Beginning in Season 5 (if not earlier) I've been noticing what I consider to be increasingly serious and extensive failures in the writing for GoT.
Some of it was not technically weak on the face of it, but plot-wise seemed to make no sense. Examples: LittleFinger's Shennanings which I asked about last year -
Marrying Sansa off to Ramsey Bolton with no apparent benefit. Even now, near the end of Season 6, it is still unlikely it would be justified in retrospect.
Some of it is a whole branch of the plot going awry, namely Dorne:
Doran essentially does nothing. Areo Hotah - essentially does nothing. There being no noble houses in Dorne to speak of, no politics, no nothing. The Mircella kiss-of-death scene which was incredibly obvious. The magic teleportation of two of the Sand Snakes from Dorne to King's Landing and their no less magical boarding of Tristane's ship. etc.
and this gets a "gruesome fix" in the form of
just suddenly killing everyone off in Season 6 Episode 1. I'm surprised they didn't all commit suicide afterwards to lay that story to rest for good.
And now in Season 6 we see ever more examples of central protagonists acting prima facie unreasonably:
Faceless men draw attention to themselves by causing commotions in the middle of busy streets. Arya Stark, knowing she's likely to be chased by a face-changing assassin, not taking the least bit of precaution either in walking around, nor standing in conspicuous spots for a long time, nor suspecting strangers who approach her. Jaime Lannister, the Lord Commander of King's Guard, not bothering to have a clue where his king is at. The Lannisters and the Tyrels waiting for the High Septon's moment of choice rather than just subtly storming the place earlier (something they had already done on some occasion in previous seasions). Davos Seaworth somehow forgetting all about his life with Stannis and Shireen Barratheon and becoming a devotee of Jon Snow and buddies with Melisandre. Night's king not bothering to send a few of his million zombies around the Three-Eyed Crow's cave. Nobody caring about the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch abandoning his post and taking up his old house's politics.
And an increase in the prominence of Deus Ex-Machina scenes
Like Brienne finding Sansa just in the nick of time. And Benjen saving Bran and Meera. Maybe Theon Grayjoy's magic jet-pack ride to Pyke also counts, and probably also the magical funhouse of the Dosh Khaleen which could really not have killed any of the Khals.
Now, this is not a rant, it's a question (I just had to give some basis for my factual claim):
- Isn't there some kind of review process for the script writers? You would think dozens of people would look at script drafts before they're finalized, more than enough to mend larger holes and gloss over the smaller points.
- What's GRRM's involvement in this? Obviously the show and the books have diverged a whole lot by now, but still, he is associated with the show.
- Has there been some internal politics in play with the show's management which might account for some of this? Sometimes TV shows have a writing quality drop between seasons for these kinds of reasons.
- Or maybe it's just me being to finicky about things? I don't know, it doesn't seem that incredibly hard to maintain better consistency.
I'm truly puzzled and dismayed.