No More Binging: The End of Game of Thrones
When HBO announced the showing of Game of Thrones, I wasn’t exactly thrilled that it was a historical fantasy drama. I’m more of a sci-fi and action person. But because Sean Bean was there (I called him “Boromir” throughout Season 1), I got curious and started watching the show. You know, to know if he gets killed off — because he gets killed off in almost any movie he’s in.
And yeah, he got beheaded by the end of Season 1. Who does that to their main character? Only Game of Thrones.
To be honest, I haven’t caught up with the books so when the show started, I was all too green. Hubby just fed me with details here and there as the series progressed. Slowly, I got hooked because of the stories of the main characters: the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and Targaryens. Then there were the dragons, Dothraki, the Red Woman, and the prophecies. Also the Tyrells (top of my list are Olenna and my girl-crush Margaery) and the scheming Littlefinger and the Spider. And the Night King. And wildfire. And basically everything else. Oh, and Ser Pounce.
I watched how all these characters developed their storylines and how these intertwined with the others’. Besides the magic, there was the political game to watch out for. The series was pretty intricate that I wanted to see how this all ends.
And end it did.
Monday morning (here in the Philippines, since Game of Thrones is shown Sunday nights US-time) of May 20, I got a chance to attend a private live screening of the show sponsored by SKYCable. Select members of the audience trooped to Dolphy Theater to see how Daenerys, Jon Snow/Aegon, Tyrion, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and the rest of the living characters fare in the final episode of the final season.
My thoughts on the Game of Thrones finale?
I’m saying this as a fan of the show since S01E01: I was underwhelmed. First things first:
1. Whether we call it foreshadowing or character development, Dany’s turn was expected. The problem was that it felt rushed. Showrunners cramped the final season to just 6 episodes that it didn’t allow everything to flesh out smoothly. If we’re not looking back to the past seasons, you’d think that Dany snapped only because of the most immediate occurrences, namely Rhaegal’s and Missandei’s deaths. But we’ve seen her brand of mercy and justice way back so we know this was bound to happen. Still, I can’t help but feel that if we had more episodes, we’d understand more of why that turn happened.
2. Who is Azor Ahai, the wielder of Lightbringer? Is it really Jon Snow as theorized because he killed Daenerys who was going to turn the world dark because of how she may reign? Or was it Arya Stark because she killed the Night King who was set out to kill all living creatures? Unfortunately, this prophecy was not exactly realized even as the end credits rolled. Wazzup, R’hllor? Where’s our Prince/Princess (depending on the translation, says the other Red Woman seasons ago) who was promised?
3. Quaithe’s prophecy of Daenerys to beware the “pale mare” and “the others that follow.” Remember that from when Dany was in Qarth? Then at the end of Episode 5, there’s a white horse that had quite a time on screen with Arya. Who, incidentally, was to shut brown, blue, and GREEN eyes. But did that happen as was teased? Well.
4. Bran the Broken is made king of the Six Kingdoms (because Sansa doesn’t want to bend the knee even if it was her brother, but that’s another story). And he tells Tyrion, “Why do you think I came all this way?” Like, dude, YOU KNEW?! You let all the crazy stuff happen and watch on the sidelines so you can become king? Seriously, I’m hating on you because you brought this tragedy over Westeros and — I just can’t. Exhale. Bran the Master Manipulator. There, I said it.
I’m cool with Jon killing Dany (too much if it were Arya, she already had her big kill), Drogon melting the Iron Throne (“Mommy doesn’t get to sit, no one will!”) the great council in the Dragonpit, King Bran the Broken’s small council banter, and the Stark kids’ fates. Okay, except for Bran.
But I had problems with unfulfilled prophecies and the six-episodes-only deal that made the ending feel too rushed.
One thing I can say, though, is that Peter Dinklage better get another Emmy for his work this season.
I’m no great writer but this kind of ending felt like a dud me.
But I’m still grateful that a show like Game of Thrones was made. The impact it has made on me and a lot of viewers starting almost a decade ago has been quite big. It’s surely going to be hard to fill in that void.
For the rollercoaster ride (and the awesome soundtrack thanks to Ramin Djawadi), thank you, Game of Thrones!