Narm / Game of Thrones

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Yes, she looks like that every time she gives a Rousing Speech
"You want a good girl, but you need the bad pussy."
Tyene Sand

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     Season 1 
  • An otherwise chilling and well-acted scene where Viserys begs and bellows insanely just before his death can cause some chuckles when you realize his insistence that "I am the dragon!" is awfully reminiscent of the memetic phrase "Fuck you! I'm a dragon!"
  • The dogs that play the direwolves are not very good actors. It's hard not to laugh when CGI blood flies everywhere as a happy puppy jumps up and gnaws gleefully on a chew toy, and when Ghost is trying to warn Jon that the wights are up and about, the "wolf"'s whining and scratching at the door are so dog-like that it seems like Jon should be asking, "What is it, girl? Did Rickon fall down the well again?"
  • Littlefinger has a character-defining monologue that goes into great detail about his backstory and motivations… which is completely undercut by the Girl-on-Girl Is Hot going on in front of him, which is distracting enough before being edited to actively compete with the dialogue in both screen-time and volume. It also doesn't help that Ros' faux Immodest Orgasm (which Littlefinger is ostensibly correcting) doesn't actually get any less "ridiculous", and let's not forget the infamous "Play with her arse," command delivered in exactly the same detached tone as the rest of the monologue.
  • Daenerys softly weeping whilst Drogo smashes repeatedly and enthusiastically into her quivering arse whilst doing her doggy-style was definitely a mildly amusing "Oh, for God's sake…" moment.
  • King Robert's reaction to news of Daenerys' pregnancy during his discussion with Ned Stark is "The WHOOOOOAAAAARRRRR is pregnant!"
  • In a Fanservice scene where Theon has sex with Ros, Alfie Allen puts a lot of effort into his Grunting Orgasm… but the way he jerks around it look like he's just had 1200 volts put through him, which when combined with his little beard and how he bites his lip makes him look like an electrocuted rat. And since Alfie isn't at all shy about Male Frontal Nudity, we get to see Theon's penis instantly deflated once he was done. WTF?

     Season 2 
  • Daenerys's arc in this season has several moments of this, because it consists mostly of her wandering around Qarth yelling at other people ("WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?!") and not being taken seriously, all while several people around her turn inexplicably evil and betray her for no reason, which is especially jarring given that none of them did so in the book.
    • On this note, a Deleted Scene shows Doreah strangling Irri to death while reciting "sexy" dialogue about erotic asphyxiation. The logic seems to be that because she's an ex-courtesan, she has to do everything sexily, including cold-blooded murder. It's worth a few eye-rolls. Indeed, before the DVD came out this was the most anticipated deleted scene but afterward everyone agreed it was the worst and it was a great decision to leave it out. Most people point to the absurdity of the monologue, Roxanne McKee's poor delivery, and the fact that Doreah's motives to betray Dany are even less evident than before.
  • Brienne's goofy face and shrieking when Renly is killed by Melisandre's shadow assassin. Speaking of which, while Gwendolyn Christie gives good performances, her bellowing during fight scenes in general can make her hard to take seriously.
  • At the end of his Rousing Speech, Theon Greyjoy makes a war face as he screams to battle. Unfortunately, it looks like this. Of course, given the fact that he was knocked out immediately after he was finished speaking, it's likely this was an Intended Audience Reaction.

     Season 3 
  • Daario Naharis looks like he fell through a time portal from the set of Xena: Warrior Princess, and his lines sound like something out of bad fan fiction, which is as good an explanation as any for why he was recast after this season, and while Michiel Huisman's portrayal is a good deal less silly, there's still the number of times Daario's name is said in the Season 4 premiere to make sure we know it's the same guy.
  • It can be hard to take the Unsullied seriously when you notice their shields look like nipples.
  • Loras Tyrell talking about jewelry, fashion, and his dream wedding, because apparently the saucy bedroom scenes with other men weren't enough to convince us he's gay.
  • In "Mhysa", a very distraught Ygritte has Jon Snow at arrowpoint. Jon tries to plead his way out and tells her that he needs to go home. He sounds extremely whiny and petulant, especially when earlier in the episode, Joffrey shrieks at his grandfather that he is not tired. One of these performances was intentional. The other? Not so much.
  • When Jamie's hand gets sliced off at the end of "Walk of Punishment" he screams in terror and pain, and the scene abruptly cuts to the credits… with an upbeat and completely out of place rock song, to the raucous laughter of everyone watching.
  • "Chaos isn't a pit… Chaosh ish a LADDAH".
    • Littlefinger's accent has been wandering all over the place since Season 2, making it really hard to take all his Magnificent Bastard scheming seriously, especially when he's pretending to be Irish Batman. It gets even worse in Season 4, especially on the ship with Sansa: "Oy'm teeking you… to The Veeeeel," and by Season 6 it's so bad that Honest Trailers gave him two credits as "Littlefinger's accent" and "Littlefinger's other accent."
