Count me among the chorus of disappointed from last night’s penultimate episode of Game of Thrones — to be clear, you shouldn’t take anything I say here with a salt lick, much less a grain of salt. The show has never really been for me. I’ve found it at turns too cynical, too lurid, too inconsistent with itself, and in this way, I suppose the episode disappoints only in the way that it has done what it perhaps has always done. Certainly if we choose a literary criticism based on social justice it’s easy to find enough not to like: the show hasn’t expressed much love for women or people of color, and last night’s episode continues that tradition. (Anyone rolling up here to stammer, “B-but in the Middle uh Ages they–” gets Stormborned, or Stormburned? hella quick.) Certainly the show has long been in love with the Westworldian theme of violent delights have violent ends. So, in some ways, maybe last night’s episode slotted pretty well into what we’ve had, and what we’ve come to expect.
For me, the biggest challenge is the character arcs — so, as I did with Endgame, maybe it’s time to look at those a little bit. See it through that lens. Now, it’s clear that this show was always going to be a tragedy, and a tragedy in the truest theatrical sense, meaning, characters will not only be unable to surpass their flaws but will in fact Oedipally trip over their flaws in an effort to surmount them. The last couple seasons seemed to ease off the tragedy a little bit, suggesting that there might be some heroism in the outing — this is a show where the bad guys are Really, Really Bad, but have always Gotten Theirs in the end. At the same time, the show is what the show is: it is in no way out of its character that it wants to remind us that pretty much everyone here sucks in some capacity, particularly those in power (or those who want that power). But at the same time, last night’s episode fell apart for me. I was bored and bewildered through most of it? The pacing was hasty. It felt like we skipped a whole middle of a TV season to lurch drunkenly toward this moment, skipping at least a ream of character development. If you told me right now, “Oh, Chuck, it’s because you missed three episodes,” I would nod and go whew because that would make so much sense.
But so much of this felt unearned.
Anyway, let’s poke at it, see what twitches.
Oh, uh, there’s gonna be spoilers.
So let’s clear ourselves some spoiler space, this time with stuff cut from James Joyce’s Ulysses:
Suppose that communal kitchen years to come perhaps. All trotting down with porringers and tommycans to be filled. Devour contents in the street. John Howard Parnell example the provost of Trinity every mother’s son don’t talk of your provosts and provost of Trinity women and children cabmen priests parsons fieldmarshals archbishops. From Ailesbury road, Clyde road, artisans’ dwellings, north Dublin union, lord mayor in his gingerbread coach, old queen in a bathchair. My plate’s empty. After you with our incorporated drinkingcup. Like sir Philip Crampton’s fountain. Rub off the microbes with your handkerchief. Next chap rubs on a new batch with his. Father O’Flynn would make hares of them all. Have rows all the same. All for number one. Children fighting for the scrapings of the pot. Want a souppot as big as the Phoenix park. Harpooning flitches and hindquarters out of it. Hate people all round you. City Arms hotel table d’hôte she called it. Soup, joint and sweet. Never know whose thoughts you’re chewing. Then who’d wash up all the plates and forks? Might be all feeding on tabloids that time. Teeth getting worse and worse.
After all there’s a lot in that vegetarian fine flavour of things from the earth garlic of course it stinks after Italian organgrinders crisp of onions mushrooms truffles. Pain to the animal too. Pluck and draw fowl. Wretched brutes there at the cattlemarket waiting for the poleaxe to split their skulls open. Moo. Poor trembling calves. Meh. Staggering bob. Bubble and squeak. Butchers’ buckets wobbly lights. Give us that brisket off the hook. Plup. Rawhead and bloody bones. Flayed glasseyed sheep hung from their haunches, sheepsnouts bloodypapered snivelling nosejam on sawdust. Top and lashers going out. Don’t maul them pieces, young one.
And, here we go.
Daenerys — Ahh, the Dragon Lady. I don’t know what to tell you here. She’s always had a whiff of the conqueror about her. Always had a temper. Was willing to be merciless and cruel in pursuit of her inevitable goal, a goal she felt was her birthright. She coupled that with a strong White Savior vibe, and has been routinely pulled back from the brink by her advisors. At the same time, this is a character who has been set up (I feel) a little bit to be the hero, or at least a villain you like more than the other villains, right? Characters in this series follow her willingly, not by Plot Convenience but because arguably she earned it. But in this one —
Whew, wow, yeah, we fast-forwarded through the growth of her madness, didn’t we? She went from being a little paranoid and purity-testy to suddenly, YEAH NEVER MIND I’MMA BURN THIS WHOLE FUCKING PLACE TO THE GROUND, ESPECIALLY THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN. Which feels cynical and lurid in a way that bypasses character development? Like, okay, there came that moment where the Red Keep army (or whoever the fuck they were) dropped their swords? And then tension over the bells and the bells ring and whew, yay, it’s over. I’d get her still just roasty-toasting the fuck out of that army. “You surrendered? Nah.” And Jon would be like, “But-but-but they surrendered, this is not honorable, woe.” Or some shit. Because Jon Snow knows nothing.
