Another thing we've learned is that Game of Thrones directors will draw on the western movie genre any chance they get. Last week's The Spoils of War was more like a John Ford western than many John Ford westerns ... just look at this:
Above: From Spoils of War: the Lannister camp.
Above: From Ford's Cheyenne Autumn.
Sunday's Eastwatch had none of that -- until the end. That's when Jon Snow, Tormund, a freshly cured Jorah Mormont and Gendry (yep) inexplicably teamed with a jailed Beric Dondarian, Sandor Clegane and Thoros of Myr to head off beyond the wall to capture a wight. A more foolhardy expedition has never been attempted, but it returned the show to imitating westerns, because I could swear I heard the theme to The Magnificent Seven as they strode off at the end.
I reject the many in the Twitterati who drew comparisons to Suicide Squad. Thrones is a western, folks. But in this case it isn't the classic Magnificent Seven with Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen that this calls to mind -- more like the fourth sequel, The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972), starring Lee Van Cleef and Gary Busey.
We'll see if any of it stays true to the source material, Kuroswa's The Seven Samurai. Don't count on it.
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