  • Rose Leslie's accent as Ygritte starts to verge on the narmy after a while in this season, and evokes the kind of stereotypically gobby northern bint encountered on a night out in Wigan, as opposed to a hardened warrior woman from beyond the Wall — "I'm Jyon Snuuuuur — raaaaght fut, lyeft fut!".
  • Daenerys Crowd Surfing in the final scene of this season. The scene is going great, but then it suddenly turns into a rock concert… to say nothing of other problems.

     Season 4 
  • Tyrion, in all seriousness, recommends Bronn as "a proper, discreet swordsman" when Jaime needs a sparring partner, but one of the first things Bronn tells Jaime is "There's this knight, Leygood. Got thunderbolts on his shield? Right here is where I fuck his wife." Proper, discreet swordsman, indeed. Also, Mrs. Leygood must be a good lay.
  • Tyrion telling Shae that they can no longer be together and that she has to leave King's Landing at once is supposed to be dramatic and sad, but it comes off like a very cheap soap opera.
  • Okay, the reveal of the Night King and his method of creating new White Walkers was indeed pants-shittingly scary, but it was slightly tarnished by how the baby reacts to the most terrifying monster in the entire mythos by grinning and giggling for a few moments, and the fact he looks a bit like an albino Darth Maul.
  • Dany's speech to Jorah about how she intends to rule Westeros is clearly meant to be an awesome moment and sign of her potential character growth, but the speech itself is extremely cheesy and feels rather forced and gratuitous. This is not helped by Clarke's delivery (even her fans have agreed this was not her best moment): "I will do what queens do… I will roo."
  • Not only is Karl's monologue about his backstory a blatant Info Dump with no real purpose, but the profanity is so absurdly gratuitous compared to the rest of the show that it feels like it was written by a teenager trying way too hard to be edgy.
  • The shamelessly-blatant Plot Armor that Ramsay Snow is wearing in "The Laws of Gods And Men", turning his shirtless back on a heavily-armed squad of the "best killers in the Iron Islands", while they all just wait patiently for him to sic the dogs on them.
  • Arya trying to sound deep with her "Nothing is just… nothing," line is more cringe-worthy than profound.
  • Sansa's black outfit in "The Mountain and the Viper", complete with dyed black hair and a black dress adorned with feathers. It's supposed to represent her becoming morally darker, but the fact it's so over-the-top just ruins the drama of the reveal. The comparisons to other dark-robed pop culture figures are endless. The actress lampshaded this in an interview, describing the look as "Sansa's gothic phase".
  • Tyrion's beetle monologue is notorious for this, especially since it goes on for almost five minutes before just fizzling out and is obviously only there for padding.
  • "The Watchers on the Wall" has several.
    Gilly: Promise me you won't die.
    Sam: I promise I won't die.
    • Ygritte's death scene is somewhat undercut by her Famous Last Words being her Catch-Phrase due to the amount of Memetic Mutation it's undergone, not to mention the rare use of slow motion as the battle rages on that makes them look stuck in their own narrative bubble. Being soundtracked to Bon Jovi doesn't help either.
    • Olly's confident "I've got your back" nod to Jon after spending most of the episode hugging his knees in abject terror (and occasionally operating the elevator) was too incongruous for some viewers to do anything but laugh at.
  • While Tyrion killing Shae was a sad, sad scene, the moment is slightly ruined by the camera slowly panning to Shae's corpse wearing a big smile while Tyrion sobs his apologies for killing her, not to mention the gravitas being undermined by the visible snot on his upper lip.
  • Qyburn talking about how he will heal the Mountain and beginning the work on him comes across like something out of a Frankenstein movie, and not in a good way. His ominous, "Oh, no..." was particularly over the top.
  • "I love my lover." Yes, very insightful there, Cersei.
    • "I choose you". Did anyone else think Cersei was talking about Pokémon?

     Season 5 
  • The Westerosi custom of putting stones with painted eyes on the deceased person's eyelids can look pretty goofy at certain angles, which is certainly the case with the funerals of Tywin, Joffrey, and Myrcella.
  • The deafening silence after Daenerys has Mossador executed is fairly creepy, yes, but then all the slaves start hissing at her, which can kind of destroy the moment.
  • Ellaria's vengeful speech to Doran is quite passionate but somewhat undercut by the line, "This Lannister girl skips about the water gardens eating our food, breathing OUR air!" Apparently, Myrcella should take shallower breaths, then she'd be much less offensive.
  • Just like Karl Tanner in Season 4, the writers seem to have panicked about getting Obara's backstory across, so out of nowhere she launches into a monologue about it to people who already know the whole thing. It's actually pretty reminiscent of Zuko's backstory in The Last Airbender.