And I’d get her still going apeshit to burn down that Red Keep down to try to melt Cersei’s bones as revenge for Missandei. But what she does instead is just, I dunno. Ladies be cray? Is that the idea? It felt like the writers just really wanted to burn the city, so they were gonna burn the city — and it’s here where the characters feel like a pawn not in their own game, but rather, for the game of the show’s creators. “AND THEN SHE BURNS THE WHOLE CITY.” “But why?” “BECAUSE SHE BURNS THE WHOLE CITY.” “But that’s not a reason.” “SHE DOES IT BECAUSE IT’S COOL AND GROSS AND LADIES ARE CRAY, AM I RIGHT.” “Oh.”
Give us maybe another three episodes of her going mad, and we buy the Mad Queen.
Without that, not so much. Though again, from a tragedy standpoint, I suppose it tracks — she took the long road around being a Targaryen only to find herself back at being a Targaryen. Just know that someone who wanted that tragic turn could’ve made it work if they really, really wanted to.
Cersei — Another character just waylaid by… I dunno what. Mowed down by the plot, I guess. She’s probably dead. Maybe not — we didn’t see a body. But she’s reduced in this season and this episode to mostly being a pawn to men. We get no sense of who she is as a ruler (aka, the most interesting part). We get no sense of what the people think about her. Or what her acts were. And that’s unusual for a show that has been occasionally pretty granular as to how it treats these characters. It’s mostly just to stand there and have a smug, cold half-a-smile as she denies reality and then it’s over. She escapes, weeping, until Jamie comes to save her, and by save her, I mean, drag her to her death.
If you really wanted to tie a bow on their relationship and their lives — like, in the tragic sense — you have them both have to jump out a window to commit suicide. That’s the way, I think, because it would be the long lash of the whip biting them on the chin — the whip they cracked when Bran caught them Incestually Canoodling and they tossed his ass out a window. Maybe there’s something poetic in having a city fall on her, but it didn’t feel that way to me. It felt like it had no rhyme to it, no echo. That’s what I think storytellers are best at (and like the books or not, something it feels like GRRM is better at, as a storyteller): setting up these important echoes. Chekhov’s Gun is never about the gun — it’s about that the things you set up in act one are not random. The snake eventually bites its own tail. The echo goes down the cave and back. This felt like a snake without a tail at all.
Cersei’s one of the most manipulative, canny, cunning survivors. So it’ll be sad if this how she goes. Even if she remains alive it was hard to watch this vicious scorpion of a woman — smart, capable, the coldest of blood — to be reduced to someone who understands nothing of what has been wrought. Her end as seen so far is this:
She stares out the window until it’s over and time to go, and then she goes, and then she’s gone.
Jaime — I mean, I guess? Again if you’re really, really married to mining the raw tragedy in the truest sense, then his job is to be in thrall to Cersei and to die for her, or with her. I don’t know that this matches every beat they’ve given him over the last several seasons, and it cynically again suggests that his character growth was more an illusion, but it’s a statement. Not one I like, but again, I don’t know if this show has always been for me? I’ve railed at it as often as I’ve not. I watch it mostly to participate in the pop culture curiosity of it, and to unpack it from a storyteller’s POV. I am aware I might be the person who wants a dog but buys a duck and then is like, “BUT WHY THIS NOT DOG?”
Tyrion — was he always this stupid? And inconsistent? It feels like we rooted for him and the show has told us again and again how smart he is but this whole season he’s been a daft wanker. Maybe that’s his tragic arc but I don’t see it. Wouldn’t the tragic arc be him becoming like his father? Or him sodding off and being drunk again? Maybe they’ll go that way yet. We’ve one more episode, after all.
