The contortionist chick
Brienne Of Tarth
Littlefinger's crazy wife
Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Crappy, weak, failed, or forgettable characters:
The High Sparrow
The Three-Eyed Raven
Oberyn's snake sisters or whatever they were called (one of them was the Whale Rider girl)
The Night King
The most bafflingly godawful, awkwardly mishandled character arc I've ever seen in any story I know of:
Best episode: "The Rains Of Castamere"
Worst episode: I don't quite hate it, but the final episode "The Iron Throne" did pop immediately into my head.
Best scene: The Red Wedding
Worst scene: Death of Shireen Baratheon
Best battle: In Season 7 when Daenerys roasts all those dudes.
Worst battle: The Long Night
Coolest deaths: Oberyn Martell, those guys cut off the Wall by that giant ice-axe thing
Grossest death: Talisa Stark
Saddest death: Shireen Baratheon, Missandei, uhh, the people Danaerys roasted in King's Landing...I could name lots more.
Funniest death: Viserys Targaryen
-Something's missing from this show and that something keeps me at arm's length from the whole phenomenon. It was a watchable show but one I doubt I'll ever love. I wanted to say that there was too much bloodshed or too much revenge and heartlessness but really it's that it's hard to discern a real overarching point to the whole thing...what, really, is so great about sitting on the Iron Throne? Dune did the cynicism-about-leaders thing better and that wasn't even one of its strongest points!
-You'll see I listed Jon as one of the show's worst characters. That's a lot--a LOT--of the problem with GOT. I don't explicitly hate Jon so much as I think a great deal of what concerned him barely moved me at all. The Night Watch was a dreary part of the show, drearily shot and repetitive and lacking in strong characters. He slogged and brooded through SO MUCH without ever really being fascinating, his resurrection was a gimmick lameassedly and obviously ripped off from Buffy The F***ing Vampire Slayer, his ending was a shrug, and much of his survival seemed to involve staring dumbassedly at stuff while it missed him. I don't think the actor is really much at fault, but Jon is a stand in for a more interesting hero.
- I don't rank Season 8 as the worst season and don't consider it an outright failure--it just has the most glaring flaws. No, Danaerys roasting civilians isn't "out of line" with her character; yes, they'd built up to that the whole show; yes, a mass slaughter on the part of one of the heroes makes sense for a show predicated on cynicism and sudden turns into brutal death and massacres. But to have her do it so suddenly, like in the matter of five seconds, knowing full well that it was wrong? They should have come up with a better plot device. Personally I was most annoyed at Jon and Dany hopping into bed after so few scenes together and with so little reason to love each other. Much of season 8 was still powerful...but yes it was rushed.
- The show managed some good humor to sweeten the deal but never had a funnier moment than Tyrion slapping Joffrey in the second episode. That noise he made!
-Joffrey left such a great impression despite having fairly little screen time...the psycho torturers the shoe brought in to fill the Joffrey sized hole after season 4 were pale imitations, Euron and Ramsay. ZZZZZZ.
-Jaime Lannister is supposed to give off a better impression in the books, a swaggering knight you would never want to duel with. This...didn't really come across that much in the show, and I cannot even accuse Nikolaj Coster Waldau of being a stiff actor.
-Danaerys, for her part, was marred by a rather monotonous "came, saw, conquered" plotline--I can barely remember what she even *did* in early seasons, aside from being screwed from behind by Aquaman.
-Arya's story was more interesting when she was with the Hound. I was grateful when she ran away at the end of "The Bells" because I was increasingly tired of the Badass Arya stuff, the low point of which had her taking abuse from that Jaqen guy that I just couldn't buy, especially when she was being chased through the streets. Maisie Williams looking 12 doesn't help.
-The show's best visual image? Probably in the Helm's Deep knockoff in Season 4, when Jon was up high and looking at blazing enemy camps from multiple directions. It was a pretty good Helm's Deep knockoff at that--too bad when the show tried for its own Pelennor Fields with The Long Night, we got smoky/pitch dark visuals, too much plot armor and obvious money saving devices ("oh look, the entire Dothraki army all got killed...offscreen!" a silly Jurassic Park knockoff subplot shoehorned in for Arya, and countless ridiculous "...but they'd be dead" moments.
-One of the wildlings is played by Paul Kaye, a British comedian who about 20 years ago bombed badly on TV as the annoying proto-Borat reporter character Dennis Pennis, who asked celebrities rude obnoxious unfunny questions. Not only do I have no idea how he went from that gig to this one, but he is so unrecognizable now that I needed AV Club comments to prove it was the same guy.
-There is a scene where Melisandre bares her breasts before a mirror. I had to wonder if that was a CGI double like when Cersei did her walk of shame because the breasts were s young woman's whereas Carice Van Houten's face looks WAY older yhan Black Book.
-Wells the show went back to too many times: horrible rape, pregnant women or babies being killed, and calling Brienne of Tarth ugly.
-The show's only big name guest star to work well was the very funny old Diana Rigg. Max Von Sydow, Jonathan Pryce, Jim Broadbent, Ciaran Hinds, Burn Gorman...Ed Sheeran? Not much to report with any of them. Pryce was only interesting because of the ambiguity concerning whether or not he believed his own religious bullshit or whether it was just a power trip. Worst of all was poor Ian McShane, marked for sad obvious death the moment he was brought on screen. Bad scene.
-To my knowledge, no article written about any iffy racial politics people found on the show was worth reading in the slightest.
-I will rewatch the show, but I doubt I'll like it more--even Mad Men didn't really improve on second viewing.
-...I think that if there's one quote that sums up my lukewarm, 3-stars-at-best attitude towards this show, it's the idea of George R. R. Martin as the "American Tolkien." Think about that for a second and what that really says about Americans...
NP: The White Stripes: Sister Do You Know My Name?