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About Last Night

In response to Sherlock Schieffer

So, I’m with David. I thought last night’s episode was great, certainly the best of the season and one of the best ever. But, just as David has fallen into the role of celebrating each episode, I feel compelled to offer quibbles.

‐ It’s nice to like Arya again. Her sojourn in the House of Black and White and all that was really tedious. I have some plot problems with that entire story arc. For instance, it’s unclear to me why she should be able steal faces while on her journeys in Westeros. Given all of the endless explication and filler during her time in Braavos, they could have clarified that (her transformation into one of the realm’s greatest warriors could have used some more back up as well). And while I liked the Arya we saw last night, I’m bothered by the fact that she seems just a few notches down from Bran in her emotionlessness.

‐ Speaking of Bran, they need to decide whether he has any love for his family or not. As it stands, he’s kind of a jerk. He certainly knows all manner of things that would help his family or, more importantly, the realm. Instead he just wants to mope by the tree like some blasé teenage know-it-all.

‐ Indeed, all three of the Stark kids in Winterfell are pills. I get they’ve all had long journeys. They’ve all matured and been scarred by life. But I don’t fully buy the mutual distrust between Arya and Sansa or Sansa toward Jon. At least when Jon and Sansa were reunited, they spent a few hours catching up on what they’d been up to. Arya and Sansa act like they dare not fill each other in on what’s been going on.

‐ I thought much of the conversation on Dragonstone was pretty ridiculous, particularly the cave-drawing stuff.

‐ Also, it’s pretty obvious to everyone, particularly Ser Davos, that Dany and Jon are into each other. Pretty soon, even the eunuchs are going to start yelling, “Just screw already!”

‐ The battle scene was just awesome. But for the life of me, I don’t understand why Dany concentrated so much fire (literalism for the win!) on the wagon train. We just heard how her army may starve because they lost the granaries of the reach. Why torch all of that stuff when you can commandeer it to feed your troops?

‐ Also, I get that the Lannister army is formidable. But even the best troops tend to flee once casualties reach a tipping point. I mean we had just heard from Randyll Tarly that some soldiers were straggling so much they needed to be flogged. Seems to me that an army that can lose discipline from an arduous march, might also lose a bit more martial discipline in the face of napalm-spewing dragons. And if not them, then certainly the horses. I have it on good authority that horses are afraid of dragons.

‐ Randyll Tarly’s face when Jamie said that the troops deserved “fair warning” before the flogging commenced was the best face ever. He will rise high in Cersei’s court once freed from Jamie’s touchy-feely molly-coddling.

‐ I understand that the dragons are central to the plot and the dire wolves aren’t. But as I am on team dire wolf, it drives me nuts to see them blow millions on dragon CGI when the producers said they had to drop the wolves because the CGI was too expensive. A little more dire-wolf fan service please.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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