Jon — well at least Jon is consistent as hell. His character beats consist of, “Is there a battle? Then I will wander around it, mostly confused as the battle passes me by, and I will have no impact upon it.” I think Jon’s actually just a ghost? His inability to impact his surroundings is legendary. But, don’t worry, he’ll fail upwards, the Electable Man instead of the Crazy Emotional Lady Who Is Probably On Her Dragon Period Or Something. I swear to hell if the show elevates him over Sansa, I’ll — well, I’ll not be the least bit surprised but I will be very disappointed. (Actually, that’s probably the theme of what I feel over this episode: “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.”)
Varys — was he always this stupid, too? Well, now he’s dead, oh well, the end.
Arya — maybe the only character beat of the night I cared much about, though perhaps one a little torturous in its exectuion. . A character who had a list and was sticking to it to suddenly bail on that list? It’s a marked development, and one that suggests she isn’t going to get caught in the Tragic Cycle. Though apparently one that will also try to trample her, literally, for that decision.
Clegane — I suppose it’s always been leading to this, but for some reason I found it kinda boring? Like, oh, he’s gonna fight his undead-who-gives-a-fuck brother now? Cool, sure. Oh, it’s going to take like, 15 minutes? All right. Oh, I see, they fell into fire, I get it, okay. It works on paper, but for some reason I found it really weirdly unsatisfying? Like, that’s it, huh? His tragic circle is closed, but meh?
Euron — Euron is a half-ass Ramsey Snow, an over-photocopied blueprint of the the model of men on the show who are just brutal dick-focused sadists in power. His arc was less an arc and more a hole in the ground: there was no character there, nobody to care about except as a guy you want to see dead, and now he’s dead. Yay, I guess. The fight scene was kinda sad, the result not particularly satisfying, though I can’t say it was necessarily narratively inappropriate? It just didn’t do much for me. Bye, Euron, you sea-brined fuck-bag.
The Night-King — ha ha remember that guy, remember how the show was all like WINTER IS COMING for eight seasons and then winter came and Arya teleported out of the darkness and stabbed winter and now that shit is over I guess?
Is that it? I think that’s it. I’m probably missing something. Mostly I watched last night’s episode through narrowed eyes — again, not mad, just disappointed. Like, really? Really. Okay? Okay. That? This? Huh. Hnh. Ultimately it’s ending up a show that has perhaps misread a cultural moment, and it’s mostly just giving us more of what we already know: dumb men failing upward, the fear of foreign interlopers, the unelectable madness of women. But even if you don’t care about that stuff, it’s hard (for me) to see how this is narratively satisfying in what ended up a clumsily-paced sloppy sprint toward the end. Like watching a drunk prune a Bonsai tree.
(BTW, I’m sure there will be like, four or five YouTube videos from a handful of clown-dicks about how I’m being disrespectful to the story or that my take on this is proof that I can’t write, so really, let me just say again: I’m not super-invested in this show, it’s not really for me, you shouldn’t take anything I say here particularly seriously. This is very, very YMMV. It’s just, from my storyteller perspective, the shit just didn’t hang together.)
33 responses to “Have You Ever Heard The Tragedy Of Darth Daenerys The Wise?”
My comment after was, really? Just a grab bag of “you won’t believe what happens next!” moments? It feels like really bad writing of the “I don’t know how to draw this all to a conclusion so I’m just going to crank up the shock and awe” variety. I think it says something that literally every writer I know spent the immediate aftermath outlining a better episode we could have written instead. Good plots are the result of choices made by consistent characters, not just a sequence of events, and this felt very much like the characters being shoehorned into actions that made something less than sense in order to service the goal of portraying a spectacular sequence of events.
I have a pet theory on how it ends, as does everyone, and it’s an ending I’m fine with, but I will feel like the way they got all the pieces on the board into position to support it – if it’s what happens – was artless and clumsy.
Your take on Euron is pure joy. A fucking hole in the ground….cheers, mate.
I think this season is what happens when you try to close out too many story lines in too few episodes.
I don’t buy Dany’s descent into madness for the very reasons you state: there’s nothing we’ve seen that lets it make sense. It’s too compacted in a small time frame. I get that she feels betrayed by people she’s trusted, but had she thought to listen to them, a lot would have worked out differently. She learned from her experiences, and that ability has been negated this season.
Cersei has always seemed like a true tragic figure – a forbidden love, tactical brilliance which will always be muted by the idiot older men in power, a warped sense of justice. But she’s become a parody. They really don’t know how to write women.
Or some of the men, either. I loved Tyrion when he was a sharp, articulate badass. Now he’s just wimpy.
Definitely wrapping too much in too few episodes.
