George R.R. Martin may not be great at completing books in a timely manner, but the man knows how to write a villain. Name any other story in any medium that's produced a villain as detestable as Joffrey Baratheon. And he was just the start.
Then Ramsay died, and we were immediately confronted with a top bad girl. This show has felt like a revolving door of contemptible characters that we're desperate to see get what's coming to them. But this has all been a giant, masterful ruse.
This was all a storytelling magic trick. Martin kept our attention with all the insane events going on in the political realm. Meanwhile, there's been a villain brewing since literally the first scene of the series, and no one seemed to talk about it.
From the start, this has been a show about zombies. The series opened with a member of the Night's Watch being brutally murdered by an undead creature. Then...we just somehow forgot about it for several seasons and talked about everything else on the show. An amazing feat, considering how we're all so fascinated by zombies.
How have the White Walkers become a topic of discussion only now that they're a main focus of the show? Yeah, the Red Wedding and political turmoil was cool. But why did we never hear more people say, "What's with those undead ice zombies riding around on horses?"
Especially their leader. Just look at this freaky snowman. He looks like he's straight out of Mortal Kombat, and he's been around the entire time. The show features dragons and people acted like that was the only fantasy element in the series. How do we forget about zombies?
Especially when they look like this. This is something that would make George Romero proud (may he reanimate in peace). We've been given glimpses, then our attention is brought elsewhere with major events and character deaths.
It's nice to see the show finally paying off what they set up and people taking more notice. After all, the opening moments to a story are meant to set the tone. The opening moments of Game Of Thrones set the tone for a zombie story. It's been on the back-burner, but is now front and center.
The Walking Dead has nothing on these reanimated corpses. Most zombies can be killed by destroying their brain. That's not the case here. These Wights (The name of the zombies. The White Walkers are the ones who bring them back from the grave.) can be resurrected any time after death, so we have able-bodied dead and skeleton warriors.
They've spent the entire series north of the wall, amassing a tremendous army. Now that every living being beyond the wall is part of their collective, it seems like they're finally ready to march south. With one season left to go, this has been what the entire series has built up to. And no one seemed to notice as it was going down. How?
There are evil dead (where's Ash to save us when we need him?) south of the wall already. The Mountain was brought back as a bumbling brute to do Cersei's bidding. Will we see this zombie take on others soon?
Now there's a zombie dragon. Honestly, let's not focus on how no one talked about zombies more often before. We're here now, and it's all anyone will discuss. Let's get excited for the most epic zombie showdown of all time. That is, of course, until zombies enter the real world.