  • The Sand Snakes' introduction is narmy all around, with many comparing them to B-Movie "Bad Girls" of the kind parodied by the Fox Force Five in Pulp Fiction, from Obara's aforementioned Info Dump to the cruel and convoluted torture of the captain who willingly brought them information, to teenaged Tyene's Establishing Character Moment of childishly running to Ellaria calling out "Mama!".
  • A mix-up in the costuming department resulted in the Sand Snakes' breastplates having nipples. The Joel Schumacher jokes pretty much write themselves, and it's made even funnier by the fact "useless as nipples on a breastplate" is a common expression in the books.
  • The fight of the Sand Snakes vs. Jaime and Bronn is appallingly cheesy and looks like it was made for an action B-Movie. None of the Snakes' actions look fast enough, Obara of the Badass Boast can't even beat a crippled Jaime Lannister, Nym's whipping is at best a mild annoyance, and—Oh, good grief Tyene! Then it concludes with Obara giving another Badass Boast… before throwing down her spear when her opponents don't immediately surrender to her.
  • Tyene's little poison game with Bronn in "The Gift". The gratuitous nudity of flashing her boobs while clutching the prison bars to look like a stripper, the Fridge Logic of why she would use slow-acting poison on a snatch-and-grab kidnapping and why arousal would be enough to trigger it when combat wasn't, and her overall shift to a completely different personality all make it very tough to take seriously.
  • Any time the scene cuts awkwardly away from the action to show Olly's Chekhov's reaction to Jon doing something. Foreshadowing is not subtle in this season.
  • Ramsay's Villain Sue-ness really goes overboard this season when he derails Stannis' entire war effort with just 20 men in an off-screen raid, somehow destroying the food, horse lines, and siege engines of an army of thousands and setting fire to their tents and killing hundreds of horses, not just unresisted but unspotted. This ninja attack is so outlandish that many can only view it as surreal comedy.
    • The fact that Davos and Stannis were somehow able to glean that it was exactly twenty men was also distracting and ridiculous. No one saw them, but they somehow managed to figure out their numbers to a man? Even their footprints would be impossible to sort out after all the chaos and continued snowfall. It just screams Forced Meme.
  • Daenerys' Badass Boast "I'm not going to stop the wheel, I'm going to break the wheel!" in regards to the millennia-old social structure of the entire continent of Westeros. While very in-character, it's laughably vague grandstanding to some, especially since the main focus of her story for most of the last two seasons has been her inability to establish and root out resistance to a totally new social structure within a single city.
  • Although the climactic battle at Hardhome was extremely well received by most fans and critics, it does have one unintentionally goofy scene at the very end of the episode. After Jon and the others get to the boat and cast off, we keep cutting to them and back to the Night King on the jetty as he does his thing and turns the dead into wights. Enough time passes that you'd expect the boat to have gotten far away from the shore, yet at the very end they're still only about five meters away from the jetty at most.
  • The Sons of the Harpy attack scene in Meereen involves several stages of this:
    • The Sons of the Harpy suddenly appear all around the stadium as if from Behind the Black, with none of the other spectators or guards noticing anything as they all put on those huge masks until after one of them has nearly killed the Queen (who's only saved by a contestant on the sand below).
    • Their appearance is also accompanied by an absurdly unholy chanting music that brings to mind the sacrifice song from South Park, as if we needed further proof these Malevolent Masked Men massacring the populace are evil.
    • The tension is high right up until Dany's entourage gets surrounded in the middle of the arena, at which point it comes to a screeching halt as the Sons of the Harpy, who've been slicing through the crowd and guardsmen like butter, immediately degenerate to prodding at Dany's group one and a time to be cut down by Jorah or Daario in a manner that suggests that Dany's crew could've just slowly whittled the Harpies down.
    • Dany's Face Death with Dignity moment was a awkwardly staged to coincide precisely with Drogon's arrival, with the close-up on her closing her eyes seeming to many like we'd fallen into Interstellar and she was summoning Drogon with The Power of Love.
    • The dragon-riding itself on many levels. Besides the sudden shift into High Fantasy being jarring for some, many of the effects were comically bogus (particularly the utter lack of wind in Dany's hair), not to mention the numerous large spines on Drogon's back that made many giggle at just how, *ahem*, uncomfortable riding this dragon must be. Then there was how slow and awkward Dany was actually mounting while the Sons of the Harpy apparently did nothing to stop her, and how—rather than attempting to harness Drogon against her enemies—Dany apparently just abandons her entire court to test-drive her new ride.
    • To cap it off, the episode ends on that note, with Daenerys's allies staring bleakly as she flies away...still surrounded by enemies, but heedless of that fact. Astoundingly, the next episode opens with them all back in her throne room unharmed, with no explanation as to what happened after Daenerys took off. Presumably once she flew away, the Harpies all shrugged at each other and walked out, leaving her allies alone for some reason.
