Originally Posted by Defcon
And you are simply saying 'everything the show does is great' instead of addressing my points.
You must be new around here. I'm sure others can point out the irony of that statement.
So let's go through the points again, even though you ignored the answers I gave you.
- Dany already had her 'taking command of Dothraki' scene. So now we're supposed to believe that didn't win her their respect? And at the time when people said watching her on fire would just convince people she was a witch, that was dismissed. It was the exact same scene, but with a dragon this time and yet another Dany speech.
Dragon filler you said? Drogon hasn't been seen since last season, how long is acceptable for viewers to see him again? Dany was just told they would be spending a lot of time going nowhere. Respect is not only earned, but has to be kept. And the Dothraki don't tend to like witches that much so that's not a good power base to work from to try and convince your horse-born army to travel on ships. Another speech sure, but with a very important character who was last seen on the show a year ago. So she avoids a potential rout and the show brings back an iconic character. What's the problem there?
- I liked seeing Sam's backstory. That's not the point. There are a thousand other characters and plotlines being ignored which are more important. They butchered Dorne but spending more time on Sam is ok?
How many of those important "thousand" characters exist in a bubble in which we know nothing about their families or histories? Or have just acquired a weapon to kill White Walkers? If you are dead on this show by now then you are not important to the conclusion. Sam has spent the entire show sitting in a hut or in the snow. His family has never been shown even though they are apparently of some influence in the region. Now we know. I noticed you didn't acknowledge you completely forgot that Sam is currently the foremost expert on the White Walkers in the Watch and knew what the sword represents. So you have now actually been reminded of something important because we spent some time with Sam's family and seen him acquire a powerful weapon.
- if the Direwolves are inconsequential, then don't show them, simple. Showing each of them die in scenes calculated to cause controversy is cheap publicity ploy as D&D well know.
When the alternative is getting more reactions like "why are they showing the dragon leader instead of dire wolves? They just keep ignoring them." Kill them on screen and nobody will be asking where they are or complaining they do not appear enough or asking why when they go to war the wolves are not on screen ripping it up everywhere.
Arya and Faceless Men still make no sense as I explained before.
I didn't address this because it's a non-issue. Is that story over and I missed it? There was clearly more to come given that Arya is still there. Did a scene not make sense? Plot hole? I didn't notice anything. Why not wait until that arc is done, it might actually make more sense when the story is fully revealed.