No-one is extremely happy, which suggests it’s an honest compromise, I suppose.”
This is how Tyrion Lannister represented the ending of Game of Thrones, unknowingly speaking for several viewers too.
After years of theorising over however the show may answer the question understood in its title, what ultimately transpired was a bittersweet mixture of story endings that felt balanced and nonetheless unusually disappointing. Destiny has been a core theme of the show, however felt absent here, like the ultimate ruler was chosen not by fate however tombola.
Scientific logic isn't one thing i actually hunt for during a show wherever individuals will provide birth to dragons, and therefore the pedantic “a raven might never have flied there that fast” issues levelled at the show season once season slightly baffled me. however character logic is another matter, and was strained heavily in season eight, that sailed straight over ‘humans will be unpredictable’ and landed firmly in ‘I have no plan who these characters even are anymore’.
Last week, we have a tendency to had to swallow Daenerys’ hearty embrace of despotism, whereas in the week it absolutely was paragon of virtue Jon Snow acting like he may genuinely think about kneeling to a queen who incinerates innocent men, ladies and kids only for kicks. There’s a version of this story wherever Daenerys is legitimately forced into scorching King’s Landing, and Jon’s dilemma becomes whether or not there there's ever a state of affairs wherever slaughter is suitable. This wasn’t it though, thus in fact he stabbed to Daenerys in the heart, caressing his queen as he did it, a tragedy ending that on a charitable day you may describe as Shakespearian.
Jon’s ensuant stand-off with Dany’s solely remaining dragon child was one in all the additional compelling components of the episode, Drogon stinting his relative and melting the Iron Throne in anger. This may need been an honest place to finish the show – the animal destroying the image of power that has proved man’s weakness time and time once more – however the showrunners had different plans
When Jaime Lannister stabbed the Mad King for worry his monarch would “burn them all”, he was named Kingslayer and celebrated for the great sense behind his betrayal. Jon, during a similar position (only his Mad Queen really did burn them all), was banished to The Wall. Isn’t history a precedent? Couldn’t one thing be worked out? is that the rightful heir to the throne and its best shot at a peaceful reign extremely visiting be denied simply to appease gray Worm and some remaining Targaryen-loyal troops?
Never mind that, the show appeared to say, as a result of after 3 weeks in a cell Tyrion’s had the good concept it ought to be Bran who rules! Why? one thing to try to to with individuals liking stories! the simplest ruler is that the best historian, apparently. The lords and ladies gathered within the Dragonpit didn’t take abundant convincing, therefore it absolutely was decided: Bran would rule although it’s not clear if he’s really human any longer, what motivates him, or if he will even have a speech that doesn’t finish in humourous however dour non-sequiturs.
The Starks’ reactions to Jon’s exile and Bran’s election were quite unexpected:
Bran (smiling): “Why does one assume I came all this way?” Boom, he was enjoying the long game!
Jon: This sucks and that i already killed the threat north of the Wall bear in mind, however hey Tormund and my dog are here, let’s retreat to to nature!
Arya: Brb visiting discover the remainder of the earth
With advanced diplomacy abandoned in favour of everybody simply obtaining out on time, Bran was put in on the throne and a who’s-who of fan favorite supporting characters became his council. we faded to black as they joked concerning redeveloping the city’s brothels and sam previewed his new book ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, solely he didn’t end up writing the issue, his contribution was entirely developing with a catchy title. What on Earth is occurring, dear viewer?
And so we closed with Jon back at the Wall. “The shield that guards the realms of men” continuously was an identity that suited Jon far better than bastard or king or heir, and it'd have been a fitting finish to his arc, if solely it appeared necessary or, higher still, if he had came back there of his own volition.
Season eight ultimately proved systematically entertaining however improbably hurried, some developments requiring a full season however solely obtaining twenty minutes of 1 episode. What pleasing show it’s been, and what silly fun dissecting it, however this final run unsuccessful its ambitions toward status TV standing into the snow.
Then again, is that actually how the story ends? The manner Drogon’s disappearance with a dead (for now?) Daenerys was left unexplained and so referenced close to the end was suspect. will anyone assume Jon can seriously pay the remainder of his days abstinent and childless at The Wall, his true identity not far-famed by the masses? one in all the final shots could are a door emphatically closing, however it felt like others were intentionally being left open here. A Game of Thrones season nine is unimaginable currently, however ten years down the road once HBO struggles to repeat the show’s unprecedented success? It’s arduous to believe they’re not banking on these question marks sticking around.