  • Ellaria empathizing with Jaime over his relationship with Cersei struck many people as being downright weird for equating Dorne's Eternal Sexual Freedom with incest, and the scene itself serves no purpose beyond reminding us how much of an Open Secret Jaime and Cersei's love affair is and how "liberal" Dorne is.
  • When Jaime reveals to Myrcella that he is her father, one can't help but roll their eyes at Myrcella's declaration (complete with fuzzy, sincere music) that she's glad to be a bastard born of incest against all the laws of gods and men whose very existence is proof her family has usurped the Iron Throne, a revelation that would have most sane people reaching for the Brain Bleach.
    • Then she dies, which is an "Oh, for the love of God!" moment all on its own, as it reveals the scene to be a comically-clumsy attempt to yank at the heartstrings, and for a show that so often goes out of its way to avoid happy endings, her being Too Happy to Live by having a Perfectly Arranged Marriage and accepting her true father makes it laughably easy to predict her death.
    • It also doesn't help the gravity of the scene that Ellaria and the Sand Snakes act all smug afterwards as if they got away with something, even though the ship is still in sight of shore and could return for medical attention or revenge, making their action hair-pullingly obvious and therefore it's ridiculous they believe they could get away with it for more than a day.
  • The line "You want a good girl, but you need the bad pussy." is a strong candidate for the worst line ever written for the show, and thus a fair representation of the entire Dorne storyline. It's so bad that one would be excused for thinking it's a shout-out to a masterpiece by the name of Shark Attack 3: Megalodon.
  • The face-peeling scene would've been a very disturbing bit of Mind Screw if they'd limited it to just two or three faces. With half a dozen, it looks more like something straight out of Scooby-Doo or Scary Movie, which did the same thing with masks and looked only slightly sillier. Plus, with Arya getting more and more freaked out by every face she pulls off as if she hadn't done the same thing herself earlier in the very same episode, it's pretty tempting to shout "Yeah, try it eight more times, maybe it'll work!"
  • It's hard to take Septa Unella's threatening demeanor seriously when she sounds like a clerical Sheldon Cooper.
    • "Shame!… Shame!… Shame!… Shame!… Shame!… Shame!…" She's saying that because it's a walk of shame, you see.
    • Cersei has committed grievous sins, and the only prescription is more cowbell! Dingalingaling!
  • The tragedy (or catharsis) of Stannis' Humiliation Conga in "Mother's Mercy" can cross right over into farce via it's Up to Eleven nature: his army deserts him, his wife hangs herself, his guru abandons him, etc. Most of it happens off-screen and in such a ludicrously short time that the second he finishes hearing awful news, even worse news arrives until it feels like an infomercial ("But wait, there's more!") and you could be forgiven for expecting Blinkin to appear and comment, "Oh, it's good to be home, ain't it, Master Stannis?"
    • The battle of Winterfell is too ridiculous to be taken seriously. There's been an entire season of build-up to this very moment, the Bolton army approaches, Stannis' theme comes up as he draws his sword, the armies clash… and five seconds later we see Stannis' army decimated and Ramsay once again completely unscathed and basically saying "Okay boys, we're done here. I gotta get back to raping my wife".
    • This culminates in Brienne killing Stannis in the name of the "rightful" King Renly, a statement that (though likely in-character) is just too solemnly untruthful for many to take seriously since Renly was many things but never the rightful king by any law of the Seven Kingdoms (as he himself acknowledged), which can ironically make Brienne come across as a massive hypocrite for invoking the title of "rightful king" in killing a man whose claim was unambiguously stronger than Renly's.
    • What really cements the hilarity of all this is Stannis' utter bemusement, since he barely knows who Brienne even is, much less what he could've done to earn her hatred. It's only once she launches into her melodramatic Motive Rant that he understands and stoically resigns himself to it, as if this is just the cherry on top of the shit-cake his life turned into.
  • The location scouts did a very good job with Dorne, but the Alcazar of Seville is such a well-known landmark, and its architecture and decor are so stereotypically Moorish Andalusian, that some locals find their suspension of disbelief shattered to pieces whenever Dorne appears.
  • Some people find the purple make-up for Gregor Clegane's undead face a bit over-the-top.
  • It's hard to remain serious during Dany's attempts to get back to Meereen in "Mother's Mercy", where the whole scene with Drogon plays out like the classic scene in Western or Historical Fiction parodies (it's even in Don Quixote) where The Hero can't get his mount to do what he wants. Then, when she strikes out on foot, hundreds of riders come out of nowhere and start orbiting around her.
  • "Mother's Mercy" can also be regarded as very silly for the sheer number of Dashed Plot Lines and Cliffhangers piled one after the other, to the point that momentous events like Stannis' defeat, Sansa's escape, Myrcella's poisoning and Jon's stabbing) register with Dull Surprise by the end.
