In light of some … blessedly peculiar plot turns. I thought I would think over some of what is happening on the show and start up a discussion.
What is an idiot plot? Basically it’s a plot that would not happen or would be resolved quickly and easily if people acted with any common sense or basic intelligence. You can see here for TvTropes full definition.
Here is my list of the idiot plots in this episode:
- Sansa continues to have no good reason why she went to Winterfell and volunteered to be taken prisoner by a ruthless evil ruler (again!). Given that her plan this episode was to light the candle, it makes me wonder why she hadn’t already tried that or even just outright told the old woman in person when she first met her.
- Olenna being the cunning old woman she is, decided to admit her grandson is guilty. Wait did I say cunning, I meant senile. At least she doesn’t give up, and then tries bribing and threatening the High Sparrow in his own church fort. For his part he mutters about the power of the many, but doesn’t have her arrested. Maybe he know’s better than to piss off a powerful great house before building his own power, oh wait, too late.
- The High Sparrow decides to make his play against Cersei . Why does he do it now when there was no guarantee Cersei would EVER come back to his church fort? Why not earlier when he knew for sure she would attend? Stupidity, and also they didn’t want to cram too much into one scene. Oh, and he does this while also remaining an enemy to the Tyrells. Well then, I don’t see how this could end badly for him.
- Cersei is a big dope for trusting the faith given that Lancel, a big f*cking loose thread from her past misdeeds, has turned over a new leaf and is one of theirs now. He pretty much went to her and said to her face that he confessed to all of the sins he and her did.
- Myrcella Baratheon is supposed to be the clever child of the three royal Lannisters. Here she pretty much tells off her family, when her family is her main source of power and protection in this medieval world. Then to top it off she acts like she sees no reason why the legitimately angry Martells might be a problem for her. It’s not that they’re going to necessarily hurt you right now Myrcella, but they’re not going to let you just leave and do whatever you like. Yes they’re trying to woo you, but you’re basically a political hostage.
- The fighting slave owner wants to bring slave fighters to Mereen. You’d think given that he knows that the pits are open that he might know the big part about NO SLAVES. He’s coincidently just stupid enough to bring the plot important characters where they need to.
- The Sand Snakes poisoned Bronn…to make him compliment them?
- Bonus Pointless Plot: Tyrion is chained up. Why? Is he that dangerous compared to all the other fighters who are unchained? It was an unnecessary complication to add more tension.
- Bonus Dangerous Plot: Jon, you brave son of a b*tch. I get that you’re trying to build a bridge with Alliser Thorne and pacifying his supporters. It’s a great move, but also dangerous and bold move to trust him with so much power. Bonus hero and leadership points for taking Alliser’s criticism with confidence without retaliating.