Within the Game of Thrones fandom, the term “plot armor” has popped up a time or two in discussions surrounding some of the less positively received action sequences of recent seasons. But is plot armor really the problem? In this video essay I take a look at scenes from Game of Thrones as well as Black Sails and Hemlock Grove to try to get at the heart of what makes an action sequence work … and the role plot armor plays (or doesn’t play) therein.
What do you think? And what are your favorite action sequences from television (Game of Thrones or otherwise)? Let us know below.