The sequence of KL before NK-fight would not fit with the Mad Queen narrative though, the Night King narrative of taking on divided and bickering squabblers was basically set aside.when told there would be only six episodes , the writer had to just throw the whole thing into a heap
since they are not very good they just butchered it
for me the major flaw was getting the battle of the whites before the king's landing stouch
it's like putting saving the world as a lesser prelude to who will win the pretty bauble
it also could have plenty of characters killed in one great finale
I actually thought this episode was one of her better acting performances. The scene where she grieves was quite good, so was her scene with Jon Snow, the scene where she flips wasn't bad either.my only beef is that it was miserably acted , Daenery acting is as believable as her blondness
the problem with Cersei is that she always wants to be the one in complete power and she always wants to twist the knife so people understand it.Speaking of stupidity and human shields... Missandei's execution in the previous episode. So I am facing a Dragon Queen who can burn my whole castle to slag. I am already thinking of human shield tactics by bringing civilians in. I have in my possession her best friend. Do I:
a) Kill her in front of the Dragon Queen, enraging her to burn my castle and city despite the civilians and robbing me of any leverage whatsoever, or
b) Tell the Dragon Queen that the friend will be always in my presence, so that she can't burn my castle and me without burning her friend, too, and also preserving the friend as a hostage/leverage until the attack is actually in progress?
Oh well. One more episode to go.
Not for any instinct toward restraint. She wanted to burn cities while she was in Slaver's Bay but her advisers talked her out of it. When cities oppose Daenerys her first instict has always been to settle the issue with fire and blood.I dont recall Dany massacring innocent women , children and men deliberately before this episode. Executing some persons for proved or alleged crimes is one thing, and "burning them all" is some thing else. Most probably Dany in books will also gradually become mad in the books but i highly doubt she will be suddenly switched like in this episode.
As I said before: if you chose to ignore shitty writing - because show!Stannis is nothing like book!Stannis - then there are two possible explanations: fervent belief, and desperation. Personally, I go with the latter.There is absolutely zero indication that Stannis doesn't believe. He does everything Melisandre says, he watches her birth demons, he sacrifices his daughter, he has the sword that catches on fire. He is, in every single way, a true fervent believer.
Wedding gift, yes, but she didn't gain those eggs on her own. And she hardly manipulated Khal Drogo, though my memory may be bit iffy on that detail. Burning, as you point out, was likely a fluke.She is a nobody, she's the possession of her brother who uses her as a bribe to try to gain an army. She didn't inherit dragons, they were a wedding gift. She briefly becomes the honored wife of Khal Drogo, by manipulating a serial rapist into obeying his silver haired foreign wife. When he dies, her kid dies, she burns herself, trying to commit suicide. At that point she rises from the ashes with dragons, her children. After that she leads remainder of loyal followers across a desert nobody is supposed to try to cross, at which point after she wins again. And again. And again.
Within years she has a massive army, three grown dragons that see her as mommy, and tons of totally loyal adherents who think she's the greatest thing since sliced bread, who see in her hope of a sort no other leader musters, not even Jon Snow.
I could find quotes from the books, but his reasoning in nutshell was "nobody likes me anyway, so why the hell not".I don't really know why Stannis even allowed Melisandre to spread her faith. Sure, she turned out to be quite useful, but at the beginning...adopting the Red God was a dumb political move for Stannis given that practically no one follows the religion in Westeros.
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