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August 17, 2019 at 8:42 am #1203027867
Having Arya kill the Night King was the first huge mistake of the season. Looking back, there were other problems present in the first half, but there was enough quality content that they didn’t seem that bad. But the Night King’s death was meant to be such an enormous moment, and they botched it. It felt anticlimactic, was a blatant deus ex machina, and they chose the wrong character to do it. It was so obvious that it should’ve been Jon. And while the obvious choice may not always be the best, this was the obvious choice for a reason. Jon’s been fighting the White Walkers for years. He’s devoted his life to stopping them. He had already killed two White Walkers, and God knows how many wights. He had not one, but two stare downs with the Night King. The two of them may not have known much about each other, but they both knew that they wanted the other one dead. This is what Jon’s entire storyline was building up to. Almost every action he took was to stop this world ending threat. And while Jon successfully brings together the army that defeats them, that just wasn’t enough. It needed to be Jon fighting the Night King. You can’t set the main protagonist up to defeat this villain for years, and then let a supporting character who has practically no connection with the villain kill them for shock value. That’s like if Ron Weasley killed Voldemort, or Han Solo killed Darth Vader, or Jack Crawford killed Buffalo Bill. It just doesn’t make any narrative sense. It completely cheapens Jon’s entire character and arc. His personal antagonist is dead, but he had no direct involvement in his downfall. Arya killing the Night King had no real emotion to it. They had never even laid eyes on each other before. And nobody can claim that Arya had actually been set up to stop the Night King, because it’s been confirmed that Melisandre’s whole “blue eyes” hint was not originally supposed to be about the Night King, as D&D revealed they decided on Arya killing him years later. And because there were absolutely no hints that Arya would kill him, what should’ve been a huge triumphant moment ends up being more hollow. Also, Arya already had her big moment when she killed Walder Frey. Unlike the Night King, Frey was an extremely personal antagonist for her. This is a man who spitefully got her brother and mother killed, along with so many of their allies. He helped put Winterfell into the hands of the Boltons, which resulted in Sansa’s personal Hell. Arya had no shortage of reasons to want Walder Frey dead. Because of this connection, which had been set up years earlier, Arya’s brutal murder of Frey and his underlings were wonderfully cathartic moments. There was no catharsis for her killing the Night King, because there was no connection. What would’ve worked would be Jon making his way to the Night King and the two of them fighting each other. As the battle goes on, Arya could show up and join in, with the two most popular Starks going head to head against this monstrous threat in an epic battle. Then, after a grueling fight, Arya could end up being killed by the Night King, followed by Jon avenging her. Cause when you really think about it, Arya served absolutely no purpose this past season except for killing the Night King. After The Long Night, she’s set up to kill Cersei. She doesn’t. Then she’s set up to kill Daenerys. She doesn’t. Then she just goes of to explore the West. There wasn’t much point in keeping her around. Her dying against the Night King could’ve been a tragic, heartbreaking, painful scene. Jon being forced to see his favorite sister die at the hands of his enemy could’ve been an enormously emotional moment. It could’ve been like when he got his hands on Ramsay, and finally let out his usually unseen dark side. Having one of the main characters getting killed by the White Walkers would’ve helped illustrate just how dangerous they were. Especially when said main character is one of the most popular people to ever appear in the show. That also would’ve added even more emotion to Jon completing his story arc. Honestly, this last season was so disrespectful towards Jon Snow and Kit Harington. He didn’t get to finish his arc by killing the Night King, he completely rejected his true calling as King of Westeros in a betrayal of his character, he got nowhere near as much showy material in comparison to earlier seasons, he started acting like an idiot who repeats the same two lines over and over in the latter half, and he ended up having one of the least satisfying endings of the entire show.
I have to agree with much of what you said but not with killing Arya. All of these characters survived for a reason and I believe that in five or ten years GoT will be back for a feature film… maybe even Queen Dany could have another shot to the Throne.
FYC: Drama Series: Game of Thrones, Comedy Series: Barry, Limited Series: Chernobyl, Drama Lead Actor: Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Drama Lead Actress: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Drama Directing: Miguel Sapochnik for The Long Night (Game of Thrones), Drama Writing: Jed Mercurio for Episode 1 (Bodyguard)August 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm #1203025666
I think some people are underestimating The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. It’s the defending champ and Season 2 was considered either consistent or better than Season 1. Fun fact… Maisel is treating voters and Los Angeles residents to 1959 prices today at various establishments like 30 cent gas per gallon, $1 food, $2 manicures, $1 movie theatre tickets etc). They want those Emmy votes! Here’s the link: https://maiselday.com/?fbclid=IwAR1G0Ew4Qt-mBYfmMN5Gx6EuXjMQlrrtBtdXMTPbw_fSBWEK4dW2RjTC4Ak
Is that allow or even ethical?
