Spoilers ahead Game of Thrones, Season 8, Episode 3, "Long Night"
As Game of Thrones we move to the second half of our last season, we are in the final ranking – not only for the remaining competitors for the Iron Throne, but also for scenic tractors with their own magnificent plans for the Westeros fate. The intelligence spy network, the Varys spy network, the battle strategies of Tyrion and Melisander's prophecy, and the magic of fire have engaged in the manipulation and shaping of the present kingdom chaos. But the show was not friendly to any of her masters.
In Season 8 premiere, Varys, Tyrion, and Davos Seaworth watch Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen from afar, wondering about their suitability as a marriage-alliance. "You overestimate our influence," says Varys. "Jon and Daenerys don't want to listen to lonely old men." Tyrion protests, "Our queen respects the wisdom of age." Varys returns, "Of course I do. Respect is how young people keep us remotely, so we can't remind them of the unpleasant truth… that it doesn't last. "
Varys is not bad at his own diminished social influence. In the last three seasons Game of Thronesbecause the show diverged from George R.R. Martin's source books, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss pushed all the advisers, the sages and the prophets to one side, and treated them like dusty old relics. Former disciples and scientists have set out epic plans, but then they have been consistently pushed aside and overcome by characters who are supposed to be less witty and attentive, less influential and cautious, or less subtle.
First, there's Varys, whose supposed goal was to improve the lives of ordinary people and do what's best in this area. He served the Targaryens, went over to help Robert Baratheon and spied on Dany when she was a young girl, and eventually declared her to be his righteous queen. He is a very flexible man with a network of children's spies. But in Season 8, Varys ceased to have any hand in land control. It's hardly present. He took the back seat to Daenerys, who does whatever he wants, regardless of his advice. He also loses a major homicide he commits in books, the murder of Pycelle and Kevan Lannister to protect Tyrion. On the show, Qyburn kills Pycelle, and Cersei Lannister kills Kevan as part of her September Baelor wildfire attack. It is a cleaner version of the story, but it undermines Varys's ruthlessness and devotion to his cause.
Part of this can be explained by the emphasis on showrunners and focus on more physically active, traditional heroes like Jon Snow and Arya Stark. We are running out of episodes, so if Varys has any complicated plot, they can only be approached in spinuff, sequel, or even better, in George R.R. Martina. Varys does not get any lines during Jaime's trial, although forensic manipulation is one of his specialties, and he barely survives the skins of his teeth in the crypts. Neither Tyrion nor Tyrion expect crypts to be safe against an opponent who raises the dead!
Over and over again in the last few seasons, we have seen the repetition of this pattern: showrunners keep their prophets and geniuses blunt and unconscious to facilitate spring surprises for viewers. That's why the night king can survive the fire and resist the rules of the undead story. It's not because of some secret history; This is because surprise for surprising fun. This is not a huge dissatisfaction, but it is worth the sadness, for a moment the metaphorical death of the smarter figures of Jiří R. R. Martin.
Martin said in the interviews and on his LiveJournal that Tyrion is his favorite character and that he is very happy about creating a dialogue for him, but it takes time. After the fifth season, the showrunners had to improvise their own glib line for Tyrion, which leads directly to him to tell lame gibes to Varys that they have no balls. Worse, Tyrion consistently underestimates her sister Cersei and falls on her lies. He gives Daenerys horrible advice that betrays her allies and story, which she rightly ignores. Spending the entire season 7 consistently fails and moping, constantly helpless and on the edge, how terrible things happen.
His unsuccessful wits and magic aside, the total failure of his former military reason is a narrative delusion that feels most of nature. Fans went for the advice of Tyrion Daenerys No march on King's Landing or at least elicit Cersei's power in Season 7 in a battle that would prevent civilian casualties. His decisions should not be of strategic importance, but helped the showrunners delay epic battles Game of ThronesAnd keep Cersei alive to increase tension. They have just come to the cost of Tyrion's logic and common sense.
