"You want a good girl, but you need the bad pussy."
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- 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.
- King Robert's reaction to news of Daenerys' pregnancy during his discussion with Ned Stark is "The WHOOOOOAAAAARRRRR is pregnant!"
- Daenerys's arc in this season has several moments of this, because it consists mostly of her wandering around Qarth arguing and yelling at other people ("Where are my dragons?!") and not being taken seriously, all while people around her turn inexplicably evil and betray her for no reason, especially since none of them did so in the book.
- The Qarth arc also includes the masked mystic woman Quaithe from the books but, unlike the novels, the show never bothers to explain who she is or why she's even there, and she's never mentioned again, making her two scenes feel like Big Lipped Alligator Moments in which Jorah is visited by the Exposition Fairy, since she blatantly tells him that Dany's very important and that he's in love with her. Thanks, Captain Obvious!
- Talisa's introduction makes it look like Robb was getting turned on by her amputating someone's foot. A lot of reviewers found that the awkward attempts at a Meet Cute took them out of the show. They thankfully would get a little better afterwards.
- Brienne's goofy face◊ and shrieking when Renly is killed by Melisandre's shadow assassin. Speaking of which, while Gwendoline Christie gives a good performance overall, 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 that he was knocked out immediately after he was finished speaking, it's likely this was an Intended Audience Reaction.
- 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 fanfiction, which is as good an explanation as any for why he was recast after this season. Also, 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 that 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 that he's gay.
- When Jaime'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 supposed 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!".
- While the scene quickly becomes nightmarish again, when Ramsay hits Theon in the face with his hunting horn, Theon lands on the floor with his mouth gaping open and shut like a fish as he tries to crawl away - it looks really silly.
- Catelyn's death at the end of "The Rains of Castamere". The croaking groans of grief might work for you in context—Robb and everyone else she cared about had just been gruesomely killed, after all—but the fact that she still manages to slit her hostage's throat during said groans? Then some guy walks in from off screen, slits her throat, and immediately exits stage left.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tyrion telling Shae they can no longer be together and she has to leave King's Landing at once is supposed to be dramatic and sad, but instead it comes off like something from 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 the fact that he looks a bit like an albino Darth Maul and that the baby reacts to the most terrifying monster in the entire mythos by grinning and giggling for a few moments.
- 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 generally agree this is not her best moment): "I will do what queens do
I will roo."
- By the time viewers get to Dany's third or fourth epic speech in High Valyrian in "Breaker of Chains", it starts to get tiresome and grating rather than the intended awesome; not only does it start to look Strictly Formula, but Emilia Clarke's delivery is stilted and unnatural to Chewing the Scenery degrees of ham, making it seem like she has a tenuous grasp on the Conlang and that it being Dany's "mother tongue" is an Informed Ability.
- 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.
- Arya trying to sound deep with her "Nothing is just
nothing," line is more cringe-worthy than profound.
- The shameless Plot Armor that Ramsay Snow is wearing in "The Laws of Gods And Men" as he turns his shirtless back on a heavily-armed squad of the "best killers in the Iron Islands" while they just patiently wait for him to sic the dogs on them.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Westerosi custom of putting painted stone eyes on a deceased's eyelids can look pretty goofy at certain angles, which is certainly the case with the funerals of Tywin, Joffrey and Myrcella.
- When Dany switches from Common to Valyrian mid-conversation in the first episode, her Valyrian dialogue is louder and more stilted and sounds too similar to when she's giving a speech (as opposed to casual conversation), which can be too jarring for the scene's own good. Moreover, she then keeps the same louder, hammier tone when switching back to Common.
- 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, air is scarce in Dorne and if Myrcella just took shallower breaths or stopped breathing entirely, she'd be much less offensive to Ellaria.
- The Sand Snakes are infamous for the many moments of unintentional hilarity they provide:
- 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 how Zuko's backstory is provided 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 while 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 that "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, andOh, 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.
- 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. One would be excused for thinking it's a shout-out to a masterpiece by the name of Shark Attack 3: Megalodon.
- Any time the scene cuts awkwardly away from the action to show Olly's reaction to Jon doing something. Foreshadowing is not subtle in this season.
