Game of Thrones is coming to an end and it's a very bittersweet time for fans. On the one hand, it's going to be difficult saying goodbye to all the characters we have come to care so much about. On the other hand, we finally get to see how it all ends. The show has been building up to this epic conclusion for years, slowly laying the groundwork through key moments and character growth, all leading to these final episodes.
However, not all moments in the show have landed the same. Game of Thrones is a complex show so there's bound to be the occasional misstep. Whether it's poor character moments, inconsistencies or cringe-worthy scenes, these are the moments the show wants you to forget.
Direwolves were introduced in the very first episode and they quickly became one of the coolest aspects of the show. The unusually large wolves served as protectors of the Stark children, ripping out the throats of anyone who tried to do them harm. And then after a while, they just sort of disappeared from the show.
Despite the Direwolves playing big roles in the books, the show was quick to push them to the background and kill them off whenever they had the chance. The fact that their screentime decreased as the dragons started to grow is probably not a coincidence. There's only room for so many fantastical creatures in the budget.
9 Daenerys's Wedding
Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo had one of the unlikeliest romances. Despite it being a forced marriage and them not speaking the same language, they made it work. However, the fact that Drogo rapes Daenerys on their wedding night is still very hard to look past.
Drogo is presented as a vicious savage so it's not altogether surprising, but to ask the audience to then forget that and root for these two as a couple is a lot to ask. The show does demonstrate that they eventually truly love each other, but that just adds to the uncomfortable depiction of assault.
8 Tyrion Forgives And Forgets
Tyrion Lannister is one of the best players of the "great game", mostly due to the fact that he's often smart enough to know not to trust anyone. So when he finds out that Littlefinger told Catelyn Stark that the dagger used by Bran's would-be assassin belonged to Tyrion, you would think he'd work quick to remove Littlefinger's head.
For some reason, the show decided to drop this bit of intrigue completely. Tyrion arrives at King's Landing and works side-by-side with Littlefinger, never once bringing up the fact or asking any questions regarding his framing. It's not like Tyrion to stay quiet.
7 Arya Should Be Dead
Arya Stark is one of the toughest people on the show. She's been through a lot, survived many dangerous situations and racked up an impressive body count. However, after having a run-in with The Waif in the streets of Braavos and living to tell the tale, they may have overplayed just how tough she is.
After The Waif gets the drop on her, Arya is stabbed repeatedly in the gut. She manages to escape, gets healed up by an actor and still finds a way to best her enemy. The wound is so severe and the recovery so quick that people speculated that Arya actually died from the encounter.
It's always exciting when a new location is introduced to the show. In Season 5, we got our first glimpse at Dorne, a place that is filled with interesting characters and plots in the books. But despite the potential, the show completely mishandled the Dornish storyline.
The show's depiction of Dorne gave us a handful of poorly-written and dull characters who fell far short of living up to Oberyn Martell. The storyline was also predictable and a waste of time. By Season 6, the show basically tried to wipe away the fact that Dorne ever existed.
5 Littlefinger Finds Arya
Westeros is a big place, and yet major characters seem to have a knack for running into each other. When Arya is a captor at Winterfell, she meets The Mountain, Tywin Lannister and, most unexpected, Littlefinger. This makes for a tense scene as Arya, in disguise, attempts to avoid being identified by Littlefinger.
Littlefinger eventually gets a good look at her, seems to come to the appropriate realization, then does nothing. It can be hard to figure out Littlefinger's schemes but it's hard to believe he would just let such an important person as Arya slip through his fingers. It's as if the show was setting up for something and forgot to follow through.
4 Line Of Succession
When Robert Baratheon died, there was much talk about the proper succession. Each power player had to handle the situation very carefully showing that they were the rightful heir to the throne or else they would never be excepted as a true king. By the end of Season 6, the laws of succession basically boiled down to whoever kills the person sitting on the throne gets the throne.
From Euron Greyjoy, to Ellaria Sand, to Ramsay Bolton, to Cersei Lannister -- each murdered their way to leadership without anyone batting an eye or raising a fuss. The show totally did away with the nuance of the politics behind seizing the throne and now it's not of a big game of musical chairs.
3 Melisandre’s Necklace
One of the most unexpected reveals was in Season 6 when Melisandre removes her red ruby necklace and reverts to her true form, which is a decrepit old woman. It certainly adds a lot of layers to the character, but the magic behind the whole thing is shaky at best.
We're led to believe that the necklace creates some sort of illusion which can be maintained so long as she wears it. However, in the past we've seen Melisandre without the necklace and still looking her same beautiful self. The reveal seems to be a late addition by the creators and they failed to notice the inconsistencies.
2 Jaime Is Irredeemable
Jaime Lannister is certainly one of the most interesting characters in the show. He was first presented as Westeros most hated man before more was revealed about him and the fact that many stories told about him were lies. However, the murder of the Mad King was nothing compared to the horrible thing we've seen him do, including raping his own sister.
While trying to kill Bran was certainly unforgivable, seeing Jaime force himself on Cersei as she mourns Joffrey was a stomach-churning moment. The show may have gone too far and it will be hard to truly look at Jaime as a redeemable character after that.
1 Travel Time In Westeros
The biggest elephant in the room when it comes to this show is that people get around Westeros way too quickly. A character can leave Winterfell and be in King's Landing by the episode's end and the show just expects us to accept that.
To be fair, this is a total nitpicky detail that must drive the show's creative team nuts. Of course, we would rather see people implausibly appear somewhere than waster two episodes watching them sail to their destination. Still, when Littlefinger seemingly transports around the entire Seven Kingdoms, it's hard to ignore.