Alright, I feel oddly compelled to complain about this. My feelings about the Season 8, 3rd Episode of Game of Thrones had a big problem. Here be spoilers if you haven’t watched it, so be warned.
I’ve complained about Arya in the past. Not because I don’t like her character, but I think she’s overpowered. I don’t agree with the Critical Drinker that she’s a Mary Sue. She isn’t. Her powers were at least earned and she is a flawed person who has room to grow.
But I don’t like how she’s effectively an unstoppable plot tool who just…kills everybody and resolves storylines. The whole deal with the Frey’s was too easy a resolution, I believe. And her killing the Night King in this episode was simply unacceptable. There was nothing to build up to this and it wasn’t satisfying at all. It was a bad choice.
Yes, I know. Every woman I know who watches the show loves Arya and I have to wonder if this really was just fanservice for them. I had genuinely hoped that Jaime Lannister would be the one to do it. Put “Kingslayer” in a whole new context, right? At the minimum, it should have been Jon Snow who has been spending years getting ready for the confrontation, right?
You know, if the Night King and Bran had ended up on a wall at Winterfell or something and the Night King had Jaime in a headlock and Bran said, “The things I do for love” and bumped the Night King with his wheelchair and knocked him onto a dragonglass spear stuck in the ground below, it still would have been better than this.
Please tell me that the next episode isn’t going to have Yara fighting Euron at the Iron Islands and Arya will pop up as a sailor and slash his throat just before he kills Yara. Or that Jaime will be choking Cersei out in the episode after that and Arya will just dump poison down her throat to kill-block him as she then throws Needle across the room into The Mountain’s skull. It can’t really be this simple and completely stupid, can it?
That said, the Sansa/Tyrion and Theon/Bran scenes were the greatest thing ever. I don’t know how it bodes for the end of the series, but those were already two of the finest in this season. It’s just for the final episodes, I’m nervous.
There’s an Arya Problem and I hope it can be managed tastefully and satisfyingly (which her sex scene wasn’t).