Like Rhaegal after an intense battle with White Walkers, Game of Thrones is sort of limping to the finish line.
Opinion was mixed on Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3, as fans seemed split on how the series brought the story of the Night King to a conclusion.
But the takes are far less divided when it comes to Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4... for a whole host of reasons, starting with how the show has apparently devolved in a romantic comedy minus the comedy.
And ending with what many believe to be straight-up racism.
We've documented many of these complaints below, while also filing some of our very own.
Scroll down and see if you agree.
Let's Start with Brienne
Get a few drinks (and something else) inside of Brienne and she apparently crumbles from a mighty knight to a scorned high school girlfriend.
Did They Have to Screw?
The Jaime and Brienne dynamic had been one of our favorites on the show. Just a showing of mutual respect between unlikely allies and top-notch swordsmen. Why did the writers feel a need to throw them into bed? And to then have Jaime suddenly decide to go save Cersei? And then to reduce Brienne of Tarth into a blubbering mess after she got her heart broken? All in the course of like 10 minutes of screen time. Just... WHY???
Can Jon Go Back to Knowing Nothing?
Remember how Ned Stark held the secret of Jon's lineage for like 20 years and then took it to his grave? And then Jon felt a need to spill it immediately to his siblings out of some weird sense of obligation? Yes, this happened.
And Then Sansa Kept the Secret for Approximately 27 Seconds
We don't blame her, really. We blame Jon for not listening to Dany. It would be one thing if Jon felt a moral need to tell the world and, essentially, let the voters decide. But he was totally fine lying about his heritage to everyone and taking part in a massive cover-up... as long as he could tell two people.
Now We Need to Talk About Missandei
RIP and everything. But we have a few questions...
How Would the Golden Army Even Know Who She Is?
That's it. That's the first question. How would they even know Dany had some right-hand woman?
How Did They Pull Off This Hostage Taking?
Seems like a pertinent detail for the show to have skipped over.
But Mostly, Just... Why?
Look, we know Game of Thrones is violent and anyone is fair game and the audience craves death and blood and gore and shocking deaths. But only if they make sense in the context of the story, right?
In This Case, Though?
The killing added nothing to the story. Did we really need to learn once again that Cersei is pure evil? How did our heroes somehow still not realize this? Was there really no other way to awaken the Mad Queen than to have her witness the beheading of her BFF? Game of Thrones has been criticized at times for practicing in "torture porn." This felt like that.
Then There's the Racism of It All
Maybe not RACISM, per see. But a lot of viewers are pissed that a former slave died by being chained up once again.
We're Not Kidding...
... people are PISSED.
Sansa is Grateful for Her Past
She wouldn't be where she is today without it. We get it. We've heard that cliche. But maybe think twice about having a character saying it after she was raped repeatedly.
Where the Women At?
Clearly not in the writing room, many viewers have noted.
Damn Right She's Awake!
Are we supposed to not be on Team Dany here?
Secrets, Secrets are No Fun...
And the Worst Development of All?
Jon ghosted Ghost! What the heck was that? Not even a goodbye pat to the head?
What the Actual F-ck?
There Was Also a Starbucks Cup Left in a Shot
But we're pretty sure that was the best part of the episode.