Now that the finale has aired, I wanted to give my grievances about the final season of Game of Thrones. I love GoT so much, and that’s why it hurts to see it fail so badly, especially when it is on it’s final run. I found it difficult to write an appreciation post about the show after watching the last couple of episodes. However, I still love most of the show. The show gave us these amazing years with amazing characters, moments and actors. And it was the number one show for many years. However, it is a shame that many people forget about the amazing moments that the show brought us because of the trainwreck of a final season. My appreciation post will come later this week.
Now that the show is over and we got our ending, I wanted to talk about what I liked and hated about it. (Yes there were some great things about this season, but unfortunately, the bad is outweighing the hard work that was put into this season).
Things I Liked:
Even though some characters didn’t get the resolution they deserved or their moments were too rushed, all the actors gave it their all. Emilia Clarke should win an Emmy for this season, for the stellar performance she gave. Her best performance came this season when her character descended into madness and turned into the tyrant we feared she would be. Just look at her face just before she sacked the city. She turned from confusion to rage and her face said it all. The actors worked with what they could and they did it fabulously.
Jorah, Theon and Sandor’s deaths
These three characters had the most powerful deaths in the season. Their arcs came to satisfying conclusions and I couldn’t ask for anything more. Jorah died protecting his queen, Theon died fighting and protecting the Starks. And Sandor got his final showdown with his brother which ended in their epic ends. Each of these characters showcased satisfying ends to their character development, which wasn’t a plentiful in this season. So it was nice to these amazing characters to come to brilliant conclusions.
Say what you will about the writing of the show, but this season never failed to amaze me with the shots they gave. In episode 3, 5 and 6 of season 8, it had the best shots in the whole series. They worked their hardest for this season and it shows. This season was gorgeous to look at.
The first two episodes
The season started off strong in my opinion. I felt like, after a few slow seasons, we were starting how Game of Thrones began. The pacing was good, the characters scenes were amazing. It felt like coming home when the first episode aired. I never felt happier. I even enjoyed episode 3, even though people complained about how dark the episode was. I was fine with it. But after these first two episodes, the rest only showcased good moments instead overall good episodes.
Drogons final scene
Dany’s death scene was too rushed in my opinion. Even the impact of Jon killing Dany fell flat to me. But the scene was saved by Drogon coming and coming to the realization that his mother was dead. He has been there since the very beginning. He was raised by Dany, and we felt his pain in that scene without any dialogue. And the best moment in Game of Thrones came in this scene when Drogon destroyed the Iron Throne. The only seat of power in Westeroes and the reason this whole mess started. Drogon knew that it wasn’t Jon who killed Dany, but the power consumed from the Iron Throne. If it never existed, none of the tragedies of the show would have happened, especially Dany’s death. This scene with Drogon broke me as a viewer. And as he took Dany’s body away to grieve in solitude, it ended the Mother of Dragons perfectly. Drogon, the last dragon on earth, brother less and motherless.
Things I didn’t like
Jons character arc
We have followed Jon since season 1. He had been a main character throughout the series. And many held with baited breath when he came face-to-face with the Night King. However, that moment was taken by Arya. I loved that scene but it was meant for Jon and that shows when you see what Jon did after that. Oh wait, he did nothing after the Battle of Winterfell. All he did was tell everyone he didn’t want to be king and staying away from Dany. All he did in the end was kill Dany. It felt rushed and wrong since he did nothing throughout this last season. His character got shafted towards the end and it felt unfair.
Dany’s descent into madness
Dany is my favourite character in the series and it broke my heart to see what happened to her in this final season. Now, let me explain. I didn’t mind that she went mad. That was the most logical end for her character. I loved the scene when she burns down King’s Landing, as it shows our beloved Daenerys descend into madness. However, the showrunners gave Dany’s descent only two episodes to develop. Therefore, when you watch her burn the city to the ground, it felt unjustified and wrong. How can sweet Dany who would never burn a city, all of sudden torch it and kill millions? This is why I felt they should have done another season. So they would have the time and resources to flesh this out and not have it too rushed. I felt sad to see Dany’s character arc go that fast, as she has been pretty fleshed out throughout the series. Similar to Jon, they should have taken more care with Dany’ story arc for the final season.
Jaime Lannister and his redemption arc. Thrown out the window. Oh my god. Out of all the things wrong with this season, this pissed me off the most. Jaime left Cersei in season 7 and went to the North. All seemed to be coming to an end with his redemption arc. He separated himself from Cersei and fought for what he thought was right. He got with Brienne (finally) and it seemed he would live out his days in the North with her. But no, they had to have him go back to King’s Landing to be with Cersei. In that moment, I thought that the only way they can save this, is if he killed Cersei. But no, they died together in each others arm. So his whole redemption that started back in season 2, or 3, meant nothing. And fuck Jaime for what he did to Brienne. Tormund would have treated her right.
Overall, the season fell flat due to the writing. Everything felt too rushed and thats what I fear would happen when they announced that the final season would have only 6 episodes. They should have done 10 and another season. To do it justice, they should have had a season 9. However, I didn’t hate the season. As discussed, the season had so many good things about it to. The shots, the moment when Ayra killed the Night King, Dany’s dictator speech. So many jaw-dropping moments, just the way Game of Thrones should be. I was disappointed with how the showrunners certain characters and how many stupid stuff lead to certain points but I wont say I hated it. They were many things they got right in the show. And I felt the ending was one of them. Many were divided by the ending and I understand why. I felt the same. Bran becoming king felt out of nowhere to me and out of all the characters, he was my least favourite, especially this season. But I accept that they would be better off with Bran as king. I loved the conclusion to Sansa’s story with her as King of the North. The ending was bittersweet in the sense that when the conflict was done, the Starks are still not together. Separated by exile, duty and need for adventure, the Stark children have gone their separate ways. I neither hate or love that ending because it wasn’t what I expected but im happy with it. Seeing Dany die broke my heart, the election of Bran as king gave me hope to a new start and to see the Stark children have their own happy endings, I felt bittersweet. As Martin and the showrunners said I would feel. The final season was slightly disappointing but I didn’t hate it. I can debate about the horrible decisions the writers made, but I stand by this, Game of Thrones was one of the best tv shows out there. And I am glad to have been a long-time viewer. I think Anatomy Trope puts it better than me in his video here:
But the final season wasn’t the worst. It wasn’t the best ever. There was potential there, but it fell flat by the writing. But I still adore this tv show, and I am so sad that it ended. What did you think of the ending? And how did you feel when it was over? Id love to here all about it in the comments below.
Hope you enjoyed this blog. I shall post my Game of Thrones appreciation blog up this week. Until then, talk to you soon.