Pet Peeve with Game of Thrones

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Hey guys,

Thanks for the work y’all have done this season on Game of Thrones. It’s the first season I’m listening to a podcast on the show for 2 reasons. 1) I never was a huge fan of the existing podcasts. and 2) I listened to every one of your Westworld podcasts, and it was beyond entertaining and insightful. You guys even got me to watch the old movie prior to the show’s official airing.

Anyway, here’s my pet peeve that is along the lines of the cliff hanger trope — which I agree are terrible. They are the Applebees of TV writing. They work fine for big audiences, but anyone with good taste finds them repulsive. My friends think I’m crazy but, there’s another horrible trope that Game of Thrones is pretty guilty of, and that is whenever a main character is in a sword fight, and his assailant has him on the ropes. He’s about to die when another character (that we know) happens to be in the right place at exactly the right time to stab said assailant in the back. This happened this week with Dickon and Jaime, it happened with Howland Reed and Ned, it happened with Tyrion and Poddrick, and it’s happened many more times throughout the course of the series. I’ve always been bothered by this, and wondered why no one ever talks about it. I’m writing to you guys, because I can no longer stomach elevator conversations in TV and cinema after listening to your Westworld podcast, (so thanks for that), and this is along those same lines. Both are overused plot devices that, to me, come off as lazy writing.

Thanks guys, and keep up the good work.

Ariston

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2 Responses

  1. Occams Whisky Bottle says:

    I think it just made for a dramatic way to end the episode rather than an actual cliffhanger. I don’t think anyone believes that Jaime is dead. If they wanted to kill him they would have had the dragon incinerate him

  2. That’s a pretty good observation, I hadn’t noticed it either!
    But lemme play devil’s advocate here.

    Howland and Ned were part of a group who entered a fight with a single purpose, defeating te Kingsguard. So it’s not “right place at right time”, it’s more “common goal”.
    Podrick was Tyrion’s squire (the most loyal there ever was), and he really liked Tyrion, so it makes perfect sense that he would’ve had Tyrion’s back.

    Dickon and Jaime, yeah, that’s too much “ex machina”. Just like Bronn (of all people!) pushing Jamie into the water.

    Cheers!

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