WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for the Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones
The biggest Game of Thrones finale to date is in the books – meaning the show’s new plot gaps, strange logic, and unanswered questions have been immortalized as well. That means that for every shocking twist surrounding Jon Snow’s true Targaryen lineage, there’s the reveal to the audience that both Bran and Sam already solved this mystery without the show actually including it. Are they nitpicks? That’s up for fans of Thrones to decide, but it doesn’t change the fact that even a show like Game of Thrones can make some odd, downright weird choices.
In the spirit of fun (since we’re as swept up in the Thrones intrigue as any other viewer), we’re breaking down the Season 7 finale moments that had us most scratching our heads, rolling our eyes, and screaming uncontrollably at character decisions.
Needless to say, there will be plenty of SPOILERS as we break down Game of Thrones: The Most WTF Finale Moments.
Well This is Embarrassing…
By now even fans who typically overlook the details of character costumes will have noticed the differences in Westerosi regions, classes, and monarchs. We’re not only referring to the lighter, looser, more intricately designed dresses Daenerys wore in the more ostentatious circles across the Narrow Sea, though they’re among the most memorable. We’re also referring to the character changes signified by fashion: Cersei’s shift from royal fashion while maneuvering the aristocracy, loose, more informal robes once she stopped caring about others’ opinions, and finally her black, high-necked, stark, all-business dress when claiming the throne in the Season 6 finale.
But when the delegates of Daenerys and Cersei’s camps assemble in the dragonpit outside of King’s Landing, viewers are likely to notice more substantial redesigns. Sure, Cersei sticking to the somewhat intimidating and streamlined black and silvers are sure to make the Lord of the Rings/Gondorian fans happy, and it’s believable she would demand the same color scheme of her royal guards. But with Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys, Jorah Mormont, Euron Greyjoy, and countless others all giving up color to match, it’s pretty clear that a major fashion trend has struck Westeros, and none are immune.
Honestly, Bronn and Podrick were dressed in Earth tones, and knew to excuse themselves. We’ll just assume it’s all intended to separate Jaime Lannister from the rest of the King’s Landing crowd, and chalk the rest up to a dye shortage.
It’s hard to forget the battle fought between Gregor Clegane and Oberynn Martell back in Season 4, and Gregor Clegane a.k.a. ‘The Mountain’ actually plays an instrumental role in the fall of House Targaryen. And yet, his transformation into something of a Frankenstein’s Monster, faithfully defending Queen Cersei’s life remains one of the more… interesting adaptations from the novels to the HBO TV show. In the books, The Mountain is officially pronounced dead, his skull delivered to the Martells. Meanwhile, the massive knight joins the King’s Guard as was shown in the series. With one key difference: the book has the knight’s head concealed beneath a helmet. By contrast, the show took a slightly different approach of making it clear to anyone observing the knight that it is absolutely a putrefying human corpse walking under that armor.
We were hoping it was going to be noticed by somebody at some point, and the most obvious candidate was Clegane’s brother Sandor a.k.a. ‘The Hound.’ As frustrating as it may be to see Sandor taller than his brother in the above shot, and Gregor rightfully towering over Sandor in all other coverage of the scene, it’s even more frustrating that his purple skin and blood-clotted eyeballs are brushed aside instantly. Keep in mind: this is a universe with dragons and magic, and yet a frozen zombie is the most outrageous thing anyone has ever conceived of. To have Sandor note the zombie his brother has become, concede strange things have been done to him, and then conclude that “it doesn’t matter”?
We’ll let it slide for now, but if people are actually shocked when Gregor’s true form is eventually revealed, we’re calling shenanigans.
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