Eight years ago the first episode of Game of Thrones aired. I had been anticipating the series for a few weeks then. I had hoped it would be a grand and successful series, but I could never imagine how big it became. During the first season I also had numerous reminders of the TV series ‘Our Friends in the North’ by the BBC from 90s due the very familiar cast. Nonetheless Game of Thrones found solid ground and kept on running but it ran out of breath this season.
So how about that final episode? I take it most of you have seen it, so there is no point in discussing the little plot details. I will just mention them if they are necessary.
There were few surprises in this episode. After the events of “The Bells” it was pretty much certain what was going to happen. That doesn’t mean the events cannot impact the viewer. It was heartbreaking to see Tyrion find his dead siblings in the rubble. As was watching Jon stab Dany to death.
Goodbye Game of Thrones
But it was the rest of the episode that made little sense. Jon and Tyrion surviving the wrath of the Unsullied should not have happened. Bram becoming king was a nice touch, but the North effectively seceding with Sansa as queen did not. I mean, if that happened why should Dorne and the Iron Borne remain part of the seven kingdoms.
The final episode had a clear focus on its characters, and it failed them a few times. On top of that the episode failed to make sense. That hurts as its fans are obsessive over every detail. But I did enjoy the final bunch of small scenes. Seeing Tyrion head the small council as Hand of the King felt satisfactory. His character is just were he ought to be.
Watching each of the remaining Starks go on their adventures felt good. Seeing Sansa become Queen of the North, Arya sail away to discover “what is west of Westeros”. And finally Jon. You want him to feel bad how it ended up with Dany, and he shows it.
Game of Thrones will be back of course. Filming has begone on the series which is presumed to be about the Long Night.