- Ramsay 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 and ridiculous 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 figured 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 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. Tyrion just gave a detailed assessment of why the powerful lords of Westeros will never support Dany and how her current troubles in Meereen prove the common people (a power base it's "generous" to presume she has in Westeros) aren't enough. She responds by disregarding everything Tyrion just explained and dismissing the powerful as "just spokes on a wheel" she intends to "break" but the scene just ends there, relieving her from having to explain what she means or how she plans to achieve it, especially since she herself disdains compromise, an essential principle of non-tyrannical government. The fact that Dany includes her own House among the "spokes" of this "wheel" she intends to "break" is rather goofy. Either she doesn't recognize the inherent hypocrisy in denouncing Feuding Families despite only ever taking special interest in Westeros because her family used to rule it, or she's transcended her usual Awesome Ego into full-on megalomaniacal Double Think by actually believing that she's still somehow breaking the cycle by putting herself on top simply because she's arbitrarily decided she's unrelated to her ancestors.
- 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 (Jorah) on the sand below for the sake of a cheap Stab the Scorpion moment.
- 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 that 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 at 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 without any trouble.
- The dragon-riding itself on many levels. Besides the jarring shift into High Fantasy, 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 (or maybe more comfortable) riding this dragon must be. Then there was how slowly and awkwardly Dany was actually mounting while the Sons of the Harpy apparently did nothing to stop her, and how Dany apparently just abandons her entire court to test-drive her new ride rather than even attempting to harness Drogon against her enemies.
- To cap it off, the episode ends on that note, with Daenerys's allies staring bleakly as she flies away leaving them still surrounded by enemies. 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 courtiers and 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 clumsy attempt to yank at the heartstrings, especially since her being Too Happy to Live by having a Perfectly Arranged Marriage and accepting her true father made 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 clever, even though their involvement is hair-pullingly obvious and the ship is still in sight and could return for medical attention or revenge so it's ridiculous that they believe they could get away with it for more than a day (yet they somehow ultimately do).
- 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, as Arya gets more and more freaked out by every face she pulls off as if she didn't do the same thing herself earlier in the 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. "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!
- It's bound to incite laughter when you realise her actress was on the show for two seasons and literally just said two words repeated over and over again (the other word was "confess"). With Hodor, it was a tragic plot point. With Unella, you wonder how the actress memorised all those lines.
- The tragedy (or catharsis) of Stannis' Humiliation Conga in "Mother's Mercy" can cross right over into Black Comedy via its 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?"
- 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.
- 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.
- Arya's repeated, loud calls of "Oysters, clams and cockles!" while selling seafood, which seem to get louder and more drawn out as the scenes go on.
- Dorne continues to deliver 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 (to say nothing of Arya's later survival).
- Obara and Nymeria seemingly perform Offscreen Teleportation to get on Trystane's ship. Then we're treated to Nym prepping for one-on-one close quarters combat against Trystane's rapier with her whip, only for her older sister to stab him In the Back. Surely that was the plan though, because a whip is a singularly poor choice to counter a rapier in close quarters, right? Nope, Nym is pissed. "You're a greedy bitch, you know that?" It's made even more hilarious with a laugh track.
- 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.
- 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"), prompting the High Sparrow to launch a monologue about gods-fearing and overthrowing empires as armed Sparrows ominously converge around them
but then he just leaves without actually taking any action against Jaime.
- 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
- 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 (for both subtitled and dubbed versions) 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 honoring the kingsmoot's verdict anyway.
- You'd think that the people of King's Landing, who still have the Tywin's Sack and the Battle of Blackwater in living memory, should be a bit nervous when unauthorized armed-to-the-teeth soldiers march at their doorstep. Instead, they just wait for the troops to pass as if waiting for the traffic light and remain at their place even when Jaime outright threatens to purge all the Sparrows.
- 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 that 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.
- 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 and 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. 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. It's made even worse by the number of Apathetic Citizens during the whole pursuit, 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, but it honestly looks like Arya did it on purpose and had to struggle to keep the roll going.
- The House of Black and Whites employment policy is just baffling. Last season Arya ignored a contract, stole a face and killed someone she wasnt meant to; for that, she got blinded and kicked out into the street. This season she gets a second chance, and promptly botches it again, telling the mark that shes been targeted. The Waif promptly goes to kill her, and winds up dead instead. So now Arya has botched two hits and killed one of the Houses agents, yet when she shows up in the crypts to tell Jaqen that the Waif is dead and she will not be indoctrinated and will return to Westeros instead, he just... grins and lets her go? And the Faceless Men just never bother her again! Maybe Arya got a great union rep?
