August 11, 2017
Here’s a drinking game that Tyrion Lannister could get behind.
[Caution: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 below.]
As one of our top in-house, self-diagnosed Game of Thrones addicts, I have to admit that I had been a little disappointed by the pace of Season 7. For the first time, I found my mind wandering during heavily expository episodes. That is, until…the battle. Showrunners call it “The Loot Train Battle,” but that doesn’t nearly describe just how extraordinary it was.
We’ve already covered how the incredible battle was created, but just why was it so darned satisfying?
One of our favorite video essayists, Nerdwriter, makes a strong case that it’s because almost every scene within the battle would have been comfortingly familiar to any respectable geek. In his latest work, Nerdwriter lives up to his name by proving with cinematic evidence that almost every scene within this battle was plucked from another movie—and some of the sources may surprise you.