FYC: Drama Series: Game of Thrones, Comedy Series: Barry, Limited Series: Chernobyl, Drama Lead Actor: Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Drama Lead Actress: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Drama Directing: Miguel Sapochnik for The Long Night (Game of Thrones), Drama Writing: Jed Mercurio for Episode 1 (Bodyguard)August 15, 2019 at 4:36 am #1203024808
- GOT deserves everything except writing and maybe kit(wouldn’t mind HIM winning for his 8 years of great work tbh)
The one who really deserved to win wasn’t even nominated and that is Richard Madden…….Among the nominees Odenkirk should be the winner.
FYC: Drama Series: Game of Thrones, Comedy Series: Barry, Limited Series: Chernobyl, Drama Lead Actor: Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Drama Lead Actress: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Drama Directing: Miguel Sapochnik for The Long Night (Game of Thrones), Drama Writing: Jed Mercurio for Episode 1 (Bodyguard)August 15, 2019 at 12:35 am #1203024646
He’s probably pretty far behind Billy Porter though, but are you still ignoring that?
Porter has not won anything for Pose, actually that show hasn’t anything either and for being a period Drama it underperform pretty badly with nominations. I don’t know where the so calles buzz come from because it ain’t from the industry. That show couldn’t even win a Golden Globe.August 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm #1203024496
Darlings, Game of Thrones IS SWEEPING. Overpresent Dinklage is a lock. LENA HEADEY IS FINALLY WINNING. And Clarke has a chance. Maybe even Harington wins. It’s also winning writing and, of course, I have to laugh.
I doubt GoT is below third Place in any of the 21 categories that is competing and if it win Drama Casting at the Creative Emmys I’ll put Harrington in first place, in any case he probably isn’t far behind of Odenkirk and Bateman.August 14, 2019 at 12:35 am #1203023120
I actually struggle to see Williams being very successful now that the series is over. Game of Thrones is the only project of much note she’s ever done. I get the feeling that she’ll struggle to escape typecasting. Also, while this is inevitably going to sound mean spirited, I fear that her peculiar look is going to hurt her chances of getting roles. I hope I’m wrong about that, but I can’t help but feel it’s going to happen. And if you completely ignore Game of Thrones, when you compare her current career to the ones of the costars nominated in her category, they’re all clearly more successful. Also I’m pretty certain Emmy voters don’t choose their favorite based on which they believe will have a better career.
You should watch The FallingAugust 13, 2019 at 6:15 pm #1203022780
Maise Williams will win because she gave the best performance, had the biggest and more beloved character and because she could build a career that other co-stars won’t be able to build. Heady’s times come and gone.August 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm #1203022771
I am looking at the prediction and I must conclude that HBO’s check to the pundits must have bounced? How is it possible for Chernobyl to lose every award on the telecast?? That’s what it is currently predicted to do. That is insane to me and makes no sense. Based on it’s quality, popularity, and reviews it should win at least 3-4. I mean if WTSU is gonna take all the top prizes can you at least give Chernobyl a pity win in supporting actress or something? What is going on? SAD!
That’s GoldDerby being out of touch with realityAugust 10, 2019 at 5:08 pm #1203018913
Just finished Fosse/Verdom and I think everybody is underestimating Sam Rockwell for Lead Actor. Michelle Williams deserve every single award in the world.August 4, 2019 at 5:01 pm #1203010481
I preferred season 5 to 7. The timeline made more sense. Yes, they destroyed the Dornish storyline but everything was still adapted from source material at least. Season 7 Episode 6 is when the mess started.
The Dornish storyline was an irreparable mess from the books and D&D had to deal with it because they were stuck with the Myrcella storyline but the fact that taken away the characters of Quentin and Ariannne didn’t help the whole thing.
I concede that season 8 is somewhat rush but that was the nature of the show and let’s be frank, most of what people call bad writing is disagreement of the direction that the characters went in the final act and must be said that most of that was GRRM design. It made perfect sense that villains twins Cersei and Jaime died together and it made perfect sense that being a dragon Daenerys took what was her with fire and blood (so that needed to be more fleshed out).August 3, 2019 at 11:13 pm #1203009476
Fleabag is a comedy and a very funny one at that and so is Barry. The only two cases that were submitted in the wrong category were Sex Education and Dead To Me and both failed to get nominated.August 3, 2019 at 11:08 pm #1203009474
Tatiana Maslany is the most deserving winner of the last decade and God knows that by the time she finally won she should had won three times before. Why compere her with the Ben Mendelsohn win whom by the way was spectacular in the limit time he had in the second season of Bloodline?August 3, 2019 at 10:51 pm #1203009436
Everwood is WB, not CW. They are 2 different things.
And so was Dawson Creek. The CW exist since the merger of UPN and WB in 2006, Dawson’s Creek debuted in WB in 1998 and Everwood in 2002August 3, 2019 at 10:28 pm #1203009394
She deserves huge credit for escaping CW curse. No CW actor has made a decent career, except maybe for Blake Lively who is still trying tbh, but Michelle is the only acclaimed, awards-winning actress.
Christ Prat (Everwood) send his regardAugust 3, 2019 at 8:05 pm #1203009122
At least Chernobyl and Michelle Williams won
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