To this day I still get annoyed by the Game of Thrones finale. Actually, the final season as a whole despite having some good moments, was just a car crash to me. Up till the beginning of Season 8, the final season of the show, I think Game of Thrones was my favourite TV show/Film, anything of all time. That’s not me saying Season 7 didn’t have issues, just not enough for me to abandon all hope. I really did love Thrones that much, and the ending was so rushed and poorly structured that it tainted my love of the show.
Most Game of Thrones fans think things began to go wrong for the show once it moved past the books the show was based on. Going by the timeline for the books, those still have not resolved what happens after Jon Snow was killed. ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ books also have a ton of other plot lines which were kept out of Game of Thrones to make it simpler.
Despite what some other fans say, I did appreciate the way the show progressed after Season 4, I was still engaged. I remained convinced that showrunners Benioff and Weiss could still craft a successful end to their show, despite going ‘off-piste’. Despite advice to the contrary from HBO and author George R.R. Martin, showrunners Benioff and Weiss insisted on finishing at the end of Season 8. I won’t even get into Jaime Lannister’s arc because frankly it’s too soon to talk about without getting tears in my eyes.
Some of the actors have definitely been willing to offer some criticism since Game of Thrones ended. This latest comes from Khaleesi herself, Daenerys Targaryen, aka Emilia Clarke. Clarke spoke to The Times recently and talked about the ending of Thrones. More specifically, she talked about the end of her own character in that final episode.
“Yeah, I felt for her. I really felt for [Daenerys] her, and yeah, was I annoyed that Jon Snow didn’t have to deal with something? He got away with murder — literally.”
I think the problem is that by the time Jon killed Daenerys, the audience, and the characters, should have understood the reasons. Daenerys’ turn to genocidal maniac was far too quick, leaving no time to breathe before Jon had killed her. It was not the end state of Game of Thrones that was the problem. It was the journey to that end state fans had an issue with.
I have the Blu-ray boxset of all eight seasons of Thrones now, yet I haven’t started a new watch of it, probably fearing that ending. Maybe eventually I’ll have come to terms with a show that was still excellent for 80-90% of its air time? Maybe?
Were you annoyed by the Game of Thrones finale, have you resolved that or are you still gutted? What do you think of Emilia Clarke’s comments on her characters end? Let us know in the usual spot below.
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SOURCE: The Times