  • Lena Headey was pregnant during filming and has yet to do a nude scene for the show, so Cersei's walk of shame is achieved with a combination of close-ups, body double shots where her face is conspicuously avoided, and occasionally CG-ing her head (sometimes rather poorly) onto the double. Once you notice, it's impossible to unsee.
    • This also applies to the scene of Cersei being prepared for the walk, where you can clearly see the double struggling to keep her hair in front of her face.
    • The fact that the walk itself (not counting the preceding and subsequent Cersei scenes) took over 6 minutes puts it somewhere between Filler and Overly Long Gag.
  • As part of The Conspiracy to assassinate Jon Snow, someone was given the job of painting a sign that says "Traitor". Imagine the debate that must have gone into that decision: "Hmm, how can we make it clear we're upset with him, other than repeatedly stabbing him to death? I know! We'll make him look at a sign!", or the attendant debate over which Pre-Mortem One-Liner to say aloud and which to put on a sign.
    • It gets even sillier in the Season 6 premiere. 'They didn't take the sign down, and left the corpse lying under it. It takes Davos about two seconds to put two and two together and realize what happened. Way to go, guys.

     Season 6 
  • In the season premiere, the entire Night's Watch outside The Conspiracy is exactly as outraged by their actions as you'd expect… until everyone is completely talked around on it by Thorne's brisk Motive Rant, as if he somehow had a previously unmentioned Compelling Voice. Not helping the scene is how it keeps cutting to Olly despite him contributing nothing but the same smug expression of righteousness in any of the focus shots, like we might otherwise forget he exists.
    • The fact that Jon's loyalists consist of Davos, Edd… and a few random extras. You can just imagine the writers' Mass "Oh, Crap!" on realizing that maybe they shouldn't have killed off Pyp and Grenn when they did.
    • Also, Thorne besieges and intends to murder all of Jon's surviving friends as well, which not only contradicts the Nothing Personal I Did What I Had to Do justification he just used on the rest of the Watch (which nobody seems to notice), but is apparently motivated by Jon's friends merely skipping breakfast to observe Due to the Dead since if The Purge had been part Thorne's original plan you'd think he'd have planned it better.
  • Dorne continues to deliver with its solid storyline about those Xena rejects avenging Oberyn by murdering all his remaining relatives in an out-of-nowhere coup justified by Insane Troll Logic and accompanied by gratuitous gloating:
    • Tyene "the Bad Pussy" effortlessly kills Areo Hotah, the elite bodyguard three times her size, who apparently Failed a Spot Check on the obvious dagger sticking out of her boot. Even the crippled Prince Doran gave more of a fight when being killed by Ellaria.
    • Obara and Nymeria seemingly perform Offscreen Teleportation to get on Trystane's ship so soon after they were seen at the shore. Then we're treated to Nymeria trying one-on-one combat in closed quarters with a whip, only to get cockblocked by her older sister. At least she got to say another chirpy, cheesy B-movie one-liner after killing their own cousin to boot: "You're a greedy bitch, you know that?" So passes Trystane, son of Doran. It's made even more hilarious with a laugh track.
  • Ramsay's grief for Myranda almost makes you feel sorry for his loss, if mourner and mournee weren't such despicable characters. What happens next can only be summarized as "OK, that's enough humanizing for today, back to business!" when Ramsay orders her body to be butchered for meat.
  • It's hard to take Khal Moro seriously as a new antagonist when his first attempt to be intimidating turns into a Monty Python sketch.
  • The messages scrawled on the walls of Meereen that say "KILL THE MASTERS" and "MHYSA IS A MASTER" not only look like terribly out-of-place graffiti penned by a modern hand, but Fridge Logic makes them even more nonsensical. They're written in Westerosi (i.e. English) in a place where the dominant language is Valyrian and the majority of the population is illiterate.
  • The rather insane case of Playing Gertrude with the actor playing Euron Greyjoy, who's forty years younger than the actor playing his brother Balon and actually a year younger than the actress playing his niece Yara. Between his on-screen brothers, Euron looks more like their grandson.
  • Melisandre's attempt to resurrect Jon Snow amounts to giving him a haircut and a light shave, then washing his hair. It looks less like a resurrection and more like she's his barber. Plus, it's uncannily like all those Arya the Mortician scenes in Season 5, making it almost seem that if Arya had just inadvertently mumbled some Valyrian about not being dead the same thing might have happened.
    • And given how her usual magic required burning people or making shadow-babies, this scene is downright anti-climatic. One can't help but think she's cutting the corpse's hair, caressing his abs, and mumbling some nonsense just to get Davos off her case.
    • It's also hard to take seriously due to its similarity to the ending of Crank 2: High Voltage, with Melisandre being seemingly unsuccessful and Davos leading her away, only for Jon to revive just before the credits roll.
  • Jaime confesses more sins to the High Sparrow's face than all his other victims combined (heck, Margaery was seized for perjury and remanded for "not being without sin"), all while being surrounded by armed Sparrows… but the High Sparrow just keeps babbling on about gods-fearing and overthrowing empires and then just leaves without any interest in seizing Jaime.
