Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on television and us here at The Richest love it almost as much as anyone, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t felt let down by it at times. If you haven’t seen the show and are planning on watching it then you may not want to continue reading as there are certain to be spoilers flying around, but we’ll leave that decision to you. For those of us who have seen every episode of the show, sometimes more than once, this list will include some of the things we’ve felt most left down by. Don’t worry, though, we’ll be there, with the rest of you, salivating as we anticipate each episode’s initial airing.
The criteria for possible inclusion here was pretty simple. We didn’t consider anything from the source material in any fashion, including comparing the show to the books or missing scenes, as that isn’t the point of this list. Otherwise, our only concern was coming up with a ranking of some of the series’ most disappointing moments, even though they are few and far between. So, without any further ado, let’s get to the list.
15 The Sand Snakes Untapped Potential
14 Lack of Grey Worm and Missandei Chemistry
Jacob Anderson is a good looking young man who looks awesome in battle and has found consistent work in various genres since the year 2007. Nathalie Emmanuel is a gorgeous young woman who developed a following with her work on the show Hollyoaks and managed to bring a captivating energy to the film Furious 7. In fact, her role was so successful that she is poised to see her character return in the upcoming sequel Fast 8. Yet somehow when these two talented performers were put together in a budding romance on later episodes of Game of Thrones, it is a snooze fest.
13 Unconvincing Special Effects
12 Far Too Much Recasting
There is a long history in television and movies of recasting a character in cases where producers come to the conclusion that they’d misstepped in the casting process or if personalities clash on set. That said, it really is something that you should avoid if at all possible, as it can cause confusion and disappointment in your fanbase. It seems as though those behind the scenes of this show have very few worries about ushering in a new actor for a familiar role on a regular basis. None of the principal actors have suffered this fate, as of yet, but there are a lot of supporting actors who’ve been shown the door.
11 Quaithe Disappearing
10 S*xual Savagery
9 Underdeveloped Characters
For viewers of Game of Thrones, it pays to be able to track a lot of characters in a series of seemingly unrelated storylines and comprehend their place in the overarching story of the series. Considering the show has a massive cast and only so many hours of television, it, therefore, stands to reason that some characters would fall by the wayside and receive a fraction of the attention that should’ve. That doesn’t make the practice of giving important figures in the story so little time, and letting us understand them so little, is a good move. We love seeing our favourite characters every week but if you cut a scene or two of Jon Snow, the various Lannisters or the Khaleesi so others could share the spotlight a little, several big moments would’ve packed more of a punch.
8 Daenerys Is Far Too Perfect
A benevolent ruler who wants to free those who live under the thumbs of others while also imposing her will on the world, Dany seems to be straddling a razor thin line. Of course, you’d never know it from the fact that everything works out perfectly for her in the end. In this season, she took a massive land under her control, suffered attacks that killed many of her followers, fled on the back of one of her dragons and was almost forced to live amongst widowed women for the rest of her life. Sounds like things went pretty awry for her but really all that turmoil did nothing but earn her the allegiance of a massive new army of Dothraki warriors.
7 The Red Viper’s Untapped Potential
When Oberyn Martell, The Red Viper, debuted, the way the men he interacted with seemed to fear him left us excited to see what this great warrior was capable of. Rumoured to place poison on his weapons in order to dispatch his foes more effectively, he comes to King’s Landing intent on making the people who ordered and carried out the murder of his beloved sister and her kids pay. All we wanted to see was how he would go about setting his plans in motion and then the resulting bloodbath.
6 Season Two Finale Follow Up
When the season two finale ended and we saw Samwell Tarly surrounded by the much vaunted White Walker and wight army, we couldn’t wait to see what came next. Of course, we had to wait a long time for the season three premiere but when that day finally came we were as excited as we’d ever been to watch an hour of television. Then the episode began and just over two minutes in, after we see a single wight have his clothing lit on fire and perishes because of it, the show’s theme starts and the danger was over. What in the hell!?!?!
5 Lack of Interesting Characters Lately
As season 6 comes to an end, we sit here, reflecting on the stories and characters we’ve seen this season and although there was certainly some great stuff, we find ourselves underwhelmed. Many of the show’s best characters have either died in the past or been given uninteresting story arcs this season, with very few exceptions. Aside from the possibly one-sided romance between Brienne and Tormund and the newfound alliance between Jon Snow and Sansa, we can’t think of anybody that excited us.
4 The Wall Was Tedious
3 Lack of Diversity
2 Stories That Move Far Too Slow
As season six comes to an end, Bran seems like he is about to become an important figure in the battles to come and we can’t wait to see how his abilities will become important. It should hit you, though if you haven’t thought about it already, it has taken long for his character to matter in any way. Yet we’ve seen him and his merry band of misfits, ever so slowly, make their way across the country in scene after scene. The youngest surviving member of the Stark clan is probably the most noteworthy example of how slowly things progress in the Game of Thrones world, but he is far from the only one whose story moves at a glacial pace.
1 Length Between Seasons
As you read this list, it may have seemed like we don’t like Game of Thrones all that much, but we assure you that couldn’t be further from the truth. Like its most ardent fans, we anticipate the release of every new episode and find ourselves laughing, shedding a tear, mourning the deaths of characters we’ve grown to love and sitting in complete shock. In short, the show has provided us with almost every emotion under the sun and some of the best scenes we’ve witnessed in television history have taken place in the fictional universe.
Our love for the show is what makes the act that we have to wait so long for each season’s premiere oh, so painful. Every season so far has come to an end in June and then we’re forced to wait all the way until March or April for the show to return. If only the periods of time that took place in between one season’s end and the next season’s beginning was a fraction as long. Of course, we realize that rushing the show’s production like that could sacrifice the quality we’ve come to expect and we could never make that sacrifice. That realization doesn’t mean that we can’t dream of a day where we could have our Game of Thrones quality cake and eat it more often, too.
Sources: WallStreetJournal, TheGuardian, TheAtlantic
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