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Last week’s episode (Season 8, Episode 4) was stunning. The music, the dire nature of the nightwalkers arriving, the Dothraki being wiped out within minutes of the fight. It was surreal that this was an event the show had been leading up to for eight seasons.
But then, the show-runners decided to throw us a giant curveball with Arya being the one to kill the Night King.
We’re Not Mad that Arya Killed the Night King, We’re Mad in the Manner it was done
Arya didn’t train with the faceless men for two seasons for nothing. We knew her sneakiness would enable her an opportunity to the villain that nobody else would’ve been able to have.
However, the Night King had his army with him when they approached Bran and Theon. The white-walkers, who had been able to overcome much adversity to get to where they were at, were incapable of defending their king at such a pivotal moment?
And just like that, with the swift of a dagger, this larger-than-life villain is gone? It seemed like such a massive disappointment for a character that we had been hyped on for some many years.
The Fact That the Majority of the Main Characters Survived Is Also Ridiculous
Besides the Mormounts, the majority of the main characters survived. This wasn’t the Battle of the Bastards or the Battle of Blackwater. This was the battle with the dead; something we’ve been teased with and led to believe would be an insurmountable fight.
There were numerous times when Jon, Dani or any of the other characters were completely surrounded by wrights, and then a few clips later, we see them somehow able to flee to safety.
Daenerys is a perfect example of this. I know she had the great swordsman that Jorah was protecting her, but the dead had completely entrapped them. It’s a complete abomination that somebody has barely wielded a sword would be able to protect herself in such a circumstance.
Don’t Get Me Started With Bran
I’m a little more forgiving with Bran since a big part of the Three-Eyed Raven is to watch and learn about events that are happening around him. Plus, it seemed like he had an idea of how the fight would turn out, thus why he gave Arya the dagger and positioned himself the way he did. It’s still a little odd that he didn’t decide to participate more in the fight.
At the very least, I hope we learn more about what Bran saw and a little more background on the white walkers or the Children of the Forest. However, it just seems like the show-runners are moving on their next villain; Cersei.
It Was Still a Stunning Episode
All disappointment aside, the filmography and the music on this episode were both phenomenal. Ramin Djawadi created the beautiful last piano piece of the episode.
So, even though the turn of events didn’t go as I would have hoped, at least I have some great music to listen to until Sunday.