  • Young Ned's supposedly grim expression in "Oathbreaker" is really angsty. His eyebrows don't help either, making him look like he's related to Daenerys.
  • Bran is upset about being pulled away from his Pensieve Flashback before learning the secret of the Tower of Joy, even demanding to know the answer, which is understandable, as perhaps is his mentor's refusal… if said mentor didn't end the scene by proclaiming "You. must. learn. […] everything!" Except what's in that tower, apparently…
  • Ramsay's life of endless dog-kicking just gets more and more laughable this season. The writers go out of their way to have him be so very evil and aim for cheap shocks that it loses all meaning and each subsequent kick just winds up being hilarious. It basically amounts to being a game for viewers to see what he's going to do next.
  • Dany's final confrontation with the khals in "Book of the Stranger" is spoken entirely in Dothraki, which dilutes the last couple lines a bit when the fire behind the subtitles makes them almost illegible.
  • The exclamation "Hodor!" has undergone such Memetic Mutation that the Origin Story scene where his younger self shouts "Hold the Door! Hold Door! Hodor!" over and over plays out exactly like the Trope Namer "Numb arm! Numb arm! Narm!" only about ten times more drawn out, and a few found The Reveal itself to be trite and melodramatic, especially the aggressive cross-cutting for a rather obvious setup.
    • For many non-English speakers, translation also led to some of this since "Hold the door" sounds very different in other languages. Some are creative, while some don't even try. In Italian, for instance, the line was changed to "Trova un modo!" ("Find a way!"), while the French and Portuguese struggled comically to gradually turn "Pas-au dehors!" and "Segure a porta!" into "Hodor". Germanic languages had an easier time of it since the words have very common roots: for instance, "Halt das Tor" (German) and "Håll dörren" (Swedish).
  • The whole kingsmoot feels rather ridiculous, as not only do the Ironborn display the memories of goldfish in enthusiastically supporting whoever spoke last, but as a result Euron wins purely through Ad Hominem attacks on Theon's Groin Attack and use of the word "gallivant" and by saying Glad I Thought of It to Yara's fleet-building plan.
    • The fact that Euron openly admits to murdering his brother King Balon and his first act as king is to ask "Where are my niece and nephew? Let's go murder them!". Aren't kin-slaying and king-slaying meant to be taboo in Westeros?
    • The absurd number of people who Failed a Spot Check to allow Yara and Theon to flee with the entire Iron Fleet, not to mention the Fridge Logic of why they're fleeing at all if they command the loyalty of such a powerful force, instead of simply using it to snuff out Euron or start a Civil War, since they obviously have no intention of honouring the kingsmoot's verdict anyway.
  • Daenerys gets yet another rousing speech in "Blood of My Blood" but while it is visually impressive, it barely makes any sense for it to exist. Aside from the glaring Ass Pull that is Drogon's sudden appearance and taming, it comes at a time when she's marching with a totally loyal army with no apparent morale problems, making it feel like she got bored more than anything else.
  • Daenerys proclaiming the entire Dothraki people as her bloodriders becomes extremely dark humour when you remember that one of the fundamental duties of a bloodrider (at least in the novels) is to commit ritual suicide when their khal dies, giving such a declaration potentially genocidal implications.
  • After leaving the Faceless Men, Arya clearly knows that they plan to kill her and spends a Lock and Load Montage preparing for it, but then she just strolls around nonchalantly until she's accosted by an old woman who immediately shivs her multiple times before stopping to reveal she's actually the Waif and give Arya time to escape, which begs the question of what Arya thought she was doing and why the Waif wore a disguise at all if it only got in the way of her gloating.
  • Though it's thankfully never actually said in the show, Brother Ray's name is quite jarringly modern, and probably reminded many viewers of a certain table-smashing pro wrestler more than a repentant pacifist. And then there's his shameless As You Know where he seems to think Sandor needs a refresher on that time he almost died.
  • The Hound remarking that he survived by The Power of Hate. Apparently The Power of Hate is strong enough to prevent infection and set bones properly enough to prevent a bad limp.
  • Arya's final showdown with the Waif has some eye-rolling bits as the Waif casually strolls after her like the Terminator, yet is always right behind her like a slasher villain, and the show actually tries to drag out the suspense of who won after Arya takes out the candle like anyone could have any doubt, even on this show.
    • The sheer degree of Hollywood Healing Arya manages throughout the sequence also deserves mention. Between episodes 7 and 8, she gets stabbed multiple times in the stomach, jumps into an undoubtedly polluted river, receives amateur treatment and one night of rest before engaging in a high-speed parkour chase, takes several significant falls, rolls down a stone staircase, and reopens her hastily-bandaged wounds, and yet at the end of the episode she's somehow able to stride confidently out of the House of Black and White. It's hard to believe the Waif ever could have killed her, as apparently nothing can.
