Episode 805 delivered just enough moments of fan service fun to give me the hope D&D can stick the landing. My guess is it will be Godfather III.

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

A recap of Season 8, Episode 5 and the story of how D&D (Weiss and Benioff) transformed into the “Double-D Patrol.”

Lon Shapiro
9 min readMay 18, 2019



What I learned after Episode 5

Last night I listened to a podcast about Game of Thrones that discussed the inconsistencies and poor writing in Season 8, and I heard Benioff and Weiss referred to as “Double-D.”

A light flickered on in whatever was left of my brain after watching the mind-numbingly stupid but visually brilliant destruction of King’s Landing.

The term brought me back twenty years, when my son was in middle school and he had an honors history teacher who came from a military background. Back in those less than politically correct days, that teacher asked students who had failed to do homework or study for a test if they wanted to be reassigned to the “Double D Patrol,” otherwise know as the regular classes. My son thought it was hilarious when he found out the term stood for the “Dumber than Dogshit Patrol.”

Given my mourning for what used to be the greatest show in the history of television, I say “if the epitaph fits, wear it.”

Image Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash

In Season 8, Episode 3, Benioff & Weiss decided to ignore almost every storytelling device that had been built up over 23 years of writing “A Song of Ice and Fire” (ASOIAF) and 5 seasons of Game of Thrones (GOT).

I’ll let Samuel Jackson (aka Jule Winnfeld) preach:

You took five seasons of controlling concepts, foreshadowing, symbolism, imagery, character development, prophesy, religion, tragic flaws, everything… all the way down to the muthafuckin’ essence…



Lon Shapiro

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