“Game of Thrones” episode 9 can be can only be described as epic with the two great battles in Mereen and Winterfell going down as two of the show’s greatest. But how much of the episode was borrowed from equally famous movies?
The “Battle of the Bastards” perfectly executed the gruesome and brutal reality of war. Epic, yes. Original…Not quite.
While the battle might have been shocking to viewers especially to those new to the violence in “Game of Thrones,” what is more surprising is the borrowed concepts from famous films.
Several scenes from the episode give off that strange nagging feeling of Déjà vu that is too strong to simply shrug off.
First off is Rickon Stark’s death scene. Even though it highlighted Ramsay Bolton’s sadistic personality, it also bears a striking resemblance to a scene from Apocalypto. Jaguar Paw was also in the same situation, forced to run to safety while at the same time serving as a target for spears and arrows and just as safety was within reach, he is brought down by an arrow.
And Rickon’s death was not the only one.
“Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”
Further into “Battle of the Bastards,” as Jon Snow charged the Bolton lines, he was unhorsed. As the Bolton cavalry charged, he draws Longclaw and prepares to meet the overwhelming force.
If it seemed too familiar, this is probably because it has a glaring similarity with the scene where Aragorn stands firm in the face of the Orc’s charge in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.
While both are adaptations of medieval fantasy novels, to borrow scenes from another seems to contradict the notion of the show’s uniqueness.
“Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
Speaking of uniqueness, how about the arrival of the Knights of the Vale? Just as the Stark forces was on the brink of annihilation at the hands of an overwhelming army they ride in to save the day, that should be unique for “Game of Thrones” right?
Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. As the elves and humans are about to be crushed by the massive army of Orcs, Gandalf arrives with reinforcements and charges the stunned Orcs and thus saving the day.
While there is no doubt that “Game of Thrones” is beyond compare in terms of story, the similarities between episode 9’s scenes with those from famous movies are something worth noting.
While it could just have been mere coincidence, it is something the show should avoid in future episodes or risk being branded as unoriginal.