WC: Game of Thrones’ fifth season had some pretty glaring problems, but the biggest ones can’t even be blamed on the underwhelming source material. No, there were plenty of issues these showrunners created all on their own.
Some disappointments with the season were inevitable, as books four and five were easily the weakest in the series. After the extreme highs of the Battle of the Wall and Tywin’s death, it suddenly felt like George R.R. Martin had run out of steam. In these novels, a bunch of storylines go absolutely nowhere, and many of Martin’s new characters are just flat out boring. Then things end just as the action is getting started. The books were truly a slog, a massive step down from the original three.