    • Made worse by the number of Apathetic Citizens during the whole pursuit (bonus points for the men's sauna), as if nobody cares about the two girls fighting, parkouring, and pushing stuff around.
    • Arya rolls down a ridiculous number of steps and hits every single fruit basket on the way down. Not only does it feel like something out of a cartoon (with cries of, "My basket!" likely reminding Avatar: The Last Airbender fans of a certain cabbage merchant), but it honestly looks like Arya did it on purpose and had to struggle to keep the roll going.
  • The death of Lady Crane, with Arya discovering her body (which has a pair of blunt stool legs stuck through her shoulders). Even if you buy that the Waif could have somehow done it, it still clearly wouldn't have killed her.
  • The blatant change of wording from "trebuchet" to its kinda-sorta-maybe synonym "catapult" in the show's version of Jaime's much-loved threat to Edmure Tully reeks of Viewers Are Morons. The fact that Bronn offhandedly calls them "trebuchets" in the previous episode only makes the line seem even more comically reductive.
  • When Jon mounts his horse to ride out to Rickon, attentive viewers can spot that his sword is more flexible than it should be.
  • Jon's race into every single arrow Ramsay's army can fire, with none of them coming anywhere close to him despite several hitting Rickon's body like they were actually aiming for it. It's rather fitting that after three seasons of increasingly ridiculous Plot Armor, Ramsay could only be defeated by someone whose own plot armor was even more absurd.
  • Remember Wun Wun as the One-Man Army whacking wights left, right, and center with a huge log at Hardhome? Cherish those memories; you'll need them to counter the embarrassing shots of him pathetically waving his naked arms at the Bolton infantry and being generally useless despite having time to actually prepare for this battle.
  • Jon meeting Smalljon Umber during the battle is quite bizarrely played like these two have been lifelong mortal enemies, when they actually have nothing to do with each other as far as we've seen.
    • Well, Jon was the Lord Commander had let thousands of wildings through the wall, while the Smalljon had gotten Jon's little brother killed.
  • The forces of the Vale coming out of nowhere to save the Stark alliance at exactly the moment things are at their most hopeless. You almost expect Aidan Gillen to chime in with some narration about "looking to the east"… dodgy accent being optional.
  • Jon Snow and his army must be made up of the fastest sprinters in Westeros, as not even a minute passes after Ramsay arrives in Winterfell on horseback, before Jon's army starts breaking down the gate. It looks even more strange that none of the Vale knights participate in the final siege, in spite of actually possessing horses.
  • While Ramsay's plot armor finally runs out, his Villain Sue ramps up exponentially until that point. He repeatedly fires on his own troops and those of allied houses, who fight on for him to the bitter end. He does so in order to form a wall of corpses to trap them, which forms well higher than is reasonable, as if troops were climbing on existing piles to die there. And none of the Stark/wilding troops, including Davos' archers who were the last to join the fray, manage to notice the the approaching Bolton spears. Finally, the Umbers go over the corpse wall to be hemmed in with the Stark forces, even though that spells their own doom.
  • Despite not being fed for seven days, Ramsay's hounds seem to be patient enough for Sansa to start telling him off before they conveniently and dramatically reveal themselves, as opposed to simply devouring Ramsay as soon as he was thrown in the kennels with them; he had to have been there for several hours at least.
    • The intended Ironic Echo of Sansa noting that the hounds haven't been fed in seven days is also undermined by the Fridge Logic that Sansa left the parlay before the threat it's echoing was made and no-one had any particular reason to tell her about it after since it was just a petty jab at Jon.
  • Keeping up with the show's tradition concerning scenes involving dogs, the lead-up to Ramsay's death is hilarious to anyone familiar with dog expressions: the supposed "beast" gives off tremendous Puppy-Dog Eyes that are clearly full of love, not bloodlust.
  • Dany freeing her other two dragons is played as a brilliant piece of Take a Third Option despite being the blindingly obvious solution, which is compounded by the Masters reacting to it as if they somehow forgot dragons existed despite specifically demanding that they be slaughtered as one of the terms of Dany's surrender.
    • The Mook Chivalry of the rest of the Masters' massive fleet just watching Dany destroy one ship without even trying to interfere is especially silly since a Season 5 "Histories & Lore" featurette talks about how this is exactly how her distant ancestor Prince Jacaerys was killed during the Dance of the Dragons.
    • Even before that, the fleet somehow sneaks up on Meereen and catches the defenders entirely unaware even though it dwarfs the one Stannis led to the Blackwater, which the defenders of King's Landing knew about days, if not weeks, in advance. And then this fleet just bombards the city without landing any troops to actually take it, prompting the question of what they planned to do if Meereen didn't immediately surrender?
