After waiting 7 seasons for the epic battle between our favourite characters and the deadly night king, Game of Thrones finally pulled threw with the Battle of Winterfell, a fight fans have been hyping up for months. And don’t get me wrong, it had brilliant visuals, Lyanna Mormont and her outstanding strength and power against a giant can only be described as badass and of course, the redemption of Theon greyjoy which I can’t deny was his perfect ending. But despite all of these elements that made me not HATE the Battle of Winterfell, it had a whole load of problems, leaving me disappointed.
First of all, I couldn’t see anything. Whoever decided that having the biggest battle of all time in Winterfell, a place that is only ever lit by 1 or 2 candles was dumb. I never thought I would hear myself say I was thankful for Melisandre’s entrance as up until then, I had no clue what I was watching. My favourite character could have died, and I wouldn’t have known.
Secondly, placing the battle in episode 3 was a huge mistake. Usually I am complaining about the slow pace of Game of Thrones but by placing this battle, the battle that basically determined the fate of the characters in episode 3 leaves me worried. What have they possibly got to show us now? If the episode had been placed in the finale, perhaps I would have felt differently as we know this is all that’s left.
As for the characters performance in this battle, I have nothing but complaints. Bran Stark. I am sure by now everyone has seen the memes on the internet, but what did he even contribute to this battle? Half way through he decided fuck it, I’m going to go for a little journey and then returned for the end. Useless.
Then there was Jon Snow. This battle removed all his potential. We’ve seen how brilliant a fighter he is. We’ve seen his power and authority in the Battle of the Bastards and yet, all he was doing was riding around on a dragon and running away from another.
Don’t even get me started on Daenerys. From the beginning of season 8 I have lost all love for the dragon queen. And this episode made me hate her even more. Without her dragons, she truly is as useless as Bran in this episode and it showed. I am a huge fan of Emilia Clarke but her acting was terrible. Watching her attempt to stab the undead was cringe and this battle only confirmed she will not be sitting on the throne in the finale.
Finally, the night king’s death. This is the death we have all been waiting for as supposedly, the night king is this all evil, unbeatable threat. And yet, he died by a single knife wound? Don’t get me wrong, Arya’s move was epic but I just expected more. Overall, though, the main tenant that let this battle down was its lack of personalisation. I felt detached. The writers missed an opportunity in having Jon Snow fight Ghost or one of his close friends as the undead. We didn’t even get enough time to watch the characters thrive in what they do best, as before we know it the next scene was on. As a battle that has been hyped, it simply did not live up to its expectations and I wanted more.