On Danys, though, I felt the opposite, that the lesson she learned from the betrayals was to not to listen to or trust anyone from Westeros. It seems to me, in hindsight, if they had attacked like she initially wanted, we now see the city would’ve surrendered quickly and she would still have all her dragons. It was still a quick jump, but I can see where she wanted to burn it all out.
On Cersei, I agree with your point and in fact it makes me realize, her character became a mess once her father was dead, the one non-idiot man she looked up to. Maybe that fits a puzzle piece somehow.
Still, overall loved the show and I look forward to the FFx8 they do next week to wrap it all up. lol
They seem to be rushing the ending. Timing is all screwy.
I love how you speak your mind, Chuck, and do it with pizzazz. I didn’t feel the same as you regarding every GOT character in last night’s second-to-last episode, but I totally see your point in regards to character arcs. What I want to know is why no one stopped her madness. I kept waiting for one of the big boys or girls to find a mega-arrow-thing still intact and shoot her ass out of the sky. What I really wanted to see was the dragon refuse to kill all those innocent people. Apparently they were extinct for good reason.
Anyway, thanks for sharing. 🙂
I think you’re feeling we’re missing three episodes is on the money. So much of this season and last was rushed, nothing was set up right, they needed more time to lay things our and they didn’t have it. They especially seem to have had a problem with not knowing what to do with important characters. Rickon, Littlefinger, the Night King (who was supposed to be half the friggin’ plot), Cersei, Jaime– they didn’t know how to resolve their stories, so they just killed them off in the most expedient fashion possible. Tying up epic storylines like this is always hard, but its like the showrunners lost interest over the last two seasons and didn’t have the time do it right, anyway. Personally, I’m resigned to the show’s ending being way less than it should or could have been, even though I still want to see how it all works out for certain characters.
‘Your’, not ‘you’re’…how mortifying….
Perfect summation of some sloppy ass writing. I can’t remember when I’ve been so hyped for something and been so continually disappointed as I have this entire season. It’s a tragedy alright…
Yep you nailed it. For me anyway. The character arcs are all wrong and I feel like I came around over 8 years to believe in Jaime and you did WHAT?? It just felt like it made no sense and was all in service to the ending they want to get to. Not to the characters. We had a room full of people just going, huh.
I’m not even watching and I want to change things. Like… maybe when Daenerys is on the dragon, she starts to channel his rage and desire to burn. Then, when she’s separated from her dragon, she looks at horror at what she hath wrought and realizes she needs to kill the dragons if she’s going to be the just-ruler that the people deserve.
And I could see Jaime coming to save Cersei, but then, them arguing and him just looking at her, and you see his devotion just… break. Maybe him saying something about their unborn child and a note in her voice that makes him realize it’s not real. And he walks away.
Plus, I thought the deal with ‘winter is coming’ is yes, the undead. But also, literally, 3-5 years of it being too cold for crops to grow, so near starvation.
YES! The ease of ending that massive winter that was coming for seven seasons (and oh how tragic that winter was going to be) was a hard pill for me to swallow. There was so much left unsaid and unexplored regarding the Night King and his actual plans and aspirations, his history, etc. I was glad it was Arya who took him out because I couldn’t see any other way they’d get through the Battle of Winterfell and no one wants to see all their favorite characters die, but I was disappointed because a part of me believed way more people were going to perish in that battle, possibly even all the people, and it’d be a march of corpses down to King’s Landing to put Cersei in her grave. I would have been sad, of course, but it would have been more realistic. It would have been a truly poetic statement to end all poetic statements: THIS SYSTEM IS CORRUPT and the only way to purge the corruption is a complete reboot, but the cycle continues with each of these people believing their way is the only way and everyone who opposes them can die in a fire.
When I read that GRRM said they could have carried out several more seasons of the show, I didn’t want to agree with him because it sounded like he was trying to buy himself more time to finish the books he’s not been finishing, but these last few episodes have felt incredibly anticlimactic and rushed. I went into this series as an unapologetic fan of the books, already expecting things would be different, but as the seasons progressed and began surpassing the established canon of the story, I thought at least maybe I’d get some of the closure I feared I might never get from the unwritten books I’ve been waiting nearly a decade to read. Maybe I’m just disappointed the closure wasn’t what I expected, but I am definitely struggling with how poorly the women and the overall plot have been treated, especially in this last season. The take away message feels like: Women can’t handle power because they let their emotions get in the way to the detriment of all; a message like that is definitely not okay.