  • In the season finale, Varys puts any of Littlefinger's infamous teleportations to shame as he goes to Dorne to meet Olenna, then zips all the way back across most of Essos in time to join Dany's fleet as it sets sail for Westeros.
  • After Ellaria made such a big deal about killing Doran because he refused to take action against the Lannisters, it's quite weird that she herself does nothing until Varys arrives to get her ass in gear. And how does she call him out to greet Olenna? By ringing a bell, which makes it look like she's calling the waiter to bring in some pizza. Since when in Varys the Spider, Master of Whisperers, treated like Ellaria's personal butler?
  • The final scene of Book 5, in which Varys has his "little birds" murder Kevan Lannister, is changed to Qyburn killing Pycelle. Fair enough, except for some reason the writers just copy-pasted Varys' lines about how he regrets having to do it to further his plans because the victim doesn't really deserve it, which don't fit the new situation or characters well at all, especially since singling out Pycelle to be sidetracked from the upcoming bombing of the Great Sept makes it seem very personal.
    • Qyburn also says "before we can usher in the new, the old must be put to rest", but this is long before Tommen's surprise suicide and Cersei's been a fixture of the Deadly Decadent Court for 20 years, far longer than the Sparrows and Tyrells who're the main target of The Purge, so what "new" is Qyburn even talking about except maybe on a personal level between himself and Pycelle?
  • "This is your god now." Cersei must either get off on, or gain allies from, every forced faux-dramatic quip she utters, because otherwise there's no reason for this line.
  • Tommen's suicide is less disturbing and sad and more hilarious with how abruptly the kid just steps out the window and how still the camera is during all of it. Not to mention Tommen's calm and rather bored demeanor humorously turns the scene from "Driven to Suicide after losing everything I love" to "Fuck this, I'm out". As if to give evidence to this, he takes the time to actually take off his crown and leave it on a table before jumping. The Accidental Pun it created also did not escape the audience's notice.

     Season 7 
  • In the premiere, Euron's new outfit, which makes him look like a wannabe rock star or a hipster, is either this or Narm Charm.
  • Ed Sheeran's cameo. Unlike the other cameos of famous musicians, it's very easy to spot him as he is just wearing a Lannister armor. It doesn't help that the camera keeps panning on his face as if they want the viewers to say "Hey, it's Ed Sheeran!" And when Arya comments that his song was pretty and not what she heard before, Ed Sheeran's reply is "It's a new one" as if he's promoting a new song or album.
  • Arya casually stating that she plans to kill Cersei and the Lannister soldiers laughing at it strikes this for book readers since it typifies the show's poor handling of the series' verisimilitude, since it represents the show Comically Missing the Point of the very tropes that Martin wanted to critique, namely that Arya posing as a commoner casually joked about killing the queen and talked to Lannister soldiers as equals despite the social station she's actually passing herself as (which was also a major point in Season 2 at Harrenhal when she posed as a cupbearer, and that Arya's time with the Faceless Men has made her a Master Actor and that earlier as Walder Frey she invoked feudal sexism to prevent one of the wives from being poisoned). Here it's there simply to establish how badass Arya is:
    George R.R. Martin: The bad authors adopt the class structures of the Middle Ages; where you had the royalty and then you had the nobility and you had the merchant class and then you have the peasants and so forth. But they don’t’ seem to realize what it actually meant. They have scenes where the spunky peasant girl tells off the pretty prince. The pretty prince would have raped the spunky peasant girl. He would have put her in the stocks and then had garbage thrown at her. You know.
  • Arya's Aesop Amnesia of implying that the Freys' big mistake was failing to Kill 'em All... in the midst of poisoning only the adult men of House Frey. (Granted, the women weren't responsible for the Red Wedding, which is what Arya was really after with her vengeance, but still.)
    • An entire group of people collapsing from being poisoned all at the same time is as funny as it is horrific.
  • The Dragonglass located in Dragonstone becomes this since the show treats this as some great reveal and shock moment despite the fact that it's been well established in the lore that dragonglass exists there since the Season 2 Histories & Lore, and that Stannis mentioned it in Season 5, and Sam himself says sheepishly that he didn't believe Stannis when he said it without explaining why someone like Stannis would lie or be mistaken about that. The fact that it's there solely because showrunners believe Viewers Are Goldfish is patently obvious.
  • The squicky montage of Sam's soup/shit duties in Oldtown, while no doubt intended to be comical to some extent, comes across so broad and sloppily edited it might as well have come from a Seltzer and Friedberg flick. All that's missing is some apropos montage music...
  • Jon's war council starts in a brisk and down-to-business tone but quickly devolves into a slew of mindbogglingly inane and irrelevant bickering where adult lords need to be told that razing your own castles when facing a war is stupid, Sansa pushes for punishing children for the Sins of Our Fathers much as Joffrey did with her and doesn't realize arguing with the king in front of his subjects is ill-advised, and the concepts of vital non-combat industries and separation of labor are alien to Jon himself.

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