The usual disclaimer — if you’re trying to avoid spoilers, do not click through. Also, for non-fans, maybe don’t bother to comment if you only plan to announce that you didn’t watch the show and don’t care what happened? No one cares that you don’t care! Besides, this is an open thread for all topics, not just GoT, so maybe bring up another subject that you do care about instead? Otherwise, please proceed…
First up, let’s acknowledge that valued commenter Lee pretty much nailed it yesterday afternoon in the GoT finale speculation thread:
May 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm
My Predictions (updated from a week or so ago):
Jon kills Dany
Jon splits (ala Master Aemon). Heads…north to Tormund?
Arya splits. Heads…to parts unknown?
Sansa Warden of the North and Lady of Winterfell (that she detested at the beginning of the story).
Brann mmmmm Iron Throne (why not).
Whoa! Well done, lee! Are you sure you’re not a cast or production crew member?
Now, onto the episode itself. Here’s a clip from the finale that illustrates how the cinematography outpaced the writing so often in Game of Thrones — particularly in the final season:
That said, I was okay with the finale. I was hoping they wouldn’t kill off Arya, and they didn’t! (George RR Martin wants to remain married.)
I figured Jon would return to the Northiest North to be reunited with Ghost and Tormund, and he did. I don’t think the writers sold Dany’s arc all that successfully, despite Emilia Clarke’s heroic efforts, but if you accept their premise, an Old Yeller ending was the best you could hope for, and that’s what the Mother of Dragons got.
And poor Drogon! He’s the true hero, IMO. First he nudges poor dead Dany like orphaned Bambi, then he thinks about roasting Jon (would Jon have roasted, being a Targaryen and all?), then Drogon sacks up and destroys that damned ugly-ass throne! Yay, Drogon! Let the throne room redecoration begin!
And Jon exiled to the Night’s Watch…again. I’m unclear on why the Night’s Watch order is still necessary now that the Night King and his lieutenants have been reduced to cocktail ice. Maybe Jon is unclear on that too, and that’s why the episode ended with him headed away from Castle Black with the Free Folk? So, he’s Mance Rayder 2.0 now? That’s an okay outcome in my book.
Grey Worm is bound for Naath, just as I predicted in yesterday’s thread, to become the protector of his lost Missandei’s beaches, presumably. I’m not sure how the Dothraki will be repatriated since they’d been promised pillaging rights, but okay, whatever.
I’d hoped for a larger role for Yara of the Iron Islands in the finale, but the show only had 80 minutes to work with, so we were left with Arya dumping an entire bag of STFU on Yara’s head and then Yara agreeing to ferry the Unsullied out of King’s Landing (I think?). Okay then.
It was fitting enough that Ser Brienne filled out Ser Jaime’s entry in the Book of Brothers. Of course she was too honorable to go full slam book and include cutting remarks about Cersei.
Bran as the king? I guess that’ll work. He’ll just lounge around and trip out on his visions and fly with the ravens while the Small Council runs shit. That’ll be an improvement on Robert Baratheon’s drunken boar hunts or the last Targaryen king’s murder-by-arson spree, one supposes.
Sansa as Queen in the North makes sense; she’s one of the few characters who thought about practical stuff like food for the peasants. I loved the way she shut down Uncle Edmure’s puffed-up speech nominating himself as king, and I laughed when he pivoted indignantly on his heel and whacked his sword on the tent pole before returning to his seat. (If Hillary Clinton had pulled off a moment like that with Bernie in the 2016 primary, we might be living in a very different kingdom today, friends.)
Speaking of laughter, it was hilarious when Samwell invented direct democracy on the spot and got laughed out of the tent. “I might as well ask my horse who HE wants to rule,” scoffed that old fart from the Vale when contemplating votes from the common folk. A prototypical Republican, obviously.
Anyhoo, my quick trip through relevant Twitter hashtags and media hot takes indicates that the consensus is the final season was so bad that it irretrievably damaged the series. I disagree. The pacing was problematic, there were plot holes, there were troublesome stereotypes, there were implausible coincidences, there were character arc issues, etc. But it was a TV show, and a darned good one in my book. What say you?