I agree this season feels rushed. I guess because they don’t have the books to follow? They want to just end the show? I don’t know but it IS unsatisfying.
*SPOILER ALERT GOT*
(For the good of Westeros, cover your eyes, jam your fingers into your ears and yell “LA LA LA LA LA LA LA…”)
They should have saved the Night King for the very end and made him far more challenging to defeat. Perhaps Cersei should have been an uneasy, untrusftul ally against the Night King until the true threat to Westeros was defeated and then secondary chaos among the survivors would begin…and who would still be strong enough to win and hold the Iron Throne after the ravages of winter when everyone’s weapons and supplies and armies are much smaller and more battered? What f-ed up alliances would form when all of their carefully laid plans and relationships had been shot to hell by the Night King? Now that would have been interesting to watch. Additionally, those against the Night King should have failed a few times in trying to defeat him and his undead army, to crank up the tension. Instead, poof! It was all over in one episode and I felt robbed.
On a darker note, I was also still rooting for the Night King to win because I was so annoyed by most of the other characters in GOT and I was thinking, “oh thank goodness here’s someone who can put an end to my viewing misery”. I stopped watching a few years ago when the dragons didn’t decide humans were stupid and tasty. I was really hoping the dragons would start eating everyone and their drama on GOT, but alas. Now I’m rooting for a dragon on the Irone Throne, and I’m not talking the Targaryens. Also sorta just watching GOT here from the sidelines, unimpressed, and thinking of starting up a Society Against Dragon Trafficking And Cruelty. Although the best revenge is in the re-write of this entire television saga, renaming all the characters and places and creating a new world, transforming it into the story it should have been and then selling it to everyone once they realize how empty they feel when GOT is done and they start looking for their next story fix. Someone’s future audience has been primed, muahaha, muahahaha! MUAHAHAHAHA!!
Curious about the books however…perhaps they will be different.
The popularity of certain shows, books and movies make me wonder about my own sense of story. Because I am one of the few and proud who have not been bewitched by GOT’s thrall, are my instincts about what makes a good story on the wrong track? I suppose only time and experience will tell, but there are so many things that get picked up by popular culture that I can’t stand it makes me concerned and a bit exasperated. Don’t get me wrong, there were many good things about GOT, many things that were well done, but the things they did forget leave me disenchanted.
You may stop LA LA LA LAing now.
It is my understanding that the showrunners had carte blanche on time and could have done as many episodes to get to the end as it might take, but they were obviously done with this show and wanted to move on as fast as possible. You are on the money with all your takes on this. It has been a roller coaster of disappointments and the occasional great moment. Mostly the former.
I am disappoint.
I think it’s important to remember that the series is fanfic – and pretty terrible fanfic at best. The books are canon 🙂
Love reading your thoughts Chuck,
I mostly agree with your assessment, disagree on a few points.
Almost everything, especially:
Timeline is forced. Characters must have a freaking teleporter to get between scenes so fast. I am lost on this because they could have easily turned this season into two. They claimed they wanted to produce quality, and weren’t willing to drag it out *cough… TWD* for profits sake. This got me excited because I was expecting quality…. This isn’t it.
My favorite character Tyrion, made me so angry I threw everything within arms reach of the couch onto the floor. I looked at my husband, he blinked, then launched himself to the floor. How did Tyrion go from being witty, smart, cunning and clever to being annoying, whiny, stupid, and pathetic?
I liked Euron. Meaning, I found him entertaining. I like my villains a little batshit crazy.
I liked Clegane Bowl.
My sentiments exactly, Chuck. That’s why I stopped watching midway through the first season.
I don’t watch the show, but I enjoy marinating in the reactions. One thing I saw repeated several times last night was “I have never seen this many storytellers agree on something.”
This take falls in-line with everything else I’ve seen. It seems the show writers thought the point was to deviate at all costs, rather than deliver a cohesive and compelling story.
The whips, Chuck, the whips! The terrible, burning whips driving every character off the cliffs of “Oh, you know what would look cool?”
I have nothing to add, except: Oh! So, if a person (say, a super-deadly assassin dedicated to the Faceless God of Murderness) has done the whole “I’m digging two graves cause I’m down with revenge and that’s the name of that tune” bit, then all you have to do is grab them gently by the back of the head and they suddenly care about living? Who knew it was so easy! If only Brienne or someone equally tall had cared enough about Sandor to save his life…
They’ve been going downhill in pacing and character arcs since they left the events of the published books. I’ve taken the last few seasons as essentially outlines of the books that GRRM will eventually produce. I think he’ll hit some of the same major tentpole events, but that the path to get there will be much more detailed, giving us things like those three extra episodes of Dany getting progressively more mad-leaning before releasing the capricious cruelty we’ve seen her provoked into before.
