10 Things I Hated About Season 6 of Game Of Thrones: #9 Dorne
Yup, I am that one guy who compared Benioff and Weiss to George Lucas and Jar Jar Binks #GoT
So, over the next few week's I am going to post the ten things that drove me crazy about Game of Thrones Season 6.
Originally I was just going to write one more article about Season 6 but I got a bit carried away.
I fully realize that I am in the minority on this but I am okay with people disagreeing with me. I also don't usually write because of ego or certainty that I am right.
In fairness, I did enjoy much of Season 6 but every time I started really enjoying things another Benioff and Weiss "consolidation" problem would appear on the show.
I know it is not nice, but I have been calling these problems Jar-Jar's in honor of what I am calling Benioff and Weiss having George Lucas disease ever since they got "off-book."
Dorne has been going very wrong (like horror movie wrong) on Game of Thrones for several seasons. In the books, at approximately the place in the timeline that the television show has arrived at, we learn that Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) has been using the perception of his weak appearance to hide significant cunning and political strength. Where for years he seemed outwardly a weak leader he was actually a bit of a machiavellian genius inside and using the perception to consolidate his power and identify his enemies.
Dorne was also, for many readers, one of the most interesting sub-plots in the massive GoT universe. It was unlike any other area of the world map in the series and was an area populated by many interesting and mysterious characters. Dorne frequently was playing an entirely different Game then was the rest of the realm.
Unfortunately, in reducing Dorne to only the story of revenge by the Sand Snakes and Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) for the death of Oberyn Martell and Elia Martell showrunners Benioff and Weiss reduced Doran to a buffoon and Dorne to nothing more than desert window-dressing.
All we saw of Dorne in Season 6:
1. The Sand Snakes and Ellaria assassinate Doran Martell with virtually zero opposition.
2. Two of the Sand Snakes kill Doran’s son and heir Trystane (Myrcella Baratheon was poisoned by Ellaria at the very end of season 5)
3. The Sand Snakes, Ellaria, and Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) meet with Varys (Conleth Hill) to, ostensibly, join forces with Daenerys.
That was it.
The mistreatment of Dorne on the Television show has even led to attempts to crowdfund a remake of the Dorne portion of the show through a Kickstarter campaign.
I have to agree, Benioff and Weiss did a really bad job with Dorne in general and in particular during season 6 by making the assassination of Doran and Trystane way too easy and by reducing Doran from genius to idiot.
That is it for #9. Look our for the next chapter tomorrow.
What did you think of the treatment of Dorn in Season 6? Let me know what you think, leave a comment!