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When Tyrion and Qyburn walked out to talk, they both stopped at a very specific point, further apart than was comfortable to talk. Then, when Tyrion walked a certain distance past this point, Cersei's archers all responded and took aim, while his allies appeared shocked and concerned at the risk he was taking.

This suggests that the intention is supposed to be, that we're supposedwe (the audience) are supposed to understand that everyone is carefully standing outside of the other side's range. Then, Cersei's archers responded to Tyrion dangerously walking within range, giving Cersei the option of quickly killing him if she gave the order, which she chose not to (many good reasons here - not least that Cersei has observed that Tyrion's squeamish good nature can be manipulated and appears to be restraining or weakening Dany's wrath).

This is what you'd expect people in such a meeting to do, and it's. It's what we saw Dany do before outside of Mereen, where they all stood just outside of the range of Mereen's archers:

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But they're not out of range??!

That appears to be the intention. Of course it doesn't come across that way - and people are therefore asking questions like this - because they appear to be far, far closer than they werewhat we've seen before:

  • Much closer than they were to the walls of Mereen, which was nearly within archer range, so this should be within archer range
  • Much, much closer than Euron's ship-mounted scorpions / ballistae were when they took down a dragon then blasted chunks out of the sides of ships - so this should be easily within range for these.

How do we explain this inconsistency?

How do we explain this inconsistency? Probably the same way we explain the presence of a modern coffee cup on a table - a mistake in a big, complex season where different episodes are directed by different people, different scenes are worked on by different teams at different times, and the scale has got so big, attention to detail has (presumably) started to slip.

One possibility is, the producers wanted Dany and Grey Worm to be clearly close enough to hear Missandei's last words and see what happens to her - and they felt it to be a worthwhile tradeoff, to sacrifice some consistency for a very powerful end-of-episode kick.

I don't know what I'd have done in their shoes, but I can imagine that if they'd had the distance similar to the earlier Mereen scene, we'd get questions like "How did Dany hear what Missandei said?" and "How did they know the prisoner was really Missandei?", with comments like "Plot megaphone and plot binoculars. Terrible writing".


(I'm not going to try to defend the inconsistency of the scorpion ballista things being overpowered, devastating long-range howitzers when mounted on a ship, but shorter range than an archer when not mounted on a ship, in the same episode... I can only guess that was a case of the director not managing the CGI team closely enough and letting them get carried away on the dragon-felling scene)

When Tyrion and Qyburn walked out to talk, they both stopped at a very specific point, further apart than was comfortable to talk. Then, when Tyrion walked a certain distance past this point, Cersei's archers all responded and took aim, while his allies appeared shocked and concerned at the risk he was taking.

This suggests that the intention is supposed to be, that we're supposed to understand that everyone is carefully standing outside of the other side's range. Then, Cersei's archers responded to Tyrion dangerously walking within range, giving Cersei the option of quickly killing him if she gave the order, which she chose not to (many good reasons here - not least that Cersei has observed that Tyrion's squeamish good nature can be manipulated and appears to be restraining or weakening Dany's wrath).

This is what you'd expect people in such a meeting to do, and it's what we saw Dany do before outside of Mereen, where they all stood just outside of the range of Mereen's archers:

enter image description here

That appears to be the intention. Of course it doesn't come across that way - and people are therefore asking questions like this - because they appear to be far, far closer than they were before:

  • Much closer than they were to the walls of Mereen, which was nearly within archer range, so this should be within archer range
  • Much, much closer than Euron's ship-mounted scorpions / ballistae were when they took down a dragon then blasted chunks out of the sides of ships - so this should be easily within range for these.

How do we explain this inconsistency? Probably the same way we explain the presence of a modern coffee cup on a table - a mistake in a big, complex season where different episodes are directed by different people, different scenes are worked on by different teams at different times, and the scale has got so big, attention to detail has (presumably) started to slip.

When Tyrion and Qyburn walked out to talk, they both stopped at a very specific point, further apart than was comfortable to talk. Then, when Tyrion walked a certain distance past this point, Cersei's archers all responded and took aim, while his allies appeared shocked and concerned at the risk he was taking.

This suggests that the intention is supposed to be, that we (the audience) are supposed to understand that everyone is carefully standing outside of the other side's range. Then, Cersei's archers responded to Tyrion dangerously walking within range, giving Cersei the option of quickly killing him if she gave the order, which she chose not to (many good reasons here - not least that Cersei has observed that Tyrion's squeamish good nature can be manipulated and appears to be restraining or weakening Dany's wrath).

This is what you'd expect people in such a meeting to do. It's what we saw Dany do before outside of Mereen, where they all stood just outside of the range of Mereen's archers:

enter image description here

But they're not out of range??!

Of course it doesn't come across that way - and people are therefore asking questions like this - because they appear to be far, far closer than what we've seen before:

  • Much closer than they were to the walls of Mereen, which was nearly within archer range, so this should be within archer range
  • Much, much closer than Euron's ship-mounted scorpions / ballistae were when they took down a dragon then blasted chunks out of the sides of ships - so this should be easily within range for these.

How do we explain this inconsistency?

Probably the same way we explain the presence of a modern coffee cup on a table - a mistake in a big, complex season where different episodes are directed by different people, different scenes are worked on by different teams at different times, and the scale has got so big, attention to detail has (presumably) started to slip.

One possibility is, the producers wanted Dany and Grey Worm to be clearly close enough to hear Missandei's last words and see what happens to her - and they felt it to be a worthwhile tradeoff, to sacrifice some consistency for a very powerful end-of-episode kick.

I don't know what I'd have done in their shoes, but I can imagine that if they'd had the distance similar to the earlier Mereen scene, we'd get questions like "How did Dany hear what Missandei said?" and "How did they know the prisoner was really Missandei?", with comments like "Plot megaphone and plot binoculars. Terrible writing".


(I'm not going to try to defend the inconsistency of the scorpion ballista things being overpowered, devastating long-range howitzers when mounted on a ship, but shorter range than an archer when not mounted on a ship, in the same episode... I can only guess that was a case of the director not managing the CGI team closely enough and letting them get carried away on the dragon-felling scene)

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When Tyrion and Qyburn walked out to talk, they both stopped at a very specific point, further apart than was comfortable to talk. Then, when Tyrion walked a certain distance past this point, Cersei's archers all responded and took aim, while his allies appeared shocked and concerned at the risk he was taking.

This suggests that the intention is supposed to be, that we're supposed to understand that everyone is carefully standing outside of the other side's range. Then, Cersei's archers responded to Tyrion dangerously walking within range, giving Cersei the option of quickly killing him if she gave the order, which she chose not to (many good reasons here - not least that Cersei has observed that Tyrion's squeamish good nature can be manipulated and appears to be restraining or weakening Dany's wrath).

This is what you'd expect people in such a meeting to do, and it's what we saw Dany do before outside of Mereen, where they all stood just outside of the range of Mereen's archers:

enter image description here

That appears to be the intention. Of course it doesn't come across that way - and people are therefore asking questions like this - because they appear to be far, far closer than they were before:

  • Much closer than they were to the walls of Mereen, which was nearly within archer range, so this should be within archer range
  • Much, much closer than Euron's ship-mounted scorpions / ballistae were when they took down a dragon then blasted chunks out of the sides of ships - so this should be easily within range for these.

How do we explain this inconsistency? Probably the same way we explain the presence of a modern coffee cup on a table - a mistake in a big, complex season where different episodes are directed by different people, different scenes are worked on by different teams at different times, and the scale has got so big, attention to detail has (presumably) started to slip.