Yes! This! You said everything I’ve been screaming at the TV since this season premiered. Ugh.
I am a huge fan of both the books and the show, and I largely felt the same as you. I had no problem with Dany using dragon-fire to fight the battle, despite the high potential for collateral damage and innocents dying, because we’ve seen it before. But her going off the deep end and intentionally torching innocents was not setup well at all. It also seemed weird to me that the show had this huge focus on the bells, but Jaime never reaches Cersei in time to tell her about the bells.
Totally agree. The woman who stopped the Dothraki raping and pillaging now sets them loose to rape and pillage? Blah. Plus, tactically it made no sense. Just go straight for the Red Keep. Oh, and the dragon was suddenly way OP.
The Night King was cheated. The story behind with the White Walkers, and the threat they represent. The NK finally (seriously, it took him long enough to reach Bran) reaches his target (?? dunno, WAS Bran his target all along? And why?) and all that happened was they looked at each other for half a beat and then Arya stabs the NK. And that’s it, folks! Major plot thread over. Whew! Major disappoinment!
*the story BEGAN with the White Walkers* Damned autocorrect!
Thank you for such a thoughtful examination of why this episode (and this season, honestly) was so rage-inducing and disappointing. I’ve shared your article with my friends and family who are equally as disenchanted with how the series is developing.
I just read this Twitter thread about plotting vs pantsing and how that may explain why we, as an audience, are so annoyed by what’s happening to the show. It’s an interesting take and I’m curious if/how it resonates with you: https://cheezburger.com/8365317/twitter-user-explains-why-game-of-thrones-season-8-is-so-different
I agree with you, this last episode was extremely disappointing. So was the episode before it. I think the problem is George R.R. Martin hasn’t written this part into book form yet, so HBO was doing it on their own and they lack the depth and artistic vision to pull it off. Yes, there were lots of cool violent images, but shallow and unsatisfying story telling. Maybe it’s for the best – I’m not mourning the end of the series anymore.
After the episode Sunday night, I was more than disappointed. I went to bed and couldn’t sleep. Something was eating at me. I mean, it’s a damn television show. So, meh. Who cares? But it continued to bother me all day Monday until I finally realized why. A character who is loved by so many mass murdered people, innocent people, and without justification. While it was meant to shock and horrify its audience, and it did to some degree, there were times when the “tragic” did not work. The visuals were exciting and beautiful and in the back of my mind I caught myself thinking, “Screw you Kings Landing, with your brothels and immorality, cheering for Ned Stark’s head. You deserve this.” Awful to admit, I know.
But, I had such high hopes that Dany would do the right thing, the princess who was promised, the breaker of chains. So many others felt that way, too. In an extremely short period of time, with weak narrative support, she was burning people alive. Isn’t that a dangerous thought? That if you love a character who suddenly becomes evil, your mind will find a way to justify the horrific. We had no time or space to process such an abrupt change and adjust our expectations for her arc. So, when she makes that leap, it’s easy to imagine some of her fans thinking, “yeah, burn them all!”
I reckon GRRM delayed writing the last books until this season is done, and now he’ll dig down and finish the story his way.
WINTER IS COMING! It, um, came? it went? I missed it? There was just one meaninful frosty glare from the dead king who brought it, and then there was a knife in the ribs and that… released… spring? Summer? Does dragonfire count as globabl warming…? I’m sorry, after all the buildup to the Night King conflict… it fell flat (even without the chaos of that largely unseen-roiling-in-the-dark-and-shadows battle). And it fell flat too early And then we were left with the iron Throne conflict which suddenly seemed… oddly trivial… and Cersei was tha big bad remaining… and then rocks fall, everybody dies. I cannot begin – from the storytelling perspective – to tell you how much was wasted here how carelessly. I may or may not watch the last episode.
Agree so much! The thing I find uneven is Jon Snow being brought back from the dead. That’s such a huge, magical story point that doesn’t feel deserved on the current narrative arc. Yes he turned out to be the heir to the throne, but he hasn’t really DONE anything. He didn’t kill the Night King and hasn’t been the main driver of any battles. Perhaps the point is for him to kill Daenerys and become king, but it feels like they skipped a prophecy somewhere and his character arc needs that extra weight for it all to balance out and feel justified.
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