunity to fill Sansa in on her formative experiences, then listen to Sansa explain some of her own, then come to a place of mutual understanding and respect, she instead threatens to cut Sansa’s face off. Whatever. -Kaitlyn Tiffany (The Verge)
Another question that this sibling rivalry brings to the fore: Are two powerful women not allowed to exist in the same place without one of them trying to sabotage the other? Outside of the Sand Snakes—we barely knew ye—it’s hard to think of two women who have been allowed to have the kind of relationship so many men on this show have been afforded, the camaraderie and “brotherhood” that has defined so many of their characters. Instead, they always seem to be at each other’s throats. -Laura Hudson (Wired)
This week Tyrion’s plan to capture a wight and bring it to Cersei proves that it’s as dumb as it sounds. While Tyrion is thinking about the future, he’s not doing a very good job getting his queen to listen to him, which is a problem since he is Hand of the Queen. ‘The Hound loves cursing and throwing rocks, apparently. His foolish throwing of rocks at a dumb wight makes them realize that the lake has frozen over, allowing them to attack. -Carrie Witmer (Business Insider)
…only Thoros of Myr is lost among our main heroes, despite overwhelming odds and at least a couple of near death experiences. At the same time, given how silly this whole plan was, I’m not sure I want any of our heroes to die executing it. Thoros’s death feels cheap in some ways. -Erik Kain (Forbes)
There is an argument to be made that season 7’s episode 6 was the worst GoT episode EVER – ridiculous dialogs, nonsensical plot line, plot holes and worst of all – a huge anti-climax to a much expected, important scene. What do you think? (See video below from GoT Academy.)
Listen to David Chen and Joanna Robinson’s podcast review of the ep here:
2 thoughts on “Game of Thrones: Season 7, Episode 6 (“Beyond the Wall”): Fans & Critics Hit Back”
I haven’t (yet) read the books, BUT my lil bro and cousin have real ALL of them (so far), and STILL enjoy the show. This season has been uneven, BUT the last 2 eps were VERY disappointing- I was losing interest (which is V rare when it comes to GoT). When I saw the articles and YouTube reviews, I realized I wasn’t alone. I was ALSO hoping that Varys & Littlefinger would have more to do. Tyrion is NOT a winner this season (that’s for sure)- also wanted to see him do more (& succeed).
I think the moment show went ahead of the books, the storylines became too unrealistic. The characters lost all charisma. Season 7 massively downplayed Varys and Baelish, who have been the real players of the game till now.
Most unsettling was how Tyrion reacted to the loot train battle. He was the person to orchestrate the battle of blackwater. And in the books it is all the more massive plot line. But now, it is suddenly atrocious to watch people burn. This war was nothing compared to what happened at blackwater, still in an attempt to make his character more sympathetic, all clever aspects of him were dulled. As happened with all other characters.