Despite the debut of Season 7 breaking a record in ratings with over 10.1 million viewers watching the first episode, the Game of Thrones writers seem to be jumping from shark to shark. A lot of the plot twists in the episodes so far (even in the oh-so-glorious episode 4) make no geographic sense. It seems as though the people of Westeros either have a secret train somewhere or have somehow learned to teleport.
While plot twists and action are great things to have in any fantasy story, they must be predicated on logic and a well-built narrative. It almost seems like the writers of the show are banking on audience ignorance in order to move the plot quickly forward, at the expense, of course, of the narrative. So here’s a list of the ways the plot hasn’t made sense, at least until episode 4 of the current season.
Dragonstone as the staging ground for the war
We are not so inclined to believe that Tyrion Lannister is a bad tactician. Maybe it was the badass throne room, but this isn’t reason enough unless the original plan was to sack King’s Landing as soon as possible, which both Daenerys and Tyrion have expressed disdain for.
In episode two, the Targaryen strategy is made clear: Yara and Theon Greyjoy are to sail to Dorne, pick up the Dornish army, and lay siege to King’s Landing to avoid heavy loss of civilian life. Olenna Tyrell is to supplement these forces with the Tyrell army, while Grey Worm and the Unsullied will lay siege to Casterly Rock and take it.
If this was the plan, then would it not have made sense for Daenerys to land in Dorne as opposed to Dragonstone? That way, Yara and Theon’s fleet would not have had to go south again. Plus, Grey Worm would have to sail around half the coastline of Westeros if they wanted to travel to Casterly Rock, and that distance would also be shortened if Dany had landed in Dorne instead.
Euron’s invisible fleet
In the first episode, Euron Greyjoy is shown in King’s Landing, with his fleet in Blackwater Bay, and by the end of the second episode, he was able to surprise Yara and Theon’s fleet from behind. To perform this strategic act, he would have had to sneak his whole fleet past Dragonstone, which resides at the mouth of Blackwater Bay. Nobody noticed? Highly unlikely.
In the third episode, we see Euron Greyjoy bringing his captives back to King’s Landing, having stolen ships from Yara and Theon’s fleet to add to his own. How did he sneak past Dragonstone with a larger fleet? Does he have some magic we don’t know about? This “invisibility” also comes into play when he ambushes the ships of the Unsullied. How?
Drogon carried the Dothraki
In the fourth episode, we see the Dothraki and a Drogon-riding Daenerys lay siege to the returning armies of House Lannister and House Tarly. Highgarden is directly across Westeros, and for the Dothraki to sail to it, they would either have to land on the other side of Westeros, or directly in King’s Landing. Daenerys herself would have to fly over King’s Landing.
Unless Dothraki horses can travel at the speed of sound, or Drogon managed to carry the Dothraki across Westeros, Dany’s sudden appearance makes little to no sense. While this episode was fantastically entertaining, it still functions on a lack of logic and a reliance on audience ignorance.
We have yet to see the rest of season 7, but hopefully the show will begin to write itself. Such a beloved show should not have to end on a bad note. Given the quality of episode 4, however, things are looking up.