- The Second Battle of Winterfell:
- When Jon mounts his horse to ride out to Rickon, attentive viewers can spot that his sword is more flexible◊ than it should be.
- 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 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 infantry 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.
- Despite not being fed for seven days, Ramsay's hounds are patient enough to wait several hours for him to regain consciousness and for Sansa to come down and start telling him off before they conveniently and dramatically reveal themselves, as opposed to simply devouring him as soon as he was thrown in the kennels with them. 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 that threat was made and no-one had any particular reason to tell her about it since it was just a petty jab at Jon.
- 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.0
- Masters' fleet somehow catches Meereen's 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, which prompts 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 for not taking action against the Lannisters, it's quite weird that she herself (hypocritically) does nothing until Varys arrives to get her ass in gear. And how does she call Varys out to greet Olenna? By ringing a bell, as if she's calling the waiter to bring in some pizza. Since when is 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 since sidetracking Pycelle from the upcoming bombing of the Great Sept and then killing him anyway 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 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?
- 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 with the city's name also did not escape the audience's notice.
- "This is your god now." Cersei must get off on every forced faux-dramatic quip she utters.
- Euron's new outfit makes him look like a wannabe rock star or a hipster, which is either this or Narm Charm.
- Remember back when Cersei raised a few eyebrows by saying "I choose you" to Jaime? Varys of all people manages to one-up this by making it Punctuated! For! Emphasis! while explaining his loyalties to Daenerys.
- Arya's revenge on the Freys. An entire room full of people collapsing from being poisoned all at the same time and on dramatic cue is as funny as it is horrific.
- Ed Sheeran's cameo. Unlike the other famous musicians' cameos, it's impossible to miss him since he's just Ed Sheeran in Lannister armor and 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, Sheeran's reply is "It's a new one" as if he's promoting a new song or album.
- The fact that Qyburn's fearsome, top-secret anti-dragon weapon on which "the finest artillaters(?) and blacksmiths in King's Landing have been labouring day and night" turns out to be a fairly mundane ballista, like those in use since Season 2.
- The dragonglass deposit on Dragonstone is treated as some great, dramatic reveal even though it's been well established that dragonglass exists there since the Season 2 Histories & Lore. Even Sam himself sheepishly admits Stannis mentioned it in Season 5 but says he didn't believe it without explaining why. The fact that it's there solely because showrunners believe Viewers Are Goldfish is patently obvious.
- It looks like the writers couldn't come up with any good dialogue at all for the Sand Snakes' final scene before the big ship battle, where they're all talking about who they want to kill first when they arrive in King's Landing, with Tyene still calling her own mother "Mama" and Obara and Nym making fun of her for doing so. Downright embarrassing until the end, it makes you wonder if this is really the overall portrayal of Oberyn's bastard daughters; grown women acting like a bunch of spoiled angry children.
- Olenna's boast about getting where she is by ignoring all those supposedly wise men who'd tried to advise her rings jarringly hollow from a bitter woman who just admitted she's got nothing worth living for except revenge, brought down by someone who, incidentally, was making use of a wise man at their side.
- Olenna's advice "You're a dragon; be a dragon" is supposed to be dramatic, but it sounds a lot like a fairly standard meaninglessly meaningful advertising slogan or, worse yet, the requisite mantra of self-affirmation from a motivational book. The fact that within hours HBO was selling t-shirts bearing the phrase also reinforced many people's initial impression that it was written to be on t-shirts.
- During the ship battle and his nonstop scenery chewing, Euron's eyes often get so large that they look like they're about to pop out of his skull. It makes him look really goofy at times, especially when he captures Yara.
- 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 continent of Westeros becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when she actually returns to Westeros not in alliance with the common people as she had implied but with the great houses of Tyrell and (pseudo) Martell and with a Lannister Number Two, and begins demanding the support of other great houses and forcing those who oppose her to literally Join or Die because the throne is her birthright while simultaneously being praised by Missandei as the benevolent chosen ruler of her Essosi followers.