Then there is Melisandra, who was utterly fearless in her last prophecy. She told Varys in Season 7 that they would both die in Westeros and in the massive 8th season battle of "The Long Night," telling Davos not to bother killing her because she would be dead at dawn. Both lines mean he will have some epic death and that the Prince's prophecy, which was promised, aka Azor Ahai, will be complete. This is not exactly what goes down.
In Season 8, the Azores' prophecy is basically falling apart. According to the prophecy, the hero should be "reborn in the midst of smoke and salt," which will arouse "dragons of stone." The description sounds like it might be true for Jon or Daenerys, but Melisandre and Beric, who are both servants of the Lord. Lights, give up your lives to keep Arya alive to kill the Night King. Her farewell to Arya is more or less: "Hey, you killed some blue eyes just like I said you would." Okay, so Azor Ahai doesn't care so much? In the season finale 6, Melisandre tells Jon Snow, "I was ready to die for many years. If the Lord were with me, it would be, but it is not. "Without looking for a clear indication that he was a master without solving the ongoing Westeros battles without explicitly fulfilling the conditions of his prophecies or explaining whatever he is, no matter where she went for two seasons, Melisandre voluntarily ends her life by that he goes into the distance and crumbles to dust.
The very unsatisfactory conclusion of her story shows that either Melisandre and other red priestesses of the Lord of Light were all wrong, or that the showrunners just that part of this movie Game of Thrones in favor of more popular characters.
Melisandre's seemingly random, anticlimactic death is not the first time a show has destroyed someone with a long game in mind. Petyr Baelish, better known as Littlefinger, was also ill served by writers during the season 5 to 7 before he met his premature demise, which did not happen in the books yet. Much it has to do with plot options. Sansa didn't have much to do in later books, except she was hanging around Vale, so the showrunners gave her the story of Jeyne Poole when Littlefinger arranged for her to marry a sadistic murderer, Ramsay Bolton.
Unfortunately, this adaptation option Littlefinger looked stupid. He seems to have had no idea what Ramsay would be, or that he put Sansu in the hands of a bloodthirsty rapist. Finally, he admits that he made a mistake. But it's hard to swallow, given Ramsay's excessive behavior and how smart and conscious Littlefinger should be.
In the books, Littlefinger instead offers to marry Sansa away to his heir, Ser Harrold Hardyng, who is a mild blockbuster. But he is no man-hunting, victim-angry Ramsay Bolton, and he is under the control of Littlefinger. We also know less about Littlefinger's ultimate goals in books, and the added sense of mystery means he could ultimately have a key role to play. The version show of Littlefinger is a slimy weasel that eventually attempts awkwardly to construct Sans and Arya against each other. He deserves his execution for his negligence himself. But it is also written as a direct schemer to capture as much power as possible and settle on the Iron Throne. In some senses, he became too boring and basic to stay.
It is ridiculous to expect showrunners to devote some time to the development of their geniuses and prophets when there are only three episodes left, and they seem to want them all to be straightforward and romantic. Unfortunately, to build the battles and bring Arya, Sansy, Daenerys and Jon Snow to the spotlight, the puppeteers who pulled the strings were cut off. The resulting simplicity, whose blow to a long-term story that would probably not give such attention, if it was not always interested in players who are under the cards. Stories as multiple as Westworld, Avengers: Endgame, and Naruto they bring viewers with the sense of grand masters playing 4D chess with the world. The exchange, which is for easy excitement and amazing hand tricks, feels like a quick, boring victory after a long, dignified buildup.
We still have one prophet on Wednesday and that is Bran Stark. He did not do much during the Battle of Winterfell, except for tours like some crows, and did not pass on any useful information to his allies. But he allegedly sees fragments of the future and leads everyone else along the way. Given how badly every other fortune-teller and chess player is at this show, Bran's expectations should not be too high. But it has some great advantages. It's Stark, and his closeness to the other main characters can give him armor not to kill him. His forces could keep him safely on the sidelines. The story said that his death would be catastrophic for mankind – it was a set target of a night king – and with so much effort to save him, he would probably not die soon. Best of all, he's one of the key people who take care of Jon Snow's identity as the true heir to the Iron Throne. All of this could be just placing the target on the back, but it could also indicate that it will be really relevant in the upcoming chain of events.