Despite my reservations before the show aired, Game of Thrones has been an excellent series overall. It has not though been consistently on top form and the final episode, for all the dramatic scope offered by the latter part of the book, fell a little flat.
It was not all bad by any means, but it came over as a bit rushed. Like the crew were running out of time to get the series delivered to deadline and didn’t take quite the time they needed to polish the script, design, shooting and editing. The result looks a little thrown together.
Maybe they shot what they needed to shoot to complete the story but then found they had not amassed quite enough material to fill the running time. How else to explain the hideously embarrassing scene with Maester Pycelle and the prostitute? Only Littlefinger tutoring two prostitutes on lesbian sex in an earlier episode scored remotely close on the cringe scales. Yes we know HBO believe people won’t watch their shows unless they deliver so much nudity per episode, but usually added-in sex scenes are also used as a vehicle to communicate parts of the backstory (“sexposition”). But this scene was pure filler – pointless as well as tasteless.
The final scene was a disappointment. It should have been so dramatic, so climatic. But the reveal of Daenerys’s new little pets was clumsily handled and the opportunity for spectacle and drama was frittered away.Follow @denniswright