- The long-awaited meeting between Jon and Daenerys is at the height of underwhelming. Their encounter mostly consists in each person's Character Tics undergoing extreme Flanderization with Dany giving long, pompous speeches boasting of her family pride while dismissing her father's reign and the uprising against him as a minor detail, while Jon more or less broods taciturnly and spouts on about the North and family honour, while Tyrion and Davos articulate more coherent arguments mostly for the purpose of giving them something to do and say. The result plays less like a grand epic meeting of prophecy and more like a SNL skit parodying such a Cool vs. Awesome moment.
- Missandei gives a full rendition of Dany's titles and it's a strangely long time before we actually get a clear shot of her in the room, giving the impression that it's coming from some kind of loudspeaker.
- Daenerys invokes King Torrhen's oath of fealty to Aegon the Conqueror in perpetuity, despite Aerys pretty much voiding it on his end, and when confronted with tries to make peace with a mere apology before reasserting her demands, not to mention that the writers obviously felt they had to spell out what "in perpetuity" meant.
- The heavy use of Karmic Death, which was epic when Arya did it (because it fit with her character arc, motif and modus operandi), gets ridiculous when the Sand Snakes get killed in exactly the identical manner of their crimes. And likewise, Cersei not unleashing the Mountain on Ellaria and Tyene (which she did do so on Unella) feels out-of-character with the actual fate seeming both very mild and almost a Mercy Kill, and yet the show treats it as a Fate Worse than Death, which rings hollow compared to what happened to other characters on the show.
- Ellaria and Tyene Sand desperately struggling in their chains to try to reach each other while making animalistic sounds looks a lot like two dogs who met on a walk while on leashes.
- Euron continues bugging Jaime by asking him for sex tips and whether Cersei likes "a finger in the bum". After Cersei finishes her business with Ellaria Sand, she makes out with Jaime and then, we got a view of his ass where Cersei digs her fingers in. We cut to next morning where Cersei is soundly asleep and Jaime, basking in afterglow, looks at her as if they just had sex on prom night.
- The idea of winterizing plate armour by covering it with leather is accepted as brilliant in-universe but can't be taken seriously by anyone who knows anything about actual armour since real armour inherently solved this problem with the gambeson, the padded linen or wool undercoat used to absorb blunt force and according to That Other Wiki "doubled as a winter coat", and which is worn as such in-universe by Sam Tarly.
- Gendry and Jon become fast friends because they're both bastards (though not in Jon's case) and their fathers (or in Jon's case, his uncle) were best friends. It's like Clark and Bruce becoming allies all because their mothers have the same first name.
- The need to squeeze a season's worth of story into seven episodes means that Season 7 features even more absurd Travelling at the Speed of Plot than in previous seasons. The director of "Beyond the Wall" even admitted that he tried to fudge things as much as possible by putting the land beyond the Wall in perpetual twilight, and just had to hope the story would get people invested enough that they'd overlook it. Many could not.
- Jon knocking on Daenerys' door and the two wordlessly agree to finally resolve the Unresolved Sexual Tension that's been bubbling between them the whole season. The held gazes, the seemingly silent agreement the two come to about consumating their relationship, and Dany shutting the door on the camera, are all straight out of a cheesy romantic movie. It doesn't help that, between how obvious their attraction has been (which other characters have discussed), how powerful a marriage alliance between them would be (which has also been discussed), and how much the writers have been pushing them together, their Relationship Upgrade is much less a dramatic expression of passion and love and more of a Captain Obvious Reveal that viewers all saw coming to the point it was pretty obvious it would happen now in the season finale.
- Jon's true name is revealed to be Aegon Targaryen... a dramatic moment were it not for the fact that Rhaegar Targaryen's first son was also named Aegon, meaning that Rhaegar (or someone else) gave his two sons the exact same name.
- Bran, the Three-Eyed Raven, has seen many things from the past, especially the fact that Jon is the son of Lyanna. Yet he didnt see that Rhaegar annulled his first marriage in order to marry Lyanna, and has to be told this by Sam. At that point he reacts with shock and immediately flashes back to the vision, like its a note on the fridge he didnt read properly the first time.
- The Hound threatening his brother is a blatant shout-out to Cleganebowl fans that their pet theory is coming sometime in the next six episodes... but one that's just confusing for those who don't know the Cleganebowl theoryFrom the books and thus didn't know who the Hound was referring to when he said, "You've known whose coming for you. You've always known." Gregor doesn't respond at all to the Hound talking to him; he just walks up to him, listens to his speech, and returns to his station without making a move or even glaring at him, which just cements that Franken-Gregor is merely a Soulless Shell whose destruction now means little to their relationship, so why even bother with the hype?
