99 Pounders / 4'3" Feet
I agree with all of this, and wasn't trying to suggest otherwise.And yeah, I'm pissed the scorpions proved to be nothing more than hood (bow?) ornaments and fodder for an unlimited spew of dragon fire. The "if the audience can't see him, no one can" directing of Dany & Dragon was absurd beyond belief. During the scene when the Golden Company got ass blasted from behind, why didn't anyone mounted on the walls turn AROUND and warn the others that a fucking dragon was flying over the city? Does nobody look over their shoulders whilst manning parapets anymore? And where were the archers as the coalition stormed the city? Why wasn't Drogon stuck with arrows? Sure, the scorpion accuracy was off that day, but a thousand or so highly mobile archers on foot would have had plenty of opportunity to shoot at him or the city's invaders at some point.
Varys: Agreed.For episode 5 specifically, nothing was earned. Varys did not earn his unceremonious demise. Tyrion did not earn his half-hearted turnabout. Dany did not earn her downward spiral in the matter of minutes. Arya did not earn her last-second reversal. Cersei did not earn such a pathetic defeat. And in probably one of the most insulting character regressions of anyone, Jaime certainly did not earn his shrug-of-the-shoulders loathing of King's Landing's civilians when his motivation for killing the last mad king was to spare the city from burning.
Tyrion: Not sure what you're referring to.
Dany: Agreed. I've seen defences about her history of burning enemies, but none of that is the same as burning random civilians and soldiers who have already surrendered.
Arya: Mixed feelings. I think I buy it a little because Sandor used her long-standing opinion of him to make his point.
Cersei: Not 100% sure what you're referring to, but if it's one of the many criticisms of her death, I though her death was fitting. She spent most of the series figuratively trapped in the Red Keep, and was largely shaped into the villain we saw by that corrupt and dangerous environment. Then she seized control and had chances to leave, but was too far gone, and too dependent on political power to protect herself. Then when she finally did try to leave, she was literally trapped, and the keep itself killed her. Not bad.
Jaime: I didn't even believe the loathing when he said it ("he's just saying things under stress"), so if we were supposed to take that seriously, it was maybe the least earned moment of all.
Just a stray thought, and this one is me reaching for excuses, but my headcanon on all of the weird battle tactics this season is that there's been a brain drain from years of war and corruption, and most of the good battlefield commanders in Westeros are dead. But this idea holds up better on Dany's side than Cersei's.