- Cersei reveals she arranged for Euron to walk out of the truce meeting to cover up his trip to hire the Golden Company, but it sure was convenient that the protagonists brought an actual wight to sell his reaction. One wonders how they planned to explained that away before they learned wights were actually real.
- The Fridge Logic that Cersei does nothing to explain why a Private Military Contractor like the Golden Company would agree to join her at this point. What's in it for them? Cersei has money, of course, but so do lots of other people, and Jaime's point that eventually Cersei will still be faced with either all of Westeros united against her or an unstoppable army of ice demons still stands. Euron might still be motivated by a desire to marry her, but Cersei can't marry all 20,000 men of the Golden Company and their horses and elephants, too.
- Sansa's "what do dragons eat anyway?" comes across as immaturely petty, as if her Skewed Priorities are more concerned with a dragon's diet than the fact that an unstoppable army is heading their way.
- The idea that a common blacksmith can cast and forge obsidian into any shape of weapon you desire just like metal can be absolutely laugh-out-loud silly. A few months before the season aired, much of the YouTube userbase found out just how difficult that is when a video about that exact subject was mysteriously recommended to almost everyone.
- The battle of Winterfell has it's moments that make it unintentionally comical:
- The Hollywood Tactics employed by the armies of the living. The idiocy portrayed makes the whole battle downright comical in a darkly hilarious way.
- The overall lighting is so dark that the viewers wonder how the characters are seeing anything at all to be terrified, turning the entire battlefield into the equivalent of a low-grade haunted house.
- The dead overwhelming the armies of the living is a terrifying sight to behold if it wasn't the fact that when cutting to named characters like Jon Snow they simply shamble slow enough to allow him to get away, making the whole scene reek of Plot Armour.
- Dragon fire was shown to be go through stone with ease, then in one scene Jon takes cover in some rubble from Viserion's breath with the fire washing over his head by a few centimetres. Even if the stone in question was somehow able to hold, the heat alone should still have burnt him anyway. Instead, he is completely unscathed. Plot Armour still going strong!
- When the Night King finally dies, all his wights immediately drop to the ground. Several plop down from parapets and other high places in an almost cartoony fashion, and Viserion in particular collapses downward so suddenly and heavily that it's like a gravity well appeared underfoot.
- Eddard Stark kept Jon Snow's secret for nearly two decades, even keeping the truth from his wife. Thus, when Jon tells his family about his true parentage, the speed in which the secret spreads throughout Winterfell thanks to Sansa is almost comical, especially when each reveal includes something along the lines of "You must swear not to tell anyone."
- Grey Worm's pursed-lipped, scowly facial expressions throughout the last couple of episodes. He's supposed to seem wracked with grief and anger and he just looks like he's constipated.
- Euron's last words that he killed Jaime. The fact that tying in a fight with a one-handed cripple is what he's most proud of as he dies instead of killing a dragon or his own brother, becoming King of the Iron Islands, or any of his other numerous atrocities is laughable. Making it worse is that he says it directly into the camera, as if to gleefully spite the viewer.
- Qyburn's extremely abrupt death, which is more likely to leave the viewer laughing due to Black Comedy rather than shocked. Tellingly, Memetic Mutation kicked in almost immediately, helped along by the fact that the memetic word "YEET" seems tailor-made for Qyburn's thrown-down-the-stairs-like-trash situation.
- As the 'Cleganebowl' starts happening, Cersei is still there and she awkwardly shuffles down the stairs to get out of the way that makes it look unintentionally like a comedy bit.
- Arya saying "I know a killer when I see one" regarding Dany might've been good foreshadowing and a display of keen insight on Arya's part earlier in the season. Coming on the heels of watching Dany immolate an entire city it's more tempting to shout "No shit, Sherlock!" It was so obviously scripted to be a cool one-liner that it was hilarious, especially since her being a killer isn't up for debate. It's an out-of-place line meant to sound cool that comes off as hilarious.
- Tyrion nominating Bran as King on the grounds that he has the best story, which everyone present just accepts. This is especially jarring as a lot of Bran's storyline was cut out.
- When the script for the final episode went online, much mocking was had over a line that describes Daenerys as "Her Satanic Majesty" for how Anvilicious it was.